Be Sweet at Kathy’s Kandies!

Valentine’s Day is less than 2 weeks away! Do you have a special present for your Valentine? You must make a stop at Kathy’s Kandies, where a plethora of Valentine’s Day treats are handmade for this special day and all year long. Kathy’s Kandies owner Kathy, spends 12 to 18 hours a day making 12 different kinds of candy in over 80 different flavors. There is something for everyone!IMG_4858Valentine’s Day: this day means Hallmark cards, handmade local sweets and smiles.  Every year growing up my Mom always had a special Valentine’s Day present for my Dad, Sister and I. My Mom would choose our favorite chocolates, sugary sweets and pick out a silly, yet sweet, Hallmark card.  And we always received socks with little hearts all over them.  I am in my 30’s and she still puts together themed packages, only now she has husbands and grandchildren to add to the mix!

Past Romantic Getaway Winners!

Past Romantic Getaway Contest Winners!

If you are looking for delicious, handmade candy to add to your own Valentine’s Day present, Kathy’s Kandies is the perfect place to visit. Visitors have the choice of 12 scrumptious truffles, fudge, chocolate covered nuts or fruit, crème filled chocolates, gourmet popcorn, bark, pastries, cheesecakes, and/or the perfect Valentine’s dessert, chocolate covered strawberries (call to order these in advance!) And the list goes on!

Kathy!

Kathy!

This candy shop is a what kids (and lets be honest, adults) dream about!  Visitors walk into a bright, airy room filled with every candy one could imagine.  Kathy is behind the counter with a smile on her face greeting guests and fulfilling their sugar cravings.

Also, note Kathy’s Kandies is the perfect place to host a fun party! Get a group of your friends and family together and savor decadent desserts.  Death by Chocolate – this is one party theme! If there is one way to go, why not by chocolate!!!

Share with us your favorite chocolate or sugary treat?!  What special snack puts a smile on your face? Happy Valentine’s Day!

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A Winner’s Dream Weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette

Bowling Fun!

Bowling Fun!

Contests! Lafayette-West Lafayette hosts 7 amazing contests every year where one winner for each contest will have the opportunity to win a package to our area worth over $500.  You may think, I will never win, but we have had some very surprised and excited winners. Our Spring Break Staycation Contest 2016 Winners have already made two short trips to our area with their winnings.  Check out the fun they enjoyed in our 2 great cities.

Susan, mother of 4, is a native to Lafayette. She resides in Bloomington, Indiana, and entered the contest so if she won she could show her kids know just how awesome Lafayette and the surrounding communities are! Susan shares, “We are raising them to know the only Indiana College team to root for and MY favorite team….the Purdue Boilermakers! Boiler Up and Hammer Down!”

Susan brought her children to visit this past spring break. Enjoy checking out the photos from their fun vacation!

This photo is at Kathy's Candies. It was like "kids in a candy store" when we walked in.....well I guess it REALLY was kids in a candy store! Each of us got to spend $5 and boy was it hard for these kids to make a choice. After much deliberation, questions, decisions made and then rethinking the decision we finally walked out of the candy store with a soda, sour gummy worms and the rest in assorted chocolate truffles! Yummmmmm!

This photo is at Kathy’s Candies. It was like “kids in a candy store” when we walked in…..well I guess it REALLY was kids in a candy store! Each of us got to spend $5 and boy was it hard for these kids to make a choice. After much deliberation, questions, decisions made and then rethinking the decision we finally walked out of the candy store with a soda, sour gummy worms and the rest in assorted chocolate truffles! Yummmmmm!

After a long day of yard work at grandma and grandpas we headed to Arni's with our cousins. Our server was great and was able to keep up with the demands of a 15 top.....lots of pizza was consumed!

After a long day of yard work at grandma and grandpas we headed to Arni’s with our cousins. Our server was great and was able to keep up with the demands of a 15 top…..lots of pizza was consumed!

After dinner I would have been content to go back and relax at the hotel.  However, these kids had energy to burn....clearly we didn't work them hard enough doing yard work. There was lots of gutter balls, a few spares and a strike or two. Scores were low but spirits were high...young ones helped the big ones and bigs helped littles.

After dinner I would have been content to go back and relax at the hotel. However, these kids had energy to burn….clearly we didn’t work them hard enough doing yard work.
There was lots of gutter balls, a few spares and a strike or two. Scores were low but spirits were high…young ones helped the big ones and bigs helped littles.

Got a love the Homewood suites. The big king bed and of course the all you can eat breakfast! Couldn't have asked for a better night sleep.....specially since it was F.R.E.E.

Got a love the Homewood suites. The big king bed and of course the all you can eat breakfast! Couldn’t have asked for a better night sleep…..specially since it was F.R.E.E.

My kids had never been to triple XXX and it had been years since I had eaten there.  Since the hubby couldn't make it for this adventure we bought a six pack of root beer to bring home for him. Probably the most interesting part of the visit to Triple XXX was the fact that there was a tornado warning, sirens started blaring and we were all shipped out of the restaurant across the parking lot to a large storage closet that they have in their office building. I guess you could say we got a 45 minute " back stage" tour of Triple XXX!

My kids had never been to triple XXX and it had been years since I had eaten there. Since the hubby couldn’t make it for this adventure we bought a six pack of root beer to bring home for him. Probably the most interesting part of the visit to Triple XXX was the fact that there was a tornado warning, sirens started blaring and we were all shipped out of the restaurant across the parking lot to a large storage closet that they have in their office building. I guess you could say we got a 45 minute ” back stage” tour of Triple XXX!

Wow! What awesome fun! Thank you Susan for sharing your family’s adventure. Next Monday, June 13, check out www.HomeofPurdueBlog.com for our next Summer Fun Contest worth over $550!

Valentine’s Treats Galore from Kathy’s Kandies

IMG_5688Valentine’s Day is this Sunday! Do you have a special present for your Valentine? You must make a stop at Kathy’s Kandies, where a plethora of Valentine’s Day treats are handmade for this special day and all year long. Kathy’s Kandies owner Kathy, spends 12 to 18 hours a day making 12 different kinds of candy in over 80 different flavors. There is something for everyone!

Valentine’s Day: this day means Hallmark cards, handmade local sweets and smiles.  Every year growing up my Mom always had a special Valentine’s Day present for my Dad, Sister and I. My Mom would choose our favorite chocolates, sugary sweets and pick out a silly, yet sweet, Hallmark card.  And we always received socks with little hearts all over them.  I am in my 30’s and she still puts together themed packages, only now she has husbands and grandchildren to add to the mix!

If you are looking for delicious, handmade candy to add to your own Valentine’s Day present, Kathy’s Kandies is the perfect place to visit. Visitors have the choice of 12 scrumptious truffles, fudge, chocolate covered nuts or fruit, crème filled chocolates, gourmet popcorn, bark, pastries, cheesecakes, and/or the perfect Valentine’s dessert, chocolate covered strawberries (call to order these in advance!) And the list goes on!

Past Romantic Getaway Winners!

Past Romantic Getaway Contest Winners!

This candy shop is a what kids (and lets be honest, adults) dream about!  Visitors walk into a bright, airy room filled with every candy one could imagine.  Kathy is behind the counter with a smile on her face greeting guests and fulfilling their sugar cravings.

DSC00927Also, note Kathy’s Kandies is the perfect place to host a fun party! Get a group of your friends and family together and savor decadent desserts.  Death by Chocolate – this is one party theme! If there is one way to go, why not by chocolate!!!

Share with us your favorite chocolate or sugary treat?!  What special snack puts a smile on your face? Happy Valentine’s Day!

Perfect Stocking Stuffers from Kathy’s Kandies!

Mini- PIzzas!

Mini- PIzzas!

Chocolate Legos, Hello Kitty chocolates, candy, popcorn and more! Kathy’s Kandies offers a diverse selection of specialty treats that will make your taste buds soar with happiness.  Marlene, Visitor Information Specialist for Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette and Head Outreach Librarian at the Tippecanoe County Public Library, shares this blog about Kathy’s Kandies.

I work in Downtown Lafayette during the week. When I need to get out of the office and stretch my legs, I take my break and walk over to Kathy’s Kandies to get a homemade snack to cure my sweet tooth.

Kathy’s Kandies is a locally owned, homemade chocolate and confection store. My favorite is the gourmet popcorn. There are several flavors to choose from that make it almost impossible to decide, but my top picks are the cookies and cream and triple chocolate. The sweet and salty flavors of the popcorn and chocolate are the perfect blend and the best mid- afternoon snack! Beer and popcorn – try Kathy’s Original Gourmet Hopcorn!!! Featuring a selection made from Lafayette Brewing Co.’s finest beers, this is an original Indiana classic!

Peppermint Popcorn

Peppermint Popcorn

Each season, Kathy makes specialty candies to celebrate. This year she is making some new and fun treats that are perfect stocking stuffers for Christmas. Ever heard of Hello Kitty? If you have a little one, I am sure this is a “hot item” on your holiday shopping list. Kathy has created Hello Kitty Chocolates that will fit right into a stocking. Legos are another hot commodity this season! Your little one will be doubly amazed to receive chocolate and their favorite toy with Kathy’s homemade chocolate Legos! A unique gift for all ages is a mini chocolate pizza that will fit into a stocking. Pizzas come in different flavors from Christmas sprinkles, chocolate-peanut butter, cookies & cream and more. Treats from Kathy’s Kandies are perfect to give to family or friends when you go out of town for Christmas. There are sugar free options available as well. They do special orders and premade baskets that are perfect for gifts too. If you have time to call ahead, you must order the chocolate fondue. It’s delicious!

If you have a sweet tooth, you can pretty much find something to cure it at Kathy’s Kandies. They have a zillion things that are covered in chocolate; pretzels, nuts, Oreos, animal crackers, and espresso beans, just to name a few. They also have other items that are hard to resist; hard candy, gummies, ice cream, shakes, Italian sodas, cookies, and cakes. The list goes on and on! And each item is always served with a smile and a thank you.1618619_730469986970843_460393547_n

For more information about Kathy’s Kandies and other local sweet shops in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.