Living in California has its perks: great weather, laid-back lifestyle, cosmopolitan population, diverse communities, fun attractions... oh, and See's Candies! I've been hooked on See's Candies ever since I was a little girl and my relatives used to bring home cans of See's Toffee-ettes every time they traveled
to the US. Believe me, access to See's Candies was definitely on the "plus" side when I decided to move to California 20 years ago! There are over 200 See's Candies shops around the US, but the biggest concentration is in California, so I can get my See's fix whenever I want. Fun fact: there are five See's Candies shops located within 10 miles of where I live!
I love walking into a See's Candies store. It's such a treat to enter on a hot day and feel that blast of cold air. The black-and-white decor gives off such a clean, wholesome, old-fashioned vibe, and the smell of chocolate is heavenly.
Now that it's summertime, the shelves are filled with all kinds of goodies for Father's Day and 4th of July! They have gift boxes in red, white, and blue that would make the perfect hostess gift for your Independence Day party.
Don't forget, See's isn't just about chocolate! They make wonderful gummies, peppermints, nut brittles, lollipops (my kids LOVE See's Lollypops!), salted nuts, and licorice.
Best of all, the person behind the counter always gives you a chocolate sample when you enter the store!
There's so much yumminess at See's Candies that it can be difficult to choose, but I'm more than happy to make some recommendations! Here are my all-time See's favorites:
Toffee-ettes: This is the chocolate comfort food of my childhood! That combination of chocolate, toffee and almond is my trifecta of chocolate bliss.
Almond Royal: Another childhood favorite, chocolate caramel with an almond in the center. Yum!
California Brittle: Available in Dark or Milk chocolate, it's like Toffee-ettes, without the almond coating.
Walnut Square Bar: I discovered this five years ago, and it has become our family's favorite. Caramel, walnuts, and dark chocolate... what's not to love?
Custom Mix: When it comes to individual and boxed chocolates, I love the Dark and Milk Butterchews, Dark and Light Truffles, Almond Squares, Caramels, Double Caramels and Orange Creams.... but instead of listening to me, why not just pick a box of the chocolates you love? A pound of custom-mix chocolates costs just the same as a box of pre-packed chocolates, but you get to choose your favorites, so you'll never end up with a half-eaten (i.e. wasted!) piece of chocolate in your box.
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Disclosure: Thanks to See's Chocolates for providing a gift card so I could review their latest offerings, as well as a second gift card to give away. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.