How to Maximize the Last Days of Summer

Posted on 08/18/2016 by admin   | No Comments

things to do in middletown njWell it is that time of year again. Back to school. This can be both a joyous and sad time of year, summer is coming to an end, the kiddos have to go back to school, and there still feels like so much you want to do this summer. Here at Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe we understand the end of summer and start of school rush, so from our family to yours here are some of our favorite day trips and activities for the last days of summer.

Enjoy the Beach One Last Time

This one might seem kind of obvious, especially if you’ve been hitting the beach all summer, but hear us out. That last week of August and the first week of September are golden beach times. The tourists are dwindling down, so the beaches feel almost empty, and all of the fun boardwalk activities are still in full swing, so take advantage of some summer sun and cool ocean breezes, tourist free.

The Monmouth Museum is Hands-On for Kids

Located on the Brookdale Campus on Newman Springs Rd. in Lincroft, NJ, the Monmouth Museum is a great place to take the kids, because it is a museum designed for kids! With fun and interactive displays the Monmouth Museum inspires kids to learn about their world, create crafts from recyclable materials, and even has a play area! This is a great place to go on those scorching August days or even when it’s too rainy to be outside.

Play with Penguins at Jenkinson’s Aquarium

Located on the Point Pleasant Boardwalk, Jenkinson’s is fun for kids of all ages. With sharks, seals, and of course clown fish like Nemo, it’s a great way to entertain the kids. Plus there is even a touch tank where the kids can get a little more hands on with some of the sea life, such as urchins and star fish.

Hit Up Some Local Parks

There are so many awesome parks located around Middletown, so why not hit them up for some hiking? Bicentennial Park features some great hiking whereas parks like Applebrook and Bodman feature soccer fields, restrooms and playgrounds. It all depends on what you are looking for. You can even explore several parks throughout the week, sort of like a Park Crawl event! The point is to soak up some summer sun with the kids, before the school year starts.

Smell the Sweetness at Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe

Suzi’s is a great place to stop in, relax and grab yourself and the kids a sweet treat, especially if you’ve been out all day back to school shopping. Nothing can brighten the mood better than chocolate! So make sure to treat yourself and the kids to something sweet to ease the pain of going back to school. Might we suggest some chocolate covered Oreos, pretzels or our version of the Mallowmar, Daddy’s Favorite?

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Going back to school doesn’t have to be all back to school shopping, pencils, notebooks and last minute summer reading, it can be just as fun and eventful as the beginning of summer! So embrace the last few days of summer vacation and hit up some of these great Jersey Shore hot spots! And if you can’t make it in to the shoppe for a sweet treat, you can always place your order online!

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Suzi’s Guide to All Occasion Gift Giving

Posted on 07/25/2016 by admin   | No Comments

gift baskets and party plattersGifting is something that isn’t just for the holidays, sometimes it’s nice to send a little thank you gift, or maybe you’re attending a summer barbeque and don’t want to show up empty handed. But what do you bring? And when is it appropriate to? Never fear! Because we are here to give you a definitive guide to help answer these gift giving conundrums.

  1. The Thank You. Sometimes people just go the extra mile for you, and in those situations it can be really difficult to thank them properly. You feel like a card just isn’t enough, but at the same time you don’t want to make what might be a professional relationship or a working relationship weird. Don’t worry because there are some gifts, like for teachers or the stellar concierge, which feel personal, but don’t blur that relationship. Food is a good way to go here, like a chocolate platter, it doesn’t have to be big or expensive, just something to say thank you for all the hard work you do or maybe thank you for being there as a friend.
  2. The Summer Bar-be-que. If you’re like us, then we understand your plight with dinner parties and bar-be-ques. Everyone always says you don’t have to bring anything, but you hate showing up empty handed, like it will somehow insult your hosts. This is another one of those situations where is it okay to show up with some type of dessert or maybe a side dish. Again, nothing fancy is necessary, the point is that you are showing your appreciation for being included.
  3. The Just Because. Ever be out and about and you see something that reminds you of someone? Either a friend or a family member and you just think, “oh this would be perfect for them”? Well sometimes it’s just nice to pick something up just because. You don’t always have to have a reason for getting someone a gift. They could have just been on your mind.
  4. The Business Savvy. It is really difficult to stay fresh and relevant in today’s fast moving world, with people catching Pokémon on their cell phones and everyone going a million miles an hour all the time. It’s important for businesses to stay savvy in this tech world, and to let their clients know they appreciate their business. One way to do this is to send a little care package of sorts to your clients. It lets your clients know that you appreciate their business, but it also serves as a calling card, a reminder that you have a working relationship that you are invested in from a business standpoint.
  5. The Anniversary. People have anniversaries all the time, but these can be applied to businesses as well. Maybe you have been working with a client for five, ten, fifteen, or twenty years now, why not send a gift as a thank you for so many years of business? It’s a great way to acknowledge your professional relationship with your client and show your appreciation.

Now for the biggest conundrum of them all: what do you bring or in some cases, gift? Especially in a more professional relationship it can be hard to find a meaningful, but yet not too personal of a gift. The best way to avoid this hiccup? Gift food! Offices love getting platters of chocolate assortments with chocolate covered cookies, pretzels, and fudge. It is a great way to boost morale, and be remembered. On a more personal relationship level, gifting/bringing food is something everyone can enjoy. Chocolate is a great idea in this instance, because who doesn’t love chocolate? Plus it is easy to get a gift basket, or an assortment of treats to suit all of your needs, especially at Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe. So check out our website today.

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Daddy’s Favorite May Be Sweeter Than You Think

Posted on 06/27/2016 by admin   | No Comments

daddys favorite mallomars suzis sweet shoppe chocolate njOne word can send most of the people in the New York/New Jersey area into a tail spin. That word is not porkroll, it’s Mallomars! Believe it or not, this popular cookie got its start in Hoboken, New Jersey under the name Marshmallow Crème. The Marshmallow Crème was so popular that Nabisco, the inventors of the vanilla wafer and marshmallow fluff covered in chocolate cookie, decided to package them for larger retail sales. So in Hoboken at a little grocery store, Nabisco, which still packages and sells the popular cookie even today, began selling Mallomars by the box in 1913. So what’s the big deal then? Why do so many people go crazy for these little cookies? Well, originally Mallomars were sold only from September through March. This was because before sophisticated refrigeration, the thin outer chocolate shell would melt in the warmer summer months. Today Nabisco upholds the tradition of selling their version of Mallomars from September through March, despite advances in refrigeration, and for this reason people anticipate the time when these little cookies return to the shelves. In addition, 70% of all Mallomars are sold in the North East, specifically the New York/ New Jersey area, which makes them as regional as New Jersey’s famous porkroll! It also explains why people have been known to hoard them, and if you’re Tony Soprano from HBO’s popular drama The Sopranos, threaten to kill for them.

mallomars by suzis sweet shoppe middletown nj chocolate shopFortunately, for those of you not local to the birthplace of Mallomars, you can stop hoarding this fantastic little treat. Why? Because there is a place where you can find an amazing version of Mallomars all year round. At Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe in Middletown, New Jersey, we specialize in our own version of Mallomars, and we call it “Daddy’s Favorite”. The name comes from Suzi’s father and his love of Mallomars. He used to indulge in these little treats all the time, and could eat them by the bag. So as a loving tribute to her father, Suzi, makes her own version of this classic cookie. At Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe, we have some options for our Mallomars. We offer the traditional version with our own homemade chocolate which covers the cookie and marshmallow. We also offer an elevated version featuring a little caramel and coconut to bring new levels of flavor to this over 100-year-old treat. The cookie starts with the classic vanilla wafer cookie as the base, topped with marshmallow fluff, a drizzle of caramel and some coconut for sweetness. Covering the whole decadent treat is Suzi’s homemade chocolate. You can purchase these amazing cookies covered in either milk or dark chocolate in store and on our website. So what are you waiting for? Stop hoarding the Mallomars and enjoy them year round with Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe!

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Fun Facts Everyone Should Know About Chocolate!

Posted on 06/13/2016 by admin   | No Comments

chocolate covered pretzelsIt’s the treat we all know and love: chocolate. With its creamy texture and delicious taste, chocolate is loved by millions. So in honor of this sweet treat here are ten surprising facts about chocolate.

  1. According to Smithsonian Magazine, our English word “chocolate” actually comes from an Aztec word “xocoatl”. This word linkage is thanks to the Aztecs being the first people to use cacao beans to make a chocolate drink, this drink was called xocoatl by the Aztecs.
  2. To the Aztecs chocolate was a sacred mixture in their culture and was even said to be the food of the gods. By drinking what researchers believe to be a more bitter tasting drink, the Aztecs were calling upon the power of the divine.
  3. Speaking of the Aztecs, current research and archaeology is contesting the fact that the Aztecs were the first people in Central America to make use of the cacao beans around them to make chocolate. Archaeologists have used different scientific methods to determine that pots dating back to the Olmec actually contain chocolate residue. This type of study has also been successful in identifying chocolate in Pueblo pots, suggesting that chocolate would have been traded from Central American to the American Southwest some 800 years ago.
  4. It was not until the Central American xocoatl drink was popular in Europe that a man named Joseph Fry came along and in 1847 created the first chocolate bar. So next time you sink your teeth into all that Chocolatey goodness remember to thank Joseph Fry for realizing that a little bit of butter, sugar and some high heat could mold chocolate into convenient bar form.
  5. During the American Civil War chocolate was so valuable that it was included in rations as a form of payment to the soldiers, and though this fact might be old, it is a testament to the now $4 billion dollar chocolate industry in America today. According to Smithsonian Magazine, the average American eats about half a pound of chocolate every month.
  6. Thank goodness dark chocolate has some proven health benefits, otherwise that half a pound of chocolate every month would be bad. Turns out, according to Medical News Today, dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants! Granted, the lower the sugar content and the higher the cacao content the more antioxidants there are. Basically, if the chocolate is dark or biitter, it’s super healthy.
  7. In the same vein of dark chocolate and health, dark chocolate has recently been proven to lower cholesterol, improve memory, and can lower your risk of heart disease. This doesn’t mean chocolate is the answer for everything, and certainly not large amounts of it every day, but a moderate amount of chocolate is good for the health as well as the soul.
  8. Chocolate has been a renowned aphrodisiac for centuries, and this old wives tale might just be true. Chocolate actually releases the chemical serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is the general feel good chemical that produced feelings of happiness. Turns out the same chemical is released during sex as well.
  9. Not completely sold on the benefits of chocolate? Well a recent study has concluded that chocolate can actually reduce stress levels. This is connected to the serotonin that the brain releases once the chocolate is consumed.
  10. Though this may not be directly connected to chocolate, it does relate to one of the biggest American chocolate tycoons, Milton Hershey. Hershey was in Europe on business in 1912 and was scheduled to be on the Titanic, but at the last minute his business plans changed and he missed the boat. Thank goodness for small miracles.

Not only does chocolate have an interesting history, but it is good for the mind, body, and soul. What more do you need to know? Well, we do more than just make our own chocolate in house! We provide wedding and party favors, corporate gift giving services, can ship anywhere in the country, and make the best chocolate covered pretzels around! Never miss another birthday, holiday, or opportunity to thank someone. You can place an order online and stop by the shoppe to pick up your order or contact us to place a custom order. Head on over to Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe and pick up some stress reducing, divine treats for yourself.

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Memorial Day Is Around the Corner!

Posted on 05/27/2016 by admin   | No Comments

hand dipped chocolate strawberriesIt’s almost here, the unofficial start of summer – Memorial Day!  It’s a time to remember those who have lost everything while protecting our freedom serving in our armed forces.  Originally, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day and commemorated the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War.  During the 20th century Memorial Day was extended to honor all Americans who have died while serving in the military.

And with our observance of those that have given so much to our country and the many parades and celebrations throughout our towns, it also brings about the holiday BBQ weekend.  There’s nothing like a summer kick-off BBQ to bring family and friends together over this holiday weekend!  If you are hosting the festivities, remember, a BBQ is supposed to be fun and laid back and often times there’s no need for a fancy menu.  If you keep with the essentials of hot dogs, burgers, potato salad, and a few delicious appetizers you can even add your own delicious twist on these classics to blow your guests away.

But for dessert don’t forget to be playful and have fun with it, create something red, white and blue to keep with the theme of the weekend.  Aside from the normal cupcakes, fruit salads and ice cream, why not try something different for dessert – like chocolate!  Give your guests something truly delicious, like a platter of chocolate hand-dipped fruits and pretzels.  These can be made with any kind of chocolate and decorated in all types of red white and blue accents to set the tone for your Memorial Day BBQ.  In addition, if you are looking for something to send home with your guests, why not try some flag shaped chocolate lollipops to show your patriotism! Or better yet, instead of baking a cake, try some other chocolatey goodness:

  1. From fruit to pretzels, marshmallows, nuts and even cookies, everyone loves the rich taste of their favorite snacks covered in chocolate. We can create custom platters, baskets or boxes that make great dessert buffets.
  2. Whether you are planning a backyard BBQ or are taking it to a park, beach or other off-site location, including delicious chocolates as part of the dessert options is a definite crowd pleaser. Platters of hand-dipped fruits and pretzels can add pizzazz to the dessert menu and can be easily kept in a cooler until ready to serve.
  3. It is always nice to send your guests home with a reminder of your party.  Chocolate lollipop favors are just the right size to take home and will give your guests a delicious treat to look forward to later.

Don’t forget to be playful and have fun with it, by creating something red, white and blue to keep with the theme of the weekend. In addition to party platters and lollipops, Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe specializes in all types of party favors, custom candies and corporate gift baskets.  We are now taking orders for all-occasion party platters , so contact us today for all your party and BBQ needs!

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Three Ways Chocolate Covered Pretzels Make People Happy

Posted on 04/14/2016 by admin   | No Comments

chocolate covered pretzelsIt’s not a coincidence that chocolate covered pretzels are a customer favorite. Who doesn’t love the combination of salty crunch with the creamy sweetness of delicious chocolate? It’s not the same when you buy the mass produced, prepackaged chocolate covered pretzels at a grocery store. We’re talking about the homemade, hand dipped and embellished kind. But why have these become such a gourmet craze all of a sudden? We think it’s the happiness factor. Seriously, chocolate covered pretzels make people happy. We watch them come in the shoppe every day and walk out smiling with their chocolate covered pretzels. So, here are three ways these little bundles of deliciousness make people happy!

Milk, Dark or White Chocolate

Everyone loves some type of chocolate. When you can walk in and grab a pretzel hand dipped in your favorite chocolate, suddenly the stress and worries of the world drip away. Pretzels can be dipped in milk, dark, or white chocolate so you can have what you want without settling for less. What’s not to be happy about?

It’s All About the Embellishments

In addition to getting the kind of chocolate you want, embellishments add another layer of flavor and texture that is simply undeniable. Whether it’s peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, M&M style candies, toffee bits, or sprinkles, the addition of something on top makes a chocolate covered pretzel even more tasty. The embellishments can also be used to theme your pretzels for a holiday or special occasion. So, when ordering for a special occasion be sure to ask about theming and colors.

They Make a Great Gift

Do you need to thank someone for an act of kindness, or have an unexpected event to celebrate? Don’t worry about what gift to give, just pick up some beautiful chocolate covered pretzels. If you are stopping by a customer’s office don’t pick up a box of donuts! Elevate your game and get some chocolate covered pretzels! If you or a loved one had a tough day, it’s time to treat yourself and them to a pretzel. Trust us, giving a gift this wonderful will make everyone happy, including you!

Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe has perfected the art of hand-dipping pretzels in their homemade chocolate. Our customers absolutely love our pretzels and order them as platters, in gifts, and even pick them up as a quick snack on the run. You can place an order online and pick it up the same day. Stop by the shoppe and pick up your pretzels or contact us to place a custom order. We love to make people happy with our chocolate covered pretzels, so be sure to sign up today for our monthly giveaway and you could win a free pound of assorted chocolate covered pretzels!

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Fudge, Glorious Fudge

Posted on 03/31/2016 by admin   | No Comments

homemade fudge in new jerseySoft, chocolatey goodness, that can sometimes be found in the famous candle shops of Pennsylvania, we are talking about fudge! But not the candle shop variety, no way! Real homemade, decadent to die for fudge. So when did this sweet treat get its start? Well, 1886 this American invention came on the scene when someone, it is not known who “fudged” a batch of caramel, hence the name fudge! In those days, caramel was a hot ticket item sold across the nation, Even Milton Hershey of the famous Hershey bar sold caramel for a brief time. Well after the accident with the caramel, a Baltimore, MD grocery store began producing and selling fudge at 40 cents a pound, from there it was noticed by a college student who decided the share the novel treat with her classmates. In a letter found at Vassar College written by Emelyn Hartridge, Emelyn is the student gushing about fudge and how fantastic the treat is to her fellow students.

By 1888 Emelyn needed more of the sweet treat from Baltimore and asked the grocery store for the recipe. From there fudge spread to other colleges, kind of like Facebook, and before anyone knew it, women’s colleges across the nation were perfecting their own fudge recipes for sale. So what better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than by digging into the sweet treat perfected by women’s colleges?

Today fudge has gone on to be an iconic feature in many a candle shop, candy store, and of course chocolate shop. With a multitude of flavors, from peanut butter to birthday cake and even watermelon, fudge has proven to be an American classic that has withstood the test of time. Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe specializes in these homemade delicious treats and offers a variety of flavors, from classic chocolate to seasonal flavors like watermelon, so there really is something for everyone. Stop by Suzi’s today and check out all the fudge, or place your order online and we’ll ship it right to you!

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It’s Spring & It’s Almost Time for Easter!

Posted on 03/21/2016 by admin   | No Comments

Easter candy in New Jersey“Here comes Peter Cottontail hopping down the bunny trail! Hippity-hoppity Easter’s on its way!” That’s right in just a few short days the Easter Bunny will be coming to town and spring has officially arrived! This year, the first official day of spring was Sunday, March 20th and just seven days later is Easter! Already the crocuses are sprouting up all over, the warm weather is fighting off the last bits of winter’s cold grip, and we are all ready for some sun. Naturally, we all also have one thing on our minds with Easter, those yummy Easter baskets. This year instead of hitting up the drug store at the last minute, why not do something special and get something sweet from Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe?

easter candy new jerseySuzi’s offers a variety of homemade Easter treats, even jelly beans. With hollowed out chocolate baskets and a variety of products, we really should all head down to Suzi’s this Easter. There are the classics: jelly beans, chocolate bunnies, hollow eggs filled with candy, and foil wrapped eggs, but Suzi’s also offers some out of the box options, like: chocolate covered peeps, marshmallow eggs covered in chocolate, chocolate Easter baskets, and chocolate lollipops, of course shaped like bunnies.

With so many cute and delicious options, who could refuse? You can even make your own Easter basket from the assortment of goodies Suzi’s has to offer. There’s still time to check out Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe for all your chocolate and candy needs this Easter!

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Good Things Come in Small Packages – Even Wedding Favors!

Posted on 02/16/2016 by admin   | No Comments

wedding and party favors monmouth county njYou’ve planned the wedding venue, said yes to a dress, dealt with the stress of a seating chart, and now all you have left are the wedding favors. But what do you give? You know you want it to be memorable, and definitely not the standard Jordan Almonds either, but what? Stop worrying and go with the latest wedding favor trend, which will certainly make your favors unforgettable. It’s chocolate! Rather than be the Pinterest fail (we’ve all been there) why not avoid the aggravation and wasted time and money on your wedding favors and go to a chocolate professional.

One of most popular products on the market right now are truffles. Coming in packages of two or four, these decadent milk and dark chocolate morsels will melt in your mouth. Both the milk and dark chocolate truffles come in an assortment of flavors, including Carmel Lava, Chocolate Velvet, Raspberry, and Wicked Dark. Both the two and four packs come in a lovely gold box with a clear lid and an option for a customizable ribbon, which is perfect for displaying your wedding date.  For something really unique, go for chocolate covered Oreos! These little bites of heaven are dressed to impress in white and milk chocolate, made to look like a wedding dress and tux (see the picture), it puts a whole new meaning to everyone’s favorite cookie. This same bride and groom design is also featured on pretzel rods and chocolate covered strawberries. Both of which are sure to leave your guests wanting more.

chocolate wedding favors new jerseyTo sweeten the deal, chocolate is naturally gluten free, making it perfect for all of your wedding favor needs. Chocolate does provide flexibility when thinking of guests with dietary restrictions. But what about your dairy free guests? Fun fact, dark chocolate can be gluten AND dairy free! Chocolate wedding favors are really the best way to make sure that your wedding favors are memorable.

Your guests will rave about that little something sweet for years to come, especially if it is from Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe. Suzi’s is a family owned, local store located in Middletown, New Jersey. Since opening in 1998, Suzi and her husband, Stan have been making high quality chocolates for over a decade. All of their chocolate is hand made and can customizable for any occasion. Suzi’s offers a variety of wedding themed favors as well; from box sets to lollipops, and even hand-dipped treats themed for your wedding. Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe can help you bring a little bit more of your personality to your wedding, with their great customer service and fantastic chocolate, working with Suzi’s is something you will never regret. For a full assortment of flavors and products contact us or call Suzi’s at 732-797-0115 today!

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The Big Game is Almost Here and We’ve Got Your Party Platters

Posted on 02/03/2016 by admin   | No Comments

superbowl party foodIt’s back!  To the delight of many football fans the Big Game is almost here.  And with that comes the tailgating and Big Game football parties that make us all proud to wear our team jerseys and yell like we are on the field with our favorite players, even if your team is not playing. Food has always been the heart of these events and this year is no different.  We have some great dessert and snack suggestions that will make your Big Game Party stand out from the ordinary and have your guests on their toes, but not because your team scored the winning touch-down!

1)            Chocolate dipped cookies.  Move over fried Oreos, because there’s a new sheriff in town!  That’s right, hand-dipped Oreos, Chips Ahoy and just about any kind of cookie you might like.  We can dip them in dark, milk or white chocolate and top them off with sprinkles or decorations that match your favorite team colors.

2)            For those of us who are looking for a healthier alternative, how about some hand-dipped fruit.  Although not a traditional tailgating food, chocolate dipped strawberries or assorted fruits are a perfect light dessert to compliment any tailgate fare.

3)            Pick up a football platter with chocolate dipped pretzels and bring them over to your game day party as a hostess gift.  Why bother with a bag of plain, boring pretzels, when you can enjoy the delicious mixture of sweet, creamy homemade chocolate with the crunchy goodness of pretzels.  Sweet and salty doesn’t get any better than this.

4)            Make your alliances known with custom team logo candy bars.  This is a great way to take your team rivalries to the next level.  Your favorite team’s logo can be printed on a candy bar label and added to a gift basket, a party platter or you can buy them in bulk to hand out to your fellow team mates!

5)            Football lollipops make great party favors and can fit right in with your football tailgate party.  They are fun for kids as well as adults and can be made in any type of chocolate, or mix and match so there is something for everyone.

Don’t settle for the usual desserts and snacks while you are watching this year’s Big Game.  Whether you’re staying at home with friends or attending a party at a different venue, we think homemade chocolate should be part of the fun.  We recommend you dump the nachos with extra cheese and put out a great party platter of chocolate treats that will make your game day even better.  Contact Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe for more information about party platters, favors and gift baskets or to place your order today.

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