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Greetings fellow candy lover!

Halloween is just around the bend, and you know what that means. Candy up the wazoo (Village Candy stocks the Wazoo Bar too). We have a spread of Halloween treats to satisfy anyone, including the traditional (candy corn) to the unusual (Halloween-colored gummy bears and worms), jelly pumpkins, autumn-themed chocolates, plush gifts, and a whole casket full of yummy goodies. Come on into tahn, and bring yer yinzers.
New Candy Arriving (almost) Daily!

Skulls and Flying Pigs (No, You're Not Hallucinating)

Vosges SkullsJust in from Vosges Haut-Chocolat - Day of the Dead skulls in 2 chocolate flavors! Celebrate Dia de los Muertos (and Halloween) with these solid chocolate skulls sparkling with black salt eyes, in Red Fire (Mexican ancho and chipotle chillies, cinnamon and dark chocolate) or Blanca (Venezuelan white chocolate). And for all you loyal readers, take advantage of the coupon below.

Vosges Flying PigAnd, to take their take (take that) on chocolate bacon to a new level, check out these Flying Pigs dressed in what else but...bacon. Adoring fans who pine for Mo's Bacon Bar, beware! This flying chocolate pig is filled with applewood smoked bacon, Alder wood smoked salt and deep milk chocolate...yet another way to get your daily dose of bacon.

Dubble Bubble Sugar Free Bags

Sugar Free Dubble BubbleDubble Bubble is the favorite bubble gum in America, and just into Village Candy is this 3.25 oz. bag of Sugar Free Dubblie Bubblie goodness (about 20 pieces). Bazooka, which was my bubble-blowing brand as a kid, lost ground by remaining more difficult to chew (not necessarily a bad thing). They even tried to disguise themselves in an ill-advised game of catch-up by going with the end-twisted wrappers for a short time. C'mon Bazooka, stick with what made you great! They're back to including a separate Bazooka Joe comic (just noticed how small the print is). You used to be able to save these and send them in for prizes. I remember collecting a load for a "walkie-talkie," an uber-cool secret agent gadget that would fuel the fantasies of my youth. After sending them all in and checking the mailbox every day, it finally came. Two cheap tin handsets connected by string! Hah! Totally took the wind out of my simultaneous collecting scheme for the secret agent boot ring...

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, No-it's Superfruit!

Superfruit Jelly Belly's newest bagged mix,  Superfruit, now takes its place next to our variety of other bagged flavors. This new assortment includes Acai Berry, Barbados Cherry, Cranberry, Blueberry and Pomegranate.

The Acai Berry has the complex flavor of exotic berries with delicious notes of chocolate, typical of real acai berries, and is made with real acai berry juice. The Barbados cherry, also known as acerola cherry, is again made with the real fruit juice. It's an emerging superfruit grown in the West Indies, Brazil, Jamaica and the northern areas of South America. Other flavors in the collection are Blueberry, Cranberry and Pomegranate, all made with real juices and purees. The Superfruit Mix supplies 25% of the Daily Value of Vitamin C. All five flavors are made with colors derived from natural sources such as purple carrot juice, black currants, grape skins and hibiscus. And, as usual, Jelly Belly beans are gluten-free, dairy-free, gelatin-free and certified OU Kosher.

New From Pez

Wizard of Oz Pez SetFlying monkeys unite! To commemorate the 70th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz film, Pez has released a limited edition gift set that includes 8 characters. Winnie the Pooh Pez SetBut hurry - supplies are tight. As they are also for this limited edition Winnie the Pooh set (though I suspect not as tight). Also new this month from Pez - Marvel Superheroes.
By-The-Pound (BTP) Candy Corner
Newly Minted Mints
Canada Mints Village Candy is now stocking Canada Mints in both the pink (see left) wintergreen and white peppermint varieties. And the proprietor would like you to know they're delish!

Canada Mints first appeared in the Canadian Market during the late 1880's and found an audience in the United States in 1908. They were first packaged in a 5 cent unit in 1916. They are currently made by New England Confectionery Company, more familiarly known as NECCO.

I vividly remember buying these mints in rolls when I was a tot, and it was probably my first wintergreen love. Canada Mints remains one of the most popular sugar lozenge mints in the country. Wintergreen and Peppermint are the two most popular flavors, but I am looking into bringing in Spearmint.
Chiller Theater
A report on all things sodarific: what's new in the fridge, tastings and interesting tidbits from the world of bottled effervescence.

Rescheduling, Ever So Gingerly

Jelly Belly Challenge Part 1 Postponed

Just last month we announced a Two-stage Jelly Belly Challenge event coming in October (this month!). Well, we're pulling a fast one. Don't worry, that's still part of our upcoming calendar - we just thought we'd delay it in order to schedule ANOTHER POP TASTING. You see, we've just received a big shipment of glassy goodness. And, since we haven't had a Ginger Ale/Beer tasting since the summer of '07, it's...

The Great Ginger Ale/Beer Tasting '09
Saturday, October 24, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Yup, that's right. For all us ginger lovers (and those who've ever wanted to taste the delicious and healthful beverage made from this mysterious root), Village Candy will be hosting its second ever tasting event. And we've got a lot of gingers to try. In fact, so many that, like our other tastings, we're going to start with a fresh slate of new brews that have never hitherto set foot in PA (if they had feet). Now a little ginger primer...

Buderim Ginger AleGinger soft drinks can be divided into two fairly identifiable categories, as cleverly marketed by a recent Australian arrival in two varieties, both by Buderim Ginger Ltd. There's Buderim Yank Style (or sweet) and Buderim Aussie Style (or hot). And that's pretty much the dividing line - sweet/hot. If you like your ginger sweet, like gingerbread or chews, then there's a brew for you, ordinarily called Ginger Ale and usually clearer in color. Falling into this category would be Canada Dry, Schweppes, Seagrams and other mixers with a sweetly refreshing taste and a hint of ginger tang. On the hot or spicy side would be the likes of Blenheim, AJ Stephan's, and Jamaica's Finest, and most of these are cloudy in color and often labeled Ginger Beer. Sprecher GingerIt's all a matter of personal preference.

Ginger beer was first produced as an alcoholic beverage in the 1700s. It can be mixed with beer (usually a British ale of some sort) to make a type of GUS Gingershandy, and with Gosling's Black Seal rum to make a drink, originally from Bermuda, called a Dark 'N Stormy. Ginger beer is also the main ingredient in the Moscow Mule which kicked off the vodka craze in the United States during the 1950s, Capt 'N Eli's Gingerwhen gin was the preferred "white" (clear) liquor. The Mule was invented in 1941 by John G. Martin of G.F. Heublein Brothers, Inc., an East Coast spirits and food distributor, and John "Jack" Morgan,  proprietor of the Cock 'n Bull Tavern, a bar on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Village Candy stocks this original Cock 'N Bull Ginger Beer.

Jackson Hole GingerA whole bevy of bitey, bubbly beverages has recently arrived, and they're just waiting to be decanted and enjoyed for their complexity. So on Saturday, October 24, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, we'll offer up these delicious, refreshing spritzers for all (who register) to sample.  Remember, it's always free and fun, but you must RSVP before it's too late.

We guarantee there will be several that you've never had before.  Come sip some spritzer on us - register now!
Really? 18th Candy Alphabet?

Candy Alphabet Panking right up near the top as one of my favorite confections, this old-fashioned treat is still made the old-fashioned way and, believe it or not, is somewhat hard to come by in these parts.

But I digress...For those new to this game (better than Scrabble), name the candy that begins with the letter above, exactly as it appears on the package. And 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 ClueQuench Gum
Candy Alphabet "Q"Congratulations to our 17th Candy Alphabet winner - Maxine Macha of Rancho Palos Verdes, California, who was the first to correctly guess Quench Gum, which we stock at Village Candy.

Quench is still produced today by Mueller Sports Medicine in gum sticks, gum chunks and mist. Quench was born more than 30 years ago in the small town of Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. Curt Mueller, a pharmacist-turned-chemist and former UW basketball player, invented a sour spray for athletes designed to eliminate cottonmouth. He called it Quench.

This Quench spray was great for basketball and football players, but joggers and runners had a hard time carrying and using the spray bottle while running. Curt's mind leapt to the many medicinal gums (including aspirin gum) that were on the market, and Quench, in gum form, was invented. Quench Gum's first customers were actually the Harlem Globetrotters.
Student Window Painting
Saturday, September 17

Halloween Window Painting
When I was a young runt (no relation to Wonka) growing up in Newburgh NY, we had an autumn event where junior high and high school students volunteered to paint murals on the windows in the business district. All the supplies were provided, and everyone from miles around would come to watch the painting on that day, and view the works of art during the following week. At the end of that week prizes were awarded and the students would wash the paint off.
I wanted to try to bring this fun tradition to Sewickley on an annual basis, so this year Village Candy is doing a test run, just on our windows. Students from QVHS will paint our windows, under the direction (and watchful eye) of Robin Russell, QVHS art teacher extraordinaire. Come support the kids and view the works in progress. And volunteer to help spread this event village-wide!
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
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Celebrate Dia de lost Muertos!

Bring this coupon in for one dollar off the newest offering from Vosges Haut-Chocolate - solid chocolate skulls, in either Red Fire or Blanca.
Offer Expires: October 31, 2009 or when product runs out. One skull per customer (numbskull!). Cash value not equal to the value of the paper it's printed on.