- Cicely Feb 27, 2011 12:01 PM
I just had brunch at Canteen on Saturday with a friend from out of town and afterward we stopped by Candy Darling to pick up a sweet treat for her husband. The place looks new, although I see a post recommending it for peanut brittle from December (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/751670). It looked like they hadn't fully moved in, though - cardboard boxes stacked here and there. The space is mostly dominated by the workspace behind the counter; the glass display itself has a modest array of truffles, peanut butter cups, English toffee and some luscious looking caramels - sea salt and vanilla. On the side are hard candies in bulk.
One or two older ladies there seemed to be running the show along with a couple more staff. My friend got some of the peanut butter cups for her husband, and treated me to some English toffee. The lady threw in a truffle for my son. I really wanted the caramel but didn't want to say so to my friend, so I stopped by on my way back to my car after we parted ways. They were closed! It was just before noon.
The English toffee was delicious, tender-brittle in that way it's supposed to be. I didn't try the truffle till the next day (saving half for my son, who doesn't need that much choco anyway). The ganache inside was creamy enough, but lacked that touch of bitterness that I look forward to in a dark chocolate truffle, and it clearly wasn't milk chocolate.
I definitely want to try some of those caramels, though.
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