The good boys and girls got the freshest of the fresh petits fours direct from Divine Delights outlet in Petaluma in their stockings this year. I finally made it in there last Monday to shop in person, having missed the 4pm closing a few times before.
One of the great things about the factory store is the free samples. Completely changed my perception of petits fours - these have layers of tender buttery almond sponge cake with the smoothest and silkiest butter creams and intense fruit and other flavorings. Many thanks to Cynthia for pointing the way. (link below)