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Vending Business Information, Issue #025 -- Chocalate and the summer heat.
July 16, 2011

Summer Candy

As you know chocolate melts easily in the summer heat. Your customers understand this or do they? Here are some suggestions of what candy to use at this time of the year.

Before removing any chocolate you should try and decide which of your accounts you need to worry about. Many businesses that didn’t have air conditioning 10 or 20 years ago do today. Their break rooms in most cases have the air on 24/7 and you have no need to be concerned.

When you have any doubt as to whether your account has the air on all the time simply ask. Explain that if they don’t keep the break room air on you will simply make adjustments to what you carry in your snack box or in your machine.

Summer Candy Suggestions

You have options at this time of year and they fall into different categories. Some items will do a good job up to medium temperatures and others are solid performer in the highest of temperatures.

Most chocolate manufacturers want their chocolate stored between 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. That does not mean that it will not be able to tolerate temperatures that are higher but when you get to the mid 80’s with these chocolates you are pushing your luck.

These will tolerate more heat than most chocolate candy bars.

• Butterfingers • Baby Ruth • M&M Peanuts • M&M Plain

These are items that will stand the worst of summer’s heat.

• Tootsie Roll • Pay Day • Pearson Nut Rolls • Mars Munch Bar • Starburst • Skittles • Old Dominion Peanut Blocks • Boston baked Beans* • Mike and Ikes* • Hot Tamales* • Jaw Breakers* • Twizzlers • Nibs • Chuckles • Dots • Gummy Bears • Goetz Caramel Creams

Those with the * beside them do not tolerate humidity well.

Marcie and I will be traveling the next two weeks with our destination being the Black Hills. We would love to hear from you as we travel.


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