Local candymakers and chefs are getting into the spirit of the season by crafting exotic sweets with festive flavors. Check out five of our favorites below.
1. Bayou Bakery
David Guas makes a decadent bittersweet dark chocolate bark pockmarked with crunchy bits of peppermint—perfect for a stocking stuffer. $7, 901 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202.664.5307
Try an artisanal bar of Ecuadorian milk chocolate bar enriched with nutmeg, warming red pepper chile and a dash of sea salt. $4.50 for large bar, 2618 Evarts St. NE, 617.595.0330
3. Co Co. Sala
Decadent mallomar goes gourmet: A vanilla bean cookie is stacked with chocolate ganache, crunchy candy pearls and nutmeg marshmallow, then wrapped in dark chocolate. $8, 929 F St. NW, 202.347.4265
The nine-piece holiday assortment from chocolatier Robert Ludlow includes chocolates packed with gingerbread, sugar plum and mulled red wine pâte de fruits. $23, 724 Jefferson St., Alexandria, Va., 703.838.9055
5. Zoe’s Chocolate Co.
Confectioners honor a family ritual by hand-forging a trio of merrily striped, naturally flavored candy canes: peppy peppermint, slightly spicy cinnamon and licorice-flavored anise. Six for $18, 121 N. Market St., Frederick, Md., 301.694.5882