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Sweet’s Milk Chocolate Orange Sticks

If your name is Sweet, perhaps you are just destined to be in the candy business.  Leon Sweet started his candy company in Portland, Oregon in 1892, and five generations later, the family is very proud to be a Salt Lake City based, American owned and operated business. Handmade taffy was an original signature item, and although the Sweet family’s candy-making processes have been modernized over the years, the company is still recognized for its fresh, quality products.

We tried Sweet’s milk chocolate orange sticks, orange jelly candies smothered in smooth, delicious chocolate.  It was love at first bite.  The bright citrus flavor is a natural with chocolate, and they offer a dark chocolate variety as well (YUM!).  My mom shares my obsession for orange and chocolate combinations, and she gave an enthusiastic vote of approval for Sweet’s Orange Sticks.

From the packaging to the products, Sweet’s products have a retro Americana vibe.  The website even offers patriotic options – red, white, and blue sour stars or taffy wrapped in classic red, white, and blue paper.  Taffy, jelly beans, cinnamon bears, licorice, and candy fruit slices take us back to more simple times.  Imagine how pleased the more “mature” people on your holiday gift list would be to receive these vintage candies from their childhood.  Or how much fun it would be to introduce children to “old-fashioned” candies?  Move over, Starbursts, Nerds and Skittles!

Sweet’s website has great search features, allowing to choose your candy by type, color, or occasion.  You can “mix your sticks” choosing from orange, raspberry, or even Cabernet fillings!  Taffy purchases can also be mixed to your preference.

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Brooke’s Candy Co. Old English Almond Toffee

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.

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