An assignment most sweet

WAG staffers are always up for sampling new products, so when a package from Matthews 1812 House in Litchfield County arrived on a recent morning, we knew what our afternoon would bring.

Blaine and Deanna Matthews started the Cornwall-based specialty dessert company in 1979 in their kitchen, naming it after the family and the year in which its farmhouse was built. When the founders retired last year, Cynthia Matthews von Berg, their youngest daughter, stepped up to continue the tradition.

Today, a catalog of nearly 40 pages and a website offer treats that include, for starters, the company’s oldest tradition, fruitcakes. But there’s so much more, from cranberry bars to molasses cookies to dessert sauces to brownies, candies and cakes — plus savory selections, including cheese nibblers and roasted sea salt chickpeas.

There are also gluten- and sugar-free options, along with a selection of new products made with Kentucky bourbon.

The company sent us a tray of Chocolate Turtle Bars, the accompanying card describing them as “rich decadent bars, made with caramel, pecan and chocolate.”

As one Wagger said, “They taste like a dream.”

Next up? Sampling the Caramel Bourbon Sauce we were also sent, which we’re told is amazing on berry or fruit desserts.

You can bet the Matthews 1812 House catalog tucked into our box will be shared.

For more, visit or call 800-662-1812. – Mary Shustack

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