Article by Christine Sismondo, The Toronto Star
Cocktail candies? Margarita marshmallows? Prosecco pastilles?
“Adult” candy is the hottest new trend in confection, which is increasingly drawing inspiration from wine and cocktail culture by spiking gummies, truffles and frozen treats with everything from tequila to everyone’s favourite, rosé wine.
Well, why not? After all, pairing dessert and booze is a time-honoured tradition. And a splash of brandy or Grand Marnier is the secret ingredient in many a dessert. So, chocolatiers, confectioners and ice-cream makers are just taking it to the obvious next-level with their Prosecco gummy bears, tequila popsicles and (possibly our all-time favourite) Negroni jam. Finally, we can have our cocktail and eat it, too.
So long as you’ve reached the age of majority, that is.
Wine Gums and Cocktail Candy
Squish, a Canadian company known for its “artisanal gourmet” gummy creations, is famous for its Vegan Prosecco Bears — pink and white gummi candies inspired by Italian fizz. Although the bears steal the show, they’re actually only one of four offerings in its cocktail collection that also includes Cuba Libre, Pina Colada and Champagne Roses. All are $6 per 140-gram bag. (176 Yonge St. in the Hudson’s Bay Co.)