Bucks County: The Tale of Fudge and its Sweet Creation

Fudge is one of the most popular candies throughout the world. You’ll also find fudge along with the typical glut of sweets, biscuits, chocolate other candies at any given shop. Despite this popularity, many people don’t know how fudge in Bucks County became a staple confection. 

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The History of Chocolate in Philadelphia

Philadelphia has long held a place in the history of the United States as one of the cornerstones of our Nation’s birth. It was the first Capital city and the place where the words of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were first heard emanating from Independence Hall. But did you know that it was also the hub of all things chocolate in Colonial and Post-Colonial America?

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Gourmet Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Gourmet Chocolate Covered Pretzels

If you’re a person who appreciates chocolate-covered pretzels, you will absolutely love the gourmet chocolate pretzels produced by Stutz candy-makers. Five generations of research, discovery, and improvement have made the Stutz gourmet chocolate pretzels the finest in the world, and the ones favored by many of the world’s chocolate pretzel lovers.

Continue reading below to find out more about how this delightful treat is made, and how it has managed to captivate the world with its sweet and salty flavor for decades now.

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Have Some Chocolate. It’s Good for You!

young woman eating chocolate

A new year is upon us, and like many people, you might be thinking about turning over a new leaf.

Waking up at 6 each morning to run a few miles. Quitting coffee or cigarettes. Or maybe even better.

To which we say: Have you tried our dark chocolate, Bucks County?

We’re not asking that to tease you. The fact is, dark chocolate is good for you. Read on to learn more.

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Sweetest Day – America’s Forgotten Holiday

sweetest day emblem

When you hear “October” and “candy,” you probably think “Halloween.”

And why not? Halloween is big business here in the Bucks County milk chocolate world, big business for anyone who makes and sells candy.

But for a brief period in the earlier part of the 20th century, people celebrated a holiday called “Sweetest Day” on the third Saturday in October.

In fact, if you find yourself in Cleveland or Buffalo on that date, you might find an official Sweetest Day celebration happening.

In this blog post, we’ll look at the unusual history of this forgotten holiday.

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How Chocolate Molds Came into Being

Melted chocolate being poured into a mold

Although chocolate has been around for centuries, chocolate molds, like the personalized chocolate molds we sell in Bucks County, are a relatively new phenomenon.

We’ve talked quite a bit here on the history of different candies, but we haven’t really touched on chocolate molds. So in this blog post, we’re traveling to 19th century Europe to explore this unique form of candy-making.

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How is Taffy Made?

A pile of colorful saltwater taffy pieces

In our last blog post, we discussed the history of saltwater taffy and how it got its name, and its origins as a favorite treat among boardwalk visitors.

We’d wager that part of the charm of buying taffy when you’re at the shore is seeing it made. Machinery at work, pulling large ropes of taffy is quite a sight to see.

At first sight, you may wonder “What’s going on there?”

Throughout our history, as we grew to be an iconic candy maker in the Philadelphia area, stories of taffy making at the shore have traveled far and wide. Having candy locations at the shore and just north of Philadelphia, we still hear them.

In this blog post, we’ll look at the hows and whys of taffy making.

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The King and Queen of Confection from Long Beach Island to Cape May

Piles of freshly made long beach island fudge

Last year, Stutz celebrated a milestone not every business gets to enjoy: 80 years in business.

It’s a fascinating history. We started off making chocolate in a garage in Jenkintown, and now operate three stores: two in the Philadelphia area and one at the Jersey Shore.

We’re proud to be a part of local food history, and no discussion of that history is complete without mentioning two things: fudge, saltwater taffy, and their connection to the shore.

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Paying With Chocolate: A Sweet History Lesson

A swirl of dark chocolate

Spend enough time reading our thoughts on dark chocolate, Bucks County, and you’ll realize that we love talking about the history of our favorite confection.

Regular readers of the blog know that history stretches back to the pre-Colonial Americas, when the Mayans and Aztec enjoyed an unsweetened chocolate drink that they’d flavor with things like hot peppers and corn meal.

In fact, we get the word chocolate itself from the Mayan word for “bitter water”: xocoatl. The Mayans saw cacao – the chief ingredient in chocolate – as a valuable symbol of life.

So valuable, in fact, that they may have used chocolate as currency.

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Chocolate on the Big Screen: Four Movies About this Sweet Confection

Montgomery County milk chocolate

Charlie lives in a cramped house with his parents and grandparents, dreaming of a better life.

One day, he hears about a reclusive candy maker who will open his factory to five lucky children who find a golden ticket inside one of his chocolate bars.

Charlie happens upon one of the prized tickets and joins four far more privileged children on the tour. The other kids reveal themselves to be greedy, spoiled and otherwise unworthy and are rejected as the tour goes on. Only Charlie makes it to the end, proving himself admirable enough to pass the candy-maker’s test and inheriting the factory.

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