June 2013
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Sewickley PA
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Greetings Fellow Candy Lover!   

Father's Day gifts, graduation gifts, teacher gifts. Candy is the perfect present every time - everyone loves to be surprised with it. Like flowers - nothing that anyone really needs (okay, maybe a few people do), but they beautify and offer a little pick-me-up. And you can't eat flowers! So show that special someone just what they mean to you and how much you appreciate what they've done.

Then there's a short summer reprieve from gift-giving, when you can kick back on your porch, balcony or sidewalk and sip a mint julep (or Black Cow - see below). The mercury and humidity are already soaring, and we've just waded into June. Stop in for a visit - we're always cool (the chocolate prefers it that way), and you never know what we'll have in store.
New Chocolate Selections
Culled from Customer Suggestions

Milk Chocolate-dipped Buttercream
We at Village Candy try very hard to listen to what our customers are saying. Not about their personal lives, when we totally zone out and passively plug our ears (not), but about suggestions they might have for confections they've liked in the past, or new things they've seen. It's served us well over the Milk Chocolate-dipped Marshmallow years, and a couple of new chocolate selections are manifestations of that. We are now carrying Asher's Milk Chocolate Buttercreams, and Milk Chocolate-dipped Marshmallows.

Dark Chocolate French Mint TruffleAnd, on our very own, we've added Dark Chocolate French Mint Truffles to our Asher's Truffle Collection, which also includes Milk Chocolate Caramel, Milk Chocolate Raspberry and Dark Chocolate Chocolate. If you've not tried Asher's chocolate, you're in for a treat.
Caramels from Wyoming
New Flavor Flaves

The master caramel craftspeople(?) at Bequet solidified their star stature with the introduction of their Celtic Sea Salt Vanilla Butter Caramel. They slow simmer the finest ingredients to create the smoothest, creamiest, most exquisite tasting caramel EVER. Ask anyone who's tried one. Actually, we don't know anyone who's tried just one. But we digress. We actually now have two new flavors in to try. 

Bequet Cinnamon Swirl First up: Cinnamon Swirl - ground cinnamon enriches Bequet's soft vanilla caramel creating a heart-warming aroma reminiscent of an old-fashioned bakery (or a new-fashioned Cinnabon). Next: Salt-Chocolate - a soft dark chocolate caramel with a subtle Celtic Sea Salt finish. And we still have the Chipotle, which has the same soft, silky caramel with rich vanilla essence, only with a smoky chipotle flavor, and the original Celtic Sea Salt. Ooh-la-la!
Chiller Theater
A report on all things sodarific: what's new in the fridge, tastings and interesting tidbits from the world of bottled effervescence.  
Who Wouldn't Want a Black Cow?
Perfect for a sweltering summer eve
Black Cow
It's that time of the year to revisit an old friend, the luscious, refreshing one known as Black Cow. Also sometimes known as a "brown cow," the root beer float (not to be confused with a beer float*) is traditionally made with vanilla ice cream and root beer, but can also be made with other flavors.

The definition of an authentic black cow varies by region. In some places, a "root beer float" has strictly vanilla ice cream; a float made with root beer and chocolate ice cream is a "chocolate cow" or a "brown cow." And in other places a "black cow" or a "brown cow" is made with cola instead of root beer. A "purple cow" is vanilla ice cream in purple grape soda.

The origin of the name "black cow" allegedly dates to August 1893 in Cripple Creek, Colorado. The owner of the Cripple Creek Cow Mountain Gold Mining Company had been producing a line of soda waters for the citizens of the then-booming Cripple Creek gold mining district. He had been trying to create a special drink for the children and came up with an idea while staring out at his properties on Cow Mountain on a moonlit night.

The full moon's glow on the snow-capped Cow Mountain reminded him of a dollop of vanilla ice cream floating on top of his blackened Cow Mountain. He supposedly hurried back to his bar and added a big scoop of vanilla ice cream to the one soda water he produced that the children of Cripple Creek seemed to like best - Myers Avenue Red root beer (which Village Candy actually carries) - and served it the very next day. The drink was an instant hit. Originally named "Black Cow Mountain", the local children shortened this to "black cow".

*Beer Float (a.k.a. Shakin' Jesse) -  Guinness Stout, chocolate ice cream and espresso. Just sayin'...

Next Soda Tasting - Cream of the Crop
Saturday, July 27, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Sewickley Night Market
And One More Thing...
Son of Candy Alphabet

Candy Alphabet an, it is NOT easy coming up with clues that are not TOO easy, but someone will be able to guess. There are plenty of "M" candies, but no real obscure ones.
As usual, rack your brain (like in an 8-ball fashion) and submit your guess in an email to candyalphabet@villagecandy.com. We'll collect email entries in a virtual pickle barrel and pick out one virtual winner (or a gherkin). We'll publish that winning name in next month's newsletter, and you'll see it and jump for joy. Then you'll come pick up your prize and realize your jump was for naught.

Laffy Taffy
Last month's correct answer was Laffy Taffy, and it was submitted by Frank Lovaglio. Come get your claim to fame!

Laffy Taffy is manufactured by Nestlé and sold under their Willy Wonka Candy Company brand. Laffy Taffy was first produced in the 70s as "Beich's Caramels", though they were actually fruit-flavored taffy squares. The original company later changed the name of the product to "Beich's Laffy Taffy," which occurred some years before Nestlé acquired distribution rights and later purchased the product line. The candies are individually wrapped taffy available in a variety of fruit flavors, as well as a chocolate mousse flavor. The candy was advertised as having a "long-lasting" flavor. In 2003, Wonka introduced a variety called "Flavor Flippers" that had a soft center with a different flavor.


The name refers to both the texture of the taffy as well as the fact that jokes are written on the inside of each wrapper. The jokes are usually sent in by children who are credited on the wrapper. Laffy Taffy used to come in thick, square shaped pieces, but currently it is sold in thinner, rectangular shaped pieces, either bite-sized, full candy bar-sized, or in long sticks.
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.