Building the Perfect Easter Basket with Wockenfuss Candies 

March 27th, 2015

jellybeansEaster is less than two weeks away and if you’re planning on making it a big celebration, you may want to get a jump start on creating Easter baskets for your children, or even for yourself. Holidays are the perfect chance to indulge in some sweet treats before you get back on the summertime health grind. Start your Easter basket creations with Wockenfuss Candies. You’ll be able to create the perfect mix of traditional and unconventional. Read the rest of this entry »

Get Ready for Easter with Wockenfuss Candies

March 20th, 2015

easter-fun-factsWinter is just about over with and spring is on the horizon. With spring comes one of the sweetest holidays of the season, Easter. Every year, children and adults alike, dye eggs with wonderful rainbows of colors, and wait to find what treats the world’s most famous bunny has left for them. They search their baskets for holiday favorites like jelly beans and chocolate rabbits, and then enjoy their fair share of eggs and ham. Easter is the second most sugar-filled holiday after Halloween, and we are here to celebrate it with some fun Easter facts. Read the rest of this entry »

The Dark Chocolate Process

March 20th, 2015

Health Benefits of ChocolateDark chocolate hasn’t always been as beloved as its milky counterpart, but once people learned how good it tastes when paired with things like fruit and nuts, they never looked back. You can feel the richness of dark chocolate as it melts in your mouth, depositing what you can only imagine is chocolate at its best. The best part of the entire experience is that you can walk away feeling only minor regret, as dark chocolate has been proven to have bonus health benefits that milk chocolate simply can’t claim. Do you actually know the how dark chocolate is made? Read the rest of this entry »

How to Create a Playful Dessert Buffet for your Wedding

March 12th, 2015

Delicious wedding tableYour wedding is one of the most exciting days of your life. It is a celebration of happiness and love that you get to spend with those closest to you. While wedding cakes are the traditional choice for desserts, more and more couples are choosing sweet alternatives to cakes. One great choice that is taking the wedding world by storm is dessert buffets. A dessert buffet allows each of your guests to create their own unique dessert based on their individual interests. Read the rest of this entry »

Chocolate Alternatives to get you through Lent  

February 27th, 2015

Mixed colorful sweetsFor many chocolate lovers, the next several weeks are going to be especially tough. Chocolate treats consistently rank amongst the most common things given up for Lent. If you’ve got a serious sweet tooth, this can be tough. Lucky for you, there are other sweets that can curb your cravings. These tasty chocolate alternatives may not quite fill the chocolate-shaped hole in your heart, but they can certainly help you make it to the finish line. When Easter finally arrives, you can indulge in chocolate treasures without an ounce of guilt.

Sweet alternatives

  • Caramel apples. These sugary favorites are extra indulgent. When you’re feeling like you’re on the brink of breaking, a caramel apple can provide just the relief you need. A caramel apple is no small undertaking and should keep you satisfied for a good while. You can customize your caramel apple with all of the add-ons you need to sail safely through your chocolate craving.
  • Non-chocolate fudge. Lucky for you, Wockenfuss has several fudge creations that are chocolate free. From vanilla to peanut butter to vanilla walnut, fudge comes in many flavors and can give you that creamy chocolate texture you’ve been missing. It’ll feel like you’re eating chocolate, but you’ll be firmly in the safe-zone.
  • Candied nuts. The great thing about nuts is that they’re a bit more nutritious than some of your other sweet options. Now when you pair them with delightful toffee coatings, the nutrition level might go down, but they become a million times more delicious.
  • Wockenfuss has every kind of gummi you could hope for. Whether you prefer to snack on bears, fish, butterflies, worms, frogs, or shoestrings, we’ve got something for you. Gummies are not only fun to eat, they’ve got longevity. The tiny pieces are easy to snack on and can keep your cravings at bay all day.
  • Lollipops. What lollipops lack in chocolate, they make up for in color. Their bright hues will have you reaching for more. Even better, they are so fun to eat and can last you all day. When you’ve got a hankering for the sweet stuff, reach for a rock candy lollipop instead.

Wockenfuss Candies

When you’re looking to get through some serious chocolate yearning, stop by Wockenfuss to get your sweet fix. Celebrate your success with a delicious chocolate treat. If you have any questions about our sweets, please contact Wockenfuss Candies by calling 1-800-296-4414 or email info@Wockenfusscandies.com. When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest!

 

 

Chocolate World Records

February 21st, 2015

chocolate-recordsChocolate isn’t just a treat for romantic holidays like Valentine’s Day. Fans of the sweetest treat on Earth can be found in literally every corner of the world. This isn’t a new phenomenon either. Chocolate was revered by ancient Mayan civilizations as the food of the Gods, and used as currency by the ancient Aztecs. These days, people show their chocolate fever in slightly more amusing ways. The Guinness Book of World Records includes an absurd number of chocolate related feats and they range from the unbelievable to the seriously strange.

Chocolate records

The biggest chocolate truffle was created in January of 2012. This massive truffle weighed in at 1,768 pounds and 11 ounces and was one meter tall. The Italian-crafted delight utilized some seriously crazy amounts of dark chocolate, cream, and cherries.

In 1901, Captain Robert Scott set sail on his first Discovery Expedition to Antarctica. One hundred years later, a single four-inch chocolate bar that was on the Discovery was sold at auction. This wrapped and uneaten Cadbury chocolate bar, sold for £470, or $670, is the most expensive candy bar ever sold at auction.

For one Indianapolis resident, chocolate bars are more than a treat, they’re a hobby. With 770 different chocolate bars, Bob Brown’s collection reigns supreme as the largest collection of chocolate bars in the world. When his accumulated treasures aren’t on display, they line the walls of his basement.

When it comes to spectacular achievements, Las Vegas is the place to look. In 2010, the largest chocolate fountain on record was created, and its dimensions are pretty mind blowing. The fountain reached a towering height of 26 feet and 3 inches and circulated two tons of chocolate at a rate of 120 quarts per minute.

In July of 2007, Hershey’s earned themselves quite the spectacular world record. They created the largest chocolate the world has ever seen. For the company’s 100th anniversary, they crafted one massive Hershey’s kiss. It weighed an unbelievable 30,540 pounds.

The largest chocolate sculpture was created in 2012. Francois Mellet created this 18,239.5-pound replica of the Kululakan pyramid whose real-life counterpart is located in Chichen Itza, Mexico. It measured nearly 2 feet in height, and was 12 feet by 12 feet at its base.

Wockenfuss Candies

If all of this talk of chocolate has you searching for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, stop by Wockenfuss to get your fix. If you have any questions about Chocolates from Wockenfuss, please contact Wockenfuss Candies by calling 1-800-296-4414 or email info@Wockenfusscandies.com. When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest!

 

Thoughtful Flower and Chocolate Pairings

February 13th, 2015

RosesThere’s nothing more classic on Valentine’s Day than the gift of flowers and candy. It’s cheesy and some might find it a little uninspired, but this February 14, you can give the old standby a little luster. Valentine’s Day should be a celebration of all types of love. Whether you are in a serious relationship, a brand new one, or you’re just friends, this sweet combination can let your loved one know you care. When you learn the language of flowers, you can choose the perfect chocolate pairings to make someone feel mighty special.

Romantic Love

If you’re really looking to make a bold statement of love this Valentine’s Day, the classic picks are truly your best bet. Deep red roses are synonymous with love and passion. If you want your special someone to feel like a goddess this weekend, pair red roses with bold dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is rich and luxurious. Purchase some dark chocolate coffee truffles or dark chocolate raspberry truffles to bring the pair together flawlessly. The combination of the two will show that you are serious about Valentine’s Day. The combo may seem cliché, but with a little explanation, your gift will be a showstopper.

Your significant other may not be a fan of roses and for that sort of rebel, a bouquet of red tulips should do the trick. The red color conveys the same sort of passion as red roses, and the sturdy nature of tulips shows the stability of your feelings. Red tulips are best paired with delicious desserts like dark chocolate covered strawberries.

Budding Relationships

If Valentine’s Day happens to catch you in the beginning stages of a relationship, red roses may be a little bit intense. A really fun option is orchids. Orchids symbolize beauty and are highly coveted. This pretty option can show an appreciation for your date, especially when paired with Wockenfuss’ box of gourmet artisan truffles.

Lilacs not only smell fantastic, but represent first love or love at first sight. Some florists recommend combining lilacs with purple roses for a special air of royalty. Pair lilac with rich and delicious caramel filled truffles. This perfect mix will show off your unique style and give your new relationship a sweet start.

Friendship

Not everyone has a special date lined up for Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t show them some love. If you want to show your friend that you are thinking of them, pick yellow roses or tulips. These sunny options will brighten your best friend’s day. Colored lilies are another great choice for celebrating friendship. Pair these sunny flowers with something sweet and fun like peanut butter cups or chocolate covered pretzels.

If you have any questions about Valentine’s Day Chocolates from Wockenfuss, please contact Wockenfuss Candies by calling 1-800-296-4414 or email info@Wockenfusscandies.com. When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest!

Got the Valentine’s Day Blues? Chocolate Can Chase them Away

February 4th, 2015

chocolateFebruary isn’t the month of love for everyone. Many people find themselves celebrating Singles Awareness Day (S.A.D.) instead of planning romantic dates with their sweeties. Though you may be currently unattached, there’s no reason to mope. Chocolates and flowers aren’t just for lovers. If you’re feeling down this holiday season, chocolates may be the perfect cure.

Chemical compounds in chocolate

Your little heart-shaped, foil-wrapped delight may seem like a simple pleasure, but it turns out that chocolate is extremely complex. America’s favorite sweet treat is made up of hundreds of compounds that work together to create a delightfully euphoric experience.

There are three compounds in chocolate that may be responsible for crazy chocolate cravings and the feeling of happiness you experience when you indulge.

  1. Caffeine – Caffeine excites the central nervous system and works on the production of pleasure chemicals, adenosine and dopamine.
  2. Cannabinoid – This compound is chemically similar to the THC found in marijuana. Cannabinoid works on the receptors in your frontal cortex that create an intoxicated and relaxed feeling.
  3. Phenylethylamine – Some like to refer to this compound as the “love drug.” This chemical is found in high levels in people that are in love.

With so many pleasure-inducing chemical compounds, you might expect chocolate to be treated less like a national treasure and more like its narcotic brethren, but the reality is that these chemicals are found in very small amounts. One chocolate truffle may boost your happiness slightly, but doesn’t pack enough punch to truly alter your state of mind.

The psychology of chocolate

Some of chocolate’s effects are more psychological than chemical. To put it simply, chocolate tastes really good. It smells good, it looks shiny and smooth, and it feels silky and delicious in your mouth. Everything about the chocolate experience is inviting, and we have learned to associate it with happiness. The cocoa butter found in your favorite treat literally turns from its solid state to its liquid state at mouth temperature creating that sinful melt-in-your-mouth effect.

If you find yourself dateless and a little bitter about it, indulge in something sweet. There’s no shame in picking up a box of chocolates for yourself, or spreading the love by purchasing some for a friend. You and your single pals will find that your Valentine’s
Day is a little less blue when you add a little more chocolate. At Wockenfuss Candies, we want to create the perfect Valentine’s Day experience for couples and singles alike. Stop by one of our locations to browse our selection of Valentine Chocolates.

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Pairing your Valentine’s Day Chocolates with Wine

January 30th, 2015

chocolate-wine-valentinesdayTo the amateur eye, pairing chocolates with wine might seem like the most romantic choice to impress your Valentine’s Day date or to celebrate on your own. In truth, this can be a rather tough combination to pull off. Many wine experts say to ditch the pairing altogether, but a few tips can turn your romantic combo from a sour experience to a sweet one.

Skip the table wine

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, you’ll probably stop by Wockenfuss and pick up the perfect specialty truffles or chocolate hearts. When you start looking for its perfect alcoholic compliment, don’t go straight for your usual dry Cabernet Sauvignon. The real trick is to find something sweeter. Chocolate is such an intense flavor, that it can overwhelm your standard wine choice. Instead of a sweet and harmonious blend, you’ll be left with an unusually bitter experience. The extreme sweetness of the chocolate will counteract any sweetness in your wine.

The sweet alternative

All of this doesn’t mean that your holiday plans are completely squashed. Wine and chocolate can still go together in a brilliant way, but it takes a little extra thought and planning. Valentine’s Day is your new opportunity to venture into the world of dessert wines. While many stray away from the sugary drink, pairing it with chocolate can cut some of that sweetness. In this case, sweet plus sweet, equals perfection. The sweeter the chocolate, the sweeter the wine you’ll want.

If you tend to reach for dark chocolates, you don’t have to go quite as sweet with your wine choice. If you’re a big fan of milk chocolate and peanut butter cups, then you’ll definitely want to look for wine that falls on the sweeter side of the spectrum. You might even find an excuse to break out the champagne to go along with your light and airy chocolate mousse.

This might seem like a lot to take on for the non-sommeliers in the crowd, but the wine experts at your local liquor store are an excellent resource in choosing the right wine to pair with your Wockenfuss delights. With a little guidance, you can elevate your Valentine’s Day experience to new levels.

If you have any questions about Valentine’s Day Chocolates from Wockenfuss, please contact Wockenfuss Candies by calling 1-800-296-4414 or email info@Wockenfusscandies.com. When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest!

Valentine’s Day Chocolates from Wockenfuss

January 23rd, 2015

Valentine’s Day ChocolatesValentine’s Day is closer than you think. And unless you want to spend your Valentine’s Day in the dog house, it is important to buy the perfect gift – maybe some delicious Valentine’s Day Chocolates- for that special someone in your life.

Valentine’s Day Chocolates from Wockenfuss

Wockenfuss is a family owned business, now in its fifth generation of candy-making. As a family owned business, and one of the oldest candy makers in Baltimore, we know what it takes to make a great Valentine’s Day. So let us help make your special day even more special.

Wockenfuss carries a wide variety of Valentine’s Day candies, from milk chocolate and dark chocolate foil hearts to milk chocolate nonpareil heart flats, milk chocolate lady bugs, and more. And don’t forget about our hand-packed assorted chocolates. Yum! Best of all, each and every one of our Valentine’s Day candies is available online. Simply hover over “Seasonal” and choose from our selection of holiday goodies.

Please allow 3-6 business days for shipping.

Why Valentine’s Day Chocolates? How Did the Tradition Begin?

There are two primary presents associated with Valentine’s Day: flowers and, more importantly, chocolates. But why? How did this tradition begin? Well, according to some historians you can thank the Aztecs, who once referred to chocolate as the “food of the gods.” Then, when Christopher Columbus discovered America, he liked chocolate so much that he brought it back with him to Spain. This new delicacy quickly made its way throughout European aristocracy, before making its way to the masses.

However, it was not until 1861 that Richard Cadbury created the first ever heart-shaped box for Valentine’s Day, forever linking everyone’s favorite romantic holiday with everyone’s favorite tasty treat. The rest, as they say, is history.

Valentine’s Day Fun Facts

  1. While women purchase most of the chocolate 364 days a year (75%), the complete opposite is true on Valentines, when men account for about 75% of all chocolate sales.
  2. The average yearly Valentine’s Day spending comes in at a whopping $18.6 Billion. People will spend $1.6 Billion on chocolates and candies, $1.9 Billion on flowers, and $4.4 Billion on jewelry.
  3. Approximately 151 Million Valentine’s Day cards will be exchanged this February 14th.
  4. The average person spends $130.97 annually on Valentine’s Day

If you have any questions about Valentine’s Day Chocolates from Wockenfuss, please contact Wockenfuss Candies by calling 1-800-296-4414 or email info@Wockenfusscandies.com. When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest!