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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Chocolate Shoes Anyone?

Chocolate Shoes |
Custom Corporate Branding by Illinois Nut & Candy
Part of living the life of the candy man is helping our corporate customers brand themselves in a unique sweet way.

To paraphrase a friend who is a PI and always talks about the case of the week, this week's chocolate mystery includes the following:

Perspective client calls and wants four chocolate shoes in a box for a trade show she also wanted each unit to be about $3.00 - $3.75 per unit.

I said great when is the trade show and she told me she needed the items by November 30th. First my brain said an expletive and then I caught my breath and said no problem we just need to take advantage of the overnight services of an air carrier.

The perspective client called back the next day and emailed me images to put into chocolate.

So I bribed the mold maker with his favorite chocolate and then bribed the box company with their favorite chocolates. Yes chocolate is a great bribe, but that is a blog for a different day.

So while the rest of the country was celebrating black Friday we celebrated milk chocolate and white chocolate "Shoe" Friday. We packed the boxes of chocolate shoes and waited for them to be picked up for over night delivery.

Yesterday I got the nicest email from the customer she wrote;
"We received the chocolates - they look amazing! We love them! I didn't taste them, but I know these will add the perfect touch to our market week. Thanks again!"
Have a sweet day!

PS -- with the holiday craziness I may not be posting as often so don't think I forgot.

Also, if you are in the Chicago on Sunday December 12th and can help out with my 3rd Annual LifeSource Blood Drive, please stop by the store at 3745 W Dempster street or call me, David Levine for more info (847) 677-5777

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Blood drive information

Illinois Nut & Candy has teamed up with LifeSource once again in sponsoring our Third Annual blood drive on Sunday December 12th, 2010. The LifeSource Coash will be parked in our parking lot between 10:30am & 4:30pm and ready to receive all donors. Additionally, 2010 Mrs. Illinois International Jennifer Naida will be passing out sweet treats on the day of the blood drive.

You too can help us to give the gift of life by donating your blood and less than an hour of your time.

In return you receive the following...

1.  A positive feeling knowing that you helped someone, most likely a cancer patient who can receive the transfusion in as soon as 5 days.

2.  Various health benefits including:
- a Free Mini Physical; blood pressure, iron & pulse tested; and
- a Free Cholesterol reading

3.  Illinois Nut & Candy cookies and confections in the LifeSource Coach

4.  10% off all purchases through the end of the year

5.  A FREE bag of popcorn to take with you on the road

Donations are way down this year and I have promised that I could get 50 people to donate blood. We are currently at 5 donors, and am asking you to help me keep my word and save lives.

Please email David Levine (info@illinoisnut.com) or call  (84) 677-5777 to sign up for a time that is convenient for you between 10:30am & 4:30pm on Sun. Dec, 12, 2010.

Happy and Sweet Holidays to you and your family from Illinois Nut & Candy!

Friday, November 19, 2010

A picture says a 1000 words.

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A few years ago I hired a talented artist to help with a holiday postcard. He created the cartoon below telling people about our chocolates and kettle popcorn.

Being its the season enjoy!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Chocolate Pizza?

Yes as the Candy Man I get many requests. Some of the most interesting requests that I have got in the past that are suitable for this blog were...

Can you make me a chocolate lobster

At the time we couldn't but we got the molds and were able to by the time the client needed the lobster.

Can you make a chocolate violin?

Of course were have an entire music themed collection on our website, which includes the pianos, violins, a saxophone and a variety of musical notes.

But the latest request that I got was for Chocolate Pizza. Yes chocolate pizza. We had small pizza boxes on hand from when a client once order popcorn pizza for a holiday gift. So we made two slices of pizza in chocolate and sent the link to the client.

The client wanted to know could we make it look more like pizza so we did.

She was happy I assume the recipient was happy too.

All part of the day in the Life of the Candy Man.

If you have a custom request please email me at info@illinoisnut.com to make your vision a reality.

Have a sweet day!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Gobble Gobble | Giving Thanks with Chocolate & Candy

Gobble Gobble Candy Lovers,

Right now the store is filled with festive treats such as Pilgrim Pretzels, Wishbone Lollis, Turkey Lollis and a large selection of Jelly Beans in a rainbow of individual colors and flavors.

Pilgrim PretzelWith just 14 days until Thanksgiving its about that time to stock up on your favorite Thanksgiving treats from Illinois Nut & Candy.

Looking for hostess gift?

Illinois Nut and Candy has several pre-made Gift Baskets to choose from or customize your own.

Mention “gobblegobble” when checking out at the store and receive 10% off your holiday order.

Mixed Jelly BeansYou may also take advantage this of discount when placing your order online. Simply enter 'gobblegobble' into the Promotional or Gift Certificate Code during Step 2 of check out.

Have a Sweet Day!


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Shiva or Condolence Tray

Sorry this post is a bit of a downer but this is what happened in the Life of the Candy Man.

As I have mentioned before we do a lot of work with life cycle events

Usually happy ones but at times sad ones too. We send Shiva or Condolence baskets and or tray  to a family.  Shiva literally translates to English as seven which is the initial time that a Jewish Family traditionally mourns the passing of a spouse, parent, or child.

We have sent many trays to both Jewish and and Non Jewish people as bereavement gifts. Its sweeter than flowers and sweet treat or nuts are ideal to have around while families and friends sit around and remember the ones they lost.

Last week I had an unfortunate life cycle event of my own my step grand father who was part of my life of the last three decades passed away. He lived to a ripe old age of 99 and had a good life. It was strange though as I took phone orders from people who were sending my family trays listening to the cards being given.

Where on most occasions I am able to help write these cards with the traditional sentiments like:
  • Our Deepest Condolences
  • May G-d be with you in your time of loss

Last week I was simply a scribe.

So not all weeks are sweet in the Life of the Candy Man but I do my best to help sweeten up the lives of those around me.