Local Events and a new video!

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Check out Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe in action!!  Thanks to Jeff from Action Media Productions, LLC for our great video!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Join Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe at two great local events!

On February 7th we will be at Branches in West Long Branch from 11am-4pm.

Sample chocolate, try some new drinks and get great ideas for Valentine’s Day!  To purchase tickets visit http://chocolateandwinenj.com/

Then on February 12th we will be in Red Bank at Salon La De Da from 7:30 to 9:30 pm.

It will be a night of jazz music, great chocolate and wine! The first 24 guests will receive a rose! RSVP to salonladeda7@gmail.com.

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Black Friday Specials & Small Business Saturday

Posted on 11/23/2014 by Suzi   | No Comments

Here at Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe, we’re thrilled to offer locally-made, delicious holiday gifts for everyone on your list! And, as you start your holiday shopping (Christmas is getting close!), we want to announce a few Black Friday specials for the day after Thanksgiving, and a special Small Business Saturday deal for AMEX customers.

On Friday, November 28, we will be offering lots of in-store specials, starting when we open at 10:30 a.m. Here are just a few of the deals that you can look forward to:

- Get a FREE gift box of 6 hand-decorated chocolate-covered pretzels (a $12 value) with your purchase of our 1-lb., 12-oz holiday platter for $45.99

- Buy 6 Half Pounds of our Assortment boxes ($11.49 each) and get a FREE gift box of 6 hand-decorated, chocolate-covered pretzels (a $12 value)

- Get a FREE Hot Chocolate Spoon (a $2.50 value) with each Pretzel Rod Gift Container for $14.99

- Buy 10 pounds of our Suzi’s Assortment boxes in our 1-lb. size or larger, and receive 2 FREE 1-lb. boxes of our assorted chocolates (a $45.90 value)

- Buy two dozen chocolate lollipops (choose from Santa, Rudolph, Snowman, Christmas Lights, or Angels), and get an XL Santa Pop (a $4.95 value) FREE!

Don’t forget about anyone on your shopping list – like teachers, doctors, doormen, mail carriers and employees. We know that they would all love chocolate treats!

On Saturday, November 29, Suzi’s is proud to take part in Small Business Saturday. We love all of our customers, and are so thankful to all of you for supporting small, local, family-owned businesses like ours throughout the year.

If you are an AMEX card carrier, you can register your card at ShopSmall.com. On Small Business Saturday, if you spend $10 or more in a single, in-store transaction at a participating small business – such as Suzi’s! – you’ll get a $10 statement credit. The best part is that you can take advantage of this member offer up to three times!

We hope that all of our wonderful friends and customers have a great Thanksgiving with family and friends – and we hope to see you on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday for some great shopping and delicious chocolates!

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Super Sweet Personalized Presents

Posted on 10/30/2014 by Suzi   | No Comments

At Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe, one of our favorite times of year is the upcoming holiday season. It’s a busy season, for sure, but we love helping our customers pick out special presents for everyone on their gift list.

And right now is the perfect time to put in your special orders for family, friends, employees, and clients.

We specialize in corporate gifts for staff, clients, and colleagues, and we can put your company logo (or family name!) on personalized chocolate boxes, chocolate bars, and more. We’ll help you show off the fun side of your brand with business card bars with your corporate logo, logo-branded chocolate lollipops, corporate-branded gift baskets, or boxes of handmade chocolate or fudge branded with your corporate logo. Or, have Suzi’s create chocolate bars with your corporate logo, complete with a custom-designed wrapping, with a personalized holiday message or company motto.

Your clients will love to take a ‘bite’ out of your brand, and your employees and colleagues will be thrilled with these thoughtful gifts. It’s a great way to garner team spirit, and create motivation in your staff during the busy holiday season.

Right now, we’re also spending a lot of time in our work room, designing and arranging our 2014 Holiday Gift Basket collection. We have been hard at work, choosing the best items from our product line – like chocolate-covered pretzels, fudge, and dipped strawberries! – to be added to our specialized gift baskets. Choose one of our creations, or choose your own treats to make a basket that’s unique to your tastes!

The holidays will be here before we know it, so place your orders now. Visit us at the shop, or give us a call at 732-796-0115, and we’ll help you make this season extra sweet.

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Looking forward to Fall at Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe!

Posted on 10/02/2014 by Suzi   | No Comments

September was such a busy month at Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe!

We hosted a stop on the Taste of Atlantic Highlands tour, sharing our chocolates with local foodies, and meeting some wonderful new friends.

We were also so pleased to be part of the red carpet premier for Destressed, an award-winning documentary. We gave samples of our chocolates to the cast, and crew, and enjoyed a fantastic premier party. (You can read more about the event here).

Next month, we have even more great events to look forward to!

On October 9, we’ll be featured at the Best of Monmouth event at The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park. There will be great dishes from local restaurants, lots of drinks – and of course, our own sweet treats.

Then, on October 12, we’ll be taking part in The Chocolate Party at the Water Witch Coffee and Tea Co. in Highlands. The event – which includes coffee, tea, pastries, and chocolate – is in support of Children’s Cancer Research and Infinite Love for Natalie Grace.

We’ll also be at the Michael’s Feat Wine & Chef’s Tasting at the Mill in Springlake on October 14, with more good food and good wine! If you’d like to join in on the fun, stop by Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe to purchase tickets.

And of course, we’re getting ready for one of our busiest times of year: Halloween!

We’re pouring chocolate pumpkins, witches, black cats, and more fun and festive holiday treats to share all month long. And, we want to hear from you; What’s your all-time favorite Halloween candy? Share with us on our Facebook page, and you could be our fan of the week.

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A Family Tradition of Homemade Chocolate Continues

Posted on 08/26/2014 by Suzi   | No Comments

suzi's sweet shoppe homemade chocolateBeing a family owned and operated chocolate shop since 1998 has provided us with a way to combine our passion for chocolate with our love of family.  Working side by side with each other and our children every day, creating incredible homemade fudge and chocolate using our time-honored recipes and old-world craftsmanship techniques, it’s amazing to see how our work ethic, values and creativity have been handed down to the next generation.  This is the legacy of a family-owned business right in front of our eyes!

None of this could have prepared us for just how our family traditions and legacy has come to life this week with the birth of our new granddaughter, Isabella Elizabeth!  Many of our local customers who have been to the store know our daughter Cassandra, as she also works with us in the store.  Every day she helps make the homemade chocolate and fudge, wait on customers and fill orders for shipping.  It’s always been our dream when we retire to eventually turn the store over to our children, and with the birth of her daughter we now have a new generation in our family.  This gives us yet another reason to continue our family tradition of pride and passion for chocolate!

2014 has proven to be a year of exciting events and continued success.  We were recently voted Best Chocolate and Candy in Monmouth County by Best in Monmouth Health and Life readers for the fifth year in a row, and are aiming to be voted the Best Chocolate in the state of New Jersey.  And, with the birth of our new granddaughter, we feel truly blessed to continue to do what we love with the people that we love at our side!

For more information on Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe, visit our website and you’ll find a large variety of homemade chocolates, hand-dipped fruits and pretzels, and gift ideas from our family to yours.  We can customize corporate branded gift baskets and boxes so that your company will stand out from the competition.  We ship gifts all over the country, so all your out-of-area gifts can be sent without you having to stand on line at the post office.  Stop by the store in Middletown or call us today at 732-896-0115.

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Christmas In July: Three Great Ideas for Your Holiday Gift Giving

Posted on 07/29/2014 by Suzi   | No Comments

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Our favorite part of the holidays is coming up with new and fun gift ideas to surprise your friends, family and clients that are unique and memorable.  So, even though it’s above 80 degrees and you are probably on the beach soaking up the sun while reading this post, we decided it was a good idea to come up with some great ideas to jump-start your holiday shopping!

As the saying goes, “There’s no time like the present.” And by present we not only mean the time is now, but also present, as in “gift”!  Before you wait until it’s time to scour the malls at the last minute to pick up whatever you can get your hands on, take a little bit of time to plan this summer and holiday shopping will be easy come this fall.  And if you are shopping for corporate gifts, show your gratitude to clients and employees in the form of a corporate gift.  Here are some great ideas that will make you stand out as the best gift-giver this holiday season.

A Basket of Cheer Will Be Much Appreciated

When it comes to holiday giving, a beautiful gift basket of chocolate and candy can provide some much needed cheer during the holidays.  We recommend combining different selections, like fudge, peppermint bark and assorted chocolates so that your gift has variety.  Custom corporate branded gift baskets are a number one choice when shopping for clients.  By adding your company logo, your gift will stand out from the competition. Gift baskets are perfect for family, friends or client office gifts.

A Box or Two Will Do

Stacked boxes of assorted chocolates provide for a variety of flavors, fillings and chocolate varieties and can be the perfect gift for large offices or families.  You can select any size box or candy weight that is appropriate and your company logo can go outside, or on a chocolate bar inside!  Your client, friend or family members will love the delicious assortment of chocolates and will be reminded of you every time they open the box to enjoy another piece.

Attending a Holiday Party?

Don’t just bring a bottle of wine.  Bring a bottle of wine or champagne dipped inhostess gifts holiday gift giving chocolate and you will no doubt have the best hostess gift at the party!  By combining two great gifts into a unique and memorable one, your creativity will shine throughout the holiday season.

Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe makes holiday gift giving easy.  All of our chocolates are homemade in our store and we personally create each and every gift basket to order.  We’re celebrating Christmas in July because it’s important to place your order early for custom branded gifts so that they will be ready before the holidays and shipping is available for all your out-of-area recipients.  Don’t forget that we can do platters and favors for your holiday party too.  For more information, stop by the store, visit our website or call us today at 732-796-0115 to ask how we can help make your holiday gift giving easier this year.  If you are looking for a corporate gift-giving solution, click here for more information.  Merry Christmas in July!

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Corporate Picnic Party Platters and Ideas for Planning

Posted on 07/08/2014 by Suzi   | No Comments

Corporate picnic platters and dessertsThis is the time of year when many companies plan their corporate picnic or meeting events.  And for human resource representatives, managers and small business owners planning an unforgettable day for staff, clients and colleagues can be a challenging task, particularly when it comes to the food that will be served.  Dessert is always the course that so many people attending your event will look forward to.  We would like to mention some of the trends in chocolate and candy for corporate events, like picnics that are becoming smash hits and are being utilized to increase the corporate brand awareness, while at the same time, giving a unique spin on the typical dessert served.   We hope you enjoy these suggestions listed below of our favorite ways to incorporate chocolate into your corporate brand for any type of event you may be planning!

1)            For some of our corporate clients a summer BBQ or picnic is a perfect time to show the fun side of their corporate brand with some party platters filled with great, assorted chocolates and business card bars with the corporate logo on them. Dessert platters with hand-dipped fruits and pretzels are a favorite and employees feel the team spirit immediately when they discover your corporate logo is on the platter!

2)            Don’t let your guests leave empty handed.  Make sure you have plenty of logo branded chocolate lollipops so that each attendee, whether they are employees or customers can take home a small gift of your appreciation.

3)            Planning a gift basket giveaway or door prize is another fun way to create excitement and foster the team spirit.  Choose a corporate branded gift basket that not only gives a beautiful presentation, the person who walks away with it have your company logo and they will be delighted to find the wonderful array of chocolates and candies along with those logos too!

4)            Corporate awards programs are another great way to garner some team spirit and create motivation in your employees, especially when the program is part of the picnic event. Along with a certificate or trophy, give your employees something they will definitely appreciate – corporate chocolate bars!  We can make the bars with your logo and even custom design the wrappings with your corporate event date and title.

These are just a few of the ways Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe has been helping local companies with their branding and outreach efforts.  If your company is planning an event and needs help with dessert party platters, favors, gifts or giveaways, be sure to contact us today.

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Show Your Patriotism this Fourth of July with Chocolate!

Posted on 07/02/2014 by Suzi   | No Comments

home made chocolate candy in monmouth countyFourth of July is almost here and if you’re planning on inviting friends over for a Bar-B-Que or have been invited to a party, don’t forget to show your patriotism with some holiday inspired treats!  Hot dogs and hamburgers, pool parties and fireworks are the staples of celebrating our nation’s independence.  But while you are preparing for one of the best-loved days of the year, make sure you pick up your patriotic-inspired dessert or hostess gifts.  Here are some great homemade chocolate treats that are as patriotic as the day we are celebrating!

Chocolate flag lollipops – these make a great patriotic treat on the Fourth of July that are easy to transport (if you are bringing them with you) and make a great dessert or party favor.  Kids and adults love these chocolate lollipops, so make sure you pick up plenty for everyone!

Chocolate Patriotic Pretzel Rods – we already know that everyone loves chocolate dipped pretzels, but when you use pretzel rods, dipped in homemade chocolate and sprinkle them with red, white and blue sprinkles with a twizzle of white chocolate, then you’ve got one of our best-loved treats that look amazing when you serve them and carry through the patriotic theme of your Fourth of July!

Chocolate Hat lollipops – much like our chocolate flag lollipops, these are a take-off on Uncle Sam’s hat.  These can be made from dark or milk chocolate and are decorated with red, white and blue sprinkles on the brim.  Even Uncle Sam wants our chocolate hat lollipops!

Basket of Pretzels – if you have an army to feed at your Fourth of July party, or would like to bring enough for the entire class, then this is a great way to become the hero of the party!  A basket filled with our homemade, hand-dipped chocolate pretzels feature a variety of flavors and toppings, so there’s always something for everyone.

Don’t settle for the same old apple pie and ice cream for dessert this Fourth of July.  Wow your guests with something a little different and themed for the holiday!  For more information on our patriotic holiday chocolates, contact Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe today.

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We Know What Dad Wants This Father’s Day!

Posted on 06/05/2014 by Suzi   | No Comments

father's day gifts in njFather’s Day is just around the corner! June is a busy month with so many things to celebrate with Fathers Day and all of the graduations from eighth grade through college. As much as everyone thinks only moms like chocolate – guess again!  We are finding how much Dads enjoy a little sweetness too!  If you are planning a party for Fathers Day or are looking for great ideas when it comes to gifts and party favors, here are some of our customers’ favorite party accessories and gifts in chocolate!

1) For the Dad who has everything think chocolate covered anything!  From fruit to pretzels, marshmallows, nuts and even cookies, Dads love the rich taste of their favorite snacks covered in chocolate. We can create custom platters, baskets or boxes and can even ship them to your Dad if he’s out of the area.

2) Whether you are planning a backyard BBQ or a more formal Father’s Day gathering at home, a restaurant or catering hall, 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.

4) Dad’s are into a lot of different hobbies.  Treat him to his favorite pastime in chocolate. We have chocolate molds for motorcycles, tools, sports equipment including fishing tackle. If all else fails a beautiful boxed tribute to “Dad” is a perfect gift!

Planning for summer parties, whether they be in celebration of Father’s Day, or to honor that hard-working graduate, there are many creative and delicious gift ideas for both, as well as a little something to give your guests that will make them all smile.  For more gift or party favor ideas, contact Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe today, or visit our website by clicking here.

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Graduate to Chocolate Party Favors

Posted on 05/29/2014 by Suzi   | No Comments

Chocolate party favors for graduation partiesWith college graduations in full swing and high school, 8th grade and Kindergarten graduations just ahead of us, it’s time to plan for your graduate’s celebration.  There’s practically nothing better than the proud moment you see your loved one cross the stage and get their diploma.  So, when it comes to planning the barbeque or party to celebrate, it’s always nice to give your guests a nice party favor to thank them for coming.  Trends in party favors have varied throughout the years and one of the hottest these days are chocolate favors.  There is nothing more delicious than for your guests to take home something that will not only remind them of the fun they had at your graduation party, but also provide a tasty snack for later.

There are many types of chocolate party favors that you can choose from, but here are a few of our favorites:

1)            Lollipops – these make great take-home gifts for all ages and can be made in the shape of a graduation cap or the year in different flavors and colors.  Chocolate lollipops can also be coated with nuts and/or sprinkles and come individually wrapped for convenience.

2)            Custom candy bar wrappers – from your graduate’s name and graduation year to their school mascot, custom candy bar wrappers can be personalized with whatever you want.  All of the candy bars are homemade and can be made from any type of chocolate.

3)            3-D favors – something that is a little more substantial than a lollipop with a variety of styles and shapes, 3-D party favors can be made with any type of chocolate in a variety of colors and coatings.  We can wrap them in foil or place them in decorative bags for an elegant and sophisticated touch for any party.

4)            Box chocolates – from 2 piece truffles to a four-piece sampler box, these make beautiful party favors for any type of graduation party from a formal event to a barbeque.

5)            Hand-dipped chocolates – if you are looking for the crème de la crème of favors, look no further!  Hand-dipped chocolates are all the rage now from fresh fruits to pretzels, or even cookies.  If you are looking to impress your guests these are the must-have party favor.

As you can see, there are so many options to make your graduation party over-the-top memorable!  It may be hard to decide what to choose, so let the experts at Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe guide you as you make your decision.  Our experience with party favors for all events and knowledge of chocolate trends can help you select the best favor, or should we say flavor for your party!  For more information on ordering your party favors or platters, contact us today, or view our website for some additional ideas.

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