October 2010
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Sewickley PA
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Greetings fellow candy lover!

Halloween is here! Well, technically it's at the end of the month, but you better get your keester in gear and prepare. We have a  plethora of treats ready to stoke the spirits and raise even the deadest among you. Candy corn and Indian corn, jelly pumpkins, Halloween-colored gummi worms and bears, Halloween-sprinkled milk and nonpareils and chocolate pretzels, and rice-crispy bars. We also have Pumpkin Pop Rocks, eyeball and other Halloween lollipops, Reese's Pumpkins, Halloween Pez, wax fangs, mustaches and lips, and other assorted horrifying but great tasting candy.

And read on about all the other new products we are spotlighting this month...
Chimes Ginger Chews
Fantastic flavors, healthful treats

We discovered these delicious ginger-based chews at the Sweets & Snacks Expo 2010. To be honest, we just couldn't get enough of them. Chimes Ginger Chews are full of all the healthy benefits of ginger. They can be used to help with a cold, upset stomach and heartburn, motion sickness, lower cholesterol, and to boost your immune system.

The chews are a taffy-like candy inspired by a three generation old Indonesian recipe, and made from all natural ingredients. The ginger is harvested from volcanic soil in the shadow of Mt. Bromo in East Java which gives it a unique gingery flavor, and stone ground for the best texture and taste. They come in four flavors: Original Ginger, Peppermint Ginger, Orange Ginger and my personal favorite, Mango Ginger.

Come in and give them a try. They come in large bags or attractive metal tins.
Chiller Theater
A report on all things sodarific: what's new in the fridge, tastings and interesting tidbits from the world of bottled effervescence.

You Rang...Village Candy's First Adults-Only Ginger Beer/Ale Soda Tasting (Sorry kids!)
Saturday, November 13, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

When you run a candy store, you learn things. You have your finger on the pulse of the nation. Sadly, much of the nation has no pulse. So we're going to try to inject a little vitality.

But back to the pulse. We've noticed an increase in the number of customers trying Ginger Beers and Ales and using them in retro cocktails like the Dark 'n Stormy and the Moscow Mule. So we did a little research. It seems this isn't just a 'burgh thing. It's a national phenomenon. And it goes beyond our shores, stretching across the oceans. A 2009 article in the New York Times documents the unusual trademark status granted the Dark 'n Stormy. And just two months ago they followed with a Case Study complete with a recipe for home-brewed ginger beer, supposedly because "You cannot find a ginger beer that has the requisite punch to sing in this highball and not get washed out by the baritone of black rum - well, O.K., one, but good luck acquiring it." Hey dude, did you check Village Candy for

Then, at the end of August, The Washington Post talked about Spirits: Ginger Beer and Ale make for comforting cocktails. The Daily Mail of London recently wrote about lashings of ginger beer flying off shelves as retro drinks make comeback.

Village Candy
offers Barritt's Bermuda Stone, the original ginger that's prescribed for the Dark 'n Stormy. And we also carry the original ginger of The Moscow Mule - Cock 'n Bull!

Always the trendsetter, we've decided to stage a ginger tasting, and to delve into the inner workings of the two main retro ginger drinks. We'll offer up a taste of each, and try to show you how they're made. W
e'll also have a lineup of ginger beers and ales to try, so you can see what will make your heart sing when you try them for yourself at home. DUE TO THE ADULT NATURE OF THIS EVENT, PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO THE OVER 21 CROWD. We're announcing this event earlier than usual, so REMEMBER that this event takes place NOVEMBER 13.  As usual, it's always free and fun, but you must RSVP before it's too late.

Join us, and you'll be on the cusp of this budding phenomenon - register now!

Sumptuous New Vosges Bars
The wait was worth it!

Fudgie Wudgie FudgeWe at Village Candy introduced Vosge Haut-Chocolat to the Pittsburgh area way back in 2007. We were very impressed by the quality and smoothness of their chocolate, and were bowled over by their unique, exotic flavor combinations. Their chocolate bar lineup has remained relatively unchanged, with the exceptions of their sinful bacon bars and smaller mini bars, until now!
Vosges Black Salt Caramel Bar
The first two are their new generation of caramel filled bars, which will have you swooning at first bite. Blood Orange Caramel is 70% cacao dark chocolate surrounding a molten, soft caramel center. The sweet blood orange purée juxtaposed to bitter aperitif Campari® and tart hibiscus will captivate your palate. The Black Salt Caramel Bar is also 70% cacao dark chocolate surrounding a Hawaiian salt-spiked burnt sugar caramel center. If you are a newcomer to the addictive Vosges Cherry Rooibos Barcombination of salt and chocolate, this bar is a must-try.

You can experience the health benefits of both red tea and chocolate in one bar! This African rooibos tea is a special blend from Vosges' Vosges Amalfi Barfriends at Argo Tea in Chicago. Argo makes their tea by combining dried tea leaves with cherries, hibiscus and vanilla. Soft bites of Michigan cherries add texture to this 45% cacao deep milk chocolate bar. The new Amalfi Bar employs their rich, mouth coating white chocolate, laden with cocoa butter, creating a voluptuous finish on your palate. Lemon zest invigorates your senses and pink peppercorns add a subtle floral note (and crunch). White chocolate lovers, rejoice!
Other New Treats
Things we think you should know about

Satellite WafersGerrit Verberg, the company that makes retro Satellite Wafer candies, says that they "have been on the market for over 40 years. This nostalgic candy has enjoyed a great reputation particularly in the Northeast, where people love these candies so much, they will do anything to get their hands on them." Not sure about that last bit, but they do bring back memories in an overwhelming number of our customers, especially as they relate to communion. Well, we still carry them, but give the new Sour Satellite Wafers a try. Instead of the sweet candy beads inside, you'll find a sour powder. You still get the same Styrofoam packing peanut-like exterior!

Like Satellite Wafers, Village Candy has carried Ice Cubes Dark Ice Cubes Candysince the day we opened. In fact, I remember them oozing out of a customer's hand who had waited in that opening day's long line. These little chocolates date back to the mid-thirties, are made in Germany, and are sold by Albert's in the States. They have a velvety bite and an immediate hit of cool on the tongue, and they melt quickly. The wrapper color has switched to gold from the traditional blue and white over the years. I kept hearing rumors about dark chocolate ones, but was never able to get them. Well here they are, and you should give them a try.

The Asher family has been making chocolate in the Philadelphia Toffee Chocolate Pretzelsarea for four generations. We were so impressed by their quality chocolate, impressive lineup and great price, that we've stuck with them since we opened. They've just introduced a new coffee-bagged product to their lineup, and we're sold. Chocolate Smothered Pretzels have been very popular, and are one of their very best items, perfectly drenching salty pretzels with sweet milk chocolate (they also do this wondrously with potato chips). Now they also offer them with a luxurious sprinkling of toffee. How perfect is that!

The Steelers are off to a fantastic start, and Big Ben is now Steeler Chocolate Barsout on the practice field - the only place he should be. Village Candy has the Steeler Nation covered. Check out Trello Cioccolato's Official Steeler and Terrible Towel Bars, in milk and dark chocolate. We also have ready-made bags of black and gold M&Ms, and are just warming up with official Pittsburgh Penguin Chocolate Pucks.
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