May 2009
News to infuse
Village Candy
344 Beaver Street
Sewickley PA
Tues - Sat 10-5
Wed til 8
Mother May I Edition
Mother's Day
Chiller Theater
BTP Candy Corner
What's a Wazoo?
Candy Alphabetosis!
Greetings fellow candy lover!

Rain, rain go away. But how else to nourish the floral aromas and hues - nature's stage show - in time for Mom's Day? Let's get it on!

This month brings Cinco de Mayo, Sewickley's May Mart, Mothers' Day, the All Candy Expo in Chicago (look for my report in next month's edition) and Memorial Day. And, as always, some things new at Village Candy. Come on in for a tour...
Mother's Day is May 10!
Don't become one by forgetting your mom...

Mom's Day PacksOnce again we've saved your a-
ancestry. The Candyman has put together a number of beautiful yet affordable luxury pamper packs. These lovingly arranged "indulgences" make perfect, ready-made gifts for that maternal someone who contributed half your genes! Sure, you should be showing them how special they are by slaving for countless hours creating something unique, just like they did for you. But hey, who isn't pressed for time? These collections of smile-inducing and taste-tempting essentials are the next best thing. Wait too long and your chance to express will fly away...

Jelly Belly Cold Stone Ice Cream Parlor Gift Set
Cold Stone Gift Set
Just arriving in store, for another Mom's Day option, these gift sets make the perfect surprise. It's a double dish of the Cold Stone® Ice Cream Parlor Mix! This gift set contains two ceramic ice cream cone dishes and a 5 oz bag of the Ice Cream Parlor Mix.

The Cold Stone® Ice Cream Parlor Mix contains five delicious flavors inspired by Cold Cold Stone® Creamery treats: Chocolate Devotion™, Our Strawberry Blonde™, Birthday Cake Remix™, Apple Pie a la Cold Stone® and Mint Mint Chocolate Chocolate Chip®.
Chiller Theater
A report on all things sodarific: what's new in the fridge, tastings and interesting tidbits from the world of bottled effervescence.

Jolt Cola
Try to find "the original energy drink" in bottles!

Jolt ColaCan you remember back to when energy drinks meant something concocted in a blender, and Red Bull was an embarrassed bovine? Well way back in 1985, C.J. Rapp invented Jolt Cola while in college near Rochester, N.Y. He noticed that students experimented with beverages to help them stay awake. At a time when soft drink producers were promoting the idea that less was better (i.e., caffeine, sugar, or calories), Rapp bucked the trend, emphasizing that Jolt had twice the caffeine found in other colas. Its initial slogan was "all the sugar, twice the caffeine," but that was replaced with "caffeine x2" when less expensive high fructose corn syrup substituted for cane sugar.

Jolt Cola is a true American icon, and the only remnant of it in these parts is a resealable aluminum can in several flavors. Or so we thought! Village Candy has been able to procure the original glass bottles (and a diet version) from the West Coast - the only place where it's still available in glass.

And BTW, it's one of the best tasting colas to boot!
BTP (By The Pound) Candy Corner
Finally, Nihilators, By Popular Demand

A customer walked into the store about two years ago, and asked if we carried "nihilators." I had no idea what he was talking about and promptly told him to take a hike (hah!), but after doing a little investigative sleuthing, I found out it was a slang term for Now and Laters. Whoda thunk?

Now and Laters were originally introduced in 1962 by PhoNow and Laterenix Candy Company. The original Now and Laters' colors were red, green and blue. Now and Laters have continuously added new flavors, and supposedly 24 are still available.

We now offer four of them By The Pound (BTP).
What's a Wazoo?
Sounds bizarre, tastes fantastic

Grether's PastillesThe Wazoo is a candy bar manufactured by Topps and promoted with a cute commercial on Nickelodeon (click on the bar and check it out). It looks like a product of my malleable modeling activities from my misguided youth (play-doh extrusion engineer to you). However, once you get past its whimsical look, which is actually psychedelically pretty, it's incredibly tasty! I highly recommend it. It comes in two flavors: "Blue Razz" and "Wild Berriez," and we have a good supply of both.
Candy Alphabetosis!

Candy AlphabetOK - here's a new one for you fine feathered fontographers. There are several "M" named candies to choose from, but I wanted to inject a little nostalgia into this. I hope you're not alergic! Remember, if you're the first to send us the correct guess of the candy that begins with this letter, you'll win a very special prize.

Last Month's Clue
Candy Alphabet "L"This was an easy one, as evident by the number of correct guesses (though a couple of you still got it wrong).
Candy AlphabetOur winner was Maria DeVore, pictured here with her
bro, niece and winnings.  Of course she must report the one pound prize of these citrusy treats to the IRS.

Lemonheads (not to be confused with the band of the same name) are a round lemon-flavored (duh-o!) candy consisting of a sweet coating, soft sour shell, and a hard candy core (sounds like my personality). They originated in 1962 at Ferrara Pan Co. as a variation of their already popular Red Hots. Panning is the process they use to make these yellow orbs. Ferrara Pan not too long ago decided to rename many of their fruit-flavored candies as "X heads." Alexander the Grape became Grapeheads, Cherry Chan (very non-PC at the time) became Cherryheads, Mr. Melon became Melonheads and Johnny Apple Treats became Appleheads. Orangeheads are another offshoot.

Village Candy carries Lemonheads, individually wrapped, BTP.

We will be closed Tuesday, May 19
All Candy Expo Chicago - someone's gotta do it!
Village Candy is an old-time, new-fangled retail shop specializing in customer service, a unique selection of retro and current 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