There are certain things my family has to have at Christmas time: a giant tree, a copy of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and a lovely box of candy on the table at all times. As I come from a family of Candy Addicts, the holiday candy box is always an important choice; normally, we keep things old school and traditional, preferring old-fashioned boxed chocolates to anything else. There’s something very special about a well-made box of chocolates, and this year, our family holiday chocolate box will be coming from a company who knows a little something about quality and tradition: See’s Candies.
Founded in 1921, See’s is an old-fashioned candy company that, according to a friend of mine in Los Angeles, “is all over the place” on the West Coast. As I’m an East Coast kid, I had never had a box of See’s chocolates until about a week ago, when one arrived in the mail. I was immediately excited when I saw the old school packaging: a silver box wrapped with a thin gold ribbon. Good stuff. What I found inside the box, of course, was even better.
The chocolate assortment I received was filled with all different kinds of delicious treats, in both milk and dark chocolate varieties. The chocolate itself is quite good; the milk chocolate is smooth, rich, and creamy, and breaks perfectly as you chew, providing a sweet melting experience. The dark chocolate is also smooth and rich, and complements the sweeter fillings of some of the candies.
What makes See’s chocolates stand out, however, is their fillings: their Milk Chocolate Butterchew is now one of my favorite chocolates of all time, with an amazing brown sugar caramel filling that melts perfectly with the delicious chocolate coating. A pop of vanilla also peeks through, creating a candy experience that is hard to beat. The brown sugar is the dominant taste, which is a rarity in chocolates, but it’s so delicious you’ll wonder how you ever went without it. In fact, I loved the Milk Chocolate Butterchews so much, that I am going to give them the coveted CandyAddict.com Awesomely Addictive Candy Award:
The ingredients in each chocolate tasted incredibly fresh: almond pieces had a nice roasted crunch to them, and toffees were buttery and had a nice snap. Every chocolate had a unique and delicious flavor, though I have to say that the Butterchews, along with the Bordeaux candies (which also have a brown sugar buttercream filling) were the true standouts.
Perhaps the best part of all: you can customize your own See’s chocolate assortment on their website, using their Custom Mix option, which has 102 candies to choose from. Never again will you have to squish the bottom of each chocolate to make sure you’re getting the one you want. A custom mix would make a great holiday gift, as well. And if Santa Claus is reading, I’ll take that 5lb. box of Milk Buttercreams, please.
Editor’s Note: I received See’s Eggnog Truffles to sample, and while they were good, I’d have to say that I wish I had gotten some of those Butterchews instead!
The Eggnog Truffles have an eggnog-flavored soft interior and an outside of white chocolate. On top they have an adorable and festive Christmas wreath made out of hard sugar. The eggnog flavor is very mild, but it’s definitely there. Overall, though, the sweetness of the white chocolate kind of overpowers the eggnog, to the point of almost making your teeth hurt when you eat them. Great for white chocolate/eggnog lovers, but others might want to try another of their amazing varieties!