Category Archives: Holidays

Sweetest Day – America’s Forgotten Holiday

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When you hear “October” and “candy,” you probably think “Halloween.”

And why not? Halloween is big business here in the Bucks County milk chocolate world, big business for anyone who makes and sells candy.

But for a brief period in the earlier part of the 20th century, people celebrated a holiday called “Sweetest Day” on the third Saturday in October.

In fact, if you find yourself in Cleveland or Buffalo on that date, you might find an official Sweetest Day celebration happening.

In this blog post, we’ll look at the unusual history of this forgotten holiday.

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Why Chocolate Makes a Great Holiday Gift

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It’s late afternoon on Thanksgiving Day. Rather than relaxing at home, you and some of your family members have packed into the car and headed to your nearest big box store.

When the doors open at 6 p.m., you and a few hundred other people will file inside in hopes of getting an amazing deal on a new TV or video game system.

And as you trudge through the store on your way to the checkout line, you ask yourself “Why do we do this?”

Why indeed? We tend to advocate giving boxed chocolates at gifts and avoiding the Black Friday rush altogether. But then we started to wonder: “Why do people give gifts around this time of year?” and decided to do some research.

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Chocolate: A Valentine’s Day Tradition

Valentines Day Chocolate in Bucks County

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.

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Celebrate International Chocolate Day with Stutz Candy

box of handmade chocolate candiesSome holidays don’t have a universal date. The Canadian Thanksgiving is in October. The British Mother’s Day is in March.

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?

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