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Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Our Halloween candy is starting to arrive. There are so many fun treats to pick from and many of them are only available for a limited time. There is your traditional Halloween candy that is a must have. For many Halloween would not be the same if they didn't have some of these candies to eat.

The most common candies for Halloween and fall are:
  • Candy Corn of course
  • Indian Corn
  • Mallowcreme Pumpkins
  • Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Wax Fangs 
  • Wax Lips
  • Caramel Apple Pops
All of these candies have been around for years. I can  remember always going to my grandparents house and you would find a dish sitting on the kitchen table over flowing with candy corn and candy pumpkins. As a kid I really didn't care for these, I would have much rather had chocolate, however I would find myself reaching many times into the bowl to get a few pumpkins or corn kernels.

Pumpkin seeds are a great treat and somewhat healthy too.  I was so surprised as a teen to find out you could buy pumpkin seeds in the store. I thought the only way to get them was by digging them out of your pumpkin and cleaning all the slimy pumpkin off of them and baking them.  There was always so much excitement around our house when it was time to carve the pumpkins, however no one really cared to scoop all the seeds out and clean them.  I would always hunt down the biggest pumpkin figuring it would have the most seeds, but that was not always the case.

At one time you could only get wax fangs at Halloween and the wax lips for Valentine's day. We are happy to say that we now carry these fun wax candies all year long. The kids love getting these for Halloween. Once the word was out  who was giving these out there would be a line at the door and all the kids in the neighborhood were running around as vampires.

Peanut butter kisses are made by many companies, however the most tasty brand are the Mary Janes.
We get so many customers calling asking for these, however they never know they name. They are famous for being called the peanut butter candy in the orange or black wrappers. I really did hate getting these for trick or treat. I would stand in line in anticipation just waiting to see what I was getting . When I finally got to the door and held out my pumpkin and would see that black or orange wrapped candy get dropped in I would try and smile and say thank you. I am really not sure if it was the peanut butter kiss it self or the fact that it was so small that didn't appeal to me.

Caramel Apple Pops are a favorite candy available all year long just not as easy to find locally as they are at Halloween time. Kids love these green apple suckers covered in caramel, but so to the adults. So many times when we hand these out as treats we see the parents taking them out of the treat bags and eating them.  If you have seen these suckers and have never tried them I think you should it is amazing how much they taste like a taffy apple. When Tootsie first brought these out they were only available in the fall, but due to their success they make them all year now.

So now you have it, the list of the most traditional Halloween candies that are our best sellers. Keep in mind there are many other treats available which we will be talking about soon. Just remember if  these are a must have treat for your gatherings don't wait to long to buy them, by mid October you will no longer be able to get them.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I thought today we would talk a little bit about Mott's all natural fruit snacks. Fruit snacks from a candy store? Yep. Why not tell the kids that you bought them from a candy store? I bet they'll eat them then. Mom approved snacks for the kids from a candy store? Not a bad idea. With school just starting, these fruit snacks would be a  perfect snack to add to the bag lunch, use for an after school treat or just a little something mid afternoon for a pick me up.

Let's face it, kids love candy and it is getting more challenging to get them to choose something healthy. Usually the better something is for you,  the worse it tastes. Such is not the case with Mott's. I have to admit, seeing the words " All Natural" made me think twice before trying them. Imagine how the kids will think about that term. Mott's company has been making families healthier for over 150 years. Whether you are looking for fruit snacks, juices  or applesauce in a variety of flavors Mott's has you covered.

Most fruit snacks lack flavor and are somewhat rubbery, not something that you really care to eat.
Motts all natural fruit snacks are the exception to those rules.  To me they have a long lasting sweet flavor and remind me more of a gummy candy instead of a fruit snack. Something the kids will pick up on right away. So tasty, we even feature them on our Gummy Candy Page.  We decided to carry Mott's fruit snacks for just those qualities. We like kids to enjoy themselves and know that it doesn't always have to be sugary snacks. I'm a Mom too, and I always tried to get our kids interested in healthy treats. Mott's makes the task a little easier.

Each bag has an assortment of six flavors:
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • Mixed Berry
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberry
  • Strawberry Banana
We hope you'll give them a try.

Thanks For Reading and, Naturally, Have a Sweet Day!

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Monday, September 5, 2011
Well it is that time of the year again.  The last summer holiday is over and now we get ready for fall and Halloween. The Halloween candy is starting to arrive with more and more coming in everyday.  You may be surprise to know that due to all the trick or treaters and parties, Halloween the number one selling candy season, with Valentines Day after it.

There are many great treats available for the season. Candy corn is the number one selling and most recognized candy at Halloween. There are many brands available , however Brach's is the number one selling brand. Unlike many of the other candy corns Brach's is made with real honey which gives it a flavor that stands out from all the others.

Candy corn was first invented over 100 years ago. It's three colors and shaped resemble that of a real kernel of corn making it associated with fall and harvest time. These little corn shaped candies were a real treat back in the day as there was no mass production available so the quantity was low , but the demand was high.

Candy corn  is pretty much the same recipe today as when it started , however the major difference is mass production allowing a better availability. At some speciality shops you can get candy corn year round, however 80% of the sales of these little treats are between the months of August and October. It may be hard to believe but during the Halloween season over 20 million pounds of this corned is consumed.

These are one of those candies that kids expect to see at their grandparents house for some reason grandma's believe this is a must have fall treat. After all it is a popular candy to hand out all those little devils, ghost and witches that come knocking at your door for treats.

Not only do these taste good , but they are used many time at schools for arts and crafts. I can remember more then once in art class using candy corn to decorate a frame or making some sort of  Halloween themed picture and using candy corn to decorate it.

Not only does it come in the traditional white, orange and yellow kernels, but you can also get indian corn . Indian corn is actually white , yellow and brown. The brown part being chocolate, Brach's makes their Indian corn with real cocoa. So for those chocolate lovers there is a candy corn for you too.

For those of you that just love this treat  and can not get enough of it don't worry. Reindeer corn is available at Christmas. This corn is made using white , red and green. We can't forget about bunny corn which is available during Easter which has the same great tasting just made in pastel colors.

Check out all our great Halloween treats whether you are looking for something different to hand out or looking for one of your favorites I am sure you will be pleased with our selection.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011
Once again Labor Day weekend marks the end of the season for Big Star Drive-In in Kenosha, WI. Big deal huh? Well to all the locals around here it is. The buzz starts in early Spring as to when they will open for the season. The opening weekend draws crowds worthy of a Rockstar's arrival. Through the first week of opening, residents rearrange their scheduled dinner plans to fit in a stop at Big Star. All through the Summer the Nostalgic little Drive-In stays sufficiently busy. As Labor Day draws near, everyone watches for the signs to be posted marking the official "Season Ends" date. This year it was September 4th. Signs were posted and again plans we rearranged to squeeze the final visit in.

Being a Nostalgic kind of guy, I appreciate what Big Star represents. I, after all am the one who goes on about things changing and why can't the good old things remain. Big Star has remained, and is an Oasis of the good old days way of doing things that keeps us looking back. The Neon, the hundreds of light bulbs ringing the canopy, and the carhops, and burgers, onion rings, shakes, and Root Beer in a mug are all the things that make us look forward to Big Star every Summer. Good food, not necessarily great food like one could find in many other places, but maybe the fun and nostalgia of times past keeps us coming back for more.

I didn't grow up in Kenosha and never knew about Big Star. When my wife and I started dating I quickly learned about this Holy Grail of burger stops that everyone flocked to in town. She grew up here so therefore she knew about it. I never really latched onto the whole allure of the place, it was just a drive in like the ones from my hometown. But as my kids grew up here, it became a part of their culture and of course mine. Having a passion for the old days as I do, Big Star now means more to me  than just burgers and shakes.

We started our Old Time candy business because of our childhood. My wife and I both grew up with a Ben Franklin dime store in our neighborhoods. Our first candy store was across the street from where her Ben Franklin used to be. We wanted to bring that pleasure back to the kids that lived in the neighborhood after Ben Franklin was gone. Now we bring it to the neighborhoods all over the World thanks to the Web.

The importance of Route 66, The Mickey Mouse Club, '57 Chevys, Drive-In theaters and burger stops, Rock and Roll, and the Corner Candy Store is about more than History. It's about American culture and what makes this land like no other in the World.

So farewell to Big Star til next year. Come Spring, attention will be on your windows for the hanging of the signs telling us when we can start scheduling our trips back in time.

Thanks for listening, and Have a Sweet Day.

O'Ryans Village

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