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Tag: Great Northwest Popcorn Company


Get local: Tacoma candy shops to buy chocolates for your Valentine

Truffles from Affairs in University Place (file photo)

The kind of chocolate you buy for your sweetheart can say a lot about you as a gift giver. Do you phone it in with a bag of Hershey kisses from Target? Or do you fail miserably at 9 p.m. Feb. 14 with a Hershey’s bar from the 76 station paired with one of those cheesy fabric roses (read: epic fail). Or do you make a sweeter, bolder, more local statement to your mate with chocolates made right here in Tacoma? Read more »


Last-minute gift giving gets easy with sweet treats. Tacoma’s Johnson Candy Company, Brown & Haley and Great Northwest Popcorn deliver the Christmas goods

Candy Cane Roca from Brown & Haley is buttercrunch toffee embedded with pieces of candy cane. It's covered in chocolate and drizzled with white chocolate.

Forget Hershey’s and M&Ms. Tacoma’s got the Johnsons, Brown & Haley and Great Northwest Popcorn – all locally grown businesses that dabble in sweet eats and Christmas treats.

At the Johnson Candy Company, which has operated since 1918 in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood, the popular turtles, peanut butter smidgens, Christmas-colored candy corn and those famous handmade truffles are ready for the taking. They’ve even got gift-wrapped boxes for the purely lazy Christmas giver. (You know who you are.)

At the factory outlet stores for Brown & Haley, bargains abound in the form of 99 cent boxes of Candy Cane Roca (can you say White Elephant gift?) and heftily discounted boxes, tins and bags of Roca and its affiliated sibling products.

At Great Northwest Popcorn in downtown Tacoma, a few bucks can buy a bag of handmade flavored popcorn that comes in straightforward flavors like toffee or cheese or more kitschy blends like the Elvis (peanut butter and banana) and a riff on soda pop: cherry vanilla.

Click “more” to read about what local candy companies offer for holiday giving. Bonus: All of these stores are located far enough away from the mall (read: less of a traffic nightmare). Read more »