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Dear Friends:

This newsletter was supposed to be about Christmas stuff, but I woke up this morning and thought, I don’t want to write about that, I want to write about mice. You know, the furry things, vilified in life and “cutesied” in print and pictures and on the screen. (If you say that cutesied is not a word, then please provide me with one that means an ugly, despicable thing that is made cute.)

This store seems to have an over-abundance of cat and mouse things!

Here we are focusing on the cute mice; being a food store located next to an open field I know enough about the other kind.

So, we have paper things: greeting cards and a note pad.

Paper napkins.

Following on the theme of the “Night Before Christmas”, we have chocolate mice. You can buy them individually (milk, dark or white), or in a box as a gift.

And you can greet the day by drinking your morning brew in a Christmas mug decorated with three of the cutest mice! I bet they don’t make a mess! And you can place the mug on a mouse coaster.

Finally there is a Mice Cheese Knife Set. Although it is not the high quality of some of the other cheese knives we have, it sure is cute and fun. This is a stocking stuffer or hostess gift.

Finally, finally, there is a cookie cutter.

See you at Scoop N’ Weigh: The Candy Store for Grown Ups!

Linda Klimack

P.S. Need an easy craft to keep the kids busy and out of trouble? We have Cookie Kits, which include the gingerbread cookies, icing and candies. There are three kits: family, kids and ugly sweater.

P.P.S. In the last email I mentioned sprinkles, but I don’t think I emphasized that we also have sprinkle packs. The four tubes of cake decorating sprinkles are either red and green or blue and white.

P.P.P.S. We also have Ritter Advent Calendars. Paper ones are always nice, but, chocolate is the best. Who wants pictures when you can have treats?

P.P.P.P.S. If you have been baking up a storm or just starting to think about it, you need something to put the treat in so it feels like a present. I always think that finding the box or bag is worse than the baking. It has to be large enough to hold everything, strong enough not to break, not too large so I look cheap, and classy enough to make them think I went to great trouble to make a gift for them.

We have lots of sizes and shapes in both boxes and bags. For just a few cookies there are cello bags, for a variety of cookies there are boxes, and for the huge quantity there are trays, cello bags and bows so you can put together a gift basket.

P.P.P.P.P.S. This is what this newsletter was supposed to be about – gift trays.

What do you give someone my age, who has everything and wants to get rid of stuff? No pillows, sweaters or kitchen gadgets, I want consumables, things that I can use up.

For most people a gift tray would be acceptable. Even if they say they don’t eat candy, trust me, when they sit down to watch that movie or are engrossed in that trashy novel, they want to eat. And even if the tray contains something they are not fond of, they either eat around it, delegate it to another person, or just munch their way through.

The gift trays can be simple, with a selection of candy, nuts and chocolate, such as chocolate raisins, jujubes, mixed nuts and jelly beans. Or they can be more exotic with chocolate cherries, candy cane caramels, roasted cashews and holly leaves and berries.

We have a selection of trays made up for you, or you can custom design one to suit your budget and the other person’s tastes. The gift tray can be oriented to Christmas, Hanukkah or whatever colour you like. Finally, there are three sizes to choose from.

On our website there is a form you can print and email to us, or you can just drop in.