Archive for October, 2010

Turns out celebrity interior designer Courtney Cachet has a sweet tooth and she’s going to be doing a stress-free holiday decorating segment on NBC’s Open House NYC that includes candy. Love that!

Courtney is also holding a $25 Candy.com giveaway on her Facebook Fan Page today, so tell her why you deserve the Candy.com bucks and you could win!

Speaking of decorating with candy, I spied a $14.95 glass Tilt Bowl and $9.95 glass Lidded Jar from Crate & Barrel (see images below) that would look beautiful filled with Jelly Belly Champagne Bubbles, Fall Kettle Corn Nuggets, Red Jordan Almonds, Christmas Nonpareils, Peppermint Balls, Candy Corn Nougat Fluff, Red Licorice Scotties, or snowy White Gumballs.

So simple, yet contemporary, colorful, consumable, interchangeable … and affordable. Score!

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My grandmother, like most, had a candy dish sitting in her “front room” (a.k.a. the least lived-in room). I don’t recall ever wanting any of the candies she put in her candy dish. Maybe it’s because they were dusty and not M&M’s, but I can’t remember, exactly.

Even so, I still have a thing for the old-fashioned candy dish. I’d love to have one today in my “family room” (a.k.a. the room with the couch my kids use as a launching pad) filled with Peanut Butter M&M’s, Nerds, or Crazy Core Skittles.

I know I’m not alone in this dish nostalgia. Former lawyer and Harvard grad, Maggie Wickes moved West and launched her Colorado-based Bluebird Candy Dish Co. this time last year out of concern for the extinction of the vintage candy dish. All of the dishes in Maggie’s collection are new and many of the vintage-inspired candy dish options incorporate classic glassware patterns.

My two favorites at Bluebird:

I also found some pretty terrific candy dishes at Etsy.com—all of which could double as heartfelt holiday gifts filled with vibrant holiday candies. (Click on each photo below for product info.)


Here’s an additional gem from 1StopRetroShop.com


Do you have fond memories of your grandmother’s candy dish?

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We got a great response on this week’s “What’s your favorite theater candy” contest. I think you might be a little surprised to see which ones made the top 10.

Here goes:

No. 1 favorite candy at the movies: Milk Duds (duh.)

No. 2 Raisinettes

No. 3 Sno-Caps

No. 4Twizzlers

No. 5. Peanut M&M’s

No. 6 Junior Mints

No. 7 Goobers

No. 8 Whoppers

No. 9 Reese’s Pieces

No. 10 Cookie Dough Bites, Sugar Babies (tie)

Classic theater candies Dots, Gobstoppers, and Good & Plenty each only got one vote. Where’s the love??

Thanks all for playing this week! The winner is Jennifer Padgett, who Tweeted that her favorite movie theater candy is Peanut M&M’s. Please do follow us on Twitter if you’re not already a follower. We’d love to have you on board!

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There’s a time and a place for everything. Candy is no exception.

So, I was chatting it up with my neighbors again and we got on the topic of road candy, as in the candy you’d pick if you were going on a lengthy road trip. It’s probably not the same candy you’d pick if weren’t heading out on the highway.

For example, if I were driving from Chicago to Minneapolis, I’d buy the giant box of Milk Duds. If I were milling around waiting to pick up a prescription at Walgreens, I’d probably pick up a bag of Dove Promises. Drilling down further, if it was December 1 and I was killing time at Walgreens, I’d pick up Dove Peppermint Bark Bites.

I’m getting off track. My point is that we associate different candies for different environments. I seem to think Car = Milk Duds. Back in her college days, my neighbor said she downed Red Hots and coffee before exams. For her, Library Cubicle = Red Hots. (My neighbor did well in school, so the fiery combo must have worked.)

This all brings me to my next and last point. Thank g-d, right?

At the movie theater, I typically buy (or smuggle in) Twizzlers. while my daughter always gets a box of Nestle Buncha Crunch. Those aren’t our all-time favorite candies, but they are our all-time favorite theater candies.

If you tell us your favorite theater candy after this post, on Facebook, or Twitter, you’ll be entered to win a $25 Candy.com Gift Certificate.

How to enter on Twitter? It’s simple. Just follow these steps:

1. Follow @CandyDotCom on Twitter

2. Tweet the following: “I just entered the @CandyDotCom Candy Giveaway. My favorite theater candy is ____. http://bit.ly/9nDhIm #CandyDotCom
(fill in your favorite theater candy, of course!)

3. That’s it! You’re done!

On Friday, Oct. 22, I’ll post the $25 Candy.com winner and the top 10 theater candies based on all of your Twitter posts. I wonder if Twizzlers will make it into the top 10?

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