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People often comment on the stretch between Halloween and Christmas as "the lost holiday." As soon as Memorial Day ends, many stores put out their Halloween supplies, and right under them, topped by a slipcover, are their Christmas decorations. "What happened to Thanksgiving?" they ask.
It's still there - it's just not a "Hallmark Holiday." It doesn't suffer all the commercial excess that's overtaken the holidays that bookend it.
Village Candy still has plenty of Thanksgiving spirit to go around and decorate your holiday tables. We have plenty of autumn themed candy. But hurry, because soon, it too will be swept up like the fallen leaves.
|By-The-Pound Candy Corner|
Exciting New Treats, Retiring Old Favorites
Red Hots are those little cinnamon-flavored semi-hard candy blobs. They were created and trademarked by the Ferrara Pan Candy Company in the 30s. They're used in some apple sauce recipes and as confectionery decorations, and now we've got 'em.
Fruit Flashers are an exceptionally good tasting fruit-flavored hard candy. They get their name from their decorative mylar wrappers. Can't you just see some of these filling up your grandmother's candy dish?
Squirrel Nut Zippers are a chewy caramel candy with pieces of peanuts mixed in. They were developed in the mid 20s in order to complement a chocolate variety produced by the Squirrel Brand Company. Squirrel was located in the Area 4 neighborhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts, but they're now part of Necco. A public park named Squirrel Brand Park is now located at the former site of their factory.
Trivia Time: The name was not used for the band the Squirrel Nut Zippers; they took their name from a headline that ran in a local newspaper during the 30s.
A report on all things sodarific: what's new in the fridge, tastings and interesting tidbits from the world of bottled effervescence.
Since our September "New Arrivals" tasting had to be canceled, we'll give you an idea of what you missed (insert guilt here; oh, and picture to right). One of the 300 we were going to crack open was Waialua Soda Works' new Kona Red flavor, made with Hawaii's own antioxidant-rich super food, KonaRed™. KonaRed™ is sourced from the Hawaiian coffee fruit grown on prestigious family farms famous for their pristine growing conditions and natural farming techniques, and offers an extraordinary level of desirable nutrients and antioxidants. Come in and check it out, along with a whole truckload of other new delish drinks!
And BTW, we regret any inconvenience caused by our forgetting to post a sign about the event's cancellation. We thought we had reached everybody, but we apologize to anyone who showed up.
And don't forget:
Village Candy's First Adults-Only Ginger Beer/Ale Soda Tasting
Sat., Nov. 13, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Village Candy is the only store in Western Pennsylvania (and maybe Eastern too) that offers the Ginger Beers pictured above (among many others). To the left is Barritt's Bermuda Stone Ginger Beer, the original primary component (just before the rum) of the currently trendy Dark 'n Stormy. To the right is Cock 'n Bull, the original primary component (just before the vodka) of the currently trendy Moscow Mule.
On Saturday, November 13, we will be hosting another in our series of soda tastings, this one focusing on Ginger Beers and Ales. But this time will be different! The Sewickley Cafe has offered to lend one of their expert bartenders to discuss and demonstrate the mixology behind these two trendy retro beverages, and we will be sampling them.
DUE TO THE ADULT NATURE OF THIS EVENT, PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO THE OVER 21 CROWD. As usual, it's always free and fun, but you must RSVP before it's too late.
For a little more detail on this event, please refer to the October Issue of the Village CandyGram.
Join us, you trendsetter you - register now!
|Vosges For The Holidays!|
Limited Edition Only for Your Closest Friends
New from Vosges Haut Chocolat, just in time for the holidays, are four new Limited Edition
bars and a three bar gift set. Vosges was started by owner/chocolatier Katrina Markoff, who personally chooses every spice, flower and chocolate that is flown into their Chicago kitchen. She created Bapchi's Caramel Toffee in memory of her grandmother, her "Bapchi". Their first holiday bar is Bapchi's Caramel Toffee Bar. The folks at Vosges took this popular, addictive, sweet-salty Toffee and reincarnated it in candy bar form. This classic candy bar flavor will charm even the most discriminating (i.e., picky) palates. Their 45% cacao deep milk chocolate - which blends a touch of dark chocolate in with the milk to deepen the flavor and color - serves as the perfect backdrop for buttery toffee pieces, walnuts and pecans.
The scent of classic gingerbread spices will have you dreaming
of snow dusted pine trees in no time. Vosges begins with the same melt-in-your-mouth, burnt sugar and butter toffee and adds a touch of ginger, Ceylon cinnamon, Grenadian nutmeg and Jamaican allspice to put you in a holiday frame of mind. A generous coating of dark 65% cacao chocolate completes the affair on your palate. If you are a newcomer to the addictive combination of salt and chocolate, this bar is a must-try.
What holiday candy bar collection could be complete without the red and white stripes
of the candy cane? Fresh, invigorating peppermint combines with dark 65% cacao chocolate and melts on your tongue with a lingering, refreshing finish. Reap the benefits of peppermint as a digestive aid after those epic holiday meals. And of course, for dessert.
And last, but not least, is their Marzipan Exotic Candy Bar. You'll immediately
notice the shiny, chestnut brown surface of this 62% cacao dark chocolate bar. Take a bite (or break the bar in two) to reveal its soft, marzipan filled center. Vosges blends Sicilian marzipan (a paste made from crushed almonds and sugar) with a touch of amaretto to intensify the flavor so it stands in harmony with the dark chocolate.
Group them all together in a luxurious little bookcase (all
except the Marzipan Bar, which is too perishable) and you have the Three Bar Holiday Mini Candy Bar Library. This new for the holidays gift set includes one each of their new Mini Holiday Candy Bars: Gingerbread Toffee, Peppermint Candy Cane and Bapchi's Caramel Toffee. All three bars are tucked securely in a dark purple library box, tied with silver scalloped ribbon and embellished with two jingle bells. The perfect stocking stuffer, teacher appreciation gift or little dollop of holiday cheer!
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