A Caramel Apple a Day…

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The humble apple is a super fruit available all year round and there are many ways to enjoy them, fresh from a tree, in a smoothie or a box full of irresistibly delicious gourmet caramel apples. It may seem like a cliché but an apple a day does keep the doctor away, protecting the body from a variety of diseases. Here are some amazing health benefits of apples you may have never heard of:

Apples pack a nutritional punch. An apple has about 4 grams of soluble fiber, making it a filling snack or breakfast without the high calories. An apple can satisfy hunger just as much as a burger or a bag of chips without the calories and the cholesterol, helping control weight gain and even promote weight loss. A medium sized apple is equivalent to a cup of fruit so eating an apple already gives you half of your recommended daily fruit intake.

Apples are a great source of vitamin C. Apples contain about 14% of your daily recommended Vitamin C, it boosts and fortifies the immune system especially when you are under a lot of stress.

Apples prevent colon cancer. The fiber found in apples help prevent constipation and hemorrhoids by pulling water from your colon to help things move along. Alternatively it also absorbs the excess water to slow your bowels when you have diarrhea. Additionally the high soluble fiber from apples ferment in the colon and produces chemicals that fight colon cancer cells.  It also contains procyanidins, an antioxidant that can literally kill cancer cells. Additionally, triterpenoids found in apples are also effective at preventing cancer cell growth in the liver and the breast.

Apples detoxify the liver. The liver is responsible for clearing the body’s toxins and there are many fad diets that claim to detoxify the liver. The safest and best way to do it is by eating fiber-rich fruits like apples.

Apples promote heart health. Overtime, cholesterol-rich plaque can build up in your arteries, this can lead to reduced blood flow to the heart and a variety of heart diseases. The soluble fiber in the fruit and the phenolic compound found in apple skins prevent such build up from happening. This super fruit is also rich in pectin hat reduces cholesterol, reducing the risk of high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and heart disease.

Apples fight Alzheimer’s. Apples, especially the Red Delicious variety is very rich in flavonoids that are very high in neuro-protective qualities. Apples contain quercetin, a powerful antioxidant protects the brain and prevents degeneration. A study performed on mice revealed that those fed an apple-rich diet showed higher levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, giving them the ability to perform better in maze tests. Researchers believe that these same benefits can also be enjoyed by people.

Apples protects against Parkinson’s. Studies reveal that eating high-fiber, flavonoid-rich food, such as an apple a day, can help protect from Parkinson’s disease, especially in men.  A study performed on 130,000 men and women over a 20-year period revealed that men who ate the most flavonoids were 40% less likely to develop Parkinson’s than those who ate the least.

 

Enjoy your dose of this super fruit with a twist. Grab a crate of delicious caramel apples from everybody’s favorite gourmet candy store, /wp-content/.

Where Do All Those Amazing Fudge Flavors Come From?!

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We create hundreds of pounds of gourmet fudge at the Sweet Shoppe & Nut House every WEEK. Throughout the year, we will offer over 40 unique flavors that change daily and seasonally. Much of it we sell in our store, and the rest is delivered as gifts or shipped out from our website sales.

Our chocolatiers start each batch of fudge with either a chocolate base or a plain vanilla base, and watch out ~ it gets a bit crazy from there. We have chocolate based flavors such as Dark Chocolate Caramel Seasalt, Chocolate Amaretto, Rocky Road, S’mores, Pecan Caramel Cheesecake, and Chocolate Peanut Caramel Swirl.  Of course we have the tried and true flavors of Chocolate, Chocolate Walnut, M&M, English Toffee, and Chocolate Pecan too.

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The vanilla based flavors are just as rich and luscious as their chocolate counterparts. Consider sinking your teeth in some creamy Dolce De Lecce, Rasberry Swirl, Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter with Reeces Pieces, Salty Nut Roll. Or maybe you would like to keep it simple with the likes of Orange Cream, Butter Pecan, and some yummy Cookies & Cream.

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Seasonal fudge flavors are hard to keep in stock because of their popularity and limited season. In the Fall, our customers go wild over all the pumpkin flavors, Apple Pie, and Caramel Apple Fudge. Around the holidays, we can’t keep enough peppermint bark fudge in stock. Spring and summer are all about our Orange Sherbet and Cheesecake flavors.

The majority of these decadent flavors are the brainchild of one very creative staff. If it sounds yummy to us, then we give it a try. If it sells well, then we add it to our growing list of flavors. Some of this season’s newest fudge creations are Shirley Temple, Jelly Filled Donut, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Dark Chocolate Almond, Chocolate Vanilla Swirl, and Strawberry Cheesecake!

This amazing cast of crew members will take custom creation orders, and ship all of our fudge flavors nationwide. Just go to our website at /wp-content/

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5 Reasons Why Chocolate is Good for You

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Chocolate is a sweet, delectable and utterly irresistible guilty pleasure that we can possibly enjoy, but it is not junk food like many believe. Chocolate, specially the dark variety is the newest superfood in town, packed with a whole lot of healthy perks. Before you walk away from your favorite gourmet candy store, think of the reasons why chocolate is good for you.

 

Chocolate is good for your heart, literally. This go-to comfort food for the broken hearted is actually good for the heart and helps maintain a healthy blood pressure. Several long-term studies have proven that one to two servings of dark chocolate each week can reduce the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke. Chocolate contains phytochemicals that prevent blood clots and improve blood vessel function, reducing risk of heart disease.

 

Chocolate reduces inflammation. A bar of dark chocolate a week or about 6.7 grams of dark chocolate each day reduces the amount of inflammation-inducing proteins that in turn decreases the potential for chronic heart problems.

 

Chocolate can prevent cancer. Cacao has a high level of flavonoids and antioxidants more than any other superfood. It is rich in pentameric procyanidin, a compound known to prevent the spread of cancer cells. A study in Georgetown University gave cancer cells a dose of pentameric procyanidin or pentamer, this stopped the cell division and halted the growth of cancer cells.

 

Chocolate can prevent diabetes. It may be hard to believe but when eaten moderately, chocolate can increases the body’s insulin sensitivity, this reduces the risk of diabetes. There is also less possibility of binging on other high sugar foods, since a small bite of good chocolate can satisfy that craving.

 

Chocolate can sharpen mathematical ability. A study presented at the British Psychological Society revealed that the flavanol found in cocoa can help improve mental arithmetic. A group of test volunteers given large amounts of hot cocoa were able to show increased mathematical performance compared to those who did not receive any hot chocolate.

 

Chocolates are good for your skin. Contrary to what many believe, acne is not caused by what you eat and most especially not chocolate. In fact, a German study reveals that dark chocolate contains flavonoids that act as UV filters, protecting the skin form the sun and may even reduce skin cancer risk. Scientists at Heinrich Heine University in Germany found that chocolate eaters had 15% less skin reddening than non-chocolate eaters.

 

Yes, chocolate helps promote weight-loss. Being on a diet does not mean saying goodbye to chocolate. Well, at least the dark variety. A small amount of dark chocolate is a filling alternative that can help lessen the craving for sweet, salty, and fatty foods. Indulging in a piece or two also makes it easier to stick to a diet plan.

 

Chocolate makes happier kids and adults. Chocolate makes people feel happy for so many reasons, it is difficult to know where to even start. Chocolates taste good and smell good, but most importantly it contains amino acids that boost serotonin production. Chocolates contain Phenethylamine, a chemical that combined with dopamine found in the brain gives an anti-depressant effect. Basically, chocolate contains chemicals and neurotransmitters that make us feel good and happy.

 

Can’t stop thinking about chocolates? Visit us at the Sweet Shoppe and Nut House and give yourself a treat!

Corporate Gifting That Makes A Difference

U.S. companies spend billions of dollars annually on promotional items and corporate gifting. We gift to our clients for numerous reasons, but ultimately to increase sales through enhanced relationships, brand awareness, and to show appreciation for existing business.
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Your competitors are gifting to your clients as well, and you want yours to be remembered as special over the others. If you are a Charlie Brown fan, then you will remember that the Great Pumpkin would only choose the most sincere pumpkin patch.
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The Sweet Shoppe & Nut House creates customized gift baskets and crates that have the “wow” appeal and sincerity that will make yours memorable. With very little time or effort on your part, we will make you the office hero.
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The Sweet Shoppe can incorporate your client’s favorites so all feel important. Dark chocolate caramel sea salt fudge for the boss’s assistant, chili lime cashews for the health continuous, hand decorated gourmet caramel apples in a variety of colors and flavors, and a variety of other chocolates and caramels to please all! The majority of our goodies are hand crafted in our stores and include over 30 flavors of store made fudge, a large variety of made from scratch caramel apples, hand dipped strawberries and numerous other chocolates.Even if you only need a little something to thank the “gatekeeper”, we can have your corporate gifts ready on the same day. We also ship nationwide.
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In attempts to make your corporate gifting memorable, be sure to consider your recipient. Is there enough for everyone? Is it unique? Is it colorful? Is it something the staff will get excited about? Will it have them all looking forward to your next meeting? One phone call, and we can help you answer “yes” to all of the above.

Not Every Caramel Apple is Created Equal

Everyone loves a good caramel apple. They remind us of our childhood and maybe even the county fair or Halloween. The problem is that there is a wide variety in the quality of a store bought caramel apple.

Many commercial caramel apples are prepared using canned caramel or melting large blocks of caramel in the microwave. These apples can be hard and even stick to your teeth.

The Sweet Shoppe & Nut House carefully takes two hours to create homemade caramel from scratch. The extra time and effort results in a delicious melt in your mouth gourmet caramel apple. Each batch has fresh ingredients like sweet butter, half & half, evaporated milk, sugar, and vanilla. We hand stir and boil all the ingredients, with one batch making almost 200 gourmet apples.

We dip large granny smith apples into the piping hot caramel and roll it into whatever toppings sound yummy to us. Some of our favorites are peanuts, pecans, M&M’s, crushed butterfinger, and English toffee pieces. In our Flagstaff, AZ store, we will sell up to 700 of these delicious treats in one week. Our staff always offers to cut them up, which makes them much easier to eat, enjoy, and share.

Our beautifully decorated apples are easily packaged and shipped all over the country. If you plan to treat yourself to a caramel apple, be sure to inquire how the caramel is prepared for the ultimate experience in apple indulgence.

Why Advertise when your Customers and Community Want to do it for You?

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We sell quality products like gourmet caramel apples, handmade fudge, and store made artisan candies. These delicious treats sell themselves to those who pass by our decadent store windows.

Where we set ourselves apart is the above and beyond service that comes with our yummy treats. We take the time to listen and know our customers. For a wedding, we create a candy bar with the bride’s colors incorporated into the candies. Little Johnny’s birthday party needed a whole bowl of monster jawbreakers. A princess tea party would not complete without our sprinkle marshmallows on a stick. Holiday corporate gifts are appreciated more with our customized gift crates and personalized notes. Over 300 of these crates were received all over Arizona last Christmas season. We even offer samples of our hot fresh caramel as it finishes in our big copper kettle.

The amazing experience paired with decadent treats at the Sweet Shoppe & Nut House is what has caused our “word of mouth” referral explosion. We don’t stop there.

Taste of FlagGiving back to our community is important on so many levels. The Sweet Shoppe & Nut House donates to most of our nonprofit requests. We never give cash donations, we give gift baskets, gift certificates, candy apples, and much more. We set up candy bars and gourmet fudge tables at large events. In these tight economic times, our community remembers and appreciates local businesses who support their cause.

We do not need to spend money on advertising when we can receive a better return on investing in great service and our community. The sales and loyalty just keep growing.

Why Advertise when your Customers and Community Want to do it for You?

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We sell quality products like gourmet caramel apples, handmade fudge, and store made artisan candies. These delicious treats sell themselves to those who pass by our decadent store windows.

Where we set ourselves apart is the above and beyond service that comes with our yummy treats. We take the time to listen and know our customers. For a wedding, we create a candy bar with the bride’s colors incorporated into the candies. Little Johnny’s birthday party needed a whole bowl of monster jawbreakers. A princess tea party would not complete without our sprinkle marshmallows on a stick. Holiday corporate gifts are appreciated more with our customized gift crates and personalized notes. Over 300 of these crates were received all over Arizona last Christmas season. We even offer samples of our hot fresh caramel as it finishes in our big copper kettle.

The amazing experience paired with decadent treats at the Sweet Shoppe & Nut House is what has caused our “word of mouth” referral explosion. We don’t stop there.

Giving back to our community is important on so many levels. The Sweet Shoppe & Nut House donates to most of our nonprofit requests. We never give cash donations, we give gift baskets, gift certificates, candy apples, and much more. We set up candy bars and gourmet fudge tables at large events. In these tight economic times, our community remembers and appreciates local businesses who support their cause.

We do not need to spend money on advertising when we can receive a better return on investing in great service and our community. The sales and loyalty just keep growing.

Not Every Caramel Apple is Created Equal

Many commercial caramel apples are prepared using canned caramel or melting large blocks of caramel in the microwave. These apples can be hard and even stick to your teeth.

The Sweet Shoppe & Nut House carefully takes two hours to create homemade caramel from scratch. The extra time and effort results in a delicious melt in your mouth gourmet caramel apple.  Each batch has fresh ingredients like sweet butter, half & half, evaporated milk, sugar, and vanilla. We hand stir and boil all the ingredients, with one batch making almost 200 gourmet apples.

 

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We dip large granny smith apples into the piping hot caramel and roll it into whatever toppings sound yummy to us. Some of our favorites are peanuts, pecans, M&M’s, crushed butterfinger, and  English toffee pieces. In our Flagstaff, AZ store, we will sell up to 700 of these delicious treats in one week. Our staff always offers to cut them up, which makes them much easier to eat, enjoy, and share.

Our beautifully decorated apples are easily packaged and shipped all over the country. If you plan to treat yourself to a caramel apple, be sure to inquire how the caramel is prepared for the ultimate experience in apple indulgence.

Sweet Shoppe Candy – Photo Shoot

Yes, the Sweet Shoppe & Nut House sells amazing caramel apples, homemade chocolates, fudge, and gelato. What some web based customers many not realize is that all of the above are served up with a giant sized helping of fun. We are more than a candy shop, we are the place to be in down town Flagstaff.

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In attempts to show our web customers all of the fun and TLC put into our products, our photographer, TaNee Johnson is doing a series of photo shoots here at the store. What could be cuter than a little cowboy and his caramel apple?

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A little boy with his caramel apples and his hungry farm animals!

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We all gathered outside the store early one morning. Up drove the trailer with a miniature horse and Lady, the goat. Out little actor was not sure what to think, but he certainly was not going to share his  M&M caramel apple. (On a side note, our brave little actor even pulled his very lose tooth so he could enjoy the apple!)

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The trickiest part was not the animals, it was trying to work while the crowd quickly formed around us. Everyone loves candy, but throw a cute boy and the animals into the picture, and we had them lined up before the doors even opened!

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Today’s Brides are Looking for Something Uniquely Special To Share with their Guests

Fundraisers, special events, birthday parties, and holiday gifting are only few of the many things we do outside of our store at the Sweet Shoppe & Nut House. One of our favorites  is utilizing our creative team to help make our brides’ dream weddings a reality.

20131002_0854120-1024x576Many of today’s brides are searching for a memorable way to honor and thank their guests for sharing in their special day. The Sweet Shoppe & Nut House always starts with a clean canvas as we listen to the bride’s own ideas. We have created beautifully elaborate candy bars in the bride’s colors, decadent groom’s tables loaded with photos of the couple and all of the groom’s favorites treats, prepared handmade gift baskets for the out of town guest’s hotel rooms, designed a  tower of fudge  centerpiece, and more. All of these began with a bride’s dream.

20131004_131725-1024x576One of our more recent weddings was a Flagstaff bride and groom who wanted to do their entire wedding locally. They were in search of a memorable favor at their reception. One special treat for each place setting. They hoped for something thoughtful and not overdone. We created these beautiful chocolate dipped bride and groom pretzels placed in organza bags. As an autumn wedding, orange was one of her colors, and the organza bags worked perfectly with their centerpieces.

The Sweet Shoppe & Nut House overflows with confectionary creative energy, but our real joy is the satisfaction of helping our customers and clients fulfill their sweet tooth and dreams.

As one of the bridesmaids came in to pick up the bride and groom pretzels, we shared a few laughs of excitement and even a good luck hug to the bride as they drove off for their final preparations.

At the end of the day, they were husband and wife ~ and we consider ourselves fortunate to play a small part in their happily ever after. Wishing all of our couples many years of joy!

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Love is in the Air

20130920_130137-300x168Who would have ever guessed that a gourmet candy store would specialize in romance? We can’t count the number of decadent caramel apples we have cut up for couples to share. We could not have known that a cup of gelato would become part of the prom night festivities for many high schoolers. There is just something about decadent deliciousness that works when love is in the air. Below are just a few short stories our staff loves to share:

Shortly after the doors of the Sweet Shoppe & Nut House opened for business, a couple of high school sweethearts from years ago were reunited for the first time over a Sweet Shoppe caramel apple. Each had married another and had families. One became widowed and the other divorced. Their adult kids encouraged them to meet again. That reunion was at our store. They are still together with plans to marry and stop by often for their apple to share.

One clever guy decided to send his girl on a scavenger hunt one Saturday. The clues led her all around town, and finally to our candy store for some yummy chocolates. She was not surprised because we are a date night regular for them. The surprise came when he was there waiting for her arrival and proposed on the spot. The bride’s mother was so touched, that she snuck into our store and planned an entire candy bar to surprise the couple with for their wedding reception.

 

20130924_102830-300x168We have an older gentleman who comes in for pistachio gelato every now and then. One of our staff noticed that he never eats his gelato in the store. She mentioned one summer day that it might melt if he did not start eating. It turns out his wife can no longer care for herself. She loves our pistachio gelato, and he often makes a special trip downtown to bring her what she loves.

 

There are so many great stories to share. Please share yours, and thanks for allowing the Sweet Shoppe & Nut House to be a sweet part of your life!

 

Back to School Shopping Takes on a Whole New Meaning

 

front.1We are often asked how we chose the location for our candy shops. Both locations are within walking distance of university campuses. Our newest store is on Mill Ave in Tempe, Az. near ASU, which opened this summer. Our Flagstaff store is enjoying its fourth year of growth with much of our thanks attributed to Northern Arizona University students and their parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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nauOne of our biggest weekends is always in late August when students return for the Fall semester with their parents (and their parent’s wallets) in tow. They hit town like mini tornados, buying out our local Wal-Mart and Target. By Sunday evening, locals can barely find a carton of yogurt left on grocery shelves. Once they have stocked up on the latest dorm décor and healthy options for the fridge, they inevitably find time to celebrate the new school year at the Sweet Shoppe & Nut House in downtown Flagstaff.

 

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When the families arrive at our doors, there are several things that usually occur. First, Mom and Dad are bracing to leave their kids and their hearts in Flagstaff for an entire semester. To remind them of their precious last days together, they buy the student a delicious assortment of decadent chocolate creations, maybe a pound or two of our home made fudge, a gourmet caramel apple ~ all in a bag large enough to last the entire semester. (We all know it will be gone within the week.) As difficult as it is to leave their collegiate and face a long drive back home, mom and dad usually end up with a bag just as big to comfort them on the drive. The last piece of magic that occurs is the swapping of stories between parents and staff, students and other families, students getting back together…. We’ve seen lots of laughs, happy reunions with friends, and tears as moms prepare to leave their freshmen. It is one of our staff’s favorite weekends to work.

 

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girl.1The Sweet Shoppe & Nut House sells more than just homemade fudge, gourmet caramel apples, gelato, and artisan chocolates. We serve up a healthy dose of old fashioned quality service and down home fun. We are a happy place to make memories, meet friends, and find comfort when feeling a bit homesick or stressed before an exam.
If you missed us on the first weekend, it is not too late. We have plenty of sweet treats to complete your back to school shopping experience!