One flavor begat 15, which range from Dr. Pepper peanut to vegan brittle
made with coconut milk and coconut oil. Hsu's located in San Jose, and
so far she's placed her Snapdragon Sweets at Barefoot Coffee in Santa Clara, Great Bear Coffee in Los Gatos, and the monthly New Taste Marketplace events in Potrero Hill, which is where SFoodie picked up a package of her black sesame brittle this weekend.
brittle, which looked like an extra thick sheet of nori, resembled a
goth girl: forbidding on the outside, sweet and nutty once we got to
know it. Once stirred into a bubbling mass of sugar and butter, the unshelled sesame seeds took on a
cocoa-nib quality, deep and rich, just shy of savory. The thousands of seeds and their hardened-toffee casing crunched in the mouth like a piece of feuilletine, or perhaps a rustic halvah. (Hsu also makes a vegan version with sesame oil in place of the butter.) If you