Chocolate Olive Oil, Handmade Marshmallows and Orange Blossom Beer in Our Easter Basket, Please!
So what would make for better grown-up Easter treats? Here are the 5 local products we wouldn't mind seeing in our Easter baskets this Sunday:
Orange Blossom Wheat Beer from Papago Brewing: Who cares that it's the wuss of local beers, at less than 5% alcohol? The stuff tastes like bottled Arizona springtime, and is conveniently offered in a take-home growler for just $19 ($11 for future refills). It could be difficult to smush the big-ass glass container of creamsicle beer in amongst jelly beans and chocolate treats, but really, once we down a few pints we won't mind that the Peeps became roadkill to fit this sucker in.
Chocolate-covered Espresso Beans: Screw jelly beans! We don't need no stinkin' sugar high when we can have a real, honest-to-goodness caffeine buzz. Candy Addict on Mill Avenue has 8 oz. tubes of snackable java on tap, in addition to other adult-friendly treats such as marzipan fruit baskets and Cocopotamus truffles. Buy a container and get your legal high for the day, sans prescription.
Tracy Dempsey Marshmallows: Move over, sparkly fluorescent Peeps! There's a more sophisticated (and less hydrogenated) marshmallow in town. Local culinatrix Tracy Dempsey is known for her sugary treats-on-a-stick, which recently showed up in a brown bag o' cookies dessert served at the inaugural Cycle. The sticky mallows are fun, festive, and brulee a heck of a lot better than Peeps -- trust us, we know. Get some at Smeeks for less than five bucks a bag.