A Jumpstart to May

Posted on 04/29/2018 by admin   | No Comments

We can’t believe tomorrow is the first day of May and April is already behind us! Time flies when you’re having fun, and boy, did we have a lot of fun this past month! From celebrating our graduates and a bunch of candy holidays, and even a music video in the mix (details coming soon!) the team here has been busy, but we’re so excited for warm weather and for what’s to come. That’s why we wanted to give you a jumpstart to the happenings here at Suzi’s for the month of May, and get you prepared for the sunny month just as much as we are!

To start off the month, we have a week dedicated to both teachers and nurses, some of the most hardworking people we know! National Nurses Week begins on May 6th and ends on May 12th. It features a host of events across the U.S. to honor nurses for the work they do, and educates the public about nurses role in health care. Teacher Appreciation week is from May 7-11, with Teacher Day being on Tuesday, May 8th. Both the week and the day celebrate teachers and the work they do for education and society. Do you have a special or favorite nurse or teacher in your life? Shop online or stop in the shoppe and grab a treat to show them how much you care! For nurses, we have our Nurse Set, with medical tools made out of milk, dark, or white chocolate, and for teachers we have options like our Teacher Lollipop, a milk, white, or dark chocolate chalkboard outlined in sprinkles, our School Bus Box, with a chocolate school bus and two of our favorite chocolate covered pretzels, and much more!

With more celebrations in order, Sunday, May 13th is all about mom on Mother’s Day. No matter how old you are, you can appreciate all the things Mom has done for you everyday, but especially today. There’s nothing your favorite hardworking lady can’t do, so to show her how much you care with some of her favorite sweets! (Because what mom doesn’t love some chocolate?) Having four children and 11 grandchildren of my own, I can vouch for that! We love moms at Suzi’s, which is why we’ve whipped up so many options for them, from truffles to berries. Some of our favorites include our MOM set, in milk, dark, or white chocolate, our I Love You record, made with milk chocolate (but can be made with white or dark if you allow us extra time!), and our famous Chocolate Covered Strawberries, made in an assortment of chocolates, and, if you’d like, an assortment of toppings, in boxes of 6 or 12. These are only available for in store pick-up, as strawberries are perishable!

Don’t miss out! Order online and pick up in store to skip the line, or, stop in a grab some sweet treats for all the awesome nurses, teachers, and moms in your life, today!


April National Holidays

Posted on 04/04/2018 by admin   | No Comments

April is finally here! And though it may not feel like it just yet, it’s officially springtime. We may have had a strange start, with Easter being so early in the season, and having to fight through a few cold weather days, but luckily, there’s still a lot of fun and exciting things coming up for the month. We compiled a list of national holidays to celebrate throughout the month of April, even if the celebration means just grabbing a little something sweet for yourself. We never need an excuse for a treat, and now, neither do you.

April 10th – National Golfers Day 

Have a golfer in your life, or love the game yourself? This is your day to celebrate! Even if you can’t get out on the green today, you can grab our golf bag and balls, complete with a dark or milk chocolate bag, and white chocolate golf balls. Or, you can make everything the same flavor of your favorite chocolate! You can lose a round, but you can’t lose with this.

 

April 12th – National Licorice Day

A whole day to celebrate your favorite old school classic candy? We’re not complaining! We prefer our licorice strawberry flavored and chocolate dipped by hand, in either milk or dark chocolate. And, because we (or anyone we know) can’t just have one, we sell ours in packs of 3.

 

 

April 21st – National Chocolate Covered Cashew Day 

We don’t know about you, but our favorite way to eat cashews is covered in chocolate. (We feel that way about a lot of things, though). If you agree, you’re in luck, in the form of our cashew bark. All you have to do is decide whether you want to mix them together in milk, dark, or white chocolate! A tough choice, we agree.

 

April 22nd – National Jelly Bean Day

Chocolate is our thing, but you know we’re big fans of all kinds of candy. That includes another classic favorite – jelly beans! Ours are fat free, gluten free, nut free, and kosher, so you don’t have to feel bad about ordering or stopping in the shop and grabbing the bigger bag.

 

 

 

April 25th – Administrative Professionals Day

What a better way to say ‘thank you’ to the people who keep your business running smoothly than with a basket of chocolate? We have multiple options for corporate gift ideas, including this basket! But order soon, the month will come and go before you know it!

 

April 26th – National Chocolate Covered Pretzel Day 

It’s almost like they saved one of our favorites for last. We don’t ever need an excuse to indulge in our favorite chocolate covered pretzel, but if you need one, here it is! From big to small, from baskets to rods, we have all the selection you could want.

 

 

If any of these treats are calling your name, we invite you to celebrate on their national day with us. Or, why wait? Stop in the shop or shop our website for all of these and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

Posted on 03/25/2018 by admin   | No Comments

mom and pop business owners dayAccording to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are more than 27 million small businesses in the United States. There is something wonderful about shopping at and supporting local business, especially at a mom and pop shop like Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe. You just can’t beat the personal, friendly service and the quality of the merchandise you buy from mom and pop stores. Plus, there isn’t anything quite like walking into a shop and somehow feeling welcome, like you just came home or to grandma’s house. While it’s hard to compete with larger, “big-box” stores, small, family owned businesses will always have a place in our neighborhoods, and we’re living proof!

For myself and my husband, Stan, the chocolate business hasn’t always been easy, but it’s always been something that’s been apart of us. We have been married for 28 years, and if can you imagine – we actually met in a candy store! I have been working in candy shops since I was a freshman in high school, and through the trials of multiple full time jobs for the both of us, I never forgot my dream of owning my own one day. When I finally got the chance to open my own store, I jumped on it, knowing that Stan and I both knew the ins and outs of the chocolate business. The start came with many ups and downs (and even a location change!), but the shoppe has been opened since November 1998, and I have loved every day since. 4 children and 11 grandchildren later, we base our work around love and family, and have found that if you’re doing what you’re truly passionate about, most days don’t seem like a job at all!

National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day is March 29th and it is a day meant to celebrate and honor small business owners. We at Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe are proud and honored to be part of this small niche of people that make up mom and pop shops. We appreciate our customers for allowing us to continue serving our community with a smile, and of course, chocolate! Part of being a small business means that we care about our customers in a way that big department stores and chains never can. We know many of our customers by name, and are always happy to help them make selections or create the perfect gift. We value everything that we put into our chocolates and candies, because those are the things that make you smile. That’s why for the last 20 years, Stan and I have been making our chocolate in store from the highest quality and freshest ingredients. That makes our chocolate just a little more special, and of course, tasty!

We love to see your smiling faces and making your taste buds happy! Help us and other small businesses like ours celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day by stopping by our store or shop online and treat yourself to something local!


Easter and Passover Gift Guide

Posted on 03/21/2018 by admin   | No Comments

Easter and Passover are right around the corner, with both holidays falling very early on their seasonal calendars. (Passover is next Friday, March 30th – Saturday, April 7th and Easter is Sunday, April 1st). With time flying and the holidays approaching fast, now is the perfect time to stock up on some of your kids favorite chocolates and treats, and grab a little something for yourself as well.

Thinking back to childhood, there wasn’t a better Easter gift than getting one of those large chocolate bunnies to bite into (but feeling a little bad about taking off an ear!), or grabbing a handful of colorful jellybeans or mini chocolate eggs. Luckily, we have a large assortment of goodies to choose from to upgrade your Easter baskets or Passover treats, or to put out as place settings for the family.

For the classic chocolate lovers, we have a large selection. Some of our favorites include homemade hollow eggs and baskets, made with milk or dark chocolate and filled with jelly beans and even more chocolate, in the form of foiled eggs. Because these are hollow, we don’t want them to break during shipping, so they are only available for pick up in store. If you’re a little far from the store but are still craving some of the shops sweets, we have milk or dark chocolate marshmallow eggs, or Easter-themed lollipops created in milk, dark, or white chocolate. Another stand out is our filled Easter eggs, in your choice of chewy coconut or creamy peanut butter. We also have the quintessential Easter treat – peeps! Ours are dipped in either white, dark, or milk chocolate and come in rows of five.

For Passover treats, we have something special. Our Passover lollipops, are circular and come in milk chocolate, with the saying “Happy Passover” on each. We also have classic Jelly Beans, which are assorted fruit flavored, fat and gluten-free, Kosher, and come in 1lb bags and 1/2lb bags. The perfect little treat to leave around on tables, or to hand out to the kids after dinner! No matter what holiday you may celebrate, we wish you a happy and healthy one, from our family to yours!


Is Chocolate Really an Aphrodisiac?

Posted on 02/07/2018 by admin   | No Comments

chocolate aphrodisiacWe already know that there are many health benefits of chocolate, with recent studies proving both dark and milk chocolate, in moderation, can actually be good for you. There are also some other benefits of chocolate that are  not as commonly known, one of them being the “myth” that chocolate is an aphrodisiac. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we wanted to explore this so we decided to do some “Googling”. Here are some interesting tidbits we found in our quest to learn the truth about chocolate and aphrodisiacs.

According to an article in Cosmopolitan magazine, 17 Aprodisiac Foods that Can Affect Your Sex Drive, chocolate is listed as number 6, with Dr. Dianne Hoppe, the medical resource for the article, detailing that the phenyl ethylamine (PEA) in chocolate is a stimulant that elicits excitement and a sense of well-being. In addition to the natural caffeine, the doctor recommends choosing dark chocolate for the heart health benefits as well.

So what is PEA?  According to Wikipedia, it’s an organic compound, natural monamine alkaloid, and trace amine which acts as a central nervous system stimulant in humans. It’s also found in many other organisms and foods, chocolate being one of them. Another source states that it is a trace amine and influencer of many of the “happy hormones” such as dopamine and serotonin, which are two of the neurotransmitters responsible for your happiness. Being happy could definitely lead to “being in the mood” for love, couldn’t it?

Another article on WebMD.com suggests that even though there is no food that truly stimulates sexual desire, the mere suggestion of it can stimulate the love senses and put you “in the mood”! The article even outlines how the Aztecs believed chocolate was a powerful aphrodisiac. The article goes on to suggest that although we do not absorb enough of the PEA to actually affect our emotions, the taste and texture of chocolate is what feels sexy.

Back to the article in Cosmo, another food on the list of 17 are strawberries! The article states that according to legend “strawberries originated from the heart-shaped tears of Aphrodite after she learned of her lover, Adonis’s death”. Dr. Hoppe explains that the fruit is high in Vitamin C, which is important for the production of sex hormones and chemical neurotransmitters in the brain to increase libido. Wow!

What does all this mean for Valentine’s Day? According to our research on Google, pairing strawberries with chocolate could definitely be a powerful aphrodisiac. Our suggestion is to place your order now for our Chocolate Covered Strawberries so that you can present your lover with a combination that is sure to stoke the fires this Valentine’s Day. Even if the food is not an actual aphrodisiac, we know this gift will light the love in your Valentine! And, don’t fight the crowds, just place your order online by Monday, February 12th, give us the time you want to pick them up, and skip the lines on Valentine’s Day!


How You Can Get Healthier AND Eat Your Chocolate!

Posted on 01/11/2018 by admin   | No Comments

If your New Year’s resolution is to focus on your health, you probably think you have to give up all your favorite treats, like chocolate. We would like to share some very good reasons why you may not have to put down the chocolate quite yet!  It’s been proven that there are actually several health benefits to eating chocolate. And we aren’t just talking about dark chocolate here. Research is now finding that all types of the rich, decedent, creamy, treat may have health benefits. Of course, as always, the recommendation is to enjoy in moderation, and as with any food, too much is never a good thing. BUT there are some seriously good reasons to eat just a bit of chocolate every now and then.

First, chocolate can lower your chances of heart disease and stroke. According to a study done by the University of Aberdeen School of Medicine and Dentistry in Scotland, 100 grams of chocolate, which is about two bags of M&M’s or two chocolate bars, a day can lower your risk for heart disease and stroke. The study was reported on by the Huffington Post, and concluded that people who ate chocolate regularly were 11% less likely to develop heart disease, and 23% less likely to suffer a stroke. So, break out the nightly chocolate and glass of red wine, because science says they’re healthy.

Next, we found that chocolate can lower blood pressure. Chocolate contains flavonols, which are naturally occurring compounds within chocolate. These have been suggested by some studies, such as the one noted above by the University of Aberdeen School of Medicine and Dentistry, to affect blood by making platelets less sticky and improving blood flow to the brain. This means that blood can circulate better and ultimately affect blood pressure as well. There are less flavonols in milk chocolate than in dark chocolate, but the benefits are still there.

Research also show that chocolate can slow signs of aging. According to studies done by Cornell University in New York, chocolate can reduce signs of aging. This is due to one of the antioxidants that is naturally occurring in chocolate, epicatechin. This actually affects the brain and has been shown to reduce the risk of dementia. Other antioxidants also reduce the risk of arthritis and can ease the pain of arthritis.

Did you know chocolate can help fight the common cold? Antioxidants, got to love those little guys, in chocolate can fight the common cold, or at least help. Phenolics, was found to help ease symptoms of the common cold and help boost the immune system. Between this, and chocolates ability to help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, what more could you need?

In moderation, chocolate can be healthy and provide some serious health benefits, so it’s okay to satisfy your craving once in a while, without breaking your New Year’s resolution! If you want to reap the benefits of chocolate, Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe can help! All our chocolate is home-made, so it’s always fresh. And we can make custom orders of dark, milk, or white with all your favorite combinations, like chocolate covered pretzels, hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries, or assorted chocolates with nuts and fillings. Visit our new website for all your chocolate needs, or you can stop by our shoppe in Middletown! After all, it’s good for your health!


Corporate Gift Giving Guide

Posted on 12/01/2017 by Suzi   | No Comments

corporate holiday giftsWith the holidays just around the corner it is definitely time to start shopping, and that includes your clients. This is a great time of year to show just how much you appreciate the business that your clients give you. Plus, sending your clients a little something sweet is a great way to remind them of the relationship you’ve built with them and why they choose to work with you. At Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe we specialize in corporate gift giving, and because we are certified gift basket designers, we always know exactly what to send to your clients. Here are our suggestions for corporate gift giving this holiday season.

For long term clients that you have done business with for years, we recommend something a little on the bigger side. They have been clients for years, and that means they’ve given you a lot of business, so make sure what you send them conveys just how much you appreciate this. Why not send an Excelsior Treasure Box?  This is our ultimate gift, with nine pounds of fresh, homemade, hand dipped chocolate, it is the gift of the season. It includes 7 boxes filled with your choice of chocolate cover pretzels, chocolate covered Oreos, fancy truffles, chocolate covered graham crackers, almond bark, chocolate covered cherries, and Non Pareils. It also has a little brother, the Excelsior Jr., that comes with six boxes, and is a little lighter on the chocolate, but not by much!

As for clients that have been around for a hot minute, but not quite since the beginning, we recommend something like the Elegante Treasure Box. This decadent box set comes with four pounds of our homemade chocolate and treats. With both dark and milk chocolate, this treasure box is sure to be a show stopper with your clients. You might also consider sending the Sumptuous Treasure Box. It is a three piece set with two pounds of chocolate. Plus with this option you get the choice of sending either milk or dark chocolate.

Newer clients deserve some love too! And we have just the thing: the Sweet N’ Simple Treasure Box! This wonderful treat comes with hand dipped chocolate covered pretzels and an assortment of milk and dark chocolates. It’s great for newer clients, or clients with smaller offices. It’s just enough for everyone to have a little something sweet and show your appreciation.

Another option for your clients is a Custom Corporate Gift Basket. This option lets you send promotional materials, custom chocolates with your logo and contact information, and still spread some holiday cheer! It is sure to stand out in any client office, and bring a smile to everyone’s face.

The holidays are a time for giving and showing appreciation, especially to your best clients! At Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe we can work with you for all of your gift giving needs, all you need to do is tell us your budget, give us your list, and we’ll take care of the rest. Contact Us today to get started on your corporate gift giving!


Coffee and Chocolate Forever 2.0

Posted on 09/28/2017 by Suzi   | No Comments

coffee & chocolateThere are some pairings that just work. Abbot and Castello, Lucy & Ricky, Sonny and Cher, and this holds true with food. We all have our favorite pairings and for us at Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe its chocolate and coffee. Chocolate and coffee are one of those classic pairings that is perfect for a dinner party or brunch.  Here are some of our favorite ways to pair these two favorites!

The Sweet and Salty. Mocha is a sweet coffee flavor, and with just the right chocolate, it can make the perfect sweet and salty combination. Since Mocha is made with espresso beans, hot milk, and either milk or dark chocolate added to it for sweetness, you’ll be doubling down with the chocolate for this flavor combination. Due to the sweetness of the mocha, we recommend salted caramel chocolates, chocolate covered pretzels, or for a fun night in watching movies, try a mocha coffee and chocolate covered potato chips. The sky is the limit with the sweet and salty combination, and it really is the culmination of all your food craving dreams.

The Opposites Attract. Certain flavor combinations seem so wrong, but are oh so right. Think fried eggs on burgers or avocado and goat cheese, or dare we say it, pineapple on pizza. That is exactly what white chocolate and an Americano are. The sweetness and subtle flavors of the white chocolate combined with the full-body, richer taste of the Americano coffee are a perfect complement to each other. We recommend white chocolate truffles with an Americano to really bring an interesting sensation to your palate.

The Straight Up Combo. If you need a little extra oomph in the morning, there is no shame in mixing your morning cup of joe with some delicious chocolate. Simply choose your chocolate flavor, a bar works fine, and poor some hot coffee right over a few pieces. The chocolate will melt creating a sweeter and more robust coffee. Dark chocolate is perfect for a mellow morning, whereas milk chocolate is the thing for the mid-afternoon pick me up.

We love coffee and we love chocolate, so combining the two makes for double the love! Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe has everything you need to create these wonderful and classic chocolate and coffee pairings. So stop in for recommendations, or to try something sweet today! You can also shop online right on our website.


Need to Apologize? No problem!

Posted on 08/22/2017 by Suzi   | No Comments

suzis sweet shoppe homemade chocolate and fudge NJLet’s face it, we are all human, and that means that we can’t be expected to be perfect all the time. To never say the wrong thing at the wrong time or to upset someone else; messing up is part of being human. For as Alexander Pope said in “Essay on Criticism”: “to err is human”. Which is why the Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe crew will be celebrating Kiss and Make Up Day on August 25th, and in honor of this day we thought we’d give you some sweet ideas for an apology.

For the special lady/man in your life: Sending flowers is cliché, and jewelry is overdone. Cologne doesn’t really express your feelings, and there are only so many different power tools in the world. Sometimes apologizing to your SO is the hardest apology of all; what thing can really sum up “I’m sorry and I love you?”, and truly express how deeply you mean it? That is why you should think out of the box. Maybe make them a special dinner that you only cook once in a while, or take them to their favorite restaurant, or even do an activity you know they’ll enjoy, even if you aren’t in to it. Whatever you decide to do, you might even want to end the day or meal with a sweet treat, and there is nothing better than enjoying some chocolate covered strawberries with the one you love. They are romantic and subtle, perfect for apologizing to your SO.

For your parent/grandparent: Just because they are your parents, or grandparents, doesn’t mean you never fight, or have a reason to apologize, and sometimes words just aren’t enough. Sure cards are nice, but anyone can pick a card out at the store, and half of the time there is never a perfect card that really conveys your feelings. In this instance why not get them their favorite treat? It lets them know that you were thinking about them and do feel sorry for whatever you need to apologize for. And there are lots of great treats in the shop! Maybe your dad is really a fan of something sweet and salty, so why not pick him up some chocolate covered pretzels? Or maybe your mom really loves anything chocolate, so why not pick up some fudge for her to try? There are many ways to “kiss and make up”, but when you’re trying to apologize to a parent, a sweet treat might be just what you need to break the ice.

For your sibling: Siblings fight, no matter how old they are. It comes with the territory of being siblings, but as any brother or sister knows, that doesn’t mean you’re except from apologizing. If anything you want to “kiss and make up” with this person more than just about anyone else, because who else has been your partner in crime since birth? Siblings are a special case, and sometimes being the one to take the first step in “kissing and making up” is hard, which is why you should make a day of it. Take your sibling out on the town or out to lunch or just something fun that the both of you enjoy. Maybe go golfing or have a spa day, whatever it is you like to do together, do it! It will certainly help in the way of an apology, and you both get to have fun! And maybe you end the day munching on some chocolate covered Oreos or Mallow Mars, just to give you a sense of nostalgia.

We all have had to kiss and make up with someone before, and here at Suzi’s we got your back! With everything from chocolate covered strawberries to homemade fudge, we know the perfect way to say “I’m sorry”. So stop into the store for Kiss and Make Up Day on August 25th or order online, no worries, we’ll help you find the perfect way to kiss and make up.


National Rum Day is August 16th! Have You Had Your Rum and Chocolate?

Posted on 08/11/2017 by Suzi   | No Comments

rum cordials suzi's sweet shoppe Chocolate is one of those amazing treats, not only because of its sweetness and variety of flavors, but because it can be paired with so many other delicious things. From chocolate and pretzels, which give that perfect sweet and salty combo, to chocolate and wine, chocolate makes a great addition to many treats. And rum is no exception. Rum and chocolate go together like peanut butter and jelly, or milkshakes and fries. They just work. Not only can they be made into delicious treats, like cordials or rum candies, but rum and chocolate also make for a great tasting experience.

Because of chocolate’s sweet silky textures and flavors, it is the perfect pairing with rum’s sugar cane base. That being said, there is a trick to pairing rum and chocolate. Older, better quality rums should be paired with chocolates with a higher cocoa percentage, like dark chocolates. Younger rum should be paired with sweeter and milkier chocolate, like milk chocolates. Another factor to think about when pairing your rum with chocolate is the barrels that the rum was aged in. Different types of barrels will give a different flavor, and this could greatly affect the type of chocolate you choose to pair your rum with. Most distilleries will include this information either online or even on the bottle. For different notes of flavor, you can also try pairing spiced and white rums with chocolate to give a different flavor combination. For example a spiced rum with a higher cacao percentage chocolate will complement the rum and bring out the hints of cinnamon and caramel notes.

Regardless of what type of chocolate you prefer to pair your rum with, pairing chocolate with different foods and drinks is fun! And there are really no wrong pairings, it is all a matter of taste. However, for those of us who prefer to have our chocolate and rum in one convenient treat, there is the rum cordial. Made with homemade milk chocolate and filled with a rum liquor center, rum cordials are the perfect rum/chocolate pairing. They are dessert and a night cap rolled into one tasty treat. So, in honor of Rum Day on August 16th stop in the shop for some of these tasty treats. You’ll be sure to make Captain Jake Sparrow Jealous!