May 2013
Village Candy-gram
News to infuse
Village Candy
344 Beaver Street
Sewickley PA
Tues - Sat 10-5
Wed 'til 8 
Mommy's Day Edition
A customer recommendation
Ginger Redux
Chiller Theater
Son of Candy Alphabet
Quick Links
Check Us Out On The Web at


Village Candy Web Logo

Follow Us On Twitter
Facebook Logo

Greetings Fellow Candy Lover!   

Sunday, May 12, is Mother's Day. And you know exactly what your mother/wife/girlfriend/mother-in-law/stepmother/mother trucker wants - CHOCOLATE. Yeah, diamonds will do in a pinch (though they'll make you regret your credit card bill), and flowers smell great (until they're dead), but chocolate, sweet, creamy, rich chocolate. Name one woman that wouldn't give anything for a sea salt-encrusted, chocolate-dipped caramel. And no, don't flood our in-box with answers here - save that for our famous Candy Alphabet piece at the end of this newsletter.  Come in before the 12th and let us put together a basket of her decadent favorites, or just select a few tasty tidbits that will get her jumping up and down like a puppy dog. Because, after all, where would any of us be without Moms and all they do!
Get a Kick Out of Ginger
Ginger Zingers and Maple Infusions

Ginger Zingers
A customer called from New York about two months ago after shopping our website (Warning: shameless plug ahead: He asked if we carried Ginger Zingers. He then explained how fantastic they were, and he wasn't able to find these Canadian treats anywhere. We told him we'd never heard of them, but promised we'd find out everything there was to know. Fast-forward 30 days, when we received samples of said ginger lozenges. We were hooked, and immediately (real time: 7-10 shipping days) brought them to our counter.

We love natural ginger for its distinctive spicy sweetness and invigorating kick, and based on the overwhelming popularity of our Chimes Ginger Chews (see Ginger Redux below), we're not alone. These new Ginger Zingers candies are packed with genuine ground ginger root and carefully selected natural flavors for a delicious and stimulating on the go treat!  They're packaged in beautiful little portable tins and are just made for ginger lovers, in four intensely addictive flavors - D'Anjou Pear, Spicy Chai, Blood Orange and Mango. Come in for a sample (if we haven't eaten them all).

Maple InfusionsWe additionally learned that this vendor also makes Maple Infusions, or as they like to call them, "The Authentic Taste of Canada!" They're made with pure and natural maple sugar from the forests of Eastern Canada. Mature maple trees are tapped during the brief four-to-six-week spring thaw, when freezing nights and warm sunny days induce the slow flow of sweet maple sap. Once boiled down and caramelized, sixty ounces of raw maple sap produce just one ounce of Canada's treasured maple sugar. If you like the taste of maple, you'll absolutely love these little heavenly tablets. They come in four uniquely delicious Canadian themed flavors - Niagara Apple Spice, Okanagan Peach, Saskatoon Berry (reminds us of blueberry pancakes) and Original Maple. We'd be happy to share samples of these too!
Ginger Redux
New from Chimes
Chimes Peanut Butter Ginger Chews

We've just added Chimes Peanut Butter Ginger Chews to our lineup (that already includes Original, Mango, Orange and Peppermint). If a customer had not told us how delicious this flavor was, we would not have gone for them. Peanut Butter and Ginger just don't seem like an enticing combination, but we were surprised at how well it really works (think satay)! 

Chimes Crystallized GingerIn addition, Chimes has introduced Crystallized Ginger in resealable bags. These are organic fresh ginger bites that have been slowly kettle-cooked in sugar water and rolled in coarse organic cane sugar to preserve them. Crystallized ginger is also known as candied ginger or glacé ginger, and it has a wonderful sweet spicy taste and, as with all forms of ginger, has a plethora (yeah, I said it) of health benefits. And for a limited time, we're taking a dollar off the price of each Crystallized Ginger bag (that's an introductory price of $2.95 to you)! 
Chiller Theater
A report on all things sodarific: what's new in the fridge, tastings and interesting tidbits from the world of bottled effervescence.

Pineapple Sodas
No summery tropical dream would be complete without the pineapple, and Village Candy is having a Summer Pineapple Soda Sale. Drinking one of these will instantly transport you to the land of palm trees (a lot cheaper than flying). Or you might try mixing one with a little coconut cream and rum for a bubbly take on the piña colada (don't forget the umbrella). Choose from Derr's Orange Pineapple, Filbert's Pineapple, Jelly Belly Crushed Pineapple or Waialua Pineapple from Hawaii. Or try all four and have your own pineapplepalooza!
New and Notable

MacFuddy Pepper Elixer
Macfuddy Pepper Elixer
An interesting potion, the label looks like something you'd see from a traveling purveyor of cure-alls and potions or, in Jeopardy-speak, "potent potables." A few quotes from the label: "infused with luck," "12oz. for 24 Hours of Favorable Outcomes," "Cures Timidness and Satisfies the Daring." This unique beverage tastes a bit like a black cherry Dr. Pepper, but with an invigorating finish. Legend has it that it originated in Detroit in 1941. Definitely worth a swig.
Fluids Beverages
Fluids Soda Company
A trio of cane sugar-sweetened, throat lubricating beverages that have cool gearhead labels and distinctive tastes. Radiant Red looks like red automotive antifreeze, but has a distinct cherry flavor. 10-30 borrows its appearance from motor oil, and has a pleasant, subtle licorice finish. Green Cooler resembles Prestone, and puckers with a green apple a-peel. Check them all out!
Scotty's Butterscotch Soda
Scotty's Butterscotch Soda
The label has a picture of a bagpipe-playing Scotsman next to a stick of butter. Go figure. It claims to be "from the king's castle" and is made with pure cane sugar. Note to self: Scotland has not had a king since 1952. This yellowish beverage has a pleasant butterscotch taste, with vanilla and caramel notes, not unlike a toasted marshmallow. Piquant, yet soothing!
Dougie Dog Butterscotch Root Beer
Dougie DOG Butterscotch Root Beer
This is the namesake root beer from a Vancouver hot dog purveyor that serves all styles of tube steaks, even a poutine dog. Supposedly bottled by the same folks capping our popular Dang Butterscotch Root Beer (taster-voted fave at our last RB event), this one has a distinct butterscotch theme and utilizes cane sugar as its sweetener of choice. A bit on the sweet side, but an overall good balance of flavors.
And One More Thing...
Son of Candy Alphabet

Candy Alphabet L OL, this is a pretty easy one, so you SHOULD NOT have to Google it. Not a whole lot of "L" candies out there (even fewer "K" candies, so we just skipped the Kit-Kat).
Type your guess in an email, and submit it to We'll mix up all the correct entries and pick out one winner. We'll publish that winning name in next month's newsletter, and you'll go home with a dandy prize.

Jolly Rancher
Last month's correct answer was Jolly Rancher, and it was submitted by Tiffany Peterson. C'mon down!

Jolly Rancher is a growing candy brand that includes hard candy, gummies, fruit chews, jellybeans, lollipops, and sodas. They were originally made by the Jolly Rancher Company, founded in 1949 in Golden, Colorado. The Jolly Rancher Company made ice cream, chocolate and candy sold at several stores in the Denver area. The name was created to suggest western hospitality. Jolly Rancher began concentrating on hard candies as sales grew. In 1951, production was eventually moved from Golden to Wheat Ridge, Colorado. In 2002 Hershey, which acquired the brand in 1996, closed the Colorado plant and moved manufacturing.

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