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For us, chocolate loving Philly girls, what was there not to like about Betty’s Speakeasy? A fudge and confection company (yum!) from Philly (yo!). It was kind of a given we were going to love them. Although we didn’t know quite how hard we would fall. And not just us, it seems. Philadelphia Magazine awarded them Best cupcakes in Philadelphia for 2009!
In addition to award winning cupcakes, they offer Cajeta; a Mexican slow-cooked caramel made with goat’s milk, Phluff; marshmallow cream unlike anything you’ll find in a grocery store, and of course, fudge. Their fudge “buttons” are made with almost twice as much chocolate than other brands, making them extra rich, extra delicious. Along with organic cane sugar, local sweet butter and fair trade vanilla extract, they also include herbs, spices and extracts, many you wouldn’t imagine being combined with chocolate. Some of the more inventive of their 30 varieties include such ingredients as basil, cayenne, balsamic vinegar and florals like Honeysuckle and Jasmine.
This is what makes Betty’s Speakeasy so unique. Modern mixtures meet old time charm. For a touch of nostalgia, local ingredients are used whenever possible and their recipe is taken from it’s namesake, owner Liz Begosh’s Grandma Betty. Even the packaging is a nod to the past with it’s sweet illustration and twine wrapped boxes topped with an actual button. But in the box? Progressive combinations like the Stinger (white chocolate, local honey, pasilla chile, and cacao nibs).
If you are not a local, their confections can be ordered through their Etsy shop. But if you are, stop by with your old buttons! They have a program that, ounce for ounce, you can exchange buttons for fudge. Or at the very least, stop by for a Black Velvet cupcake, getting it’s rosy hue not from artificial food coloring, but local blackberry puree.
We received an array of tasty treats to enjoy. Along with several fudge samplers we were given some of the yummiest sounding sauces we’ve ever seen; Cajeta caramel, Hot Lava fudge and Supreme fudge. I could hardly wait to make a Sundae!
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