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Sweet treats can be found in Forest Grove, by George


Confections that started in a home kitchen now tempt market-goers

by: COURTESY PHOTO - A booth featuring confections from Sweet Treats by George is a popular one at the Forest Grove Farmers Market each Wednesday.Tucked among the fruit and vegetable stands lining Main Street every week at the Forest Grove Farmers Market, a program of the non-profit Adelante Mujeres, visitors can also find Sweet Treats by George, George Goff’s local candy business.

Born and raised in the Forest Grove area, Goff worked as a dairy farmer after graduating from Forest Grove High School. That career lasted only five years before the 1962 Columbus Day Storm killed all his dairy cows and put him out of business. Goff then spent the rest of his working years in construction.

Now retired, he enjoys gardening, spending time with his family and perfecting the art of confections. And with the help of family members, Goff sells a wide variety of candy brittles and toffee at the market.

In 2006, Goff started Sweet Treats by George by turning part of his garage into a certified kitchen. He was first inspired by a peanut brittle recipe he inherited from his great-aunt, who described the candy as “the best, no other recipe comes close to the delicious flavor and light airy texture.” And after testing many other recipes, Goff agrees. Using the old family recipe as the base, Goff is also able to create other brittle variations.

“Making candy is one of George's many pastimes. He has always enjoyed cooking, baking and candy making. His sweet treats are just part of what he has perfected in the kitchen and have become favorites among family and friends,” said his daughter, LaRayne Barrios.

This year, Goff participated in the Tillamook County Fair, where he won a blue ribbon for his candy — so it's no wonder that visitors come from near and far to satisfy their sweet-tooth cravings. Goff recalled a man who teaches in Hong Kong but bought toffee from him a year ago. The man had apparently looked all over Hong Kong and the Internet for a similar toffee, with no luck. A few weeks ago, he just happened to be back in Portland and decided to drive out to the Forest Grove Farmers Market to stock up on Goff’s memorable treats.

Stop by the market on Main Street any Wednesday between 4 and 8 p.m. now through the end of October to pick up Goff’s classic hazelnut brittle or try his new autumn brittle, chock full of pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, cashews and almonds. For more information and special orders visit sweettreatsbygeorge.com.