January 3, 2018, is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day. Chocolate covered cherries are a unique and delicious dessert that are most often made with cherries that have been pitted and cooked in sugar syrup. The cherries are then dipped in chocolate and ready to serve. They are typically eaten during the holiday season. Some chocolate covered cherries feature a liquor-filled center. Celebrate by enjoying chocolate covered cherries from one of the shops listed below.

Brummer’s in Westfield offers handcrafted and homemade chocolates for any occasion and holiday. For more information, call 908-232-1904.

Chocolate Works in Millburn offers a wide variety of chocolates. They do custom gifts, favors and more. For more information, call 973-218-9222.

The Sweet Tooth Candy Shop in Vineland offers homemade chocolates, candy trays, gift and fruit baskets, handmade soaps, candles and more. For more information, call 856-692-0123.

Van Holten’s Chocolates in Brick offers chocolate covered fruits, nuts, creams, jellies, pretzels and more. For more information, call 732-840-0888.

January 3 is also Drinking Straw Day, National Write to Congress Day and Festival of Sleep Day.

For similar celebrations, check out Today in NJ: National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day and Today in NJ: National Chocolate Mousse Day.

Today in NJ, 2017: Drinking Straw Day

January 3, 2017, is Drinking Straw Day. In the 1800s, the rye grass straw was invented, but it turned to mush when exposed to liquid. Inventor Marvin C. Stone was frustrated by the straw giving his drink a grassy taste, so he patented the modern drinking straw in 1888. He made it by wrapping paper around a pencil and then gluing the paper. He later refined the invention after building a machine to coat the paper straw with wax to hold it together (source).

Ronstan Paper in Eatontown offers janitorial products, paper products, office supplies and moving supplies. For more information, call 732-389-1040.

The Big Straw in Jersey City is a bubble tea shop serving tea-based beverages such as milk tea, flavor tea, smoothies, slushies and Asian snacks. Their hours are Monday from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. For more information, call 201-676-0474.

Giambri’s in Clementon is a candy store that offers assorted chocolates, chocolate covered pretzels, lollipops and lemon straws. They are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, call 856-783-1099.

The Juice House in Garwood serves fresh pressed juice, cold pressed juice and healthy eats. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. For more information, call 908-232-1377.

Today in NJ, 2016: Festival of Sleep Day

January 3, 2016 is Festival of Sleep Day. This day is celebrated by sleeping in and taking naps. Sleeping has been found to have many health benefits; it improves your memory, sharpens attention, and helps ease depression. The amount of sleep a person needs depends on their age: Babies need sixteen hours of sleep, while children ages 3-18 need ten hours of sleep.

Adults ages 19-55 need the typical eight hours, and people over 65 require six hours. (Source.) To find a new mattress and catch up on some sleep, visit one of the New Jersey businesses listed below.

White Lotus Home in Highland Park is an organic bedding company. All of their products are hand made in the US. Some of what they offer includes mattresses, pillows, bedding, home furnishings, and yoga equipment. They are open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and weekends from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. For more information, call 732-828-2111.

Sussex County Mattress in Newton offers mattresses, beds, pillows, and accessories. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, call 973-300-1070.

Princeton Mattress in Princeton offers many different kinds of mattresses, as well as kids bedroom furniture. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, and Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, call 609-924-0004.

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