Hopefully you've got all your Christmas bills taken care of, because it's just about time to spend again as Valentine's Day is just a couple of weeks away. Fortunately we spent some time today at the perfect place for you to stock up on sweets for that special someone: Ladybug Chocolates in Canby.
Ladybug Chocolates is something truly special. They've been in that location since 2013, but owner Bob Dye is part of a long line of chocolate makers in his family, rounding out more than a century of experience. In fact, his great-grandfather is the guy who invented Chocolate Covered Macadamias in Hawaii. So yeah, this family is kind of a big deal when it comes to confections.
Bob and staff make a wonderful array of treats, truly expanding the preconceptions of what you can do with chocolate. He had me sample three candies made with the same chocolate, showing how different flavors can be created with some additional ingredients. Starting with a wonderful piece of milk chocolate that had some black Hawaiian lava salt added in, on to another piece that had macadamia nuts, followed by the real kicker: milk chocolate with Hawaiian chili peppers. Heat and sweet is all the rage right now, and this piece of chocolate really did that trick. The chocolate flavors start the part off right, and the heat from the peppers comes in at the end and really lets you know what's going on. It's a lot of fun, and chocolate should always be fun in my book.
We also had the opportunity to make truffles as well, as opposed to our usual pastime of making trouble. Surprisingly, we didn't fail and actually managed to make something they can sell. Although I was kind of hoping I'd mess them up and then would have to eat them all.
I urge you to check out the store the next time you're in the area and see all the different things they have to offer. My favorite are the figures and blocks and minifigures patterned after Lego's, and the liqueur-filled truffles are little works of art. They also ship all over the world, so if you can't make it in but still need your fix, check out their website and put together an order. Be sure to get enough for yourself and your sweetheart, that way you don't get into trouble for eating all of their gift.