November 2012
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Village Candy
344 Beaver Street
Sewickley PA
Tues - Sat 10-5
Wed til 8
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Some Things New
Chiller Theater
Son of Candy Alphabet
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Greetings Fellow Candy Lover!   

Halloween's over, or at least its Saturday night, rain-delayed proxy is. Now it's time to skip over the period 'til Thanksgiving and rush right into the Christmas build-up. Not really, but you'd never know it by the preponderance of Christmas displays at retailers. And, to some degree, Village Candy is as guilty as the rest. We have no cranberry mold, pumpkin pie or chestnut stuffing replicas that we can put out on the floor. So we fill up the space with winter holiday items. Some customers like to get into the spirit early and start planning in advance, and others like to gradually warm up to it, but take in ideas all the same ("oh I know just who I'm getting that Christmas Big League Chew for"). For those customers partaking in the Advent Calendar tradition, we have the small-sized chocolates and other candy items for you.

Oh, and we still have plenty of fall-themed items, including seasonally-colored chocolate nonpareils and mini chocolate pretzels. And solid milk chocolate turkeys are perfect placeholders for your table until the real thing (with all its trimmings) takes its place.
Some Things New

Mr. Jelly Belly Bean Machine 

Mr. Jelly Belly Jelly Bean Machine
When we first took a sneak peek at this cool candy machine at the National Candy Show, we knew we had to have it. And we've been trying to get it ever since. Replacing the previous Jelly Belly dispenser, which was basically a glorified gumball machine, this one has Jelly Belly personality! A push of Mr. Jelly Belly's handle makes the gears come alive, and beans come rolling down the chute. It comes with a 1 ounce sample bag of beans, and can hold about 23 ounces. Slick!


No Ordinary Dippin' Chips
Asher's Dark Chocolate Smothered Potato Chips
 Customers who have tried Asher's Chocolate Smothered Potato Chips already know. Ooooh yeah, they know. Decadently palate-pleasing is an understatement. And now Asher's has come out with a Dark Chocolate version, in the "coffee" bag. These chips are made for scarfing. 'Nuf said. 


Similar, But Somehow Different

Wild Ophelia Smokehouse BBQ Potato Chip Bar Wild Ophelia chocolate bars feature American ingredients sourced directly from all-natural, often organic, esteemed farms and artisans. This is their newest. Enrobed in 70% cacao Dark Chocolate are Billy Goat Chip Company hand selected, ripple sliced, and "Kicker" seasoned BBQ Chips. A totally unique combination, it's gluten free, all natural, has no preservatives, and is produced using 100% renewable energy with packaging made from recycled paperboard. 
Chiller Theater 
A report on all things sodarific: what's new in the fridge, tastings and interesting tidbits from the world of bottled effervescence. 
Ginger Baker - Then
Ginger Then
Ginger Now

Village Candy's Second Adults-Only Ginger Beer/Ale Soda Tasting
 (Sorry kids!)
Wednesday, December 12, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

The demand for ginger beverages is measurably on the rise, and Village Candy has always been a strong proponent. We've offered a wide array of ginger beers, ales, flavored gingers and related concoctions since we came into being, easily the largest selection this side of the pond, not to mention Ginger Chews and Chocolate Bars.
Ginger's popularity has many possible catalysts. It could be the increasing awareness of ginger-mixed cocktails. Or the discovery of its health benefits, most notably its soothing effect on rumbly tummies. Or the growing appreciation for the little pink mound next to the Gumby-colored goo on your sushi plate. 

Whatever the reason, ginger's appreciation has taken off. Village Candy, always the trendsetter, has decided to stage another ginger tasting, and to study and sample the two main retro ginger drinks (Dark 'n Stormy, Moscow Mule). We'll enlist the services of a professional bartender from one of Sewickley's wonderful restaurants. We'll offer up a taste of each (along with a new signature cocktail, created especially for this event), and try to show you how they're made. We'll also have a lineup of ginger beers and ales to try, so you can judge for yourself, through careful analysis (i.e., glugging), which one should be your mixer of choice. DUE TO THE ADULT NATURE OF THIS EVENT, PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO THOSE 21 AND OVER (you know who you are). We're announcing this event earlier than usual, so REMEMBER that it takes place DECEMBER 12.  As usual, it's always fun and free, but you must RSVP before it's too late - space is limited.

Join us for this rare Village Candy Adults-Only Event - register now!

And One More Thing...
Son of Candy Alphabet

Candy Alphabet or heaven's sake! Try to wrap your mind around the number of candy items that have a name beginning with the letter "F." And from that enormous collection, eliminate the most obvious one, the one we used in the first run through the alphabet of our mother tongue. Slim pickins on this 6th entry.

If you're new to this, take an uneducated guess at the name of the candy that begins with the letter pictured here as you'd find it on the package. Or an educated one, if you graduated from the U. of Candyland. Now c'mon, no cheating!
Type your guess in an email, and submit it to We'll toss the names of those with the correct answers in a receptacle marked "TRASH" (of course, after picking one winner). We'll announce that lucky dog in next month's Candy-Gram, and you'll be invited down to Village Candy to pick up a prize (as if getting your name published in this award-winning publication isn't enough).

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Last month's correct answer was e.frutti, and our October winner was Noah A.  Manufacturer e.frutti is a "premium fruit gummi" producer that became a subsidiary of the German company Trolli in 1998. Trolli was bought by Favorite Brands in 1996, which was bought by Nabisco in 1999, which itself merged with Kraft when purchased by Philip Morris in 2000. Morris sold Trolli to Wrigley in 2005, who then sold it to Farley's & Sathers in 2006 where it stayed until this year, when F&S was bought by Ferrara Pan.
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