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Nov 28, 2007 12:37 PM

Fiona's Sweet Shoppe - FiDi Candy fix

Just strolled by newly opened Fiona's Sweet Shoppe at 214 Sutter (between Kearny and Grant, near Loehman's) and was totally transfixed and forgot all my post-Thanksgiving healthy eating vows. She carries all sorts of English, Scottish and imported sweets - hard candies, toffees, chocolates, bars, gummies, etc in a cute little space. Only tried some lime and orange hard candies for now, but am sure this will be a regular stop for sweets cravings.

Would love to hear any recommendations for beloved English candies.

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  1. Let us know if it stocks Maynards Wine Gums.

    Fiona's Sweetshoppe
    214 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA

    7 Replies
    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Yes! Maynard's! (No US equivalent exists. That's definitive.)

      You're aware Melanie (I presume) of their availabilty at the British Food Centers (sic) in Campbell and San Carlos? (Much cited in the consular Web sites and among expatriates -- who quest desperately for various items alternately permitted and denied by US import laws -- the run on "crisps" two years ago this Autumn, in a brief but now-wide-open import window, was not pretty.) I handled Maynard's there a couple days ago. (But rejected them for Walkers Original Toffee. Only a little, of course. I can take them or leave them. :-) You can also get McVities of Middlesex, The Original Digestive Biscuits. (Long celebrated online, even here in the former colonies.)

      1. re: eatzalot

        Thanks. The real problem is finding them at a price I'm willing to pay.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I stopped by and picked up a mix 'n' match assortment for an Anglophile friend to check out. They had Wine Gums but I have no idea of the brand -- the candies were all loose in glass gars (plus a few wrapped chocolate bars).

          Most candies (including the Wine Gums) are $4.49 per 1/4 lb.

          1. re: Xiao Yang

            Thanks for checking it out. A bit too dear for my blood.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              I believe they have Meynards in the rolls too -- I don't think the per pound ones are Meynards. Not sure of price on the rolls.

              I'm now hooked on the sport gems -- slightly different flavor from wine gums but a harder/chewier texture.

              Price per pound is hefty, but not too bad when you consider that almost everything in there is imported.

              UMMMMMM! I might have to go now.

              If nothing else, stop by and buy a small amount of something -- they are quite generous with the samples!!

              1. re: foodnut

                Thanks for the reminder, still haven't made it over there yet.

      2. re: Melanie Wong

        I'm not sure if you've had a chance to visit yet...I visited the shop over the weekend and bought a roll of Maynards (I love them too). I bought the roll of Maynards and a couple of pieces Rose Turkish Delight (yum yum) from one of the jars. I would have bought more but I was in a rush... and I think my total bill was less than $2.

      3. the website has been updated w/ pics & you can order online:

        Any more items that chowhounds recommend?

        1. After reading an article about the shop in the Chronicle, my wife and I stopped in to buy some take-home gifts. The proprietor recommended the treacle toffee, so we bought several bags, including one for ourselves. They were delicious, my family finished the 1/2 pound bag in a couple of days and we wish we had bought more. I would order online if the shipping charges to Hawaii weren't so high, more than the cost of the goods themselves.