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  1. The Perfect Peanut Butter Candy Ensemble

    The Perfect Peanut Butter Candy Ensemble

    People all over the world love peanut butter!  “In 1884 Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Canada patented peanut paste, the finished product from milling roasted peanuts between two heated surfaces. In 1895 Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (the creator of Kellogg’s cereal) patented a process for creating peanut butter from raw peanuts.  In 1903, Dr. Ambrose Straub of St. Louis, Missouri, patented a peanut-butter-making machine.  Peanut butter was first introduced at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.”  National Peanut Board 

    Its creamy texture and flavor is pleasing to all palates and it blends well with so many flavors, including chocolate.  It’s also an excellent source of protein, fiber, iron, and potassium.  Southern Candymakers knows what New Orleans candy you like and what you want more of.  So, it is with great excitement that we are introducing our new Peanut Butter Lovers Box!  Each expertly crafted assortment contains our fresh, handmade peanut butter cups, peanut butter chocolate dipped Oreos® and pretzels, peanut butter Ritz®, Jackson Squares, Bourbon St. bark, chocolate peanut butter fudge, and a peanut butter praline. 

    You can always satisfy your sweet tooth and candy gift needs by visiting our shops in New Orleans’ charming French Quarter, placing your order online or calling us toll-free.  Until next time!    

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  2. Here's to Embracing Our Inner Festival!

    Here's to Embracing Our Inner Festival!

    While Mardi Gras may be a thing of the past, festival season in New Orleans is just warming up!  The allure of the French Quarter paints the perfect picture for making your way through NOLA's colorful, bustling streets!  Be sure to stop by our 334 or 1010 Decatur Street shops when you're in the area for your New Orleans candy that includes our fresh pralines, glazed pecans and an assortment of delicious chocolates!

    Mid-March is key for all things green and liberating with the St. Patrick's Day parade and the Congo Square/New World Rhythms Fest.  Two festivals rise to the occasion for the passionate at heart the last week in March: the Historic French Quarter Easter Parade and the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.  April represents richly with cultural and musical greats during the French Quarter Festival and the legendary New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.  And don't worry, the party doesn't stop there; click here for a comprehensive list of all NOLA 2016 festivals from March through December.

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  3. Home is where the hearth is...

    The holiday season is upon us and Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. Many of you are gathering names for your upcoming business candy gifts, some are giving careful thought to selecting the perfect chocolate gift basket to bring as a Host/Hostess gift, while others are meticulously drafting their holiday meal menus. And nothing says the holidays more than a savory, homemade dessert! Why not enhance your classic sweet courses with our very own Praline Sauce? Whether you're drizzling a generous amount over hearty scoops of vanilla ice cream or making it part of your Sweet Potato Casserole (see recipe below), it's bound to be a success! Southern Candymakers Praline Sauce

    SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE RECIPE

    --CASSEROLE--

    • 5 large sweet potatoes
    • 3 / 4 cup white sugar
    • 1 / 2 cup butter
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    --TOPPING--

    • 1 10 oz. jar Southern Candymakers Praline Sauce

    DIRECTIONS Boil sweet potatoes until tender. Wait for them to cool off, then remove peels. Mash sweet potatoes.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    Combine mashed sweet potatoes with remaining casserole ingredients.

    Stir thoroughly until consistency is smooth.

    Spoon into an 8 x 14 casserole dish.

    Place in oven and cook for 35 minutes.

    Remove sweet potato casserole. Leave oven on.

    Pour entire 10 oz. jar of Southern Candymakers Praline Sauce over top of entire dish. Stir in/swirl praline sauce throughout casserole. Place back in oven for an additional 10 minutes.

    Turn oven off. Remove sweet potato casserole. Let cool.

    *Optional: serve with fresh whipped cream.

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    Stop by our 334 Decatur St. or 1010 Decatur St. shops to pick up your Southern Candymakers Praline Sauce. Not in the area?

    No worries. We'll be happy to take your order over the phone or online. Until next time!

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  4. The Temptation of Toffee

    The Temptation of Toffee

    Pretty much anyone you talk to has eaten some brand of toffee in their lifetime.  We're all familiar with the basics: the crisp snap, the buttery flavor, and the sweet balance of chocolate and nuts.  However...can you honestly say you've indulged in fresh, made from scratch toffee in three tempting varieties that keep you wanting more of this English classic?  We didn't think so.

    At Southern Candymakers, we take pride in handcrafting to perfection, round discs of chocolately, buttery delight.  Pick your passion.  Silky milk chocolate with thin slices of almonds.  Creamy white chocolate paired with macadamia nuts.  A luxurious dark chocolate with pecans.  Or what about indulging in all three?  

    We offer these fresh choices of toffee on a daily basis so you won't get bored. This is to ensure you will always savor the magic that happens in our kitchens on a regular basis.   

    Come try them for yourself.  You won't be disappointed.  Until next time!

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  5. Scrumptious Salt Water Taffy

    For some, the flavorful and chewy texture of salt water taffy brings up memories of childhood fun.  For others, it's a recollection of a tasty, fruity treat enjoyed during a leisurely stroll through the French Quarter.  And for those who’ve visited the Crescent City on business, maybe it's a reminder of a light hearted party favor in their company gift bag.  Or it could just simply be because it makes your mouth water just looking at all the colorful flavors.  

    However salt water taffy shows up for you, it goes without saying how delectable this confection is.  And here at Southern Candymakers, we house a rainbow of flavors that are bound to entice you.  Treat your taste buds to raspberry lemonade, fruit punch, key lime, orange, strawberry, and banana.  Or craft your own delicious combinations such as: Chocolate Covered Cherry (chocolate and cherry), the Best Surprise Birthday Party Ever (vanilla, birthday cake and cotton candy) or even a refreshing cocktail (watermelon and peppermint)!  

    Come on over and customize your own bag of salt water taffy or place your order online.  Until next week!

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  6. Glorious Glazed Pecans

    Autumn is here, students are back in class and pumpkins & sweet potatoes are front and center in grocery stores.  Consider complementing this season's harvest with our Glazed Pecans.  These sweet, crispy, jumbo pecan halves with just a hint of salt are also a great source of energy, a terrific snack to include with your kids' lunch and perfect to have on hand for guests stopping by.

    This made-from-scratch Louisiana classic is a treat everyone will love.  Stop by our 334 Decatur St. or 1010 Decatur St. shops to savor your very own half or one pound bag.  If you're not in NOLA, we'll gladly take your order over the phone or online.  Until next week!

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  7. Savor New Orleans Pralines

    If you've ever visited either of our Decatur St. stores, you can attest to the delight of the sugary, buttery and chocolatey aroma wafting through the air.  That's because our pralines, along with our toffee, chocolate, glazed pecans and caramel candy are handmade right here in our stores.  It's no surprise our award winning, fresh pralines draw in loyal crowds on a daily basis.

    Not only are New Orleans pralines rich in flavor, they have quite an engaging history.  Guests frequently stop and behold our dedicated candy makers.  It's an enticing process that transforms fresh cream, butter, sugar and Southern pecans into delicious, unforgettable pralines.

    We invite you to come and experience our New Orleans pralines for yourself.  And if you're unable to do so, no worries.  We're happy to take your order over the phone or online and ship them fresh to your front door.  Until next week!

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  8. Welcome to the Southern Candymakers Blog!

    Welcome to our first blog post.  We will be bringing you some exciting industry information about our gourmet New Orleans pralines and candy.  See behind the scenes as we create some of the best candy New Orleans offers.  Keep up on our latest and greatest candy creations for the holidays.  Get great ideas for wedding favors, corporate candy gifts, and more!

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