Mississippi is a hub for incredible eats and new southern cuisine where decadent desserts are always on the menu. Candy makers are pushing the boundaries with their creative confections, fusing time-honored recipes with local flavors. This Valentine’s Day, satisfy your sweetie’s sweet tooth with one of these tasty treats from Mississippi.
Darby’s Famous Fudge, Natchez
Downtown Natchez is home to 300 years of history and unique restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and the Darby’s Famous Fudge. At the storefront or online, visitors can pick up fudge varieties made with Mississippi pecans and fresh cream and butter. While you’re there, pick up their Muscadine Hot Sauce and mix with cream cheese for an incredible party dip.
More than 150 years of expertise, passed from generation to generation, make Pirouline rolled wafers a perfect gift. The DeBeukelaer family brought this recipe from Belgium to Madison, Miss., more than 30 years ago. They now make Piroulines in a variety of flavors, including dark chocolate, chocolate hazelnut, chocolate lined and vanilla. Check out the new Pirouline Twists, light caramelized puffed pastries, and Piroucrisps, caramelized coffee and tea biscuits. Order online or pick up at your favorite retail store.
Robicheaux Specialty Candies, Poplarville
A family-owned gourmet confectioner since 1992, Robicheaux Specialty Candies keeps chocolate lovers happy year round. Robicheaux has all major holiday occasions covered, with themed specialties for Mardi Gras, Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day—decorated mini pretzels, pralines, pecan turtles, candied nuts, creole pecans, chocolate snack mixes and more. If you can’t make it to Poplarville, they’ll ship directly to you.
Indianola Pecan House, Indianola
Visit the Indianola Pecan House or retail outlets in Flowood, Tupelo and Southaven for a wide selection of candies, spices, desserts and other Southern delicacies. You’ll find pecans in varieties including candied, chocolate, savory and sugar free, along with mixed nuts, Mississippi Cheese Straws, jellies and jams in gift tins and baskets. They will also ship directly to you.
Flathau’s Fine Foods, Petal
Flathau’s Fine Foods combined shortbread and sugar cookies to create an entirely new treat. Flathau’s Snaps are available in peppermint, butterscotch, raspberry, key lime, lemon and cinnamon flavors, coated with crushed candy chips and powdered sugar for a crisp, sweet treat. Check out their segment on The Food Network’s “Unwrapped” to see how they do it, and check out their traditional gourmet shortbread cookies and cheese straws online.
Yazoo Toffee Company, Yazoo City
Made in small batches by a family team, Yazoo Toffee Company’s signature treat combines local pecans and homemade chocolate with pure toffee, putting a Southern twist on this traditional English treat. Current varieties Almond White Chocolate Toffee, Chocolate Pecan Toffee and Plain Toffee are naturally gluten free. Shop online or pick up at 101 retail locations across the South.