I have a confession to make, not that it will be a huge surprise to anyone who knows me, but it’s a confession nonetheless. I have a sweet tooth (it may or may not have a cavity. I’m not telling.) There, I’ve said it.
At my office, I keep a basket stocked with chocolate and a smaller basket stocked with non-chocolate candy. Yes, the candy needs to be segregated or the non-chocolate candy starts to taste a little *like* chocolate. And we can’t have THAT. You might wonder why I have so much candy in my office. Well…I learned a long time ago, those with candy are more popular in an office setting than those without and I like to be popular.
|Isn't this hilarious? My sister doesn't agree. Spoilsport.|
Anyway, with all that traveling and my sweet tooth, I’ve seen and tasted quite a bit.
But what city has the sweetest candy with a bit of local flavor? For me, New Orleans wins hands down. There is something about pralines that I just adore! It may be because when I first tried it as a child, I was instantly hooked (that and my grandmother always had pralines & cream ice cream in her freezer). It may be because I love the way the right praline (not the chewy ones that I don’t particularly care for) will simply melt on your tongue, all brown sugary goodness filling your mouth until you nearly pass out from a sugar high. It might be because I love pecans and all the flavors one can get in praline form – chocolate, peanut butter, rum, toffee, coconut (I could go on and on and on and…well, you get the picture) and, of course, the original flavor is one of my all time favorites.
Those boxes are long gone, but luckily I’ll be returning to the Big Easy in March and I can stock once more (and I’ll have to go by Café Du Monde too, because it *is* New Orleans and the beignets are so deliciously sweet.)
So now it’s your turn. What is your favorite sweet? And more importantly, where can I find it? Two lucky commenters will win a copy of WOLFISHLY YOURS. (US and Canada only.)