I needed to get out of the house today and decided to drive to Sacramento to visit Andy’s Candy Apothecary shop. Why a candy shop you ask? Well I have a sweet tooth, and I heard this shop carries a large assortment of chocolates, and there is something about that name apothecary that intrigues me.
My first impression was this is the cutest little shop with candies displayed in a very eye catching way. There were baskets full of chocolate bars and glass jars filled with a large assortment of colorful hard candies. There are even jars sitting out for samples; I tried the Apple Caramels and now I can’t stop thinking about them. I just kept walking around looking at the variety of sweets, some were some old-time favorites and many were from trendy local chocolatiers and many from around the world. My daughter loves Ritter Sport bars from Germany and Andy’s carries a large variety. Caramels and brittles were wrapped and just waiting for me to add to my basket.
I had to make a choice and since I love chocolate I decided to try this chocolate bar from Dick Taylor. This chocolatier from Arcata in Humbodlt County was my choice. His bars are made from bean to chocolate and the one I selected was a 72% Madagascar, Sambirano. The packaging is beautiful and the gold wrapped bar is a work of art. The bar had a wonderful smooth and velvety texture and the chocolate was bittersweet with a hint of caramel. I paired it with a Merlot; a perfect combination.
I couldn’t leave with just one chocolate bar, so I bought another smaller bar to try. The 61% Casa De Chocolates with candied ginger from Berkeley, California was my choice. If you like ginger this is definitely and interesting combination of flavors. I couldn’t stop eating this delightful bar.
Now that I have made my way through Andy’s Candy and sampled all his sweet goodies I though it was best to pay for my chocolates and leave, but wait, what is this sitting by the cash register, Sour Satellite Wafers, no way!!!! I haven’t seen these for years, I had to buy a bag for old time sake. Do you remember these??? Well after eating three of them I realized they must have tasted better when I was 12 years old, but you gotta love nostalgia.
This shop is a one of a kind sweet spot not only because of the candy but because so much thought has been put into making this shop quaint with beautiful displays. I love it when I can find something special and I can’t wait to go back. Here’s the link just in case you want to see more https://andyscandystore.com/
Standing outside on 9th St. in Sacramento the wind is rather chilly and what couldn’t be any better but to see a Temple Coffee shop is right next door. What a perfect day!