April 2009
News to infuse
April Showers Edition
Easter Baskets
Eurochocolate Recap
Chiller Theater
BTP Candy Corner
Candy Alphabet
Greetings fellow candy lover!

Grab your Easter bonnet (with all the frills upon it) and get ready for springtime!  In addition to a holiday with bunnies and one with plagues, we have a special spring pop tasting (shortly after that special day with auditors). April also heralds (get this) National Licorice Day (12th), National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day (21st) and National Jelly Bean Day (22nd). With legislators like these, it's no wonder the economy's runnin' on fumes. But who cares - IT'S SPRING!
Easter Baskets Pre-Made
No Rabbits Were Used in the Making of These Beauties

Easter BasketsEaster is almost upon us. Let Village Candy help you on your way to the basket championship. Two different sizes, two different patterns. Hand packed with a fantastic selection of yummy treats and wrapped to perfection. Don't sweat it!
World Chocolate Events
Recap of our around-the-world chocolatour

A beautiful Saturday evening in March brought out a sizeable representation of discriminating chocolate fanatics armed with their best (taste) buds. And the results are in! After allowing for hanging chads and other voting irregularities (ballot box and tummy stuffing), the favorites have been tabulated (and certified by the accounting firm of Dewey, Cheatem & Howe). Our lucky participant-winner chosen at random is Joan Watt, who gets to select any Vosges Haut Chocolat Bar as her prize. Thanks to all who participated!

The winners are as follows in order of preference.

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

Tasting Alert!

Soda CoolerOne of the beautiful things about spring and summer is the markets brimming with fresh fruit. We thought we'd tap into that vibe by hosting a Fresh-Picked Fruit Soda Spectacular on Saturday, April 25, between 5:30pm and 6:30pm. Remember (oh no, not again) to RSVP before it's too late (or before you move on to reading some lesser email correspondence - you'll kick yourself later).

Anyone who's been to one of our tastings knows that we don't skimp on the choices. But where this one differs is that attendees won't be voting for a clear favorite. They'll just be experiencing an explosion of refreshing, fizzy, fruity concoctions drenching their taste buds. These potions are pretty to look at, and take the edge off a warm spring day, especially when mixed with other ingredients (wink, wink).

We'll be slurpin' down a wide variety of flavors from an extensive fruity palette, ranging from the traditional Orange and Black Cherry, to exotic flavors like Forbidden Fruit and Cherry Limeade. Come join in the fun - register now!
BTP (By The Pound) Candy Corner
Two favorites in massive quantity sizes

The folks at Village Candy, in their never-ending quest to get the bulk candy selection "just right" are continuously looking to improve the variety. "We" want to please "you!"

So, this month we're introducing two new candies that can be purchased in mass quantities at low prices.

Air HeadsAir Heads have long been a favorite amongst taffy lovers. We now offer mini versions in a mini assortment of great flavors such as Blue Raspberry, Cherry and Green Apple.

NerdsNerds were introduced by Willy Wonka (Nestle) in 1983, not the Snoop-man as pictured here. They're small sweet candy pieces that come in a variety of abstract shapes and flavors. Nerds are anthro-pomorphized  (just checkin' to see if you're awake) on the cover of its distinctive box package. We have a mix of little Nerds boxes in Apple Coated Watermelon and Lemonade Coated Wild Cherry.
Candy Alphabet Rides Again!

Candy AlphabetFor 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
Candy AlphabetLast issue's winner was, well there wasn't one. Was it really that tough? Maxine Macha would have won, had she guessed Kissables (which it was) instead of Big Hunk (you can tell where her mind must be). Remember, the candy almost always BEGINS with the letter of the month.

Hershey Kissables are miniature Hershey Kisses coated in a candy shell. Unlike Mars' M&Ms, they will melt in your hand.

Introduced in late 2005, they compete directly with M&Ms, with the main differences being the traditional Hershey's Kiss shape, a thicker shell, and a slightly smoother chocolate. And here's a little healthful piece of trivia: Kissables are made on equipment that does not process peanut products making them safe for those with peanut allergies.

The basic colors are red, orange, yellow, green and blue. Holiday version are also made in pastels for Easter, pink and white for Valentine's and red and green for Christmas.

In late 2007 Hershey's changed the description of the product (chocolate candy) and altered the packaging slightly along with the ingredients. Though the new formula contains chocolate, according to United States Food and Drug Administration food labeling laws, these modified recipes which do not contain cocoa butter can not be legally described as candy coated milk chocolate.
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 Wednesday we stay late until 8! We are closed Sunday and Monday.

Doug Alpern, Proprietor
Village Candy