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On our weekly Vlog #4: Sean and Cassandra battle to see who can stomach more Toxic Waste and WarHead Sour candy at SugarPop’s Candy and Soda Shop in honor of their Sour Candy Promotion. SugarPop’s will be offering 20% off ALL sour candy in the store on Monday 5/13/13. C’mon down to the sweetest spot Downtown Mooresville and enjoy some sour treats. Can YOU handle the toxic waste? SugarPop’s Candy and Soda Shop 248 N. Main St. Mooresville, NC 28115 Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/sugarpopscandy

 

Take a look at our First Vlog! Its a funny one, where we pit Sean vs. Cassandra in the Jelly Belly Jelly Bean Challenge, eating some yucky Jelly Beans! Bean Boozled Jelly Beans, where you can never tell what you’re getting. Is it Peach or Vomit? Booger flavored or Pear? Watch the hilarity ensue as they take the risk for your enjoyment! On 4/22/13 enjoy 20% off all Jelly Beans from 11am to 6pm in honor of National Jelly Bean day!   SugarPop’s Candy and Soda Shop 248 North Main Street Mooresville, NC 28115 Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/sugarpopscandy Check out our website www.SugarPopsCandy.com

spring The season of the year, occurring between winter and summer, during which the weather becomes warmer and plants revive, extending in the Northern Hemisphere from the vernal equinox to the summer solstice and popularly considered to comprise March, April, and May. A time of growth and renewal. Our favorite time of year is when Spring comes to us. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last very long in North Carolina. Once the trees start growing their leaves, and the flowers bloom, the Summer heat hits us. But, with a hot Summer, comes a reasonably mild Winter. So who can complain? At SugarPop’s, we feel renewed and excited about what lies ahead for us and you. We have committed to be more active in the community by doing more charity. Our next two events will be The Queen City Mom Prom, which raises funds and awareness to Childhood Cancers. This particular event supports Cookies for Cancer which is a national non-profit organization committed to raising funds for research into new, improved therapies for pediatric cancer. More info here: http://charlottemomprom.com/index.html The second charity event is for Iredell SCAN which stands for “Stop Child Abuse Now”. They are running an event on May 4th called “Paint the Night Blue” in Mooresville, that will help raise funds and awareness for their cause. http://www.iredellscan.org/?page_id=101 We have also wanted to be your source for everything Candy. So with that, we have added even more candy over the past few days. 30 items to be exact. Some new arrivals: Scorpion Lollipop, Chicken Feet Gummy Candy, Gobstopper, Big League Chew Grape, and so much more. We are so excited at our Candy Store to offer nearly 300 types of Candy. We now offer Uncle Scott’s Root Beer, and NEHI as well! We love to see the new faces, and meet new people. So if haven’t visited, and its been awhile, stop on in! -Sean

 

Valentine's Day Heart

A Valentine is nothing like A chocolate or a rose. For in a week these shall be gone, But Valentines remain. If love were always sweet to tongue Or fragrant to the nose, Each day would be like Valentine’s, And we would go insane. A Valentine just hangs around Waiting to be kissed Long after special days have passed And every days are here. So one is wise to choose one well And chocolates to resist. For in the midst of mania It’s nice to have one near. But, remember we have some of the best Chocolates around. So, if you need them for your Valentine, we got them! Happy Valentine’s Day!

History

Before sugar was readily available, candy was made from honey. Honey was used in Ancient China, Middle East, Egypt, Greece and the Roman Empire to coat fruits and flowers to preserve them or to create forms of candy.  Candy is still served in this form today, though now it is more typically seen as a type of garnish. Candy was originally a form of medicine, either used to calm the digestive system or cool a sore throat. In the Middle Ages candy appeared on the tables of only the most wealthy at first. At that time it began as a combination of spices and sugar that was used as an aid to digestive problems. Digestive problems were very common during this time due to the constant consumption of food that was neither fresh nor well balanced. Banquet hosts would typically serve these types of ‘candies’ at banquets for their guests. One of these candies, sometimes referred to as a ‘chamber spice’, was made with cloves, ginger, aniseed, juniper berries, almonds and pine kernels dipped in melted sugar.

In the United States

The first candy came to America in the early eighteenth century from Britain and France. Only a few of the early colonists were proficient in sugar work and were able to provide the sugary treats for the very wealthy. Rock candy, made from crystallized sugar, was the simplest form of candy, but even this basic form of sugar was considered a luxury and was only attainable by the rich.  In contrast, since 1979 the world has produced more sugar than can be sold, making it very attainable and cheap. The candy business underwent a drastic change in the 1830s when technological advances and the availability of sugar opened up the market. The new market was not only for the enjoyment of the rich but also for the pleasure of the working class as well. There was also an increasing market for children. Confectioners were no longer the venue for the wealthy and high class but for children as well. While some fine confectioners remained, the candy store became a staple of the child of the American working class. Penny candies epitomized this transformation of candy. Penny candy became the first material good that children spent their own money on. For this reason candy store-owners relied almost entirely on the business of children to keep them running. Even penny candies were directly descended from medicated lozenges that held bitter medicine in a hard sugar coating. In 1847, the invention of the candy press (also known as a toy machine) made it possible to produce multiple shapes and sizes of candy at once. In 1851, confectioners began to use a revolving steam pan to assist in boiling sugar. This transformation meant that the candy maker was no longer required to continuously stir the boiling sugar. The heat from the surface of the pan was also much more evenly distributed and made it less likely the sugar would burn. These innovations made it possible for only one or two people to successfully run a candy business, and thereby lowering the cost to the customer.* *Wikipedia   And now here we are in the year 2013, over 2000 years after Candy was first available.  It seems as though only recently, within the last 50 years, that Candy became so diverse that there are almost too many choices to choose from.  To date, there are hundreds of thousands of candies, including flavors.  Nobody really knows the actual number though.  So, it is extremely difficult to choose what to offer at SugarPop’s.  So, we have done is to count on you to tell us what you want in our Shop.    We wanted to offer a good variety of not only Candy, but Soda as well.  So, at first, we relied on our memories of what we liked as kids.  Next, we  asked the wholesalers what is popular.  But really, the most important additions to the store, now and going forward, has been our feedback from our patrons.  Its been pretty great to hear some of the Candies that people request, mostly from a memory from the past.  So that brings us to today, where we are extremely happy to offer Premium Chocolates.  Today, we are in the process of setting up our Display Case, and on Friday, the 11th, we will be stocking it!  Some of the items we will have to start will be: Jelly Squares ButterCrunch Peanut Clusters Pecan Delites Truffles Almond Bark Dark Chocolate Milk Chocolate Marzipan   Of course the timing could not be better with Valentine’s Day coming up.  So we urge you guys to come and check us out soon. With that said, we also have to announce the addition of freshly-popped popcorn (Butter, White Cheddar, and eventually Caramel) in February, Cotton Candy in March, and Ice Cream for Floats in April.  So we are listening, and we are growing to suit your needs.  We want to be your destination for everything Candy.  And we are excited for the New Year.  Happy New Year!   -Sean  

So its the night before Christmas, and all through my house, there are 3 little creatures stirring, and two dogs by the couch. This Christmas will be a good one.  The kids; Quinn, Keegan, and Colin, will all be a good age for opening and enjoying presents Santa will be bringing to them this year.  Before this year, for the most part, wrapping paper, and boxes would pretty much do the trick as far as entertaining the boys.  But, we think this year will be great.  All of the cameras are charged, and we are ready to capture the memories onto some digital media cards.  I’m excited for two things: their reaction, and all of the cookies Santa will be eating tonight.  We thought about giving him a Candy treat, but from what I’ve heard, he is around Candy all day.  So, cookies, specifically Chocolate Chips, is on the menu tonight. We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. We hope we were helpful in not only getting some stocking-stuffers, and some sweet gifts, but also helped make some memories in the meantime.  Thank you again for all of your support, and we promise to continue to improve our offerings and service. I will end with some great quotes for Christmas:   Charles Dickens Time was with most of us, when Christmas Day, encircling all our limited world like a magic ring, left nothing out for us to miss or seek; bound together all our home enjoyments, affections, and hopes; grouped everything and everyone round the Christmas fire, and make the little picture shining in our bright young eyes, complete.   Augusta E. Rundel Christmas… that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance — a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.   Frank McKibben This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols. But the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift — the Christ.   Erma Bombeck There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.   Margaret Thatcher Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.   Calvin Coolidge Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.   Bart Simpson Aren’t we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know… the birth of Santa.   Bob Hope My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?     Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good Night!