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April
22nd

Tacoma treasure: Johnson candy for your Easter basket


Creamy, nougat filled chocolate eggs come in more than a dozen flavors.

The good news: The Johnson Candy Co. had nougat filled chocolate eggs.
The bad news: They were out of peanut butter bunny smidgens.

Johnson Candy Co was in a full throttle candy frenzy today. Johnson Candy Co, a Tacoma tradition since 1949,  does brisk business during the week leading up to Easter. The nougat-filled chocolate eggs come in more than a dozen flavors, and sweet nibbles of truffles and dozens of other handmade candies and fudge can be bought at the Hilltop neighborhood chocolate shop. They even have sugar free candy. Read more »

Dec.
20th

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 »

Aug.
7th

Sugar: A tiny candy store opens in Proctor. Alert the children.

A candy store called Sugar opened in Proctor Thursday. I checked in by phone on opening day with owner Donna Schramm, a North End resident, who opened the shop that sells old-fashioned candy in a tiny space at 3901 N. 27th St.

And, no, you’re not reading incorrectly. This is the second old fashioned candy store to open recently in Proctor. Jubilee Cupcakes & Vintage Candy, a cupcake-candy store that used to be called Sweet Things, opened July 23. C.R. Roberts wrote about Jubilee here.

(Note to dentists: if you’re looking to set up shop, you might consider Proctor.)

I don’t have a die-hard candy obsession, and when I do, I usually go to the the Johnson Candy Company for truffles, but the store sounds like a neat place to take your favorite daughter, niece, sister, girlfriend, or to indulge your 1970s child infatuation with Flicks. It’s a prettied up Willy Wonka décor. Click “more” to read more about Sugar, and to see a few pictures of the shop. Read more »