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Alison DeMara, owner of Alisons Almond Brittle, is again displaying her delightfully sweet product at the Almond Blossom Festival. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

• WHAT: 51st annual Ripon Almond Blossom Festival
• WHEN: Today from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• WHERE: Mistlin Sports Park on River Road east of Jack Tone Road
• ADMISSION: Free. There is a $5 parking charge.
• CARNIVAL: Today from noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Tucked among the various Almond Blossom Festival booths is one that’s locally owned and operated.

Alison’s Almond Brittle belongs to Alison DeMara of Ripon.

“It’s a 42 year-old recipe,” she said of her original-flavored almond brittle Friday at the start of the three-day event at the Mistlin Sports Complex on River Road

Alison’s Almond Brittle is among such booths as the Bubble Wand, Gopi Skirt Outfits, Costco, Crushable Seagrass Hats, and Italian Licorice, to name a few, at the 51st annual event. They offer everything from free samples and information to arts and crafts, food and other items for sale.

DeMara started doing these types of event about three years ago. “I started right here (at the Almond Blossom Festival),” she said.

The regular sugared almond brittle is the family recipe, with cost of a one quarter-pound bag at $5. She’s branched out with other flavors.

There one that’s sugarless and another with a bite. DeMara was influenced to put habanera into this almond brittle recipe after her nephew came back from a nearby Mexican market with candy containing chili.

“I was surprised about the taste,” she said.

Her almond brittle with habanera is much like the original but only with an after bite. “Right now, it’s our best selling (almond brittle),” she said.

DeMara, for now, relies on at least six of her family members to assist her in the production of making the delightfully sweet treat.

But there’s a possibility she might have her product distributed nationally. If that happens, she’s considering a bigger operation.

For now, DeMara relies on craft shows and farmer’s markets. Included are those in Modesto and winery events, Main Street Days in Ripon, and the Manteca Street Fair.

More information can be obtained by calling 209-253-0124.