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Bitter about the country’s ongoing economic woes? Some news to sweeten your mood: According to recent studies, candy and chocolate have both proved to be recession-resistant, and sales of each are even expected to rise in 2010. With America’s insatiable appetite for gourmet goods, it’s no wonder that small-scale specialty confectioners are also thriving. To indulge, try the following:

New Orleans
Specialties like candied Southern pecans and dark-chocolate-dipped macaroons filled with milk chocolate caramel ganache make this Big Easy boutique a must-try. www.shopsucre.com

The Chocolate Room
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Pair handmade confections like the Keiko, a peppercorn-topped raspberry ganache truffle, with a French apéritif in-house, and then take a box of peanut butter truffles to go. www.thechocolateroombrooklyn.com

Hooker’s Sweet Treats
San Francisco
Though a retail shop is in the works, for now you’ll have to hunt out these divine sea-salted, chocolate-dipped caramels at shops around San Fran. www.hookerssweettreats.com/

This online-only customizer lets you select white, milk or dark Belgian chocolate and a handful of more than 90 ingredients — everything from sour cherries to Skittles to candied rose petals — to create a signature bar that will be delivered to your door. www.chocomize.com

A Few More

Curio Confections

Eclipse Chocolat
San Diego

Lola’s Sugar Rush
Littleton, Colo.