Thursday, April 22, 2010

May Cupcake Menu

It's the last weekend of April, which can only mean one thing: May's Cupcake Menu is ready to go!

As always cupcakes are available on Saturdays by 11:00 am and we welcome pre-orders by phone or email!

We'll keep you posted on a Mother's Day box in the works, but in the meantime, on with the menu...

May 1
Chocolate Turtle Ganache: Belgian dark chocolate cake covered in caramel and dipped in chocolate ganache
Vanilla: Vanilla cake and frosting, flavoured with Madagascar bourbon vanilla with sprinkles

May 8
Key Lime Pie: Lime-infused cake and cream cheese frosting with lime zest
Hazelnut Chocolate: Hazelnut-chocolate cake with Belgian dark chocolate frosting decorated with a toasted hazelnut on top

May 15
White Chocolate Macadamia: White chocolate macadamia cake and which chocolate frosting
Chocolate Chocolate: Belgian dark chocolate cake with bittersweet dark chocolate frosting and chocolate sprinkles

May 22
The Cupcake Lounge will be closed for holidays this weekend

May 29
Black & White: Belgian dark chocolate cake with vanilla frosting and chocolate sprinkles
Mango: Pure mango cake with sweet mango frosting


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Can you get....?

Our girls at The Candy Store hear it all. From the completely common to the elusive and rare, we are asked all the time if we can get such-and-such candy or if they still make so-and-so bar. We love hearing about what people remember and those little bites of their past that struck enough of a chord to have them yearning for these special treats all these long years later. There isn't a day that goes by where someone isn't surprised at seeing something on our shelves and shares a memory or two related to candy. Many of the candies and sweets from our collective past have become the touchstones for some of our fondest memories.

As a child born at the edge of the '80s, my own "gone but not forgotten" candy is Bonkers. For those born any time after 1985 Bonkers were the (better, in my opinion) predecesor to Starburst only they had a cubed two-tone look about them and a softer texture. I don't remember the commericals - we only had a half dozen channels at that time, but YouTube is full of them. Bonkers were my treat of choice at the Uxbridge Pool after swimming lessons (Tadpole level, thank you very much - far more interesting than the colour system). Bonkers, in fact, are the basis for on of my earliest childhood memories. The vending machine in the lobby of the pool building didn't always have grape in stock and that was my favourite flavour. I still recall the bitter sting of having to choose watermelon one day in lieu of grape. Within the year we'd moved from Uxbridge to Oshawa. I never saw that machine again and not long after Bonkers were gone for good. It was only this past week when the salt water taffy came in (yeah!) that I had a piece of grape taffy and realised how eerily close to Bonkers that candy could be - I'm sure if I were to close my eyes and eat that taffy near a bucket of chlorine (not recommended), it would be just as I remember!

Image courtesy of ffffound

So what about that candy you miss?? Well, many special treats have made their way to the big vending machine in the sky and we're sad to say that we don't know when that coil will spin again bringing them back to us. We have decided to compile a little list, available as a Note on our Facebook Page to help keep track of those items that are gone and their meagre (but sometimes if you shut your eyes they work) substitutes. Book mark this one - we're sure to keep adding as we catch wind of the next disappearance in the candy world!

Got a memory related to candy? We'd love to know - share your memory with us and we could feature you in an upcoming blog post!


Think pink and do something sweet!

We're so excited, we can't wait to share this with everyone: The Candy Store is participating in the Weekend to End Women's Cancers!

It gets even better: between now and June 4th, all the proceeds from the sale of cotton candy will be donated to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation! Everyone gets something sweet: you get a treat and they get a step closer to finding a cure.

We look forward to helping to make a difference!
To learn more about women's cancers, please visit the Official Weekend to End Women's Cancers website.