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Memphis Made Holiday Treats

Jennifer Chandler

The holidays are all about celebrating, and there is no better way to celebrate a friend than through gift giving.

This holiday season give a Memphis-made sweet treat to the special ones on your list.  Here’s are 5 of my favorite locally made treats.

Bluff City Toffee

For over 25 years, Stephanie Upshaw has been making her irresistible toffee from a special family recipe and giving it as Christmas gifts to her friends. When her daughter headed off to college a few years ago, she decided to turn this hobby into a business. Made with Mississippi pecans, this made-from-scratch treat is her Southern twist on English toffee.

Backhouse Foods: Dessert Toppings

Loren Powell has been making her great-grandmother’s fudge sauce for over 25 years. A few years ago, she launched Backhouse Foods with the idea of sharing her special family recipes that have been passed down through the years. Choose from Hot Fudge Sauce, Praline Sauce, Butterscotch Sauce or Candied Walnuts.

Shirley Ann’s Sweets: Chocolate-Covered Cordial Cherries

Stephanie Taylor and Sherry Creasman first started making chocolate-dipped cherries to give as Christmas gifts. The two friends make a one-of-a-kind confection.  They hand-wrap each cherry in fondant before dipping them in milk or dark chocolate. Over a two-week period, the cherries sit while the fondant inside liquefies to create the delicious cordial center.

Shotwell Candy Co.

Shotwell Candy Co. creates some of the most delicious caramels we have tasted. Jerrod Smith’s one-of-a-kind small batch caramels are soft with just the perfect amount of chewiness.

Dinstuhl’s: Cashew Crunch

In Memphis, Dinstuhl’s is the place to go for a sweet treat. This family-owned and operated candy shop has been hand-making chocolates and confections - like their Cashew Crunch - for over 100 years!

This is Jennifer Chandler with The Weekly Dish. Happy Holidays!

Jennifer Chandler graduated at the top of her class from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She is a full-time mom to two daughters in Memphis, Tennessee, and is a freelance food writer, restaurant consultant, and author of four cookbooks The Southern Pantry Cookbook, Simply Salads, Simply Suppers, and Simply Grilling.