get your easter basket ready

With the exception of ice cream, I do not have a sweet tooth. Post dinner, I’d much prefer cheese of any kind (though the creamier and stinkier, the better) to a traditional dessert. That being said, I am pregnant so I no longer have control over my taste buds and find myself very much in fact craving all types of sweets these days.

Therefore, the past couple weeks have been a lot of fun (for everyone in my office, too). I’m not sure if it’s because Easter is on the horizon, or if people just want to put a smile on a pregnant lady’s face, but I have received several samples of sweets from local companies to try. Here’s the rundown:

Better Bit of Butter

These really are little bits of buttery goodness. The home-based cookie company is owned (and baked daily) by Christine Mehling. She has been in business for five years and while she’s built quite the national following, she’s eager to create more local awareness. Her soft butter cookies range in size and are topped with a fresh fondant she makes from scratch. I really enjoyed the cookies – they were fresh, sweet, but not overly so, and quite pretty (nice simple packaging, too). I can see sending these as a gift, or perhaps ordering as a favor for my upcoming sister’s baby shower.


This delivery was the hands-down winner of my not-so-scientific office sampling poll. And I have to say, they won me over before I even took a bite (an edible Cleveland Foodie chocolate bowl – I almost wouldn’t let anyone touch it!). The chocolates really were good. Not Lilly Handmade good, but quite enjoyable. I liked the pretzels and Oreos best, and of course, the bowl. It appears they can custom make anything, so they also might be worth a look for gifts, or as someone here already placed an order, ideal for work-related goodies.

Philadelphia Candies

Not as local, but rather an hour outside of Cleveland in Hermitage, PA (though they do have a store in Boardman and are available at Zagara’s), is this family-run company. The company name means made with brotherly love, in the family’s native Greek language. They produce a variety of milk and dark chocolates; over 125 variations. I received several candy bars, chocolate-covered pretzels, and some butter cream croquettes. While I can appreciate the family history of this company, and certainly appreciate the ability to sample and review, I wasn’t wowed with these chocolates. In fact, both the overall taste and packaging (I’m a sucker for good packaging) seemed dated to me. And I don’t mean dated as in I was sent old chocolates, but rather the taste was reminiscent of a very common, run-of-the-mill, type of chocolate. And as for the packing, I can’t be certain, but I’m almost positive I used to sell these bars way back in the 1st grade at St. Rita’s. If not, they sure look like those bars you used to sell as a kid. If you’re interested in Philadelphia Candies, or have little ones at home, they apparently offer a very popular tour of their factory every Easter. It will be held this year on April 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free event will feature samples, demonstrations, the Easter Bunny and even Dora and Buzz.

Thanks for all the samples! If any appropriate parties happen to be reading this, this baby is also craving pierogies, bagels, Mexican, ice cream…


  1. Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    I liked the pretzelicious stuff too.

  2. RRmom
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    I just looked to see where Pretzalicious is sold on the Westside- the only place is Ambiance, the store for lovers!! That could be interesting chocolate…