May 2011
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Sewickley PA
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Not Your Mother's Marshmallows
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Greetings fellow candy lover!

A great cola tasting is behind us, new good-weather treats are arriving, and the National Candy Show is set to begin. Fans of Village Candy (all you readers) should check in every now and then - we're always bringing in scrumptious goodies to surprise you. And don't forget, Mothers' Day is this Sunday, May 8. You BETTER remember - whether it's your own mother, the mother of your children, or your mother-in-law. Well that one's up to you.

Spring Is Finally Here!

Welcome the season with great taste(s) 

Wedge Pops

Sundae PopsIt's hard to believe that spring actually began on March 20. Look on the bright side - all this rain will make for a wonderful pollen season?! But we've got some yummy treats toCupcake Lollis transition you into the summer sun and warmth. Check out these new lollis. First up (above right) are fruity Wedge Pops, available in Green Apple, Blue Raspberry and Watermelon. Also on the menu are these (above left) delicious Sundae Pops. Two Stars 'n Stripes Bouquetsdifferent brightly colored cones and a parfait are sure to make anyone smile. The Cupcake Pops at right look like the real deal, and just in time for Memorial Day come these Stars 'n Stripes Bouquets (left) that come in little bundles. Great colors and tastes for the season!

Not Your Mother's Marshmallows

Make your s'mores s'much more!

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

Don't know about you, but when I think of marshmallows (which I don't that often), it's in one of two ways - the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the movie Ghostbusters (see left), or Campy Campfire marshmallows. Well we have something that will banish those thoughts forever.

Marshmallows supposedly first came into existence as a medicinal substance, but the use of marshmallow to make candy dates back to ancient Egypt, where the recipe called for extracting sap from the marshmallow plant (althaea officinalis - I kid you not) and mixing it with nuts and honey.

 Plush Puffs

The next leap forward was by the people at Plush Puffs of Sherman Oaks, CA. Not content with the traditional cylindrical pieces of white foam rubber that are 1) perched precariously on knife-sharpened branches above campfires everywhere, and 2) combined with small pieces of indiscriminate chocolate as gaskets to separate two perfectly fine graham crackers, these marvelous maestros of modern marshmallow magnificence have whipped up something(s) totally unique and pleasurable. Enter Plush Puffs (see pic above). With an indescribable fresh texture and flavors to die for, you'll easily become addicted in no time. Check out their appearance on Food Network's Kid In a Candy Store. Come in and try Chocolate Chipetta, Caramel Swirl, Strawberry Hibiscus, Toasty Coconut, Orange Honey or Maple Bacon. One taste'll do it! 

Chiller Theater 

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


Almost since the day Village Candy opened, people have been in awe of the 160 plus unique sodas we've amassed. But inevitably a customer will wander in looking for something healthy, like plain, unadulterated water. Hah, we quietly whisper to ourselves - who do they think they are, coming into this chateau of sugar, looking for something sans sucrose and nongaseous? Obviously, we jest. Our policy has always been to respond to customer requests, and search out the farthest reaches of the bubbly universe, looking for unique beverages that conform to our "bottles only" coda. Sure we've stocked seltzer, but we were searching for still water in glass. Well look what we've found!

On the northeastern slope of the Parco Naturale delle Fonti diSanta Lucia Bottled Water Santa Lucia, located almost dead center in Italy's upper boot at about 4000 feet above sea level, is a protected zone rich in vegetation, where there are two mineral water springs - fresh, purifying and light, with just the right mineral content. These springs were well-known in ancient times and in the Middle Ages as a place for rest and refreshment, and became a point of reference for the pilgrims who crossed the Italian peninsula to reach Rome. The bottling of these waters required accurate geological studies of the springs area and scrupulous chemical, bacteriological, pharmacological and medical study. The waters were then chosen not only for their lightness and taste, but also because they had no contraindications, a very important characteristic for table waters, representing a healthy quality. These two waters were then bottled and commercialized with the brand names "Fonte Ventasso" and "Santa Lucia". Village Candy now proudly offers the latter to all our health-conscious customers. 

And The Results Are In!

Cola Tasting Ballot Results

There was a respectable turnout for Village Candy's 2nd Colossal Cola Tasting, and the results are in! A new entry to the proceedings, Big Ben's Krisp 'n Kool, took top honors by a sizable margin (and no relation to a local QB of the same moniker), followed by Moxie (who would have guessed) and Mexican Coke. All the colas got some votes, and Paul Gould was our random prize winner, taking home (as soon as he reads this and comes in) a 4-pack of the winning product. Thanks for turning out and participating in our ongoing unscientific studies! 

Candy Show 2011
Village Candy Will Be Closed Tuesday, May 24

National Candy ShowVillage Candy will be closed all day on Tuesday, May 24 so that we can check out everything candy that'll be coming your way this year. We'll dish about them next issue.
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