If the chocolate bunnies don’t suck you in, the cream eggs will.
A trip to Johnson Candy Co. in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood this week found Easter treasures aplenty: chocolate-covered marshmallow chicks; tiny butter mints in pretty pastels; cream-filled eggs with both dark and milk chocolate coatings and bags of jelly beans and licorice.
Behind the glass case, where the hand-dipped chocolates and truffles are kept, I found orange cream bunnies; peanut butter-filled bunnies and white chocolate bunnies with chocolate ganache.
Solid chocolate bunnies were made with milk or dark chocolate. Sugar-free options are to the right of the front register.
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Wrapped packages and baskets are available for quick purchase. And, as always, staffers will hand-wrap, free, whatever you’ve purchased from the candy counter.
JOHNSON CANDY CO.: 924 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma; 253-272-8504.
Here are four other places to find handmade candy for Easter baskets:
Where: 3303 Jahn Ave. NW, Gig Harbor; 253-313-5804; facebook.com/TropsChocolates.
Find: Handmade chocolate eggs can be customized and decorated with a recipient’s name. Don’t miss the chocolate-covered graham crackers and truffles.
Where: 610 N. First St., Tacoma; 253-327-1860 or teasechocolates.com.
Find: Only while supplies last, gorgeous hand-decorated chocolate eggs, and also a stock of terrific truffles (using mostly organic ingredients).
BROWN & HALEY FACTORY STORE
Where: 110 E. 26th St., Tacoma; 253-620-3067; brown-haley.com. Fife store is at 3500 20th St., 253-620-3030.
Find: All kinds of tins and packages filled with Brown & Haley Almond Roca, the Tacoma company’s signature candy; plus Mountain Bars.
OLD CANNERY FURNITURE
Where: 13608 Valley Ave E., Sumner; 253-863-0422; oldcanneryfurniture.com.
Find: Delicious fudge from fudge-maker Linda White. Find more than two dozen types of fudge at the candy counter about midway through the store.