October 20th, 2016

5 All-Time Favourite Halloween Treats

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What was—or is—your all-time favourite Halloween treat?

You might be able to tell simply by paying attention to what you buy this year, since a good portion of adults actually choose the treats they hand out based on their personal favourites. (We don’t, after all, want to be left eating treats we don’t like, should the little ones not show up, right?)

Or check out our list below to jog your memory. And if we haven’t included one of your all-time faves, just let us know!

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October 7th, 2014

Lindt Chocolate Recipes

Lindt’s Swiss Classic 300g Gold Bar will be part of the Foods of Europe promotion at London Drugs from October 10-22, 2014, so we thought it would be nice to include recipes that use this delectable chocolate.

All these recipes have been created in the Lindt kitchen and introduce a new spin on an old favourite.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

For everyone who loves chocolate in their peanut butter and vice versa.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (114g) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (130g) chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (90g) light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup (150g) flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 200g Lindt Swiss Classic Surfin, chopped into chunks

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Combine the butter, peanut butter, sugars and cream together.
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract.
  • Combine the dry ingredients and add to the butter mixture.
  • Stir in the chopped chocolate.
  • Drop cookies by the teaspoonful onto the prepared cookie sheets.
  • Bake 10–12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.

Yield:Approx. 3 dozen cookies

Recipe by Master Chocolatier Ann Czaja

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October 3rd, 2014

Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate Flavours

image1I’ve discovered a lot of fantastic products in my years as Trend Watch writer, but my discovery of Green & Black’s Organic chocolate is one of my favourites. I’ve long been a fan of good chocolate, and this line direct from England is the world’s leader in organic and Fair Trade chocolate.

Recently I was invited to a wonderful event to celebrate this line, and share an exciting announcement. Just in time for the holiday season, they’ve added two NEW members to its Canadian family of premium chocolate bars with the launch of Sea Salt and Burnt Toffee.

The Sea Salt bar is something very, very special. I love the combination of salt and chocolate, but sometimes find the actual flakes of salt on top of the sweetness a little off-putting. This bar has delicate flakes of sea salt blended right into the creamy milk chocolate bar, resulting in a perfect mix of sweet and salty.

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August 13th, 2012

Sugar-free options at London Drugs

Things just got a little easier for those looking for sugar-free options.

A few years ago, a friend suggested I try a sugar-free chocolate bar. She had been changing her eating habits, and found the sugar-free chocolate bars were a great treat that didn’t interfere with her weight loss efforts. To find them, though, you had to go to the pharmacy and find the diabetic products. I almost felt bad, like I was buying something that I shouldn’t. But I have to say, they are a decent alternative to regular chocolate bars.

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April 21st, 2011

Why do I love this store?

No really, I’m trying to figure this out.

My name is Nala. I used to work for London Drugs over 12 years ago as a graphic designer in the marketing department. Now, I’m a contract proofreader. To this day, even though I may be at the mall with my shopping-minded daughters and not needing to purchase anything, I will wind up in the London Drugs store, roaming the aisles and more than likely buying something. What?
I’m sure there’s a psychology in how the store is laid out. Some scientific formula at work that pulls me in and then spits me out a few dollars lighter. Since I’m a fan of Mythbusters and Bill Nye, I’m going to analyze this, scientific like.

Behold, the evidence!

Exhibit A—This sign almost ALWAYS says open!

Every time I see this, well, it might as well just “for Nala” after it. Even when the rest of the mall is closed, London Drugs is open. I like that. I like it a lot. I probably like that too much.

Exhibit B—Are you seeing something I’m not?

I thought, if I took a picture some magical alchemy would appear. But in the above shot you can see…it’s just a store. Even the Garage store appears more sexy. Yet it’s the London Drugs store that funnels people in on either side, sometimes so many of them you have to wait to get in. Could that add to the appeal—Chaos Crowd Theory?

Exhibit C—Store layout

I know you’re thinking “Wow, is that a professional retail store layout?” No, it’s the London Drugs store through the eyes of my daughter. It glosses over a lot of what it offers, but captures a little of the thinking in how departments are placed.

They say when you go grocery shopping you should shop “a round” the store, meaning the dairy, bakery, deli, fruits and vegetables are on the outer limits—the healthier and cheaper products. As you can see in the drawing, our favourite departments are also in the outer limits at London Drugs—electronics, cameras, computers, KitchenAid blender (I’m obsessed with the red goddess) and hair stuff. The only thing is, I’m not sure how healthy that is.

Exhibit D—Paradise City!

You know what I’m talking about. It’s the centre aisle. The more I think about it, the more I think—eureka! I’ve even heard others refer to this aisle as the treasure aisle or treasure chest. It usually has seasonal items, holiday specific stuff (mmmm…Easter chocolate anyone?) but in the Chilliwack store, it also has crazy cool furnishings at the end. If I don’t have a specific thing to buy, I WILL wander down this rabbit hole first.
What do you think? What makes this store so likable? Or—if you disagree—what would you change?
Nala
Nala Henkel, a former employee and current contract proofreader for London Drugs, is a self-confessed fan of our store. We’ve invited her to share her quirky perspective on all things London Drugs from a consumer’s point of view.


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