One of my favorite places to visit (when I get the chance) is the Harbor Candy Shop in Ogunquit, Maine. It is a charming old fashioned candy shop with homemade candy. I haven't been there for a few years now, but I started thinking about one of their specialities. They are called Nut Wreaths or "Mendiants" as they are called in France and Belgium. They are delicate dark chocolate wreaths, decorated with nuts, dried fruits and candied violets. According to the shop, the colors represent the four Roman Catholic mendicant orders (Dominicans in white, Franciscans in grey, Carmelites in Brown and Augustinians in deep purple).
I decided to treat myself this Easter to a box of these nut wreaths to be shipped directly to me. The package came festively wrapped in a red box with lavender velvet ribbon. Luckily, my husband does not like dark chocolate, so I have tucked these away in a drawer as a special treat for me alone!