Chocolate & Peanut Butter: A Classic Combo

Stutz Peanut Butter Cups

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.

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Origins of Iconic Boardwalk Treats: Saltwater Taffy & Fudge

New Jersey Fudge

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.

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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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What’s the Difference Between Dark, Milk & White Chocolate?

Dark, White & Milk 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.

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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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The Art and Science of Fudge Making

marshmallow chocolate fudge in PAA good piece of fudge is a work of art.

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.

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Does Chocolate Really Help You Think Better?

For many of us, it was those all-night college study sessions that taught us the concept of brain food.

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.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Chocolate

chocolateAt Stutz, we obviously love chocolate. It’s been our business now for nearly a century, fueling our Bucks County candy shops.

And it’s not just the taste, or the fact that it makes a great gift, or even the health benefits. Chocolate is just genuinely fascinating.

Here are some facts about it that you might not know:

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Making Mother’s Day Traditions with Stutz Candy

mother's day chocolateWe’ve been honoring our moms for centuries. The ancient Greeks and Romans held celebrations in praise of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele.

People in Europe used to observe something called “Mothering Sunday,” a day of appreciation for mothers that grew out of an early Christian tradition. Mothering Sunday eventually began to merge with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.

(As we noted in last year’s Mother’s Day blog, it was Philadelphia’s Anna Jarvis, who sparked the idea for the American version of the holiday in 1908.)

It’s a big day. Mother’s Day — which falls on May 8 this year — is typically the busiest restaurant day of the year, and the day on which the most phone calls are made.

And while it’s nice to take your mom out to dinner (or at the very least, give her a call), we’d like to offer a few other ways to celebrate your mother this Mother’s Day.

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