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We love June here at Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe. It’s warm, but not too warm. Nights are still cool enough to hang out in a sweatshirt in front of the fire pit with friends and family. Summer officially starts, and along with it comes tons of fun events and celebrations. From birthday and weddings to graduations, June has it all. In our last few blogs we talked all about wedding fun, but for this post, it’s all about grads and dads – graduation parties and Father’s Day! From gifts to party favors, Suzi’s has you covered for all the happenings throughout June – and all summer long!
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17th, and personally, I love Father’s Day just as much as I enjoy Mother’s Day. Not only is Stan a wonderful husband to me, but also an amazing father to our 4 children and the greatest grandfather to our 11 (yes 11!) grandchildren. It has been such a joy to see him take on those roles over the years. He is loving, caring, and just an all around great man who has always worked hard for our family. Because we love Father’s Day so much, we have plenty of sweet treats to celebrate my husband, my father, and all the awesome dads out there.
If the dads in your life are always fixing something around the house, we have our tool set, tools made out of solid sweet milk or dark chocolate. Or, maybe dad is a computer guy, and if that’s the case, we have the solid computer, made with milk, dark, or white chocolate. Sports are always dad approved, and for that we have our chocolate golf bag and balls set, made with either milk or dark chocolate paired with white chocolate balls, or our basketball or baseballs, solid milk chocolate balls wrapped in foil and perfect for Father’s Day. If you just want to say what really matters though, we have our dad box, with the word ‘dad’ spelled out in solid letters. Stop in the shoppe and pick these treats and many more just in time to celebrate dad!
Whether from high school, college, or any kind of school, graduating is a huge accomplishment in someones life. It’s also a huge accomplishment for the parents, take it from me, you give yourself a pat on the back for having smart and educated kids! There’s a lot of proud mom (and dad!) moments in a parents life, but seeing your kids walk on whatever stage their on and receive their diplomas are one of the greatest.
As you can tell, we love graduations here at Suzi’s, which is why we whip up some treats for grads too, whether giving them their own after their caps are thrown, or giving them away to guests at the end of celebrating your graduates party. We have the graduation cap lollipop, with the cap and scroll, or, the classic round chocolate graduation lollipop, with a hat and ‘happy graduation!’ in the center. For a sweet and salty favor, we have the graduation pretzel rod, chocolate in the shape of a diploma set on a pretzel rod. You can stop in the shoppe or order these online to get them in time to celebrate your grad!
With so many times to celebrate in the month of June, and all summer long, visit our website and order you and your grads and dads favorites today!
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Here at Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe, we pride ourselves on all things sweet, but even more importantly, on all things chocolate. Since I was a little girl, I dreamed of owning my own candy shop, and if you read all about me and my family a few posts back, you’d know that I worked in a candy store at a young age, and even met my husband at one! You can say candy shops and chocolate run in our blood. For these reasons and many more, my family and I have focused on perfecting our chocolate, fudge, and other sweet recipes for our customers to enjoy.
With the start of summer months only being a day away, there are tons of opportunities for chocolate and sweets. From weddings season, like we talked about in our previous blog, to birthdays, showers, graduations, vacations, barbeques, and much more, we think summertime just makes every celebration better. For this reason, we rounded up our ‘Best Seller’ list, most popular and favorite items of ours and customers alike. So if you need to grab favors for a party you are hosting, or want to surprise a family member or friend with a sweet treat when you stop on by their place, look no further than here. Plus, we think bringing a box of sweets is definitely going to score you another invite (think friends who have pools and relaxing backyards!)
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
In our opinion, salty and sweet is perhaps one of the best flavor combinations ever invited (though we may be a little biased). But that’s also why we (and our customers!) love our chocolate covered pretzels so much. From the ever popular chocolate dip and white chocolate swirl to our fancy chocolate covered pretzels, coated in everything from sprinkles, M&M’s, nuts, toffee, recess, and more, they really are the perfect treat for any occasion, big or small. From boxes to baskets, we have it all!
When you think back to summer time as a child, especially at the Jersey Shore, do you think of going into the boardwalk candy shop and taste testing some fudge? We do and that’s why our fudge is so special to us. Homemade in the shop, you can even watch the fudge being spread and cut right in our window. We have taken the time to perfect our recipe, and were even once lucky enough to be featured on ABC News for it! With classics favorites like chocolate peanut butter to fun flavors like birthday cake and watermelon, we have something for everyone.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Fresh, sweet fruit dipped in chocolate is another classic combination, forever loved by all. We take the time to hand select and hand dip only the most perfect strawberries, and frankly, the dipping technique takes some time to master itself! With it now being summer and strawberry season, now is the perfect time to gift someone a decorated chocolate covered strawberry basket, or, treat yourself to some strawberries after a long day or week, we won’t tell! Chocolate covered strawberries are perishable, though, so if you’re thinking about ordering some, they must be picked up in store and must stay refrigerated.
Gift Baskets, Boxes and Platters
The ever classic chocolate gift basket – who wouldn’t want to see that walking through their door? Whether your friends or family members are hosting a backyard bash or small dinner party, or whether they’re celebrating a birthday, engagement, baby, new home, any time calls for a box of celebratory chocolates. Does everyone enjoy a surprise? Our most popular assorted box will do the trick. Perfect for dessert during a relaxing BBQ or pool party is our fresh fruit platter, with everyone’s favorite fruit options. But if you want everyone to truly enjoy a little fun piece of everything from marshmallow pops to potato chip bark, we have our Deluxe Gift Basket, or, if chocolate covered pretzels and Oreos are more everyone’s idea of a good time, we have the Jennifer Platter.
Everything on this list can be browsed through on our website and while some can be ordered online, everything can also be picked up in the shoppe. Stop by and check out our best sellers for your summer gatherings, or, even better, for yourself!
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Spring and Summer mean so many things in New Jersey. Warm weather, beautiful flowers, boardwalks, the Jersey Shore, and countless other fun and exciting things. It’s our favorite time of the year here at Suzi’s for this reason and many more. The seasons bring graduations from both high school and college, birthdays and showers, tons of fun holidays, and most of all, wedding season! Of course, couples have amazing weddings all year around, but many, especially here at the Jersey Shore, want to get married when the weather is right. And we all the blooming trees and beautiful beach backdrop opportunities, we can’t say that we blame them!
We know wedding planning is hectic for everyone involved, between the venue, the food, the music, and the millions of small details to make your wedding one you always dreamed of, and make it a night to remember for all. Here at Suzi’s, our goal is to make weddings even easier (and more delicious!) for the bride and groom, and their guests. That’s why we have plenty of ideas when it comes to favors, all the more fun and tasty than the next. With plenty of time to order for your summer wedding festivities, we created a round up of our favorite favors for you to chose from, and, most importantly, ones that we know guests will love.
If your friends and family are major chocolate lovers, we present to you our 4 Piece Truffle Favor (also available in 2 Piece!) With two milk chocolate and two dark chocolate truffles, there’s a bite for everyone to enjoy. The truffle box is wrapped in ribbon, or, customized ribbon can also be ordered for an additional cost. Our Chocolate Heart Box will make a statement between wedding goers, with two favors in one! Our hollow box can hold items like Jordan Almonds, a traditional wedding favor, or, make a fun and colorful twist with our handmade nonpareils. Another option is our Wedding Bell Chocolate Box, which offers the same idea!
For a fun take on a wedding favor, we offer our Mini Wine Bottles. You supply us the bottles, we’ll dip it in chocolate and tie it with a bow. What better pairing than wine and chocolate? For all of the beach weddings this summer, we have for you our Beach in a Bag. Wrapped in a clear cello bag with graham cracker crumbs comes a white chocolate star fish and 3 milk chocolate seashells and tied with your choice of ribbon color. Customized ribbon can also be ordered for an additional cost. But because we know that beach sand is messy, we don’t recommend shipping this item as the graham cracker crumbs will be all over and not look appealing.
With plenty more favors available on our website, check out our wedding section, or, stop by the shoppe and discuss wedding favor options today! We’ll handle the favors, and you’ll be able to check one more thing off your list. Happy Wedding Season everyone!
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We can’t believe tomorrow is the first day of May and April is already behind us! Time flies when you’re having fun, and boy, did we have a lot of fun this past month! From celebrating our graduates and a bunch of candy holidays, and even a music video in the mix (details coming soon!) the team here has been busy, but we’re so excited for warm weather and for what’s to come. That’s why we wanted to give you a jumpstart to the happenings here at Suzi’s for the month of May, and get you prepared for the sunny month just as much as we are!
To start off the month, we have a week dedicated to both teachers and nurses, some of the most hardworking people we know! National Nurses Week begins on May 6th and ends on May 12th. It features a host of events across the U.S. to honor nurses for the work they do, and educates the public about nurses role in health care. Teacher Appreciation week is from May 7-11, with Teacher Day being on Tuesday, May 8th. Both the week and the day celebrate teachers and the work they do for education and society. Do you have a special or favorite nurse or teacher in your life? Shop online or stop in the shoppe and grab a treat to show them how much you care! For nurses, we have our Nurse Set, with medical tools made out of milk, dark, or white chocolate, and for teachers we have options like our Teacher Lollipop, a milk, white, or dark chocolate chalkboard outlined in sprinkles, our School Bus Box, with a chocolate school bus and two of our favorite chocolate covered pretzels, and much more!
With more celebrations in order, Sunday, May 13th is all about mom on Mother’s Day. No matter how old you are, you can appreciate all the things Mom has done for you everyday, but especially today. There’s nothing your favorite hardworking lady can’t do, so to show her how much you care with some of her favorite sweets! (Because what mom doesn’t love some chocolate?) Having four children and 11 grandchildren of my own, I can vouch for that! We love moms at Suzi’s, which is why we’ve whipped up so many options for them, from truffles to berries. Some of our favorites include our MOM set, in milk, dark, or white chocolate, our I Love You record, made with milk chocolate (but can be made with white or dark if you allow us extra time!), and our famous Chocolate Covered Strawberries, made in an assortment of chocolates, and, if you’d like, an assortment of toppings, in boxes of 6 or 12. These are only available for in store pick-up, as strawberries are perishable!
Don’t miss out! Order online and pick up in store to skip the line, or, stop in a grab some sweet treats for all the awesome nurses, teachers, and moms in your life, today!
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April is finally here! And though it may not feel like it just yet, it’s officially springtime. We may have had a strange start, with Easter being so early in the season, and having to fight through a few cold weather days, but luckily, there’s still a lot of fun and exciting things coming up for the month. We compiled a list of national holidays to celebrate throughout the month of April, even if the celebration means just grabbing a little something sweet for yourself. We never need an excuse for a treat, and now, neither do you.
Have a golfer in your life, or love the game yourself? This is your day to celebrate! Even if you can’t get out on the green today, you can grab our golf bag and balls, complete with a dark or milk chocolate bag, and white chocolate golf balls. Or, you can make everything the same flavor of your favorite chocolate! You can lose a round, but you can’t lose with this.
April 12th – National Licorice Day
A whole day to celebrate your favorite old school classic candy? We’re not complaining! We prefer our licorice strawberry flavored and chocolate dipped by hand, in either milk or dark chocolate. And, because we (or anyone we know) can’t just have one, we sell ours in packs of 3.
April 21st – National Chocolate Covered Cashew Day
We don’t know about you, but our favorite way to eat cashews is covered in chocolate. (We feel that way about a lot of things, though). If you agree, you’re in luck, in the form of our cashew bark. All you have to do is decide whether you want to mix them together in milk, dark, or white chocolate! A tough choice, we agree.
April 22nd – National Jelly Bean Day
Chocolate is our thing, but you know we’re big fans of all kinds of candy. That includes another classic favorite – jelly beans! Ours are fat free, gluten free, nut free, and kosher, so you don’t have to feel bad about ordering or stopping in the shop and grabbing the bigger bag.
April 25th – Administrative Professionals Day
What a better way to say ‘thank you’ to the people who keep your business running smoothly than with a basket of chocolate? We have multiple options for corporate gift ideas, including this basket! But order soon, the month will come and go before you know it!
April 26th – National Chocolate Covered Pretzel Day
It’s almost like they saved one of our favorites for last. We don’t ever need an excuse to indulge in our favorite chocolate covered pretzel, but if you need one, here it is! From big to small, from baskets to rods, we have all the selection you could want.
If any of these treats are calling your name, we invite you to celebrate on their national day with us. Or, why wait? Stop in the shop or shop our website for all of these and more.
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According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are more than 27 million small businesses in the United States. There is something wonderful about shopping at and supporting local business, especially at a mom and pop shop like Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe. You just can’t beat the personal, friendly service and the quality of the merchandise you buy from mom and pop stores. Plus, there isn’t anything quite like walking into a shop and somehow feeling welcome, like you just came home or to grandma’s house. While it’s hard to compete with larger, “big-box” stores, small, family owned businesses will always have a place in our neighborhoods, and we’re living proof!
For myself and my husband, Stan, the chocolate business hasn’t always been easy, but it’s always been something that’s been apart of us. We have been married for 28 years, and if can you imagine – we actually met in a candy store! I have been working in candy shops since I was a freshman in high school, and through the trials of multiple full time jobs for the both of us, I never forgot my dream of owning my own one day. When I finally got the chance to open my own store, I jumped on it, knowing that Stan and I both knew the ins and outs of the chocolate business. The start came with many ups and downs (and even a location change!), but the shoppe has been opened since November 1998, and I have loved every day since. 4 children and 11 grandchildren later, we base our work around love and family, and have found that if you’re doing what you’re truly passionate about, most days don’t seem like a job at all!
National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day is March 29th and it is a day meant to celebrate and honor small business owners. We at Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe are proud and honored to be part of this small niche of people that make up mom and pop shops. We appreciate our customers for allowing us to continue serving our community with a smile, and of course, chocolate! Part of being a small business means that we care about our customers in a way that big department stores and chains never can. We know many of our customers by name, and are always happy to help them make selections or create the perfect gift. We value everything that we put into our chocolates and candies, because those are the things that make you smile. That’s why for the last 20 years, Stan and I have been making our chocolate in store from the highest quality and freshest ingredients. That makes our chocolate just a little more special, and of course, tasty!
We love to see your smiling faces and making your taste buds happy! Help us and other small businesses like ours celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day by stopping by our store or shop online and treat yourself to something local!
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Easter and Passover are right around the corner, with both holidays falling very early on their seasonal calendars. (Passover is next Friday, March 30th – Saturday, April 7th and Easter is Sunday, April 1st). With time flying and the holidays approaching fast, now is the perfect time to stock up on some of your kids favorite chocolates and treats, and grab a little something for yourself as well.
Thinking back to childhood, there wasn’t a better Easter gift than getting one of those large chocolate bunnies to bite into (but feeling a little bad about taking off an ear!), or grabbing a handful of colorful jellybeans or mini chocolate eggs. Luckily, we have a large assortment of goodies to choose from to upgrade your Easter baskets or Passover treats, or to put out as place settings for the family.
For the classic chocolate lovers, we have a large selection. Some of our favorites include homemade hollow eggs and baskets, made with milk or dark chocolate and filled with jelly beans and even more chocolate, in the form of foiled eggs. Because these are hollow, we don’t want them to break during shipping, so they are only available for pick up in store. If you’re a little far from the store but are still craving some of the shops sweets, we have milk or dark chocolate marshmallow eggs, or Easter-themed lollipops created in milk, dark, or white chocolate. Another stand out is our filled Easter eggs, in your choice of chewy coconut or creamy peanut butter. We also have the quintessential Easter treat – peeps! Ours are dipped in either white, dark, or milk chocolate and come in rows of five.
For Passover treats, we have something special. Our Passover lollipops, are circular and come in milk chocolate, with the saying “Happy Passover” on each. We also have classic Jelly Beans, which are assorted fruit flavored, fat and gluten-free, Kosher, and come in 1lb bags and 1/2lb bags. The perfect little treat to leave around on tables, or to hand out to the kids after dinner! No matter what holiday you may celebrate, we wish you a happy and healthy one, from our family to yours!
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We already know that there are many health benefits of chocolate, with recent studies proving both dark and milk chocolate, in moderation, can actually be good for you. There are also some other benefits of chocolate that are not as commonly known, one of them being the “myth” that chocolate is an aphrodisiac. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we wanted to explore this so we decided to do some “Googling”. Here are some interesting tidbits we found in our quest to learn the truth about chocolate and aphrodisiacs.
According to an article in Cosmopolitan magazine, 17 Aprodisiac Foods that Can Affect Your Sex Drive, chocolate is listed as number 6, with Dr. Dianne Hoppe, the medical resource for the article, detailing that the phenyl ethylamine (PEA) in chocolate is a stimulant that elicits excitement and a sense of well-being. In addition to the natural caffeine, the doctor recommends choosing dark chocolate for the heart health benefits as well.
So what is PEA? According to Wikipedia, it’s an organic compound, natural monamine alkaloid, and trace amine which acts as a central nervous system stimulant in humans. It’s also found in many other organisms and foods, chocolate being one of them. Another source states that it is a trace amine and influencer of many of the “happy hormones” such as dopamine and serotonin, which are two of the neurotransmitters responsible for your happiness. Being happy could definitely lead to “being in the mood” for love, couldn’t it?
Another article on WebMD.com suggests that even though there is no food that truly stimulates sexual desire, the mere suggestion of it can stimulate the love senses and put you “in the mood”! The article even outlines how the Aztecs believed chocolate was a powerful aphrodisiac. The article goes on to suggest that although we do not absorb enough of the PEA to actually affect our emotions, the taste and texture of chocolate is what feels sexy.
Back to the article in Cosmo, another food on the list of 17 are strawberries! The article states that according to legend “strawberries originated from the heart-shaped tears of Aphrodite after she learned of her lover, Adonis’s death”. Dr. Hoppe explains that the fruit is high in Vitamin C, which is important for the production of sex hormones and chemical neurotransmitters in the brain to increase libido. Wow!
What does all this mean for Valentine’s Day? According to our research on Google, pairing strawberries with chocolate could definitely be a powerful aphrodisiac. Our suggestion is to place your order now for our Chocolate Covered Strawberries so that you can present your lover with a combination that is sure to stoke the fires this Valentine’s Day. Even if the food is not an actual aphrodisiac, we know this gift will light the love in your Valentine! And, don’t fight the crowds, just place your order online by Monday, February 12th, give us the time you want to pick them up, and skip the lines on Valentine’s Day!
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If your New Year’s resolution is to focus on your health, you probably think you have to give up all your favorite treats, like chocolate. We would like to share some very good reasons why you may not have to put down the chocolate quite yet! It’s been proven that there are actually several health benefits to eating chocolate. And we aren’t just talking about dark chocolate here. Research is now finding that all types of the rich, decedent, creamy, treat may have health benefits. Of course, as always, the recommendation is to enjoy in moderation, and as with any food, too much is never a good thing. BUT there are some seriously good reasons to eat just a bit of chocolate every now and then.
First, chocolate can lower your chances of heart disease and stroke. According to a study done by the University of Aberdeen School of Medicine and Dentistry in Scotland, 100 grams of chocolate, which is about two bags of M&M’s or two chocolate bars, a day can lower your risk for heart disease and stroke. The study was reported on by the Huffington Post, and concluded that people who ate chocolate regularly were 11% less likely to develop heart disease, and 23% less likely to suffer a stroke. So, break out the nightly chocolate and glass of red wine, because science says they’re healthy.
Next, we found that chocolate can lower blood pressure. Chocolate contains flavonols, which are naturally occurring compounds within chocolate. These have been suggested by some studies, such as the one noted above by the University of Aberdeen School of Medicine and Dentistry, to affect blood by making platelets less sticky and improving blood flow to the brain. This means that blood can circulate better and ultimately affect blood pressure as well. There are less flavonols in milk chocolate than in dark chocolate, but the benefits are still there.
Research also show that chocolate can slow signs of aging. According to studies done by Cornell University in New York, chocolate can reduce signs of aging. This is due to one of the antioxidants that is naturally occurring in chocolate, epicatechin. This actually affects the brain and has been shown to reduce the risk of dementia. Other antioxidants also reduce the risk of arthritis and can ease the pain of arthritis.
Did you know chocolate can help fight the common cold? Antioxidants, got to love those little guys, in chocolate can fight the common cold, or at least help. Phenolics, was found to help ease symptoms of the common cold and help boost the immune system. Between this, and chocolates ability to help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, what more could you need?
In moderation, chocolate can be healthy and provide some serious health benefits, so it’s okay to satisfy your craving once in a while, without breaking your New Year’s resolution! If you want to reap the benefits of chocolate, Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe can help! All our chocolate is home-made, so it’s always fresh. And we can make custom orders of dark, milk, or white with all your favorite combinations, like chocolate covered pretzels, hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries, or assorted chocolates with nuts and fillings. Visit our new website for all your chocolate needs, or you can stop by our shoppe in Middletown! After all, it’s good for your health!
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