A traditional sweet treat from Maine, needhams are made with coconut, chocolate and real Maine potatoes. Courtesy of Jones Franzel hide caption

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The family-owned Russel Sifers Candy Company has been making Valomilks — and only Valomilks — for decades. Melisa Goh/NPR hide caption

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Chukar Cherries uses 250,000 pounds of cherries annually in its candies and other treats. The company dries them all over just a few weeks each summer. Melisa Goh/NPR hide caption

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Nut brittles from the Las Cruces Candy Company are studded with pecans, pistachios and almonds, and infused with New Mexico's signature chili peppers — both green and red. Melisa Goh/NPR hide caption

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The Texas-based La Michoacana Meat Market chain sells cajeta in a variety of forms, like pecan-studded pinwheels, spread in wafers, wrapped like taffy and in lollipop form. To make your own cajeta, try this recipe from Chef Rick Bayless. David Martin Davies/For NPR hide caption

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