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27 January 2012

Buzz Around New England: Dean's Sweets - Delectable!

We recently received a beautiful package of assorted chocolate truffles and caramels from Dean's Sweets of Portland, Maine. A box like the one we received would make a lovely gift for someone or treat for yourself! (Hint, hint. Valentine's Day's coming!) It was lovely to look at and every single hand dipped chocolate piece was exquisite. The chocolate exterior was scrumptious and the inside of every truffle was a pleasing flavorful surprise. We thoroughly enjoyed them. We took our time and savored each. It took us several days to finish the box and we didn't ever want to reach the end. The truffles and caramels are of such high quality, just one is a satisfying treat, even for a chocoholic, sweet tooth like me! I admit, though, they're so good...we did eat two in a day...a few times. (My sons and I happily, thoughtfully tried each flavor.) What a treat! 

I am so happy to tell you that Dean's Sweets are nut-free and peanut-free, made by hand in their nut-free, peanut-free facility. What a gem those Downeasters have in Dean's! The chocolate stout truffles contain no dairy and many of the truffles are free of gluten as well. We could not narrow down our favorite flavor to just one. Our favorites were lemon apricot chevre, cayenne, and double dark.

The founder of Dean's Sweets, Dean Bingham, is an architect by trade. He started making candy and then truffles years ago for family and friends. As you may have surmised, the candies and truffles were a hit! Dean's creative talents clearly extend beyond his architectural talents and he eventually opened Dean's Sweets. Over time, Dean has developed new flavors and chocolates, more recently chocolate bars too, and his store is flourishing. 

Please take a look at the below video which I have included with Dean's permission. See how everyone is nodding his or her head and making "yum" sounds? Same thing happened to us! Dean's Sweets are irresistible and you can't help yourself!

As you can tell, I highly recommend Dean's Sweets. You can order online on the Dean's Sweets website. The store is located at 82 Middle Street in Portland, Maine.

A big thank you to Dean and his lovely wife, Kristin, for the truffles and caramels, and for answering all my questions. I am glad to share Dean's Sweets with Food Allergy Buzz readers! 

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