Hail to the Mints


Since 1985, Robitaille's Candy Co. in Carpinteria, CA has been the exclusive purveyor of handmade chocolate mints for the presidential inauguration parties.  
Every four years, Robitaille's switches from its normal pastel color scheme and produces patriotic mints in red, white and blue known as the Inaugural Mints.  If you miss your chance to taste one at the upcoming festivities, you can order a box online from the Robitaille's website.  They also make some wicked looking chocolate walnut fudge.  It's a family-run business with no machines; all the mints are handmade.

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The picture doesn't really do them justice but they are much flatter than poker chips, actually. Once you see them they look nothing like a poker chip. Or maybe it's just because we always used to get the pastel ones and you don't really see pastel poker chips all that often.
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My family used to camp in Carpenteria every year for spring break and these mints were the highlight of the trip! Well, that and The Spot for burgers and The Palms for steaks. And from what I recall, the owners are Luc Robataille's aunt and uncle? I can't remember. The mints are pricey but worth it, in my opinion. I think I'm going to order up a box right now. :)
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