March 2011
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Sewickley PA
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Greetings fellow candy lover!

Daylight Savings begins in two short weekends, and to many, that signifies the none-too-soon-in-these-parts initiation of the warm season. St. Patrick's Day occurs during that ensuing week, and the joyous Jewish holiday of Purim arrives the following Sunday. The 19th is National Chocolate Caramel Day. Easter candy in all its glorious pastels (and chocolate hues) has already arrived and has been neatly arranged and displayed. And lest we forget March Madness. One of the coldest winters in recent memory has finally thrown in the towel!
The Bunny Is Comin'... 

And he's packin' eggs


Easter is on the horizon. Even though it's not until April 24th, it's a good idea to get in the hare frame of mind. Now is the perfect time to get all your Easter candy - you'll have the best selection. Village Candy has chocolate wabbits in a multitude of shapes and sizes, along with a bubble tower full of other chocolate shapes. And don't forget an array of eggs Asher's Egglike you've never seen - boxed chocolate-covered vanilla ones or chocolate buttercream ones (see left), small milk chocolate and large foil-wrapped ones with scrumptious fillings like caramel, marshmallow, coconut and peanut butter meltaway, speckled malted and foil-wrapped ones. And remember to finish your baskets with our edible grass (not the kind that'll get you busted) and spiced jelly beans.

Sugar EggsAlso back this year, we double ordered these
beautifully decorated, high-quality sugar eggs, since they sold out so early last year. Kencraft Handcrafted Confections of Egg LolliesAlpine, Utah has been hand-decorating these beautiful works of art since 1969. We loved their artistry so much that we've alsoprocured an assortment of t
Easter Lil Lollies
heir purdy Easter lollies. They'll add color and height to any basket.

Village Candy also has a ginormous array of wrapped and unwrapped "by-the-pound" candies and individual 
chocolate shapes to hide inside those pastel-colored eggie-wegs. Your Easter hunt for your Easter egg hunt is over.

Easter Baskets

And for those who'd rather order baskets from the very same place the rabbit does, we have ready-made packages like the ones pictured, or custom packed to your desire. We have them pre-made in two sizes. And don't worry, the bunny approves.

From the Pacific Northwest 

Organic Euro-style Chocolate with an American Twist

Do Not Eat This Chocolate Bar

The Do Not Eat This Chocolate bar (pictured here) caught our attention, and we checked deeper into Lillie Belle Farms. Sure this particular bar is a perfectly balanced blend of organic milk and dark chocolate with a generous helping of Ghost chilies, Aji Amarillo chilies, and a splash of Chile de árbol. Sure Lillie Belle was voted one of North America's Top 10 Chocolatiers in 2009. But is this bar just a gimmick, or the real deal? Was it as good as it sounded, and an indicator of more imaginative fire lurking behind it? Jeff Shepherd, Lillie Belle's Oregonian founder, has become a respected leader in the fine chocolate industry. Lillie Belle Farms has created award-winning chocolates where each one is completely hand made using European techniques with a true American twist. Utilizing their own custom blend of organic chocolate in combination with their own organically grown fruit and nuts (which comes right from their farm), Lillie Belle strives for perfection in every bite.


So we decided to give their complete lineup of bars a try and we're glad we did. Their recipes go way beyond fire breath. Take their own Oregon Bacon Bar (thanks, I will in a lipid-lethargic heartbeat), with chopped thick slab bacon cooked crisp with generous slatherings of real maple syrup and a touch of Yakima Nation smoked sea salt in organic milk chocolate.
So-o-o-o bad, yet so-o-o-o good. Other treats include a Crunchy Fire Bar made with sugared organic pecans, a Pistachio Toffee Bar with bits of organic pistachio toffee, also in organic milk chocolate and their decadent Caramelized Almond Bar. And let's not forget The Most
The Most Awesome Bar Ever

Awesome Chocolate Bar EVER!, a 50/50 milk and dark concoction filled

with a homemade almond and hazel-nut gianduja with feuilletine and a touch of sea salt. We're sure you'll agree, there's nothing like any of 'em!

Chiller Theater A report on all things sodarific: what's new in the fridge, tastings and interesting tidbits from the world of bottled effervescence.

"Family Favorites" from the Cataract City

Johnnie Ryan
New to Village Candy's pop vaults are Johnnie Ryan Beverages. Johnnie Ryan Bottling Company was founded in 1935 in Niagara Falls, New York, and their beverages are made of the finest extracts and flavorings available. They're still sweetened with 100% pure cane sugar, just like their grandfather and his two brothers did over seventy years ago. They also package their premiums in classic glass bottles to preserve freshness, great taste and carbonation. No expenses are spared in the manufacturing of this product, still making it a genuine "family favorite." We have 'em in six varieties: Cherry, Cola, Cream, Ginger Ale, Orange and Root Beer. They have a nice clean taste and subtle fizz - a real treat.

Bawls Energy DrinkBawls is Back!
Village Candy has stocked Bawls as its only energy drink. For one, it tastes wonderful, and oh so much better than that scarlet bovine "beverage" in a can, AND it comes in bottles - pretty bumply ones at that. But for several months we haven't been able to get it from our vendors, and it seems that the company had filed for bankruptcy.

Well, happy days are here again. It seems that a new management team has taken the reins, and we have it back in stock! Bawls Original comes in the 10 oz. cobalt blue bottle, and contains 64 mg of caffeine in the form of the naturally occurring guarana. For reference, a 12 oz. can of Coke contains 34.5 mg of caffeine, an 8 oz. serving of brewed coffee contains between 60 and 120 mg., and a 16 oz. can of Monster contains 160 mg.
Some other new things 
Not exactly new, but new to Village Candy, Sno-Caps is a brand of candy consisting
of small pieces of semi-sweet chocolate candy covered with 
white nonpareils. Who came 
up with the idea of calling the little white beads the same name as the entire candy? Go figure. Sno-Caps were introduced in the late 20s by the Blumenthal Chocolate Company - they've been produced by Nestlé since 1984. We have them in the theater-sized box, just the way I remember them as an adolescent moviegoer.

Klene Dropgums
Always looking for unique candies, we also look out for our black licorice-loving friends, so we're happy to introduce Klene Licorice. Klene is a famous Dutch company that produces a wide variety of licorice to suit any taste. It's really amazing what they'll eat over there. Among the new offerings, which should be arriving around the time you swing by, are Dropgums - a blend of licorice and winegums, and Hard & Sweet, and Hard & Salty.
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