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  • Rory Jan 4, 2013 12:35 AM
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I'm visiting friends in the Baltic this month and I'd love to bring a box of American gourmet candy; anyone have any ideas? MIel Bon Bon is great but they're oh so French, I want peanut butter, marshmallow, stuff they'd never get over there...

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  1. Pralines or Moon Pies are the first things that come to mind.

    Bring a big bag of Reese's cups -- the little ones. It's funny-- Europeans will disparage peanut butter, but they'll gamely try it because it's American candy. Then they'll mug you for the rest of the bag. I have yet to see a single person try them who didn't want another one (and another one...) -- and my homemade buckeyes this Christmas were a huge hit.

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    1. re: sunshine842

      I 2nd the pralines and add divinity to the mix.

    2. Go with the Lil Debbie snacks or the double stuffed Banana Moon Pies.

      Stuckeys Peanut and Pecan Logs are good too. Just make sure you say pecan the right way (pee-can)...

      1. Azurelise in Raleigh is very good, and has some "american" flavors, such as peanut butter caramel, caramel cream pecan, julep (bourbon), maple cream...

        http://www.azurelise.com/

        1. GooGoo Clusters. I'm not sure if they're what you might consider gourmet, but they are definitely Southern.

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          1. re: Leepa

            shoot. I knew I was forgetting a biggie in my list above. GooGoo clusters.

          2. Peanut brittle and salt water taffy come to mind. Do they have chocolate chips there? I have a friend who sends them home with her overseas guests because they can't buy them in their country.

            1. I like the pralines and banana moon pie suggestions. If you want to take the quintessential Southern candy that might be the pecan log!

              1. Bring a jar of marshmallow fluff!! And a box of brownie mix!

                I like to bring Burt's Bees (NC) products.
                Or salt water taffy?

                1. Walk down the candy aisle of a Piggly Wiggly or Foodlion and look for regional specialties. Or head to the Interstate and stop in at Cracker Barrel. Get a dozen or so flavors of the stick candies. A huge favorite of mine whenever we came south on vacation. Of course, back then I would get them at Stuckey's.

                  1. super great suggestions, but they seem so commercial, I was hoping I could find maybe an upscale variety.

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                    1. re: Rory

                      Not sure that marshmallows and peanut butter really *get* very upscale....

                      So head for the pralines and divinity and pecan logs.

                      I don't know that toffee is really traditional southern, but these folks make it with pecans, at least: http://www.chapelhilltoffee.com/#!our...

                      and these ladies make turtles, peppermint patties, and toffee: http://www.carolinaconfectionery.com/

                      1. re: Rory

                        Azurelise is very upscale.

                        1. re: Rory

                          In that case how about Escazu Artisan Chocolates out of Raleigh? Too bad Chocolate Door in Chapel Hill closed end of December.

                          1. re: bbqme

                            Escazu chocolates are wonderful. They do make some uniquely Southern flavor combinations on occasion. Istr muscadine in the past.

                        2. Chapel Hill Toffee. We had some of this stolen from our luggage (either in Miami or Sao Paulo) on the way to Brasil. Made it through on other trips and everyone loved it.

                          1. super, Azurelise, pralines, Divinity, pecan logs & CH Toffee will be perfect upscale treat for my Finnish friend, I'd like to bring him fresh local pecans too as he bakes, does the Pecan guy still have them at the Farmers' Market? I think I just may get the Reeses, Banana Moon Pies & Marshmallow for the children. You've all been so helpful. Thanks!!

                            1. I second the idea of peanut brittle - you really should add this to your list. Chocolate covered peanuts are also a good suggestion -

                              This place is on the way to the Outer Banks - their products are delicious - I've tried many of them - fantastic peanut butter, peanuts of all kinds, etc.

                              I've never mail ordered from them because I have no need to - but they are definitely worth checking out. You can't get more southern than this - and very high quality.

                              www.shop.mfpnuts.com/index.php

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                              1. re: Jeanne

                                Mackey's Ferry Peanuts are fantastic! I particularly like the Blister Fried Peanuts and the Butternut Crunch.

                                When I was there last spring the owner mentioned his son (?) was selling the products at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh.

                                Might be worth calling to see if that is still the case!

                              2. Not candy but southern.. get some cheese straws.

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                                1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                  Cheese straws are a great suggestion. Also, Moravian cookies are a great traditional NC specialty.