The Confectionery is a 40-year-old, family-owned spot that offers margarita-flavored jelly beans and poker-chip chocolate coins, which are less devastating to lose than hard-earned money and more fun to gamble with. Betting with a buffet of sweets ensures entertaining side effects, including heightened banter, increased energy, and the occasional urge to shimmy. Plus, sweets tend to have positive connotations, most likely due to our days as children spent trying to lift our parents' sanctions on our high-fructose corn-syrup intake.
Apparently they failed, because according to a study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average person consumes 25 lbs. of candy per year.
Having experienced years as a tomboy trying to avoid the color pink, I still have minor spasms when I come across the color in bounty. So imagine the seizure induced when I walked into The Confectionery and my irises exploded with baby pink: pink floors, pink walls, pink confetti, and hanging pink Easter baskets. Thankfully, the other childhood impulse of lurching toward candy overcame my initial reticence.
Chocolate Poker Chips.
The shop is lined with clear jars filled to the brim with a smorgasbord of candies: Pixy Stix, candy canes, taffies, buttons, wax lips, and many more. The chocolate-drenched pretzels topped with sprinkles were well made--crunchy but not stale, and packing an underlying nutty taste.
The Nut Cups may seem expensive at $4.25 each, but the dessert is a dense milk-chocolate delight packed with eye-shaped almonds. The Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate features fresh strawberry jam and creamy peanut butter in milk chocolate for $1.75 each. The apple-flavored jelly-bean lollipops are nothing special, probably because they are prepackaged chain candies that don't live up to the desserts encased in glass around the store. These come from Moonstruck Chocolatiers, which is owned by chef Julian Rose, recently named one of the best chocolatiers in North America by the magazine Dessert Professional.
The milk-chocolate toffee pigs are a fun addition to any party, but too small for the large price of $4.25. While these barnyard bonbons are enjoyable to look at, they need something more than cuteness to deserve such a hefty price. Life advice that can also transcend tastebuds: Cuteness can only go so far; there needs to be substance as well.