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Saltwater Taffy land-ho!

When you’re on the coast you have to buy saltwater taffy. I’m sure it’s a rule, or law, or at least an ordinance.

This week we’re visiting the beautiful, Oregon coast and our travels took us to Cannon Beach.

Here we found a great candy store called “Bruce’s Candy Kitchen”.  It is filled with every sweet you can imagine and at least 30 flavors of saltwater taffy,(which is a huge weakness of mine.) My favorite flavors of taffy are peppermint and lemon…don’t ask why, I really don’t know. Bruce’s even gives you a card with a guide to the taffy flavors based on their colors.

30 flavors of taffy

Bruce’s also carries fabulous handmade chocolates and dipped apples. My aunt found her favorite candy, salted licorice, which I really didn’t care for. Bruce’s also makes lovely seashell shaped candies that were in my hotel room to greet me (I knew it was going to be a great place as soon as I saw them.)

Bruce's Candy Sea Shells

But back to the taffy…according to wikipedia it originated in 1883 when a candy shop was flooded by the salty Atlantic Ocean. read more here.

Bruce’s Candy Kitchen is worth a visit, and they have a website, too. Visit it here and prepare to get a candy craving.

There are other purveyors of Salt Water Taffy in Cannon beach, but Bruce’s is the best. The other one on the same street had a larger variety of flavors, but they weren’t as fresh and creamy. Trust me, and stick with Bruce’s. Here’s the T-shirt I bought and it is a good life rule to live by…

Life's too short...

 

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Chatelaine Chocolate, Montana’s gift to you

La chatelaine candy case

Bozeman, Montana is home to 2 great chocolatiers. La Châtelaine Chocolat Co. makes artfully crafted little gems filled with delectable flavors. According to their web site chatelainechocolate.com this company was started by a Frenchman (and his American wife) who created La Châtelaine after longing for the delectable chocolates from childhood. The two owners have trained in San Francisco and Paris. They also make pilgrimages to France each summer to expand their culinary repertoire. It sounds like they are living their dream, and we reap the delicious results…

I tried the tiramisu, and the blood orange. Each were tiny bites of perfectly balanced flavor and sweetness. The flavors which they make range from Cocoa Nib Caramel to King Bourbon. One of the fascinating combinations which they create is as follows: French Marigold which is White Chocolate Ganache infused with Fleur de Marigold Petals (really!) and Meyer Lemon covered in dark chocolate…whoa! Here’s another: Pain D’epices has in it Ginger, Cloves, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Anise and Honey in Dark Chocolate Ganache with Dried Orange.

It’s no wonder that these candies are fairly pricey, but one piece will satisfy you due to its full flavor and richness.

La Chatelaine Caramels

I bought a little box of caramels and rationed one out each day. They are gone now, but their sweet memory lives on…

La Chatelaine

The box in which these come in is reminiscent of something from Paris. I would keep the box after all of the candy was gone. This would make a fantastic gift for the pickiest of candy connoisseurs.

I highly recommend that you visit their site to purchase these as a gift for your valentine. It will be a box of chocolate that will never be forgotten, and one that comes from Montana as well.

Cranberry Island Kitchen’s Whoopie Pies

I spied these little boxes in the frozen food case. They were pricey, but tempted me with their lovely shapes and flavors. I bought the pumpkin and the lemon. They had a few more tempting flavors as well.
They took about 2 hours to thaw, and looked just like the photos on the boxes.
I sliced them in half so I could properly sample the treats. The cake parts were very flavorful and moist. The center was a buttercream that was too plentiful and a little too sweet for my tastes. I would enjoy them more with half of the filling.
Check their web site, they are a lovely company in Maine.

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Candy Corn Mums…I’m speechless….

From the creative hands of Tori Spelling, yes, that Tori Spelling come these amazing Mums. I have no idea how she came up with these, but that’s why she’s a star, and I’m a blogger….I think they are awesome. I don’t know how long they last or if they invite mice, bugs, and small children to eat them.

Click here for instructions from Country Living. If you make these please, please let me know.

candy corn mums

Spooky Candy

Screen shot 2013-09-17 at 2.01.52 PMHere’s a way to be the most memorable house on the block for trick-or-treating…hand out these hand-crafted lollipops. You can find them on Etsy made by a company called Vintage Confections, which happens to be 2 of my favorite things: vintage and confections…

It says that they are available in 5 flavors, but they don’t list the flavors on the site. You don’t think the flavors are calico, tabby…just kidding. I’m sure they taste as amazing as they look.

Moo Chocolate, udderly delicious

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Yesterday I was in the Whole Foods in Cambridge, MA, and found this wonderful chocolate. It comes from, and is made by Alex’s mom.

This is Alex. He was handing out samples, and as soon as I had my first bite, I was hooked. This is as smooth as Swiss chocolate. They add treats to their bars such as rice krispies, graham crackers, corn flakes, and granola.

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To make this even better, they are all natural, gluten free and organic. Check out their web site moo chocolates and read about Jackie and why she started making chocolates, then go out and buy lots!

Coconut Cadbury Rice Krispies “Scotch Eggs”

Scotch Eggs

Scotch Eggs

This is so clever, and the best/most creative use for Cadbury Creme Eggs (of which I am not a fan). When wrapped in Rice Krispy treats, they resemble Scotch Eggs.

These come to us from the inventive blog “Coconut & Lime”.

I doubt that I’d eat one of these, even on a dare, but I must admit that they are a fantastic creation!