National Pecan Day April 14, 2017

National Pecan Day is April 14 this year and we have plenty of mouth-watering treats to help you celebrate at Sweet Candy + Gifts in the Heights. 

Photo from www.Foodimentry.com 

Photo from www.Foodimentry.com 

What do you know about the pecan? Foodimentry gives us five facts we certainly didn’t know in their article National Pecan Day:

1.    Pecans come in a variety of sizes – mammoth, extra large, large, medium, small and midget.

2.    Before a shelled pecan is ready to be sold, it must first be cleaned, sized, sterilized, cracked and finally, shelled.

3.    There are over 1,000 varieties of pecans.  Many are named for Native American Indian tribes, including Cheyenne, Mohawk, Sioux, Choctaw and Shawnee.

4.    Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919.

5.    2 Pecans provide nearly 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for zinc.

To celebrate National Pecan Day we want to introduce you to two of our favorite pecan themed treats at Sweet Candy + Gifts; first, the New Orleans Famous Praline Company.

New Orleans Famous Pralines Box Sets at Sweet Candy + Gifts

New Orleans Famous Pralines Box Sets at Sweet Candy + Gifts

Legend has it that French settlers brought their European recipes to Louisiana and adapted using local or readily available ingredients such as brown sugar, cream, and pecans.

New Orleans Famous Praline Company has been making these traditional Creole candies since 1996, and we are proud to have them by the box at Sweet. Pralines are a sweet and uniquely southern idea for Easter or Mother's Day. 

Juanita's Candy Kitchen at Sweet Candy + Gifts: Peanut, Pecan, & Cashew

Juanita's Candy Kitchen at Sweet Candy + Gifts: Peanut, Pecan, & Cashew

Southern style is the perfect segue to our second offering honoring the pecan: Juanita’s Candy Kitchen. While you might know this Arkadelphia based confectioner best for its peanut brittle, they now have varieties for those who enjoy pecans and cashews.

Juanita’s bucket style packaging makes a perfect corporate or client appreciation gift as it’s easy to transport. We carry all three Juanita’s brittle: Peanut, Pecan, and Cashew. Stop in for a true Arkansas favorite any time of the year.

Need a corporate gift? Sweet can help you out! Click here to speak with someone who can help or call our store at 501-508-5232.

 

National No Housework Day... Hey, It's a Thing!

Excuses, excuses, excuses… are you looking for one to get out of cleaning house today? Welcome to National No Housework Day, this year celebrated on Friday, April 7th.

Photo by NationalDayCalendar.com 

Photo by NationalDayCalendar.com 

Wide range of international candies at Sweet Candy + Gifts in the Heights, Little Rock, Arkansas 

Wide range of international candies at Sweet Candy + Gifts in the Heights, Little Rock, Arkansas 

This non-traditional holiday sounds like the perfect excuse for a trip to Sweet Candy + Gifts to pick up something special for a night off.

Maybe a delicious international chocolate that pairs beautifully with a deep rich red wine? Or maybe you want to feel like a kid again with some of our retro candy? How about bringing home something the whole family will love by making a grab bag from our bulk candy section?

Whatever your pleasure we’ve got you covered. So go ahead, curl up in front of the TV today or make it a movie night with something sweet from Sweet and take the day off from housework. You’ve earned it! 

National Equal Pay Day 2017

According to the Arkansas Equal Pay Coalition, businesses in the Natural State are working to bring attention to the gender pay gap in Arkansas by recognizing National Equal Pay Day Tuesday, April 4. 

Sweet Candy + Gifts is proud to be joining other area businesses on April 4 in charging women 80% of the cost of certain items, which is the percentage Arkansas women earn compared to men according to the American Association of University Women. 

Here's a list of local businesses with equal pay specials.

Equal Pay Sweet Candy + Gifts

The National Committee on Pay Equity encourages people to Wear RED on Equal Pay Day to symbolize how far women and minorities are "in the red" with their pay!

April Fools Day

April Fools Day dates back to at least the 1500’s but the exact origin of the day of jokes and pranks could go back even further. But for the sake of storytelling, pull up to your computers, smart phones, and tablets, dear readers, and listen to the true tale of the Scottish Gowk.

During the 18th century, it became popular on April 1st for people to start “hunting the gowk” (or sending people on fool’s errands) until noon and then continue the celebration on April 2nd as Tailie Day. Gowk means Cuckoo Bird and is a symbol for fool. Tailie Day was filled with pranks where people would affix fake tails or “kick me” signs to the bottoms or backs of unsuspecting victims.

Have you ever hunted snipe? Same thing.

All over the world, parents use April 1st as a day to surprise youngsters with harmless but over the top jokes.  Buzz Feed compiled a list of great ideas you can try at home

BeanBoozled Candy Game

And if you want to really get your kids stop by Sweet Candy + Gifts and pick up something that will shock their senses, for example, Toxic Waste, a seriously sour gummy; or BeanBoozled, a game that has such flavors as spoiled milk and dead fish.

Toxic Waste Candy

You could always swap out one of our delicious chocolates with unsweetened baking chocolate… but do reward them with the real thing after, it’s only fair.

We hope your April Fools Day will be full of laughter and great (if not surprising) food. 

Sweet News!

Wow! Thanks Best of Arkansas for including Sweet Candy + Gifts in your top 10 candy stores in Arkansas feature. 

Read all about it here!

From Best of Arkansas, The 10 Best Candy Shops in Arkansas

From Best of Arkansas, The 10 Best Candy Shops in Arkansas

Then stop by Sweet Candy + Gifts for your bulk candy, international candy, gourmet chocolate, unique gifts, Blue Q sox, and much, much, more. Need a gift? Call ahead and we'll have it wrapped up and ready to go. 

Need a gift? Call us! We'll have it wrapped and ready: 501-508-5232

Need a gift? Call us! We'll have it wrapped and ready: 501-508-5232

Plus don't forget about Sweet's amazing party room available with custom party options for children, luncheons for groups, or non-profit meetings (free to your 501(c)3 depending on time and availability). 

Book a children's party! Or reserve the room for your next event
 

 

St. Patrick's Day 2017

This past week we had the pleasure of entertaining lads and lasses at Sweet Candy + Gifts during the St. Patrick’s Parade in the Heights. It was more fun than kissing the Blarney Stone.

Face Painting by Maggie Lou's Party Crew at Sweet Candy + Gifts

Face Painting by Maggie Lou's Party Crew at Sweet Candy + Gifts

The excitement at Sweet had much to do with our resident artist and Maggie Lou's Party Crew chief, Kristen, who beautifully decorated the faces of the young and young at heart.

Eyewitnesses along the parade route spotted boys and girls with her handiwork. Best of all, visitors to Sweet were able to see our amazing party room. You can add face painting to any party package at Sweet. 

For information on booking the Sweet party room and to see our packages click here:

Sweet also got into the sprit of St. Patrick's Day with 10% off all green candy. Yum! 

Green Candy at Sweet

We may be new to the Heights but we already feel at home in this wonderful community. Stop by and see us! Our storefront is on Kavanaugh between By the Glass and W. Inc: The Beauty Geek. We are open 7 days a week: M-Th 10-6, F-S 10-9, and Sunday 12-6. 

Izard Chocolate

You know those early summer days when you’re sitting on your back porch, eyes closed, face to the sun. Maybe in the background you hear the sounds of children playing, a neighbor cutting grass, and the birds chirping. Well that’s how we felt when we stumbled upon Izard Chocolate. They are literally our neighbors (we’re in the Heights, they’re in Hillcrest) and supporting local just feels good—like the sun on your face. 

Izard Chocolate flies off the shelf at Sweet Candy + Gifts in the Heights. Stop in for a bar today!

Izard Chocolate flies off the shelf at Sweet Candy + Gifts in the Heights. Stop in for a bar today!

While we love ALL of Izard’s chocolate right now what we can’t keep on the shelves is their small batch salted caramels. 

Respecting their mission to source ingredients that honor fair trade practices, Izard crafts their caramels with Icelandic sea salt. A large bag will give you 14-15 pieces, while a small bag contains 8. Trust us, you’ll want the large bag. 

In 2014, Izard Chocolate was founded by Nathaniel Izard (linked here is a 2017 Soiree article about Nathaniel). He is the first “bean to bar” chocolate company in Little Rock, Arkansas.

High quality, craftsmanship, locally sourced when possible, and organic are just a few of the ways people describe the Izard brand.

We are so proud to share their products at Sweet Candy + Gifts in the Heights. Stop in and give them a try.

Dude, Sweet

They say things grow bigger in Texas, and apparently that extends the sweet flavors in chocolate creations. We were put on to Dude, Sweet by a visitor to the shop and after researching knew this was the perfect addition to Sweet Candy + Gifts. 

From Dude, Sweet: Our first non-dark chocolate item in five years, this bar is made with a caramelized white and dark chocolate (otherwise known as a dark blond) with heavy malt and caramel notes. The togarashi is a traditional blend of Japanese peppers, white and black sesame seeds, citrus, and seaweed. This bar is savory, sweet, and spicy – it was originally made for the 2014 Aspen Food and Wine Festival.

From Dude, Sweet: Our first non-dark chocolate item in five years, this bar is made with a caramelized white and dark chocolate (otherwise known as a dark blond) with heavy malt and caramel notes. The togarashi is a traditional blend of Japanese peppers, white and black sesame seeds, citrus, and seaweed. This bar is savory, sweet, and spicy – it was originally made for the 2014 Aspen Food and Wine Festival.

Chef Katherine Clapner from her interview with The Scoop.

Chef Katherine Clapner from her interview with The Scoop.

Their story started at a Dallas dive bar called Lee Harvey’s. Chef Katherine Clapner and Redding May frequented the establishment and in 2008, Redding asked the chef to create corporate gifts. More and more chocolate creations poured out of Katherine’s kitchen and in 2008, she was a full fledged chocolatier crafting gourmet chocolates using unique combinations.

Read more about Chef Clapner at The Scoop.

At Sweet Candy + Gifts you will find an array of their products from chocolate infused olive oil and chocolate tea to truffles and scrumptious candy bars with global flare. 

Stop in and pick up a treat to try this weekend. Pair it with favorite wines and let us know how you liked Dude, Sweet. 

A sample of some of our favorite Dude, Sweet Chocolate creations. 

A sample of some of our favorite Dude, Sweet Chocolate creations.