Archive for September, 2010

Since it’s fall and freaky Friday, it’s the perfect day to ask:

What’s your LEAST favorite Halloween candy?

You know, the one candy you traded out as a kid (or will trade with the neighbors this year).

When I was a small fry, my brother and I would come home Halloween night and go through our stash, trading candy piece by piece. I dumped 3 Musketeers on him and he handed over all of his Almond Joys. It was a clean and fair transaction.

To entice you to share your LEAST favorite Halloween candy (just one!), you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $25 Candy.com Gift Card. The winner can buy his/her FAVORITE Halloween candy. Watcha waiting for?  Spill it.

Based on the feedback, I’ll post a Top Ten list early next week and announce the $25 gift-card winner. TGIF!

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This morning I got word that Mars, Incorporated, the makers of M&M’s candies, inked a deal with the fashion jewelry manufacturer Monet International, Inc. to design and produce M&M’s character rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and other keepsakes. For M&M’s fans, here’s a sneak peek at what will be in Macy’s department stores starting late this September and on Monet.com starting on October 15, 2010. So cute!

The price points on the jewelry range from $15 to $45. A higher-end sterling silver line will also be available and that will start at $35 per piece. According to the Mars Retail Group, other retailers will be able to purchase the M&M’s jewelry wholesale beginning New Year’s Day 2011.

My first thought when I saw these necklaces was what great gifts or party favors to build an M&M’s theme around. For clever ideas on how to incorporate M&M’s in cakes, cupcakes, cookies, snack mixes, etc., check out BrightIdeas.com. Here are a few cakes/cupcakes I earmarked from the site. (Click on each photo for instructions on how to make them.)


Have you ever created a theme party around a candy? If so, please share!

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At the National Confectioners Association’s Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago this past May, I stumbled on a confection that seriously did stop me in my tracks. It’s the Melville Candy Company’s lollipops with sour strips.

These rectangular beauties look like stained glass windows and they’re made from scratch in Massachusetts. (I’m not sure which is more earth-shattering: that something is made in the USA or that these lollipops look like chards of stained glass.)

I ended up eating a small stained glass window every night on my train ride home from the convention. I can attest that these lollipops not only look good, but taste good, too. The cherry flavor is my favorite.

I’m an adult, though, and not the best judge, so I corralled my kids and some of their friends who happened to be in our driveway for a taste test. All but one little redhead gave these pops a thumbs up. (Little red wasn’t thrilled about the fact that the green lollipop was lime flavored. She was hoping for apple. Happens.)

The kids agreed that one of the coolest things about these pops is the texture. The sandpapery sour strip encased in a smooth lollipop lends itself to an interesting mouth feel. Bottom line, they’re just fun to eat.

Melville's orange Sour Strip Lollipop could easily double as a Halloween party favor by dressing it up with a simple witch’s hat made out of black construction paper. Or poke several dressed-up pops into a domed-shape piece of Styrofoam, place Styrofoam in a bowl, cover with Oreo cookie crumbs, and say hello to a sweet graveyard centerpiece.

The other cool thing about these lollipops is the stick. Each one includes the product’s ingredients, allergen information, and Melville’s phone number. In fact, all Melville Candy Company lollipop sticks include this information. It’s a great safety feature before and after a lollipop is gobbled.

Melville’s Sour Strip Lollipops come in a variety pack with seven flavors: orange, lemon, lime, cherry, raspberry, grape, and watermelon.

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It’s audience participation day here at Candy.com.

We want to know, “What discontinued candy brands would you like to see revived?” (Think PB Max, Summit Bar, Hershey’s BarNone, etc.)

I personally want to see the Marathon Bar* make a comeback, and not as a protein bar.  You know, the long, braided caramel bar covered in chocolate from the 1970s that left a trail of chocolate crumbs when you ate it? (If you’re not 30-something yet, you missed a good mess.)

Win Free Candy!
Everyone who replies to this call for candy casualties on Facebook/CandyDotCom or the Candy.com blog will be entered into a drawing to win 30 full-sized classic candy bars, including Kit Kats, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate With Almonds. Yum!

From your feedback, I’ll occasionally channel Colombo and find out whatever happened to a particular candy and report my findings here. Stay tuned.

I wonder if Lt. Columbo ever ate a Marathon Bar?

*See CandyBlog’s I Miss: Marathon post for great historical information on the original Marathon Bar.

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