Sweet Treats Under $50
From Paris to Austin, goodies to serve a range of tastes and food restrictions
By Suzanne Kilpatrick
As the circular economy ramps up and an incredible gourmet brand seemingly launches everyday, it seems a box of chocolates is the new shoes. We don’t need new clothing and accessories like we used to, but a sweet guilty pleasure remains pretty darn nice. From candy to eggnog, here are some of the best goodies to be found. All under $50, too!
Maggie Louise Lipstick Trio, $20
No one makes chocolate as pretty and delicious as Maggie Louise and she’s an Austin-ite to boot. The lipstick trio is a cult classic, equally at home on display to adore visually or on a dessert plate to consume. All three pieces are milk chocolate and, like every box Maggie produces, handmade to order.
Texas French Bread’s Holiday Cookie Tin, $49
The classic Austin bakery and café is offering up their hand-decorated holiday cookies once again. The tin comes packed with four dozen cookies in 10 different varieties from iced butter to gingersnap to mocha walnut. It’s a sweet treat from a local favorite that’s perfect to bring to a holiday party, to put out at your own gathering or to gobble up while watching classic Christmas movies.
Maison Boissier Parisienne Festive Candies, $48
Take your Francophile friend to Paris with a box of Maison Boissier candy. It’s one of The City of Light’s most famous confectioners and favorite of historical figures such as Victor Hugo. These tiny candies in apricot, pear and raspberry were invented by Belisaire Boissier himself more than 150 years ago and now mere mortals can enjoy them too.
Fronks Vegan Eggnog, $11.99
With Fronks eggnog you can make a vegan’s Christmas dreams come true. The limited-edition nut-based holiday classic has notes of cinnamon and cardamom blended with sweet dates, cashews and almonds. Uber smooth and creamy, one might wonder why this isn’t the modern norm.
Milkbar Assorted Cookie Tin, $20
Milkbar owner Christina Tosi completely revolutionized the world of cookies and cake with her colorful, deconstructed, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink concoctions. One simply cannot not help but smile when given her unusual treats. The tin includes one of each signature cookie Christina designed covering all Milkbars incredible flavor bases. We bet the recipient’s life will never be the same.
Srsly Bean to Bar Chocolate Bar, $8
Srsly Chocolate is an outstanding way to delight someone who takes their chocolate, well, seriously. They take a “low and slow” approach to tease out the beans flavor, starting with dried, fermented cacao beans and carefully grading them before roasting. A personal winnower then removes the papery husks from the rich nib. And with flavors such as Toasted Sourdough, Reishi Mushroom and Brunt End one will surely be excited by the taste.