Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe’s Corporate Holiday Gift Giving Guide

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corporate holiday gifts The holiday season provides the perfect opportunity for companies to take corporate branding to the next level.  Using gifts to show your customers how much you appreciate their business helps promote your brand, but can also be an effective tool for customer retention, as well as new business development.

Now is the time of year when business owners and managers must start planning on the best holiday gifts for their customers and clients.  Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe would like to help with some ideas and inspiration for planning the perfect corporate holiday gifts with our Corporate Holiday Gift Giving Guide.

A Basket of Cheer Will Be Much Appreciated

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

A Box or Two Will Do

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

Attending a Client Holiday Party?

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

Not Your Typical Business Card

Instead of handing out your business card at your customer’s holiday party, bring along some custom chocolate business cards or bars of chocolate with your corporate logo on the wrapper.  This is a fun way to add to the branding of your company while gift giving.   These can be handed out individually or added to a custom gift basket for an overall branded holiday gift.

Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe makes corporate gift giving easy.  All of our chocolates are homemade in our store and we personally create each and every gift basket to order.  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 clients.  Don’t forget we can do platters and favors for your corporate holiday party too.  Stop by the store or call us at 732-796-0115 today for more information on how we can help make your corporate holiday gift giving easier this year or click here for more information on our corporate gift services.

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How to Pair the Right Wine with your Chocolate

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how to pair wine with chocolateBelieve it or not wine and chocolate have a few things in common, which makes them perfect partners for an unforgettable culinary experience.  Both cocoa beans and wine are fermented with the same type of yeast, which is what makes both of them loved by just about everyone.  But, even though they seem to be a perfect match, the flavors and textures can fight each other if you are not combining the right chocolate and wine.  Here is a helpful guide on how to pair the right wine with your chocolate.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Hand-dipped strawberries can be super romantic when paired with the right wine.  We have found that they work very well with a sweet sparkling rosé such as Brachetto d’Acqui.  Nothing is sexier than a romantic evening, some hand-dipped chocolate strawberries, a glass of wine, and your honey to go along with it!

Dark Chocolate

If you can’t seem to get enough of our dark chocolate truffles and are looking for the perfect wine, we recommend a Pinot Noir/Malbec.  The ripe juicy berry flavor and velvety texture of the wine is the perfect complement to the ganache filled dark chocolate.  Other wines that pair well with dark chocolate are Vin Santo, Port, Late Harvest Zinfandel, Banyuls, Maury and Chinato.

White Chocolate

Even though white chocolate technically is not “chocolate” because it does not have cocoa in it (just cocoa fat), it pairs well with many different wines.  Moscatao is a wonderful match for white chocolate because it creates a balance with the fleshy fruit notes that carry through the wine.  Other wines that work with white chocolate are Rose Port, Ice Wine, Muscat, Orange Muscat, Moscato d’Asti, Sweet Tokaji, Vintage Port, Lambrusco (Dolce or Amabile), and Brachetto d’Acqui.  See what we mean – very versatile!

Milk Chocolate

For those of you who like a traditional milk chocolate we have some great wine pairings to recommend.  Moscatel de Setubal, Montilla-Moriles, PX Sherry, Creamy Sherry, Rasteau, Aged Vintage Port, or Rutherglen Muscat all work very nicely with milk chocolate.  If you are having milk chocolate truffles, a sparkling or bubbly wine with honeyed citrus, peaches, or apricot flavors are perfect choices.  Milk chocolate with caramel pairs beautifully with a Cabernet Sauvignon, which can be quite decadent!

No matter your taste in chocolate or wine, we’re sure there is a pairing you will love.  Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe makes all of our chocolate homemade, in-house.  With choices of all types and fillings to choose from you will find the perfect chocolate for your perfect bottle of wine.  In addition to our truffles, chocolates, and fudge, our hand-dipped chocolate strawberries and pretzels are perfect to enjoy with a glass of wine!  From gift baskets to holiday treats, and party favors Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe makes the perfect chocolate treats for any occasion or event.  Contact us today, stop by the shoppe, or visit our website for more information or to place your order today.

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Conventions & Learning is a Business Must Even for Chocolatiers

Posted on 09/14/2015 by admin   | No Comments

gift baskets in monmouth countyWhen it comes to staying ahead of your competition, every business owner knows that continuing your industry education and keeping fresh, new ideas and products are critical.  Attending different seminars, continuing education courses, and other industry events help keep customers happy, and sometimes surprised!  This summer we attended the National Gift Basket Convention in Ohio, the Las Vegas Gift Basket Convention, and the chocolate convention in Philadelphia.  By attending industry conventions and trade shows throughout the year, we keep raising the bar for chocolate and gift baskets, which equates to very happy customers!

Participating in certification courses that are available at these industry conventions gives us the ability to bring some new basket and chocolate designs back for the holidays, along with new decorating and packaging ideas. Because of our continuing education, our corporate clients know that their employee and client gifts will be unique each and every year. For our retail customers who are looking to send family or friends a holiday treat, new gift basket designs are sure to please! Certifications and designations are a great way to show your customers that you are a committed, knowledgeable professional in your field.

We’re always able to surprise and delight our customers with new chocolate designs and flavor combinations, which can also be inspired by visiting other chocolatiers around the country.  Because we always have new products, our customers always have a reason to keep coming back!  As a matter of fact, many of Suzi’s customers are creative and ask for new products.  We take all those suggestions and experiment with flavors and add-ins until we get the perfect combinations.  By listening to our customers, we can provide new products they are looking for.

Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe has dedicated a lot of time and effort to continuing education and business development strategies in order to retain existing customers and attract new ones.  If you are a business owner and are not sure why your sales are down, or you aren’t gaining the customer base that you would expect, we highly recommend you explore some continuing education classes within your industry so that you can provide your customers with the products and services they need and want.  For more information on corporate gift baskets, holiday gifts or our new varieties of chocolates and fudge, please contact Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe today or visit our website.

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Sweet Corporate Branding

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In today’s market, businesses come and go; that is why it is so important for clients to remember who you are and to stay relevant.  People, in most instances, don’t remember the funny joke you told at the networking event.  People remember tangibility; things they can touch, taste, see, and smell.  Around the holidays, companies don’t call you up and wish you a happy holiday.  They send you a gift basket, chocolate, or wine/liquor.  Whenever you go to open the gift, you will be reminded as to who gave it to you.  Handing out personalized goodies at events or in your holiday gifts is a great way to avoid being forgotten and will spice up your marketing routine.

Specializing in providing companies with corporate gifts for all occasions, Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe has a variety of Corporate Gifts that will help keep your business on the radar. Some Corporate Gifts that you can choose from are Chocolate Business Cards, Corporate Baskets, Chocolate Candy Bars with your logo on the wrapper, Tins, and so much more.   All of these delicious Corporate Gifts are completely customizable and can be tailored to your name, company, or logo and are great for holidays, thank-you gifts, congratulations, birthdays, anniversaries, and tradeshow giveaways and favors.

Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe’s corporate gifts will help your company stand out from the rest of the competition.  If you order from Suzi’s, you can expect volume discounts, nationwide shipping, monthly specials, and easy and hassle free ordering.  Don’t let the competition get ahead.  Order your personalized Corporate Gifts today and see why a little sweetness goes a long way!

Our Corporate Video gives more insight into corporate branding and Corporate Gifts and how they can help boost your company’s business in a delicious way!!  Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe would like to give a special thank you to Jeffrey S. Gould from Action Media Productions for helping us produce our Corporate Video.

For more information about Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe, visit us at www.suzisweetshoppe.com, send Suzi an e-mail at suzi@suzisweetshoppe.com or give us a call at 732-796-0115.  Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe is located at 1100 Highway 35, Middletown, NJ 07748.

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Make Your Memorial Day Sweet

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The weather is heating up and that means it is almost time for summer! Finally! Hot days, cool nights, afternoons at the beach, sand between our toes and memories made with family and friends.   Memorial Day is the official kick off of summer! Memorial Day is also the unofficial start of BBQ season!  So while you’re making the dogs and burgers on the grill, why don’t you think about ordering something delicious for dessert from Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe. With a variety of patriotic chocolates and favors, how could you possibly go wrong?  We have Flag Pops, Chocolate Hat Pops and Patriotic Pretzel Rods.  If you’re attending a BBQ, how about giving the host a Basket of Patriotic Pretzels or a tray of our delicious Chocolate Covered Strawberries.  These tasty treats will add some fun and flavor to your annual BBQ!

As much as we at Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe love a good BBQ, it is important to remember that Memorial Day is not just a three day weekend.  For many, the holiday holds a closer meaning.  American soldiers have sacrificed so much to preserve the freedom that we as Americans have. So while you’re eating your sweet treats from Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe, please take a moment to remember the soldiers who valiantly fought to protect the United States of America.

For more information about Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe, visit us at www.suzisweetshoppe.com, send Suzi an e-mail at suzi@suzisweetshoppe.com or give us a call at 732-796-0115.  Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe is located at 1100 Highway 35, Middletown, NJ 07748.

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It’s Time to Hop into Spring!

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Easter is around the corner and you know what that means!  The Easter Bunny is making his way to your home with delicious chocolates and treats!  The legend of the Easter Bunny says that he will come to your home and deliver Easter eggs filled with candies and chocolates to all of the good children!  So where does the Easter Bunny get all of the delicious treats?  He gets them at Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe, of course!  With so many options like solid chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, dipped chicks, speckled eggs and hollowed eggs and baskets, how could you go wrong?  Easter isn’t just a holiday for the kids!  We have an assortment of delectable fudges, rich milk and dark chocolates, truffles, barks and butter crunch for all of the grownups!  We also carry a variety of sugar-free chocolate options!

All of us at Suzi’s understand how busy you can be around the holidays, which is why you can order from us online 24/7 at www.suzisweetshoppe.com!  Need a last minute gift for a family gathering?  Don’t worry! We have so many baskets and gift options to choose from!  Some of our gift baskets include a Holiday Basket, Tray Basket, and a Basket of Pretzels.  If you don’t see a basket that meets your needs, we will gladly customize your order!  Make Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe your ultimate chocolate destination by stopping in or by visiting us on the web!  Don’t forget to sign up for our monthly chocolate covered strawberry drawing!  The winner is picked at the end of the month and will receive one pound of our freshly made chocolate covered strawberries!

For more information about Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe, visit us at www.suzisweetshoppe.com, send Suzi an e-mail at suzi@suzisweetshoppe.com or give us a call at 732-796-0115.  Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe is located at 1100 Highway 35, Middletown, NJ 07748.

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Come celebrate American Chocolate Week! March 15th-21st

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Do you really need an excuse? Remember these health benefits, chocolate is made from plants that help in your anti-aging diet. Flavonoids act as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from aging. Dark chocolate contains nearly 8 times the number of antioxidants found in strawberries. So imagine, the “satisfaction” your body and soul will get from Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe chocolate covered strawberries, or any of our delicious chocolates.

The Easter Bunny is coming soon, and Suzi’s is doing our part to help get ready! Stop in the shop or order online http://suzisweetshoppe.com/category/chocolate for fun and delicious treats. We are making our famous chocolate dipped chicks, chocolate marshmallows, and of course bunnies of all sizes! Our baskets, speckled eggs, and lollipops are always a favorite! Come in and see what’s hopping at Suzi’s or visit us online. http://suzisweetshoppe.com/holidays/easterpassover

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Get your Pot of Gold at Suzi’s!

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Ever wonder where Leprechaun’s hide their pot of gold? Legend has it that Leprechaun’s are known to be anti-social, which is why they live alone. In order to find the pot of gold they have hidden you must not lose sight of them. If you do, they will vanish and you will never find the gold!

Lucky for you, Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe has plenty of goodies to treat yourself to on St. Patrick’s Day. We may not have real gold coins but chocolate is rich in and of itself. Wouldn’t you say?

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe!
Visit our store or shop online by clicking here for decadent treats of chocolate including shamrocks, Irish potatoes, strawberries, lollipops and more!

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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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