April 2010
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344 Beaver Street
Sewickley PA
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We will be closed this Wednesday,
April 7, 2010.
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How great is a month that starts off with a day dedicated to fools? During the first week alone we have Good Friday, Easter and Passover. The buds are starting to peek (along with their allergens), tax day looms (just after National Licorice Day, the 12th and just before National Jelly Bean Day, the 22nd), and Earth Day beckons! And on top of all that, Sewickley is hosting a new event - Sewickley Unleashed - on April 24th. But the one event you MUST write down in your datebook is April 17th (see third article following)!
Easter Is This Sunday...
Are you prepared?

We still have a decent selection of goodies to stock that last minute basket. But remember, The Bunny gets first dibs (and he does shop here). If you don't even have the basket, we've gotcha covered there too. Two different "pre-basketed" and wrapped-with-a-bow Easter treats are in store and ready made to hand off with ease. If you're looking for last minute plastic egg contents for your hunt, a few items to fill in the basket (including our always popular edible grass) or chocolate eggs and bunnies of every size, c'mon down. But don't delay - the pickins' are slimming with every dawdling minute...
By-The-Pound Candy Corner

We're constantly tinkering with our bulk candy lineup. We like to keep many of the old, hard-to-find favorites, but also like to introduce new, cool treats. And that's what this little space is for - to let you know when new things arrive and are available By-The-Pound.

Canada Mints (now in Spearmint too)
Canada Mints
We've just added hard-to-find Canada Mints in beautiful green Spearmint! Canada Mints first appeared in the Canadian market during the late 1880s and found an audience in the United States in 1908. They were first packaged in a 5 cent unit in 1916. Canada Mints remains one of the most popular sugar lozenge mints in the country. Wintergreen and Peppermint are the two most popular flavors. They're really yummy, have a great consistency, and look pastelwonderful in any candy dish!

Everlasting Gobstoppers

Everlasting GobstoppersEverlasting Gobstoppers, made by Nestlé's Willy Wonka Candy Company, were first introduced in 1976, and are named for the Everlasting Gobstoppers of Roald Dahl's children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the associated movies. In Dahl's story, Everlasting Gobstoppers supposedly last forever. The term "gobstopper" derives from 'gob', which is United Kingdom/Ireland slang for mouth, and throughout Europe gobstoppers refer to anything that we here in the States would call a jawbreaker. These bulk beauties come packaged 3 to 5 in a little cellophane pack.

Sour Gummi Bears

Sour Gummi BearsThese Sour Gummi Bears are about the same size as our regular bears, but are sanded and have a flavor similar to our sour neon worms. Gummi Bears originated in Germany. There they are called either Gummibär (rubber bear) or Gummibärchen (little rubber bear). Hans Riegel, a candy maker from Bonn, Germany invented the Dancing Bear, a fruit gum made in the shape of, you guessed it, a bear. Dancing Bear was followed by another new candy hit, which in 1967, would become Haribo's world-famous Gold-Bear (which Village Candy also stocks). Trolli, another gummi candy manufacturer, was the first to introduce Gummi Worms, in 1981. Gummi bears are also one of the only types of candy to have been turned into a television show (from the mid 80s to the early 90s)!

Gummi Penguins

Gummi PenguinsJust in time for a Pittsburgh run deep into the NHL playoffs, we're now stocking these tuxedoed little chewy peachy critters. Buy a whole bunch and fill up your Stanley Cup. Or better yet, when the Pens give up a goal, bite one of their heads off!
Chiller Theater
A report on all things sodarific: what's new in the fridge, tastings and interesting tidbits from the world of bottled effervescence.

Cream Soda CapTax Day is Over - Come Join the "I Got (C)reamed Soda Tasting"
Saturday, April 17, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

No one likes to pay taxes. The only thing worse is preparing them (unless your last name is Block or Hewitt). So once they're over for this year, it's time to bring in the clowns! A great way to spend that refund is on our free cream soda tasting!

This is actually our third "cream 'o the crop" event, and it should be a doozie. We have lots of new vintages that are being unveiled for this tasting for the very first time in Pittsburgh (and probably in Pennsylvania for all we know). We have a Maple Cream from Squamscot Beverages of New Hampshire, Celon's Mythical Créme (with a hint of almond) from Cripple Creek Brewing of Naperville, Illinois, Carousel Cream, also from Illinois, a pair of blue creams and one from the 49th state.

A good cream soda should remind you of the very best vanilla ice cream float. The first patent for it actually occurred in Nova Scotia in 1886, and was made from whipped egg whites, sugar, lime juice, lemons, citric acid, flavoring, and bicarbonate of soda. Strange but true: cream soda in Canada is often pink, except in Quebec. It's usually red in Latin America, is called creaming soda in Australia and is bright yellow in New Zealand. In Japan, cream soda is a term used for a
vanilla ice cream-topped float made with melon-flavored soda, and in South Africa it's often referred to as "Green Ambulance" as it's believed to be good for hangovers.

So come join the festivities on Saturday, April 17, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. We'll be offering up a unique lineup of yummy creams for your sampling pleasure. Remember, it's always free and fun, but you must RSVP before it's too late. By registering you'll receive an officially sanctioned Village Candy email confirmation containing a ballot to the big event suitable for framing!

We guarantee there will be several that you've never had before. Come quaff some cream on, and with, us - register now!

Candy Alphabet X Marks the Spot

Candy Alphabet Xactly. This one was near impossible to dream up. How many X candies can you name? Here's an item that's very popular at Village Candy, and its logo is impossible to miss. As always, if you're the first to send us the correct guess of which candy item contains the logo pictured at left, you'll win a wonderful prize worthy of bragging about - no kidding!

Last Month's Clue
Candy Alphabet
Candy Alphabet Uow, how easy do they come! But kudos are due for David Bruno, who was the first to name this sour and hard to find item. Many of our younger fans rate this at the top end of the "squint candy" scale.

Warheads were invented in Taiwan in 1975 and first imported to the United States by The Foreign Candy Company in the early 80s, where they were immediately popular, especially with children. For a while, "hot" versions of the candy were also available but were soon discontinued after sales struggled. Warheads are currently distributed by Impact Confections, who acquired them from Foreign Candy in 2004.

Warheads get their strong sour flavor primarily from malic acid which is applied as a coating to the outside of the small, hard disks. The intense outer shell sour flavor fades after a short time, and the inner hard candy contains the somewhat less sour ascorbic acid and citric acid. At the center is another small dose of sour malic acid for one last punch.

Warheads are marketed as an "extreme" candy, and the brand's mascot, Wally Warheads, is depicted as a boy with puckered lips and a small mushroom cloud emanating from the top of his head. A driving force behind the candy's popularity were informal competitions among schoolchildren to determine who could withstand eating the largest number of Warheads at once.  A warning is now included on Warheads packaging: "WARNING: Eating multiple pieces within a short time period may cause a temporary irritation to sensitive tongues and mouths."
Village Candy is an old-time, new-fangled retail shop specializing in a unique selection of retro and current bulk and novelty candy, artisan chocolates, glass-bottled pop and candy-themed gifts. Oh, and remember customer service? It's back!

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