April 2013
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344 Beaver Street
Sewickley PA
Tues - Sat 10-5
Wed 'til 8 
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Salted chocolate, the perfect food.
Chiller Theater
Some Like it Hot
Son of Candy Alphabet
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Greetings Fellow Candy Lover!   

It's April, and Easter's already over! Now if the weather would just cooperate and make it feel like spring has sprung. April 12th is National Licorice Day, perfect for some deliciously soft Kookaburra from Australia...or just good ol' Good 'n Plenty. And get ready: April 22nd is National Jelly Bean Day! Just the day to try the newest Jelly Belly flavor (see below). And, just in time for baseball season - Big League Chew and sunflower seeds. Bring it!
Salted chocolate, the perfect food.™
Salazon Chocolate
Salazon Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt
In the summer of 2009, Salazon Chocolate Co.'s founders were on a backpacking trip to Utah. They'd brought along the usual snacks - energy bars, trail mixes and, for this trip, some organic dark chocolate bars. As they sat around the campfire that night, it struck them that a simple, salted-dark chocolate bar would be the perfect energy food. The idea for Salazon (Spanish for 'salting') was born. After visiting organic cacao farms in the Dominican Republic and perfecting the recipe (every bar is hand sprinkled), they launched Salazon Chocolate Co., the first salted- Salazon Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Crushed Coffee chocolate-based brand on the market.

Salazon's chocolate bars are made from 100% organic, single-orgin, Rainforest Alliance-certified beans in small batches in the USA, and hand-sprinkled with natural, solar-evaporated sea salt. Village Candy offers two of them; the original dark chocolate with sea salt, and another with sea salt and crushed coffee. A simple concept taken to a high place.
Student (i.e.,Zombie) Survival Kit
A stimulating taste of Village Candy
Student Survival Kit
You know your faraway offspring, sibling or other ing is about to hit crunch time; finals, mid-terms, interviews or whatever requires them to get an energy transfusion or jolt of what-the-heck-have-I-been-doing-all-semester. Well Village Candy has the answer!

K, well it doesn't actually come in this cool tin lunch box. Why jack up the price for something they'll never use again unless they graduate with a degree in grade-school-studentology? We've hand selected key items sure to bring smiles to their faces and buzzes to their giddy-ups. Essentials like Jolt Gum (2 varieties!), Dark Chocolate Dipped Espresso Beans, Crazy Bull Bubble Gum Nuggets and an eclectic assortment of student-approved sucrose byproducts sure to please. No artificial stimulants here - just the real deal!

Just put in your order, pay the set price, and we'll ship it to anywhere in the U.S. for you ("in 2-3 days"). And, as a special deluxe option (suggested by an actual veteran student), add $10 to the price, and we'll throw in a genuine bank-approved roll of quarters, perfect for any laundry or munchie machine! No worries - we won't include any of that nonsense that some schools offer in their "sanctioned" care packages (e.g. cup noodles, instant coffee, adderall, etc - BORING!). In fact - no filler here, nothing but the cost of the candy and shipping! We just do it all for you ('cause that's the way we are). Guaranteed A.*

*This claim's veracity has not been reviewed for truthfulness.
Chiller Theater
A report on all things sodarific: what's new in the fridge, tastings and interesting tidbits from the world of bottled effervescence.

Fever-Tree Mixers

Following a 'tonic tasting' in 2000 to find the best in the U.S. market, Charles Rolls - who had built his reputation running Plymouth Gin - joined forces with Tim Warrillow, who had a background in luxury food marketing, to analyze the composition of mixers. They discovered that the majority were preserved with sodium benzoate or similar substances, while the use of cheap aromatics and artificial sweeteners was widespread - a combination that was affecting the tasting experience. So in 2004 they began creating mixers using natural and fresh ingredients.

Fever-Tree Premium Indian Tonic Water launched in the U.K. in early 2005, 'Fever Tree' being the colloquial name for the Cinchona Tree in which quinine, a key ingredient for tonic, is found. The highest quality quinine was sourced from the Rwanda Congo border and blended with spring water and eight botanical flavors, including rare ingredients such as marigold extracts and a bitter orange from Tanzania. Crucially, no artificial sweeteners, preservatives or flavorings were added. The highly carbonated tonic, consisting of small 'champagne' bubbles for a smoother taste, was packaged in 200ml single serve glass bottles, the perfect size for a double measure gin & tonic. The glass packaging was designed to reflect the premium natural values of the brand and to ensure freshness.

In the U.S., the world's largest mixers market, Fever-Tree was awarded 'Best New Product' at the 2008 Tales of the Cocktail awards. Spirit companies have been quick to endorse the brand. After all, if ¾ of your Gin & Tonic is the tonic, then make sure you choose the best.

Look in the Village Candy cooler for Fever-Tree Tonic Water, Bitter Lemon and Ginger Beer. Right next to...

Mr. Q. Cumber

Want to tast something truly unique? Just in time for warmer Mr. Q. Cumber weather comes this cucumber beverage. 

That's right "Cucumber!" "Mr. Q. Cumber" is America's first all natural crisp and refreshing drink that tastes like you just bit into an ice cold cucumber. This Award Winning beverage is now available at Village Candy, always the frontrunner in bold, new trends. Tastes great right out of the bottle, or perfect in a bloody mary.

Some Like It Hot
Just In From Jelly Belly

Jelly Belly Tabasco Bottles
A few months back we let you know about the latest flavor from the creative team at Jelly Belly flavor lab - TABASCO®. Who knows how much hot sauce they had to swallow (and incorporate) to come up with this dead-on flavor.
Well now they've packaged 'em in these cool 1-1/2 ounce bottles that mimic the shape of the traditional TABASCO bottle and are filled with the beans that are an irresistibly spicy treat for TABASCO-lovers everywhere. Just keep some water nearby!

We've tried them, and if you can stand a little heat, they really are quite delicious! We also still have them in the 3.1 ounce bag.
And One More Thing...
Son of Candy Alphabet

Candy Alphabet iminy Cricket, candy beginning with a J! Luckily, there are a few this time - not always the case (as was demonstrated last month with the answer below). But give it a go, and don't Google it, that really defeats the purpose.
Type your guess in an email, and submit it to candyalphabet@villagecandy.com. We'll put all the correct entries in a hat (might actually be a cap if there aren't enough) and pick out one winner. We'll publish that winning name in next month's newsletter, and you'll mosey on down here to pick up a prize.

Ice Cubes
Last month's correct answer was Ice Cubes, and it was submitted by Jeff Woods (sorry Camille). If you didn't win this time, you're bound to get it sooner or later.

Not a lot of historical information available on Ice Cubes. They're made in Germany by a company called Nappo and distributed here in the states by Alberts. They began selling here sometime around the 30s, and are a type of chocolate that starts melting as soon as it hits your tongue. The day Village Candy opened, there was a long line from the register to the front door. A customer had been holding a handful of Ice Cubes finally made it up to the register, and they were just oozing out of his hand. Oops (and yuck)!
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