January 2010
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Sewickley PA
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Harry Potter HQ
New Tees!
Bacon vs. Bakin'
New Bar Creations
Candy Alphabet
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Greetings fellow candy lover!

Now that the big end 'o year holidays (and related sales) are behind us, it's time to move on to fulfilling resolutions, school cancellations, winter olympics and the Super Bowl. Remember your first resolution - one piece of candy a day keeps the antidepressants at bay. It's the month that we at Village Candy close for a week to take stock of what we have (see notice at end of newsletter). It's also time for most folks in the northern states to gather closer together to keep warm and take stock of what they have. And, if you're reading this, remember that you are way more fortunate than many.
Your New Harry Potter Candy HQ

Fudge FliesIn an effort to please the growing muggle hordes, we've decided to beef up our "Potterphernalia." So now you'll find an array of Rowling-inspired candy, from Fudge Flies (to thine left), Chocolate FrogsChocolate Frogs (pictured aft), Drooble's Finest Quality Best Blowing Gum (below),
Drooble's Blowing Gumand, not to be forgotten, the return of Bertie Bott'sBertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans. Interestingly enough, we thought these magical spheroid morsels of grossness were finished, after J.K. dropped J.B. like a hot potato. But another company nabbed the recipe, and now we have these cool little blue pouches o'fun .
Not Strictly Candy
M and M (and L and XL) Shirts

M&Ms Through The Years T-Shirt
M&M Who's Your Daddy T-ShirtThese authentic officially licensed M&M Tees are the bee's knees(?). They come in two styles, three sizes each (M, L, XL). "Through The Years" (the pic to the left doesn't do it justice) chronicles the progression of the M&M characters since their inception in 1954. "Who's Your Daddy" (on the right) says it all! Show your true candy colors by wearing them!
You've had Bacon Chocolate, now try Bakin' Chocolate

Guittard Baking PiecesWe've had a number of requests over the years for high-quality baking chocolate, and finally found one that we are proud to offer, for both baking and eating. E. Guittard chocolate couverture wafers are prized by professional pastry chefs for their luxurious chocolate flavor, versatility and consistent high quality. They are extremely convenient to work with, measuring out easily in ounces or cups (1 cup = 6oz), and the small quarter-size discs melt quickly. They also make the perfect bite-size treat while you're cooking! Village Candy stocks convenient one pound boxes of four different varieties:
31% Cacao White Chocolate
This French-style white chocolate has a sweet, fresh cream flavor with nutty undertones and lingering hints of citrus and vanilla. It adds a balanced dairy flavor to any recipe, and stands alone as an extraordinarily smooth white chocolate with rich cocoa butter taste.
38% Cacao Milk Chocolate
Bold, rich, milk chocolate flavors with caramel accents, fresh dairy notes and a signature hint of cinnamon set this milk chocolate apart from all the others. It's an extremely versatile blend that can be used in recipes ranging from crme brule to ganache.
61% Cacao Semisweet Chocolate
Super-rich chocolate flavors last and last, with a refreshing chocolate finish. This chocolate is extremely popular with pastry chefs, and makes a great eating chocolate as well.
72% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate
This super-dark chocolate has a smooth mouthfeel and provides intense chocolate flavor. While versatile, it's the perfect choice when a dessert is unequivocally about chocolate - flourless cakes, molten chocolate mini-cakes or an unforgettable chocolate fondue.

A Few New Candy Bar Creations

The Milky Way bar, made by Mars, was actually created by Frank Mars himself, in 1923, and was the first filled chocolate bar. The Milky Way is different depending on where you eat it - the American version is made of chocolate-malt nougat topped with caramel and covered with milk chocolate (it's equivalent to the Mars bar sold in other countries). The non-U.S. Milky Way however, is not topped with caramel and is therefore similar to the American 3 Musketeers.

Milky Way Simply CaramelNow comes Milky Way Simply Caramel, which as the company states is for "consumers seeking a total caramel experience" and is "tempting with rich, creamy caramel surrounded by real milk chocolate." Village Candy's owner can attest that if you love caramel, it's a no-brainer.

Also out from Mars is the 3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp bar3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp
featuring a whipped-up chocolate truffle on a crisp layer enrobed (I didn't write this part) in real milk chocolate. 3 Musketeers, introduced in 1932, was the third brand produced by M&M/Mars, and originally had 3 pieces of candy in one package, flavored chocolate, strawberry and vanilla - hence the name.

In addition, word (and TV commercials) has it that their recently popular Coconut M&Ms and Wildly Cherry M&Ms will be returning shortly.
1st Candy Alphabet (of the new year)

Candy Alphabet Uh-oh! We've really gotten ourselves in over our heads this time. Try and think of a candy product that begins with a "U", and you know the trouble we've seen. But, alas, here it is. And it wasn't easy.

Remember - name the candy that begins with the letter above, as you'd find it on the candy package. And if U are the first to send us the correct guess, U will win a fancy pants prize suitable for framing or wrapping fish. Actually, it'll be suitable for neither, but U will be surprised, U will like it, and U will have to come in to the store to pick it up. U lucky dog U.

Last Month's ClueSaf-T-Pops
Candy AlphabetA very well deserved congratulations to our latest Candy Alphabet winner - Michelena Wolf, who was able to maneuver through what I consider to be my hardest candybrain teaser yet! And BTW, for all you other candy novices, the alternate T was for Tootsie Roll (duh). Ron McNatt also deserves a pat on the back, but was just a couple of days late.

Saf-T-Pops got their name because they have a soft, safety loop handle that will collapse should a child fall with the lollipop in his or her mouth. Each Saf-T-Pop is also individually wrapped, which helps keep the candy free from dirt and germs. They're available in eight different flavors (though Village Candy only carries four). They're OU kosher, and do not contain peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, or wheat gluten (they're manufactured on dedicated equipment).

Saf-T-Pops are made (over 500,000 per day) by The Spangler Candy Company, a privately owned international confectioner that has been manufacturing and marketing candy since 1906. Headquartered in Bryan, Ohio, Spangler is probably best known for its Dum Dums, of which they produce over 9 million of per day, but they also supply approximately 45% of the candy canes sold in the United States.
Closing for Inventory

Village Candy will be closed from Saturday, January 16 through Monday, January 25 for inventory. We will reopen with normal operating hours at 10:00 am on Tuesday, January 26. You are invited to tap on the windows, point and make fun of us while we count every last bean and M...and M!

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.
 
Sincerely,
 

Doug Alpern, Proprietor
Village Candy