Always a pleasure to hear from you cecif! Some of the Berkeley suggestions I found in an old thread on here, where you made suggestions to some new posters. Those newbies were Chris and Amy! Thanks for the great ideas and I really enjoyed Top Dog.
Can you provide more details about Nelson's Candy Kitchen?
I don't see anything here about Top Dog, so unsure whether you didn't take pics or it's the forums playing up again... (they looked ok yesterday but wonky again today...). I definitely remember posting for Chris & Amy, I wasn't new but had lurked so I guess technically I was a "newbie" too! Nelson's Candy Kitchen
, mmmmmm... as a kid they were at minimum an annual stop. Back then they made almost all their own candy and our favorites were "chews" (small pieces of taffy) especially the molasses and the peppermint. Sadly those are long gone and only some of the candy is still in-house, but this year there was a new stick taffy thing of molasses-peppermint combined. Happily they still make their own brittles (LOVE the peanut!). Overall though, my favorite as a grown-up are the "opera caramels": big bars of solidish chewy goodness, my choice always in chocolate. I think I bought $40 worth this year for myself and a friend/family. They have a website, and I have mail-ordered by phone fyi: http://www.columbiacandykitchen.com/home.htm