September 2012
Village Candy-gram
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Sewickley PA
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Non-fungal Truffles
Sports Candyphernelia
Pack To School
Son of Candy Alphabet
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Greetings Fellow Candy Lover!   

The Village is looking really nice with the new crosswalks and school buses back in action. A few splinters of autumn leaves are can be spotted in the sea of green, and Village Candy has their window decorated for the upcoming season. But you know what this signals - nonstop political ads!

Here's to hoping the economy hurries back, no matter who's in office. As a mentor once told me, when something goes wrong, don't look to blame, look to fix.

New Truffle From Asher's 

Raspberries To You 

  

Way back in March, we unleashed Asher's truffles on the greater Pittsburgh metroplex, and they've been "well received." In case you forgot, we published a brief primer on the history of the chocolate truffle back in that month's CandyGram. In fact, the three varieties (milk chocolate caramel or expresso and dark chocolate chocolate) have been so popular that we've decided to add another to our repertoire.   

 

Raspberry Truffles Raspberries and Chocolate have been a winning* combination since who knows when. Taking the sweet and smooth lusciousness of chocolate and melding it with the refreshing tartness of juicy raspberries is a time-tested classic. Asher's seems to have it down, with the perfect creamy, rich milk chocolate enveloping a mouth-watering raspberry truffle center. Ooh-la-la! 

* Publishing czars have mandated that, going forward, the word winning must be followed by an attribution to one Carlos Irwin EstÚvez, a.k.a. Charles Sheen.
Pittsburgh Sports Confections
Steelers or Penguins - Your Choice
 
The NFL season starts September 5, but for all any of our readers care about, it really starts the night of Sunday, September 9 in Denver. And what better way to celebrate, whether alone in Hi Def TV, at a party with small-talk in Hi Def TV, or in Denver at Mile High Def TV, than with some Steeler Nation Candy Bars.
 
Steeler Chocolate Bar
Trello Cioccolato is an growing chocolate brand emanating from an orbiting suburb of Pittsburgh (Moon, to be exact). They're quickly gaining recognition as one of the premier chocolates in the region. And they make some darn good Steeler Nation
Terrible Towel Chocolate Bar
chocolate bars. Village Candy carries two styles to choose from - either the
original creamy milk chocolate, officially-licensed Steeler bar, or the Terrible Towel bar, in either milk or decadent dark. 

Pittsburgh Penguin Chocolate Crunch PuckAnd, believe it or not, we're just a month away from the beginning of NHL domination. Last season was fantastic, and this one is bound to be spectacular. Trello is once again offering their milk chocolate crunch Penguin Puck. Any of these great hometown chocolate sports icons make great gifts for sending to out-of-towners or
Reese's Peanut Butter Football
just inserting and letting them melt over your own tongue. BTW, these cool little Reese's Peanut Butter Footballs are another party option.

We also have Peachy Penguins back in stock. Trying to get these
Peachy Penguins
slippery, flightless, formally-attired birds in their bag is a chore, but we are there for you. They don't actually bear the names Crosby, Malkin or Fleury, but you can kinda sorta imagine them skating down the ice and pushing the puck with their whiskers towards the goal. Show your Pens Pride with a bowl of these delicious gummies at your next Pens viewing party!

Pittsburgh Skyline Chocolate BarOh, and before we forget, we're now carrying a new Trello Pittsburgh milk chocolate bar that carries the name of this wonderful place we call home, along with a beautiful silhouette of our "dahntahn" skyline. 
Back To School
Don't Forget Care Packages

Who doesn't appreciate a little slice of home while enduring the stress of a new school year. Y'know, like having to: clean up your own mess (or, more likely, not), scarf down granola bars before your first class 'cause you have no one to make your breakfast or wake you up, do your homework on ping pong tables overflowing with plastic cups, or having to download class notes onto your laptop.

Parents, remember your progeny at this time of year, or at other overwhelmingly anxiety-ridden times (e.g., loss of football game, loss of sleep due to marathon Risk game, twisted hacky sack 
ankle). College students love reminders of that final attached thread, and nothing says that like a basket of candy cheer. 
Ginormous Retro Collection
Village Candy already offers very popular Retro Collections in four sizes, but these old-timey candies are more likely to induce added angst. Trust us to put together a box of whatever confections your budding superhero craves, whether it's sour candy, gummies, licorice, chocolates or a combination of any of the above. If they're going to local schools, we can even deliver, and if they're away, we'll ship. Time is tight and moves quickly - take a moment to show them you care.
And One More Thing...
Son of Candy Alphabet

Candy Alphabet -oh! Not many correct guesses last month. We never pick some obscure candy that no one's heard of, as is obvious (we think) by the correct answer below. This one may be a low blow, but we doubt it.

Name the candy that contains the letter pictured here as you'd find it on the package. If you guess correctly, you'll be put into a drawing where you could win the trip of your dreams! Down to Village Candy to pick up your prize! Oh, and by the way, you have to submit that guess by email to   candyalphabet@villagecandy.com, 'cause keeping it close to the vest just won't do.
Crows Candy
Last month's winner was Christine Boggess with her correct guess of Crows, which were invented in the 1890s by confectioners Ernest Von Au and Joseph Maison. The Black Crows trademark was registered in 1911. There's an urban legend (since debunked) that Crows were to be called "Black Rose," but the printer misheard the name as "Black Crows" and printed wrappers with the wrong name on them. Another story is that they were named after Jim Crows, a troop of traveling African-American minstrels. Look at the black crow on the box with the cane and top hat - kinda makes you wonder.

In 1972, Tootsie Roll Industries acquired the Crows brand by purchasing Mason Division from Candy Corporation of America. 
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.
 
Sincerely,
 

Doug Alpern, Proprietor
Village Candy