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They offer the finest truffles individually rolled and hand dipped in fine Swiss chocolate.
Their truffles are made with 100% natural ingredients including whipping cream, liqueurs, fruit, nuts and natural oils. They contain no preservatives.
The building itself is an elegant experience, very luxurious and the staff are exceptionally friendly. Be sure to take home some Australian black licorice, gourmet jelly beans and more.
What to buy: Lovers of black licorice simply must try their soft imported version. The popcorn covered in caramel and chocolate is a sweet treat!
What to pay: Each truffle is a dessert. You really wouldn't want to sit down with an entire box at once, these are certainly meant to be savoured. Expect to pay about $1.25 Canadian per truffle, but it is worth every cent.
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Cainsville Flea Market: Antique Treasures on the Cheap
A lot of smaller treasures can be found here, particularly if you're looking for bottles, books, or other small memorbilia. Brantford actually boasts quite a few interesting little antique nooks, but this one is definately the largest and most busy.
Free admission, call for hours.
You won't be able to easily pass this large flea market by - look for the giant airplane and other items atop the roof.
What to buy: Depends on what you're looking for.
What to pay: Varies. Possibly cheaper than most antique places.
Old Thyme Country Kitchen: Watch Fudge Being Made
Watch fudge being made right before your eyes! (Call for times). Be sure to take home some great fudge at really affordable prices. They also have gourmet jelly beans, lollipops, brittles and more. Yum!
What to buy: I'm partial to the orange-chocolate fudge but its not for everybody. For under $5 you get a large chunk and better value if you buy in bulk.
What to pay: About $5 a slab, cheaper if you buy two or three.
Various.: Rich in Native American Culture
Being close to the Six Nations Reservation, the largest reservation in Canada, Brantford is rich in the culture. Here are some great places in Brantford (more on reserve).
Woodland Cultural Centre - Museum & Gift Shop - Mohawk Street.
Pine Tree Native Centre - Gift Shop & Resource Centre - Queen Street.
Three Sisters Restaurant - Six Nations Reserve.
Kanata - Village & Gift Shop - Mohawk Street.
Earth Goodies - Displays some local Native Art and is Mohawk owned - 395 St. Paul Avenue.
The Palace - Furniture store that displays Native art for show and sale - King George Road.
Be sure to check out the Six Nations tourism website for areas on Reserve!
What to buy: There are sooo many options! Definately take home something, if only a bracelet or medicine pouch. Dreamcatchers are always favourites.
What to pay: Inexpensive in comparison to the Southwest USA Native arts.
The Caribbean Grocery Store & The Ring Restaurant: Caribbean Flavours & African Gifts
The Caribbean Grocery Store - 242 Colborne St. West offers unique island flavours.
The Ring Bar & Restaurant uptown on Colborne - Offers jerk chicken and other items.
Two hair salons in town offer 'dread' hairstyling. You can buy products for Dread Hair at Earth Goodies on St. Paul Avenue.
You can find tribal items and African masks for sale at The Accentor on Dalhousie Street uptown.
What to buy: Support the small businesses and buy some treats at the grocery store. Go to The Ring restaurant for lunch and buy a mask from the Accentor.
Although Brantford has a larely 'Caucasion' population many African-Americans are brought up from Jamaica in the spring and summer to work on the area farms.
These are the most amazing, friendly people on earth! Often hitchiking into Brantford or Simcoe in groups of two or three be friendly and pick them up if you're going that way. They have great stories to share.
What to pay: Average price in grocery, restaurant and gifts.
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