Hop on Into Spring With Some Sweetness

Posted on 02/21/2017 by Suzi   | No Comments

Easter candy spring holidaysIt already seems like the winter holidays were forever ago! But never fear there are a whole bunch of spring holidays coming up. Like Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter. With so many fun things just around the corner you’re probably already thinking about Easter Baskets, gifts for the kids or grandkids, and even plates of desserts to put out for guests. Never fear! Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe is here to help you out!

Mardi Gras began in medieval Europe during the 1600s and the 1700s in France. The tradition was then known as the “the fat calf” and celebrated a massive feast and parade before the start of Lent. This tradition came to the United States after France colonized Louisiana, which is how the New Orleans Mardi Gras festivities of today began. Fast forward to 2017 and the tradition of eating a ton of food and partying hard before Lent is still going strong. And what better way to celebrate the Mardi Gras season than with some delicious chocolate platters from Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe? We have everything you need to throw a Mardi Gras feast! From chocolate covered pretzels to awesome chocolate Mardi Gras masks, which make great party favors.

St. Patrick’s Day is the other festive holiday coming up, and there are sure to be some serious parties around this rather green day. The holiday celebrates the life of Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick, who famously drove all the snakes out of Ireland. Today, St. Patrick’s Day is less of a religious feast in honor of the saint, and more of a celebration of Irish culture around the world. Irish potatoes are a must at any St. Paddy’s day party, especially when they have such sweet coconut cream inside! And what St. Patrick’s Day feast would be complete without chocolate leprechaun lollipops? Our answer: none!

After Mardi Gras & St. Patrick’s Day, we’re all about Easter. And, when it comes to Easter, there is one important thing that every parent knows all about, Easter baskets! There is nothing better as a kid than waking up to a basket full of awesome candies and chocolates. Even moms and dads have some fun on Easter, too! Chocolate bunnies are a must, and Suzi’s has a wide variety of sizes and chocolates. All our chocolate is homemade in the store, making it oh so rich and creamy. Looking for something a little different this year? Try a chocolate Easter basket or a chocolate Easter Egg, filled with foil wrapped chocolates. That’s right, a hollow basket made of chocolate! What kid wouldn’t want to eat the basket, too? And if chocolate isn’t your thing, you can also go the candy route. Jellybeans are traditional and awesome and come in assorted fruit flavors.

You can find all these sweet treats and more at Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe in Middletown! Can’t make it into the store? No worries! You can always shop online here for your sweet, hand dipped, homemade treats! We take online orders for any of these holidays and will have your selections ready for pick up on the day of your choice. Shopping for Spring holidays cannot be any easier. For more information, or to place an order, visit our website, give us a call, or stop by our shoppe.

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Valentine’s Day is Just Around the Corner!!!

Posted on 01/25/2017 by admin   | No Comments

valentine's day candy in middletown njThe holiday season isn’t over yet, in fact a certain day celebrating love is just around the corner! It’s a great time to show the people in your life how much you care about them. Which is what Valentine’s Day is all about! But how did Valentine’s Day become a holiday celebrating love? And when did Valentine’s Day start?

Valentine’s Day actually started with the Romans as a fertility festival, Lupracalia. Lupracalia occurred on February 13th and isn’t the traditional Valentine’s Day that we think of, but rather one that celebrated couples coming together and eventually getting married. Overtime, this tradition changed with the influence of Christianity and different Saint Valentine’s contributing to the story of what we know to be Valentine’s Day. The Valentines all have a few things in common: they were all Christians who lived during the Roman period when Christians were being persecuted, and they were all martyred. One of these St. Valentine’s was actually imprisoned when he supposedly fell in love with the jailer’s daughter. The woman would come and take care of him each day and overtime they fell in love. It is this Valentine that may have coined the term “From Your Valentine”. This is because it is believed that this particular Valentine wrote a letter to the young woman signed “From Your Valentine.” Making his letter technically the first Valentine in history.

The Valentine’s Day we know and love sure has changed a lot over the years! But one thing is for sure: it is a fun holiday meant to show just how much you appreciate the people in your life. In fact, Valentine’s Day is the second biggest holiday in which people send out cards! But you know what else people give out on Valentine’s Day? Chocolate! Chocolate actually wasn’t apart of Valentine’s Day celebrations until the 1840s. This is when Richard Cadbury marketed his new chocolate recipe to the masses. Chocolate had already been popularized, but was found to be too bitter by the public, and so Cadbury’s recipe promised to be sweeter and less bitter. So what’s with Valentine’s Day? Well, Cadbury centered his marketing campaign around the holiday and ever since then chocolate and Valentine’s Day have gone together with modern day chocolates and candies shaped like hearts.

And what better place to get your chocolate than locally, at Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe? Our chocolate is all homemade and orders can be customized just for the loves of your life! We offer sugar free chocolate and we even have gluten free options! And just for Valentine’s Day have a variety of sweet treats that are great for that special someone in your life, the kids, and even just to spread the Valentine’s Day cheer. Choose from all assorted chocolates in heart boxes or pick up some chocolate covered pretzels, one of our customer favorites. Suzi’s has it all, from the large chocolate heart shaped pops, which make great class gifts, to novelties like our chocolate teddy bear and even a chocolate love boat! We are currently taking orders for our chocolate covered strawberries online, and you can pick them up at the shoppe right before Valentine’s Day. Shop our Valentine’s Day products online from the comfort of your home, or stop by and our shoppe in Middletown. And have a happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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New Year’s Resolution to Get Healthier? Studies Say You CAN Include Chocolate!

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

health benefits of chocolateThere is one treat that everyone loves, but you were always told not to eat too much of: chocolate. But fear no more! Because it’s been proven that there are actually several health benefits to eating chocolate. And we aren’t just talking about dark chocolate here. Nope. We mean all types of the rich, decedent, creamy, treat. Of course, as always these benefits are 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 recent 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 ageing. According to studies done by Cornell University in New York, chocolate can reduce signs of ageing. 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 is can be healthy and provide some serious benefits, so it’s okay to indulge once in a while! So, if you want to reap the benefits, Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe can help! We make all our chocolate home-made, so everything is 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 us online for all your chocolate needs, or you can stop by our shoppe in Middletown! After all, it’s good for your health!

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Corporate New Year’s Goals

Posted on 12/29/2016 by admin   | No Comments

Corporate branding chocolate business cards and client giftsWith New Year’s Eve just around the corner you’re probably thinking about your New Year’s Resolution. Maybe you have decided that this is the year you get that hard-earned and well-deserved promotion, or maybe you just want to spend more time with your kids. Whatever your personal New Year’s Resolution is, we are sure that it’s fantastic! But can you use the New Year’s Resolution for business? Absolutely! It just works a little differently than a personal goal.

The first step in your New Year’s Business Plan should be to define your goals. Sit down with your employees, business partners and critically think about different things you want to achieve or to improve in your business. It could be that your employees have noticed things like customers really want to be able to order your product online, or have an online chat for help on your website. The point is your employees interact with customers on a daily basis, so they know what they want. Or perhaps your goals are to increase profits by 15%, whatever your goal is, make sure it is clear and well defined and that everyone involved in your business is on the same page.

Next, put in place a plan. It is great that you want to make customer care a priority for the year, or to raise your revenue, but how are you going to do this? You need a game plan. Again, take a minute to discuss this with the people involved in your business. Maybe the answer to raising profits is offering more online promotions, or creating a rewards club for loyal customers to encourage purchases. It could be that there is no one way of achieving your business goal, but multiple ways that will work together. By getting everyone involved in the planning process, you are sure to get tons of ideas on just how to achieve your yearly goal.

Once your plan is in place and happening, make sure to review it. Ask your employees and business partners what’s working and what isn’t, because the more you perfect your plan, the easier it will be to accomplish your business goals. You might have to fine tune your plan depending on how it is working so far. Or you may find that your system is working perfectly, either way it is still important to review any changes you make to your business and measure their effectiveness.

Sometimes that answer to your business New Year’s goal is marketing. So let Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe help with your overall sales and marketing goals, for client retention, new business development and employee rewards.  Our customized gift baskets, corporate branded logo products and delivery services can make your company stand out from the competition.  For more information on our corporate services and how you can utilize our products and branding services to help increase your business in the coming year, please click here.

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Get Your Stocking Stuffers!!!

Posted on 12/20/2016 by admin   | No Comments

christmas gifts and stocking stuffers“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.” This iconic line from ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is known to thousands world-wide, but why exactly do we hang up stockings on Christmas Eve?

Legend has it that this Christmas tradition comes from the original St. Nick himself, Saint Nicholas of Myar. In life, St. Nick was the Bishop of a small community, Myar, and he felt it was his duty to give to the poor and to help the people of his community in any way possible. So, when a poor farmer was afraid he would not have enough money to marry off one of his daughters (back in those days there was a dowry) St. Nicholas stepped in to help. St. Nick waited for nightfall and for the daughters to hang up their stockings at the chimney to dry after washing before he threw handfuls of gold coins into their stockings from the window! This gave the girls plenty of dowry money, and it wasn’t the first or the last time that St. Nick would do something like this. In fact, St. Nick used to leave poor children presents in their stockings at night, and food and money to help poor families. He always performed his good deeds at night to keep his identity a secret, as he wanted to remain anonymous, no one really knows why. After word of the mysterious St. Nick’s good deeds got out, the tradition of leaving gifts in stockings spread throughout Europe and gave birth to our traditions of Santa Clause and Christmas stockings. So for the record, yes Santa Clause is real, or at least was in 240 A.D.

Today, stockings are still hung with care and stuffed with toys and goodies by jolly old St. Nick! Some of our favorite things to find in our stockings are: gift cards, novelty gifts, and of course, chocolate! Christmas themed chocolates, like Christmas tree lollipops, chocolate dipped candy canes and mini chocolate Santas are always a favorite. Maybe you want to give a little more sophisticated chocolate stocking stuffer to a special someone? Why not give them a box of decadent truffles? It is a little bit more romantic and still oh so tasty. Some other great chocolatey goodness for stocking stuffers are: hot chocolate spoons, chocolate Christmas wreaths, and a chocolate soldier!

Stocking stuffers are meant to be fun, tasty and creative, so stop into Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe today for all your stocking stuffer needs! Or shop from the convenience of home right here!

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‘Tis the Holiday Season

Posted on 12/01/2016 by admin   | No Comments

holiday gift baskets with chocolateTurkey day is behind us, and there are only a few weeks until Christmas and Hanukah and then New Year’s Eve will bookend 2016. With the holidays comes a ton of parties and celebrations with friends and family, which also means a ton of hosting, potluck-ing and gift giving, but never fear because we have a few tips that are sure to help you out this holiday season.

Hosting

Hosting a big dinner with family and friends is a great way to celebrate the holidays. And there is a certain amount of pride in all of your family and friends coming together to enjoy a meal that you cooked. However, if you aren’t cooking, maybe bring a hostess gift? Something that your host and the other guests can enjoy. It’s a great way to celebrate and say thank you to your host or hostess. It doesn’t have to be fancy, maybe some wine or a dessert, like a chocolate covered pretzel basket or platter. Whatever you decide to bring, it will be appreciated.

Potlucks

Potlucks are a great idea because it saves whoever is hosting a lot of time. The only problem is what do you bring? Well, there is one thing people can always use more of: dessert! Because it is the holidays, make sure you bring enough to feed all of the guests, or to make sure everyone at least gets a taste. Something that everyone loves this time of year is fudge. It looks great, tastes amazing, and comes in enough flavors for there to be something for everyone to enjoy. Plus it isn’t a big heavy dessert, but is still sweet. Also if you aren’t making it at home, you can easily find fudge platters this time of year at your local chocolate shop.

Gift Giving

The holiday season is the season of giving, but sometimes there are just so many people to buy for. Instead of worrying about getting your second cousin on your mother’s side who you see once a year something that they are interested in, give a foodie gift. Everyone loves food, so you really can’t go wrong with a fruit basket, chocolate basket or holiday candy gift. They are great gifts that can be put out at parties, shared with family and friends or hoarded all for yourself. Plus, they are easy to send anywhere in the country. All you have to do is order the basket and have the address of your intended recipient at the ready.

The holidays are one of the most fantastic and special time of the year. So we hope these little helpful hints make all of your holiday shopping merry and bright. And if you need any last minute hostess gifts, holiday presents or just something to bring to a potluck, check out the Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe website or stop into the store today! From our family to yours, happy holidays.

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Suzi’s Holiday Gift Guide Makes Holiday Giving Easier!

Posted on 11/22/2016 by admin   | No Comments

holiday gift giving guideThe holidays are fast approaching! Thanksgiving is this week already and the December holidays are right around the corner! At this point you are probably starting to think about your holiday shopping and are trying to find that perfect gift for everyone on your list. Let us help inspire you with our annual gifting guide. We have something for everyone on your list, no matter whether you are giving corporate or personal gifts.

Gift baskets and boxes

Whether you want to send a little bit of chocolatey goodness or a ton, Suzi’s knows exactly what you need. Gift boxes and baskets are great for clients, neighbors, and distant relatives. They can be personalized with corporate branding, or a personal note, so you don’t have to worry about making sure they know it’s from you. A gift basket or our tower boxes are a sweet treat that everyone can enjoy!

Gifts for kids

Sometimes you just need some extra stocking stuffers, or a smaller gift for the first night of Hanukkah to go along with something else. The answer? Chocolate. It’s a sweet treat that makes every kid happy and we at Suzi’s have all sorts of fun holiday chocolates! Snowmen and dreidels are just a few of the holiday chocolates we have, but there is sure to be something for everyone.

Teacher gifts

The holidays are a great time to show your appreciation to all of the teachers in your life, but instead of getting them a generic best teacher gift, get them something a little more unique, and sweet. Hot chocolate spoons are a great gift for teachers. These decadent spoons are meant to be dipped and stirred in hot chocolate to add just a little bit more sweetness. You could also gift your teachers some traditional holiday candies, like peppermint bark and ribbon candy, these treats are sure to set your gift apart from the pack, something your teachers will appreciate.

To make your holiday shopping just a little sweeter, Suzi’s will have special deals for Black Friday (11/25) and Shop Small Saturday (11/26)! Can’t make it into the store? No problem! Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe is online and on Cyber Monday (11/28) we’re offering free shipping via USPS on orders of $50 or more! So check off everyone on your list with gifts of chocolate and spread holiday cheer! And hey, there isn’t a rule that says you can’t get something sweet for yourself. Stop by the store or visit us online today!

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The Sweet Treat of Halloween

Posted on 10/21/2016 by admin   | No Comments

Candy Corn - Halloween candyThere is one candy that everyone seems to have a strong opinion about. Typically people fall into one of two camps over this treat, you either love it or you hate it, its candy corn! Personally, we at Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe fall into the camp of loving the stuff. Which is why we are bringing you the fascinating history of candy corn.

Candy corn got its start in the 1880’s when it was invented by George Renninger of Philadelphia. At the time Renninger was working for the Wunderlee Candy Company, BUT Wunderlee did not keep the secret to the sweet treat for long. The recipe was bought at the turn on the 20th century by The Goelitz Confectionery Company. When The Goelitz Company first acquired candy corn, they were actually calling it Chicken Feed, due to its shape and color. The company even marketed the treat with a rooster as the mascot and the tagline “something worth crowing for”. Today, The Goelitz Company is known as The Jelly Belly Co., which still produces and sells candy corn. In fact, Jelly Belly, holds the record for being the company to produce candy corn for the longest. Jelly Belly even has a candy corn flavored Jelly Bean to honor its candy corn roots!

The making of candy corn hasn’t really changed since the 1880’s. It is a mixture of fondant, sugar, marshmallow crème, vanilla extract, and corn syrup. The mixture, of basically sugar, is melted into a slurry of sugary goodness before it is molded and then dyed to its iconic orange, yellow, and white color. Now you’re probably wondering how candy corn can possibly be okay to eat, it is sugar on sugar after all. Surprisingly, candy corn is fat free and is only a 140 calories per handful, and that’s a heaping handful too.

Candy Corn is such an iconic treat that there is even a National Candy Corn day, which is October 30th, not surprisingly, the day of candy corn, is the day before Halloween, which is the holiday most associated with the candy. In fact, the National Confectioners Association estimated that 35 million pounds, or 9 billion pieces, of candy corn were produced in 2015. We should tell you that this is not just around Halloween time, no, candy corn is actually marketed all year long, and there are even different colors for different holidays. Around Thanksgiving, you can get candy corn that’s orange, white and brown, the brown being chocolate flavored. Christmas? Green, white and red, candy corn is made, and given the appropriate name of Reindeer Corn. Valentine’s day? There’s Cupid Corn, which is pink, red and white. No matter the holiday, candy corn is always in season.

Candy corn is definitely one of our favorite treats here at Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe! So stop in today to pick up your candy corn and while you’re here, check out our other sweet treats (no tricks!) for Halloween.

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Think Pink This October with Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe

Posted on 10/11/2016 by admin   | No Comments


October is a busy month! With the start of fall there is Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Columbus Day, AND Halloween, just to name a few things that go on in October. But October is important for a completely different reason as well: its Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

There are multiple breast cancer awareness organizations, such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation and The American Cancer Society, each with its own focus and mission. Some advocate for teaching women how to self-check their breasts for lumps, others focus on raising money for research and prevention. However, there is one local charity that does something remarkable. Breast Intentions is a Middletown charity* run by cousins Erika Rech and Mike Ruane that raises money to help women and their families affected by breast cancer make it. These local angels ensure that families affected by breast cancer won’t fall behind on living expenses. In addition to this the cousins also raise money for wigs, transportation to and from treatments, prosthetics, clothing and food.

Breast Intentions began when the cousins experienced firsthand just how devastating breast cancer can be. Within the same year, two of their family members were both diagnosed with stage 3 and stage 2 breast cancer. Erika and Mike wanted to help their family, and so they began making t-shirts and raising money to pay the bills. Their experiences led them to create Breast Intentions and now they have chapters in New Jersey, Massachusettes, Illinois and New York!

So how can you help? Easy. Think Pink with Suzi’s! This month Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe will be featuring a “Think Pink Corner” where you can purchase chocolates in support of Breast Intentions.  We’ll be donating 50% of the proceeds for anything purchased in our Think Pink collection. Suzi’s will have different breast cancer awareness products in addition to their sweet, decadent chocolates. So run down to Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe this month and Think Pink!

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Celebrate American Business Women’s Day

Posted on 09/22/2016 by admin   | No Comments

Susan Hordych and her Mother, both women entrepreneurs.

Happy American Business Women’s Day! On September 22, 1982, the American Business Women’s Association sponsored the first ever American Business Women’s Day. It was recognized by Congressional Proclamation in 1983 and 1986. It is a day to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for women to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking and national recognition. Many of our local chambers of commerce and business organizations have created committees and chairs for professional women to share their experience, knowledge, and strategies for success with other women in business.

Today is a day to honor and reflect upon the contributions and accomplishments of the millions of women in the work-force and the millions of women business owners in the United States. Did you know that as of 2012 women owned almost 10 million businesses and employ 19.1 million workers? That’s one in every seven employees! Women-owned businesses account for $2.5 trillion in sales, and according to this article in Forbes Magazine, women own 36% of all businesses (according to the 2012 U.S. Census) – that’s an increase of 30% since 2007!

It is my honor and privilege to be among these statistics as a woman-owned business. I would like to recognize the many women business owners that I know, work with, and collaborate with who are following their passions and adding to the successes of women-owned business throughout the country.  Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe is my passion, my pride, and will one day be my legacy to my children and their children. Let’s celebrate our fellow women-owned businesses today!

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