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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Candy Corn History and Some Sweet Treats!


When the air turns crisp and the leaves present striking hues, our minds quickly turn to enjoying some of our fall favorites! Around this time of year, one particularly vibrant childhood fall treat starts hitting the shelves--candy corn! Candy corn has been wrapped up in fall celebration for quite some time and while it stands on its own as a treat, it also appears as part of other fall delights and d├ęcor. Candy corn may be a ubiquitous part of fall, but how much do you know about the sweet white, yellow and orange kernels? Here are a few facts:
  • The candy corn was originally invented in the 1880's by George Renninger of the Wunderlee Candy Company.
  • Around 1898, the Goelitz Candy Company (now Jelly Belly) began producing candy corn. The Goelitz Company brought the striped goodie to the masses.
  • The tri-color design of the candy was pretty novel at the time, so consumers fell in love!
  • In the 1920's, candy corn was nicknamed "chicken feed" and was sold in boxes with a rooster on front.
  • Candy corn began to achieve its esteemed status as a Halloween candy in the 1950's when people began to hand out packaged candy to trick-or-treaters.
  • For such a pervasive treat, we need a holiday right? October 30 just happens to be National Candy Corn Day! So, you can celebrate the treat the day before Halloween!
Over the years, the candy corn has inspired quite a collection of temptations. We have collected a small sampling of bright and yummy candy corn treats:

Candy Corn Truffles from About Food:

Candy Corn Fudge from Mom on Timeout:

Healthy Candy Corn Snack from Baby Center:

Candy Corn Cookie Bark from The Recipe Girl:

We will be continuing to collect candy corny goodies throughout the season on our Going Candy Corny Pinterest Board.

For more information on the history of candy corn, check out articles in TIME and on the National Confectioners Website.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

The Significance of the Harvest Moon

harvest moon
Photo Credit sinead_woods via Flickr Commons

Tonight, we will be enjoying a big and glorious Harvest Moon. In fact, this Harvest Moon is also a Super Moon so it will be an extra special treat! All of us know the Harvest Moon is special and we delight in its beauty, but what is its significance? We found some pretty interesting facts about the Harvest Moon:
  • Before the aid of electricity, Harvest Moons would illuminate the night sky allowing farmers to work on their fields later into the evening.
  • In years when the Harvest Moon lands in October, the full moon in September is termed the Full Corn Moon because it corresponds with the time to harvest corn.
  • According to folklore, EVERY full moon has a particular name like the Strawberry Moon, the Flower Moon, the Sturgeon Moon, etc.
  • The Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs  nearest to the Autumnal Equinox.
  • For several nights in a row around the Harvest Moon, the moon rises at around the same time each night--at about sunset. Of course, this can make for a beautiful, reddened moon!
Hope you get a chance to check out the Harvest Moon tonight! It is expected to be at full phase at 9:38 EST or 8:38 CDT.

             What to Expect from Tonight's Harvest Moon via ABCNews
             Shine on, Harvest Moon in The Old Farmer's Almanac
             Watch Out for the Harvest Moon from NASA

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Fall Vegetable Gardening


As summer is winding down, it may feel like your garden's best days may be behind you until next year. However, this is not necessarily the case. There are some vegetables that are speedy growers, frost resistant and can extend the life of your garden well into fall. Beets, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, carrots and more are great for a fall garden. You can even implement succession planting by digging up crops that have ended their production and replacing them with some fall beauties! By choosing the right plants and knowing how to protect them when temperatures dip, you can have a productive garden.

We have a collection of a few articles that will help you grow vegetables this fall! For more detailed information on Fall Vegetable Gardens, see:

Fall Vegetable Gardening via Better Homes and Gardens
What to Plant Now for a Fall Vegetable Garden via A Way to
Fall Vegetable Gardening via A Tasteful Garden

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Call to Help Made in USA Glassware Brand Anchor Hocking!!!!

Reflecting  on how our nation was built, we think of the strong men and women that used ingenuity to forge life in a foreign land. We think of the innovation and commitment to making quality products. In recent history, we have seen this production disappear leaving a negative impact on many aspects of our communities. Anchor Hocking, a company that has been producing  quality glass products in the U.S. since 1905, has found itself in economic trouble and recently was forced to lay off its employees.  With two plants, one in Lancaster, Ohio and one in Monaca, Pennsylvania, the May layoffs affected over 1,500 people. Originally, the employees were expected to return to work within a few weeks. However, this did not occur. Only some of the employees have been able to return to work at the Ohio plant and the union has had to make concessions lowering wages. The Ohio plant is set to resume more operations next week but is still on very shaky ground. The Pennsylvania plant remains closed.

Anchor Hocking employees and community business leaders are determined to find a way to purchase the company and keep Anchor Hocking running. They have launched an initiative called Save Anchor Hocking and are raising money through various avenues.  Their goal is to purchase the company to keep it  manufacturing here in the U.S., producing and running a commercial and offering stock options for investors. As you can see, the determined organization has quite a road ahead and there are ways we can help!
This loss of manufacturing will have far reaching negative impacts on employees, their families and their communities which will ultimately trickle to all of us. Helping Anchor Hocking is our chance to help keep their manufacturing in the U.S.A. and keep our country producing these quality goods. You can easily support  Save Anchor Hocking by liking their Facebook Page, liking their posts so that more people will see the posts and sharing with your friends. If you are in their area, there will be a variety of fundraising events that you will learn about by following on Facebook. Additionally, Save Anchor Hocking will be selling "Save Anchor Hocking" bracelets to raise money. Norton's U.S.A. will be receiving some of these bracelets to make it easy for our friends and supporters to help Save Anchor Hocking. Manufacturing and innovation are very much the backbone of our country and are vital to the success of our communities. We need to act now to save this company and these jobs!
Anchor Hocking glassware has been one of our celebrated American Made products that we sell at Norton’s U.S.A. since we opened seven years ago. We love Anchor Hocking and will help them stay in business anyway we can!
**Save Anchor Hocking is an organization formed by Anchor Hocking employees, business leaders and concerned citizens. It is not part of Anchor Hocking.

For more information:

Save Anchor Hocking