This time of year, I think most people would love to have my job – choosing all the delicious holiday candy that has been arriving daily since before Thanksgiving. I mean, I had to taste it all, just to make sure it was good, right?
A lot of the chocolates and brittles and specialty items we are carrying cannot be found anywhere else in East Texas. And, many of them are only available this time of year, so you’d better get them while you can. Here are some of my new favorites:
Godiva holiday truffle bars: Godiva is the Belgian chocolatier you know for its truffles and chocolate assortments, but at the holidays, they up the ante with limited edition, seasonal truffle bars. This year’s flavors include gingerbread, peppermint white chocolate and caramel apple pie in milk chocolate.
Le Chef Patissier chocolates: French-made chocolates in a variety of rich flavors, including cocoa-dusted truffles, sea-salt caramels, and dark-chocolate mini-bars.
Nassau Candy gift tins: Old-timey, decorative tins of crunchy English toffee or melt -in-your-mouth s’mores, coated in dark chocolate. Pick up for a last-minute hostess gift, or to set out for holiday guests.
Brown & Hailey Candy Cane Roca: A seasonal variation on traditional almond roca, a confection of buttercrunch toffee and toasted almonds. Here, they’ve substituted crunchy peppermint candy for the nuts, wrapped them in buttercrunch toffee, and then frosted them with a bit of peppermint icing. Sounds a little weird – but it works.
Pinson hard candies: The French confectioner Pinson has been in business since 1895, and they still use natural flavors and colors and old-fashioned techniques to produce their delicately flavored hard candies, in flavors like honey lavender and raspberry.