Explore the 4 top spots in Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood

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McCrea's Candies, a candy store, is another much-loved neighborhood go-to, with five stars out of 22 Yelp reviews. Head over to 202 Neponset Valley Parkway (between Hamilton Street and Hyde Park Avenue) to see for yourself. McCrea's Candies offers a selection of flavored caramels from classic vanilla to single malt scotch.

McCrea’s Adds Chocolate Peppermint Caramels, Advent Calendars To Line

Chocolate Peppermint caramels are new from McCrea’s Candies, which is also debuting Advent calendars filled with caramels.

The new caramel flavor blends cool peppermint and rich chocolate, and comes in 2.4-ounce pillow boxes, the company reports. With a SRP range of $3.99 to $5.99, they ship six packs per case.

Claiming to be the first to hold only caramel candies, new advent calendars feature an original “whimsical caramel kitchen scene” made by New England artist Cindy Hendrick. Packing 24 pieces, the calendars hold a 12-flavor assortment. The seven-ounce boxes have a SRP range of $29.99 to $39.99 and ship four per case.

CURRENTLY COVETING: MCCREA’S CANDIES

Anyone with a sweet tooth gets into this debate at some point in their lives…what’s the best dessert? Some people are chocolate lovers, while others gravitate towards mint or caramel. It’s safe to say that entrepreneur Jason McCrea has a predilection towards caramel, hence his passion towards creating the best caramel in the world. The scientist pounded the pavement, or more accurately, the spatula, to create one-of-a-kind caramels using natural ingredients. The result is McCrea's Candies a company dishing out sixteen flavors of quality caramels, each made with as few ingredients as possible and no corn syrup.                                                                                                                            
The difference is apparent upon first taste — the unique flavor combinations and attention to detail in the kitchen make for a homemade candy taste with luxury candy appeal. Classic flavors like Deep Chocolate and Classic Vanilla are joined by more out-of-the-box combinations like Rosemary Truffle Sea Salt, Basil Cayenne and Single Malt Scotch. (Other flavors include Irish coffee, Black Lava Sea Salt, Cinnamon Clove, Tapped Maple, Cape Cod Sea Salt, Ginger Fusion, Café Noir, Dark Roasted Mocha and Anisette.) Additionally, as a Good Food Award winner, McCrea’s is on our list for brands to watch for their authenticity, responsibility and delicious treats. They even use biodegradable packaging, doing their part to keep the environment clean! Furthermore, all of their caramels are gluten, nut and soy-free.

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Beyond Words Co. offers three care packages that align with common stages of grief. Box No. 1 focuses on helping the recipient get through their day-to-day, with items like sleep masks, tea and aromatherapy kits. Box No. 2 focuses on restoring reality and reducing stress; it includes a journal and bundled sage. Box No. 3 aims to help restore hopefulness and joy, with items like a fun hair band and a wish-themed paper kit. All care packages come with small snacks and basic self-care items, too. “Just as much as there are lovely and comforting items, we wanted these rooted in practicality,” says Hinz. “We want to return some normalcy, because it’s often displaced.”