We all love to indulge our sweet tooth once in a while, don’t we? As children, we were happy for anything we could find in Mom’s purse, and certainly thrilled at the pillowcase full of candy we lugged home after a hard night’s work on Halloween each year.
As adults, while we still fully enjoy and crave a sweet treat now and then, our palates may become a bit more refined as we age. Our taste buds become a touch more discerning, and we notice subtle flavors perhaps we hadn’t before. Suddenly, sugary is no longer the sole criterion for your confection selection.
Here, a look at five treats that are sweetly sophisticated!
This fine hazelnut and chocolate confection is the brainchild of the Ferrero Company, which began operating in the 1940’s. According to the Ferrero website, some of the very first candy recipes they ever tested used base ingredients of hazelnuts and coca powder!
This delicious combination can be experienced in the form of their Rocher candy: a crisp wafer “ball” which encapsulates a creamy hazelnut-chocolate center, with a whole hazelnut inside, is dipped in chocolate, and rolled in chopped hazelnuts for a taste and texture sensation that is simply delightful.
You may find Ferrero products, including Rocher, at your local grocer or drug store. Price ranges from a dollar for a small check-out stand size, up to $10 for special holiday gift box versions.
Cella’s Chocolate-Covered Cherries
According to the website Tootsie.com, Cella’s cherries have been produced since 1864, and were added to the Tootsie brand line in the mid-1980’s. A family favorite in my household growing up, a box of these chocolates were often given as a small gift in their own right at Christmas. There is something purely satisfying when you feel the crisp snap of the chocolate shell, which surrounds the decedent 100% clear liquid center, and bite into the soft, sweet cherry within.
My parents love Cella’s, and no other brand was to be had in our home. An adult myself now, after sampling many varieties of chocolate-covered cherries in my time, I can see why. That 100% liquid center is what really makes this confection unique, and of higher quality than its competitors possess.
You can find a 16 count package of Cella’s Cherries at stores like Walgreen’s for around $3, or order in bulk online. For under $12, you can order a 72 count box from sites like wholesalecandtystore.com.
After Eight Thin Mints
Another very grown-up candy favored by my parents, and their friends, was the After eight after dinner mint. A rich, dark chocolate square, filled with a luscious, melt-in-your-mouth mint filling. Each chocolate is elegantly packaged in its own dark-colored paper sleeve, which make it possible to eat without touching, thus preserving cleanliness. How very adult.
Beyond just practical packaging lies a larger reason for the adult appeal. We tend to like to simplify things as we get older, and increasingly set in our ways. This treat is simply delicious, and completely uncomplicated. No bells and whistles. It freshens the palate after dinner, and is a perfect size. Grown folks are always preaching moderation, and this is once confection that can fully coexist within that value. One or two of these tempting thin mints, and you’ve achieved pleasure that is divinely adult.
After Eight Thin Mints, produced by Nestle since acquiring the recipe and rights from confectioner’s Rowntree and Company in 1988, can be found at specialty groceries, some drug stores, and online. Check out this site for a 25 count box for around $6, and delight guests at your next dinner party!
Long known for their exquisite chocolate creations, Godiva creates truffles that are second to none. Smooth centers, rich fillings, and creamy outer shells make biting into a Godiva truffle one of the most pleasurable culinary experiences I’ve had, at least in terms of sweets.
You can find Godiva products in many retail stores throughout the world, including the United States. Often found in upscale malls or shopping centers, Godiva boutiques offer a huge variety of decidedly grown-up pleasures, and often offer samples or host special events. You may also order online.
Now, Godiva isn’t selling cheap chocolate here. At $50 for a 24 count of their European collection, and $25 for a twelve-piece of their fine dark chocolate truffles, you may have to save this indulgence for a special occasion. However, the mere quality is enough to make many adults willingly part with their hard-earned money just for a taste of this chocolatier’s wares. They are just that good.
Information on Godiva store locations, product ordering, and events can be found on their website.
Yes, Snickers! According to this article on the site Most-Popular.net, the Snickers bar is one of the most popular candy bars in the world! In production since the 1930’s, and sold by Mars Corporation, Snickers incorporates peanuts, caramel and nougat, layered, and then bathed in chocolate. This resulting flavor combination, as well as the fun-to-say name, have stood the test of time in terms of performance.
It’s easy to see why. Adults fondly remember the candy from their own childhood, and often introduce it to their own kids, thus ensuring a steady number of Snickers fans around the globe, and for generations to come. Not to mention, this is one way to satisfy your sweet tooth without busting your budget!
Purchase Snickers, well, almost anywhere! Available at your local grocery store, drug store, vending machine, or the check-out line at a gas station mini-mart, these trusty treats shouldn’t run you more than a buck or so, and will pack some serious satisfaction! To find out what’s going on over at Snicker’s, check out their site!