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.  If making confections this old-fashioned way sounds like it takes a little bit of time, it does.  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.

Banana Bliss Caramel

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

Creamy Coffee Caramel

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

Eggnog Truffle (Seasonal Holiday Item)

Velvety, smooth white chocolate-eggnog ganache with spiced rum, dipped in dark chocolate.  Available December.

Peppermint Confection (Seasonal Holiday Item)

A bed of dark chocolate ganache topped with a fluffy blanket of peppermint marshmallow, dipped in dark chocolate.  Available December.  

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.  Available January 1 – March 20.

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.  Available January 1 – March 20.

Items and Prices

Winter Collection (January 1 – March 20)

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 – Fresh Squeezed Lemonade Caramel: A pleasantly chewy caramel with a perfect balance between buttery-sweet and lemony-tart.  Enrobed in dark chocolate.  **

1 – Orange Truffle: Orange ganache made with milk chocolate, Grand Marnier orange liqueur, and little nuggets of candied orange peel.  Enrobed in milk chocolate.  **

** Seasonal Winter Collection Items

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 – Fresh Squeezed Lemonade Caramel: A pleasantly chewy caramel with a perfect balance between buttery-sweet and lemony-tart.  Enrobed in dark chocolate.  **

2 – Orange Truffle: Orange ganache made with milk chocolate, Grand Marnier orange liqueur, and little nuggets of candied orange peel. Enrobed in milk chocolate.  **

** Seasonal Winter Collection Items

24-Piece Box of Assorted Confections ~ $38

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 – Fresh Squeezed Lemonade Caramel: A pleasantly chewy caramel with a perfect balance between buttery-sweet and lemony-tart. Enrobed in dark chocolate.  **

4 – Orange Truffle: Orange ganache made with milk chocolate, Grand Marnier orange liqueur, and little nuggets of candied orange peel. Enrobed in milk chocolate.  **

** Seasonal Winter Collection Items

The Packaging

cropped-phone-pics-709.jpgLittle Dipper Confections are packaged in kraft paper boxes.  Of the many thousands of packaging options available, kraft boxes were the obvious choice for a number of reasons.  The unadorned, light brown paper material is in perfect unity with Little Dipper Confections’ mission of taking you back to simpler times.  It evokes uncomplicated pleasures such as bicycle rides around neighborhood streets, crisp nights by the fireplace with a book, and, of course, childhood walks to the local grocer for a pocketful of candy.  Best of all, choosing kraft paper boxes over more decorated packaging means that your hard-earned money goes predominantly toward the confections themselves rather than the glitter and gold.

Look For Us

~2018~
FARMERS MARKETS:
Tacoma Proctor Farmers’ Market

Saturday January 13, 2018 10 AM – 1 PM

Saturday February 10, 2018 10 AM – 1 PM

Saturday March 10, 2018 10 AM – 1 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.

FESTIVALS:
Chocolate On The Beach

Saturday February 24, 10AM – 5PM and Sunday February 25, 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.

Spring Fling Get Your Bazaar Fix

Friday March 9, 4PM – 10PM and Saturday March 10, 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.

Indoor Craft Sale and Flea Market

Saturday March 17, 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.

Driftwood Show and Glass Float Hunt

Saturday April 7 10AM – 5PM, and Sunday April 8 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.

Tulip Festival Street Fair

Friday April 20, 10AM – 6PM, Saturday April 21, 10AM – 6PM, Sunday April 22, 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.

Country Life Fair at Pomeroy Farm

Saturday April 28, 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.

~Past~
2018:
A Very Vintage Market

Saturday January 27, 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.

2017:
FARMERS’ MARKETS:
Tacoma Proctor Farmers’ Market

Saturdays through December 16, 2017, 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.

FESTIVALS:
Redmond High School Holiday Bazaar

Saturday December 9, 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 December 7, 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 December 1, 10AM – 5PM and Saturday December 2, 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 and Sunday, November 25 and 26, 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 November 17 11AM – 6PM and Saturday November 18 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 November 16, 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 and Sunday, November 4 and 5, 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 October 14, 10AM – 5PM and Sunday October 15, 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 October 1, 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 September 23, 12PM – 6PM (Street Fair Hours)

Sunday September 24, 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.

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!