A staple in the Seattle candyscape, Fran’s Chocolates doles out artisan truffles, salted caramels, and other decadent treats perfect for the holidays. Seasonal offerings include peppermint imperials—infused with peppermint oil grown in Washington’s Yakima Valley—chocolate Santas, and brandy-soaked cherries finished with a dusting of cacao powder. You can also stock up on Fran’s award-winning salted caramels, which feature the perfect blend of buttery caramel, smooth chocolate, and smoked sea salt. Visit Fran’s two Seattle stores, or drop by the Georgetown retail space for artfully arranged displays and a chance to see the candy company’s production area.
You’ll feel like you’ve won the golden ticket at showings of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, November 25 through January 2. Presented at SIFF Film Center, the movie is shown in Smell-O-Vision—aka goodie bags stuffed with tasty, fragrant treats—for a tantalizingly good time. Sing along to classics like “The Candy Man” and “Pure Imagination,” and follow Charlie Bucket as he meets the eccentric cast of characters, from Willy Wonka to the Oompa Loompas.
Sprinkle on the sweetness at Seattle Milk Fund’s annual CookieFest. In what is the city’s ultimate pop-up bake sale, thousands of festively decorated cookies and baked treats are sold at Seattle Center on December 10 from 10am to 1pm. Proceeds benefit Seattle Milk Fund in its efforts to provide child care and family-support grants for low-income, full-time students. Fair warning: this holiday bake sale is very popular, so show up early to guarantee your pick of the cookie lot.
Have your pie and eat it, too! Seattle’s famed bakeries churn out a bevy of delicious desserts that are perfect for the season. At local celebrity chef Tom Douglas’s Dahlia Bakery, pick from a holiday menu featuring his famous Triple Coconut Cream Pie, as well as sweet offerings like pumpkin pie with a gingersnap layer and a spiced caramel apple pie. The gingerbread bundt cake drizzled with tangerine is another seasonal winner. Macrina Bakery’s festive pies are equally tempting, with flavors like brandied orange pecan and a pear ginger upside down cake. Meanwhile, the creative treats at A La Mode Pies range in flavors from bourbon butterscotch to marionberry hazelnut. Whole pies may need to be ordered in advance, while others are available as minis or by the slice at the bakeries.