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Goshen Dining Days 2016: Nut Shoppe candies hit the spot during an afternoon lull

If you’re looking for a sugary pick-me-up, now is the perfect time to grab a box of chocolates or a bag of gummies.

The Nut Shoppe, known for its hand-dipped chocolates and other candies, is one of the restaurants and stores in Goshen participating in Goshen Dining Days through Saturday. Venues are offering special food and drink deals and donating 10 percent of the proceeds to The Window, which provides food, clothing and more for people in need.

The newsroom shared a few of the Nut Shoppe specials Wednesday afternoon — the perfect time for a sugar hit.

A one-pound bag of gummy butterflies is $5 at The Nut Shoppe during Goshen Dining Days. You can get a 9-piece box of truffles for the same price. We also picked up a two-tiered gift box that included a half-pound of chocolate and caramel turtles and more than a pound of mixed nuts for $20.

We dug in to the gummy butterflies first. The overall consensus: Sweet, not too chewy, and every one of the six flavors got a thumbs up from all of us.

“It’s a good flavor,” said reporter Amanda Wilkinson, adding that usually cherry-flavored candy makes her think of drinking cough syrup when she was sick as a kid. The cherry-flavored butterflies got an extra point from her for actually tasting like candy instead of Robitussin.

One person (it was me) ate almost a quarter of the bag of gummy butterflies over the course of the day (again, me, I’m so sorry everyone), but that’s probably not a good idea unless you’ve got a high tolerance for sweets (they were so tasty. I have no regrets).

The truffle box was well-received too, although our game to guess the filling of each truffle fell flat when we realized all 9 pieces were chocolate-filled. They were delicious anyway, and the designs on top of each candy were eye-catching. The Nut Shoppe prides itself on its hand-dipped chocolates and creams.

Next up: The turtles and mixed nuts.

We agreed there was a lot of salt on the mixed nuts, but it worked well to cut the sweetness of the other treats. It was a good idea to combine it with the turtles.

The box was a nice mix of almonds, cashews, walnuts and more. But it got less attention than the box of chocolate turtles.

The turtles had a thin layer of chocolate over a thick layer of chewy caramel, and were topped with chopped walnuts. The walnuts crumbled a bit when we picked up each candy, so grab a napkin if you’re planning to get a box of them. Also, keep in mind that they’re made with sweet caramel, not salted caramel, so the taste could be a little rich for you if you don’t have a sweet tooth.

The Nut Shoppe is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays at 204 S. Main St. in Goshen.

You can see the full list of Goshen Dining Days deals here.

Tori Fater is a reporter at the Elkhart Truth and writes for Flavor 574.

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