See’s Candies: Old-time chocolates for the young at heart
Clackamas Town Center Mall
11900 Southeast 82nd Avenue Portland, OR
If you’re shopping at Clackamas Mall this Black Friday, you must stop in at See’s Candies for chocolates!
The iconic black and white checkered tiled floor in See’s Candies always makes me think of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. The old-time chocolate shop drums up warm and fuzzy feelings of happy nostalgia and it’s hard not to get excited to see the endless rows of lovely chocolates neatly lined up on dishes inside the display cases. See’s Candies was started by the See’s family back in 1921, and has kept its trademark black and white interior design which was inspired by Mary See’s own kitchen at home.
We decided to buy a small bag to nibble on while we shopped. The thing about See’s chocolates are that each one is extremely hefty, filled with quality ingredients, each piece actually feels heavier than any Purdy’s or Rocky Mountain chocolate I’ve ever had.
It was hard to choose but we picked a selection of truffles and a couple of peanut butter patties. I absolutely love the chocolate and peanut butter combo so these little patties totally hit the spot.
Since we both love white chocolate, we also picked the polar bear paw filled with peanuts and vanilla caramel. The sticky caramel went perfectly with the sweet and creamy white chocolate.
The other white chocolate truffles we chose were the key lime truffle and See’s apple pie truffle. The key lime was tropical and zesty. The apple pie truffle was rich with a hint of cinnamon spice, it really was just like biting into a fresh slice of apple pie.
Our other favourite tropical fruit is pineapple and the pineapple truffle was just as refreshing as the key lime truffle. The sweet and sour pineapple flavour was balanced out by the bitter dark chocolate coating this truffle.
My favourite was the cafe hazelnut truffle – a combo of my three favourite flavours: coffee, chocolate and hazelnut.
Lastly for another hit of citrus, we picked the lemon truffle, it was sweeter than the key lime truffle and reminded me of a bite of creamy lemon meringue pie. I would highly recommend this rich truffle for lemon lovers.
See’s Candies would make great gifts for the holidays, you can order custom gift boxes online.
Although See’s Candies was started by a Canadian family, there are currently only stores in the U.S. If you are not in the U.S. and you have a chocolate lover on your Christmas list feel free to enter food punk’s Ferrero Rocher chocolate giveaway for Canadian residents! Details here.