Dewar's in Bakersfield 100th Anniversary this Weekend
Dewar's Candy Shop in Bakersfield is celebrating their 100th anniversary May 16 and 17 from 11 am to 4 pm.
Here's link from The Bakersfield Californian:
They have 8 new flavors of chews just for the event, they are peanut butter & jelly, pistachio, carmel pistachio, vanilla, roasted pecan, hot, georges special, can't remember the eighth. The nut ones are especially good.
Dewar's Candy Shop
1120 Eye St, Bakersfield, CA 93304
When I was a little boy my grandfather was a sales man for The Eng-Skell Company out of Oakland Ca. While servicing his accounts in Bakersfield he would always stock up on the peanut butter and peppermint chews to bring back to Fresno. They were wrapped in wax paper with the ends rolled. I didn't know how good I had it! I'm 63 now!
After a pupusa lunch taste-off in Buttonwillow, I detoured through Bakersfield instead of getting back on the I5.
My first Dewar's experience started in the parking lot with this view through the windshield.
My intention was to make a brief stop, buy some of the chews, and get back on the road. But when I saw how cute the soda fountain was, I had to take a seat. And as you can see from this photo, I picked the right handbag for the day, perfectly coordinated with the fountain colors.
The staff were welcoming and very friendly once I confessed that this was my first visit. The long-time customers sitting at the counter also got into the act, making sure that I had a taste of the punch (tried it, not my thing). My server would have let me taste all the ice cream flavors if I'd had the time. The straight up vanilla is very good here. What made the biggest impression on me was the peppermint ice milk. I had also tried the peppermint ice cream, and preferred the more direct flavor in the lower butterfat version.
I ordered a small sundae with butter pecan ice cream on the bottom and peppermint ice milk on top with hot fudge and roasted almonds. The lack of whipped cream did take away from the experience. But music to my ears were the words, "Let me know when you get to the bottom if you need more hot fudge." And I did, with seconds offered readily.
I bought a mixed pound of chews, my first taste of Dewar's signature candy. As expected the peanut butter and the almond ones were my favorite. But I'm glad i got a mix, as I also liked the peppermint and my mom liked the caramel ones.
A very worthwhile side trip.
re: Melanie Wong
Earlier this month I squeezed in a stop at Dewar's again to pick up more of the signature chews. Besides the mix of original flavors and separate bags of just peanut butter and just almond ones, I also tried a mixed bag of "new flavors". The new flavors for the most part are a distant second to the original ones, and I actively disliked the grape and spumoni flavors. Hazelnut-chocolate was a standout in this group and peanut butter & jelly was interesting.
I'm still firmly in the peanut butter and almond chews rule club.
re: Melanie Wong
re: toodie jane
Taffy-like but firmer and denser and the flavors at Dewar's are far more intense (and identifiable) than the typical saltwater taffy. The peanut butter one is like an Abba zabba bar with vanilla white outside and coarse ground peanuts in the center.