All Little Dipper Confections are made with four key ingredients: time, attention, love, and care.

They are handcrafted from start to finish—from preparing the candy centers, to portioning, to dipping in high-quality, tempered chocolate, one by one.  Making confections this old-fashioned way takes a little bit of time, but in our opinion, that’s okay.  We don’t think time should always be shaved down to the thinnest see-through minute.  We believe that time is an essential ingredient when it comes to crafting anything of quality.  Without it, how can there be much of attention and love and care?

We hope that Little Dipper Confections takes you back to the good old days, when there was always time to stop and smell the chocolates and magic was simply being a kid in a candy store.

 

Mission

Little Dipper Confections is all about taking you back to the good old days.

This means a number of things.  First, it is my personal rule to never let the quality of my products lose out to quantity.  Instead of stretching my time thin between large production quantities, I limit my production to small batches.  This lets me ensure the quality of each and every candy.

It also means I use real fruit or fruit juices to make all of my fruit-based caramels and truffles.  While it certainly takes longer to peel and process bananas and oranges than it does to open a packet of artificial fruit flavoring, the difference in taste and the personal satisfaction I get from using high quality ingredients make it more than worthwhile.  I also use quality couverture chocolate to enrobe each candy and not compound, baking, or coating chocolate.  I don’t add artificial preservatives to any of my candies, so you can trust that your box of Little Dipper Confections has not been sitting on a shelf for months on end.  Of course, this means that for optimum flavor and freshness, they’re best eaten promptly after purchase.  Hopefully this doesn’t present too much of a challenge.

Little Dipper Confections seeks to honor those simpler days when people did the bulk of their shopping without having to travel far from their neighborhoods.  I am happy to offer Tacoma-area communities the option of purchasing quality, locally-made, hand-crafted confections.  In return, I make my best effort to contribute to the small, local business movement by sourcing my own ingredients and supplies as close to home as possible.  The majority of my ingredients are purchased from markets within 10 miles of my kitchen.

The small, local nature of Little Dipper Confections means that I operate with complete transparency.  You always know exactly who is making your candies (yours truly) and since each box comes with ingredients labels, you also know what goes into them.  You don’t have to wonder which remote warehouse they came from, what kind of factory conditions they were exposed to, or what industrial-sized pieces of machinery were involved.  I make all my candies in my home kitchen.  If you ever have any questions or concerns, just look at the contact information provided on the ingredient labels.  I’m a phone call or email or a couple houses away, and I truly look forward to hearing from you.

Getting quality products for your hard-earned money, knowing where your products come from and how they’re made, and doing business within your own community…if any of this reminds you of the good old days when life seemed just a little bit simpler, then I’ll consider my mission accomplished.

Meet The Candies

Peanut Butter Confection

A rich bed of peanut butter and milk chocolate, topped with a billowy vanilla marshmallow blanket.  Dipped in milk chocolate.  Available year-round.

Spicy Truffle (Seasonal Summer Item)

A rich and velvety truffle with a spicy kick.  Vegan!  Seasonal Summer item.  

Positively Pineapple Caramel (Seasonal Spring Item)

A delicious chewy pineapple caramel, enrobed in dark chocolate.  Seasonal Spring item.

Blueberry Balsamic Truffle (Seasonal Spring Item)

A bright and pleasantly tangy ganache made with white chocolate, blueberry jam, and aged balsamic vinegar in a dark chocolate shell.  Seasonal Spring item.

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade Caramel (Seasonal Winter Item)

A pleasantly chewy caramel with a perfect balance between buttery-sweet and lemony-tart.  Enrobed in dark chocolate.  Seasonal Winter item.

Orange Truffle (Seasonal Winter Item)

Orange ganache made with milk chocolate, Grand Marnier orange liqueur, and little nuggets of candied orange peel.  Enrobed in milk chocolate.  Seasonal Winter item.

Peppermint Confection (Seasonal Holiday Item)

A bed of dark chocolate ganache topped with a fluffy blanket of peppermint marshmallow, dipped in dark chocolate.  Seasonal Holiday item.

Eggnog Truffle (Seasonal Holiday Item)

Velvety, smooth white chocolate-eggnog ganache with spiced rum, dipped in dark chocolate.  Seasonal Holiday item.

Creamy Coffee Caramel

Dark chocolate cup filled to the brim with smooth coffee caramel cream.  Available year-round.

Coconut Macadamia Confection

A delicious combination of toasted macadamia nut and coconut filling.  Dipped in milk chocolate and enrobed in toasted coconut shavings.  Available year-round.

Banana Bliss Caramel

Chewy, flavorful banana caramel dipped in dark chocolate.  Garnished with a fairy sprinkle of sea salt.  Available year-round.

Almond Nougat with Cherry (Summer Seasonal Item)

Chewy almond nougat loaded with crisp, toasted almonds and dried sour cherries.  A delightful combination of flavors and textures.  Enrobed in dark chocolate.  Seasonal Summer item.  

Items and Prices

Spring Collection

6-Piece Box of Assorted Confections ~ $12

1 – Peanut Butter Confection: A rich bed of peanut butter and milk chocolate, topped with a billowy vanilla marshmallow blanket.  Dipped in milk chocolate.

1 – Banana Bliss Caramel: Chewy, flavorful banana caramel dipped in dark chocolate.  Garnished with a fairy sprinkle of sea salt.

1 – Coconut and Macadamia Confection: A delicious combination of toasted macadamia nut and coconut filling.  Dipped in milk chocolate and enrobed in toasted coconut shavings.

1 – Creamy Coffee Caramel: Dark chocolate cup filled to the brim with smooth coffee caramel cream.

1 – Spicy Truffle: A rich and velvety truffle with a spicy kick, enrobed in cocoa powder.  Vegan!  **

1 – Almond Nougat with Cherry: Chewy almond nougat loaded with crisp, toasted almonds and dried sour cherries.  A delightful combination of flavors and textures.  Enrobed in dark chocolate.  **

** Seasonal Summer Collection Item

12-Piece Box of Assorted Confections ~ $20

2 – Peanut Butter Confection: A rich bed of peanut butter and milk chocolate, topped with a billowy vanilla marshmallow blanket.  Dipped in milk chocolate.

2 – Banana Bliss Caramel: Chewy, flavorful banana caramel dipped in dark chocolate.  Garnished with a fairy sprinkle of sea salt.

2 – Coconut and Macadamia Confection: A delicious combination of toasted macadamia nut and coconut filling.  Dipped in milk chocolate and enrobed in toasted coconut shavings.

2 – Creamy Coffee Caramel: Dark chocolate cup filled to the brim with smooth coffee caramel cream.

2 – Spicy Truffle: A rich and velvety truffle with a spicy kick, enrobed in cocoa powder.  Vegan!  **

2 – Almond Nougat with Cherry: Chewy almond nougat loaded with crisp, toasted almonds and dried sour cherries.  A delightful combination of flavors and textures.  Enrobed in dark chocolate.  **

** Seasonal Summer Collection Items

24-Piece Box of Assorted Confections ~ $40

4 – Peanut Butter Confection: A rich bed of peanut butter and milk chocolate, topped with a billowy vanilla marshmallow blanket.  Dipped in milk chocolate.

4 – Banana Bliss Caramel: Chewy, flavorful banana caramel dipped in dark chocolate.  Garnished with a fairy sprinkle of sea salt.

4 – Coconut and Macadamia Confection: A delicious combination of toasted macadamia nut and coconut filling.  Dipped in milk chocolate and enrobed in toasted coconut shavings.

4 – Creamy Coffee Caramel: Dark chocolate cup filled to the brim with smooth coffee caramel cream.

4 – Spicy Truffle: A rich and velvety truffle with a spicy kick, enrobed in cocoa powder.  Vegan!  **

4 – Almond Nougat with Cherry: Chewy almond nougat loaded with crisp, toasted almonds and dried sour cherries.  A delightful combination of flavors and textures.  Enrobed in dark chocolate.  **

** Seasonal Summer Collection Items

Find Us

Tacoma Proctor Farmers’ Market

Saturday 8/4/18, 9AM  – 4PM

Over 50 vendors offering locally-grown produce, flowers, pasture-raised meats, ready-to-eat foods, artisan foods, and more.  Today’s market coincides with the Proctor Arts Fest, so you will be in the company of over 100 talented, local artists and crafters!  Located at North 27th and Proctor Street, Tacoma, WA.

Point Ruston Farmers’ Market

Sunday 8/5/18, 10AM – 3PM

A beautiful, lively farmers’ market situated at the Grand Plaza of Point Ruston.  Enjoy postcard views of Commencement Bay while strolling down the walking paths.  Located at 5005 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA.

Point Ruston Farmers’ Market

Sunday 8/12/18, 10AM – 3PM

A beautiful, lively farmers’ market situated at the Grand Plaza of Point Ruston.  Enjoy postcard views of Commencement Bay while strolling down the walking paths.  Located at 5005 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA.

Washington State Garlic Fest

Friday 8/24/18, 12PM – 7PM; Saturday 8/25/18, 10AM – 7PM; Sunday 8/26/18, 10AM – 5PM

Garlic lovers, unite!  Bask in all things garlic at this 3-day festival.  Located at 2555 N National Ave, Chehalis, WA.

Lake Sylvia Fall Festival

Saturday 9/15/18, 7AM – 4PM

Join us for a lovely day at Lake Sylvia State Park and support local crafters and artisans.  Located at 1812 Lake Sylvia Rd N, Montesano, WA.

~Past~

 

Point Ruston Farmers’ Market

Sunday 7/29/18, 10AM – 3PM

A beautiful, lively farmers’ market situated at the Grand Plaza of Point Ruston.  Enjoy postcard views of Commencement Bay while strolling down the walking paths.  Located at 5005 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA.

Dale’s Lavender Valley Annual Festival

Saturday and Sunday, 7/21/18 and 7/22/18, 10AM – 5PM

Surround yourself in the beauty and tranquility of lavender fields as you enjoy fine arts and crafts!  Located at 48 Robertson School Rd, Hoquiam, WA.

Point Ruston Farmers’ Market

Sunday 7/15/18, 10AM – 3PM

A beautiful, lively farmers’ market situated at the Grand Plaza of Point Ruston.  Enjoy postcard views of Commencement Bay while strolling down the walking paths.  Located at 5005 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA.

Steilacoom Farmers’ Market

Wednesday 7/11/18, 3PM – 7PM

The perfect afternoon market to pick up your fresh produce and shop for locally-made handcrafted goods.  Plenty of food trucks onsite to take care of dinner, too.  Located at the corner of Lafayette and Wilkes Streets in downtown Steilacoom, WA.

Tacoma Proctor Farmers’ Market

Saturday 7/7/18, 9AM  – 2PM

Over 50 vendors offering locally-grown produce, flowers, pasture-raised meats, ready-to-eat foods, artisan foods, and more.  Located at North 27th and Proctor Street, Tacoma, WA.

Point Ruston Farmers’ Market

Sunday 7/1/18, 10AM – 3PM

A beautiful, lively farmers’ market situated at the Grand Plaza of Point Ruston.  Enjoy postcard views of Commencement Bay while strolling down the walking paths.  Located at 5005 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA.

Steilacoom Farmers’ Market

Wednesday 6/27/18, 3PM – 7PM

The perfect afternoon market to pick up your fresh produce and shop for locally-made handcrafted goods.  Plenty of food trucks onsite to take care of dinner, too.  Located at the corner of Lafayette and Wilkes Streets in downtown Steilacoom, WA.

Steilacoom Farmers’ Market

Wednesday 6/20/18, 3PM – 7PM

The perfect afternoon market to pick up your fresh produce and shop for locally-made handcrafted goods.  Plenty of food trucks onsite to take care of dinner, too.  Located at the corner of Lafayette and Wilkes Streets in downtown Steilacoom, WA.

Point Ruston Farmers’ Market

Sunday 6/17/18, 10AM – 3PM

A beautiful, lively farmers’ market situated at the Grand Plaza of Point Ruston.  Enjoy postcard views of Commencement Bay while strolling down the walking paths.  Located at 5005 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA.

Tacoma Proctor Farmers’ Market

Saturday 6/16/18, 9AM  – 2PM

Over 50 vendors offering locally-grown produce, flowers, pasture-raised meats, ready-to-eat foods, artisan foods, and more.  Located at North 27th and Proctor Street, Tacoma, WA.

Tumwater Farmers’ Market

Wednesday, 6/13/18, 10AM – 2PM

Come get your fresh produce, enjoy a tasty lunch from a selection of food trucks, and shop for local, handcrafted goods, all in support of small business.  Located at the SW corner of Capitol Boulevard and Israel Road, Tumwater, WA.

Point Ruston Farmers’ Market

Sunday 6/10/18, 10AM – 3PM

A beautiful, lively farmers’ market situated at the Grand Plaza of Point Ruston.  Enjoy postcard views of Commencement Bay while strolling down the walking paths.  Located at 5005 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA.

Tumwater Farmers’ Market

Wednesday, 6/6/18, 10AM – 2PM

Come get your fresh produce, enjoy a tasty lunch from a selection of food trucks, and shop for local, handcrafted goods, all in support of small business.  Located at the SW corner of Capitol Boulevard and Israel Road, Tumwater, WA.

Point Ruston Farmers’ Market

Sunday 6/3/18, 10AM – 3PM

A beautiful, lively farmers’ market situated at the Grand Plaza of Point Ruston.  Enjoy postcard views of Commencement Bay while strolling down the walking paths.  Located at 5005 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA.

Tumwater Farmers’ Market

Wednesday, 5/30/18, 10AM – 2PM

Come get your fresh produce, enjoy a tasty lunch from a selection of food trucks, and shop for local, handcrafted goods, all in support of small business.  Located at the SW corner of Capitol Boulevard and Israel Road, Tumwater, WA.

Juan de Fuca Festival 

Friday – Sunday 5/25/18 – 5/27/18, 11AM – 7PM, and Monday 5/28/18, 11AM – 4PM

Join us for a long weekend of great music and artisan crafts in beautiful Port Angeles.  The street fair is free!  Located at the Vern Burton Gym, 308 E 4th St., Port Angeles, WA.

Tacoma Proctor Farmers’ Market

Saturday 5/12/18, 9AM  – 2PM

Over 50 vendors offering locally-grown produce, flowers, pasture-raised meats, ready-to-eat foods, artisan foods, and more.  Located at North 27th and Proctor Street, Tacoma, WA.

Tacoma is For Lovers Yay For May Craft Fair

Saturday 5/5/18, 11AM – 4PM

A sweet artisan craft fair in celebration of mothers and Spring.  Located at King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma, WA.

Country Life Fair at Pomeroy Farm

Saturday 4/28/18, 10AM – 4PM

Head to Pomeroy Farm and treat yourself to an idyllic setting of herb and flower gardens!  There will be vendors with quality handcrafted goods and activities for the kids, too.  Located at Pomeroy Farm, 20902 NE Lucia Falls Rd, Yacolt, WA.

Tulip Festival Street Fair

Friday 4/20/18, 10AM – 6PM, Saturday 4/21/18, 10AM – 6PM, and Sunday 4/22/18, 10AM – 5PM

Hundreds of arts, crafts, and specialty food vendors will await you in downtown Mount Vernon!  This event takes place alongside the famous Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, so plan on lots of activity and energy.  Street Fair located at S First Street, Mount Vernon, WA.

Driftwood Show and Glass Float Hunt

Saturday 4/7/18, 10AM – 5PM, and Sunday 4/8/18, 10AM – 4PM

Spend the day with us in the beautiful seaside town of Grayland.  There will be lots to do with driftwood gathering and sculpting, glass float hunting, and of course, vendor booths to browse.  Located at 2071 Cranberry Rd, Grayland, WA.

Tacoma Proctor Farmers’ Market   

Saturday 3/31/18, 9AM  – 2PM

Over 50 vendors offering locally-grown produce, flowers, pasture-raised meats, ready-to-eat foods, artisan foods, and more.  Located at North 27th and Proctor Street, Tacoma, WA.

Tacoma Proctor Farmers’ Market

Saturday 3/24/18, 9AM  – 2PM

Over 50 vendors offering locally-grown produce, flowers, pasture-raised meats, ready-to-eat foods, artisan foods, and more.  Located at North 27th and Proctor Street, Tacoma, WA.

Indoor Craft Sale and Flea Market

Saturday 3/17/18, 9AM – 3PM

Join us at the lovely Fruitland Grange in Puyallup for a day of shopping for that perfect gift item!  There will be over 50 vendor booths, and admission is free.  Located at 11102 86th Ave E, Puyallup, WA.

Spring Fling Get Your Bazaar Fix

Friday 3/9/18, 4PM – 8PM and Saturday 3/10/18, 10AM – 5PM

Come out to Yelm and get in the Spring spirit with some arts and crafts and gourmet foods.  Located at 206 3rd St SE, Yelm, WA.

Chocolate On The Beach

Saturday 2/24/18, 10AM – 5PM and Sunday 2/25/18, 11AM – 4PM

An event not only for lovers of all things chocolate, but lovers of handcrafted goods and specialty foods and drinks!  Located at Pacific Beach Elementary School, 11 4th St S, Pacific Beach, WA.

Tacoma Proctor Farmers’ Market

Saturday 2/10/18, 10AM  – 1PM

Local vendors offering fresh produce, flowers, pasture-raised meats, ready-to-eat foods, artisan foods, and more.  Located at North 27th and Proctor Street, Tacoma, WA.

A Very Vintage Market

Saturday 1/27/18, 9AM – 4PM

The first of the year of a monthly pop-up featuring unique, re-purposed, and vintage goods.  Admission is only $3!  Located at 14625 15th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA.

Tacoma Proctor Farmers’ Market

Saturday 12/16/17, 9 AM – 2 PM

Over 50 vendors offering locally-grown produce, flowers, pasture-raised meats, ready-to-eat foods, artisan foods, and more.  Located at North 27th and Proctor Street, Tacoma, WA.

Redmond High School Holiday Bazaar 

Saturday 12/9/17, 10AM – 4PM

Shop for unique holiday gifts while supporting the Redmond High Mustangs.  Located at 17272 NE 104th Street, Redmond WA.

Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA) PTA Winter Festival

Thursday 12/7/17, 4:30PM – 7:00PM

Enjoy a handcrafted market, carnival games, and a bake sale, all in support of the Olympia Regional Learning Academy.  Located at 2400 15th Ave SE, Olympia, WA.

Kent Commons Holiday Bazaar

Friday 12/1/17, 10AM – 5PM and Saturday 12/2/17, 9AM – 4PM

Over 100 vendors offering handcrafted holiday gift and specialty food items.  Located at the Kent Commons Community Center, 525 4th Avenue North, Kent WA.

Shipwreck Beads Winter Artisan Market

Saturday – Sunday, 11/25/17 – 11/26/17, 10AM – 5PM

Over 90 local artists featuring handcrafted goods for your holiday shopping!  Located at  8560 Commerce Place Dr., Lacey, WA.

Hassle Free Holiday Bazaar (City of Renton)

Friday 11/17/17, 11AM – 6PM and Saturday 11/18/17, 9AM – 5PM

Over 100 vendors across 14 different categories of arts and crafts to check out.  Located at the Renton Community Center, 1715 SE Maple Valley Highway
Renton, WA.

University Place Holiday Bazaar

Thursday 11/16/17, 5PM – 9PM

With all the holiday events packed into each weekend between now and the end of December, it’s nice to have the option of shopping for locally-made holiday crafts and goods on a weekday.  This bazaar is free to the public!  Located at the Civic Building Atrium, 3609 Market Place W, University Place, WA.

Jefferson County Holiday Fair

Saturday – Sunday, 11/4/17 – 11/5/17, 10AM – 4PM

No shortage of holiday gifts and stocking stuffers here!  Located at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Port Townsend, WA.

Cranberry Harvest Festival

Saturday 10/14/17, 10AM – 5PM and Sunday 10/15/17, 10AM – 3PM

Two days of family-friendly fun celebrating the harvest of cranberries in Grayland.  Bog tours, a parade, and lots of artisan specialty food and craft vendors!  Located at the Grayland Community Hall.  2071 Cranberry Rd., Grayland, WA.

Steilacoom Apple Squeeze

Sunday 10/1/17, 10AM – 4PM

A family-friendly celebration offering apple-pressing, pony rides, and quality artisan craft and specialty food vendors.  Located on Lafayette Street, downtown historic Steilacoom, WA.

Port Angeles Arts and Draughts Beer, Wine, and Arts Festival

Saturday 9/23/17, 12PM – 6PM (Street Fair Hours) and Sunday 9/24/17, 12PM – 5PM (Street Fair Hours)

A celebration of local culture in downtown Port Angeles with over 20 regional breweries, wineries, and cideries.  The festival will host a street fair featuring vendors offering quality, handcrafted goods.  Located on Laurel Street between First and Railroad, Port Angeles, WA.

* Prices for select items purchased at these locations may be slightly higher to help cover operating costs.

Orders

Orders can be placed by phone at (253) 508-9503.  You can also email me at littledipperconfections@gmail.com.  Let me know how many of each box you would like.  I ask for a 50% deposit at time of order.  Cash or credit card payments only, please.

After placing an order, please plan on one week for processing.  I’ll notify you once your order is ready for pickup.

At this time, I’m unable to offer shipping of products.  The permit that I’m working under doesn’t allow it.  You can always place an order and pick up at one of my events (see Look For Us) if convenient, or we can arrange a time and place to meet.

Please note that prices for select items purchased at farmers’ markets and festivals may be slightly higher to help cover operating costs.

About Me

If you’d asked 10 years ago what I saw myself doing today, candy-making would never have occurred to me.  Back then, I never really gave much thought to food at all, much less to candy.  I passed the time going quietly off to work every day as a lab technician, not really knowing where I was steering my life other than toward a nice retirement at the end of a very long calendar.  But when I wasn’t at work (and sometimes when I was) I often wondered why all the hours and weeks and months and years leading up to retirement couldn’t feel a little more exciting.  A little less like being in auto-pilot.

Then my mom passed away.  I still went off to work every day, but inside my head and heart, there wasn’t much quietness anymore.  Instead there was a constant internal noise and the only thing that seemed to turn down the volume was working in the kitchen—rolling pie dough, putting together a pot of soup, doing the very things my mom had loved doing best.  Making food.  I began to spend a lot more time in my kitchen.

Four years later, I left the job that I had once considered my forever job.  In my last 6 months there, my workplace underwent drastic changes and I was unhappy more often than happy.  I didn’t exactly have a plan in place but I knew that I would not spend eight hours a day being miserable.

I spent a few months feeling more than a little lost.  What do you do when you suddenly find yourself without a daily agenda?  Or a regular group of co-workers, or a steady paycheck?  I enrolled in South Seattle College’s Pastry and Baking Arts program.  I was still spending a lot of time in the kitchen at home, and I knew I would enjoy going to school to learn about baking.

It turned out to be my Hogwarts.  Every day was magic as we learned baking theory and then spent the next five hours in the kitchen putting theory to practice.  I had two amazing chefs for teachers, and eager like-minded people to share the adventure.  I was one happy Harry.  I decided my new direction in life would be centered around food.

About halfway through the 18-month program, my financial situation at home changed unexpectedly and drastically.  I regretted dropping out before getting to the sugar and chocolate module, but I could no longer justify spending my days going to school instead of working and helping to earn income.   I got a job as a pastry cook at a bakeshop in Seattle.

I wish I could say that it was a job I loved and could see myself doing for a good, long time.  It wasn’t.  The frantic pace had me feeling like a factory worker and it wasn’t what I had envisioned of my new journey in food.  What I wanted was the kind of job that would allow me to craft food products as if I were preparing them for good friends in my own kitchen—thoughtfully, lovingly.  No constant rushing.  Was I being unrealistic?  After a few more bakeshop jobs, it seemed so.  But it didn’t mean my dream job couldn’t exist.  It just meant that I would have to create it myself.

In early October of 2016, I made the scary but exciting decision to start my own business.  I spent all my time thinking about possible products and experimenting with recipes in the kitchen.  There were so many things I loved making and baking.  What to focus on?  I wanted something I could pour my personality into.  Something that would let me be the big kid I am.  Something that would be all about celebrating innocence and embracing the simple joys and old-fashioned values I love so much.

I decided on a candy business.  It would be called Little Dipper Confections, and I would offer handcrafted specialty chocolates made always with the proper amounts of time, attention, love, and care.  There’s been no looking back since.

 

Sweet Talk (Blog)

Hello everyone.  It’s a pleasure to announce the start of my new venture, Little Dipper Confections.  I’m offering chocolate-dipped candies made the old-fashioned way–with lots of thought given to ingredients and taste, all hand-crafted.  Can you remember the last time you enjoyed candy made without preservatives?  Or sweets that weren’t mass-produced, but formed lovingly by hand, one at a time?  My hope is that Little Dipper Confections takes you back to simpler times, when the highest priority was always given to quality rather than to quantity.

I’ve set up this website for a number of reasons.  To sell and promote my confections, yes, but also to have a place to write about this adventure.  You see, this personally isn’t just about a way to make some money.  It’s the culmination of hours spent stirring sugar and transforming chocolate, days thinking up and testing new recipes, months trying to figure out how to turn a love into a living, and years struggling to make sense of my infatuation with cooking, baking, and candy-making.

Of my many endeavors in the kitchen, I find candy-making especially rewarding.  From a handful of ordinary ingredients–sugar, a vanilla bean, some cream–you can turn out the most flavorful caramels you’ve ever eaten.  Cut them to uniform pieces, dip them in chocolate, and the beauties you end up with look nothing like what you started out with. Some might call this cooking science.  Yes, but I say it’s also cooking magic, and it has me completely bewitched.  Answering the call of confections–it’s not a bad way to pass the time!