Thursday, March 19, 2009

Everything's Turning Up Violets!

A couple of years ago a girlfriend introduced me to a most unusual but delightful treat - violet candies. She had a lovely tin in her purse and she politely offered me a pastille. A weird burst of floral sweet surprised my tastebuds and from that minute on I was hooked. I found a shop that carried these candies and stocked up but that store went out of business. We went to France, and again, I stocked up...but this year no trip to France is in the plans. While I could order them online there is some fun to the hunt.Over the weekend I was in a World Market store thinking I would find them there (we did find Smarties and Flakes), but sadly, no lovely tins. At the checkout I asked the cashier about the violet treats and immediately she said, "I love those!" We don't have the tins but we do have violet mints and she turned and headed to the back of the store. Sure enough there is an American company that makes violet mints! I bought all that they had and packed them in my purse (my purse smells heavenly).

Yesterday I was thinking that I should post about these most unusual mints and as I was reading some of my favorite blogs, it was such a surprise to see that Mary at Little Red House posted about violet tea. Then later I was reading Linda's post at Confessions of a Plate Addict
and she too had posted about violets. It seemed only fitting that I share my violet candy story today. If you ever encounter the candy, try them. If you love flowers, you are bound to love them!

BTW - Deb at Driven' 55 is having a blog anniversary giveaway on her blog. Simply go and leave a comment and you are entered to win!

P.S. Shawn at Country French Antiques sent this beautiful violets postcard and I just had to share.


  1. How funny, Jojo. I have that exact tin! I bought it because I thought it was lovely and would make a perfect addition to my tin collection! Turns out, I have been a fan of Violet candy since I was a child. My daddy introduced me to them and I have loved them ever since. I think they are heavenly and I can only imagine how beautiful the inside of your purse smells! BTW, I received the yo-yo's in the mail. They are darling. I am thinking about making a blanket out of them. Thanks so much for your kindness and generosity!

  2. It's funny how your post just took me back to my grandmother's house when I was a little girl. She loved these violet mints. Immediately, I could remember the taste and the sight of my beloved grandmother.
    Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  3. I have never heard of these and now you have my curiosity peaked. I guess that means a trip to World Market for me next time I am at the Mall of Georgia.

  4. My daughters maid-of-honor brought some of these over from Spain last spring and I immediately fell in love with them. There were in a lovely container, I will try to post a picture of it next week. I have a lifeline if you absolutely cannot find them again!!

  5. Bonjour JoJo
    That's funny! When I go to France I have to bring back violet liquor for a friend. Can't find it here.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and have fun cleaning!!

  6. Hi Cheryl! I have to admit that I've never had any violet candy! I'm going to head over to World Market and try them!...Debbie

  7. I love those too! I still remember the first time I had them when I was little. I remember thinking that they tasted like flowers! When I see them, I buy them too! I haven't seen them around here in a long time though!

  8. I've never heard of these but I will for sure be on the look out now! Can't wait to try them! Susan

  9. I love those same American made violet candies too Carol -- I haven't seen them in years as there are hardly any candy stores near where I live ( only big box drug stores that sells commercial candies) but I'm sure if I looked for them I'd find them.

    They do smell and taste good!