Massachusetts Candy Trail


Just because it’s a happy stop and local flavor.

Putnam Pantry fans

Danvers Putnam Pantry, established in 1951, is hosting an employee reunion this month:

“Did you work at Putnam Pantry for your first job? Did you work in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and beyond? Please join us June 17, 2017 @ 12:30pm for food, drinks and to catch up with some old friends!”

brief background on history of candy in New England  see New England Historical Society When New England Candy was King: 15 Sweet Facts 


img_4266Turtle Alley does not disappoint in their dazzling and delightful array of Valentine sweetheart boxes of deliciousness!


Decadent and Delicious Valentine’s Day!



Looking for a super easy gluten-free dessert for a relative this afternoon, a quick stop at Turtle Alley was made. I was knocked out by Hallie Baker’s fabulous heart boxes, each filled with a different assortment of chocolates, and each clearly labeled–all ready to go for your Valentine sweetheart! FYI, Hallie informs that her chocolate truffles are definitely gluten-free.
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Calling all chocolate lovers (and friends of chocolate lovers) ~ Get this book from local chocolatier Hallie Baker, proprietor of Turtle Alley: Turtle, Truffle, Bark: Simple and Indulgent Chocolates to Make at Home.

HALLIE BAKER TURTLE ALLEY ©KIM SMITH 2015I am starting my Christmas wish list today and this book is at the top! Turtle, Truffle, Bark is available to purchase at Turtle Alley and on Amazon.

About the Author ~ Hallie Baker started learning how to make chocolates half her life ago, and hasn’t stopped since. She opened Turtle Alley Chocolates in Gloucester, MA. in 1999, and Turtle Alley II in Salem MA. in 2002. Her chocolates have been featured in Gourmet Magazine, Saveur, Roadfood, The Boston Globe, The Splendid Table, the Food Network’s Roker on the Road, the Rachel Ray show, Tonia’s Kitchen, and more.
Having studied painting in college, her parent’s sage advice to work in the food business kept her fed, but ultimately led her to her chocolatier-ing ways. Now playing with flavor is as much fun as painting was back in the day. This is Hallie’s first book. Fingers crossed for many more!

Hallie’s book is the absolute perfect gift for the lover of all things chocolate on your Christmas list!

Live from Turtle Alley and Nichols Candy House ~ Happy Easter Chocolate Lovers!

 Easter Greetings from Turtle Alley

We are so fortunate in Gloucester to have not one, but TWO, fabulous chocolatiers! I Love Turtle Alley and Nichols Candy House, and both owners, Barbara at Nichols and Hallie at Turtle Alley are wonderfully helpful and accommodating. And the people that work at both places could not be sweeter and more friendly. Happy Easter Chocolate Lovers!

Easter Greetings from Nichols Candy House

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Hallie Baker Turtle Alley Day!

It’s all about the chocolate baby!  It’s that time of year- Chocolates on the table- chocolates as gifts-you get the drift.  Who doesn’t love a box of cashew turtles?

Well today it’s all about Hallie Baker and her chocolates as we bring you a slide show from her shop this morning and an afternoon episode of GMG’s Laurie Lufkin’s Inspired Cooking brought to you from Turtle Alley.  Check back at 1PM for the Turtle alley video with Laurie and Hallie.

Turtle Alley website here

In the meantime click this text for the Turtle Alley Slide Show

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Turtle Alley Chocolates and Recipes to use them…….YUM!

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Hi!  I want to thank Hallie from Turtle Alley Chocolates on Washington Street in Gloucester again for her hospitality (and chocolate) and for taking us through some of what they do in a day in the shop.  It is amazing to me that no only do they stock that store to the gills with delicious treats but they also stock their store in Salem as well!

The aroma of chocolate is intoxicating in the shop……if you have not been there–GO NOW!

I hope you enjoy these simple recipes.  Very easy to make and certain crowd pleasers!  Inspired Cooking airs Tuesdays at 8:30, Fridays at 4:30 in the afternoon and Sundays at 11:30 am on Channel 12, Cape Ann TV.  I hope you will tune in.

Decadent Spiced Caramel Brownies

20 Salted Ancho Chipotle Caramels—from Turtle Alley Chocolates—refrigerated and cut into fourths

(if you live far far way and can’t get these, you have two options—Turtle Alley has mail order OR you could use regular caramels and toss them in a tiny tiny bit of chipotle or ancho chili power right when they come out of the fridge)

2 sticks salted butter

4 oz unsweetened chocolate

1 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch kosher salt

4 large eggs at room temperature

2 cups granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a microwave save mixing bowl, melt together butter and chocolate, about 2 ½ minutes.  Stir until smooth and set aside.

Whisk together flour and cinnamon and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together eggs and sugar.  Stir in flour mixture until smooth.  Mix in butter and chocolate mixture and pour in pan.

Drop prepared caramel pieces over brownies and swirl to combine.  Bake 24-26 minutes until center is set.  Remove from oven and cool on a rack.  Allow to cool completely before serving(good luck with that!).  Enjoy

Bolster Cookies

Peanut Butter Kissed Chocolate Chip Cookies

½ cup butter flavored shortening

¼ cup salted butter

1 ¼ cup light brown sugar

1-2 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 large egg

1 ¾ cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon kosher salt

¾ teaspoon baking soda

15 Turtle Alley Peanut Butter bolster bars, chopped

½ cup milk chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 4 baking sheets with parchment or spray with non stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream shortening, butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Add milk, vanilla and egg and mix until smooth and lighter in color.  Wisk together flour, salt and baking soda and add to sugar mixture.  Mix until well blended.  Add bolster bars and chocolate and mix just until combined.

With a small scoop, dish out 12 cookies per tray.  Bake cookies for 10 minutes, turning once at 5 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly on pan before moving to a cooling rack.


*if you are making these on warm muggy day, refrigerate the dough for an hour or so before you make them

Hallie Baker – Proprietor Of Turtle Alley

If you are anything like the dozens of people I’ve heard complaining daily about how depressing the weather has made them then I have the solution.

Head over to Turtle Ally and drown your crappy weather induced misery in some decadent chocolate treats hand made by Hallie Baker.

Video coming later