I’m going old-school on this latest Candy.com contest, but giving it a virtual twist.

Guess how many Skittles, Peanut Butter M&M’s, and 1″ Gumballs (total pieces) I packed into this super-cute, half-gallon apothecary jar from Pier One. The first person to answer correctly wins a $25 Candy.com gift certificate. (One guess per person, please.) I’ll announce the winner tomorrow (Monday) afternoon.

View from the front.

View from the side.

I found this dishwasher-safe glass jar while searching for containers for my daughter’s Candy Land-themed birthday party. It comes in half gallon and gallon sizes. Each jar has a chalkboard label on the front for personalizing and comes with four sticks of chalk. Perfect for parties and candy buffets!

Good luck candy counting and enter your guess after this post or on Facebook or Twitter.

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20 Mar

First Sign of Spring: Peeps Show 0

In honor of the first day of spring today and American Chocolate Week, March 20-26, I put together a Peeps show. What!?

Let me explain. Over the past few days, I’ve noticed a handful of newspapers sponsoring “Peeps Diorama” contests, including The Washington Post and The Denver Post. I must live under a rock since this is the first time I’ve heard of such a contest, and some are on year five.

Since it was a drab, rainy morning here in Chicago today, I talked my kids into making a Peeps diorama and sweetened the deal with American chocolate snacks: a Hershey’s Symphony bar and a Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Almond bar. (My weak attempt at tying in the celebration of American Chocolate Week.)

We agreed on a “Hush, don’t make a Peep,” theme and collected the goods: shoebox, Peeps, edible grass, cotton candy, wrapping paper, construction paper, glue sticks, and scissors.

Sixty minutes and several chocolate squares later, we came up with …

Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail with visions of jelly beans peeping in their heads.

It’s a far cry from The Washington Post’s 2010 winner …

"Eep!" was based on the Pixar movie "Up."

(See slideshow of The Washington Post‘s 2010 winning entries.)

and the The Denver Post’s 2010 winner …

"Peepatar" was based on the 3-D blockbuster "Avatar."

(See slideshow of The Denver Post‘s 2010 winning entries.)

Even so, we had a great time tucking our Peeps into their box beds. It was a creative, kid-friendly project that would be fun to roll out at spring birthday parties, Easter gatherings, and future rainy days. If you get inspired, send me your finished-project pics.

Happy Spring 2011!

Photo credits:
The Washington Post
, Bill O’Leary
The Denver Post
, Cyrus McCrimmon

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In the event that you’re a curious cat like me when it comes to regional flavor preferences of the sweet variety, the Jelly Belly Candy Co. tracks its best selling jelly bean flavors by state and by country.

Some of the following top four flavors by country are predictable, and some are a bit surprising like America’s love of Buttered Popcorn and Licorice. According to Tomi Holt, director of communications for the Jelly Belly Candy Co., Licorice is always in the top three flavors in the US (it’s No. 1 in Alaska), which I find interesting. Licorice has never made it on the UK’s top three list. Even more interesting.

Australia
No. 1: Smoothie Blend flavors
No. 2: Bubble Gum
No. 3: Buttered Popcorn
No. 4: Strawberry Cheesecake

Germany
No. 1: Very Cherry
No. 2: Tutti-Fruitti
No. 3: Green Apple
No. 4: Red Apple

Hong Kong
No. 1: Lemon Lime
No. 2: Candy Floss
No. 3: Bubble Gum
No. 4: Coconut

Korea
No. 1: Berry Blue
No. 2: Candy Floss
No. 3: Lemon
No. 4: Lemon Lime

United Kingdom
No. 1: Beanaturals
No. 2: Very Cherry
No. 3: Green Apple
No. 4: Bubble Gum

United States
No. 1: Very Cherry
No. 2: Buttered Popcorn
No. 3: Licorice
No. 4: Blueberry

Within the United States, “Crushed Pineapple” is one of Hawaii’s top three favorite Jelly Belly bean flavors (shocker). There are some statewide surprises, though …

Connecticut
In Top 3: Tangerine

Idaho and Montana
In Top 3: Juicy Pear

Kansas, Georgia, and New Jersey
In Top 3: Sizzling Cinnamon

Kentucky
No. 1: Dr. Pepper

Maryland
No. 1: Bubble Gum
No. 2: Tutti-Fruitti

Rhode Island
In Top 3: French Vanilla

Washington D.C.
In Top 3: Blueberry

Jelly Belly’s Tomi Holt says the company often gets consumer requests for savory jelly bean flavors like hot dog, nacho, and hamburger.  The “Barf” flavor (so unsavory) in Jelly Belly’s BeanBoozled line is actually a cheese pizza flavor that failed in prior taste tests. According to Tomi, foul flavors like Jelly Belly’s Skunk Spray and Barf have to be produced after hours to avoid consumer tour times. The midnight shift must be bitter.

Here on Candy.com, the best-selling Jelly Belly flavor is currently Berry Blue in a five-pound case. This may have something to do with the blue hue earning wedding palette kudos at TheKnot.com while wedding season is in full bloom.

What is your favorite Jelly Belly bean flavor? I dig Dark Chocolate.

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