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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Necco conversation hearts are once again available in the classic flavors. A few years ago the original flavors of the Necco conversation hearts were discontinued and new flavors brought out. The originals were missed by many.

 Why were they discontinued is a question we are asked by many of our customers. The answer to that question is a bit puzzling .  Apparently  they came out with new flavors to appeal to the kids.
No long could you get the banana and lime, they were replaced with lemon and blue raspberry.

The only way you could get the original flavors was to buy them in a 50 pound bulk box. Now I know many customers love the classic flavors, but not to many want 50 pounds.  We found a company that repackaged them under their name, but they are the original classic flavors of the Necco brand hearts.

For the last couple of years we have been ordering them for this company and hold our breath until our order arrives.  I am like most people and like the originals not the new flavors. As soon as our order arrives I have to rip open and bag and do a taste test.

Once again this year my mouth was quite happy to taste the  banana and lime flavor hearts.
Many ask,  How can we tell if we are getting the classic or the new flavors ?
That is easy check the colors of the hearts if you see blue then you are getting the new flavors.

Necco classic flavors are : Banana, Lime, Grape, Cherry, Orange and Wintergreen.

I do somewhat understand that the candy companies of course want flavors that appeal to kids, however what they also need to understand is that adults eat a lot of candy as well.  Many times the old time candies are bought not just because they are liked, but also for the memories of their youth.

Buy Necco Classic Conversation Hearts now if they are a favorite of yours, as we never know from one year to the next if we are going to be able to get them again.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016
When it comes to Valentine candy there a so many choices available. Of course everything is heart shaped and comes in mostly cinnamon and cherry flavors. So many choices , so many new candies coming out every year.

Even though there are a lot of new candies that appear on the shelves every year many still like the classic Valentine candies that have been around for years.

One of our top selling sweet treats for Valentines day is Brach's cinnamon hearts. I am sure everyone has eaten this a time or two and is still a favorite of many.

Brach's has been making these for years and unlike many cinnamon flavored candies the flavor lasts through the whole time you are eating

How can you resist the cinnamon flavored jelly heart covered lightly with a sugar coating, giving it just the right combination of a sweet and spicy candy.

Not only are Brach's cinnamon jelly hearts great to put in your candy dish or eat right out of the bag, they are also perfect to add to your cupcakes and other treats you bake for Valentine's day.

If you like the spicier things in life these are a must have treat.  Each bag is 12 oz. and has approximately 45 hearts.  Hurry and get yours today as they sell out really quick.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
When it comes to buying an Easter basket for teens it can be somewhat tricky.  Teenagers like to come off as being to cool for an Easter basket, however the are secretly dying to sink their teeth into some sweet chocolate bunnies and Easter treats.

All kids like candy especially tweens, however forget about those cute bunny Easter baskets in  soft pastel colors.  And give a basket with a plush bunny, oh boy now you are really in trouble. The Easter bunny from O'Ryans Village knows just what teenagers like and have some candy filled Easter baskets made just for Teenagers.

Here are some Easter basket ideas for teens which make perfect Easter gifts for boys or girls. This are our top selling 5 Easter baskets f

This basket has all the most popular Easter candies that kids like. You get a mixture of chocolate and sour Easter candy.  Sour Patch bunnies, sour punch straws, Kit Kat bunny ears, Reese's peanut butter eggs and twix Easter eggs are just a few of the candies found in this Basket.

This Easter basket is filled with mostly chocolate candy.  Brach's solid chocolate bunny, Reese's peanut butter eggs , Snickers Egg, Cadbury mini eggs and other chocolates. Plus what every Easter basket needs peeps and jelly belly jelly beans.  This Easter basket is not only perfect for teenagers, but also for adults.

Our Reese's Easter basket is filled with nothing but chocolate Reese's Easter candies. You get a 5 oz Reester bunny, a carrot filled with Reese's pieces, peanut butter cups,  1 oz Reese's bunnies along with a variety of
peanut butter eggs.

This basket has nothing but snickers Easter candies.  You get snickers eggs, peanut butter eggs, a plastic egg filled with snickers, mini snickers and peanut mini's.   Snickers candy bars are one of the candy bars that teen grab the most.

If you want a great basket with no chocolate or Easter candies our Sour candy gift basket is perfect. For some reason kids just love the sour sweets and this basket is full of candies to make you pucker.
Sour patch kids, sour razzles, sour patch straws, fun dip, sour gummy burgers and so much more. Hours and hours of chewy fun.

So if you are looking for Easter basket idea's for teens any of these would be perfect. Buy candy filled baskets with all chocolates, mixed or the sour basket and you will by your teens favorite Easter Bunny.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

With Valentine's day approaching quickly it is now time to buy your Russell Stover heart shaped box of chocolates. There is not many things near and dear to a lady's heart then a box of chocolates.

Each box has an assortment of fine chocolates. Mints , caramels, nuts and oh so much more. You can buy a 14 oz box or a 20 oz. heart shaped box wrapped in red cellophane.

When selection a Valentine gift for you sweetheart you won't go wrong with a Russell Stover heart.
If it is quality chocolates you are after you won't be disappointed. These are  made the old fashion way,  in small batches with the highest quality ingredients.  The chocolate is made with real chocolate not just chocolate flavoring, same goes for peanut butter candies real peanut butter there too.

Russell Stover has been around for over 90 years and there is a good reason for that. They believe in quality when it comes to their chocolates. They have been using the same recipe as they did when the company first started and their candies are still made in the USA. Not sure if many of you know that , but when these tasty chocolate first it the market the name of the company was called Mrs. Stover’s Bungalow Candies. The name was changed to Russell Stover  in the early 1940's.

Show your special Valentine just how much you love them with one of these heart shaped boxes of chocolates.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

This is a question that has been asked for years.  Many believe that candy cigarettes encourage kids to smoke, there has been a lot of controversy over this subject. The name was changes a few years ago to candy sticks to help prevent kids from associating this candy with the real thing.

In 2011 the FDA banned tobacco companies from making flavored tobacco's for cigarettes except for menthol. No longer is vanilla, cherry, orange or other flavor tobacco products are available. Some states have banned them and they are not as available as they used to be.

Throughout the candy industry candy cigarettes has become quite the subject.  While I don't promote kids smoking I find it so unreal the uproar this subject causes.

Interested in what people think we asked this question on O'Ryans Village Facebook Page.
Do you think candy cigarettes encourage kids to smoke and should they be banned ?
I was actually surprised with the comments.

Here are a few comments we received  

  • Yes in a way they do but j don't think they should be banned they have been around for years .. 
  • Yes and yes...don't think kids should even act like they are smoking or pretend it is cool...I had them as a child and yes I grew up & smoked...have since stopped..
  • I don't think they encourage kids to smoke. I had them often as a child, as did MANY of my friends. Of my friends, I was the ONLY one who started smoking(I too have quit). I truly believe it was my parents who influenced me. They both smoked and the parents of my friends did not smoke. I wouldn't definitely let my granddaughters have them.
  • No I don't think that they can be bad. I had them as a kid, however I never picked up real cigs. My parents don't smoke. I think its more the influence of the parents. If the parents smoke, than the kids tend to pick it up.
  • I despise smoking but still played with the candy cigerettes and if I didn't have them I used cheesies and pretended one was a smoke,so should they be band too,hahaha lord we teach our kids to make responsible desisions and explain the harm and incourage them not to even start but candy cigerettes do not make children smoke
  • Do not think candy cigarettes encourage kids to smoke. They are just a fun candy and that's why I bought them for my grandkidz. They arrived about 10 minutes ago. Love the fast delivery service. Will let you know about the taste after they get home. Afraid if I open that box, there won't be anything left for the kidz.    
  • No I absolutely do not. I know plenty of children who ate these & do not smoke today.If a child is going to imitate smoking ,they r gonna do it with a pen, pencil, straw,etc.Other factors figure into it.like if their parents smoke or if teens think it's cool or glamorous. 
  • Ok here is my take on the issue. Candy is just that Candy... I don't think it can influience any one to do anything except eat more candy.. Do the wax bottle make people drink? NO! They always try to put blame on everything but the real colperit. Smoking was all the rage in the 60's -70's in movies.. Should we not watch movies. I was watching THE DOCTORS they had so called expert saying milk is bad for you. Heck these days it depends on who you talk/listen too. Everything has its good and bad status effects on us. It all depends on how your brought up. NO THIS CANDY SHOULD NOT BE BANNED.... 
  • The answer is NO, children try or don't try things as they grow, candy has nothing to do with it. My twin and I both liked candy cigarettes when children. She never trie to smoke, and I, well at 80, I still do smoke cigarettes and enjoy them. I will say, "if you don't smoke, don't start as they are habit forming and not good for you. Humans were made to inhale air, nothing else.

These are just a few of the comments we received. When tallied up more fans agree that they do not encourage children to smoke and they should not be banned.

My thoughts thoughts on this

While I no way encourage kids to smoke, I don't feel that candy cigarettes are the culprit when they do. Both my sons had candy cigarettes long before we had a candy store. They don't smoke today and think that it is a dirty nasty habit.

Times have changed years ago it was cool to smoke, but that is not the case today.   I do agree with many of the comments that were posted.  Peer pressure along with parent smoking probably is a bigger influence then this old time candy.  Another thought is kids always want to do what they are told not too, the bigger deal that is made out of not smoking might just want them to try a cigarette.

Would kids still pretend to smoke if candy cigarettes were banned ?

My guess is yes if they want to pretend they are going to find something to use. How many times as kids did you pretend using a pretzel rod, pencil, straw, roller up piece of paper or even a stick ?  The more you tell a children no they more they want to.

Do kids purchase candy cigarettes ?

You may be surprised to know that most of the time it is adults that purchase them. Mostly because they bring back many fond memories from the past.  They are a favorite candy for 50's parties ,  class reunions or other social gatherings. 

When we had our physically store and a child would bring a pack  to the counter to purchase we would also tell them they had to ask their parents first.  We noticed that kids didn't really care for the pepsin taste and would more likely grab a chocolate bar, gummy candy or bubble gum.

Will they be banned ?

It's hard to say, but it would be a shame to see this nostalgic candy along with good memories and fun times disappear.

Please keep in mind that is just my opinion. I always told my boys that if I ever caught them with a cigarette I would break their fingers. I bit drastic but it worked.

So what are your thoughts ?

Please feel free to share your thoughts or feelings we are always interest to hear what others think. 


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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I’m always looking for a new gum to try. When I saw this classic gum at O’Ryan’sVillage I knew it was something I needed to try.  I must admit that I’d never had Choward’s Scented Gum before and it’s one of those “way back” memories of seeing it in old candy stores (remember when a brick and mortar candy store was the norm and not an anomaly?). Now that candy stores for the most part, like many other things have gone the way of the internet, possibilities are endless for classic candy  if you know where to look.

Anyhow, there are two major selling points for this gum for me. First is, it’s purple. That’s my favorite color. Second is, it really does a great job of freshening breath… many times when I eat lunch, I’m not near a toothbrush and a piece of gum is the only way to mask the unsavory breath that eating lunch often provides.

So, the first thing I noticed is this gum is  a bit hard. It’s almost got a shell on the outside. It takes a bit of a good bite to get through it. But, once that’s accomplished the taste is shockingly violet. Reminded me of my Grandmother’s house or an older lady’s perfume. Luckily that overpowering flavor subsides quickly and you’re left with a pleasant flowery flavor for a good amount of time.

The box boasts that it is a “Fragrance that refreshes after eating, smoking or drinking.” I’ve got to admit, it’s true. Unlike other gums, it doesn’t mask the mouth funk, it seems to eliminate it. That’s a good thing.

It was tough to get over such an odd name for a gum.. Choward. Didn’t seem appetizing. Of course, by the power of  Bing I found out why the name is what it is. Choward’s Gum is a company that was started in the 1930s by Charles Howard… hence C Howard.. or Choward. Well played.

I’d highly recommend this gum for the strong teethed folks out there who enjoy a classic tasting unique gum. It lasts a long time too.

By Sean Claes
Kyle, Texas

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

 Bazooka bubble gum has been a favorite gum for over 50 years. This was one of those candies that was a favorite candy from your  youth. It was very popularly known for it's red, white and blue wrappers that had a comic included. If you enjoyed this bubble gum be prepared for some changes.

While attending the candy expo in Chicago I spoke with a rep from Topp's candy company.  We were unable to get the classic bubble gum any longer. I knew there were some change involving the gum, but I was very sad to find the changes so drastic and to find out that there will no longer include the bazooka Joe comic. Soon we will see the new version of Bazooka hitting the stores.

Reason for the Change

When it comes to gum there is basically two types : bubble gum and chewing gumWhile adults typically favor chewing gum like Orbit, Dentyne, Trident or Style,  bubble gum appeals to the kids. Kids will typically grab for a package of Bubblicious, Hubba Bubba or Bubble Tape.  Kids prefer crazy flavors of sour apple, grape , strawberry or watermelon.

Topps candy company says that the classic bazooka sales are down every year that while bubble gum is more a kids type of gum, the kids are picking others over bazooka. So it is time for a change that will be more appealing to the kids.

Changes to Bazooka

Soon  you will see the new gum hitting the shelves in your local super markets and stores.  You may have already seen the new commercials with the brightly wrapped gum and the upbeat music that will definitely appeal to the youth of today but will that be enough ?  Here are the changes that you will find when you purchase the new version.

  •  Larger pieces of bubble gum which for now will still be a rectangle.
  •  Brighter color packing and wrappers with hot colors instead of the traditional red, white and blue wrappers.
  • A new flavor has been added, yep you will now find a Blue Raspberry included with the bazooka line up.
  •  No more comic.  Nope no comic in the wrapper of the gum. Now you will find the similar waxed paper, but instead of a comic it will have games, puzzles and fun facts. 

 Bazooka Joe Gone For Good ?

Good news for Joe and his gang is they are not totally unemployed.  Although the comic will no longer be included you will still find Joe, his crazy friend Mert and his dog pal included in some of the puzzles and games.

This is not the first change for this classic gum. A few years ago they changed it to Big Bubbles trying to appeal once again to the kids. The gum was more a a nugget in a twisted wrapper similar to
dubble bubble and was somewhat soft. After about two years it was changed back to the original gum again.  I hope these changes work out for Bazooka , although it will never bring back the nostalgia  charm it once had.


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