First, special thanks to PayorPlay for this tip some months ago.
I ain't much of a sweets person myself. Nothing against them---it's just that when dessert time arrives, I usually only want more bacon.
Given this fact, I've always ignored Littlejohns, happily ensconsed in the Fairfax Farmer's Market. However, yesterday, I found myself scrambling for a last minute trinket for the precious ms. rabo (to those interested, the flower shop at The Grove is now closed). So it was off to Littlejohns.
Many different types of fudge. Some peanut brittle, a few assorted chocolates. But here, it's all about the English Toffee. Sold in one pound or half pound bricks, the stuff ain't cheap ($8.50 for the half pound).
I nervously hand the wrapped box to ms. rabo. She looks it over hawkishly, opens, gasps "Yum!". Breaks off a hunk, chomps, look of rapture quickly spreads over her face. Thank you, Limeys.
She is kind enough to let me sample. This stuff is damned delicious, folks. Each brick is coated in crushed peanuts. Each bite, after the intital explosive crunch, spreads out in your mouth, big notes of caramel and butter unfolding like a Bette Midler ballad. Particularly gratifying is the salty-sweet tag team: first sweet, then salty, then sweet again. A perfectly balanced, spinning carousel of flavor.
Littlejohn's is located on the North side of the Market, between Magee's and Pampas, the Churrascaria place. When the sweet tooth hits, a worthy panacea.