Each Christmas my father-in-law gives us a box of See’s Candies Victoria Toffee. He makes a really big deal about it and always points out that he paid extra for the hammer to be included — so we can hack away at the brick of toffee for weeks. I always wondered what was so special about See’s, and then last night I discovered their secrets.
A group of folks gathered for a private event at their new store front at North Star Mall in San Antonio. After learning some facts about See’s, we donned hair nets and filed behind the candy “buffet” to compete in a good ‘ole fashioned “I Love Lucy” smackdown. Whoever filled their box of chocolate first — won. The prize was a box of peppermint chocolates. A little known fact that I didn’t know was that the famous “I Love Lucy” episode where Lucy and Ethel try packing chocolates and then stuffing them in their mouths was filmed in a See’s chocolate factory.
Oh the fun facts and history that this company has bulging from their belts.
Founded in 1921, you’ll find a sparkling clean black and white shop where your candies are packed to order as you make your candy selection. See’s claims their reputation is unrivaled for friendly old-fashioned service; and after meeting the local employees for our See’s stores — I have to agree.
Taste a See’s chocolate or caramel and you’ll discover the finest grade raw ingredients from all over the world. After sampling a few chocolates, and then caramel, I discovered the Scotch Kiss — a honey marshmallow dipped in buttery caramel.
I am now in love with See’s, and all it took was a kiss.
Another little known fact I learned was that the Victoria Toffee is only offered during the holidays — and it moves fast. So now I have a little bit deeper understanding for why my gift from my father-in-law is so special.