Old-fashioned candy-making has a hint of romance and whimsy to it, and when we saw these pretty and playful sweets from Papabubble, we nearly melted with delight. Fancifully colored, striped, dotted, filled with hearts, these candies are as tasty as they are pretty. The stretching technique they use on the sugar creates candies that melt away to the point that they crunch delicately between your teeth — no tooth-breakers here. Truly hand-made, candies like these are a rare treat in a fast-paced world. What better reason to eat these slowly, savoring each beautiful bauble one by one?
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I poured myself a cup of Ceylon Silver Tips from Empire Tea Services to enjoy with these little gems. I found that the delicate, light flavor of the tea allowed for full enjoyment of the sweet flavor of the candy, and with each new flavor of the candy, the tea seemed to take on a whole new personality! A wonderful tea pairing, indeed.
What I Think:
Of all the treats that arrived in this month’s Valentine’s Day Tasting Box from Foodzie, this was the one I was least excited about. Don’t get me wrong, I love just about any kind of candy, but, as this was tucked amidst an array of chocolate confections, these beautiful hand-pulled hard candies just didn’t enchant me the way the chocolate selections did.
But these are incredible. These ARE NOT the same hard candies that I remember sitting in candy dishes at Christmastime when I was a kid. These little beauties were made with creativity, love and care … and that love can be tasted as it melts on the tongue. These are true works of art, not just to the eye, but to the palate as well.
The little sampler pouch that arrived in the tasting box held approximately two dozen of tiny candies in assorted colors and each color represented a different flavor.
The first one I tried were the black and white candies which tasted of licorice, and I suspect that these were the aniseed. They quickly became my favorite! But then I tried the pale purplish-blue candies tasted like lavender and I loved those too! The pink ones with the little black heart in the middle had a tartness to them that tasted like pink grapefruit. YUM! I found myself falling in love with each new flavor that I tried.
My Final Thoughts:
I thought that these hard candies would be boring and not unlike the average hard candy you can find in the bulk section of the grocery store. Oh, how wrong I was! These are absolutely delicious! I love them!