Next Stop … The Sweet Spot
Prosecco-infused gummy bears, absinthe-flavoured lollipops, beer brittles: judging by the spirituous gourmet offerings from candy makers from Montreal to Austin, the indulgence of youth otherwise known as candy is all grown up.
The perfect accompaniment to a glass of bubbly? Translucent gummy bears with notes of pineapple- and raspberry-flavoured Prosecco, courtesy of Squish. The Montreal artisanal candy purveyor’s selection of boozy sweets also includes mulled-wine star-shaped gummies (taking after the traditionally spicy libation) and Cuba libre cubes boasting a chewy rum-and-cola centre, alongside traditional, vegetarian and even vegan bite-sized treats.
Christie’s Gourmet Gifts
Inspired by good ol’ ale, this mom-and-pop boutique in Burlington serves up handmade brittles made with local craft beer and peppered with almonds. The melt-in-your-mouth treat is in good company: patrons can also sample Chardonnay, Merlot and Baco Noir wines from the Niagara and Prince Edward County regions with every bite of Christie’s organic wine-infused toffees made with Belgium chocolate, among other fine sweet treats.
As its name suggests, San Francisco-born and Austin-based candy manufacturer Lollyphile reimagines the perennial lollipop, offering up some 30 unique flavours — think chai tea, maple-bacon and wasabi-ginger, a far cry from lemon, strawberry, blueberry and other traditional lollies. Its cocktail, beer- and wine-inspired selection, however, draws on time-honoured happy-hour staples like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and lager beer, as well as comeback kid absinthe.
With an entrance bedecked with twisted branches leading to a whimsical world past its haunting gates, fashion designer Cynthia Rowley’s Upper East Side confectionary takes a page out of Tim Burton’s book. Cookies and cream popcorn, brickle (a buttery toffee-and-dark-chocolate sandwich sprinkled with toasted peanuts, almonds and pecans) and birthday cake‒flavoured jelly beans beckon, though you’ll first want to make a beeline for the houses’s Champagne bubbles reminiscent of the first-rate sparkling wine.