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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Your Search for Lactose Free Pareve Chocolate Chips is Over

Did you hear the big news?

Trader Joe's semi-sweet chocolate chips will no longer be certified nondairy.

This may not sound like a big deal to the average person but to those who keep Kosher or have dairy allergies this is really big news.

I am here to say do not worry, because at Illinois Nut and Candy online at http://www.raisingthecandybar.com/ we offer several type of Pareve Chocolate Chips.

The first type type of our  Lactose Free Pareve Chip is the:

Lactose Free Pareve Mini Chocolate Chips

Next we offer the:
Lactose Free Pareve Chocolate Chips

Finally we offer
Lactose Free Pareve White Chocolate Chips


So as an incentive for you to try our lactose free pareve chocolate chips and baking supplies we invite you to come in the store with your last empty bag of Trader Joe's semi-sweet chocolate chips and get 10% any of our baking items including our large variety of sprinkles and sanding sugars.

Have a sweet day!


Friday, May 18, 2012

Love is in the Air

Like I have said before the life of the Candy Man is sweet especially when I get to help someone make a love connection.

A Love Connection in May?

We actually had 2 today.

First was earlier today around 7:00am before the store opened I got a call from a person in his car who was looking for Chocolate Strawberries to surprise someone special with. I explained that this was a special order and we did not have strawberries but he could get them later in the day.

He explained he needed them now for an early morning surprise -- so I suggested dipped glaced fruit not strawberries but close.

He was happy and was on his way before 7:30am.

The Love Connection we made today was using our Spell it in Chocolate box. One of my staff took an order for a box with the message I Love You.

So for just an ordinary Friday in May there was love in the Air at Illinois Nut & Candy.

Have a sweet day!  

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Candy Man's Adventures at the 2012 Candy Show

I has been a year since my last visit to the candy show. As I tell my friends walking 24 rows of candy is a tough job.

They laugh when I say that but think about it for a minute regardless of your industry when you walk a trade show is it not work?

OK my work is sweeter than most but at the end of the day I have a goal to find new and exciting items to bring to the store.

This year I found some new items for the store

We are going to start carrying Gluten Free cookies individually wrapped. I tried them and you won't miss the Gluten. Those items are already available it is great when you can buy a booth at the end of the show.

The next to arrive hopefully next week is a line of natural gummy candies. This is great since as I have mentioned before my son is allergic to food coloring can you imagine being the son of the Candy Man and being allergic to food coloring?

Then soon to follow is a natural Australian Licorice. This was an item that I found last year except the company that we were supposed to get it from showed the product and then never produceed it. This is a new company with a superior product. I am very excited about it and will be ordering it today.

Some big news from the show is we will start to carry yummy earth buttons in bulk.

My last news of the show is that I found a company that has great pressed candy in some really cool shapes. Here is the problem they do not have a local distributor which means I would need to bring in a pallet of product at a time. Though we bring pallets in all the time it is never of just one type of product. This is a big decision not to be made lightly. If I decide to bring in the product I will be sure to put it on the web and let everyone know.

Other than that the show had some great samples and I ate my way through the show. The one thing that I missed was the ice cream samples.

Oh well I saved a few calories.

Have a sweet day!

Friday, May 4, 2012

It has been a while....

Sorry all it It has been a while since my last post.

I wish I had written sooner but when you take 1 week off for a holiday like I did for Passover some times it is hard to start writing again.

I wanted today to write about an exciting thing that aired last week

Several month ago I was approached to be on a radio show called Game Changers.

Why you might ask am I am game changer?

Well as the candyman I have helped our clients brand themsleves in unique sweet ways via corporate gifts.

So a few weeks ago I went out to their studion and partook in a pretaped on air interview. You can listen to the interview by clicking this link. (I am about 11 minutes in)

What I found most interesting about the experience was the following
  1. Talking to the media gets easier and is more fun each time
  2. Other small business people are going through the same types of things regardless of the industry.
I hope you enjoy listening to the show and promise to write about what is going on more regularly.

If you are in Chicgaoland come visit me at the Children Kohl Musuens Touch A Truck show this Sunday from 10am-2pm.

Have a sweet day!