B is for Baxter’s Fine Candies | They knew how to do candy right in the 1800s.

I’m the one that can’t quit sugar in my house. It’s not my primary vice, but it’s a lingering issue. My husband can walk away from just about any type of sweet except for one. He loves maple anything.

Even though he’s not a big sweet eater, he’s been known to enjoy the occasional maple sugar candy. Which in the giant realm of sweets is probably one of the sweetest, so maybe he’s really the one with the sugar problem? Or, his all-encompassing love of maple outweighs anything else.

I was excited to find a maple candy when I visited the holiday open house at Baxter’s Essentials this past December. I knew it would be the perfect treat for my husband, and would fit nicely into his Christmas stocking. It’s not that I only buy appropriately sized stocking stuffers for him. I use the stocking as more of a suggestion than a guide. Even so, it’s nice to have some things that will actually fit and not be relegated to the overflow pile.

Baxter’s Fine Candies makes drop-rolled candy using antique equipment from the 1800s. The name of this confectionery is pretty descriptive of the process. The slightly cooled candy mixture is fed through the antique drop roller which creates sheets of dime sized round candies. After they have cooled, you drop the sheets onto the counter and they break automatically into individual round candies. The candies are rolled, and then dropped.

I apologize for the limited number of candies shown in the picture. The package comes with more, but my husband ate most of them before my photo session. Since it was his candy, I guess I can’t be too upset.

They are all the same style of round, hard candies based on the roller mold that Baxter’s Fine Candies uses. The drop rolled candy listed on their website all are made with delicious sounding flavor combinations including –

Black Tea & Lemon
Five Spices
Orange Anise
Smoked Paprika & Clove
Tarragon Mint

The maple spice drop rolled candies that I bought are only available in the store and not online. It was a hit and my husband clearly loved them.

One of the things that I especially enjoy about these candies is that they do not use corn syrup, colorings or artificial flavors but rather create their flavors with herbs, teas and extracts.

While you can buy their candies on their website, they are also sold at a few area stores as well. However, if you’re local, I recommend going to their store location in Portland. It’s a large, light filled space where they sell a few other local products. If you’re able to swing by their shop, you’ll also be treated to ReginaSpices which shares the space with Baxter’s Fine Candies.

In addition to the maple candies from Baxter’s Fine Candies, I also snagged a few spice sets from ReginaSpices including maple mustard rub and sweet smoky fire. They too fit beautifully in my husband’s Christmas stocking.

Do you have a favorite candy?


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Name Baxter’s Fine Candies
Location 26 Brackett Street, Portland, Maine 04102
Phone (207) 699-4984
Website Baxter’s Fine Candies
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26 thoughts on “B is for Baxter’s Fine Candies | They knew how to do candy right in the 1800s.

    • Weekends in Maine says:

      Yes, that is my favorite too! I always have dark chocolate in the house. I volunteered this past weekend for a local fundraising event called The Chocolate Lovers’ Fling. It’s a great chance to check out all the local Maine chocolatiers and help out for a good cause.

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  1. lindamaycurry says:

    I normally prefer chewy “lollies” as we call them in Australia. I can see the advantages of a hard one as it would last a long time. Alas I am restricting myself to some dark chocolate and mints in the car. The flavours sound delicious.

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  2. dyannedillon says:

    How cool! There’s a company in my hometown that makes tin ceilings the same way they have been making them since the 1800s. I don’t know how they get away with some of the methods, since OSHA would certainly not approve.

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