For most people, Springtime typically starts when people begin to notice the extra hours of daylight and get excited for those great moments with family and friends enjoying the outdoors and sunny warmer weather. This year, and for the past 31 years, in Western New York, Springtime starts with The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care’s Spring Bouquet Sale, running March 5-10.
Hospice Buffalo provides exceptional care and life enhancing services for seriously ill patients and those who share their lives. Without the support of the Bouquet Sale coordinators this event would not be the tremendous success it is today! Every year more than 40 local florists, 450 area businesses, schools and organizations and 600 volunteers participate. In 31 years, the sale has raised over $5.7 million for Hospice Buffalo.
Fowler’s Chocolates has teamed with Hospice Buffalo as a participating location. Stop by any Fowler's retail locations (not the factory HQ) to buy a gorgeous bouquet for $8 or a Tribute Bouquet for $30 and all proceeds go to Hospice. Only Available March 7-10 during store hours. Help us and Hospice Buffalo bring a dose of Springtime and happiness to the people impacted by serious illness and loss.
For more information about Hospice Buffalo’s mission and Bouquet Sale, visit their site here: Hospice Buffalo
Finally…the opportunity to fulfill the dream of a lifetime! Experience what it’s like to see the inside of a chocolate factory, and support a great cause at the same time. Fowler’s Chocolates invites the public to sample sponge candy and other treats, and to and meet the Fowler’s team, many in festive costumed attire. It’s as easy as buying a ticket online or at any Fowler’s store.
For the second year in a row, Fowler’s has selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County , a local nonprofit that provides one-to-one youth mentoring services by matching caring adults with local children, as the recipient of a portion of tour proceeds. "We are honored and grateful to be the recipients again this year of the proceeds from Fowler’s Annual Factory Tour. This is such a wonderful opportunity for the community, and even our Bigs and Littles, to get an inside look at a Western New York favorite,” shared Thomas Guagliardo, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County. “For us, the sweetest thing about the event is that the funds raised will help to match several children with a caring Big Brother or Big Sister mentor!”
“Big Brothers Big Sisters was such a great partner last year, that we wanted an encore. One of the highlights for everyone was the presence of “Bigs and Littles,” enjoying the day together,” shared Ted Marks, owner of Fowler’s.
Mark your calendars with one of two (2) factory tour dates. Doors open on Saturday, October 7 and again on Monday, October 9, running hourly from 9:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Fowler’s factory, located at 100 River Rock Drive, Buffalo 14207. Last year’s tour welcomed more than 2,500 guests, so buy your ticket in advance, to be sure to get a spot!
This year marks the 15th Anniversary of this once-a-year family event. To date, Fowler’s has donated nearly $30,000 to local charities from the tours’ proceeds. Tours are self-guided and conclude at the factory store. All of Fowler’s renowned chocolate treats, including Sponge Candy, Truffaloes® and sea salt caramels, are available for purchase and discounted 10% during the tours.
Fowler’s representatives will be onsite to answer questions about the candy making process, and of course, offer samples to try as well. Guests who provide email addresses are entered to win prizes, drawn in hourly raffles.
Tickets are $4.00 presale and $5.00 the day of and at the door. Presale tickets are available on Fowler’s Chocolates website at www.fowlerschocolates.com. Tour guests should bring their printed receipt as proof of purchase. Fowler’s also accepts a Smartphone picture of the receipt.
To celebrate, Fowler’s Chocolates will offer free samples of Sponge Candy at all its retail locations
Fowler’s Chocolates is thrilled to celebrate the history of Buffalo’s beloved Sponge Candy with the third annual National Sponge Candy Day, by introducing a new variation of its Famous Sponge Candy, a Milk Chocolate Sponge Candy Bar!
The new product is 2.25 ounces of Fowler's chocolaty goodness made in milk chocolate with small bits of sponge candy throughout the bar. Owner Ted Marks stated "We are always looking for new and fun ways to present Sponge Candy, our R&D team came up with this idea and we made it work. The taste profile is similar to Sponge Candy, while offering a different texture experience. We are thrilled to have a brand new Sponge Candy product for all Western New Yorker to enjoy. A year ago, Fowler’s introduced a new Sponge Candy item, with a single box with half milk and half dark chocolate Sponge Candy. It seemed fitting to continue the product launch tradition this year. We’re excited to launch this product on National Sponge Candy Day.”
To thank Western New Yorkers for their continued support, Fowler’s will offer samples of Sponge Candy and Fowler’s newest addition, a Sponge Candy bar, at each of their six retail locations on September 21.
After three years, the event has achieved significant traction. Everyone in the Sponge Candy community is finding a special way to celebrate, from fundraising events to Sponge Candy parties. “We’re delighted to see the special day get its own legs, and we anticipate this day will become one more thing to love about Buffalo,” said Ted. “Maybe someday we’ll see a Sponge Candy parade or festival. There’s really no limit to where this thing may go, given the local passion for this confection.” Ted continued.
“We’ve been making Candy for more than a hundred years, and we couldn’t do this without our customers and fans,” Ted reflected. “We appreciate that we have a shared passion for this local favorite.” Fowler’s has been the leading maker of Buffalo’s authentic and original Sponge Candy since its’ founding in 1910. Throughout its 107-year history, the company has grown in both reach and size, boosting its sales locally, nationally and internationally through its new retail store openings as well as its online store www.fowlerschocolates.com
Fowler’s has operated out of its 100 River Rock Drive factory since 1994. As a maker of fine chocolates, they offer a great variety of confections for wedding favors, fundraising, corporate gifts, and all things BuffaLOVE. Fowler’s is a year-round production facility making more than 30,000 pounds of Sponge Candy annually.
To celebrate and enjoy samples, visit any of Fowler’s Store locations:
Factory HQ at 100 River Rock Drive "Sweet" 102 Buffalo, NY 14207
746 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY 14222
671 Main Street East Aurora, NY 14052
2563 Union Road Cheektowaga, NY 14227
2468 Niagara Falls Blvd. Tonawanda, NY 14150
314 Lake Street Hamburg, NY 14075
About Fowler’s Chocolates
Dating back to 1901 when Joseph A. Fowler operated a sweets and confections stand outside the Pan American Exposition, Fowler’s Chocolates has been a staple in Buffalo’s food culture ever since. Fowler’s Chocolates operates seven area locations and its delectable specialties are also available for purchase online and at select retail outlets. For more information, visit www.fowlerschocolates.com.
Milk, dark or orange – whatever your favorite flavors of sponge candy are, Fowler’s has been making some of the best since 1910. Long a Buffalo favorite, it took until 2015 for Mayor Brown to proclaim September 21st our Favorite Day of the Year.
It started with Sen. Chuck Schumer showing up at our Harbor Center store to kick things off. The popularity of the day has grown tremendously – and Fowler's welcomes all who celebrate.
Don’t worry, there’s always more at the store. Enjoy. Share. Celebrate!
It all started in the 1850s, when West Virginia women's organizer Ann Reeves Jarvis—Anna's mother—held Mother's Day work clubs to improve sanitary conditions and try to lower infant mortality by fighting disease and curbing milk contamination, according to historian Katharine Antolini of West Virginia Wesleyan College. The groups also tended wounded soldiers from both sides during the U.S. Civil War from 1861 to 1865.
In the postwar years Jarvis and other women organized Mother's Friendship Day picnics and other events as pacifist strategies to unite former foes. Julia Ward Howe, for one—best known as the composer of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"—issued a widely read "Mother's Day Proclamation" in 1870, calling for women to take an active political role in promoting peace.
Around the same time, Jarvis had initiated a Mother's Friendship Day for Union and Confederate loyalists across her state. But it was her daughter Anna who was most responsible for what we call Mother's Day—and who would spend most of her later life fighting what it had become.
Anna Jarvis never had children of her own, but the 1905 death of her own mother inspired her to organize the first Mother's Day observances in 1908. On May 10 of that year, families gathered at events in Jarvis's hometown of Grafton, West Virginia—at a church now renamed the International Mother's Day Shrine—as well as in Philadelphia, where Jarvis lived at the time, and in several other cities.
Largely through Jarvis's efforts, Mother's Day came to be observed in a growing number of cities and states until U.S. President Woodrow Wilson officially set aside the second Sunday in May in 1914 for the holiday.
Fowler's has been making handmade, delicious chocolates since 1910. Surely, our candies have delighted many a Mom over these past 107 years. Shop our Mother's Day Collection to find the perfect treat for the special Mom in your life.
You won’t find them in the Bible, but many cherished Easter traditions have been around for centuries. The most prominent secular symbol of the Christian holiday, the Easter bunny reportedly was introduced to America by the German immigrants who brought over their stories of an egg-laying hare.
The decoration of eggs is believed to date back to at least the 13th century, while the rite of the Easter parade has even older roots. Other traditions, such as the consumption of Easter candy, are among the modern, and we think the best additions to the celebration of this early springtime holiday.