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Top Spots For Edible Holiday Gifts In Connecticut

December 5, 2012 6:00 AM

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holidaycookies Top Spots For Edible Holiday Gifts In Connecticut

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Connecticut has always been proud of the products that are made within the state because the people who make them never settle for less than the best. That is certainly the case when it comes to edible gifts. Only the finest ingredients and the most creative bakers and producers are willing to put their names on their labels. Don’t forget, Connecticut was home to Paul Newman, whose food products are sold nationwide and who was not only a great actor, but a man who was so particular about his food that he made and oversaw all of his edible products. Here are some establishments offering edible food products made in Connecticut that are so particularly made that they are perfect for gift giving. Do see for yourself and enjoy every morsel.
Bridgewater Chocolate
559 Federal Road
Brookfield, CT 06804
(203) 775-2286
www.bridgewaterchocolate.com

Bridgewater Chocolates’ packaging is as distinctive as Tiffany’s little blue box. The gold lids and gold bows come on classic boxes that belie all that glitters is not gold. So popular are these chocolates among the locals that after biting into these luscious candies and savoring each bite, you will want to save and store your favorite trinkets in the gorgeous boxes that are just too great to toss away. The company’s 4-Cube Collection is a perfect hostess gift and includes “macadamia nuts, chocolate almonds, amarena cherries and roasted coffee beans.” The price is $51.95. While there are all sizes and prices, another top-of-the-line selection is what Shakespeare described as “The stuff that dreams are made of.” It is a gift assortment for $183.75 consisting of chocolates weighing in at over six pounds and including such delights as crystallized orange peels and Australian apricots.

Lamothe’s Sugar House
89 Stone Road
Burlington, CT 06013
(860) 675-5043
www.lamothesugarhouse.com

Listen up, everyone. Vermont is not the only state with maple trees; Connecticut has them too. As a matter of fact, Lamothe’s Sugar House has a whole array of maple products that are perfect for holiday gift giving and are made right here in Connecticut. What started out as a family treat on Lamothe’s small farm grew into a year-round production plant with much sought-after maple syrup and sugar products. Not only is the maple syrup a perfect gift, but the Sugar House is known for its wedding favors. Clients can choose dainty plastic containers of maple syrup or “pure maple candies in one, two or four packs with a ribbon in the color to match your wedding.” Custom-printed tags are also available. Imagine what fun these pretty little boxes of delicate maple candies can cause at a holiday table setting. They are also perfect for holiday visitors to find on their pillows.

Sweet Lisa’s Exquisite Cakes
3 Field Road
Cos Cob, CT 06807
(203) 869-9545
www.sweetlisas.com

Here’s a bakery that specializes in custom-made cakes. With the holidays coming, it’s great to know that you can order a gingerbread house at Sweet Lisa’s that can be designed to your tastes visually and taste great when you gobble it up. A unique and talented couple, owners Lisa and Stephen graduated from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and then opened their custom cake company. This is no ordinary bakery. You don’t walk in and buy a cake. You special order cakes, cookies and cupcakes just the way you want. A perfectly personalized and delicious gift for any time of the year, Marie Antoinette got it wrong when she said “Let them eat cake.” She should have said, “Let them eat Sweet Lisa’s  Exquisite Cakes.”Related: Top Sommeliers In Connecticut

The Candy Bin
1 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06896
(203) 563-9747
www.thecandybin.com

What a sweet surprise! The Candy Bin in Wilton makes beautiful edible centerpieces that will cause any sweet tooth to swoon. Charging $9 for the base which includes “vase, sugar, candy, cellophane and bow,” you then get the happy job of filling the order with “cake pops, marshmallow pops, cookie pops or chocolate lollipops.” This company will even follow your theme. One of the most popular edible centerpieces costs $25 and has six cake and six marshmallow pops. However, one of the prettiest gifts that will make any young lady smile is the edible bouquet.

Andi’s Creations
22 Highland Terrace
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 716-3564
www.andiscreations.com

When it comes to gift baskets, Andi’s Creations knows what works best. Whether it’s a colander filled with everything you need to make a great Italian dinner or a unique cupcake that you just can’t say no to, Andi’s Creations will deliver. Since Andi is an artist, the end product that you can delight in is as appetizing to the eye as it is to the tongue.Related: Top Brewpubs Serving Seasonal Beer In Connecticut

Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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