My husband has a sweet tooth. He loves cakes, cookies, popcorn - you name it! So, I went in search of some great local places for the sweet tooth in your life. Here are a few of my picks:
Palsie's Popcorn and Sweets (Raleigh) - This shop boasts 60 flavors of gourmet popcorn (including s'more, mac & cheese and North Carolina barbecue), candy, fudge, fried pound cake and New Orleans' style snow balls. They offer free samples of popcorn and even combine flavors to create fun combinations like strawberry champagne. Try the holiday flavors white chocolate peppermint bark and eggnog. Special holiday gift boxes start at $6.99. Tins are also available.
The Dancing Chocolatier (Raleigh) - Located in the The Shoppes at Bedford in North Raleigh, this small shop offers mainly cakes to order, but on Thursdays and Fridays owner Kelly Yeung offers gourmet cupcakes and hand-dipped chocolates for sale. Cupcake flavors include peanut butter cup (peanut butter icing, chocolate cupcake filled with chocolate mousse), gingerbread and red velvet. She also sells gift certificates.
Carolina Popcorn Shoppe (Raleigh) - This shop makes caramel and toffee from scratch and uses real cheese in each batch of its gourmet popcorn. The fifteen flavors offered include jalapeno cheddar, nutty chocolate, Carolina caramel cheddar crunch and chocolate cheesecake. The store also sells gourmet nuts. Flavors include Carolina honey and vanilla cinnamon. Holiday special: 2 oz each of white cheddar, yellow cheddar and kettle corn and 4 oz of caramel in a holiday box for $11.95. Stop in at their Raleigh location (in the old location of Champion Cheerleading – a commercial building near the intersection of Western Boulevard and Jones Franklin Road) and mention “WRAL” for 15 percent off, but not to be combined with Groupon or Living Social deals!
The Peanut Roaster (Cary, Wake Forest, Henderson) - The Monahan family has been roasting and selling peanuts since 1949 when they had a family restaurant in Virginia. For more than 25 years, they have been based in North Carolina. Nut flavors include jalapeno, pesto parmesan and sun dried tomato. They also offer chocolate-covered varieties and peanut brittle.