Food Trends

Candy Land: Five Gourmet Treats to Try Now

Nosh on these adult-approved sweets while handing out Halloween candy to the kiddos.

Photographs by Toan Trinh

Clockwise from top left:

Popette of Pendulum
Lollipops

Once a New York City fashion designer, Brenda Swift now puts her artistic talents to good use in Rhode Island, crafting elegantly embellished handmade lollies in all-natural flavors including apple cider and orange crème caramel.

$2.50 each, the Cheese Shop of Salem.

Sweet Lydia’s
Assorted Marshmallows

Classic Neapolitan desserts inspired Lowell-based candy pro Lydia Blanchard to put together this gourmet marshmallow collection, with coconut, vanilla, raspberry, and mocha versions of the puffy treat.

$7, Boston Public Market.

LaDoce
Brigadeiros Box

As essential as cake at Brazilian birthday parties, these slightly chewy chocolate truffles are available in Boston courtesy of Laura and Bruno Alves, who recently moved here from São Paulo.

$2.75 each ($35 for a box of 15), Render Coffee Financial District.

Seacoast Sweets
Chocolate Patties

Newburyport’s Kirstyn Pearl started selling handmade peppermint patties out of her dorm room as a holiday hobby. Now that candy-craft is her full-time job, she’s serving up additional varieties, including coconut and peanut butter.

$3 each, American Provisions.

Goodnow Farms
Esmeraldas Chocolate Bar

Tom and Monica Rogan seek out top-quality cacao in South and Central America, then turn it into single-origin bars at their farm in Sudbury. Their latest offering is made from Ecuadorian beans.

$8, Fastachi.


Jenna Pelletier Jenna Pelletier, Food Editor at Boston Magazine jpelletier@bostonmagazine.com