In 1934 The Candy Basket Inc. opened its doors, hand making delicious chocolate confections to delight its local communities. Several generations and three factories later they have grown into a full line confectioner offering a wide variety of chocolates, toffees, brittles, fudges, corns, and jells. It is their goal to bring their customers memories of grandma’s “Heavenly Divinity”, mom’s amazing “Red Velvet Cake (truffle)”, and the summer time treat we all enjoyed as kids, dreamy “Creamsicle Fudge”, of course…It’s all just Pure & Simple.
In 1999 The Candy Basket merged with Shorthill Taffy Factory, another locally owned and operated candy manufacturer since 1914. Shorthill Taffy Factory boasts four generations of women manufacturing the finest quality and variety of salt water taffy in the world. From their basic best sellers, Red Cinnamon, Peanut Butter, Licorice Swirl, and Peppermint, to their more exotic flavors, Paradise Plum, Asian Pear, Maple Bacon, and Jalapeno, each batch is slow cooked in copper kettles and pulled to perfection. Every batch is made fresh to order!
The two companies were a match made in heaven, in and out of the work place! Not only was a successful year for business born, but love was in the air. The owner of The Candy Basket, Inc., Dale C. Fuhr proposed to the owner of Shorthill Taffy Factory, Kipi Doran in August of 2001. As their love continues to grow, so does business!
Any of you that have worked with me around holiday time know that I love caramels. You also would have to remember that my wife makes some of the most amazing soft caramels ever. I jog those memories to let you know that when I say that the salted chocolate covered caramels from The Candy Basket which I received this week may be the best I have ever eaten you will know that I don't say this lightly.
The chocolate (whether you are enjoying the milk or dark chocolate) is rich and smooth, with just the right amount of sea salt on the top. Under the thick layer of chocolate is a rich and creamy caramel that literally melts in your mouth. Sweetness that is perfectly set off by the salt blends with the chocolate and creates the perfect mixture of flavors. I cannot think of anything that you could possibly do to make this bite of Fat Boy Heaven any better.
They are available year round from The Candy Basket for $49.95 each two pound box in either milk, dark, or mixed chocolate. The great news for you is that they are available right now for $22.99 for valentine's day at WOOT.com