October 21, 2010
The most frequent question we get asked is, āWhatās your favorite candy in the store?ā Well, itās not always so easy to answer. Sometimes Iām in the mood for sour candy, while other times it has to be chocolate. I also tend to get very attached to items that are short-lived or seasonal (like pumpkin spice caramels, which are only available for 6 weeks a year) and to new products that Iāve worked very hard to get. With that disclaimer, then, here are the current top five for Brian, Liana and meā¦
1. FAVORITE GUMMI (sweet or sour)
Diane: Sour gummi pumpkins ā Iām all about consistency and these are perfect! I also love their tangerine flavor ā reminds me of licking my finger and sticking it the tang jar, when I was a kid.
Brian: Gummi sneakers. I love all of our Spanish gummies, but these are my favorites.
Liana: If itās sour, itās got to be the sour snagx ā the texture is great and itās the most sour gummi we have. In the non-sour category, I love winegums, so chewy.
2. FAVORITE BULK CHOCOLATE
Diane: Peanut butter toffee ā forget Reeseās, this stuff makes that stuff taste like dirt.
Brian: Chocolate-covered raspberry jelly rings from Joyva. Straight outta Bāklynā¦
Liana: So tough, but whenever I make a bag of chocolate to take home with me or to travel with, the chocolate toffee caramels and organic toffee pistachios are always in there.
3. FAVORITE OLD SCHOOL CANDY
Diane: Mallo Cups. They were my favorite candy ābarā as a kid and then one day, they were nowhere to be found. I think part of the reason I wanted to own a candy store was so that I could have a Mallo Cup anytime I wanted to.
Brian: My choice is only half old school: itās the Clark bar. NECCO recently changed the formula, improving the quality of the ingredients, and in my opinion it is even better than before. Not all change is bad.
Liana: Bit-O-Honey ā it was one of the candies that I remember sharing with my Grandpa as a kid. After school, weād sit on the porch and share bites of the bar and talk story. If only life were still as simple.
4. FAVORITE ARTISAN CHOCOLATE BAR
Diane: Ginger Elizabethās Crispy Coconut Kaffir Lime Dessert Bar. Iām so glad these bars arenāt inexpensive, because if they were, Iād eat one everyday.
Brian: Rococo Chocolatesā Earl Grey Tea Bar. Dark chocolate and Earl Grey tea were meant to be together.
Liana: While I think all of the bars that Diane selects for the store are superb, Ginger Elizabethās crunchy gianduja bar is tied with Bon Bon Barās caramel nut bar. Itās pretty obvious that I like that salty/sweet/crunchy combo (best idea ever!)
5. FAVORITE INDULGENCE
Diane: Itās a tieā¦.Bon Bon Barās caramallow and V Chocolates box of salted caramels. Liana just sent me her answers and I laughed because we have the same one. They both have a ācultā following at the store as well. Letās just say, the store is not a pleasant place to be, if weāre out of either one of these. It gets ugly. Real ugly.
Brian: Hope and Greenwoodās Cinder Toffee. We import this directly from one of our favorite stores in London. Donāt be confused by the name, America: itās what we call sponge candy or honeycomb. And itās delicious.
Liana: Hands down tie between V Chocolates salted caramels with pretzels and Bon Bon Barās caramallows (see what I mean about the salty/sweet/crunchy?)
What are your top fives? I would love to know!