Confection conoisseurs go nuts over new dessert wine

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Almond Roca fans can drink their favorite candy, thanks to a partnership between confection company and a Walla Walla winery.

As part of its centennial celebration, Brown & Haley, the makers of Almond Roca, have announced the launch of dessert cream-based wine Almond Roca Cream.

The first step into wine for the Tacoma candy-maker is bottled by Precept Wine’s Chocolate Shop at First Avenue and Main Street.

The wine is siad to marry the natural almond and toffee flavors with delicate cocoa notes, just like the flavors found in the buttercrunch toffee, the announcement said. Designed to be poured over ice as a traditional wine or mixed with coffee, it retails at $14.99 for a bottle.

The formula and flavor profile were co-created by Brown & Haley and Chocolate Shop winemaker Hal Landvoigt.

“For 100 years Brown & Haley has indulgent treats and irresistible flavors to confection lovers everywhere,” said Brown & Haley Chief Executive Officer Pierson Clair, in a prepared statement. “We are now adding a new member to the family, Almond Roca Cream, which captures the very essence of our Almond Roca Buttercrunch in a silky dessert wine.”

The wine will be marketed by Precept Wine, the 9-year-old wine company that operates eight production facilities and nine tasting rooms, including Waterbrook Winery.

Brown & Haley has been making Almond Roca since 1923 and packaging it in its iconic pink tins. The candy is sold in more than 60 countries.

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