Northwest Expressions

A Taste Influenced By The PNW

Northwest Expressions is just that, gourmet expressions influenced by the taste, feel and rich history of the Pacific Northwest. “Our roots run deep. Rick’s Grandma Carrie’s original 1950’s hand written recipe for Soft Peanut Butter Brittle still hangs in our kitchen. Though a bit tattered, it is framed now to preserve the recipe we still use to this very day”. 1990 was the birth of this “small batch” candy business, located in Rick and Bonnie Reese's garage, converted to a licensed kitchen, in Everett WA. Their brittle was cooked on a 1950’s era kitchen stove, a gift from Bonnie’s Grandma Hilda, then cooled on a large marble slab that once adorned the hallways of the old Wenatchee Courthouse. They started selling brittle in local specialty shops and holiday shows throughout Western Washington. They added brittle dipped in milk chocolate, and then added the Serenity Bar (soft peanut butter brittle and a layer of caramel dipped in chocolate). By 1993 they had run out of production room and moved to a much larger commercial kitchen in Arlington WA., where the Espresso Bar (dark chocolate, almonds and flavored coffee bean nibs) and Espress-umm’s (a soft dark caramel with espresso coffee extract enrobed in dark chocolate) were born. They continued selling in the Pacific NW as well as nation wide when they opened their online “Northwest Candy Emporium” store in the mid 90’s. Again needing more room, in 1996 they built a commercial facility back in Everett WA., and continued their small batch specialty confections and added cookies. They also began offering private labeling and school fundraising programs. They continued in Everett until once again they needed to expand. So in 2001 they decided to relocate everything to a small island in South Puget Sound, near Shelton Wa. Harstine Island has proven to be the perfect place for them to build their permanent home and candy factory. Since constructing their “Northwest Expressions” facility they have added specialty chocolates, shortbread(s) and their Butter Crunch Toffee lines (and more to come). They produce gourmet cookies and confections in small batch artisan form utilizing all natural ingredients and only the finest chocolates. With certified Chocolatiers and expert gourmet bakery chefs on staff — taste, quality and appeal is their promise to everyone enjoying their Northwest Expressions.
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