Archive for October, 2011

30 Oct

Halloween Eve Treats 0

It’s night before Halloween, and I’ve got a few curiously compelling chocolate treats for you.

The PRAIM Group, (the company behind the witty Bloomsberry USA chocolate bars) has partnered with artisans Knock Knock and Anne Taintor to create two additional lines of clever chocolate.

The results are entertaining … and will make you look pretty clever should you choose to gift them to friends, family, co-workers, ex’s, etc.

Exhibit A: The No Calorie Dark Chocolate Bar (I’d check “On a Carrot”)

Exhibit B: The Have a Nice, Happy, Merry Bar (this bar truly is one-size-fits-all)

Exhibit C: The I Dream About Milk Chocolate Bar (really, who doesn’t??)

There are plenty more bars where these came from. Click here to browse and buy the collection.

Happy early Halloween!

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14 Oct

MIXO Madness 0

If you’re a Comic-Con regular, you may have already come across collectible MIXO tins, which debuted at the crazy huge comic book convention this past July in San Diego.

The adorable, yet slightly edgy food-safe tins are the latest creation by Mike Becker, a young and talented toymaker who’s already launched and sold two toy companies. MIXO is Mike’s third go-around at fun.

What’s great about these 8.25-inch (h) x 2.5-inch (w) unfilled tins is that they are unfilled. A blank canvas of sorts. Fill the Skeleton with a mix of Bloody Candy Bones, Spooky Eyeball Gumballs, and Candy Skulls to create a memorable Halloween favor that party-goers will want to keep.

I love the Wonder Woman MIXO tin above. Fill  her up with Starzmania candies and tuck in a Starbucks gift card for a pretty awesome teacher gift. (Sure beats an apple!)

Reis O’Brien, the artist behind all of the MIXO designs, says the Batman tin was the first of the four superheroes to fly off the shelves at Comic-Con. “It disappeared the first day of the show,” he explains.

Reis, who keeps pencils and artist paintbrushes in his Green Lantern MIXO tin, says the “Valentino” Vampire tin was also a hot commodity at Comic-Con.

How cool would it be to fill Valentino with Wax Fangs and blood Red Sixlets and put him front and center on a Halloween dessert table?

The ideas are endless with MIXO tins, and, according to Reis, it’s a line that’s growing fast. Hello Kitty tins will soon be available, as will additional superheroes and other licensed characters.

Here’s a peek at Hello Kitty …


If you catch the MIXO bug, let us know how you fill ‘em up!

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in Candy, Candy Buffets, Gifts, Halloween, Licensed, MIXO, Packaging