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A Detroit favorite is making a comeback.  And, it plans to go national. I say, it’s about time.  Chances are if you grew-up in Michigan, you know the name Saunders.  And hopefully you’ve been lucky enough to have a Saunders Hot Fudge Sundae or Cream Puff.  I know I’ve had my share.   

Simpy put, the Saunders candy brand is to Detroit as Godiva is to Belgium or Hershey is to Pennsylvania.  

Saunders Hot fudge Sundae

Detroit Icon Born
Fred Saunders opened up his candy store on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit in June 1875.  Not only did Saunders sell candy, but his store featured hot fudge toppings, ice cream, baked goods and fountain counters.  Legend has it that in 1876, Saunders was the first to serve ice cream soda.

As you can imagine, his store quickly became a Detroit dessert icon!    Over the years, the company expanded its business and opened more than 57 stores throughout Metro Detroit.  He became the leading purveyor of candies in the Detroit area and began selling directly to national supermarket chains.

A Dying Brand
Unfortunately in the late 1970s the brand took a hit and over the next 30 years its stores and toppings became increasingly more difficult to find.  (I still remember when they closed my favorite Saunders ice cream parlor in the late 1990s.  We’d rollerblade miles to get there.)  It had gone through a series of owners and at one point had gone bankrupt.  

Its Resurgence
But, in 2002 Morley Candy company purchased the iconic Saunders brand and began to breathe some life back into it.  In 2007, Morley opened Sanders retail outlets in Livonia, Birmingham, Grosse Pointe,  Wyandotte and in the Palace of Auburn Hills.  It now plans to take the Saunders to the national retail market

Thanks Morley.  And, welcome back Saunders.

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Look at these Michigan-made bad boys…  These unscented candles glow from the inside out.  Of course, my mom came across these at Bullfrog Light Company in Charlevoix, Mich.,  They have gorgeous Unity candles.  Check them out.  What we like most about them is they’re handcrafted right here in Michigan.

We choose the white, custom monogrammed candle, which was a little pricey for a unity candle – but we caught the sale that was going on earlier this week!  Keep an eye out, they have sales and deals on items all the time!  I also picked-up two 7-inch tapered candles and the unity candle stand.  Not only will it serve its purpose at the ceremony, but we’ll also put it on the headtable for some additi0nal candle light.

Should be a beautiful addition to our candlelit ceremony and reception, don’t ya think?

Bullfrog Light CompanyBullfrog custom monogrammed candles

 

For those of you who hold the University of Michigan or Michigan State close to your hearts, here’s an idea for you.  Sparty Bars or U of M bars from Michigan-based Morley Candy Co.  I like this idea either for the out-town gift bags or for the wedding favors.  And, they’re good, by the way.  Really good.

Morley Candy Sparty or Go Blue Candy Bars – $2.25 each morely-candy-sparty-and-blue-bars

I received a couple emails over the last week asking for suggestions about what to include in the out-of-towner guest bags.  And, it got me thinking… There are so many wonderful things about Detroit and Michigan that our guests should know about and experience, it’ll be hard to narrow it down.  For Bug and I, we’re all about showing them what this town and region is about. 

Over the next couple days I’ll post some ideas.  And, if you have ideas you’d like to share, please let me know!  I’d love to include them. 

This first one is my fav.  While all of these items aren’t made in Detroit, they’re definitely made in Michigan.

Detroit Old Time Fav’s
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Michigan Made Products and Image Sources:
Faygo, Vernors, Jiffy Mix, Kowalski Sausage, Stroh’s Beer (there’s also Stroh’s ice cream), Kelloggs’ Corn Flakes, Saunders Hot Fudge, Bettermade Potato Chips, Michigan wines.

Some other food items I didn’t include here are: Pinconning cheese, Cadillac Coffee, Mackinac Island Fudge, Michigan Cherry foods.   There’s so much out there! 

I personally love the idea of including the chips, soda and coffee. 

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