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Gentle Reader,

I trust this note finds you in top form and I hope that you and your family are all doing well. Enough about you…

We’re back:

We’re Baaaaaaaaaack, New Kitchen, Savage Tan, Hail to The Chief!

After a few months off the radar, JT’s is back and ready for the fall season. Our store in Randolph, NJ, is already open and starting Tuesday, October 3, JTSCONFECTIONS.COM is open and ready to ship!

I know most of you must be are asking, “Hey JT, what have you learned this past summer?” It can be distilled down to two life lessons…

Lesson number one: Never get involved in a land war in Asia.
Lesson number two: Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line.

With the comfort provided by this wisdom, we enter the 2017-2018 confection’s season.

As some of you may know, JT’s has donated a significant portion of our profits to charity. However, after attending my 35th High School reunion this summer and listening to and telling stories of my youth, we will be donating ALL PROFITS to charity. To be honest, I’m just trying to get an audience with St. Pete to plead my case….

JT’s highlights for the upcoming season…

****For corporate holiday orders over $1,000 JT’s will donate 15% of GROSS SALES to one of three charities. The donation will be directed to the charity of your choice and it will be made in your company’s name.****

The charities are:

It is the mission of Summit Speech School to enable children who are deaf or hard of hearing to take their place in a hearing world by providing superior educational and therapeutic support services through an auditory/oral program. www.summitspeech.org



The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. www.stjude.org


We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. www.dav.org


This offer applies to all existing and future clientele.

You guys have been amazing in helping JT’s Confections grow into a company that funds GREAT charities. With your continued support, we are looking forward to writing impactful checks this year.

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Share this with EVERYONE!!!!

I sincerely thank all of you! (except for you Bob. You know what you did…)

Your Pal and Guide to a Parallel Universe,


P.S. Please forward to a friend or three!

Gentle Reader,

For many of many of you, you will recognize this campaign from last year. For our new friends, drop and give me 20 Fancy Pants!

Please note, last year’s efforts exceeded our expectations so this year we have increased our limits and hope you guys welt us up on this one. Here’s the deal…

buy one give oneWe at JT’s Confections, with your help, would like to thank the good men and women who are currently serving, or have previously served, in the armed forces of the United States of America. These men and women are asked to perform duties that many of us are either unable or unwilling to perform. These duties ensure our freedom and safety.

To say THANK YOU we are offering the following:

For every one-pound box of mixed pecan caramel clusters and caramels you purchase, for whomever you want, we will provide a second one-pound box free provided that the second box is shipped to a veteran or an active duty member of the armed services. The only caveat is that you pay the shipping. Who’s better than you??

captain crunchWe are working on the honor system here folks. Having said that, names we will NOT be shipping to are:

  • Colonel Klink
  • Colonel Mustard
  • Captain Kirk
  • Captain Stubing
  • Private Pyle

However, if you can with 100% good conscience provide me with a legitimate Captain Crunch, I will throw in a dozen chocolate covered Oreos® for the good Captain. He or she has endured enough hardship.

Although JT’s Confections is a virtual chocolate powerhouse within a 600 yard radius of our kitchen, we need to limit this to 150 orders (300 boxes) or a March 15th end date, whichever comes first.

To say “Thank you,” just go to JTsConfections.com and click on the American flag. If you’d like to say thank you but don’t know a veteran or active duty member of the military, we can send your box to a veteran or an active duty military person on your behalf.

Each box will contain a note that reads “The Tompkins family of Ithaca, NY, would like to thank you for your service to our country.” Of course if your last name is not Tompkins, and you are not from Ithaca, the note will be changed… dealing with a rough crowd here.

To ensure we hit out goal of 150 orders (300 boxes), PLEASE forward this message to anyone you feel would be appropriate.

As always, it’s been a pleasure.

Your Pal and Guide to a Parallel Universe,

As we approach St. Valentine’s Day, perhaps the most sacred and religious of all the fake holidays, it’s the perfect time to reflect on our relationships.

wood chipperGentleman, remember 25 years ago when you first started dating your wife and you’d love to give her things? “Boy I’d love to give my baby a nice night out” or “It sure would be swell to give my sweetheart a nice car”? Life was fantastic.

Today you want to get her things.. “if she say’s one more thing she’s going to get the wood chipper”

Ladies, remember when you first started dating your husband and you’d love to give him things… “It would be super to give my man a nice set a golf clubs” or “I’d love to give my honey a surprise party.” Life was good.

crime tapeToday you want to get him things…”If he tells me one more “hysterical story” about college, he’s going to get a fork in his head.”

Gentle reader, it’s time to move our relationships away from get and back to give.

It’s time to bring back that loving feeling.

I know this might seem like an overwhelming task, but it’s the easiest thing you can do. Go to JTSCONFECTIONS.COM and give your spouse the gift of love.

Please note that JT’s is also great for parents who always made your Valentine’s Day special and for your kids who melt your heart every day.Happy Valentine's Day

Sweet Charity News…

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Not to worry, you won’t have to erase your “search history.”

As always, thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts; it’s been a pleasure.

Your Pal and Guide to a Parallel Universe,



JT at Matheny Medical and Educational Center

From left, Junior Friend Sarah Desatnick, John Tompkins, and Georgia Tompkins. Desatnick, also a Ridge student, is the sister of Matheny resident, Bryan Desatnick. (Photo: Matheny Medical and Educational Center)

After a 23-year run, John Tompkins of Basking Ridge retired from his career on Wall Street. In April 2011, he started a new career inspired by his love for the caramels a childhood friend’s mother had made.

His company, based in Randolph, is called JT’s Confections, and he modestly claims that, “My caramels are the best caramels you will ever eat.”

He expanded from caramels into pecan clusters consisting of caramel poured over roasted pecans and hand dipped in rich chocolate.

The confections business, he says, “is so very different from Wall Street. Your competitors want to see you succeed!”

Tompkins has succeeded, and he has also used his new vocation as a way of giving back to the community, providing candy to help nonprofits raise funds. Tompkins’s daughter, Georgia, a student at Ridge High School is an active member of the Junior Friends of Matheny, a group consisting mainly of Ridge and Bernards High School students who volunteer and raise money for the Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack.

For Valentine’s Day, Tompkins is donating 100 boxes of clusters to the Junior Friends, who will sell them at $33 a box.

“And if they sell more,” he says, “I’ll try to fill the order.”

The Junior Friends of Matheny is open to all high school age volunteers. Its mission is to support Matheny through both fundraisers and volunteering and to bring awareness and acceptance of children and adults with disabilities. Matheny is a special hospital and educational facility for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities.

Written by Sandy Josephson, of the Matheny Medical and Educational Center and posted on the Daily Record (part of the USA Today network). View the original article here: http://www.dailyrecord.com/story/news/2016/02/01/matheny-fundraiser-sweet-deal/79633210/


Gentle Reader,

I can only imagine what many of you are thinking; “Has JT fathered a child with Kate Hudson?”. The answer is I’m not sure, but that’s not the news.


I know most of you are asking yourself, what in God’s name has he done that has led him to this decision. I can assure you my motivation is not the result of any misdeeds on my part (in the last 45 minutes) but rather it’s a decision based on time management. I am trying to reduce the length of my “Pearly Gate discussion” from eight days to 45 minutes. After all, how many times can I really say, “It was a jooooooke”?

Although JT’s is still relatively small, our goal is to grow the business so that in a few years we can write meaningful checks to charities. As a quick FYI, any compensation that I take from the business will be taken after the charitable donations have been made.

On a separate note, the holiday season quickly approaches. If you are going to use JT’s for your corporate gifts this year, please let me know ASAP as things can get pretty intense over the next two months. To illustrate, I have included time-lapse photography from last year to demonstrate how insane things will get for me….

Me walking in (looking good)Me working (looking crazy)Me leaving (off to the funny farm)

As always, thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts; it’s been a pleasure.

Your Pal and Guide to a Parallel Universe,


Gentle Reader,

A quick note.

I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the “For a Good Cause Candy Box” program benefiting the Summit Speech School.

Through this program we sold $4,5000 worth of JT’s Confections with 100% of the proceeds going to the Summit Speech School. This money will positively impact the lives of many children; an impact that will change the trajectory of their lives.

On a personal note, this program had a very positive impact on my life as well. I crossed paths with unbelievable people who work at the school, people who volunteer at the school and children who attend the school.

To the wonderful women who bought chocolates during the luncheon portion of the event and created a chocolate frenzy, you made me feel like I was in a boy band. For a chubby gray haired middle aged guy with bad knees, it doesn’t get any better. 

Thanks again to everyone and I hope we are even more successful next year.

John Tompkins