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Dec 4, 2013 02:51 PM

Favorite See's Candies - Holiday Edition

Just tried the Egg Nog Truffles.

Pretty fabulous. But I can only eat about 2 of these at a time, then I want to gag. Too much white chocolate sweetness. Still good, but not more than 2.

Mint cream lollypops are good too. But then I'm a natural born sucker.

Any seasonal favorites on your end?

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  1. The "mincemeat": See's dark chocolate covering a creamy center filled with pieces of citron, raisins, lemon peel, orange peel, glace fruit, brandy flavoring, spices and English walnuts.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      I will have to try those - they sound great (except for the raisins!).

      My favorite is the California Crunch, though they are not seasonal.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        I've never even heard of that one, but it sounds like my kind of treat. Will now become obsessed trying to track it down.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          I used to love those too, but I haven't seen them in a while, and they're not shown on the custom mix menu this year. Or maybe I looked in the wrong place?

          1. re: Caroline1

            Says they're only available in stores seasonally- i'm going to have to get my sister to pick up a few since i'm not near any stores....

          2. re: Ruth Lafler

            definitely the mincemeat creams - or maybe something marzipan

            i have never seen mincemeat creams elsewhere - only at See's

            i did not realize til recently that Warren Buffet owns See's.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Ruth, I just read this year's FAQ on See's website, and it says they will not be doing the mincemeat this year, but are planning to make this seasonal favorite again in 2014. <sigh> I have no idea what that can be about. Has anyone heard of a great mincemeat shortage for 2013?

              Of well. Back to my Cross & Blackwell's or Nonesuch as ice cream topping.

              1. re: Caroline1

                That's too bad. I know they also temporarily discontinued the chocolate covered ginger, due to some quality issues with the ginger they were sourcing. Maybe something similar with the mincemeat.

            2. Any of the caramel ones.

              When my grandfather was alive, when I was a kid, he would send us the biggest box of See's candy each Christmas. I was always in trouble for poking them for the caramel ones. I would still do it though...worth the scolding.

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              1. re: sedimental

                You know they sell just caramel chocolate boxes, right?

                Although I don't blame you for enjoying the hunt -- it makes finding and eating them all that much better.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Ha. I have no idea what they have. I don't eat candy anymore. I don't think I have had a see's candy in 40 years. Maybe I should buy a box :)

              2. I grew up with see's!! Good memories.... Recently i tried the pumpkin spice suckers- holy crap they are sweet! Yummy, but i can't seem to finish one.
                Their divinity candy is awesome, but i think that's year round.... My favorite seasonal candy is the "potato" made of divinity at st patrick's day-but i don't think that's the holiday you mean in your title....;)

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                1. re: Ttrockwood

                  All holidays are fair game. Even Festivus!

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Haha! I wonder what a Festivus candy would be....aside from cheap and angry......and from nyc. Hmm.

                    My mom loves those molasses chips, i would get the chelsea candy (chocolate walnut fudge inside), and to this day my dad loves the peanut brittle and looks surprised when he gets a can from santa every year.

                2. I like the Chanukkah gelt and the mini pastel foil-wrapped milk chocolate Easter eggs.
                  And pretty much everything else See's sells, especially seafoam candy and all nuts and chews, but since you specified holidays, there's your answer.

                  1. When I was a kid, See's didn't have an illustrated field guide so my mom taught me how to "read" a box of chocolates: squares and rectangles are caramels and chews; round are soft centers. She also taught me how to read the swirls and squiggles. It's one of the most useful things I learned! But now See's has ID cards and also sooooo many more types of goodies. I have a weakness for Scotch kisses and Scotchmallows, which thankfully are not seasonal.

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                    1. re: Erika L

                      You come from good parents, Erika.

                      Happy Holidays.

                      (As an aside, wouldn't being "not seasonal" be actually worse? That means you have access to them, with or without your secret decoder skills, year-round? In any event, have you seen this? )

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        No I have not seen that recipe! I *must* try it!!

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Holy crap!!! I had no idea they even had a recipe section! I love/hate this!

                        2. re: Erika L

                          "But now See's has ID cards..."

                          What?! Are you saying they now have a guide to tell you what's inside each piece? When I was a kid, I used to like the Whitman's Sampler, mainly because they had that map on the box. But even then, I knew it was inferior to See's.

                          My favorite seasonal pieces are the Bordeaux eggs and divinity potatoes. I have many other favorites, but I try to stay out of See's these days because of a tendency to overdo it.

                          Not seasonal, but their peanut brittle gets an honorable mention.

                          1. re: Steve Green

                            I LOVE YOU I HATE YOU I LOVE YOU I HATE YOU!!
                            I have to go up to Berkeley today, and RIGHT there on Shattuck Ave. is a teensy-tiny See's store. And I will be going there, to get some light Bordeaux and the apricot candies C1 mentioned.
                            Oh, the shame. :)

                              1. re: mamachef

                                Oooh, those apricot ones are soooooo good, really tart little bits against the super sweet white chocolate. I might have to make a field trip, too!

                              2. re: Steve Green

                                The stores have little ID cards in front of each type of goodie that names and describes it. They don't put little guides in boxes, I am assuming because there are endless permutations of what can be in a box.

                                And I didn't know about the recipe section of the website, either! Ruh roh...

                                The do-it-yourself boxes are great. When a friend's four kids were little, one liked only white chocolate so the See's folks would make me a box with *exactly* one-fourth white chocolates--because you know the kids were counting!