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On Sunday, January 11th, we are excited to be showcasing our services at the largest bridal show that is held in the Carolinas.  The Bridal Showcase has over 150 of the very best wedding professionals in North and South Carolina.  It truly is the absolute best place to find all of your needs for your wedding.  This is SugarPop’s third time setting up a booth at the event, which is held at the Convention Center located on 501 S. College St. in Charlotte. We plan to bring a sample of our candy catering services such as a candy bar, s’mores buffet, and a trail mix buffet.  We also will be showing off our edible favors.  These marshmallows are totally customizable with the bride and groom’s picture, name, date, or saying! Besides checking us out, there are tons over other vendors that will be there to answer your questions and fulfill you wedding needs.  Some of the vendors include:

  • Photography
  • Honeymoons
  • Flowers
  • Transportation
  • Catering
  • Venues
  • Bakers
  • Party rentals
  • Videography
  • Publications
  • Bride and groom attire

 

Wedding Favor Customizable Marshmallows

Wedding Favor Customizable Marshmallows

During your time browsing all of the great displays, there are also tons of other things going on to keep your interest and keep you busy!  Oh yeah, and you can win some really cool stuff including candy catering for up to 100 people!

  • Bride and Groom Contests and Prizes: Hosted by Ace and TJ from Channel 96.1
  • The Knot’s Ultimate Wedding Giveaway: Win a piece of a wedding. Must be present to win
  • Walking Fashion Show: Models walk the show floor all day
  • Stage Contests:
  • Battle of the Brides and Grooms Dance Contest
  • Door Prizes: Announced throughout the day
  • Groom’s Lounge: Relax and watch “the game”
  • Bride’s Lounge: Provided by Carolinas Luxury Event Rentals
  • Grand Finale Fashion Show: By Men’s Wearhouse and David’s Bridal
 We hope to see you there!

 

Charms Blow Pop

Charms Blow Pop

Blow Pops have been around for a long time and almost everyone is familiar with this fruity lollipop with a bubble gum center! This candy comes in many flavors such as; watermelon, cherry, grape, strawberry, sour apple, lemonade, orange, tangerine-mango, black cherry, blue raspberry, cherry ice and kiwi-strawberry. Originally they were called “Triple Treat” by their original manufacturer  Triple T Candy Company in 1969 and in 1973 they were re-branded under the name “Charms Blow Pop”.

Blow Pops retro

Blow Pops retro

Walter W. Reid Jr. founded the Tropical Charms candy company in Bloomfield, New Jersey in 1912 in reference to the square shaped hard candy they sold, but shortened the name to Charms. Blow Pops are nut-free, peanut-free, gluten-free and during World War II the U.S Army included Charms’s candies in combat rations as a supplement; the tradition has continued only with a few interruptions.

 

Cotton candy

Cotton candy

It comes in various colors, flavors, and sizes that no kid can resist; sticky and sweet cotton candy! Everyone has enjoyed this fluffy treat at least once in their lifetime whether it be at a carnival, circus, or at a fundraiser, but did you know this sugary treat was co-invented by a dentist? Four men invented fairy floss, now it is called cotton candy, in 1899: Thomas Patton, Josef Delarose Lascaux, John C. Wharton, and William Morrison. They debuted their cotton candy at the St. Louis World’s Fair and sold 68,655 boxes of cotton candy for 25 cents a box! That totaled to $17,163.75, which comes out to $411, 243.45 in modern day payment, which is quite a bit of money for the 1900’s. Sugar used to cost about four cents a pound, so they were practically spinning gold!  

Kids seeing Cotton Candy

Kids seeing Cotton Candy

About 50 years later in 1949, Gold Metal Products invented and launched a new type of cotton candy machine that was more dependable and easier to use. From that point on cotton candy became a staple at any fair, circus, fund raisers, etc.. -SugarPop’s 248 N. Main Street Mooresville, NC 28117 (704)799-0959

According to WeddingWire, a partner with SugarPop’s, 33 percent of engagements happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. And think about it, families are together, everyone is in the “giving” mood, and happiness is abound. As you can imagine Valentine’s Day adds another 10% or so in the engagement department. So in the 12 weeks from Turkey Day to Cupid’s Holiday, about half of engagements occur. You can say that we are in the thick of engagement season. That is one of the reasons why some of the biggest bridal shows are held in the January-February timeframe. Brides-To-Be are planning, Grooms-To-Be are along for the ride.  

Engagement Season

Engagement Season

Today there are so many options to make your Wedding the very best it can be. There are many people that use Pinterest for inspiration on decorating the venue, getting favors ideas, and even themes. Some use Instgram for bridal dresses or gowns. And even more brides are going right to specialty Wedding Sites like The Knot and Wedding Wire to do all of their “shopping”. What is great about these sites is that the vendors that are featured on them have been vetted the professionals. It also makes the process a whole heck of a lot easier because all of the components of a Wedding are literally at their fingertips. In one stop, you can find a great venue, a wedding cake baker, a photographer, and even some candy catering like candy buffets, popcorn bars, or a s’mores buffet. You can get a really great feel of what you may be getting with high-resolution photos. Of course nothing beats a face to face tour or a real person to talk and meet with.   SugarPop’s is proud to be a part of both The Knot and WeddingWire as a featured vendor providing the very best in Candy Catering and edible Wedding Favors. We are so excited to be a part of the community of vendors that can be just a small part of one of the most special days in your lives. So if you have any candy or sweet treat needs no matter if it is favors of a full-blown display of candy catering, please give us a look. We would love to make your day sweeter! SugarPop’s Candy Mooresville, NC Serving Charlotte, Lake Norman, The USA!

 

Holiday Christmas Candy

Holiday Christmas Candy

Here are some sweet holiday fun facts to share with your family and friends during this festive time! Candy Canes! 1.) Candy canes began as straight white sticks of sugar candy used to decorated the Christmas trees.

Candy Canes

Candy Canes

2.) A choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral decided have the ends bent to depict a shepherd’s crook and he would pass them out to the children to keep them quiet during the services.It wasn’t until about the 20th century that candy canes acquired their red stripes. 3.) During the Christmas/Hanukkah season, more than 1.76 billion candy canes will be made. Holiday traditions! 1.) One of the pleasures of Christmas morning for many children involves rooting through their stockings, digging for Christmas candy. According to legend, the earliest stocking stuffers included miniature bags filled with gold. Later stockings contained five gifts—one to please each of the five senses. Fruit, nuts and, of course, Christmas candies, were intended to please the sense of taste. 2.) Ribbon candy is a traditional Christmas candy that goes back for centuries in Europe, though it is unclear exactly where the candy was first created. 3.) The people of Netherlands, who celebrate the holiday on December 6th, await the arrival of SinterKlaas and his sidekick- Black Pete, who come by way of steamer to leave candy and nuts for good little boys and girls who have filled their shoes with hay and sugar for his horses.

Shoe Candy Tradition

Shoe Candy Tradition

4.) In Germany, Dec. 6 is Nikolaustag, St. Claus day. On the eve of that day children leave out a shoe or boot outside their door and the next morning candies and/or small toys appear in them for those who have been good or else golden birch is placed next to the sweets if they were bad. 5.) In Canada, people eat Christmas candies known as Barley Candy and Chicken Bones. Barley candy comes on a stick and is shaped like popular Christmas icons, including Santa Claus and reindeer. Chicken bones are made from a pink, cinnamon-flavored candy wrapped around milk chocolate. 6.) In Mexico, Christmas is celebrated by bursting a piñata filled with special Christmas candies. Knäck is a traditional toffee-like Swedish candy that is usually made at home. We hope you enjoyed our Sweet Holiday Candy Fun Facts! From all of us at SugarPop’s, we hope you have a happy, safe, and sweet holiday! -SugarPop’s 248 North Main St. Mooresville, NC 28115 (704) 799-0959   Available for Candy Catering, Birthday Parties, Weddings, or browsing our Candy Shop!

 

Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy

Most would assume that cotton candy came into existence in the late nineteenth century, but that’s not correct. Cotton candy was actually a popular trend in Italy that began in the 1400’s. The old fashioned way of making cotton candy – or spun sugar as it was called – was to melt sugar in a pan and then use a fork to make strings of sugar over an upside down bowl. The sugar would then dry in strings and be served as a dessert. This process of making spun sugar wasn’t practical in the least – especially not for mass production; it was simply too time consuming. Even centuries later, in the eighteenth century, confectioners were making spun sugar desserts and decorations. A popular favorite among Europeans were Easter eggs made from spun sugar, as well as webs of gold and silver. Generally these webs were made by the same method of using a utensil of some sort to make threads covering sweetmeats (candies without chocolate). Delicate strands covered them, creating a “web”. At other times, it was made into threads over an oiled rolling pin. All in all, the technique varied slightly and required different levels of cooking skill, but the end result was nearly always the same. However, due to the amount of skill needed to create these desserts, only the wealthy usually had it. Very rarely did the average person get lucky enough to try some. Candy makers William Morrison and John C. Wharton corrected these flaws though. In 1897 they created a machine that would melt the sugar and any flavoring and/or coloring and then use centrifugal force to push the melted mixture through a screen to create the strands of sugar. After the strands collect in a pan or bowl, they’re twirled onto a paper or cardboard cone and ready to be served. Cotton candy made one of its first world debuts in 1900 at the Paris Exposition and then again in 1904 at the St. Louis World Fair. (The Ferris wheel also was one of the highlights of this particular fair, but that’s another story!) At the St. Louis World Fair, Morrison and Wharton sold boxes of “Fairy Floss” for 25 cents a box. Now, back in 1904, this was quite a bit. In fact, a box of Fairy Floss cost half the admission price to the World Fair. Despite the somewhat high price for the sugary concoction, the duo sold an astonishing 68,655 boxes ($17, 163.75 for those too lazy to do the math). About a year later, one candy store had already purchased a machine and was selling cotton candy for 5-10 cents. Though it was at time called spun sugar and Fairy Floss, a new name for it emerged around 1920 in America. The name was none other than cotton candy. Although this is the most common name for it, cotton candy still has a few alternative names throughout the world. For example, it is called candy floss in the United Kingdom and is even still called fairy floss in other parts of the world. By the late 1940’s, one company had created a machine that would revolutionize the cotton candy industry. Then, in the 1970’s, another company changed it forever by creating an automatic cotton candy machine. Not only did it make cotton candy on a mass scale, but it also packaged it automatically. Thanks to these two major changes, cotton candy can be bought in numerous stores as well as at traditional places such as carnivals and circuses.

 

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Now, SugarPop’s Candy and Soda Shop carries locally made Jacob and Mabrey’s Gourmet Cotton Candy!  We have nearly 20 flavors and change out seasonally.  You can find flavors like; Cherry, Watermelon, Ice Cream, Monkey Farts, Peppermint, Birthday Cake, Candy Apple, Coffee, Root Beer as well as dozens of others that will be available to try as we rotate stock.  So come on in a see all the great stuff we have at our unique candy shop!