March 2009
News to infuse
March Madness Edition
Chocolate Passport
In The News
Chiller Theater
Ya Big Baby!
Candy Alphabet Diez
Jelly Belly Blowout
Greetings fellow candy lover!

March is a very strange month. It bridges the gap between Valentine's Day and Easter. Its third week is American Chocolate Week (according to the National Candy Association) which closes out with our Passport to Chocolate (see below). It's a time for green beer and bagels, fish fries, National Chocolate Caramel Day (19th), and National Chocolate-Covered Raisin Day (24th). And, lastly, it comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb.
Your Chocolate Passport
No Jet Lag, No Vaccinations!

Leave it to us at Village Candy to come up with a tasting event to top them all. We've done (and will continue to do) pop tastings of every color, a chocolate showcase, a Tootsie Pop licking, a 20lb chocolate bunny giveaway and a sipping chocolate slurpdown. But we've come up with something completely new and perfect for the tween month of March.

On Saturday, March 21, between 5:30pm and 6:30pm, we're going to blow you away with an around-the-world chocolate tour (that is, if you RSVP first). Wouldn't it would be fun to compare, side-by-side, chocolates of similar darkness from the world community (though we've limited them to Europe and right here in the good ol' U.S. of A). In no particular order, you'll be able to taste chocolate representing:

Chocovic Kendari DarkSpain: Chocovic Kendari Dark (60%)
Chocovic originated in the Barcelona city of Vic, where a small family business, Chocolates Arumi, started in 1872.

Valrhona Caraibe DarkFrance: Valrhona Caraibe Dark (66%)
Valrhona is based in the small town of Tain L'Hermitage in Hermitage, a wine-growing district near Lyon, and was founded in 1922 by French pastry chef Monsieur Guironnet.

Perugina DarkItaly: Perugina Dark
Perugina was formed in 1907 by Giovanni Buitoni and Luisa Spagnoli in the ancient Umbrian hill town of Perugia in central Italy, and is now a division of Nestlé.

Hachez Cocoa D'Arriba DarkGermany: Hachez Cocoa D'Arriba Dark (77%)
Hachez is based in Bremen, northern Germany, and was founded by Joseph Emile Hachez in 1890.

Lindt Excellence Intense DarkSwitzerland: Lindt Excellence Intense Dark (70%)
Lindt & Sprüngli dates back to the brothers Sprüngli in 1845. They have factories in Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, and New Hampshire in the U.S., where they produce Ghiradelli. We specifically chose this Excellence bar due to its Swiss pedigree.

Green & Black's DarkUnited Kingdom: Green & Black's Dark (70%)
Green & Black's is a UK-based organic chocolate manufacturer founded in 1991 by Craig Sams and his wife, Josephine Fairley. It is now owned by Cadbury.

ScharffenBerger BittersweetUSA: Scharffen Berger Bittersweet (70%)
Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker is a Berkeley, California-based chocolate maker, founded in 1996 by sparkling wine maker John Scharffenberger and physician Robert Steinberg. They were the first American company founded in the past 50 years to make chocolate from "bean to bar".
In The News
Our staff of crack reporters scans the media for juicy Village Candy gossip to dish...


Chiller Theater
A report on all things sodarific: what's new in the fridge, tastings and interesting tidbits from the world of bottled effervescence.

Fruit Basket
Your fresh-picked fruity favorites, just in time for spring!

Here's a quick preview of a very special spring fever event coming in April: Village Candy will be hosting a Fresh-Picked Fruit Soda Spectacular. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 25, between 5:30pm and 6:30pm (RSVP now). But this time, we're going to ask for your help (please, please).

Vote for your favorite flavor from the following list, and the flavors with the most votes will be a part of this tasting. Choose one from: Wild Strawberry, Blue Razz, Green Apple, Mango, Fruit Punch, Lime, Peach, Pineapple, Watermelon, Cherry Limeade, or Forbidden Fruit. It'll be a great segue into the bountiful summer harvest!
Right-Sized for the Biggest Baby In Your Life
Giant Baby Bottles Perfect for Showers (and Baths)
Ba Ba Baby Bottle
OK, honestly, how cool are these? New BaBa Bottles, which come with pink or blue tops, measure almost 14 inches tall and contain 16 mini BaBa Candy Baby Bottles in an assortment of bright colors. Each mini BaBa measures about 4 inches high. Give one to an expectant mother to share with everyone at her shower, or just send one to the big baby in your life.
Candy Alphabet Diez

"K""For all you alphabetographers out there, here's Village Candy's latest installment of its fun Candy Alphabet! This episode should be pretty easy. Though there were several to choose from, we always try to stay away from the obvious. Remember, if you're the first to send us the correct guess, you'll win a very special prize.

Last Month's Clue
Hubba Bubba
Candy AlphabetLast issue's winners were the Cagliusos. They each won a pooping candy dispenser. I kid you not - some company actually came to the conclusion that people would  want to eat, well, you know.

Jujyfruits are firm, chewy, gumdrop-like candies manufactured in a variety of shapes in the US by Heide Candy Company, a subsidiary of Farley & Sathers Candy Company. Fruity flavors include raspberry, licorice, lime, orange, and lemon. In January 1999, Hershey (parent at the time) changed the flavor lineup in response to a customer survey that found mint was not a popular flavor -  they dropped it for lime.

The Henry Heide Candy Company was founded in 1869 by Henry Heide, a German immigrant. Jujyfruits began production in 1920, and were very popular in movie houses, along with Heide's other gummy candy, Jujubes. Henry's grandson Philip sold Henry Heide, Inc., to Hershey Foods Corp. in 1995, who in turn sold it to Farley & Sathers Candy Co. in 2002.
Jelly Belly Blowout Month
Price up to us, down to you!

Jelly Belly Logo
Maybe it won't help the economy, but it should stimulate your sweet tooth!

The Jelly Belly Candy Company, in their infinite wisdom, has decided to increase their prices in the midst of this economic downturn (for the third time this year, btw). So, the smart people at Village Candy are lowering their price to you, our loyal customers. But only for a limited time! Until the end ofJelly Belly Retro Jar March, you'll get 15% off your total Jelly Belly purchase.

And, as an added bonus, purchase at least a pound of bulk beans, and get this retro candy jar free!
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