I was recently contacted by a representative of See's Candies. He wanted to know if I would be interested in trying some of their chocolates. I grew up in California, so I was no stranger to See's Candies. I've always had a sweet tooth. Growing up, and I fondly remember begging my mom to let me go into their store whenever we passed by it in the mall. You see, whenever you go in and buy something, they always offer you a free sample of their chocolate. You didn't have to make a big purchase, you just had to get something. So I would plead with my mom to let me buy a lollipop just so that I could get a free piece of chocolate. (Sad, huh?) So when I received this email about free samples of their chocolates, I immediately accepted. I mean really... who turns down free chocolate?! :) Some things never change, right? ;)
I was delighted when I received my sample box in the mail! It included a nice assortment of some old favorites I grew up loving, as well as several pieces I had never tried before. Their milk chocolate is sweet and creamy, but not overly sweet. The milk molasses chips are so fun to crunch on. If you like fruity chocolate, I highly recommend the Apricot Delights. They're little balls of apricot buttercream with chopped apricot, dipped in white chocolate then rolled in toasted coconut. My mom was raving about these the other day, and now I see why! I was also wishing there was more than one milk butterchew in my box - I love caramel, and these are heavenly pieces of vanilla brown sugar caramel coated in chocolate.
As you know, I recently returned from a trip to Paris. While I was there, I picked up a wonderful box of chocolates from Patrick Roger who, according to Dorie, is one of the best chocolatiers in Paris. I sent the chocolates to my mom for her birthday and while she appreciated the gift, guess what she told me? "You shouldn't have spent so much money on a gift for me. I'm happy with a box of See's chocolates." Ha!
They don't make chic, boutique-y chocolates, but if you're looking for good, quality chocolates that won't cost you an arm and a leg, I'd recommend See's. So if you're looking for a nice Easter gift to send this year, consider ordering some Easter candy from See's. My favorites are their lollypops and peanut butter eggs. While I haven't tried them yet, I'm also dying to taste their sour bunnies.
If my review hasn't convinced you that you need to try these, then maybe you just need a little extra nudge first. I'm excited to announce the very first giveaway on my blog! The folks at See's Candies have kindly agreed to give one lucky reader a $25 gift certificate. All you have to do to be eligible is leave a comment on this post before midnight EDT on Saturday, March 14th. Make sure you leave your email address, or at least a link to your blog where I can easily find your email address. I'll randomly select a lucky winner on Sunday, March 15th. Good luck!
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