Whether you’re looking for spook-tacular Halloween goodies or a darkly decadent chocolate experience, these seven Portland candy artisans are sure to sweeten your visit.
Portland candy makers
Since 2013, Quin has offered up old-timey candy store classics (think cola gumdrops and butterscotch hard candies) with an all-natural twist. Believing that real food makes better candy, Quin uses ingredients like Oregon berries and coffee extract from locally roasted beans. Stock up on Pinot Gris Lollipops, Bergamot Caramels and chocolaty “Dreams Come Chews” at their shop in downtown’s Union Way.
Jacobsen Salt Co.
Famous for harvesting salt straight from the Pacific Ocean, the Jacobsen Salt Company also offers a line of “Salty” sweets. Find their classic licorice and caramels infused with signature salts in shops throughout Portland, as well as online.
Rose City Sweets
Rose City Sweets has been hand-crafting confections since 2012, offering classics like rocky road bark, butter toffee and salted caramels. They also offer creative twists like robin’s nests with malted mini-eggs, rainbow glittered bonbons and spectacular ChocoMallows. Find them at downtown’s Crafty Wonderland or Ecru Modern Stationer.
Not every treat comes in a candy wrapper: Masala Pop coats popcorn with an enticing blend of Indian spices to create unique and addictive snacks. Founder and “snackmaster” Neha Patel began Masala Pop in 2011 using her mother’s original savory masala popcorn recipe. Today, she’s expanded to such diverse flavors as tikka masala, coconut curry and Hot Monkey pineapple with cardamom. Find Masala Pop at local New Seasons Markets as well as their Central Eastside “pop shop” and test kitchen.
Alma Chocolates takes a divine approach to chocolate-making, reflected in their signature edible-gold-leaf-encrusted icons. Everyone from the elephant-headed god Ganesha to the Virgin of Guadalupe is lovingly rendered in solid, organic-certified chocolate. Founder Sarah Hart has been serving up divinely inspired treats since 2005, when Alma was one Portland Farmers Market booth. Today, two dedicated candy shops offer cherry hazelnut toffee, Thai peanut butter cups and mocha almond chocolate bars, as well as delectable drinking chocolates.
Pitch Dark Modern American Chocolate
If your taste in chocolate tends towards the dark side, be sure to sample the offerings of Pitch Dark. These dark chocolate experts use handpicked, single-origin beans to highlight regional flavors, like Fiji’s earthy cacao or Madagascar’s spicy beans. Visit their Northeast Portland shop to sample nine exclusive gourmet flavors and vials of cacao bitters to “liven your spirits.”
Founded in 2006, The Meadow is a testament to founder Mark Bitterman’s diverse tastes and passions. These include artisan salts, chocolates (from the creamiest white to the bitterest dark), cocktail bitters and freshly cut flowers. Browse the international “chocolate library” at either of The Meadow’s Portland locations. And visit their website to learn more about chocolate (even “how to eat a chocolate bar”).
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