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Santa Clause is coming to town!

Guess who is coming to Colonial Candies? Santa will be here December 10 & 11th, 17 & 18th from 12 – 5 pm.

Avoid the Santa at the Mall Lineup and our Santa is free, please bring your camera though!!

Santa Clause Loves Chocolates from Colonial Candies!

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Bolton’s sweet Halloween tradition from eras gone by, Colonial Candies

By Lysa Miller, Special to Wicked Local Bolton
They can be spotted on Interstate 495 heading south – a giant Halloween cat, creepy Frankenstein and a pumpkin man in an air balloon. During holiday seasons, these themed inflatables entice passersby and locals to stop in and enjoy one of Bolton’s finest treasures – Colonial Candies
Custom Halloween Gift Baskets, chocolate gift baskets
They can be spotted on Interstate 495 heading south – a giant Halloween cat, creepy Frankenstein and a pumpkin man in an air balloon. During holiday seasons, these themed inflatables entice passersby and locals to stop in and enjoy one of Bolton’s finest treasures – Colonial Candies.
Candy Corns for Halloweeen - colonial candies candy mansion , bolton ma
“We were so excited to realize this was a chocolate factory,” said April Talkowski as she posed for a picture with her husband Walter in front of the headless horseman. “I saw all the inflatables from the highway and begged my husband to stop in. I’m excited to be here, I love chocolate and I can’t wait to bring my grandkids here.”

But it’s not just the chocolate that drives people into this gem of a candy store that represents traditions of an era gone by.

Owners Grace and Richard Hebert take pride in keeping their vintage candy store alive and thriving. Every year at Halloween, Easter and Christmas, they decorate Colonial Candies inside and out. A dozen inflatables can be found outside. Inside the store, visitors will find decorations that are hand-picked and some even handmade by Grace and her staff over the years.

“We get our hands dirty,” said Grace, who with her husband Richard and six other people spent more than two days decorating the candy mansion for Halloween.

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“Some of the decorations we bought were not exciting enough for the store, so we added glitter to them for that extra detail. But there is a price to pay, a glittery mess,” she laughed.

She is referring to the extra detail she added to a mantle full of bones, various witches, skeletons and other hanging ghouls.pizzuti creative | business photography

Each year, the Heberts add to their décor and inflatable collections. This year’s addition was a 20-foot inflatable cat facing the highway, which so far has proved to be a successful investment.
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“It took a few years for the inflatables to really start drawing people in,” said Grace. “But now they bring in a variety of people and it’s become a tradition to stop in.”

The Colonial Candies store offers everything from penny candy to elaborate chocolates and gift baskets. The Heberts goal is to keep the candy store affordable, so everyone, no matter how much money they have to spend, can enjoy it.
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“We have chocolate Halloween favors starting at just 99 cents,” said Grace. “Rich and I decided a long time ago that we always wanted to keep items in the store so that everyone could come and enjoy our “dinosaur” and still be able to buy their kids a really great treat without spending much money.”

Grace’s reference to a dinosaur refers to the fact that homegrown candy stores are almost extinct. The Heberts use their own family recipe and hand mold, dip and package many of their novelty items and candy treats.

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The Easter Bunny is coming to Bolton’s Colonial Candies!

The Easter Bunny will be coming to Bolton’s Colonial Candies for 5 days days in March & April. He will appear at Colonial Candies at 47 Sugar Road Saturday and Sunday, March 12, 13, 19 & 20th, and 25th from 12 – 5 pm.

Each child will receive a complimentary chocolate pop!

Bring your Camera and capture the moment and post it to your favorite social network and hashtag us #colonialcandies !!!

Admission is Free!!

 

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Thanksgiving Gift Baskets, Personal and Corporate

pizzuti creative | business photographyCustom baskets are our specialty here at Colonial Candies. We always have baskets available in-store but we can also customize baskets for you. For Thankgiving we have baskets ranging from $32.95 and up. The smaller being more hand held size gifts and the large, baskets and tins featuring Halloween Decor.

Gift Baskets/Family/Adult Corporate

Gift baskets can be designed from $32.95 up, larger gift baskets tend to run $75 – $125. These baskets can include nuts, fudge, stuffed animals, gift certificates, retro-type candy, Halloween chocolate items, chocolate covered oreos and boxed chocolates.

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To request custom gift baskets for Halloween, please send out our contact request form or give us a call and ask for Kerri or Grace. 978.779.6586

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Easter's just around the corner – Egg Dyeing 101

Egg Dyeing 101 – Tips from the best, Martha Stewart

Thank you Martha Stewart, we know you will always enlighten us! This is a great article to get you started dying and creating great Easter Eggs with the kids!

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Eggs and dyes are the two central elements of Easter crafts. Decorating eggs perfectly isn’t hard; just follow our tips. If you want to save eggs from year to year or turn them into ornaments to hang from branches, blow them out instead of hard-boiling the eggs before dyeing them.

Tip: Try dyeing different types of eggs in order to vary the sizes — use quail for smaller and goose or ostrich for larger. Also consider dyeing brown eggs to alter the range of colors you can produce.

Step 1: Blow Out the Eggs

To empty a raw egg, begin by using the tip of a sharp utility knife to pierce both ends of the egg; turn the knife in one of the holes to widen it slightly. Then, poke a straightened paper clip through the larger hole to pierce and “stir” the yolk. Hold the egg, larger hole down, over a bowl, and then blow the contents out with a rubber ear syringe.

Step 2: Dye the Eggs

Protect your work area with paper towels or newspaper. Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring (use more to intensify color) in 1 cup of hot water in a heatproof bowl, cup, or jar deep enough to let you submerge an egg completely.

To create different tints of a color, vary dipping times: Submerge eggs for less than 5 minutes for light colors, and leave the egg in for 10 minutes or more for deeper shades. Using tongs makes handling the eggs easy.

To make a two-color egg, dye the whole egg first in a light color, let dry for 15 minutes, and then submerge half into a darker color (this idea works best for hard-boiled eggs).

Step 3: Let the Eggs Dry

A drying rack made with pins and foam board keeps things neat.

Here’s a Good Thing that will help you dry your eggs without making a mess. A homemade egg drying rack is simple to make and you can use it for years to come.

Tools and Materials
1/2-inch foam core, cut into about a 10-inch square
Pencil
Ruler
Pins

Egg Drying Rack How-To
1. Use 1/2 inch of foam core cut into a 10-inch square (you can make it as big or as small as you want).
2. Using a pencil and ruler, draw a grid.
3. Where the lines cross insert pins.
3. Place eggs on pins to dry.

Egg Dyeing Technique: Wax Resist

Once you’ve learned the basics, try some egg-decorating techniques.

Wax-resist is a technique that involves drawing on eggs with wax before you dip them in dye; the dye will adhere everywhere except the wax, revealing your design.

Egg Dyeing Technique: Masked Designs

Adhere common supplies such as tape, stickers, or even little leaves to eggs; when you dye the eggs and remove the “masks,” the designs stand out.

How to Make Masked Designs

Egg Dyeing Technique: Marbelizing

Marbelizing is a technique that involves adding olive oil to egg dye to create beautiful, multi-colored swirls on the surface of your eggs.

Marbelized Eggs How-To

Egg Dyeing Technique: Dripped On Eggs

Use rubber cement to create a look of dripped paint on your blown-out Easter eggs.

How to Make Dripped-On Eggs

Creative Egg-Carrying Cases

Hand-dyed eggs make great gifts, but delivering them can be tricky. Save time and effort by buying plastic half-dozen-size cartons, which you can quickly turn into attractive carriers. We dressed ours up in scalloped organdy or sheets of tissue paper, and satin and grosgrain ribbon, and affixed card-stock tags with stamped greetings.

 

 

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We always have Ice Cream!

We always have “Bliss Brand” ice cream in our store! We have over 20 flavors of ice cream from Bliss Dairy in Attleboro, Massachusetts. So stop in hot or cold for a cone of this flavorful treat.

We also offer a “sundae bar” where you can create your own sundae from over 15 different toppings! We also offer “ice cream floats”.

Our cafe has plenty of tables so we always have room for you!

 

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Valentine Candy Heart Sorting and Counting Game

At Colonial Candies, we love kids, so we went out on the Internet to find something fun that kids could do, instead of just eating the candy, they can make it educational!!

Here’s a fun math activity that combines counting, one-to-one ratio, numeral recognition, color recognition, sorting, graphing, number comparison, and well, sugar! That’s a lot to do in one activity, but I promise, your kiddos will enjoy it nonetheless. And it’s only partly because of the sugar part.

valentines.jpgChildren are natural sorters. That’s why they create collections, line up possessions, and don’t want their food touching each other on their plates. Use that natural compulsion in this Valentine candy heart activity.

Start out with this Candy Heart Counting Sheet – DOWNLOAD SHEET NOW. Give the children each a small amount of candy hearts. The amount will likely depend upon the child’s ability level or familiarity with counting. Briefly show them how to sort and count by lining up the candies on the boxes. Observe and help out as they go along.

As each child finishes, ask questions similar to those on the bottom of the sheet. How many do they have of each color? Which color do they have the most of? etc. If you’re working with older children, you may want to have them color in the boxes after they remove the candies to create a bar graph. You could also extend the activity by having them create patterns with the candies as well! Math has never tasted so sweet!

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Old Fashioned Ribbon Candy

Ribbon candy is a type of hard candy which in North America most often appears for sale around the Christmas holiday season.

Beautifully boxed ribbon candy is a great hostess gift or special treat at the office. Available beautifully boxed and can be holiday wrapped at no charge $17.95, in store only, we can’t ship, it’s too breakable! This special treat won’t last long.

It acquires its shape by first being fashioned as warm sugar into flat strips. A strip is then folded back and forth over itself to form a hardened ribboned stick. The sugar is often colored to appear festive, and the candy often has a glossy sheen.

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It is commonly made with extracts, often of different mint or citrus flavors. It is usually thin enough to melt quickly in the mouth, but because pieces of it are usually larger than bite size, biting into a stick of it causes shattering and shards.

Many types of ribbon candies also tend to become sticky easily, usually either due to body warmth from being held, or simply from room temperature and humidity. Because of what some consider to be its pretty appearance, it is often used like decor, put out on display in candy dishes, plates, or apothecary jars.

When it is used in this way it tends to end up sticking together if it has been sitting out for an extended period of time.

Ribbon Candy is a timeless tradition during the holidays. Many use it to add a pop of color to their holiday decorating by placing it into glass vessels, vases or crystal bowls. When it’s time to eat the treat, usually it’s pulled out for that special moment on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve.

It has been said that if you leave Santa a piece of ribbon candy, something extra special may arrive in your stocking!

Fun Fact

Ribbon candy is low in calories. A full piece weighs about 1 oz. and contains about 60 calories.

Ribbon candy facts and information pulled for Wiki and Ehow.

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Milk Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe

Try this recipe for a moist mild chocolate cake that cuts cleanly and doesn’t need frosting. This scrumptious snack cake travels very well, so it’s a snap to share anywhere.

Chocolate Bundt Cake Using Colonial Candies

Ingredients

  • 1 colonial candies milk chocolate candy bar (7 ounces), broken into pieces
  • 1/2 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Confectioners’ sugar, optional

Directions

  • In a microwave, melt candy bar with chocolate syrup; stir until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in chocolate mixture and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar if desired. Yield: 12-14 servings.

Nutritional Facts1 serving (1 slice) equals 423 calories, 20 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 100 mg cholesterol, 338 mg sodium, 57 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.

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Daring Pairing: Champagne and Chocolate!

Champagne and Chocolate

This one sounds like such a good idea! How Romantic! How Decadent! How Divine!

Pair chocolate with these wines. Ideas for New Years.by The Bubbly Professor

Now…stop right there! Come back to reality!

This daring pairing is very controversial, which is a geeky way of saying that a lot of people love it, and a lot of people hate it. Just do a web search on “Champagne and Chocolate” – you will find a million articles saying how great it is, and a million articles saying how awful it can be.

Just wait until Valentine’s Day…nearly every wine blogger on the planet will have something to say about truffles and bubbles.

The problem is…chocolate is a very hard food item to pair with wine. Chocolate is loaded with sweetness, fat, and bitterness…all taste components that are tough on wine. There certainly are wines that can handle chocolate as a pairing partner, but they tend to be red (to handle the intense flavor and the over-dose of fat), and sweet (to handle the intense sweetness of the chocoalte).

When I make a recommendation for wine with chocolate I usually suggest Ruby Porto, Late Harvest Zinfandel or Banyuls for Bittersweet Chocolate and Brachetto d’Acqui or Tawny Porto for Milk Chocolate. Hmmmm…none of these wines bear any resemblance to that most delicate of bubblies…the wine we call Champagne.

Truffles and Chocolates from Colonial CandiesSo…when we pair this bruiser-of-the-food-world up with the most delicate of wines, chaos ensues! To be technical about it, the wine’s acidity and bitterness come forward, the delicate flavors are crushed, and what you are left with is something that reminds you of fizzy mouthwash!

A Better Idea with Chocolate:
Demi-Sec or Doux Champagne…that’s sweet Champagne to you newbies, and it gives the wine the ability to handle the sweetness in the chocolate.

Rosé Champagne, Cava Rosado – pink bubbly has an extra dose of fruitiness, which allows the wine a better chance to still taste good when paired with something sweet.

Brachetto d’Acqui – Italy’s perfect match for chocolate: slightly sweet, slightly red, slightly bubbly.

Sparkling Shiraz – A far cry from Champagne, I know – but slightly sweet versions are a good choice to pair with chocolate.

In other words, if you want to pair bubbles with chocolate and want the wine to taste good…choose a sparkling wine with some sweetness or some pink or red color…at least the wine has a chance!

Reprinted with permission from the Bubbly Professor, thank you for allowing us to reprint this.

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