Thursday, September 13, 2007

Tootsie Rolls

On vacation last August, my daughter and I went to Jeffersonville, Indiana, among other places, to renew some childhood memories. When you pass through Louisville, Kentucky, one not-to-be-missed place is Schimpff's Candy in Jeffersonville.

They make truffles, and sell nostalgic candy in their charming soda shop. While their chocolate is good, their real claim to fame is homemade Red Hots candy. In contrast to the more commonly known Red Hots from Ferrara Pan, these are fabulous hard candies. Schimpff's red hots also came long before Ferrara Pan's.

Back when Jeffersonville had a movie theater downtown, my mother would go to the Saturday
matinee for 5 cents, stopping by Schimpff's for a bag of red hots, which would last as long as the movies did. My personal experience, while, not as nostalgic, is still filled with memories of spicy red hots at Christmas, enjoying the memories as well as the flavors.

However, red hots aren't chocolate. Schimpff's also has truffles, which while tasty, didn't exactly last long enough to write areview here in this blog, so I'm left with the only chocolate-ly thing I brought back from Schimpff's, Tootsie Rolls. While not strictly chocolate, this cocoa-based caramel type candy is a bit of chocolate flavor on a budget.

Good, nostalgic, but not extraordinary. Still worth the trip down memory lane.
Reviewed: Tootsie Roll
Personality: Just like watching a Saturday matinee
How to enjoy: Get the ones in paper and unwrap each one slowly

1: Better than sex
2: Little bites of heaven
3: Share with your best friend. I did! DH and I each ate one.
4: Will do in a pinch
5: Halloween candy

Where to buy:
US: pretty much anywhere

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