But when you run a business, holiday shopping can be somewhat trickier. Are you struggling with what to put in your corporate gift baskets, Bucks County business owners? Why not go with candy and handmade chocolate from Stutz?
Salt and sweet are an amazing pairing.
That’s apparent to anyone who’s ever enjoyed a box of chocolate covered pretzels or secretly – or not so secretly – dunked their French fries into a milkshake.
And maybe after you were done that pretzel or that ice-cream-coated fry, you asked yourself the eternal question of the satisfied diner:
“Why does this taste so good?”
As a long-time supplier of candy in Bucks County, it’s a question that interests us, so we did some digging. Here’s what science tells us.
Remember those peanut butter cup ads from the 1980s?
Two people walking down the street, one munching a chocolate bar, the other – improbably – just eating peanut butter straight from the jar.
They bump into each other and then:
“Hey! Your peanut butter’s in my chocolate!”
“Your chocolate is in my peanut butter.”
Then they taste this new combination – one apparently unheard of in the universe of this commercial – and learn something we’ve known for years here at our chocolate shop in Bucks County: When peanut butter and chocolate come together, it’s glorious.
So glorious that Reese’s peanut butter egg is the largest-selling Easter candy in America, accounting for nearly 10 percent of the $1.2 billion in Easter candy sold each year.
There are certain foods that are forever linked to certain places: Cheesesteaks and Philadelphia. Maple syrup and Vermont. Deep dish pizza and Chicago.
And at towns along the New Jersey shore, it’s two types of candy: salt water taffy and fudge. You may have your favorite boardwalk treat, but its these two that stand out among the list of Jersey shore icons.
In this blog post, we’ll look at the history of salt water taffy and fudge in New Jersey.
Valentine’s Day is almost here, and people are in the hunt for gifts – flowers, jewelry, chocolate in Bucks County.
While February 14 isn’t the biggest day for American chocolate consumption – that honor goes to Halloween, followed by Easter – we still eat quite a bit of it each year.
But how did this confection come to be Valentine’s Day’s official candy? Let’s take a look at the history of giving chocolate on Valentine’s Day.
A new year has arrived, and with it comes resolutions.
Get more exercise, read more books, eat more dark chocolate.
No, you didn’t misread that. And yes, we do have a pro-chocolate bias, as we’ve spent decades making and selling dark chocolate in Bucks County.
Think you love chocolate? You’ve got nothing on Montezuma II, the Aztec emperor who drank 50 cups of liquid chocolate every day.
And when we say “liquid chocolate,” we don’t mean hot cocoa. The emperor’s preferred drink was a hot, spicy and bitter concoction.
Chocolate has undergone a lot of changes over the centuries. Instead of a liquid, we mostly consume it in its solid form. And we have our preferences: milk, dark, white. Today we’re going to look at the differences between those three varieties, allowing you to be better informed the next time you visit your Bucks County chocolate shop.
And so it goes for chocolate. While the rest of the world marks World Chocolate Day on July 7, America celebrates International Chocolate day on September 13.
Why September 13?
You can look at it and marvel at its construction. You can take a bite and revel in its flavor.
But if fudge is a work of art, making chocolate fudge is something of a science. Let’s take a look at how that science works.
So what is fudge, anyway?
Fudge is a crystalline candy. The key to a great piece of fudge is managing the crystallization of the sugar solution you’re using. The tiny microcrystals of sugar are what gives fudge it’s smooth texture. When you get those crystals to come together at just the right time, you’ve mastered the perfect batch of fudge.
That is, food that actually improves our brain’s cognitive functioning when consumed. Salmon and nuts (especially walnuts) are probably the best-known brain foods, and blueberries and avocados are also known to do the trick.
But frankly, we don’t remember anyone suggesting that eating chocolate might help us better retain information when studying for that notoriously difficult pre-calc final exam.
And yet new scientific research that has been published in the scholarly journal Appetite has suggested just that.