Category Archives: Chocolates

To Your Health: The Facts on Chocolate

chocolate health benefitsA lot of things have been labeled “superfoods,” from seaweed and kale to blueberries and chia seeds. Why not add chocolate to that list?

We’re not saying it should replace fruits and vegetables in your diet, but a number of studies have shown that eating chocolate can have health benefits, from lowered blood pressure to happier babies.

Here are five reasons chocolate can be good for you:

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Cooking With Chocolate

cooking with chocolateChocolate is one of the kings of the dessert world, but there’s no reason it only has to be used to make sweet things.

Watch enough cooking shows or read through a few food blogs, and you’ll see that there are elegant, delicious ways to incorporate it into savory sauces, vegetable dishes and entrees.

Here are three recipes that use chocolate as a key ingredient:

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What’s Handmade Got to Do with It?

pretzels2Locally-sourced food may be a popular trend these days, but it’s something the Stutz Candy Company has prided itself on for decades.

Just ask Paul Bugg, our head candy maker. He’s been in the business for 33 years, going back to high school when he helped a friend’s mother in her fudge shop.

What he liked about that job is the same thing he likes about his current job.

“It’s hands on,” Bugg says. “I like making things with my hands. You get to see something versus…well…no offense to computers, but I can see what I made.”

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Mother’s Day Gift-Giving Traditions Around the World

Mother's Day, traditionsDid you know that Mother’s Day, which is now an internationally celebrated holiday, has its roots right here in Southeastern Pennsylvania?

It was a Philadelphia woman, Anna Jarvis, who is said to have made a promise at her mother’s gravesite that she would create a day during which all moms, both living and deceased, would be honored.

That was in May 1905. Less than a decade later, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law a bill that declared the second Sunday of May an official U.S. holiday. And Mother’s Day was born.

Today, the concept of celebrating the unconditional love, support and strength of mothers is recognized all around the world. Naturally, our Mother’s Day gift-giving tradition at Stutz Candy usually involves a gorgeous gift basket or dark chocolate, shipped directly from Montgomery County.

But here’s how sons and daughters around the world choose to commemorate the May holiday:

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7 Ways to Woo With Gourmet Chocolate and Candy

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Everyone loves our chocolate nonpariels!

While many people associate the giving of chocolate with holidays and birthdays, the truth is that chocolate is a universal gift. In fact, chocolate can be given as a great gift for just about any occasion, and at literally any time of year.

To help you woo the most important people in your life, we’ve put together a list of seven potential recipients who are sure to love a gifted chocolate surprise.

Follow these tips for picking the perfect chocolate-based gift. Whether you’re going all out for a special occasion or simply saying “thank you” to a great employee, we’re sure your recipient will be thrilled by the gesture.

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The Easter Bunny’s Favorite: Stutz Candies

Easter Basket CandyEaster baskets have been providing joy to children in the United States since the 1700s when the tradition was brought by the same German immigrants who introduced the Easter bunny.

 Although Easter baskets are closely associated with Easter Sunday for Christians, they actually have pagan roots that go back to ancient times, celebrating Spring and the renewal of life long before the birth of Christianity.

The tradition of feasting on a large Easter meal symbolizes the end of Lenten fasting, which takes place over the forty days before Easter. In earlier times, the Easter feast was brought to church in large baskets to be blessed by priests. Thereby, the link between a religious holiday and Easter treats was created.

Today, the National Confectioners Association (NCA) has estimated that nearly 80% of parents in the U.S. assemble Easter baskets for their children. The NCA also reports that chocolate Easter bunnies are the most popular Easter basket item, with around 90 million sold every year. Jelly beans come second with a staggering 16 billion jelly beans sold annually.

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Lighten the Mood with Dark Chocolate

Box of Dark Chocolates

Dark chocolate can be healthier than you think, while still being delicious.

As we get deeper into the first month of the new year, the natural question we ask others and ourselves is “what is your New Year’s resolution? Of the top ten New Year’s resolutions of Americans, according to statisticbrain.com, number four and five are “Enjoy Life to the Fullest” and “Stay Fit and Healthy” respectively. Americans seem intent on improving mental wellbeing, including thinking positively, laughing more, and enjoying life, and at the same time getting physically healthier, including reducing the signs of aging and decreasing the risk for cancer.

If only there was one thing, a magic ingredient, that can help achieve both mental and physical wellness goals. Could such an elixir actually exist?

The short answer is a resounding “Yes!”

Dark chocolate has recently been discovered to have a number of health benefits—both physical and mental. The basic ingredients of dark chocolate include cacao beans containing resveratrol, an antioxidant also found in red wine. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which are destructive molecules that are implicated in heart disease and other ailments. Free radicals are implicated in the aging process and may also be a cause of cancer, so eating antioxidant rich foods like dark chocolate can protect you from many types of cancer and slow the signs of aging. Continue Reading Lighten the Mood with Dark Chocolate

A New Year’s Resolution for Chocolate: Reconnecting With Loved Ones

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A chocolate gift tower is a great way to stay in touch with friends, family or clients.

The new year often brings resolutions for how we will improve ourselves, take care of our bodies and better our lives. For many the focus is inward, on the person in the mirror. Yet January is also a great time to take those last minute gift ideas from December and make them into an out-of-season thoughtful gesture. Whether you start to think about friends, family or business associates, here are some ways that gift baskets and towers from Stutz Candy can provide a little smile during the coldest time of the year.

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Chocolate and Candy Corporate Gift Giving

Chocolates – The Ultimate Corporate Gift

Gift Towers - Great Gift IdeaWith the holidays fast approaching, companies often struggle to think of what gifts to send to their favorite vendors and customers to let them know how important they are. While chocolate is considered a standard in the industry, businesses should know that individualized offerings can add the right touch to any corporate gift.

Personalized Chocolate Notes

Many employees would likely opt for samplers when helping to decide what kind of chocolates to send out during the holiday season or ay any other time of year. While this ensures that most recipients will find something to snack oChocolates Personalized for Corporate Gifts Givingn or enjoy, the added touch of a chocolate note can help to ensure that your clients or customers know that you have them in mind. If you know certain clients’ employees like different things than writing out a few different messages can help to make it a business connection between people, rather than faceless business gift giving from high up the corporate ladder.

Solid Chocolate Letters

Milk Chocolate Letters Personalized ChocolatesStandard chocolate shapes help people identify which treats are which, but using solid chocolate letters as part of your corporate gift giving allows you to flex your creative muscles. Even a simple message such as a “Thank You” or “To A Great New Year” can stand out when written in the form of chocolate letters. However, going a step further and spelling out their corporate motto or some other client-specific phrase can provide a change of pace during the winter gift giving season.

Blended Gift Packages

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Unveiling of our First Website

In Addition to Elegantly Displaying the Decadent Chocolates and Treats That Local Shoppers Have Loved Since 1940, our website will now allow visitors around The United States to be able to purchase Stutz Candies online.

Stutz Candy Company is a legendary confectioner known for the creation of an array of Chocolate Covered Pretzels from Stutz Candystore-made chocolates, fudge, nut confections and nonpareils since 1940, Stutz boasts a worldwide clientele and is an irreplaceable tradition for their Christmas, Easter, Valentines creations, as well as their ”everyday” smooth, rich, delicious chocolate. The store itself is a piece of Americana with pitch perfect vintage signage and an overwhelming display counter.

With locations in PA and NJ, our retail candy shops specialize in store-made chocolate, fudge, saltwater taffy, nuts, chews, and seasonal holiday treats. We offer delivery and shipping throughout the U.S. and sell a wide assortment of cards, scented candles and other gift items.

Now, for the first time in our over 70-year history, we will have a beautiful website featuring a wide array of delicacies and gifts. Convenient and easy to navigate, our new website allows customers to shop for and order Stutz’ yummy treats, as well as gifts and corporate giving items, 24/7, and have them shipped to their home or place of business.

The timing of the launch of our new website could not be more advantageous to customers in need of gifts for the holiday season. Stutz Candies are a holiday tradition, and are available preassembled beautifully into Gift Towers through the new website. Gifts suitable for corporate giving are also available