If you’ve never been to The Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, then, chances are, you’ve never heard of Josh Early’s Candies. I wouldn’t expect you to have; The Lehigh Valley isn’t exactly NYC or Las Vegas. However, the LV does have one thing going for it, and that’s Josh Early’s.
A little fact about myself: I lived in the Lehigh Valley for 8 years. My holiday memories are graced with chocolates from Josh Early’s. On Easter, there would be a milk chocolate bunny. On Valentine’s day, a rose-shaped chocolate on a stem. Josh Early’s basically has every chocolate or candy you can imagine, and it is some of the best I’ve ever had.
When you walk into Josh Early’s, the first thing you notice is the warm, sweet scent of chocolate. Even though it’s been a while since I’ve stepped inside that place, I can still smell that luscious aroma. After the scent, the next thing you’ll notice is that you’ve died and gone to heaven. The place is huge and every square inch is covered in candy.
There’s something for everyone: plain chocolate, filled chocolates, nuts, chocolate-covered nuts, fruit candies, barks, toffee, pretzels, and so much more! It’s all heavenly, but I’m a chocolate girl at heart. They make real quality chocolate in small handmade batches with only the best ingredients. Josh Early’s puts care into their confections, and it shows.
Recently, I found myself craving Josh Early’s again. I knew I couldn’t possibly drive four hours to go there, but there was another option: Josh Early could bring the chocolates to me.
Yes, for those of you who have been drooling throughout this post, there is good news. You can order Josh Early chocolates online & have them shipped to your home. You can choose from pre-packaged gift boxes or even make your own assortment. “Make your own assortment” are four words of heaven to a chocolate lover like me. You’re telling me I can pick out WHATEVER CHOCOLATES I WANT and create my dream collection? Sign me up!
So, naturally, I asked for some for my birthday and carefully made the perfect selection. My wonderful, wonderful parents came through. The box or sweet indulgence arrived in all its glory just in time for my birthday. You can do this for your loved ones too. They will be THRILLED, trust me.
For my dream box, I chose:
- 1/4 lb. of Milk Chocolate Cashew Patties
- 1/4 lb. of Milk Chocolate Vanilla Butter Creams
- 1/4 lb. of Milk Chocolate Caramel Marshmallows
- 1/4 lb. of Milk Chocolate Chocolate Mousse Truffles
Yes, that’s a pound of chocolate, all for me! What’s really awesome is how customizable it is. You can choose dark, milk, or sometimes even white chocolate then pick how much of everything you want. It’s legitimately a dream come true. Josh Early’s ships the candies in a very safe package, complete with cold packs to keep the chocolate from melting. It’s times like these where I appreciate the advanced day and age with live in.
So how’s that chocolate, you ask?
The Caramel Cashew Patties
The Caramel Cashew Patties are packed with nuts and chewy caramel then enveloped in milk chocolate. I’m a big fan of chocolate & nuts. Cashews happen to be my favorite, making these sublime. The caramel is chewy and gooey, the chocolate is perfect, and the nuts are crunchy. What more could I ask for?
The Caramel Marshmallow Chocolates
The Caramel Marshmallow chocolates are delightful. They’ve got that great Josh Early caramel, a perfect coat of milk chocolate, and a cute little marshmallow awaiting you in the center of it all! Yum!
The Vanilla Butter Creams
The Vanilla Butter Cream cuties were nice and sweet. Rather appropriately, the smooth center had a flavor reminiscent of vanilla buttercream frosting. They’re cute and little, making it easy to pop way too many into my mouth in one sitting!
Chocolate Mousse Truffles
These Chocolate Mousse Truffles have a secret. They’re not just filled with mousse; there’s marshmallow fluff in there too! It’s a sweet little surprise when you bite in. When I get any kind of assorted or mixed chocolates, mousse is my absolute favorite filling. You can imagine I’m in love with these.
Everything I ordered was phenomenal. I would suggest any of it. However, I also encourage you to pick out the candies you love and make your dream box. The pricing is actually pretty reasonable, and well worth it if you ask me. You can get to work building your own custom confection collection right here!
What are you waiting for?
Josh Early wasn’t the only chocolate who made an appearance on my birthday. Check out the dreamy Chocolate Hypnotic Birthday Cake I celebrated with too!