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Kid coaxing: How to bribe the kids with a little sweet treat around Tacoma

Part ice cream shop, part sciece experiment, Subzero Ice Cream & Yogurt in Federal Way is a great bribe of an outing during the final stretch of winter break.

A warning to any parents who forbid sweets and treats: This story is not for you. Stop reading now. I mean it.

For the rest of us: Any parent who has spent winter break for two whole weeks cooped up with a gaggle of kids knows that it sometimes takes bribery to get the wee ones to cooperate. Sometimes a sweet incentive dangled before a cute little face might actually get junior to Stop. Hitting. His. Sister.

Need your little one to finish that worksheet or tackle that reading assignment? Promise a sweet escape to a locally owned (or operated) candy, ice cream or cookie store that offers interesting and unusual treats. I call it “Project Parent Bribe.” You might be inclined to call it Operation Keep My Sanity.

Here are five bribes, err places, to visit with the kids this week during the final week of winter break. Read on. Read more »


Locally made candy for any Easter basket

Pictured here are chocolate covered eggs, a chocolate covered marshmallow Peep and chocolate covered peanut butter smidgens. All are available at Johnson Candy in Tacoma. Photo by Jeremy Harrison/Staff photographer

I appreciate emails from readers asking where to locally source something that is easy enough to pick up at any drug store. In my inbox this week, a request from a reader asking where to buy locally made/produced chocolate for Easter baskets.

I’m a big fan of chocolate (wouldn’t you be suspicious of any food writer who wasn’t?), and locally, I can think of three businesses that craft chocolates worthy of a gift or Easter basket. My chocolate loving mind instantly goes to the Johnson Candy Company, which has been a longtime staple in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood, and the producer of candy here for more than 80 years.

I stopped by Johnson Candy to peruse the Easter inventory and I was flabbergasted by the array of Easter candy in the store now. Turn a circle in the store, and you’ll find something handcrafted and special to tuck into any Easter basket. Click “more” to see what I found at Johnson Candy, and to read the e-mail from a reader explaining why she wants locally sourced chocolate for her child’s Easter basket. Read more »