Sugar, spice and everything nice? Hmm. How ‘bout just passing the sugary stuff please. Since June is National Candy Month, it seems appropriate to satisfy our collective sweet tooth with a new twist on this candy holiday by putting together some of San Diego’s best candied concoctions that are sure to leave your taste buds in a frenzy.
Down in the Gaslamp District, barleymash has gotten really in touch with their sweet side. Grab a Maple Bacon S’More Bar that is made with fluffy homemade toasted marshmallow piled on top of a bacon-graham cracker crust and topped with candied bacon and a maple drizzle, or get the Red Hot Skillet Brownie that is served with a rich, warm chocolate brownie soaked in a cinnamon whiskey caramel, complete with vanilla ice cream and homemade red hot candies.
With the Fig Tree Café whipping out the best brunch in San Diego, you know their Man Candy has got to be pretty great. No ladies, we’re not talking about the men serving up your food, instead it is their thick cut bacon, candied with brown sugar and paprika, that has us drooling. It is the perfect sweet pick-me-up during or after brunch. For those in need of a candied caffeine fix, Fig Tree Café also offers a Toasted Marshmallow or Caramel Coffee for your sipping pleasure.
Looking for something a little more adventurous? The Duck Dive has created the Candied Ginger Noir with Grey Goose cherry noir, Domaine De Canton French ginger liqueur, lime, simple syrup, ruby red grapefruit and a candied ginger garnish. Though sweet, this drink is devilishly delicious.
Right off Pacific Coast Highway in Encinitas, Union Kitchen & Tap has gotten crafty with their salads. A favorite is the Roasted Beet Salad with fennel, mint, Maytag blue cheese, maple vinaigrette and pecan brittle for that perfect hint of sweetness.
It is no surprise that Café Lulu has some pretty sweet hookah blends that can tastefully satisfy any shisha lover. At the top of the list for National Candy Month is the Peppermint Patty Hookah with a unique flavor of delicious chocolate mint. Craving a candied desert instead? Café Lulu also serves up some sinful sweets like the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cheesecake to fill your chocolate and peanut butter needs.