January 2009
News to infuse
Gnu Ear's Edition
Deutch Chocolate
Liquid Snow
In The News
Candy Alphabet Ate
Greetings fellow candy lover!

Happy New Year! Let's agree to leave the past in the past, and move on to bigger and better things. Economy took you through the ringer in '08? Move on to '09 and take solace in the fact that candy is still a reasonably affordable pick me up! Drown your sorrows in sugar (or corn syrup or Splenda - whatever floats your boat). Unlike some other activities or substances that vie for your attention, candy is not habit forming (for the most part), is nutritious (huh?), doesn't affect your mojo and has no detrimental side effects (if you don't count cavities and glucose levels).

But seriously, just the Village Candy experience - surrounded by nostalgia, bright colors, sweet smells, tempting treats and that long-lost art of personalized customer service - may be just the ticket out of doldrumville. C'mon, give Reese('s) a chance!
Sprechen Sie Chocolate?
These Fruit Bars Are Gut!
Weinrich Chocolate
There are very few manufacturers today who can still produce high-quality soft filled chocolates. They are much more difficult and complicated than the simple molding of solid chocolate bars, and soft centered chocolates have a shorter shelf life. Village Candy is proud to introduce Weinrich fruit-filled bars in Blueberry, Orange, Raspberry, Strawberry and Cherry.

Germany's Ludwig Weinrich GmbH has more than a century of experience in producing confectionery, especially chocolate products. By carefully selecting the ingredients and employing modern equipment, Weinrich experts - some of them with the company for decades - maintain a consistently high level of quality. All stages of work necessary for the production of their chocolate are handled directly at the Weinrich production center in Herford Germany: roasting and grinding of cocoa beans, blending of ingredients via conching, and packaging of the final product.

Come in try these great tasting, just picked bars!
Chiller Theater
A report on all things sodarific: what's new in the fridge, tastings and interesting tidbits from the world of bottled effervescence.
Snow Beverages
Snow Sparkling Mint Beverage is a uniquely refreshing, natural, sparkling soft drink. Subtle and sophisticated, Snow Sparkling Mint Beverage features a combination of understated sweetness and fresh mint that tastes great chilled, over ice, as an after dinner drink or mixed with your favorite spirit.

Their hand-selected blend of mint leaves is combined with natural flavors, lightly carbonated purified water and cane sugar to create a line of natural sparkling beverages that provides the ultimate in refreshMINT. Experience the crisp sensation of snow falling on your tongue in every sip.

Drink Snow (as long as it's not yellow). Get Fresh. Village Candy has 'em in the deep freeze, in Cranberry-Lime Chill and Whiteout Peach.
In The News
Ripped from the Headlines (Quick Bites - Whirl January '09)
Candy Alphabet Ninth Symphony

"I" is (I is what I is, and I ain't what I ain't) a rarity in the candy lexicon. I briefly pondered island punch-flavored (a Jelly Belly), iridescent, insipid (many exist, though non take this descriptive name). I don't personally know of any Irish or Italian-named candies (nor Iraqi, Iranian, Israeli or Iroquois, for that matter). So I looked closer to home to come up with the leading letter from this unusual treat. Remember, if you're the first to send us the correct guess, you'll win a very special prize (void where prohibited by cheesiness law).

Last Week's Clue
Hubba Bubba
Candy AlphabetLast issue's winner was Maria DeVore (again - I know I can count on at least one reader of this drivel).

Hubba Bubba bubble gum originated in 1979, and is produced by Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company (which was recently acquired by M&M/Mars). The main gimmick used to promote Hubba Bubba is that it's less sticky than other brands, so burst bubbles are easier to peel.

The first Hubba Bubba was the traditional bubble gum flavor referred to as Original, but different,
mostly fruit-based flavors have come and gone. Flavors over the years in various countries include lemon, cream soda, cola, pineapple, cherry, peach, tropical, lime, salty licorice, chocolate strawberry and watermelon. It was originally only available in chunks, typicallyGrether's Pastilles being sold in packets of five. More recently, it has been produced in rolls of Bubble Tape, plastic Bubble Jugs of crystals, metal tins of Ouch! strips, and the newest, Glop, which is a hard glossy nugget filled with juice (and is in stock at Village Candy).

The earliest series of U.S. TV commercials for Hubba Bubba were set in a Wild West town and featured the Gumfighter, declaring "Big bubbles, no troubles." Commercials in the U.S. today use the same stop-motion style used in Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run - they're made by the same producer, Aardman. In Canada, commercials use cartoon characters named Hubba and Bubba.

Hubba Bubba was erroneously rumored to use whale blubber to make their gum as it was seen as a cheap alternative to produce natural gum. The Hubba Bubba brand was discontinued in the U.S. in the early 1990s but was obviously resuscitated sometime since.
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 Fridays we stay late until 8! We are closed Sunday and Monday.

Doug Alpern, Proprietor
Village Candy