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Last minute edible gifts for Mother’s Day (all under $20)

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on May 10, 2013 at 12:02 am | No Comments »
May 10, 2013 8:50 am
The Johnson family has been making candy on the HIlltop since the 1920s.
The Johnson family has been making candy on the HIlltop since the 1920s.

So you waited until the last minute to buy a Mother’s Day gift. How novel!

Don’t worry – I’m here to help. Here are five local and edible  gifts for mom – that she’ll actually like. No gas station flowers, ok? You hear me? Read on.

Gift 1: Johnson truffles

Johnson Candy Company
Where: 924 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, 253-272-8504
Rows and rows of hand-made truffles usually are featured at the Hilltop candy shop, but they may be low by now. Ten bucks will buy you a nice box for mom (backup plan: Johnson dark salted caramels). Call before visiting. They’re open Saturday, but usually are closed Sunday. Plan accordingly.

Gift 2: Almond Roca

Brown & Haley retail stores
Where: In Tacoma and Fife, check addresses here
At the factory retail stores, find tins of the regular Roca for which Tacoma-based Brown & Haley is world famous, but also the signature Mountain Bars and the various Roca specialty flavors (I sometimes see baking mixes there, too. But be careful about giving mom a gift that  she has to make – I call that the “vacuum cleaner move.” Don’t  do it.). The Tacoma store is open through Sunday, but the Fife store is closed Sundays.

Gift 3: Fancy popcorn

Great Northwest Popcorn
Where: 1948 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-779-5676 or
Don’t think of Great Northwest Popcorn as solely a destination for flavored popcorn, the store also carries a wide selection of candy. You’ll find hand-made caramels and chocolates in the display case near the register. Do get the chocolate turtles. They’ve got a nice assortment of candy for kids, too.

Gift 4: Take mom out for a meal

Lucky for you, I spent all week compiling a list of about 20 places to take mom for brunch, lunch, a buffet or dinner. Click here to read the list.

Gift 5: Fancy marshmallows

Madyson’s Gourmet Marshmallows
Sumner candy maker Breeze Wetzel makes something every mom would love – handmade marshmallows in cute shapes, colors and concepts.  Find them at the Tea Madame and Ciarrai Jeanne Confections in Sumner and the Roca outlet store in Fife.

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