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It’s My Treat


Got trick or treating on the mind this week? Do yourself a favour: buy the minimal amount of Halloween candy possible so you don’t get stuck with a half-full box of processed, plastic-tasting packets of sugary candy or mini chocolate bars. If you’re really looking for a treat, I’ve got five amazing options for you highlighted below that are way, way better – and worth the calories.

Nadege MacaronsNadège Patisserie Macaron Travel Boxes – From $26.50
Toronto-based Nadège Patisserie has been championed for it’s perfectly light and flaky, perfectly French macarons (aka, one of my favourite treats on the planet!) And for good reason, given owner Nadège Nourian is a fourth-generation pastry chef out of France that’s worked in Michelin Star-rated restaurants alongside some of the best pasty chefs in the world. While many of the Patisserie’s items must be picked up in-store, a selection of their treats are available for nationwide shipping, meaning yes, you can munch on some Parisian treats right from the comfort of your own home, wherever it may be. Bon appetit!

NatureBoxNatureBox Canada Subscription – $24.95 / month (including shipping)
Want to feel good about what you’re munching on? NatureBox is a nutritionist-approved subscription service that delivers five healthy treats right to your doorstep each and every month. The service started in the U.S. but has recently expanded up north and is currently offering a ‘Beta’ version of their subscriptions. Normally you get to tailor what’s in your box; for the time being, they select what five treats you get – like October’s mix, which included Baked Peppery Potato Sticks and Honey Dijon Pretzels. Yum! A perfect choice for that friend that’s always looking for a healthier alternative to a bag of chips.

monkeybutterMonkey Butter – $10 each
How’s this for a fun, kid-friendly food gift? Monkey Butter is a Canadian peanut butter brand that focuses on natural ingredients and offers gluten-free and vegan-friendly options. Each of their creamy dreamy blends has a unique flavour spin – from classics like ‘Honey’ to more unexpected fare like ‘White Chocolate Pretzel’ or ‘Dark Chocolate Cherry’. It works wonderfully as a stocking stuffer for any PB fiends, but also makes for a quirky hostess gift the next time you’re headed over to a PB-loving pal’s place for a girls (or guys) night.

Crave CupcakesCrave Cupcakes – $3.25 each
Now this one’s a little unfair, unless you happen to live in Edmonton, Calgary or Saskatoon – but I couldn’t not include it. I’ve eaten a lot of cupcakes in my life, but none have been as top-to-bottom amazing as those found at Crave. Their cakes are utterly moist and flavourful, their frostings are just the right amount of fluffy, their varieties are the perfect amount of diverse so that every one is perfected. While their cupcakes make my heart sing, virtually everything I’ve tried (including whoopie pies, cakes, and a s’mores tart) has tickled my tastebuds. They also offer gluten-free cupcakes, which, according to my brother-in-law, are the only baked goods he’s ever had that taste like ‘regular’ baked goods. Here’s what’s extra great! They deliver – so if you can’t make your way to their one of their bakeries in person but you at least live in one of their cities, well, you’re in luck: your cravings can literally be satiated by the baking wizards at Crave.

Canada Sweet Shop Gift BoxCanada Sweet Shop Elegant Gift Box – $19.99 @ Target, PharmaSave, Save On Foods & Overwaitea
Bestill my sugar-craving heart. Sweet (aka Canada Sweet Shop) is an ah-mazing, Calgary-based candy business that specializes in toffees and brittles that are, quite frankly, little bites of heaven. Here’s the thing. I’m not much of a brittle person – I usually find it sickly sweet. But one bite into creator Dannah’s Classic Peanut Brittle was a total dessert revelation. It tasted airy, crispy, fluffy, and JUST the right amount of sweet. I’ve never had anything like it. And what’s even crazier (to you guys perhaps) is that most of Sweet’s products are vegan and / or gluten-free, making this a universally appealing line-up of treats that includes such scrumptious flavours as Cinnamon Almond Brittle and Smokey Bacon Peanut Brittle (as well as an equally amazing blend of salty and sweet in their Olde English Toffee). Sweet products are available through the Sweet website and are sold locally at venues like the Calgary Farmer’s Market – but this holiday season they’ve also got national coverage, with their amazingly tasty and perfectly hostess-gift priced Elegant Gift Box, which features two bars of Olde English Toffee and two bars of Peanut Brittle – both of which will change your sweet tooth for life. Gah, I’m drooling just thinking about it. Seriously, visit your Target / pharmacy / grocery store that carries the boxes, stock up, and you will be set for gifting this holiday season!

Oh, and of course, I’ve got a yum-yum-yummy Elegant Gift Box to gift to one of you lucky, lovely readers. Here’s how to enter for your shot at winning:

1) Tell me in the comments below by November 12, two things. First, which flavour of treat from Sweet would you most love to sample first? And second, which of these tasty gift ideas has got your sweet tooth-a-tingling?

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around November 13, 2014 to select the winner(s), who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Like Sweet on Facebook and leave a comment as to why you’re so keen on sampling their treats. Link back to your comment below in a separate comment (you can learn how to do so here). 

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144 Responses to “It’s My Treat”
  1. Sherry K says:

    I would like to try the Maple Peanut Brittle and it is gluten free. The Nadège Patisserie French macarons are very tempting.

  2. Katie says:

    1) I would most want to sample the Olde English Toffee
    2) I’m a Toronto girl, so must say I’m partial to Nadege (there is a store around the corner from me!), but I am very intrigued by the Crave cupcakes – they look adorable!

  3. dorcontest says:

    I would love to try the Smokey Bacon Peanut Brittle and the Espresso Brittle. Some tasty gift ideas has got your sweet tooth-a-tingling are the Monkey Butter and the Baked Peppery Potato Sticks and Honey Dijon Pretzels. Wow. Thanks for the review. 🙂

    dorcontest at gmail dot com
    Doreen

  4. SueSueper says:

    Olde English Toffee is what I would you most love to sample first.

    Of the items you listed, i most like Canada Sweet Shop Elegant Gift Box. How can I not!

  5. Kimberley says:

    I would love to sample the Smokey Bacon Peanut Brittle. And, I most like the Nadege Patisserie Macaron Travel Boxes.

  6. Alison K says:

    I would most love to sample Sweet’s Espresso Brittle first & of these tasty gift ideas, Nadège Patisserie Macaron Travel Boxes has got my sweet tooth-a-tingling.

  7. Steph says:

    Old English Toffee looks to die for, and would be my number one pick!
    Of these goodies – which are all tempting – I would say the Nadège Patisserie French macarons would make a nice gift for me, or a friend.

  8. Katherine Mauti says:

    Hi there,
    I just wanted to thank you so much for your post! My birthday is next week and I just placed an order for macarons which I have never tried before but always wanted to! And I live in St Albert which is beside Edmonton and now I have to check out Crave Bakery!! I love your blog 🙂 Thanks again for all the yummy suggestions!
    Katherine

    Sent from my iPhone

  9. Nancy says:

    Olde English Toffee is the flavor I would like to sample first and Nadege Patissserie Macaron travel boxes has got my sweet tooth a-tingling.

  10. cookie3 says:

    I’d try the smoky bacon peanut brittle first and the Nadege Patisserie Macaron travel boxes look like an awesome treat.

  11. Krista Embertson says:

    The Nadège Patisserie French macarons mmmmm

  12. tammy ta says:

    The peanut brittle looks so good I would like to sample it first -also the macarons have my sweet tooth tingling.

  13. Susan says:

    I would like to try the English Toffee first!

  14. LINDA says:

    The smoky bacon brittle sounds very interesting.

  15. Leah says:

    I’d love to sample the Olde English Toffee! The Nadege macarons have my sweet tooth tingling 🙂

  16. I Want to taste the Crave Cupcaqkes and I want to taste and love to buy the Monkey Butter

  17. joyce s. says:

    Old english toffee and the monkey butter.

  18. diane says:

    I’d like to sample the Olde English Toffee and the Nadège Patisserie Macarons have my sweet tooth-a-tingling!

  19. Jessica e says:

    Cinnamon Almond Brittle is the flavour of treat from Sweet I’d most love to sample! Nadège Patisserie Macaron Travel Boxes looks like something I’d really like!

  20. Rick Rymes says:

    Monkey butter sounds interesting….and a tingling !

  21. Patricia says:

    Would love to sample the Olde English Toffee and the Nadège Patisserie Macaron Travel Boxes sound soooo decadent

  22. Katie says:

    I would like to “like” Sweet on Facebook, but can’t seem to find it.. is there a link?

  23. bruce says:

    I’m kinda confused, but all will be revealed eventually

  24. I would love to try the Olde English Toffee
    http://canadasweetshop.com/products/olde-english-toffee

    And then follow it up with a jar of Dark Chocolate Banana (chocolat noir et bananes)
    http://monkeybutterpb.com/shop/dark-chocolate-banana-chocolat-noir-et-bananes

    And a marathon of Grey’s Anatomy repeats (circa the McSteamy years)

  25. Audrey Skinner says:

    I would love to try the Olde English Toffee.

  26. Donna L. says:

    I’d like to try the Maple Peanut Brittle flavour.
    The Crave cupcakes look yummy!

  27. Nick Ponomarev says:

    I would like to try the english toffee, and the monkey butter has my sweet tooth tingling.

  28. Old English Toffee would be my first choice – for my 2nd choice it would be Maple Peanut Butter – thanks!

  29. Cairine says:

    I love peanut brittle so that would be the first thing I would try and the English Toffee would get my sweet tooth tingling.

  30. Margaret Imecs says:

    I would love to try Classic Cashew Brittle and Nadège Patisserie Macarons looks delicious.

  31. Tracy says:

    I am not sure if this box comes with some of all of them (I love Brittle, one of my favorite things!) but I have never heard of Espresso Brittle before and would love to try it. I have to say, one of the best ones I have ever tried, and oddest is Smokey Bacon, so if that came in the mail I would be diving in to that pretty quick -it got my sweet tooth tingling for sure!

  32. Elizabeth R says:

    Definitely the English toffee. I am a peanut butter lover so for sure the monkey butter.

  33. Janice Lewis says:

    Maple peanut brittle yum!!!! Also those macaroons look delicious

  34. GARRY S says:

    OLDE ENGLISH TOFFEE CUPCAKES

  35. jason bernatt says:

    awesome prize

  36. Darlene Boyle says:

    OLDE ENGLISH TOFFEE and the SWEET BOX

  37. gbomberry says:

    Definitely the Olde English Toffee and the Maple Brittle

  38. Shelagh Macdonald says:

    Espresso brittle would be my first pick, and definitely the macaroons, as they are something I just wouldn’t make myself!

  39. Kevin B says:

    I would like to try the olde english toffee and the caramel anglais sweet box

  40. Erin McSweeney says:

    i would love the Nadège Patisserie Macaron Travel Boxes – From $26.50 and try the Olde English Toffee

  41. pat h says:

    Old English Toffee looks great, plus I love the look of the Crave cupcakes

  42. Dreena says:

    I’d like to sample this first: Smokey Bacon Peanut Brittle. And for my sweet tooth, Crave Cupcakes – they are soooo good!
    Cheers.

  43. Cahley Tod-Tims says:

    OHH good quality macarons are my weakness! Thought I wouldn’t say no to a packet of English toffee either!

  44. Polly S says:

    1) Olde English Toffee
    2) Nadège Patisserie macarons

  45. 1) I’d love to sample Olde English Toffee.
    2) Nadège Patisserie macarons have me craving for some!

  46. Doris Herns says:

    I love peanut brittle and macaroons!

  47. KellyPC says:

    The Olde English Toffee for sure & the Nadège Patisserie macaroons are so beautiful!

  48. Donnas says:

    I’ve seen and heard so much lately about bacon desserts so I’d definitely have to try the Smokey Bacon Peanut Brittle. And I’d love the Nadège Patisserie macarons.

  49. nicolthepickle says:

    From the sweet shop I would choose the Olde English Toffee.
    The Honey Dijon Pretzels from Nature Box sound wonderful, although maybe not so sweet, If I dip them in the Honey Monkey Butter.

  50. Shelley N says:

    The flavour of treat from Sweet that I would like to try first would be Expresso as in Expresso Brittle (bonus for my husband and myself since the kids do not like coffee flavour!) and the thing that got my sweet tooth-a-tingling is the Olde English Toffee (I love love love toffee!)

  51. Tracy D says:

    Olde English Toffee sounds wonderful, first on my list to try.

    Macaroons have my sweet tooth going, for sure!

  52. Julie G. says:

    I’d like to try the Cinnamon Almond Brittle.
    The Crave Cupcakes have my sweet tooth tingling.

  53. Seflishly, I would try the cupcakes first – who can resist cupcakes? and I have to try them before the kids get to them.

    What gets my sweet tooth going … definately the macarons .. they definately a treat for me. Will probably get hidden in the back of the cupboard … lol

  54. Heather Swanson says:

    Dark chocolate cherry monkey butter, the English toffee looks delicious

  55. Jerry says:

    olde english taffy is my fav

  56. Anne Derkat says:

    I love to try the dark chocolate cherry monkey butter and the chocolate mint would get my taste buds tingling.

  57. Rob Shiels says:

    I would like to try the Cashew brittle and the flavour that has me most intrigued is the smokey bacon peanut brittle.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    Rob

  58. Mike Mottishaw says:

    I’m already craving some of the Old English Toffee from sweet, and for sure i’m also dying to try some flavor of Monkey Butter too 🙂

  59. steve callahan says:

    love any candy u can give me lol .

  60. Sherri F says:

    I’d love to try the Nadège Patisserie Macarons! The White Chocolate Pretzel Monkey Butter has my mouth watering!!!

  61. laura says:

    I loved the peanut butter brittle toffee and the cupcakes. I love them both so it would be a hard choice to picl my favourite.

  62. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    I’d love to try the Olde English toffee. The combination of Peanut and chocolate Monkey Butter sounds sooo tempting!

  63. Carly Zeeman says:

    I REALLY want to try their Vegan Espresso Brittle!

  64. nikki robak says:

    I would like to try the olde english toffee
    peanut and chocolate monkey butter

  65. Florence C says:

    I love to try the Classic Peanut Brittle. The Nadège Patisserie French macaron sound delicious.

  66. Lynn A says:

    Olde English Toffee I would love to try, and monkey butter is very appealing/

  67. Edith Rennes says:

    1. English toffee of course
    2. Peanut Brittle always gets my taste buds tingling

  68. Lisa Morrison says:

    I would like to try the Classic Peanut Brittle. Chocolate always gets my taste buds tingling.

  69. George Meek says:

    I would like to try the Maple Peanut Brittle and it is gluten free. Of course others also!

  70. linnett says:

    The Maple Peanut Brittle sounds good. Old English Toffee also,thanks

  71. Margaret says:

    Would love to try them all

  72. Susan T. says:

    I would love to sample the Classic Cashew Brittle. Cashews are my favorite! I’ve never tried a macaron and they look so cute. I love it when treats are tasty and adorable! 🙂

  73. the english toffee and the cupcakes but everything looks good!

  74. Sarah N. says:

    The nut free coconut brittle needs to be tried. All of these treats are getting my sweet tooth tingling.

  75. Donna L. says:

    I Liked Sweet on Facebook and left a comment there as Donna Lyn.

  76. truckerofbc says:

    Oh yummy
    #1 Peanut Brittle
    #2 English Toffee

  77. edmontonjb says:

    The Crave Cupcakes really have me “craving” something sweet! The Smokey Bacon Peanut brittle sounds incredible!

  78. Betty S says:

    I would love to try the Classic Cashew Brittle

  79. Sandra says:

    i would love to try the smoky bacon peanut brittle

    Nadège Patisserie macaron travel boxes gets my sweet tooth-a-tingling!

  80. Grace says:

    Yum! I would love to try the olde english toffee! I’m also loving the monkey butter!

  81. AgnesM says:

    I’d like to try Sweet’s Olde English Toffee for a start. The sweet that really talks to me is the range of Monkey Butters out there for my PB loving family!

  82. dabrowne says:

    they all look so good, I can’t decide

  83. Deborah Mader says:

    Yum is the only thing I can say!

  84. CLC says:

    smokey bacon peanut brittle and then the macarons.

  85. glinda says:

    The Cinnamon Almond Brittle sounds divine so I want to try that first.
    And the Monkey Butter I would be interested in trying as I’m always looking for a good natural peanut butter.

  86. intensev5 says:

    I would love to try the Nadège Patisserie Macarons and then I also would love the crave cupcakes

  87. Victoria Ess says:

    I’d love to sample Cinnamon Almond Brittle and I love the Monkey butter!!

  88. I would love to sample the Olde English Toffee first,,yumm!! The crave cupcakes has got my sweet tooth-a-tingling!!

  89. Annie Demill says:

    Would love to try Chai Peanut Brittle! The Nature Box got my sweet tooth-a-tingling!!

  90. Joan G. says:

    I want to try the Olde English Toffee and the Monkey Butter gets me excited.

  91. Janet says:

    I’d love to try the Olde English Toffee

  92. Lauren M says:

    I would most love to sample Chai Peanut Brittle first & of these tasty gift ideas, and white chocolate Monkey Butter has got my sweet tooth-a-tingling.

  93. lorna says:

    the Nadege macaron

  94. S.Hirano says:

    I am not a fan of peanut brittle, but I would try Sweet’s Cinnamon Almond Brittle flavour since I am crazy for almonds. I would also go crazy for Nadège Patisserie travel boxes. So pretty, and delish!

  95. Caelin Webber says:

    Old English Toffee- just love the flavour!

  96. beewbedard says:

    Old english toffee and I love the Nadège Patisserie Macaron Travel Boxes

  97. I’d love to sample the Smokey Bacon Peanut Brittle flavour! Yumm! Out of all these tasty gift ideas, I think I like the Monkey Butter the most.

  98. Natalie SQ says:

    I would love to taste the Chai Peanut Brittle the most, and would gift the Crave Cupcakes to a good friend who just had her first baby!

  99. Sabrina C. says:

    I’d love to sample the Maple Peanut Brittle and the gift I am most intrigued by is the Monkey Butter. We are a household of peanut butter lovers and the fact that this brand is made with all natural products and has such a variety of unique flavours would most certainly make it a huge hit with my family.

  100. Soon to be Mommy of 2 says:

    I’d first love to sample Olde English Toffee. Second would be the Nadège Patisserie Macaron Travel Boxes.

  101. ikkinlala says:

    I’d first love to try the Olde English Toffee, and I think the Monkey Butter would make a great gift.

  102. Maureen Johnson says:

    If it’s a treat food prize, then i WANT TO WIN IT.

  103. Suzie M says:

    I would like to try the Maple Peanut Brittle , Nadège Patisserie Macaron Travel Boxes has got my sweet tooth-a-tingling.

  104. Suzie M says:

    Like Sweet on Facebook

  105. The Olde English Toffee sounds delish! Also the Monkey Butter from the gift guide has me salivatng!

  106. Glogirl says:

    I would love to try the Olde English Toffee. From your gift guide, the Crave Cupcakes interest me.

  107. Leah M says:

    I would love to try the nut free coconut brittle. My mouth was watering at the Monkey Butter…looks so delicious!

  108. Sara says:

    Old English toffee – yum! I’m intrigued by the Nadege macaroons, I’ve honestly never tasted a macaroon but they look so sweet!

  109. Angela Mitchell says:

    I’d love to try the Chai Peanut Brittle. I’d choose the Canada Sweet Shop Gift Box.

  110. Lynn M says:

    English Toffee? Peanut Brittle? Sounds divine!

  111. raven says:

    Olde English Toffee is what I would you most love to sample first. I would choose the Canada Sweet Shop Gift Box

  112. Anne says:

    The Crave Cupcakes are adorable!

  113. Evren Ay says:

    The macaroones look delicious, the maple peanut brittle would be my choice!

  114. Maryanne says:

    Chai peanut brittle looks amazing!

  115. Maryanne says:

    Also the monkey butter looks fun!

  116. aly3360 says:

    My favourite sweet from this list is the monkey butter. I have a secret love affair with sweet and savory spreads. I would happily eat bread a spreads every meal of every day forever. And as far as the flavour from the sweet shop i’d like to try, I’ll have to go with the Maple peanut brittle, though the smokey bacon brittle is very unique!!

  117. LisaM says:

    Oh gosh! So hard to choose – Olde English Toffee I think

  118. gemma potter says:

    I’d love to try some peanut brittle (my dads all time favourite treat, but its the monkey butter that made my taste buds tingle

  119. Julia H says:

    I would like to try the “Olde English Toffee”. Yum! And Nadège Patisserie Macaron Travel Boxes have my sweet tooth a tingling! 🙂

  120. Carol M. says:

    I would like to try the Smokey Bacon Peanut Brittle

    And the Nadège Patisserie Macaron Travel Boxes would be right up my alley

  121. Tina L. says:

    I’d like to try the Smokey Bacon Peanut Brittle. The Nadège Patisserie Macaron Travel Boxes definite caught my attention.

  122. I would love the classic cashew brittle, but would like to try the crave cupcakes too.

  123. L.S. Watson says:

    old english toffee – and monkey butter with bananas!

  124. Burcu says:

    Maple Peanut Brittle looks yummy
    NatureBox Canada Subscription would be a great gift

  125. Janet says:

    The Classic Cashew Brittle looks delicious and I would love to try! I think the Monkey Butter has my taste buds tingling as I love all things peanut butter!

  126. Jennifer R says:

    I would love to try the Olde English Toffee! We always buy Monkey Butter when we are at the One of A Kind Craft Show. Yum!

  127. Sylvia says:

    I like to sample the Olde English Toffee from Sweet. I would pick Nadège Patisserie Macaron Travel Boxes.

  128. sschool2010 says:

    The Olde English Toffee sounds absolutely amazing! I would pick the Nadège Patisserie Macaron Travel Boxes because I’d share them with a friend who is obsessed with Macarons! (Suzi)

  129. Brenda Lacourciere says:

    love to try the Olde English Toffee because I just love toffee. I also like the Macaron Travel Boxes because they are so pretty and look like they would taste amazing

  130. Susan Stirling says:

    My mouth is watering! I would love to try the peanut brittle and then for dessert, a mouthful of Olde English Toffee. Oh my, my morning toast will be such a letdown this morning 😦

  131. Colleen Rose says:

    Gluten free options of Maple Peanut butter are great as we have those in our family with thst diet

  132. Heather Arnould says:

    Classic cashew brittle and secondly the French macarons. Yum!

  133. Aimee says:

    I’d like to try old English toffee, and second the macaroons to give my mom

  134. kim heintz says:

    Olde English Toffee would be my flavour of choice. And I think the Monkey Butter looks delicious – especially the Dark Chocolate Banana one – yum!

  135. Susan says:

    First thing to try would be the Classic Cashew Brittle and I know the Olde English Toffee would get my sweet tooth going

  136. Lori P says:

    Love to try Cinnamon Almond Brittle from Sweet!

  137. Mike says:

    I like to try the Classic Cashew Brittle. The NatureBox Canada Subscription looks interesting.

  138. Kiersten says:

    i would love smokey bacon peanut brittle

  139. Kristy says:

    Definitely I would love to sample the monkey butter BUT what really got my taste buds tingling is the Crave cupcakes I used to live in Calgary and loved stopping in for a cupcake and I miss them.

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