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Food gifting: Chocolate truffles and confectioneries around Tacoma

Truffles from the French Hen come with pretty designs painted onto the chocolates.

Editor’s note: This gifting series features edibles from South Sound food businesses. Check back daily through Dec. 23 for something new.

I rely on a category of foolproof holiday gifts when I don’t know what to buy someone – I give the gift of gluttony. Because nothing is as universal during the holidays as the need to stuff our faces. (January is for ditching those extra five pounds.)

Caramel sauce, freshly roasted coffee beans, truffles made in a cafe and tied up with a ribbon in a pretty box, a meat log, a cheese basket – all universal food gifts. They’re handmade and easily purchased right here in our community, mostly economical and you might even earn bonus points from the recipient for shopping local – a worthy endeavor any time of year.

The next few weeks, I’ll write about a different food gift every day. Check back daily for something new.

Today’s featured gift – truffles made at two local cafes and one of Tacoma’s oldest candy companies. I’ll also tell you where to score discounted candy from Brown & Haley. Read more »


Mother’s Day gifting: Locally made truffles from South Sound chocolate makers

Locally made truffles. From left is a truffle from Johnson Candy Company, French Hen Bistro and Affairs Cafe.

If you were the kind of person who planned ahead, you already would have found a recipe, borrowed the molds and purchased the ingredients to make a magical batch of chocolate truffles for mom’s special day this weekend.
But you’re just like the rest of us. Off to the store you go for chocolate. Before you settle for a drugstore buy, consider this: South Sound is home to three chocolate makers who specialize in truffles – decadent chocolates made with a creamy ganache center. Two chocolate shops are cafes with a truffle side business; the third is one of the oldest candy companies in Tacoma. All three will sell truffles for Mother’s Day, but you best not delay your purchase because supplies are limited. Read more »


Three new truffles meet eaters at Affairs

Gay Landry introduces new truffle flavors at Affairs.
Gay Landry introduces new truffle flavors at Affairs.

There’s sweet news from Gay Landry at Affairs, the University Place cafe, confectionery and home to homemade cakes, pies, tortes and all manner of desserts. The shop began its reputation with truffles, but not for 15 years has there been a new variety.

Until Saturday, when Landry hosted a Truffle Release Party…. Read more »