Having a hard time avoiding all of those mini candy bars spilling out of your kids’ Halloween stash? Hey, chocolate surrender is inevitable. But why not do it like a man (or woman) with these grown-up, locally made sweets.
Instead of Snickers: Ramona Bar
Oakland’s Double Dutch Sweets was actually inspired by Snickers, and the Ramona (pictured below) has the same comforting feel—but with twists like caramel and honey nougat, single-source Venezuelan dark chocolate, and flakes of Maldon sea salt. doubledutchsweets.com.
Instead of Heath Bar: Milk Chocolate Almond Toffee Square
Elaine’s Toffee Company is based in Clayton, and the family-run business’ addictive 40-plus-year-old recipe includes buttery almond toffee coated with luxe Guittard chocolate and crunchy chopped almonds. elainestoffee.com.
Instead of Peppermint Pattie: Ebird’s Perfect Peppermint Chocolate Cookies
Named after Concord confectioner Rachel Dunn’s daughter, who invented the top-selling treat, the invigorating Ebird enrobes a wafer cookie with white chocolate spiked with triple-distilled peppermint and rich, velvety dark chocolate. racheldunnchocolates.com.