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Sweet Mickey’s

November 5, 2016

Fudge is something we equate with summer, or at least I do. Boardwalks and beach towns, the chocolate melting onto your fingers, eating the brick of fudge you meant to bring back to friends… But this year, I found my fudge fix in the fall – specifically in a lovely candy store in Ballard called Sweet Mickey’s. They are a candy shop that not only sells all kind of fun candy, they also make their own amazing fudge.

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The fudge flavor of the season was pumpkin, and (a bit skeptically) I bought a small piece of that along with salted chocolate caramel and chocolate walnut.

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The pumpkin (center) was easily the best. Laced with a layer of caramel, the pumpkin flavor shone without tasting like a candy version of a pumpkin spiced latte. Texture was fudgy yet delicate, with the caramel layer adding gooey complexity. Runner up was the salted caramel – the fudge itself was dense and the flavors completed one another perfectly. The chocolate walnut was also good – just not as interesting as the other two. Overall, this was some of the best fudge I’ve ever had – my only mistake was not buying more of it.

Fudge Yourself

May 14, 2016

At the Fremont Sunday Market a couple weekends ago, I stumbled across a stand of homemade confections (mostly fudge) that even I’d never heard of. Fudge Yourself Confections had an array of fun fudge flavors as well as various brittles and the lady running the stand made them herself in a home kitchen. She has no online presence that I could find (if you can’t Google it, does it exist?) but the free samples said everything Yelp could not.

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I was very much impressed by everything I sampled, and ended up getting the peanut brittle and the cookies and cream fudge.  Both tasted how old-fashioned candy should: no false flavors, plenty of sugar but not blandly sweet, and freshly made with care.

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This lady is worth seeking out on Sundays, and adults and kids alike will love the fudge flavors. One bite will take you right back to summer vacation…

Ballard Market

August 4, 2013

The Ballard Farmers Market is one of my favorites. Veraci Pizza, mini-donuts, and plenty of amazing produce.  Not to mention my two dessert stops last week: Pete’s Perfect Toffee and Deborah’s Pies.  Pete’s Toffee was indeed perfect – and I have a very high standard for toffee.

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There were quite a few flavors to choose from, including spicy chili, coconut, and espresso, but I went with the – you guessed it – dark chocolate. Rich, a little salty, crunchy, buttery, and ohhhh just perfect. He also sells containers of crumbled toffee, perfect for an ice cream topping.

Second stop was Deborah’s Homemade Pies. I went straight for the strawberry rhubarb mini-pie, which I took home, warmed up, and ate with ice cream…

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Loved it!! Crust was buttery deliciousness and the filling was tart (the way rhubarb should be!) but perfect with the ice cream. They had all kinds of pies, in several of different sizes. I’d go back to try a peach pie!