Wednesday, December 8, 2010

FredLyn Nut Company

FredLyn Nut Company roasts and seasons nuts in the Houston metro area.

Bagged or weighed, these nuts taste great!

Their variation of a chocolate fruit basket is delightful!

The bag and tissue area is perfect for customers on the go!

Location:Houston, TX

LaKing's Confectionery

LaKing's Confectionery offers a turn-of-the-century experience like no other candy store.

Steve shows off a large peppermint stick.

The King family has been making confections since 1927.

Owner, Jack King (right) built the displays for novelty candies.

Rachel makes great baskets at the store.

Jack keeps historic machines like this original Savy enrober from France.

Upstairs houses the ice cream making room.

The packing room overlooks the famous Strand Street.

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Location:Galveston, TX

Kegg's Candies

Kegg's Candies is a Houston tradition. Their signature red and white color is throughout the store.

The Savvy enrober from France has a built in tempering unit to expedite production.

Their Pecan Crisp is like a traditional brittle but made sweeter and crunchier with pecans.

Owner Carl Bartuch shows off the mixing area being used to make Pecan Crisp.

The production and storage area fits nicely in the 9,000 square foot back room. In fact they could expand into another 4,000 square feet in the building if needed.

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Location:Houston, TX

The Chocolate Bar

Near Rice University, The Chocolate Bar is in an upscale shopping area friendly to pedestrians.

The store offers cakes, cookies, brownies, coffee, ice cream and chocolate to shoppers.

This retail location (one of two in Houston) encourages group gatherings, parties and even live jazz music and dancing on Thursday nights.

The store offers unique packaging ideas.

These chocolate bricks look like a solid piece of gold!

The 'design your own bar' is popular for chocolate pizzas, too.

'Every hour is happy hour' at the Chocolate Bar!

Candylicious is a whole different area of the store offering nostalgic sweets to kids of all ages.

Birthday cakes are a special treat! Made with a styrofoam base, these larger-than-life numbers are covered with candy making an inside-out piƱata.

The Chocolate Bar adapted their products to make mini treats like these.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolates

Bissinger's is a St. Louis tradition.

Their store has recently moved about six blocks to a newer, higher trafficked location offering wine, tea and coffees paired with chocolates. They have become a great place for families to visit and a great 'date night' stop.

The shelves feature some of their top sellers like dried fruits half dipped in chocolate, chocolate covered blueberries (similar to chocolate covered cherries), and more decadent delights!

Beautifully packaged confections for fall.

An African dark chocolate is a new item that has been very well received.

A snapshot of their sample plate features their own gummies made with a consistent base in flavors like apricot green tea, pomegranate, lemon Ginger yuzu to name a few. They are a fine food lovers delight!

This snapshot shows their signature wine grape that had been raisined and covered in chocolate. It's wonderful followed by a merlot salt caramel, Chardonnay salt caramel or margarita salt caramel. To see more photos or to order these treats, go to

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Baileys' Chocolate Bar

The chocolate weekend continues...
Baileys' Chocolate Bar in Lafayette Square specializes in chocolate martinis and chocolate desserts. All selections begin with mini chocolate chip cookies as the amuse bouche.

The tiramisu martini is 'martini yum'!

The Sexual Martini brought smiles all around this group-lol!

The Blondie Brownie is topped with chocolate chips and pecans with decadent vanilla ice cream.

The Brownie Royale is not for the faint at heart! It's a Baileys' Split on top of a brownie with whipped cream, nuts, caramel and chocolate- a decadent delight!

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Location:St Louis, MO