Karen and Jim’s visit to The Indiana Artisan Marketplace last spring provided lots of leads to follow in the quest for fabulous foods. Brooke’s Candy Co. was a standout for handmade Belgian chocolates. Brooke got her candy-making start at 14 when she made mints for her sister’s wedding, and promptly received an order from a neighbor. In 2004, Brooke and her mom, with assistance from her sister, started Brooke’s Candy Co. in Dana, Indiana. Like so many artisans who are passionate about giving back to their communities, Brooke chose the town of Dana for her base of operations because it had lost several of its businesses and needed an economic boost.
We tried Brooke’s Old English Almond Toffee. The two-ounce bar is wonderfully rustic with bits of roasted almond topping creamy Belgian milk chocolate. It definitely earns its “handmade” status, and the taste delivers, as well. The chocolate is smooth and decadent, while the toffee is rich, sugary, caramelized perfection. Brooke’s website offers handmade truffles, turtles, raisin peanut clusters, fudge, toffee, cookies, brownies, caramel apples, Belgian chocolates and more, including the mints that gave her business its start. Karen and Jim highly recommend Brooke’s fudge! There is a very nice selection of truffles for holiday giving. Brooke and her mom also have a retail shop in the 1900’s style plantation home that Brooke grew up in.
If our recommendation isn’t enough, Brooke is a recognized Indiana Artisan. This elite group of Indiana craftsmen has been selected by food and art experts as artisans of the highest quality in food and art in the state. We heartily concur with the judges’ decision. Brooke’s Candy Co. is a winner.