Be Sweet this Holiday Season!

Kathies Kandies Charlize EatingSweets and Treats! You can never go wrong with a box of chocolate for your loved ones over the holiday season! Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to not one, but four candy stores. These stores offer all of the favorites including chocolate caramels, truffles, butter cream chocolates and much more.

Kathy’s Kandies showcases a wide variety of “sweets” that will make your family feel special this holiday season. Artisan chocolates, chocolate covered pretzels, gourmet popcorn, novelty suckers, brittle and toffee are just a few decadent options. The nutella chocolate truffles are a specialty-handcrafted truffle filled with nutella that offers a hint of nuttiness and smooth, rich chocolate. Yummy! For the special man in your life, a great gift idea is their chocolate bacon pizza. This pizza has 1 whole pound of bacon on it! Can you imagine?! (My husband is a hog farmer, and this would be his dream gift!) Please note it has to be special ordered so call ahead.

Kathy's Kandies

Kathy’s Kandies

 

 

Another specialty candy store is McCord Candies. This store opened its door in 1912 and has been serving the Lafayette-West Lafayette community since this date. The most popular draw to McCord’s is their homemade candy canes, which they make on average 34,000 canes during the month and a half holiday season time. They sell them locally in the store, ship them globally, and always keep people coming back for more. Also, you can hand select from a wide variety of chocolates and bagged candies that include hot cinnamon bears (my favorite), Boston baked beans and chocolate covered peanuts. When visiting, I suggest ordering a chocolate sundae from their old-fashioned soda shop. They make a homemade chocolate sauce that is amazing!

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McCord Candy Canes

Wolf’s Fine Chocolates boast their chocolate is made with love and a tasteful touch of wonder, care, spice and tradition. A box full of this specialty candy will be sure to make your family member(s) smile! I highly recommend their Smitty’s, a peanut butter center covered in fresh roasted peanuts and milk chocolate. The chocolate is rich in flavor and the saltiness of the roasted peanuts and creamy peanut butter make it a simply delicious! Also, make sure you add some of their homemade fudge, which is creamy and melts in your mouth!

Wolf Candies!

Wolf Candies!

Richelle in a Handbasket Peanut Brittle- YUMMY!

Richelle in a Handbasket Peanut Brittle- YUMMY!

Lafayette’s newest candy shop is Richelle in a Handbasket! This shop features chocolates, coffee, gift baskets, caramel popcorn, custom gifts and more. Located at Market Square, it is steps away from Interior Objects, the Handmade Market, Legendary Games, Camera Outfitters, Arni’s and more if you want to make it an afternoon of fun! One of the best part about Richelle in a Handbasket is the baskets! There are so many items to choose from to add to your basket including sweets and food items, but also gift items like wall art, baby bibs, body care products, etc.

For more information about these wonderful candy shops and other specialty stores in our area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Celebrate Your Special Event at Purdue Union

Bride & Groom cutting the cake!

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard!    Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to the Purdue Memorial Union, which not only showcases our beautiful university, but offers a gorgeous venue to host a special event!

A few years ago, two of my family’s greatest friends, Aaron and Sherri, hosted a wedding celebration that will stay in my memory forever and is ultimately the best wedding I have ever attended.  Aaron is from Madison, Wisconsin, and Sherri is from Indianapolis, Indiana, and they met while attending Purdue University seven years ago.  They made so many wonderful memories at college, that when it came to deciding the location, Purdue was at the top of their list.  They met with the staff at the Union, and shared the professionalism, friendliness and confidence they portrayed along with the beauty of the venue assisted in making their final decision.  Once the decision was made, they said a great relief hit them, because the Union made the event planning process a breeze by taking charge of all the little and big details of this special day.  They were also living in Saint Louis at the time starting new careers, and having a venue that had a lot of experience hosting large events was a desired requirement!

Their wedding was amazing and truthfully after over 20 weddings my husband and I have attended in the last 6 years, the best!  (Possibly even more fabulous than our own!  Ha!)  The food was absolutely delicious from the assortment of cheese, fruits, and vegetables they served as an appetizer, to juicy, rich pork tenderloin with roasted red potatoes and seasoned green beans as the entree.  The sauce over the pork tenderloin was smoky, yet smooth.  It was also piping hot!  How many times have you been to a wedding and ate rubbery, cold chicken?  This meal had nothing rubbery about it!

They were married in the South Ballroom at the Union which is beautiful.  Stained glass windows, dark wood, ceilings that feel like they reach the sky; what could be better?  Aaron and Sherri love music, and they hired a band from Indiana to play. My husband literally had to drag me off the large dance floor at the end of the evening!

The ultimate best part of the evening was the service.  The Purdue Memorial Union hires college staff, and I want to share they were not only friendly, but as the saying goes, “on the ball”.  From the moment we walked in the door, we were greeted, our drinks were always filled throughout the night, and all requests were met immediately.  If there is an award for service, I hope their staff gets top honors, because they deserve it.  I highly recommend checking out the Purdue Memorial Union for your next event!

For more information about this venue and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com