January 2008
News to infuse
Village Candy
344 Beaver Street
Sewickley PA
Happy Gnu Ear Edition
Post-Christmas Sale
Closed for Inventory
Bulk Candy Update
Creative Customers
Greetings fellow candy lover!

New Year's resolution #1 - lose weight. New Year's resolution #2 - eat more candy. When you get a craving, instead of reaching for the chips or leftovers, eat a piece of candy. Small on size, big on satisfaction. That's the Candyman's diet tip. OK, so maybe that doesn't work, but it will sure bring a smile to your face, and that burns calories, right?
Post-Christmas Sale
Time to look out for number 1!
Grether's PastillesIsn't it always the way? The presents you rush out to buy so you have them in time for holiday gift giving are the very same items selling for half the price right after. Well, look at it this way - with Village Candy's after holiday sale, you can buy for yourself the very same goodies you showered on friends and family, and get twice as many! C'mon now, who sacrificed those hours in long lines, and suffered blistered feet from having to walk so far around the ringing kettle (just joking). Because now those very same treats are half price! And, if you hurry, there will still be a decent selection.
Closed for Inventory
January 6 thru January 11
InventoryWe will be closed for business from Sunday, January 6 thru Friday, January 11 to do an annual inventory. Otherwise known as Snoozapalooza, we will be counting each jelly bean, every M&M, and so on down the line until we reach the very last candy bead from the very last nonpareil. We will resume business on Saturday, January 12 at our usual time of 10 am. At 5:30 pm that very same day will be our first soda tasting event of 2008 - Birch Beer/Sarsaparilla Fest. Help us inaugurate 2008 by spilling sticky pop all over our newly cleaned counters and floors.
Bulk Candy Update
Some new goodies to bulk you up

Sour PatchWe've just added a few goodies to our splendid bulk candy selection. Now you can knock back "by-the-pound" Sour Patch Kids and Sour Patch Watermelon by the fistful. Click on the picture to the left, and then read on to learn a little something about these sweetly sour gummi toddlers.

Sour Patch Kids were originally called Mars Men, little aliens that were sold for one cent each.

The process of creating the sour-coated soft candy was developed in the late 1970s, and this "alien" approach was the first candy to be tested with it. It is believed that the then national sales manager of candy distributor Jaret came up with the idea of sour products in soft confectionery. Jaret then developed the candy by having Canadian manufacturing colleagues experiment with regular gummy products, adding a coating of sour sanding. This new product was first released in the U.S. by Jaret in 1985. In the mid 1980s, Cabbage Patch Kids dolls were all the rage, and is believed to be the inspiration for the product's name. The child character on the original packaging was a cartoon representation of the inventor's son.

In the United States and Canada, the Sour Patch brand is offered in the Kids flavor mix variety, an assortment of child-shaped lemon, lime, orange and raspberry candies . Many Sour Patch Kids flavors, with the exception of the sour sanding, are identical to those of the Swedish Fish gummy candy. An identical formula is used to produce like-colored varieties of both candies by their manufacturer, Cadbury Adams, a subsidiary of Cadbury Schweppes, at a factory located in Hamilton, Ontario. The candies are currently available throughout the United States, Canada, and some areas of Western Europe. The products enjoy particularly strong success along the U.S. East Coast, and in the New York City metropolitan market, where the original Sour Patch candies were first introduced. In 2006, Sour Patch Kids became the main sponsor for ABC Family's hit show Kyle XY.

BTW, for your dental pleasure, we've also added individual Starburst, and we've replaced our Gummi Strawberries & Cream with gummi Strawberry Puffs. And for those of you who loved our Gummi Blue Sharks, we've replaced them with a better tasting, smaller, multi-colored shark.

If you have any ideas for what you'd like in the Bulk Candy area, remember to speak up!

Reminder - 1st Tasting of '08
Birch Beer/Sarsaparilla share the bill

Barrel Brothers Root BeerOn Saturday, January 12. 2008, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm we'll be holding our first-ever Birch Beer/Sarsaparilla Tasting!

Let's recap: Birch beer is a carbonated soft drink made from herbal extracts, usually from birch bark. It has a taste similar to yet distinct from root beer, sweeter with a slightly minty (I'd call it wintergreen) and sharper flavor.

The word Sarsaparilla comes from the Spanish sarza, meaning a bramble, and parilla, a vine, in allusion to the thorny stems of the plant. Native Americans used the root for its medicinal purposes. You may remember hearing its name or seeing it in old westerns or cartoons, but you've probably never tasted it. Well now you can, for free, and we have three brands.

Oh yea, as a reminder - you MUST register by clicking HERE for the Birch Beer/Sarsaparilla Soda Tasting. Or you can just email Village Candy and put BIRCH as the subject.
Habit for Hunger
Edible Housing - Village Candy building materials


OK, it won't solve the quest for
affordable digs, but it's a housing theory that sweeps the nation during the holidays. Part of the "gingerian" school of design, these recent sightings prove that realtor descriptions don't have to stop at "gourmet kitchen." Recent news of the downturn in the housing market doesn't seem to be affecting the Alts - Brenda, Tyler & David, who were kind enough to donate these images of their gingerbread artistry. Show-offs!
Village Candy is an old-time, new-fangled retail shop specializing in customer service, a unique selection of bulk and novelty candy, artisan chocolates, glass-bottled pop and candy-themed gifts.

We are here Tuesday thru Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, but on Wednesdays we stay late until 8! We are closed Sunday and Monday.

Doug Alpern, Proprietor
Village Candy