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[Photo: Kathy YL Chan]

Browsing though the candy aisle at Sunrise Mart is one my favorite pastimes. Last week I spotted a store clerk stock the shelves of their East Village location with something I was unfamiliar with—Matcha Marshmallows! They're undeniably cute (like all Japanese candies), and $3.69 for a 3-ounce bag, the single-bite marshmallows shaped like mini-ping pong balls. Bite and there's a little heart of matcha paste at the very center. Soft, fluffy and completely innocent, these are the types of sweets you want to keep at the desk for midday munchies.

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Don't forget, they also carry the whole line of Kasugai's gummy candies, $2.89 a bag. Many other Japanese and Chinese markets carry a limited selection of these fruity gummies, but here you can find every single flavor. Think Mangosteen (pictured above), Peach, Pineapple, Kiwi, Lychee, a mix pack, and even Muscat! These individually wrapped chewy candies are without a doubt my favorite type of gummy candies—gummi bears can't even begin to compete.

Sunrise Mart

4 Stuyvesant Street, New York NY 10003 (map)
212-598-3040

About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan writes A Passion For Food, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.

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