I've gotten used to the fact that I can no longer have candy bars or fancy-schmancy gourmet truffles whenever I want. Sure, I could order overpriced vegan candy bars, and sometimes I do. But those things have become rare treats because shipping is a bitch.
Lucky for me, Stephanie (Poopie Bitch) made me an array of homemade vegan versions of all my conventional candy faves for Christmas! She piled all the treats — at least 10 of each thing — into a big ole gift bag. Unloading each package of chocolates from the bag was so much fun!
On the fancy side, she made some Bourbon Pecan Pie Truffles with Maker's Mark bourbon. These have a complex, sophisticated flavor fit for a Southern Belle (like me!):
I love, love, love coconut, so imagine my surprise when I saw a big bag of these Vegan Coconut Bon Bons. They taste just like a Mounds Bar with its signature, sweetened moist coconut filling:
These Peppermint Bon Bons were like tiny bite-sized York Peppermint Patties:
But my very, very fave are these Peanut Butter Cups!!!! The one candy that I miss the most are Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Seriously. If they were vegan, I'd eat one, like, every day. But honestly, Steph's vegan cups are better than any Reese's cup I remember. I still have a pretty good stash of these left and you can bet your ass that I'll be hoarding them:
Finally, Steph made me a jar of Orange Marmalade. Her husband said it's from his family's secret recipe, and his people are British. I'm pretty sure the Brits know a thing or two about marmalade. I haven't cracked open the jar yet, but I can't wait to spread a little on an English muffin with Earth Balance: