The Local Philadelphia Roots of Mother’s Day

This year, Mother’s Day falls on May 8th, but mothers, it seems, have always been celebrated. The ancient Greeks worshipped Rhea, the Goddess of Motherhood and fertility. She held the power of fertility and was said to be crafty in the art of raising children as did her Roman counterpart, Cybele. Both were celebrated with festivals and gifts. Throughout the years, humans have always found all kind of ways to celebrate their moms. You might even be able to imagine a young cave-child bringing a pretty stone back to the cave for mom. But did you know about its connections to the City of Brotherly Love? Keep reading to discover the Philadelphia roots of Mother’s Day.

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Summertime Sweets on the Boardwalk: One of the Finest Northeast Traditions

Recalling The Sweetness Of Summer

What goes perfect with the salty spray of the endless ocean? Some delicious sweets. Now certainly, most countries have a tradition of treats by the beach in the summer. However, America perfected it, and in Pennsylvania, the summertime sweets on the shoreline are some of the best in the country.

There are a lot of solid reasons for this, one of them being the very location of PA. Pennsylvania is in the middle of the Eastern Seaboard. Anyone who lives there knows summers are hot, humid, and muggy; but the eastern ocean glittering in the sun as waves dance into shore is downright refreshing.

Accordingly, Pennsylvanians love the beach. And since this region of the country has full seasonality and some of the oldest United States communities, there’s been time to perfect diverse confection formulas.

Stutz is one of the best purveyors of sweet delicacies of multiple kinds in the Mid-Atlantic, and offers a substantial selection of candy precisely designed to match your cravings on the boardwalk. Let’s look at some of our favorite summertime sweets:

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5 Creative Culinary Uses for Candy

Candy is nothing short of satisfying. But wouldn’t it be great if you tried some DIY and took your meals and snacks to a whole new level: more color, more sweetness, and more texture?

Read about these five fantastic ways you can use our wide array of summer treats in your cooking.

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The History of Chocolate in Philadelphia

various forms of chocolate: chocolate bars, cacao pods, chocolate fondue, white chocolate

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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What’s makes Stutz’s gourmet chocolate pretzels special?

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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How Chocolate Molds Came into Being

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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Here’s to Your Health: Don’t Give Up Chocolate This Year

Chocolate as a health food? In moderation, yes!

The holiday season has officially arrived, which means it’s almost time to start putting together your annual list of New Year’s resolutions. If staying healthy or losing weight have been on your mind, “Making fewer visits to the candy store near me” may very well be one of your intended goals for the year ahead.

But believe it or not, you might actually be on the wrong track with that resolution—at least as far as your health is concerned.

Indeed, numerous studies looking at the health benefits of chocolate have been conducted over the past few years, and many of them have shown that a moderate diet of chocolate—dark chocolate in particular—can actually be good for us in a number of different ways. And thankfully, higher-end chocolate isn’t necessarily hard to find.

There’s a candy store near me—a couple of them, actually—that sells the good stuff, and at reasonable prices, too. Of course, shopping online at Stutz Candy or visiting one of their stores is a no-brainer, if only because their selection is so enormous and all-encompassing that you will literally never fail to find what you’re looking for.

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80 years of sweetness: our 80th anniversary!

It was 1938 – 80 years ago. MGM studios began shooting The Wizard of Oz. DuPont unveiled the first product that used nylon. Natalie Wood, Jon Voight and Etta James were born.

And in Pennsylvania, a little-family owned candy business moved out of their garage and opened their first store. That candy business was us. This year, we’re marking 80 years of making quality candy, chocolates and gifts.

Stutz is beyond proud to have reached this milestone and beyond grateful to the generations of customers who have enjoyed our chocolates, treats, and sweets, turning a small home business to a recognized candy brand with three robust stores.

But how did we get here?

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Does Chocolate Really Help You Think Better?

For many of us, it was those all-night college study sessions that taught us the concept of brain food.

That is, food that actually improves our brain’s cognitive functioning when consumed. Salmon and nuts (especially walnuts) are probably the best-known brain foods, and blueberries and avocados are also known to do the trick.

But frankly, we don’t remember anyone suggesting that eating chocolate might help us better retain information when studying for that notoriously difficult pre-calc final exam.

And yet new scientific research that has been published in the scholarly journal Appetite has suggested just that.

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Making Mother’s Day Traditions with Stutz Candy

mother's day chocolateWe’ve been honoring our moms for centuries. The ancient Greeks and Romans held celebrations in praise of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele.

People in Europe used to observe something called “Mothering Sunday,” a day of appreciation for mothers that grew out of an early Christian tradition. Mothering Sunday eventually began to merge with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.

(As we noted in last year’s Mother’s Day blog, it was Philadelphia’s Anna Jarvis, who sparked the idea for the American version of the holiday in 1908.)

It’s a big day. Mother’s Day — which falls on May 8 this year — is typically the busiest restaurant day of the year, and the day on which the most phone calls are made.

And while it’s nice to take your mom out to dinner (or at the very least, give her a call), we’d like to offer a few other ways to celebrate your mother this Mother’s Day.

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