July 2014
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Well, the dog days of summer have arrived. Woof! If you thought that was a term your grandma made up, you'll be surprised to learn the phrase dates back to ancient Rome. "Caniculares dies," or days of the dogs, was what the Romans called the period from the first week of July to the second week of August. 


Therefore, the dog days of summer only refer to the last part of the summer, not the whole season. But why dogs? Well it actually has a little something to do with astronomy. 


You might have heard of a constellation named Orion, often referred to as "The Hunter." Orion is a prominent constellation visible throughout the world. Nearby is the constellation Canis Major, which is Latin for "greater dog." According to constellation lore, Canis Major is one of Orion's hunting dogs.


Located in Canis Major is a star named Sirius (not to be confused with XM), which is also called the "Dog Star." With the exception of our sun, Sirius is the brightest star visible from Earth. The brilliant, blue-white star's name comes from the Greek word for "searing."


Because Sirius is so bright, it was easy to track even for early astronomers. During April and early May, Sirius was visible in the southwest after sunset. But by mid-summer, Sirius would rise and fall with the sun and get lost in the daytime light. 

However, the ancients knew that the "Dog Star" was still there, up in the sky with the sun during the hottest time of the year. They reasoned that since Sirius was so bright and up there with the sun, it must be adding to the heat to produce the hottest time of the year.

New Hot Haut Vosges Bars
They sure look like winning combos!
Vosges Cherry Coconut Caramel
Vosges Haut-Chocolat's intriguing chocolate creations are made with the finest ingredients from around the world, and Village Candy has their two newest offerings. First is the Coconut Caramel & Tart Cherry Bar. This one tastes like heaven (if heaven was edible)! Rich, dark chocolate pairs exquisitely well with tart cherry, reminiscent of the famed German Black Forest chocolate cake. With each bite, the chocolate casing reveals a luscious coconut-infused caramel studded with bits of pecans and Michigan tart cherries.
Vosges Cinnamon Sugar Bacon Bar

Then there's this new addition to the Mo's Bacon Bar lineup. Vosges was one of the first chocolatiers to think outside the boxed chocolate and pair a breakfast meat with fine chocolate, and now they're taking it to another level. They take sulfite-free hickory smoked bacon baked in small batches, and then hand chop it into fine nibbles. And the cinnamon sugar perfectly complements the sweetness of this darker (62% cacao) chocolate bar.
Mini Taza Bars
Tazitos Are Little But Mighty
Taza Chocolate Tazitos
These Taza Chocolate Tazitos are convenient grab-and-go minibars that are made of stone ground, organic dark chocolate paired with crispy brown rice. They come in five flavors, including Almond Crunch with fresh toasted organic almonds, Coconut Crunch with organic coconut, Hazelnut Crunch with fresh roasted organic hazelnuts, and Peanut Crunch with fresh roasted organic peanuts and a sprinkle of salt.
And of course Village Candy always offers all the Taza original bars and discs. Taza stone grinds organic cacao beans into perfectly unrefined, minimally processed chocolate with bold flavor and texture, seriously unlike any other chocolate.
A Short Break 
Back After Break
Village Candy will be closed from Tuesday, July 22 through Saturday July 26. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, July 29. We apologize for any inconvenience. 
Chiller Theater
A report on all things sodarific: what's new in the fridge, tastings and interesting tidbits from the world of bottled effervescence.   

Swamp Pop

This month's featured sodas come from the deep south. Known around South Louisiana as a genre of music made famous by the likes of Cookie and the Cupcakes, Bobby Charles and Johnnie Allan, Swamp Pop is now available in glass bottles, in four flavors, all with Louisiana cane sugar.

First there's Noble Cane Cola, a traditional herbal cola enhanced with subtle flavors of plump figs - a delicious southern twist on an age-old favorite. Satsuma Fizz is named after the sweet, aromatic citrus fruit available in back yards all over Acadiana (the official name given to the French Louisiana region home to a large French-speaking population). Praline Cream combines the warm brown sugar, toasty butter and pecan flavors of the creole confection with a traditional Cream Soda recipe to create a whole new delicious way to beat the Louisiana heat. Jean Lafitte Ginger Ale blends the refreshing flavor of cool cucumbers with a spicy Ginger nod to Jean Lafitte's southernly travels through Caribbean waters. All of these are 
available in Village Candy's cooler, ready to take the sweat out of any heat wave.
And One More Thing...
Son of Candy Alphabet
OINKS, this one's easy! You definitely shouldn't need any online assistance for this answer.
Send your guess in an email to
All the correct entries will be placed in a Dubble Bubble bucket, and a winning entry will be drawn by some certified anonymous person and published in our very next newsletter.
Chunky Bar
Last Alphabet's correct answer was Chunky, and was submitted by Mike Carelli. Your prize will be waiting for you - just make sure you pick it up before the end of the month, otherwise you might find bite marks in it. Just sayin'...

Nestle Chunky is known for its trapezoidal shape and consists of milk chocolate, California raisins and roasted peanuts. It was introduced in the late 30s by New York City candy maker Philip Silvershein. Looking for a name for his candy bar, then made with cashews, chocolate, raisins and Brazil nuts, he decided on Chunky, the nickname of his "chunky" granddaughter.


Rumor has it that the original shape of the candy was a pyramid, but after packaging difficulties developed, the top was cut off, creating the candy's distinctive shape that remains to this day.


Silvershein, a friend of William Wrigley Jr., originally had his Chunky bars distributed by the Wrigley Gum Company.


In the 50s, a Chunky could be purchased for five cents, with a smaller version, the Chunky Cutie, available for two cents.

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.