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Chaos Free Black Fridays: Montezuma’s Approach

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 Desiree Michels (December 21, 2017)  We have received many wonderful things from our friends over the pond, from some of the best music of the twenty-first century to fabulous Hollywood films. An American trend that has had a more controversial journey across the ocean is Black Friday. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is seen by many as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. It is marked by big sales with . (Chocolate)

Spanish Sweets From Chocolati to Chocolate Bars

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 Desiree Michels (December 21, 2017)  Working with wholesale sweets and chocolates, I come across brands from all over the world. Each country has its own special relationship to the sweet stuff, with distinctive recipes and flavours delighting us year by year. Though the Aztecs had been working with cacao for years, it was the Spanish who first introduced chocolate to the western world as a by-product of their growing .. (Chocolate)

Classics With a Twist: The Wonderful World of Monty Bojangles

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 Desiree Michels (December 21, 2017)  In the wholesale confectionery industry, everybody knows the name Monty Bojangles. This brand has won multiple awards for its innovative design and plenty of recognition for its delicious truffle flavours. If you’re looking for something to liven up your shop space, this is it! With eye-catching designs, interesting flavours and packaging that’s perfect for presents, this .. (Chocolate)

Fascinating Florentines: A Biscuit-y History

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 Desiree Michels (September 21, 2017)  If you’re looking for the delightful baked goods known as Florentines, an earnest search through the wonderful pastry shops of Florence could leave you empty-handed. These delicate fancies regularly make an appearance at Christmas with their delicious and seasonal combination of candied fruit and nuts. But although they make a fantastic festive addition to any retail space, their .. (Chocolate)

East, West, Home is Best: Buying Chocolate Locally

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 Desiree Michels (September 21, 2017)  We are in many ways a global society, and the exciting range of tastes and textures available to us is enough to get any chocolatier hot under the collar. However, just as the UK has some of the world’s best literature, it is universally acknowledged that we know how to make a sweet treat or two! So, today, I want to set aside the chocolaty pleasures of Belgium and Italy and .. (Chocolate)

Chocolatey Fun: Puns and Quotes for Your Store

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 Desiree Michels (September 21, 2017)  From belly laughs to secret giggles, everybody loves to laugh. And what could be better for a chocolatier than some sweet, treat-themed side-splitters? Get a pen ready, because I’m about to give you a perfect selection-box of honeyed humour, which is ideal for your retail space. A few well-placed wisecracks will brighten up your store and help you become the talk of the town. .. (Chocolate)

How Taste Works: A Chocolaty Guide

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 Desiree Michels (May 18, 2017)  Why do some people love the bitterness of a dark bar and others crave the sweetness of marzipan? I explore how taste works and the subtle difference is between taste and flavour. Tasty or Flavourful? In day-to-day conversation, the words ‘taste’ and ‘flavour’ are often treated as synonyms. However, there is a difference between the two. The former describes the . (Chocolate)

Keeping Up With The Millennials: Appealing to the 15-35 Market

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 Desiree Michels (May 18, 2017)  Today’s 15 to 35 year olds, often referred to en masse as ‘millennials’, are a huge market with the spending power to match. By 2020, 75% of the working population will be from the millennial generation. However, too often when marketing sweet treats we stick to a simple adult/child division. When marketing to millennials, it’s important to keep in mind their .. (Chocolate)

A Beginner’s Guide to Gourmet Chocolate

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 Desiree Michels (May 18, 2017)  People who are passionate about gourmet chocolate have known for a long time that they contain as much variety and flavour complexity as can be found in good wines and quality coffee. Now the general public is finally catching up, understanding that each bite can offer a unique taste experience. Here is a short guide to help you begin describing and analysing gourmet chocolate yourself . (Chocolate)

Small is Cool: The Virtues of the Mini Bar

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 Desiree Michels (April 25, 2017)  In the world of chocolate one may be first inclined to argue for “the more the better” – surely a larger quantity of this delectable treat in any form can only be a good thing? Well, the Mini Bar would beg to differ (and no, we’re not talking about the expensive container housing alcohol and snacks in your hotel room). These bitesize treats are proving the point .. (Chocolate)

Taking It with a Pinch of Salt

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 Desiree Michels (April 25, 2017)  Walking down the aisle of any modern supermarket, a sweet-toothed observer will notice a variety of combinations of cacao with exotic ingredients designed to tantalise the taste buds. As a supplier of wholesale chocolates, I get to see (and taste!) innovative and surprising blends of flavours and ingredients from all over the world. The last few decades have seen common sea salt .. (Chocolate)

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Intoxicating Indulgences

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 Desiree Michels (April 25, 2017)  From melt-in-the-mouth chocolate truffles to sophisticated marzipans, the combination of quality confectionery and scrumptious spirits makes for some very grown-up treats. Everyone likes to indulge themselves occasionally, so check out my favourite boozy delights from our range. A Corny Love Story! For a modern take on alcohol-inspired snacks look no further than Joe and Seph’s. . (Chocolate)

Chocolate and Wine - A Guide to Dangerously Delicious Pairings

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 Desiree Michels (March 21, 2017)  Is there a better match than premium chocolates and fine wine? If there is, I have yet to find one; it’s particularly true when you find that magical pairing. It is the ultimate indulgence and perfect for romantic evenings, dinner parties or simply a night in by yourself with a good film. Both chocolate and wine are complex pleasures that have an enormous range of flavours, .. (Chocolate)

Four Chocolate Trends that Will Dominate in 2017

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 Desiree Michels (March 21, 2017)  Each year, the world of confectionery goes through different trends that will change and influence the taste of all of your favourite scrumptious treats for the next 12 months and possibly beyond. This year, popular American corporation Cargill have made bold predictions for their upcoming chocolate trends. 2017 looks set to be an intriguing year that continues along the current trends .. (Chocolate)

Nutty for Peanut Butter: A Look at the Genius American Creation

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 Desiree Michels (March 21, 2017)  In my opinion, you simply cannot beat the heavenly taste of peanut butter. Although once considered a rather bizarre creation from our stateside friends, it has quickly found a home in the UK and is now a household staple that many people cannot live without. In addition to being found in jars, this sweet, nutty spread has also been combined with chocolate to create some dangerously .. (Chocolate)

Egg-Cellent Marketing Ideas for a Successful Easter Period

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 Desiree Michels (February 24, 2017)  With Easter fast approaching, now is the time to consider your marketing campaigns for this very busy (and profitable) time of the year. This is often the first time that people indulge after Christmas and a period when people buy confectionery for both themselves and loved ones. Consider the following marketing techniques to bring in consumers to your store to satisfy their sweet-tooth . (Chocolate)

Easter Eggs Unwrapped: Why We Eat Chocolate Eggs at Easter

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 Desiree Michels (February 24, 2017)  Every chocolate lover has the Easter holidays circled in their calendar. This is a time when colourfully wrapped chocolate Easter eggs begin to dominate the shop shelves, but not many people give thought as to why this is (who can blame them with so much heavenly confectionery to enjoy?). Many cultures and religions around the world see an egg as a sign of fertility and life; this .. (Chocolate)

Coconut Ice – A Traditional Post-War British Gem

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 Desiree Michels (February 24, 2017)  Coconut ice may seem a simple treat, but it is a delightfully soft and chewy confection that has an intriguing history. The alluring two-tone pink and white slabs of heavenly goodness are made by adding grated coconut to condensed milk and icing sugar. Half of the mixture is then spread evenly in a baking tin and food colouring (usually pink) is added to the other half. This mixture is . (Chocolate)

Eye-Catching Window Displays are the Name of the Game

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 Desiree Michels (February 01, 2017)  Once, a few decades ago, almost every neighbourhood had its own sweet shop. Sweet shop owners across the country were able to make a living without having to think too much about marketing and attracting customers. But, with the advent of the large retail chains and discount stores, the lone retailer has to be on their toes to maintain a reasonable level of business and stay in profit. . (Chocolate)

Edible Art – Made from Chocolate

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 Desiree Michels (February 01, 2017)  How many times have you said that the new iPhone or that Ferrari wristwatch you want looked “good enough to eat”? Well, now it is possible for your customers to actually devour delicious replicas of some of their favourite objects, skilfully crafted in top quality chocolate. We are always looking for new and innovate products to bring to our clients. These include .. (Chocolate)

Chocolate Is a Superfood Helping You Care for Your Body

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 Desiree Michels (February 01, 2017)  For a number of years, there has been an increasing awareness amongst the scientific community, health professionals and the public as to the health benefits to be derived from chocolate. Cocoa has been scientifically proven to be rich in anti-oxidants, which slow the aging process, and flavonoids, which lower blood pressure, improve blood flow and are highly beneficial for the heart. . (Chocolate)

Starting a Business to Cater to the Nation’s Sweet Tooth

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 Desiree Michels (January 05, 2017)  The great British public is well known for its sweet tooth. For decades, we have been having a love affair with all things sweet and, as a result, are world famous for some of the best confectionery on the market. Wherever you go across the UK, you’re sure to find a sweet shop selling a huge range of chocolates and sweets to cater to every taste and every budget. For many people, .. (Chocolate)

For the Lactose Intolerant - Delicious, Creamy, Milk Chocolate

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 Desiree Michels (January 05, 2017)  The holiday season is fast approaching and with it, a huge increase in the sales of chocolates. After all, what better way to pamper yourself and your loved ones than with some decadent, creamy chocolate. Unfortunately, until now, one market segment was well and truly out of the reach of chocolate suppliers and retailers across the nation – the lactose intolerant and other .. (Chocolate)

What Better Way to Say I Love You Than with Chocolate

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 Desiree Michels (January 05, 2017)  For most special occasions, chocolate is often the perfect gift. This is especially true on February the 14th, Valentine’s day when we give those special people in our lives delectable, sweet and sublime chocolate Valentine’s Day gifts. In fact, for retailers across the country, the period leading up to February 14th is a major milestone, making a significant contribution to . (Chocolate)

Unique and Whimsical Belgian Chocolates by Baru

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 Desiree Michels (January 04, 2017)  Here at hf Chocolates, we’ve been providing wholesale confectionery to UK shops for years. We pride ourselves on only supplying the very best because that’s what our clients and their customers deserve. In our quest for the best, we search the world for chocolate companies with new innovations to bring to your shelves. One such company is Belgian Barú which offers a .. (Chocolate)

February 14 is Coming – Are You Ready?

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 Desiree Michels (January 04, 2017)  Valentine’s Day is approaching fast and with it a huge demand for special treats that your customers want to give to that special person in their life. Here at hf Chocolates we realise the significance of the occasion and its importance to your business That’s why we make an extra special effort to find the very best sweet and chocolate selections from around the globe. Our .. (Chocolate)

Attract Even More Customers by Selling Tempting Toppings

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 Desiree Michels (January 04, 2017)  One of the secrets of any successful business, and especially one that specialises in selling sweets and chocolates to the public, is diversity. Tastes and trends change constantly and rapidly. Whether you are a high-street retailer, a supermarket manager or run a shop selling special gifts, you have to keep up to date and provide your customers with new and exciting possibilities that .. (Chocolate)

Why Chocolate for Grown Ups Can Still Be Fun

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 Desiree Michels (November 23, 2016)  Who says chocolate marketed at adults has to be boring? We know it’s ‘sumptuous’, ‘velvety’, ‘rich’ and ‘luxurious’, but can it also be fun? Well, according to chocolate suppliers the Grown Up Chocolate Company, it can. With names of products including ‘Yummy Scrummy Chocolate Bites’, ‘Fruit and Nut Hunky .. (Chocolate)

We Know it’s Delicious But Could Liquorice Also be Good for Us?

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 Desiree Michels (November 23, 2016)  The root of the herbaceous Glycyrrhiza glabra, Liquorice (or licorice as they spell it in the US, Australia and New Zealand), has always been a popular confectionery thanks to the sweet flavour released from the root when it is chewed or extracted. Although used extensively by American tobacco firms to sweeten their product and make them easier to inhale, in Europe and the Middle East .. (Chocolate)

There’s Always a Market for Sweets That Take us Down Memory Lane

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 Desiree Michels (November 23, 2016)  From the resurgence of the traditional ‘penny sweet’ flavours to the time-honoured pink and white candy stripe packaging of bygone days, sweets which take customers back to the simpler times of their childhood are big business. Don’t expect customers to be fooled, however, by cheap, mass-produced brands attempting to cash in on this trend for nostalgia; what they are .. (Chocolate)

Encourage Your Customers to Become Chocolate Connoisseurs

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 Desiree Michels (November 18, 2016)  You’ve heard of wine tasting, and maybe even cheese tasting, but you may not have heard of chocolate tasting. If, like many of us, your customers enjoy the cocoa confectionery so much that they can’t resist munching through an entire bar as quickly as possible, they might be missing out. Willie Harcourt-Cooze of Willie’s Cacao, believes that eaten slowly, quality .. (Chocolate)

Discover Why Mint is a Dream Confectionery Ingredient

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 Desiree Michels (November 18, 2016)  The fresh herb mint, known for its properties for freshening breath and easing stomach aches, has a long tradition of being used in confectionery. Records show that, as early as 1790, the company Altoids was producing lozenges for King George III using the herb; amazingly they are still popular wholesale sweets today. But what is it about this zesty herb which has kept it at the heart .. (Chocolate)

Cooking with Chocolate Can Add a Unique Depth to Savoury Dishes

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 Desiree Michels (November 18, 2016)  While most customers think about chocolate as an indulgent ingredient in some of their favourite sweet treats – everything from cakes and brownies to a warming cup of hot cocoa – there is a growing culinary trend for using it in savoury dishes too. Of course, cooking with chocolate is nothing new. In South America, where traditionally they celebrated the health properties .. (Chocolate)

The New Companies Breaking the Mould in Wholesale Confectionery

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 Desiree Michels (November 02, 2016)  As a retailer, it’s always good to support new and emerging companies venturing into the wholesale confectionery market. When their products are new, exciting and delicious, it can make commercial sense too. Here are four wholesale confectionery companies which have caught our eye because they are doing something different, and that difference tastes (and sells!) well. Kooky .. (Chocolate)

Use the Power of Words to Sell Your Wholesale Sweets

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 Desiree Michels (November 02, 2016)  You’ve heard it said that the pen is mightier than the sword, but could words actually be as useful as taste and sight when selling wholesale sweets? Hear the words ‘only the crumbliest, flakiest chocolate’ and most people will instantly think of a Cadbury’s Flake. But while you may not have the marketing budget of a giant like Cadbury’s to sell your .. (Chocolate)

Create the Flavours of Christmas With Festive Confectionery

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 Desiree Michels (November 01, 2016)  When we think of Christmas, our minds tend to turn towards the warming scents of the season like cinnamon, ginger, peppermint and orange. So why not work these evocative festive ingredients into your wholesale sweets order for the coming season? When ordering your stock of wholesale sweets for Christmas this year, try to think beyond the chocolate coins and candy canes to the flavours .. (Chocolate)

Christmas Wouldn’t Be Christmas Without Festive Confectionery

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 Desiree Michels (November 01, 2016)  Don’t be fooled by healthy eating campaigns and talk of sugar taxes, when it comes to the festive season we all have a sweet tooth that will only be satisfied with a range of delicious Christmas sweets. And while ‘new’ and ‘exciting’ may be the bywords for the rest of the year, believe me, your customers will be looking for confectionery that is .. (Chocolate)

Chocolate Liqueurs Allow You to Indulge in Two Pleasures at Once

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 Desiree Michels (November 01, 2016)  In recent years, retailers have been nervous about putting chocolate liqueurs on the order form for their wholesale confectionery after the sweet, boozy bites fell out of fashion. Now, thanks to high-quality producers like Anthon Berg with their elegant range of adult, alcohol-based confectionery, the sumptuous treats are making a comeback. Christmas Indulgence Customers traditionally .. (Chocolate)

Uncover the Story of Marzipan and Its Use in Christmas Sweets

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 Desiree Michels (October 19, 2016)  Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a traditional winter fruitcake, covered by a thick layer of white marzipan and decorated with small marzipan figures of snowmen, sledges and holly. But where does marzipan come from and how did it become one of the most established treats of the seasonal Christmas sweets? The History of Marzipan Although there is no record of when marzipan .. (Chocolate)

Olive Oil - Beneficial For Our Body as well as Health

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 Luessi Dino (September 02, 2015)  Oil is something we Indians cannot imagine our food without. Oil is central to the Indian cuisine, as our meals are incomplete without those soft and crunchy fries or oil rich dishes. Be it simple dal that is tempered with oil on top to get that mouthwatering aroma, or sweets and snacks that are fried to get that golden lip-smacking color and taste, you need loads of oil to get it .. (Chocolate)

Tips for Shopping From Online Grocery Stores

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 Alex Toffy (August 20, 2015)  With the introduction of the internet and computer technology, everything has gone online. Shopping grocery things is not an exception to this. Keeping pace with the increasing popularity of online shopping, online grocery stores have become highly popular. They have been emerging as the best option for many people living in metro cities. Many people are to buy grocery products online .. (Chocolate)

Luxury Chocolates: A Twist on a Classic Gift

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 Katherine Jackman (May 22, 2015)  The weather’s getting warmer and we’re all feeling a bit more bright eyes and busy tailed, especially with the mornings being brighter. Spring is well and truly here which means that summer will soon follow; it’s a great time for enjoying the outdoors and feeling the sun on your skin, but other things end up getting a bit neglected. Summer is a popular time for diets .. (Chocolate)

The Many Uses Of Bulk Lollies

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 Sanjana Antony (April 23, 2015)  Lollies are pieces of candy, bite size, and popular to both the young and the young at heart. If you need some confectionery for any purpose, the best of them are available from many stores in Australia. These candies are sold in enormous ranges, the best color selections, exciting novelties, and the right prices. When you find many stores selling bulk lollies, you may wonder what are .. (Chocolate)

Why You Shouldn't Forget About Chocolate This Summer

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 Katherine Jackman (April 21, 2015)  The weather’s finally starting to improve, and as a result everyone’s rushing to get ready for summer. Winter felt like a particularly long one for a lot of us, so we can’t help but get excited to finally see the sun shining for days in a row instead of breaking through clouds of cold rain. And having spent months wrapped up in bulky jumpers and wind-resistant coats, .. (Chocolate)

Raw Chocolate's Surprising Health Benefits

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 Katherine Jackman (April 08, 2015)  Chocolate is often seen as an indulgence, a naughty little treat that always leaves us feeling a bit guilty after we’ve taken the last bite, but is it really such a bad thing? Actually, chocolate isn’t half as unhealthy as you might believe. It just depends on the kind of chocolate that you’re eating. Milk and white chocolate are great for a treat and should be enjoyed . (Chocolate)

Chocolates and Its Different Varities

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 Girish Vira (October 17, 2012)  Chocolate is manufactured through a long refining process. It is a by product of the tropical tree known as Theobroma cacao. The beans undergo a fermenting process and then it is dried and roasted. The resultant product is cocoa butter (a fat used in food and chemical industry) and chocolate liquor. The taste of the chocolate is determined by the amount of cocoa butter and the chocolate . (Chocolate)

Celebration seems incomplete without cakes in Today’s world

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 Manas Dutta (September 06, 2012)  Some things are there in the world that we all love. It may be any place, may be any kind of food, may be any thought and etc. It is seen mostly in the children that among a lot majority of then like the same genre of food. When we think of children and their love for some special delicacies we only remember of cakes, chocolates, ice-creams, pastries. They are really fond of such .. (Chocolate)

A History of Candy and Sweets

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 Tony Taylor (March 29, 2012)  At some time throughout the 19th century saw the conception of basic sweets. Probably they developed from bread that was sweetened with honey. People’s tastes liked the sweetness; they enjoyed the difference which put aside the humdrum daily loaf spread with dripping. As a treat and something sweetened with honey looks mighty appealing. Nobody knows the way it came into being, but . (Chocolate)

The Best Types of Candy

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 Tony Taylor (March 18, 2012)  The market will give you a large amount of types and kinds, for the different candies and sweets that will fit anyone’s desire for the sweet palette. This article will give you a quick list on the most common types of candy that you can buy in the market, or make at home. You can use these candies and sweets to setup up a small business, or to simply satisfy your sweet tooth. The . (Chocolate)

Buying Wholesale Sweets Online Is The Best Choice

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 Taz Galsinh (September 30, 2011)  You want to sell the lastest sweets and confectionary because thats what your customers want. Why you should buy sweets in wholesale online? Buying sweets online has many advantages. All of these plus points will make your business a winner. CHoice. Many of todays cash and carrys have little choice when it comes to sweets and candy. Rows and rows of Alcohol, crisps and dog food. But no .. (Chocolate)




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