I am blessed (or in regard to my waistline, cursed) to be located about fifteen minutes away from Brown & Haley Candy Company, maker of this product, Almond Roca, Mountain Bars and a variety of other confections they make. Keep in mind, where there’s a candy factory, there’s thousands of pieces of candy that don’t quite measure up to quality assurances tests (either misshaped, miswrapped and what have you). Enter the Brown & Haley Outlet store.
We picked up a box of Roca Thins for 99 cents at the store, which is located right outside the factory. They have a variety of deeply discounted goods like: 2 lbs of the seasonal Candy Cane Roca for 99 cents, Cappuccino and Mint (respectively) Mountain Bars for 10 cents or a bag of Macadamia Roca for 50 cents. My arteries are groaning, but my wallet is happy.
I find it a bit ironic, and perhaps slightly cruel, that a product consisting of buttery toffee mixed with almond and covered in milk chocolate could possibly use the word “thin” in the name. And while Milk Toffee Roca Buttercrunch Thins area a little less caloric than their log-like mainstream counterpart Almond Roca, per square inch you’re probably getting about the same wonderful thigh-widening delicious calories.
Coincidentally, as I write this post, I am currently on a bus that is passing the factory with the majestic Tacoma Dome a stone’s throw away. I gaze wistfully out the window as the rain falls in sheets outside. It is truly a Northwest Moment®/potential indie movie with a soundtrack by Death Cab for Cutie. I like to imagine there’s Oompa Loompa-like workers inside the factory, but instead of green hair and orange skin, they’re pasty white with scruffy hipster facial hair and glasses.