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  • mark grossman Jul 17, 2000 01:18 AM
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do they exist any more?? Does this brandexist?? Wasnt it Bartons Bonboniere??

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  1. Wow! Talk about a blast from the past! I grew up on 97th St. and West End, and before they built those ugly Columbia condos, there were 2 movie theaters, a coffee-and-donut place (the Foode Shoppe?) and a Barton's between 96th and 97th on Broadway. As a kid, I loved Barton's chocolates! I haven't seen the store in years. I thought I understood correctly that they still exist in Switzerland but not here. If anyone knows one that does exist in New York, please tell me!

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    1. re: Michael

      Yes, bartons ROCKS. As a kid i had to sell it for the ladies auxilliary and i think i got a prize -- but i remember filching a bunch of almond kisses and caramel frogs from my unsuspecting clients. I miss bartons!

      1. re: david
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        mark grossman

        to partially answer my original post, Bartons is stillmade but in Pennsylvania--not in the small candyfactory in Brooklyn. It is pre boxed stuff intendedfor sale wherever. Not sure where it is sold or thename of the parent company.

        1. re: mark grossman

          What happened to the Bartons headquarters (?) in Lugano, Switzerland?

          1. re: Michael

            I don't think I can rest till I find another can of almond kisses. The last time I had them was when i was my age was still in single digits! If anyone knows how you can order them from somewhere or buy them, please tell me!

            1. re: ali miller

              Zabar's had them a few Xmases ago, if that helps any.

              1. re: ali miller

                I did a search for Barton's almond kisses, and finally have some ordered. You can get them at Sweet Odyssey in Brooklyn, 718-258-2534. I spoke with Rachel. They will UPS them to you for something like $14. a tin.
                Enjoy!

                1. re: judy zappia
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                  Dennis Burton

                  Where can I get some Barton's Almond Kisses shipped to Canada

                2. re: ali miller

                  I just bought a can at Ralphs Market (which is part of Kroeger I think) in Chatsworth Ca. near my home. Actually I am sending them to my sister in North Miami Beach Florida for Passover. We had them in our home in L.A. as children 45 years ago. I hope sis is surprised,

                  1. re: SIMIHOUND

                    YEP!!! Funny, I spoke with my mother this evening who is a chocoholic by all definitions. She was so excited to tell me that she found Barton in a can at Ralphs market. She lives in palm Desert...She also found Cote d'or Belgian dark there. The later was recently purchased by Kraft Foods, so you'll probably see it more. And, the Bartons, well who knows. Eat up chocolate chowfriends! :)KQ

                  2. re: ali miller

                    U can order th on snazon

            2. re: Michael

              Where can I find the telephone number for Bartons? I want to buy from them for my store for Passover.

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              mark grossman

              to partially answer my own question, Bartons candiesare made in Pennsylvania but the days of thestores have gone the way of good humor icecream trucks. The candies are pre boxed thoI dont know how and where they are sold.Not sure if their signature truffles are still made.

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              1. re: mark grossman

                WOULD LOVE TO KNOW IF LOFTS OR BARTONS ARE STILL AVAILABLE. MY FRIEND AND I WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT LOFTS PARLAYS - ARE THEY AVAILABLE ANYWHERE - REMEMBER FROM MY CHILDHOOD AND WHAT A GREAT MEMORY CAN STILL REMEMBER THE TASTE OF MANY OF LOFTS FAVORITES AND MY MOM WHO IS 93 STILL REMEMBERS WHEN MY DAD CAME HOME WITH SOME OF THE FAVORITES - OH FOR THE GOOD OLD DAYS.

                1. re: CAROL BABUS

                  We had a discussion on this site about Loft's parlays ( might find it in search ) . Final word came from the son of the Lofts plant manager.Sad to say no more Parlays. Maybe we can talk them into restarting production? I hope!!!

                  1. re: CAROL BABUS

                    Remember the "Almond Kisses" that came in the black tin with the '50's Parisian-theme poodles, flowercarts, etc" sketches? I think it was made by Barton's (or was it Barracini's?)--have to check. My Dad always brought them home for us. Well, whichever brand it is--it's back! In the same container. I found it recently at Zabar's and all the memories came salivating back. That chocolatey, chewy, condensed milk flavor. The tin boasts that it's "the best kiss you ever had!" It's certainly among my top 10. :-)

                    If Zabar's has it, it's probably at all good food stores around the city.

                    1. re: LynnKane

                      Yep, Barton's are still around, you can get them in Philadelphia. My brother-in-law's parents brought them to Pesach from Florida. They're good but not great, I'm sorry to say. How about Hebert's in Massachusetts for good kosher chocolate?

                      1. re: zindorf

                        Yeah. I have to say, I found Barton's chocolate for sale a few years ago somewhere in the 30s or so, and thought: "I liked THIS when I was a kid?" (By the way, I posted in this thread as "Michael" in 2000.)

                        1. re: Pan

                          I very fondly remember the Barton's store from my childhood in 1970's Miami Beach - Collins Ave. and 74th Street.

                          Besides the Almond Kisses, I loved a wrapped candy that was sold by the pound. It was an oval piece of sesame candy (Joyva-style) dipped in smooth dark chocolate. It came in silver wrapping. Does anyone else remember these?

                          I know I have recently seen some Barton's chocolates at Walgreen's here (ironically just a block away from the site of the mom-and-pop Barton's of days past). I don't recall seeing the Kisses, just some type of truffle or bon bon that didn't stand out, but I'll check tomorrow.

                          1. re: jacopopoli

                            I have been looking for the akmond kisses for years. Are they toffee covered and wrapped individually in celophane ? Please let me know. I want to introduce them to my kids.

                            1. re: jacopopoli

                              Barton's was on Harding between 95th and 96th, in Surfside. There's a jewelry store there now. If you remember a little blond kid "working" in the store, eating candy and playing with the toys, that was me; it was my grandmother's store.

                              1. re: Mitch B

                                that was whites of surfside......................................i made parleys there in the 70s with my father

                        2. re: LynnKane

                          LynneKane -Yes you are right about the almond kisses. See my post below-Mom spoke of the delicacies! She was SO excited to find Bartons at her Ralphs.

                    2. Economy Candy on Rivington Street on LES carries Barton's.

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                      1. re: curranthound

                        Anyone know if the Barton/Barricini store on Avenue M at E. 17th Street is still there? I think it was about 3 years ago. I remember the chocolate odor as I walked on DeKalb Avenue from Brooklyn Tech High School to the DeKalb Ave BMT station in the 70s. Hope that their goodies are still as good (for those who can eat them...I'm diabetic now, dang it!)

                        1. re: MoxieBoy

                          Barton's is available on QVC or HSN... its now owned by Cherrydale Farms. The best Barton's was Flatbush and Flatlands... ummm

                          1. re: MoxieBoy

                            There was a Barton's down the block from me where I grew up in Jackson Hgts ... it was on the corner of 37th Ave & 82nd St. I don't remember eating any of their candy, it was probably way more money than my allowance allowed, but I still remember the smell of that shop. I think I used to go in there just to sniff sometimes.

                            1. re: kittyboots

                              Bartons kisses are still avilable in local candy shops.....

                            2. re: MoxieBoy

                              I went to B'klyn Tech in 1966. Bartons sold factory seconds of Almond kisses in paper bag instead of fancy square tin. Right by Ebingers, same block., ooh the ruggelach.
                              I got a few cans of Almond kisses at the Waldbaums on Hempstead Tpke. in Levittown a couple of years ago. They were stacked right by the customer service booth and cost about $7.

                          2. OMG! What an incredible post. The big three "real" candy shops of my youth mentioned. Barton, Barracini and Loft. What memories. Thanks, guys.

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                            1. re: thos

                              I just picked up a 10 oz. tin (black tin, complete with the aforementioned poodles & flowercarts)... Hannaford supermarket in Waltham MA has a cartful of them, all marked down to $1. Never tried them before-- the consistency was a little odd. (I was expecting something more like a "turtle", so the chewy/ toffee/ condensed milk texture was kind of a surprise.) The tin contains about 20 individually cellophane wrapped kisses.