Thanksgiving Candy Will Have Your Children Giving Thanks!

November 18th, 2014

Thanksgiving CandyFood, family, and football: the three “F’s” of Thanksgiving. For many adults, Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday. There is nothing quite like stuffing yourself full of…well, stuffing and relaxing on the couch while watching football. If that’s not living the American Dream, we don’t know what is. The only problem: children are not as easily amused. They do not want to sit in front of a television for hours watching football. They want to run around and have fun. So how do you entertain your children so you can relax and enjoy the game?

Keeping Children Entertained This Thanksgiving

Below you will find several great ways to keep your children entertained this Turkey Day, allowing you and the other adults to sit back, relax, and enjoy that bellow full of food.

Make the Kid’s Table Cool

Unless you want your children fussing throughout dinner, you need to make the kid’s table seem like the cool place to be, not a punishment. Too often, kids – especially teens and pre-teens – feel relegated to the kid’s table. But your children shouldn’t feel like second class citizens. So do your best to make the kid’s table feel less like…well, the kid’s table.

Thanksgiving Candy Will Have Your Children Giving Thanks!

Who said you can’t bribe your children? That’s one of the reasons candy exists, right? Well, not quite, but it’s definitely a happy benefit. Kids love candy and, in most cases, will do just about anything for more of it. So, when dinner is over, give your children some candy…if they promise to be good.

Provide a Distraction

Of course, candy only goes so far. You will need to provide some sort of distraction: toys, crafts, movies, or video games. The children will be entertained and you will be able to watch the game in peace. That’s what we call a win-win.

Thanksgiving Candy from Wockenfuss

Now in its fifth generation of candy-making, Wockenfuss is one of the oldest candy makers in Maryland. So we know a thing or two about what it takes to make great candy. And as a family owned and operated business, we know a thing or two about what it takes to make a great Thanksgiving, as well. This is why we are proud to offer several Thanksgiving-themed chocolates sure to make your Turkey Day special: Milk Chocolate Turkey Flats and Milk Chocolate Turkey Pop.

All of our delicious chocolate and candy treats available at our eight convenient locations, and online. Just allow 3-6 business days for shipping.

If you have any questions about how to order Thanksgiving Candy online, 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!

Holiday Planning Tips for Busy Mothers

November 13th, 2014

Holiday-Planning-Busy-MothersBusy mothers: sounds a bit redundant, doesn’t it? What mother isn’t busy? Between the kids, work, and the house, you barely have enough time to breathe, let alone plan the perfect Christmas or Hanukkah. And let’s not forget about Thanksgiving. You have an entire Thanksgiving feast to plan, shop for, and cook in between shopping and holiday planning. Yikes! What is a mother to do?

Holiday Planning Tips for Busy Mothers

Take a deep breath and let us help you plan out the holiday season, because, let’s face it, without proper planning the holiday season is anything but a holiday. You can do this!

Start Shopping Early

If you have a large family, holiday shopping can be quite a chore.

Many retailers already have their Christmas decorations out, so why not start your holiday shopping? The early you start shopping, the less you will have to do right around the holidays, when the stores are packed and the checkout lines seem to go on forever. So do yourself a favor and get to work early. This will also help you spread the cost of gifts out over several weeks or even several months.

Christmas Cards

When it comes to your Christmas cards, it is best to get started early, especially if you are printing custom cards. So spend the next week or so designing and ordering your cards. Then you can send them out soon after Thanksgiving. Don’t procrastinate.

Order Stocking Stuffers and Hanukkah Gelt Online

Wockenfuss is a family owned business, now in its fifth generation of candy-making. As one of the oldest candy makers in Maryland, we know a thing or two about what it takes to make great candy. We also know a thing or two about what it takes to make a great family event. That’s why we make holiday planning and buying candy quick and easy. You never even have to leave the comfort of your very own couch. You’re welcome, mom! Simply head to www.wockenfusscandies.com, hover over the tab labeled “seasonal” and start ordering. Wockenfuss has all of the Christmas chocolates, lollipops, hard candy, and Hanukkah gelt you need to make the holidays special.

Just allow 3-6 business days for shipping.

Don’t Be Afraid to Delegate

No one said you have to do everything yourself. So do yourself a favor and delegate! This is especially handy if your children are older. You can have them help decorate, address envelopes for holiday cards, go grocery shopping, or do normal, everyday chores to help you free up some time to focus on the holidays.

Be sure to get the whole family involved in the holiday preparations.

Have Fun!

If you have any questions about how to order Holiday Candy online, 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!

Thanksgiving Candy: Yea…It’s a Thing!

November 5th, 2014

Thanksgiving CandyHalloween may be over, but fortunately candy season is in full swing. You know October means Halloween candy (Duh!), December means Christmas and Hanukkah candy, but what about November? Well, Wockenfuss Candies has a line of Thanksgiving Candy. Yea…it’s a thing!

Family, Food, Football, and CANDY!

Thanksgiving Candy from Wockenfuss

Now in its fifth generation of candy-making, Wockenfuss knows a thing or two about what it takes to make great candy. We are proud to be one of the oldest candy makers in Maryland, and we are proud to offer several Thanksgiving-themed chocolates sure to make your Turkey Day special: Milk Chocolate Turkey Flats and Milk Chocolate Turkey Pop.

All of our delicious chocolate and candy treats available at our eight convenient locations, and online. Just allow 3-6 business days for shipping.

The History of Thanksgiving

Native Americans had always held ceremonies to give thanks for a successful harvest and to ask for good fortune for the coming winter. The same is true for people in England and throughout Europe. A successful harvest is and was means to celebrate. So it is no surprise that when the Pilgrims and Puritans came to North America they brought these traditions with them, traditions that would eventually blend with native traditions.

Did You Know that Florida, Texas, Maine, and Virginia each claim to be home to the first Thanksgiving? It’s true. And each has documents supporting its claim. In fact, Spanish explorers and other English Colonists celebrated religious services of thanksgiving years before Mayflower ever landed on Plymouth Rock. So why do we associate the first Thanksgiving with Pilgrims and Wampanoag?

According to James W. Baker, author of Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday, the 3-day event in Plymouth in the fall of 1621 was “the historical birth of the American Thanksgiving holiday.”

The Pilgrims and the Wampanoag were not identified with Thanksgiving until roughly 1900. Just as Thanksgiving was gaining nationally attention, after President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving 37 years prior (there were actually two that year), two publications helped solidify the Pilgrims and Wampanoag as part of the Thanksgiving culture. Longfellow’s best-selling poem The Courtship of Miles Standish (1848) and Governor Bradford’s lost manuscript Of Plimoth Plantation (1855) helped spur the wave of music, literature, and popular Thanksgiving art centered on the Pilgrims and Wampanoag.

By the beginning of the 20th century, the Pilgrims had become synonymous with Thanksgiving.

Fun Fact: While President Lincoln declared the first National Thanksgiving in 1843, the national holiday was not officially established on the fourth Thursday each November until 1941 by Congress.

If you have any questions about how to order Thanksgiving Candy online, 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!

Last Minute Halloween Candy without the Hassel

October 30th, 2014

Halloween CandyHalloween is less than a week away. Yikes! There is still so much to do: decorations to be hung, costumes to be finished, and candy to be eaten…I mean bought. But there is one problem. You run to the store and come to a horrible realization. All of the good candy is gone! Dun dun dun!  It’s like a horror movie in the candy aisle. Empty bags litter the ground. Candy wrappers are everywhere. The horror! But you have bigger problems. You NEED Halloween candy and you need it now, but how?

Last Minute Halloween Candy without the Hassel

Wockenfuss Candies makes buying Halloween candy quick and simple. Just head to wockenfusscandies.com to get started. We offer a complete line of specialty Halloween candy guaranteed to please all of those adorable ghosts and goblins who come trick-or-treating this year. We have all of your favorites: Candy Corn, Gummi Pumpkins, Mini Chocolate Monsters, Sour Jelly Bats, and so much more! Best of all, you can order your Halloween candy online and pick it up from one of our many convenient locations…just in time for Halloween.

Click Here to browse our collection of Halloween candy!

When you have decided what you want, simply click “Add to Cart.” Then you can checkout or click “Continue Shopping” to add more delicious candy to your shopping cart. When you are done, simply input your billing information, sit back, and relax. What could be easier? All treats…no tricks

Happy Halloween from Wockenfuss!

Now in its fifth generation of candy-making – making us one of the oldest candy makers in Maryland – Wockenfuss knows a thing or two about what it takes to make great candy. All of our delicious chocolate and candy treats available at our eight convenient locations, and online.

If you have any questions about how to order Halloween Candy online, 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!

Order Halloween Candy Online, Avoid the Hassle

October 24th, 2014

Halloween Candy OnlineHalloween is quickly approaching. Are you excited? Odds are you have a lot to do between now and October 31st, especially if you have young children. First there is the decorating. You need to make your home presentable, so you hang spider webs from your front porch, you place a few tombstones in the front yard, and you make your home as spook-tacular as you can. Next you prepare the costumes (how many Elsa, Anna, and Olaf costumes do you think you’ll see this Halloween?). You spend hours upon hours searching for the right costume, or, if you are particularly crafty, you may even make your son or daughter’s costume. Of course, the latter will take even more time. What we are getting at is that Halloween can be fairly time consuming. Between the decorations, the costumes, and all of your other duties as a parent (not to mention actually going to work), you barely have time to breathe. When are you going to find the time to buy your Halloween candy?

Order Halloween Candy Online, Avoid the Hassle

Wockenfuss Candies makes buying Halloween candy quick and simple. Best of all, you never have to leave the comfort of your very own couch. Simply head to www.wockenfusscandies.com, hover over the tab labeled “seasonal” and click “Halloween.” We offer a complete line of specialty Halloween candy, as well as caramel apples, lollipops, fudge, and so much more. When you have decided what you want, simply click “Add to Cart.” Then you can checkout or click “Continue Shopping” to add more delicious candy to your shopping cart.

That’s right; you can order Halloween candy online and have it shipped directly to your door. What could be easier? There are no tricks with these treats! Just allow 3-6 business days for shipping.

Happy Halloween from Wockenfuss!

Wockenfuss is a family owned business, now in its fifth generation of candy-making. As one of the oldest candy makers in Maryland, we know a thing or two about what it takes to make great candy. And we are excited to offer a wide range of Halloween candy guaranteed to please all of those adorable ghosts and goblins running around your neighborhood.

If you have any questions about how to Order Halloween Candy Online, 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 Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest!

The History of Trick or Treating: A Tale of Halloween Candy and “Horror”

October 13th, 2014

Trick or TreatingAs a young child, there were certain things you would get really excited about: snow days, new video games, and, of course, candy. Okay, mostly candy! It’s delicious, it’s DELICIOUS, and your parents would only let you have so much, which made it taste even better when you snuck extra pieces without them knowing. Did we mention it’s delicious?

For 364 days a year, candy was an occasional treat that your parents would moderate, making sure you didn’t eat yourself into candy oblivion. However, there was one day a year when immense amounts of candy was not only tolerated, but encouraged: Halloween. You would dress up as a ghost, goblin, your favorite cartoon character, or whatever else you could come up with, and random strangers would give you Halloween Candy. All you had to do was utter one simple phrase: “Trick or Treat?” Before you knew it, you would be walking home dragging a bag full of candy. What a wonderful tradition! But where did it begin?

The History of Trick or Treating: A Tale of Halloween Candy and “Horror”

Trick or treating has been around for quite some time in the United States and other countries. Some estimate 100 years or more. However, the actual origin of this Halloween tradition is not quite so cut and dry. In fact, there are multiple theories…

A Celtic Halloween

As we mentioned in a previous blog, the history of Halloween can be traced back to the Celtic festival of Samhain, a celebration of the end of the harvest season. The Celts believed that the dead returned to the Earth every October 31st, so the people would light bonfires, disguise themselves in costumes, and offer sacrifices of food and drink to pay homage to the deceased and ward off evil spirits.

Hmmmmm…that idea of costumes seems familiar, doesn’t it?

In later years, people began dressing as ghosts and demons and performing antics in exchange for food and drink. Known as mumming, this is thought to be the origins of trick or treating. However, it is not known when the phrase “trick or treating” was actually coined.

An Early Christian Halloween

By the ninth century, Christianity had spread across the globe and into traditionally Celtic lands, blending Christian beliefs with older pagan rites. Over time, All Soul’s Day, which would come to be celebrated on November 2nd, closely resembled the Celtic Samhain. As part of the celebration, poor people would visit the houses of wealthier individuals and receive pastries known as soul cakes in exchange for a promise to pray for the souls of the homeowner’s deceased relatives. This tradition was later taken up by children, and eventually involved costumes. Sound familiar? The children would sing a song, recite a poem, tell a joke, or perform a trick in exchange for some sort of treat.

Order Halloween Candy from Wockenfuss Online!

Wockenfuss is a family owned business, now in its fifth generation of candy-making. As one of the oldest candy makers in Maryland, we know a thing or two about what it takes to make great candy. And we are excited to offer a wide range of Halloween candy. Click Here to browse our collection! We promise you won’t be disappointed.

All of our delicious chocolate and candy treats available at our eight convenient locations, and online. Just allow 3-6 business days for shipping. But that is a small price to pay for the convenience of candy delivery. You can stock up for Halloween without ever leaving your house. What could be easier?

If you have any questions about ordering Halloween Candy online, 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 Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest!

The Hauntingly Spectacular History of Jack-o-Lanterns

October 8th, 2014

History of Jack-o-LanternsThey’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky; they’re all together ookyJack-o-Lanterns! Okay, so that might not be exactly how the song goes, but we like our version a little better, especially for this week’s blog topic: The Hauntingly Spectacular History of Jack-o-Lanterns. As you may recall from last week’s blog, we discussed the history of pumpkins on Halloween, touching briefly on everyone’s favorite Halloween tradition: the Jack-o-Lantern. This week, we are going to take an even closer look at the history of those creepy carved pumpkins.

How Did Jack-o-Lanterns Originate?

As the legend goes, an Irish man named “Stingy Jack” invited the Devil for a drink. Being a stingy individual (you don’t get a name like Stingy Jack without being extremely frugal), Jack devised a plan to get out of paying the bill. He convinced the Devil to turn into a coin for Jack to use to buy the drinks. When the Devil transformed himself, instead of paying for the drinks, Jack stuffed the coin into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, but under certain conditions. 1) The Devil could not bother Jack for a year. 2) If Jack died, the Devil could not claim his soul. The Devil agreed and Jack freed him.

The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil. This time, Jack convinced the Devil to climb a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While in the Devil was in the tree, Jack carved a cross into the trunk, preventing the Devil from climbing down. Jack eventually freed the Devil, but under certain conditions. 1) The Devil could not bother Jack for 10 years. 2) If Jack died, the Devil could not claim his soul. The Devil agreed and Jack freed him.

Soon after, Jack died. According to the legend, God would not permit such a devious individual into Heaven. The Devil, meanwhile, would not allow Jack into Hell. The Devil instead sent Jack off into the dark night with nothing but a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved turnip and has been roaming the Earth ever since. The people of Ireland referred to the ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” which was eventually shortened to Jack-o-Lantern.

People began carving their own Jack-o-Lanterns and placing them in their windows to ward off Stingy Jack and whatever other evil spirits might be lurking about. The Irish originally carved their Jack-o-Lanterns into turnips or potatoes, but when Irish immigrants arrived in America they found an overabundance of pumpkins. And an American tradition was born.

Some Jack-o-Lantern Inspired Candy

Wockenfuss is a family owned business, now in its fifth generation of candy-making. As one of the oldest candy makers in Maryland, we know a thing or two about what it takes to make great candy. And we are excited to offer a wide range of Halloween candy, including a few Jack-o-Lantern inspired treats: Gummi Pumpkins, Milk Chocolate Pumpkin Pop, and Peanut Butter Filled Pumpkins.

Just like all of our other delicious candies, you can buy all of our Halloween candy in one of our 8 convenient locations or you can place your order online. Just allow 3-6 business days for shipping.

If you have any questions about ordering Halloween Candy online, 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 Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest!

Where Can I Buy Halloween Candy Online?

October 3rd, 2014

Buy Halloween Candy OnlineHalloween is fast approaching. In fact, there are just about 30 days until everyone’s favorite spooky, candy-filled holiday. It’s crunch time: time to find the perfect costume, time to decorate your home in the spookiest way possible, and time to buy enough Halloween candy to feed a small, child-sized army. The only problem is that you just do not have enough time to go to the store. Between work, the kids, and all of your other duties as a parent, you barely have enough time to breathe, let alone stock up on Halloween essentials. So you do what any other technologically savvy parent would do. You go online. But you have one question; “Where Can I Buy Halloween Candy Online?”

Where Can I Buy Halloween Candy Online?

The answer is simple: Wockenfuss! Where else? Not only are all of our delicious chocolate and candy treats available at our eight convenient locations, but they are also available online. That’s right; you can buy Halloween candy online and have it shipped directly to your door. What could be easier? We offer a complete line of specialty Halloween candy, as well as caramel apples, lollipops, fudge, and so much more.

Click Hereto browse our collection of Halloween candy!

When you have decided what you want, simply click “Add to Cart.” Then you can checkout or click “Continue Shopping” to add more delicious candy to your shopping cart. When you are done, input your billing and shipping information, sit back, and relax. Your delicious candy will be on your doorstep in 3-6 business days. The only difficult part of this entire process is trying not to eat all of the candy before Halloween rolls around. Of course, if you do, you could always just order more before the big day.

If you have any questions about how to Buy Halloween Candy Online, 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 Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest!

The History of Pumpkins on Halloween

October 3rd, 2014

Pumpkins HalloweenOver the years, certain holidays acquire different symbols: otherwise unimportant objects take on greater meaning during the holidays. For Christmas, it’s stockings. For Easter, it’s eggs. And for Halloween (and Thanksgiving), it’s pumpkins. But why? Where do these seemingly-odd traditions come from?

The History of Pumpkins on Halloween

Halloween and pumpkins go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly, or Starsky and Hutch. But the question is why? How did a large orange fruit become the symbol for one of the spookiest holidays of the year? Timing!

As we mentioned in a previous blog, the history of Halloween can be traced back to the Celtic festival of Samhain, a celebration of the end of the harvest season. And guess what large orange fruit is harvested in October? You guessed it: pumpkins.

When Irish immigrants arrived in America, they brought another fun Halloween tradition with them: the carving of Jack-o-lanterns. This tradition originated hundreds of years ago in Ireland, where the native people would carve turnips and potatoes. It wasn’t until Irish immigrants arrived in America and found an overabundance of pumpkins that Jack-o-lanterns as we now know them were born.

Check back next week as we explore the haunting history of Jack-o-lanterns even further!

Pumpkin Inspired Candy from Wockenfuss

Wockenfuss is a family owned business, now in its fifth generation of candy-making. As one of the oldest candy makers in Maryland, we know a thing or two about what it takes to make great candy. And we are excited to offer a wide range of Halloween candy, including a few pumpkin inspired treats: Harvest Mix, Gummi Pumpkins, Jelly Pumpkins, Milk Chocolate Pumpkin Pop, and Peanut Butter Filled Pumpkins.

Just like all of our other delicious candies, you can buy all of our Halloween candy in one of our 8 convenient locations or you can place your order online. Just allow 3-6 business days for shipping.

If you have any questions about ordering Halloween Candy online, 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 Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest!

Caramel Apple Candy Corn: A New Twist on a Halloween Classic

September 19th, 2014

Caramel Apple Candy CornCandy corn: you know it; you love it. If you frequent our blog, you even know the history of candy corn. It is a Halloween classic enjoyed by millions of Americans each and every October. Candy makers across the country produce more than About 35 million pounds of candy corn each year to meet the ever-increasing demand. Wow! And, as they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, we at Wockenfuss took a different approach.

Caramel Apple Candy Corn: A New Twist on a Halloween Classic

For starters, yes we do offer traditional candy corn. We’d be crazy not to feature everyone’s favorite Halloween candy. That is why it is the first selection on our extensive list of Halloween treats. No tricks here! But we are also happy to offer Caramel Apple Candy Corn. It is a new twist on a Halloween classic. The delicious sweetness of our caramel and apple flavored candy corn will melt in your mouth. Yum! I bet your mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Where Can I Buy Caramel Apple Candy Corn?

Just like all of our other delicious candies, you can buy our caramel apple candy corn in one of our 8 convenient locations or you can place your order online. Simply head to www.wockenfusscandies.com, hover over the tab labeled “seasonal” and click “Halloween.” Select “Caramel Apple Candy Corn” and click “Add to Cart.” Then you can checkout or click “Continue Shopping” to add more delicious candy to your shopping cart. It couldn’t be any easier. Please allow 3-6 business days for shipping.

Fun Halloween Candy Facts and Statistics

  1. The average consumer spends $75.03 on décor, costumes, candy and fun.
  2. 27% of people say they’ll spend more this year than last, according to Alliance Data Retail Services (ADRS).
  3. Roughly 35 million pounds of candy corn is made each year.
  4. 5% of all candy corn is never eaten. For shame!

Happy Halloween!

If you have any questions about Caramel Apple Candy Corn or ordering Halloween Candy online, 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 Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest!