When you think about what to buy your loved ones on Valentine’s Day, what are the first things that come to mind? Jewelry? A nice dinner? Perhaps a bouquet of flowers? Well, if you said chocolate, you are not alone. Nearly 60 million pounds of chocolate are purchased every year during the week of Valentine’s Day; that’s enough chocolate to fill 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Chocolate isn’t the only confection popular on and around February 14, though. In addition to heart-shaped boxes filled with cocoa treats, about 8 billion Sweethearts® are produced annually for the holiday and nearly $450 million is spent on candy just during the week of Valentine’s Day.
With so many candy options available to consumers, the selection process can become a little daunting: let us help you out!
At River Street Sweets•Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, we have a wide assortment of Southern candy favorites including our jumbo Chocolate Apples; white, milk and dark chocolate Loggerheads and of course, our World Famous Pralines.
Not only will choosing a delectable treat from us at River Street Sweets•Savannah’s Candy Kitchen score you some points on the big day, for those of you who tend to procrastinate the gift shopping, you can also take advantage of our flat rate shipping to get it there in time.
For a combination package of our most popular treats, try one of our Signature Tin of Favorites or our Valentine’s Day Gift Basket. You can also never go wrong with a gift box filled with our World Famous Pralines and Chocolate Loggerheads.
The holidays have arrived, and everyone is looking forward to all the season brings. Gifts, holiday lights and decorations, quality time with family and friends, Yule logs blazing in the hearth, hot chocolate, great food and of course candy. Sweet confections have become a long-standing tradition for the midwinter celebrations; a tradition that’s shared across cultural and religious spectrums. If there’s one thing that brings people together in the spirit of good cheer and brotherly love, it’s candy. Those who own a candy shop franchise know this, and they strive to make sure they have something for everyone. Here are a few winter holiday candy favorites to inspire you when visiting your favorite online candy store this holiday season.
Christmas Fudge – Who doesn’t have fond childhood memories of the luscious, rich fudge their mother and grandmother whipped up for Christmas? Fudge making goes back hundreds of years, first made in the homes of European farmers and peasants. You can still enjoy that Old World goodness today with handmade chocolate and pecan fudge, just like you remember.
Hanukkah Gelt – The Jewish people have traditionally celebrated Hanukkah with chocolates shaped in the form of gold coins, often wrapped in gold foil known as Hanukkah gelt, or gold. This sweet treat is often given to children during the festival, but adults take pleasure in the time-old tradition as well. During Hanukkah it is also tradition to celebrate each of the eight nights of light with a different treat. Surprise your Jewish friends with an assortment of treats from your favorite candy shop franchise to help them celebrate the Festival of Lights this year.
Kwanzaa Treats – Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration of African heritage and culture that is observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, just after Christmas. Much like Hanukkah, each day of the holiday is dedicated to a different principle of African philosophy like unity, faith and purpose. It is a festive time of feasting and friendship, and fruits are especially enjoyed. Celebrate Kwanzaa with a delicious selection of gourmet candy apples, the perfect complement to the season.
For a business that is selling gifts either online or in store, the holidays are obviously the biggest time of year—particularly in the world of candy and sweet treats. It’s estimated that many companies do about 20 percent of their business during this busy time, even starting as early as September. So it’s helpful to optimize holiday mail ordering this time of year, especially for candy businesses like River Street Sweets•Savannah’s Candy Kitchen.
These products are often perishable, delicate, and need special attention when packaging for shipment. Candy is the perfect gift because when you think about it, who doesn’t love a sweet surprise? Here are some tips on getting your customers their special orders during the holidays.
Try to encourage updates
This will allow your customers to get their packages much faster. So if you can offer incentives to have them pick “overnight” or “2 business day” shipping by purchasing a certain amount of your product, it will arrive to the destination with less delay.
Have packages ready to go in the morning
Make sure that all your shipments are ready to go out first thing in the morning. All shipping services are fresher and more careful with morning shipments than they are at the end of the day.
Find the right packing material
Make sure that what you are packing your product with is the lightest packing material you have—that way you aren’t adding anything to the cost of the shipment from unnecessary packaging. The weight does make a big difference over time with shipping costs. Shave off as much excess as possible from light, clever packing material.
Be honest about shipping times
During peak holiday weeks, be honest with your customers about shipping times. If you aren’t sure it’s going to get to them on time, it’s better to be upfront about it rather than lose a customer later on because they are upset about a shipping time delay.
Using these tips, you can navigate the complicated holiday shipping system without too many catastrophes. Of course, you could also make it easy on yourself and order from River Street Sweets•Savannah’s Candy Kitchen—just remember to check the order-by dates at riverstreetcandykitchen.com if you’re hoping the sweets will arrive before the holidays!