Archive for October, 2010

Karyn Gold Kirk is this week’s Candy.com Wackiest Candy Name contest winner!

Karyn answered our call for wacky candy brand names and responded with the  “Chicken Dinner” chocolate bar, which was launched by the Sperry Candy Company in 1920.

For more dirt on this candy bar, which was marketed as a meal replacement/nutrition bar, check out 10 Candy Bars You’ll Never Eat. Sooo thankful we have Luna, Clif, Kind, and LÄRA today.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this week’s contest and congrats to Karyn! A dozen Wonka Scrumdiddlyumptious bars will soon be on the way.

Image credit: Slashfood

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Candy manufacturers go to great lengths to come up with catchy names for their products. Cases in point: Whatchamacallit, Goo Goo Clusters, Abba-Zaba, and Cherry Mash.

For this week’s Candy.com contest, submit the wackiest existing or retired candy brand name that comes to mind. (No making up wacky candy names … although that could be a good contest down the road. Butterfinger was the result of a public contest held by the candy bar’s original manufacturer, the Curtiss Candy Company.)

Everyone who leaves a comment after this post or on Facebook will be entered to win a dozen Wonka Scrumdiddlyumtious bars (sorry, this name’s off limits).

We’ll announce our Scrumdiddlyumtious winner this Friday, so stay tuned!

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Last weekend, my niece and nephew popped in for a sleepover with my kids (A.K.A. cousin camp).  As luck would have it, Greg at Candy.com stocked me with all the necessary supplies to make chocolatey Halloween suckers with the kids, ranging in age from 6 to 10.

So, away we went on Saturday night with our science project. We unleashed our sucker sticks, microwaved each pound of orange, white, and milk chocolate discs, and carefully poured our just-barely-melted chocolates into Jack-O-Lantern and Skull chocolate molds.

The kids loved “painting” the eyes, nose, and mouth on the Jack-O-Lanterns and Skulls with chocolate after the pops cooled (we put them in the freezer). We found that small craft paint brushes worked best.

Another tip? Insert Icing Eyeballs into the molds before pouring in the melted chocolate. I didn’t try this trick, but Greg at Candy.com says it works like a charm.

The kids did everything but microwave the chocolate and had at least two hours of fun creating and eating their treats on a stick. The final products might not be Martha Stewart worthy, but not bad for the young chocolatiers.

I am going to experiment with more molds from Candy.com to see what else we can cook up at the Gillerlain household over the holidays. My son is planning on making chocolate suckers for an upcoming fundraiser in lieu of a standard baked goods sale. My thought is to package the suckers in clear mini cello bags and finish them off with a twist-tie bow. Why not give it a whirl?

If you’re in need of an all-ages and edible DIY project, check out Candy.com’s crazy huge selection of inexpensive chocolate molds and hard candy molds. You’ll find molds in the shape of lipstick tubes, teapots, states, business cards, police badges, pineapples, zodiacs, owls, you name it. (Note: You can use Candy.com’s hard candy molds with chocolate, but you can’t use the chocolate molds to create hard candies.)

Lastly, and most importantly, if you’ve experimented with chocolate and chocolate molds, share your creations and tips. Add your comments after this post or on Facebook.

Thanks!

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I’ve got Halloween costumes on the brain. I’ve been reading press releases and blogs predicting the most popular costumes to hit the streets this Oct. 31. Not surprisingly, Lady Gaga, Iron Man, Toy Story, Alice In Wonderland, and Jersey Shore characters seem to be topping most of the lists.

Those are all fine costume themes, but not necessarily all that clever (although there is a lot you could do with Lady Gaga and the “Situation.” Hmmm, I see a couple’s costume in the making.)

So, for this week’s contest, tell us: What’s the most creative costume you’ve ever worn, witnessed, made for your child, grandchild, pet, etc.?

We’re not looking for most elaborate costume, either. Just clever. A few years ago, I saw a guy who taped Barbie dolls to his chest and said he was a “chick magnet.” Clever and economical. Win-win.

The Candy.com team will vote to come up with the winner who will receive this super cute Trick or Treat Halloween Candy Bouquet:

(Shameless plug: If you haven’t seen Candy.com’s gynormous selection of candy bouquets, it’s well worth the click. The Party in a Pumpkin Care Package bouquet is great for college students. And, now through Sunday 10/10, Halloween treats at Candy.com are 10% off. Use code “Halloween10″ at checkout.)

The winner of the Trick or Treat Halloween Candy Bouquet will be revealed later this week.

To get your creative juices flowing, here’s a handful of creative costumes I found last night while I inadvertently burnt the family frozen pizza. Aaaack!

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