Winans Candy Guide

Winans Candy Guide

“My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get” – Forrest Gump, played by Tom Hanks in the 1994 film Forrest Gump Life is full of surprises, that’s what this often quoted saying from the film Forrest Gump, means to illustrate. It’s a great analogy for people that like surprises, or for folks who like all different kinds of chocolates. We realize, though, that not everybody wants a surprise when they bite into a piece of candy. That’s why we’ve created our Candy Key. Our Candy Key, along with a few helpful tips, will allow you to decode your box of Winans chocolates. Candy makers use similar techniques to make the centers of their chocolates which mean many candies will have similar shapes. Here are some basic candy decoding rules to keep in mind: Rectangle and square pieces tend to have chewy or crunchy centers; like a caramel, peanut butter delight or toffee square. Round or oval candies have soft centers; like our candy creams and mint patties. Markings are used to indicate what is inside of a candy. Usually, the marking used on top of a candy is the first letter in the name of the candy; like “M” for meltaway or “B” for butter cream. Toppers are also placed on top of candies to give customers a hint as to what is inside. Our sea salt caramels are sprinkled with sea salt and our cookie dough creams are topped with mini chocolate chips. And here is a key to our most popular box of chocolates, our 1 pound assorted...
DIY: Coffee Jar Terrarium

DIY: Coffee Jar Terrarium

A cute coffee jar terrarium is a great way to bring a little nature indoors, and show your love of a good cup of joe! If you don’t already happen to have a small glass coffee jar, you can purchase one at a craft store or you could repurpose a different coffee container like a coffee pot or even a French press! These basic terrarium building rules can be applied to any container. The other items you will need can be purchased at any home improvement or gardening store. The three main components needed in a terrarium are pebbles for drainage, charcoal to clean and purify the water and soil for the plants to grow in. The most important thing to remember when making a terrarium is drainage. A container like a glass coffee jar doesn’t have a drainage hole, but you can create drainage with pebbles in the bottom of the container. To make your own coffee jar terrarium you will need: 1 glass coffee jar, or another container with a lid small pebbles potting soil charcoal small terrarium plants or mosses larger pebbles or other decorative items water spoon (optional) Before beginning the project, make sure your glass jar is thoroughly washed and dried. Once your container is ready, add the pebbles. You’ll want a small layer, about a 1-2 inches deep. If you’re using a large container, you can add more pebbles. Sprinkle or spoon a layer of charcoal over the pebbles, about 1-2 inches thick. Add a layer of potting soil, about ½ to 1 inch deep. If using small terrarium plant(s), take them out...
Coffee 101: The Discovery of Coffee

Coffee 101: The Discovery of Coffee

We’re back with our second post in our Coffee 101 Series: The Discovery of Coffee! Coffee has a long and interesting history, including dancing goats, smuggling and bouquets of flowers spiked with coffee seedlings. Coffee is native to Ethiopia, in Africa, where it is still a popular part of local culture and traditions. Today over 12 million people in Ethiopia are involved in coffee production. A common phrase in Ethiopia is “buna dabo naw,” which translates to “coffee is our bread.” Evidence of humans drinking coffee can be traced to the middle of the 15th century in Yemen’s Sufi monasteries. It is not known who actually discovered coffee, but there are several interesting theories and stories.   One story credits the discovery of coffee to a Yemenite Sufi mystic who was traveling through Ethiopia. He noticed some very energetic, lively birds and decided to sample the red berries he saw them eating. He quickly felt the energizing effects of the berry. Another tale tells of a man named Omar, who was exiled from Mocha to a desert cave. He was starving and only found red berries from a small shrub to eat. They tasted bitter so he tried roasting, and later, boiling them. The fragrant smelling liquid he created from boiling the berries kept Omar alive for many days, allowing him to eventually return to Mocha with his “miracle drug.” In the tenth century, coffee is said to have been eaten and fermented into wine. Ethiopian tribesmen used the coffee berries as an energy ball, crushing and mixing them with animal fat to sustain them on long journeys. The...
We’ve Gone Coconuts!

We’ve Gone Coconuts!

We’ve gone coconuts here at Winans Chocolates + Coffees! We’re featuring all of our favorite coconut sweet treats this summer, including a blast from the past: our coconut chews! We used to make coconut chews on a regular basis at Winans, but about ten years ago we debuted a new cream: coconut almond bliss. We’re not getting rid of coconut almond bliss, but our coconut chew is here to stay! These are some of our favorite coconut treats: Candy Coconut Chew: chewy coconut enrobed in milk or dark chocolate Coconut Almond Bliss: chocolate-covered coconut cream with almonds scattered throughout the chocolate Coconut Haystacks: chocolate-covered coconut flakes Coconut Brittle: coconut and peanut pieces that are buttery and crunchy with a touch of salt Beverages Piña Colada Smoothie: non-alcoholic smoothie made with real pineapple puree and cream of coconut Toasted Coconut Flavored Coffee: a customer favorite! We recommend pairing our coconut treats with our fair trade and organic single origin Honduran coffee. This coffee has notes of lemon and a hint of caramel, which perfectly compliment the tropical coconut flavor of our coconut chews! Coconuts are used around the world for a myriad of purposes – and not just for eating! Check out some of these fascinating facts about the coconut tree! Fun facts about the coconut tree The coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) is a member of the palm family. Coconut palms are grown in more than 90 countries of the world, most of the world production is in tropical Asia. A coconut is not actually a nut, it is a fruit called a drupe. Other fruits that are drupes are...
Winans to Winans Half Marathon 2016

Winans to Winans Half Marathon 2016

This year will mark the 3rd year for the Winans to Winans Half Marathon. The half marathon starts in Troy, near Winans’ downtown Troy location. The 13.1-mile course winds through parks in Troy, connecting with the bike path and running past the historic Eldean Covered Bridge, following the bike path to finish in Piqua. The race ends at Winans’ Hometown Store + Tasting Room in downtown Piqua. Race participants receive a t-shirt and their choice between a race medal or a travel coffee mug. At the finish runners and walkers are rewarded with beer and sweet treats from Winans Chocolates + Coffees. Xcel Sports Medicine will be on site to answer injury questions and give short post race massages. Winners in each group are awarded beer growlers with the Winans to Winans Half Marathon logo emblazoned on them. The top three finishers overall will have their growlers filled with beer. Those ambitious runners and walkers who have signed up for all three years of the race will be given a pint glass with the race logo and the words “completed 39.3 miles.” Next year those who compete for their fourth race will be given a memento that says “completed 52.4 miles.” The concept for the half-marathon was brought to life by Joe Reiser, co-owner of Winans Chocolates + Coffees. Joe says that running is “just one of those things that are part of my life that I’ve shared with the business and now the business has taken it into other people’s lives.” Joe brought his passion for coffee to Winans in 1994, coffee now makes up 50% of our...