Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Who Is Running This Turkey Joint?

One of the great things about our country is the huge variety of regional specialities you encounter. From powdered sugar smothered beignets in N'awlins to a wind-whipped lobster bake on a rugged stretch of a Maine beach, from crawfish boils under the searing summer sun in Texas to the deep notes of a flight of pinot noir savored in Oregon's Willamette Valley. 

Turkey Joints from Nora's Candy Shop
In my upstate New York based family, our holiday tradition includes the annual sharing of Turkey Joints. Made in Rome, New York, these confection treasures come in a pint jar and yes, look a bit like bony legs. Before you get creeped out, I should tell you that no turkeys were harmed in the making of this jar of goodness. These scrumptious treats have milk chocolate and Brazil nuts in the center (the nuts jutting out strategically to resemble joints), and a finely spun candy coating on the outside with a slightly metallic sheen that coyly beckons you to just try one. 

That's it.
And I don't even have a sweet tooth.

These only make an appearance once a year for a few short weeks, so one must be opportunistic. It's imperative to polish them off fairly quickly to avoid the ticking over of the calendar to January 1. Which, in many households, means that candy is herewith and summarily banned until the next Thanksgiving!

Turkey Joints viewed from back (note: snow is authentic)

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  1. glen would love those - yum!
    xoxo from Trinidad

  2. i have never ever heard of these!! the description sounds yummy.....the name...not so much! haha but now i really want to try one! happy new year chica!

    XO, A


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