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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 »


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 »