Today I ran into a couple of small independent confectioners. Well, when I say ran into, the first actually came to the office this morning plying us with free fudge; the other was set up inside Eastgate Mall and plied me with free…. something. The business card says candy straps, so let’s go with that.
As amazing as it is to be able to place an order with a company in Auckland over a network of computers and receive the product the next day, keeping money in the local economy is also a good thing especially in these post-earthquake recovery times, and almost everyone likes lollies, so let’s play the advertising game. In terms of cost, these places both depend how you look at things. For general confectionary they’re slightly pricy, but for specialty confectionary they’re a lot more reasonable – we’re hardly talking Jelly Belly pricing, for example!
This isn’t your normal fudge company. I did get a pack of the classic Russian flavour, but my other choices were chocolate licorice, cookies and cream, and belgium biscuit. They apparently have 52 different flavours, as well as chocolates, lollies, gelato, etc. Their new shop isn’t open yet but it will be at Shop 11, New Regent St, and in the meantime they have a website you can visit. Each pack of fudge cost me $5 and I’m looking forward to trying some of the others like hokey pokey, pavlova, ice cream and sherbert, black forest and choc pineapple (which, yes, is made with pineapple lumps).
Exotic Candy Straps
You know the long strings of licorice, particularly the ones that have chocolate inside, or the Willy Wonka brand ones that have sherbert in? That’s sort of what this guy sells, except in a lot more flavours and a lot of them aren’t really licorice. I got two strawberry and cream and one ice cream. He had quite a few sour varieties, as well as a few actual licorice ones. I’m not sure this is, strictly speaking, a local business as there seems to be stallholders throughout the country, but that’s okay. The straps are like three feet long (? I’m not hugely great at estimating that sort of length) and cost $4 each or three for $10. The website is listed as ecstraps.co.nz but seems to be down, so it’s possibly a case of hoping to see them, or sleuthing on google.