2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Celebrate With Candy Made in DFW

Every year on SideDish, we like to devote our energy to supporting small local food businesses that make DFW a better place to live. For twelve days, we’ll be highlighting jams, jellies, pies, classes, wines, coffees, teas, and basically any food product made locally on Dallas (or close to it) soil. Today is Candy Day. If you’ve got a product that you want included, send me an email with your information and a picture. This list will often be updated, so don’t fret about deadlines. We’re here to serve you guys.

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photo by Sarah Reiss

OMG S’mores

Every time you buy an OMG S’mores kit, part of your proceeds goes toward the North Texas Food Bank. Each kit comes with quality, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate, puffy marshmallows perfect for roasting, graham crackers, and long sturdy sticks so you won’t burn your hands off making s’mores. All the DFW Whole Foods stores have these kits available for $19.99, and so does Swoozies in Preston Center. If you want your own magical s’mores delivery, call 214-501-3337.

Stacy Fawcett, the inventor behind this genius holiday gift, dropped by our office to give us a taste and left us with an original s’mores kit to give away. The seventh person to tweet out a link to this post (be sure to include @DSideDish so we can see it) wins an OMG S’mores kit, which comes with 35 graham crackers, 12 marshmallows, and 2 divine chocolate bars. The lucky winner will be tweeted back. (Also, you have to pick up your prize from our office.)


Dr. Sue’s Chocolate

The doctor writes: “The mission of Dr. Sue’s Chocolate is to inspire people to a healthier lifestyle.  We use only dark chocolate and all natural ingredients.  A portion of our proceeds are donated to local entities that support or encourage a living a healthy lifestyle (such as Friends of the Dallas Farmers Market, Promise of Peace Community Garden, North Texas Food Bank, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital to name a few.)  We are excited about our current project with the non-profit Real School Gardens.

In addition to our perennial favorites Cherry Pecan, Hazelnut Toffee, Hazelnut Coconut, Blueberry Ancho Chile, Roasted Cocoa Bean, and Ginger Fig, we have two holiday flavors All Natural Peppermint and Cranberry Orange.”

Annie’s Texas Toffee Co.

“Our English toffee is handcrafted using a secret family recipe that has been passed down for generations. At Annie’s Texas Toffee Co. our candy is made by hand, in small batches, using only high quality and all natural ingredients. Each recipe is made with a commitment to freshness and quality, as well as a bit of family love.

We believe our toffee stands in a candy category of its own. The thickness and consistency of the candy give it more of a crunch than a chew that instantly begins to melt away into buttery flavors of burnt sugar and toasted almond. The layers of milk chocolate round out the sweetness in every bite. In short, this is the best toffee you will ever eat!”

from the Cake Ball Company

The Cake Ball Company

The holiday assortment (comes in different sizes) includes gingerbread, chocolate peppermint, cinnamon streusel, chocolate buzz and the ever-popular birthday cake and brownie flavors decorated with holiday decor. The Cake Ball Co. also delivers.

The 12 Days of Food Gifts

Day One: Cheese

Day Two: Candy

Day Three: Tamales

Day Four: Baked Goods

Day Five: Drinkables

Day Six: Cook Books

Day Seven: Cooking Classes

Day Eight: Jams and Pickles

Day Nine: Gift Cards and Gift Boxes

Day Ten: Meats

Day Eleven: Gifts That Give Back

Day Twelve: Juice Cleanses

Need more gift ideas? See Raya’s guide on ShopTalk.


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