Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Cream Filberts Forever

I've noticed that a number of searches on "cream filberts" or "creme filberts" link back to my blog. Unfortunately, it links to the top page, and until now one would not find the post without searching. This being a mainly political blog, one might be put off the search.

So for my fellow cream filbert lovers, I have pegged the cream filbert post to the top of the Previous Post list at the right. You won't find good news, though. I have been unable to find the candy in years.

If you find a source, please! let me know - leave a comment.

See also:
On Vanishing Foods
No Cream Filberts To Be Found

Late Update:
Cream Filberts found at Vermont Country Store and Stevers Candy
Cream Filberts are Indeed Back
Better Price for Cream Filberts


Anonymous Joanne from Florida said...

Here's a recipe for (Mothballs) Cream Filberts -- definitely the holy grail of all candy
Anonymous said...
I too, have a yearning for "Mothballs" or Cream Filberts. Experienced first as a small child in Miami, Florida. My mother (born and raised in Dayton, Ohio) viewed them as a very special treat. My grandmother would bring them with her on the plane each time she visited. We later discovered could purchase them by the pound in the candy kiosk area in the Sears Dept. Store on Coral Way(Near Miracle Mile/Coral Gables late 1950's.)

Adapted from source: Taste of Home Magazine
Yield: about 5 dozen

These are also referred to 'moth balls' because of their size and appearance.

1 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup whole shelled filberts or hazelnuts
2 cups confectioner's sugar
3 Tablespoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Granulated sugar or about 60 crushed sugar cubes

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add egg and vanilla; mix well.

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt and add to creamed mixture. Roll heaping teaspoonfuls of the dough into balls; press a filbert into each and reshape so dough covers the nut. Place on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.

Combine first three glaze ingredients; dip entire top of the cooled cookies into the glaze. Roll in sugar.

August 25, 2006

August 25, 2006  
Anonymous Donna Thomas said...

Oh to find other creamed filbert lovers! This is my mother's all time favorite candy. She used to purchase them at the Edwards or Dey Brothers Department Store candy counters here in Syracuse. We always called them mothballs. She is now 80 and I wanted to get her some for Christmas. I found them a few years ago at the Vermont Country Store (great website but old hard to find things) but alas they don't carry them anymore. I found them once at a candy store on Cape Cod but they don't carry them either. I contacted Jelly Belly but that was a bust too. This summer I even contacted the filber growers association out west and they had never heard of them (!!!) Shocking, maybe they are an east coast thing, who knows.

I will keep searching. And I too ask that if anyone ever finds them again to let me know - it would make my mother just thrilled to taste them again! My email - if they should be found is: donnagthomas01@yahoo.com

Thanks so much all

November 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cream Filberts are available - TODAY, Dec.11,2006 from The Vermont Country Store.

I just finished placing an order!!!

Here's the link:
It's under Old Fashioned Candy at the bottom right of the last page (pg8).

Hurry to the web site and place your order (hopefully they'll keep the Cream Filberts in stock).
I hope you'll be joining me in the new year - enjoying our Mothballs! (< :


December 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes! Vermont Country Store came through! :-) We just opened our order (we got two punds just to be safe) and they taste just the way hubby remembered - it was my first taste - yummy!!!!
Sylvia in the Catskills

January 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Vermont Country Store finally responded to requests to bring back Cream Filberts and they appeared in the December 2006 catalog. My order shipped on the 14th so am anxiously awaiting their arrival. Loved reading about the "Mothballs" on your site. I thought my brother and I were the only ones out there who remember these delicious nut-filled candies from the past. When we tried to describe them, most people looked at us as if they were just a figment of our imagination! Really looking forward to tasting these once again. Happy in Sacramento!

January 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have found the cream filbert you are looking for. You can buy them from the Vermont Country Store. This is the website.

July 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so grateful to have found them - I too had difficulty having people believe they ever existed.
Just talked to the Vermont Store who said that they are made fresh & shipped from their "baker in New York state".

August 20, 2007  
Blogger dicosta said...

I just bought mine from Stevers Candy in Rochester. They only make them for the holidays and they are exactly the same I had as a kid. Go to their website to see but you have to order via telephone. Enjoy!! Diana

November 25, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The vermont country has cream filberts

November 04, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The recipe from Taste of Home Magazine is for a cookie based approximation of a true Cream Filbert candy. The candy is simply a filbert in fondant and sugar. There is no cookie component to a Cream Filbert candy. In addition to the aforementioned Stever's Candies, handmade Cream Filberts are also offered by Candy Kraft: http://candykraftcandies.com/page10.htm

October 23, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they have them at the nashville candy company Nashville TN i found them online...

July 13, 2013  
Blogger Diana Pike said...

I have bought them from The Vermont Country Store but they were very pricey (about $17 per pound) I just ordered a batch from Candy Kraft Candies for much less (about $10 per pound!) They arrive quickly and were so fresh! I will definitely get mine from them from now on! http://candykraftcandies.com/page10.htm

October 25, 2013  
Blogger Paula Douglass said...

Hi, I just bought some from Stevers' in Rochester. They're just like I remember them. Soooo creamy and dellicious.

November 25, 2013  

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