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Have you ever known someone for a while, and later discovered one of their secret talents? Like, learning that a coworker sews amazing mens’ suits at night, or finding out that your retired neighbor happens to be a pool shark and travels to Vegas to compete. I love when this kind of stuff unfolds.

Last week at the Sweets & Snacks EXPO in Chicago, I came across a “Candy Never Goes Out of Style” exhibit. It was a display of couture dresses, jewelry, high-heeled pumps, and a Louis XVI chair all made out of candy wrappers and individual pieces of candy.

Exhibit A:


Turns out the dresses and accessories were created by Terese McDonald, owner of Candyality candy shops in Chicago, along with several of her staff members, siblings, and sister-in-law. The Louis XVI “sweet seat” was made by Beth Kimmerle, candy historian and author. Both Terese and Beth are friends of Candy.com, and neither came clean with their hidden talents until last week.

Terese says the “Skittles Riddles” dress (above) took her employee, Ashley Reinsmith, about 15 hours to make. (Skittles Riddles got lots of buzz at the Sweets & Snacks EXPO, winning the NCA’s Most Innovative New Product Award in the non-chocolate category.)

The matching Skittles Riddles high heels scream “Katy Perry!” …


Exhibit B:

According to Terese, the Jelly Belly Wedding Dress took the most amount of time to design and bring to life … about 50 hours. (That may have topped the time it took Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen to create Kate Middleton’s wedding dress!) The bodice and boning accents were made with Vanilla Jelly Belly jelly beans.

Terese says two of her team members worked diligently on the Jelly Belly dress in the middle of her new Water Tower Chicago store location, while customers watched the progress.


Exhibit C:

The vibrant Wm. Wrigley Jr. 5 Gum Dress was made by Terese’s sister-in-law. Terese comes from a family of seven children and says all of her siblings and her sister-in-law have creative and artistic backgrounds. The talent pool runs deep! Terese says she and two of her sisters caught the fashion design bug two years ago when they collaborated on their first candy wrapper dress.

“We constantly study all of the current fashion trends and fashionable people, and make an inspiration board to get us going. Each dress is different as it expresses the vision of the artist,” says Terese.


Exhibit D:

Inspiration by J.Lo? This M&M’s Dress features a boho chic hat and rows and rows of wrappers cut like petals.


Exhibit E:


The summery tangerine dress made with Goetze’s Classic Vanilla Cow Tale wrappers took Terese and her crew about 36 hours to craft. The neckline features unwrapped Goetze’s Caramel Creams. (Yum!)

When asked about what happens with all the candy that gets unwrapped, Terese says, “Most companies donate the wrappers for our dresses, but from time to time, we do end up with vats of unwrapped candy. We recycle that candy because we do so many art projects in our stores. We don’t like to throw anything away.”


Exhibit F:

Beth Kimmerle’s antique Louis XVI chair was covered in retro candies like Tootsie Rolls, red licorice wheels, candy dots, Necco Wafers, and Pez. It was, by far, the sweetest seat in the house.

To learn more about the dresses and accessories that debuted on the Sweets & Snacks Expo runway, as well as Candyality’s upcoming candy fashion events, click here.

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Update: Contest winner announced! Congrats to Donna Anderson, who won the $25 Candy.com gift certificate with her Valentine candy heart phrase: RAWR! Thanks to all who participated. Candy.com fans are sweethearts!


We got an avalanche of responses to the contest question: “What Sweet Saying Would You Place on a Valentine Candy Heart?”

After a careful and top-secret review process, a Top 25 list has emerged.

From the 25 Valentine phrases below, tell us your favorite after this post or on Facebook. The phrase with the most nods wins the $25 Candy.com gift certificate. Here goes …

YOU SWEETEN ME
MEOW
LUV U MORE
SMOOCH
KISS MY …
SUGAR RUSH
SHORE THING
SUGAR LIPS
LUCKY CHARM
LUV U MORE
CUDDLE BUG
URS 4-EVA
LIKE
MY 1 & ONLY
KNOCKED UP
EAT YOUR ? OUT
SNUGGLE BUNNY
KISS MY …
LOVE SICK
SWEET BUNS
SQUISHY HUG
SUGAR BOOGER
RAWR!
U + ME = ?
GLEEK

I’ll post the winner tomorrow.

P.S.  There were quite a few entries that ran a bit long for a tiny candy heart, but these three deserve an honorable mention …

I’D CATCH A GRENADE FOR YA
I TASTE BETTER THAN THESE ANTACIDS
LIKE COOKIES AND MILK, WE BELONG TOGETHER

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Last year, the New England Confectionery Company (manufacturers of Sweethearts) discarded its previous candy heart phrases and asked the American public to submit fresh new ones.

The 2010 Sweethearts featured the winners.

In 2011 (yesterday), I picked up two boxes of NECCO Sweethearts to see what Americans came up with.

I’m a little disappointed.

In my two boxes, the most original phrases were:

JUMP 4 ME
FRIEND ME
FAB
BABY DOLL
DRAMA QUEEN (good one!)
HEHE
BFF
WILD CHILD (my kids could relate)
FREAK OUT (I could relate)

I think the American public can do better. More specifically, I think the Candy.com fan base can do much better. Prove me right!

Submit your short-and-sweet phrase(s) and you’ll automatically be entered to win a $25 Candy.com gift certificate. Early next week, I’ll post the top 10 phrases and let Candy.com fans vote for the favorite.

I’ll start and stir the pot with TOMMY BOY.

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There’s something about the Christmas stocking that is magical.

When I was growing up, my brother and I would climb down the stairs on Christmas morning and see our stockings filled with sweet little surprises. My mom’s hand-knit red and green wool stockings were always stocked with colorful foiled chocolates, a candy cane, a handful of small, heartfelt gifts … and a toothbrush.

To this day, my favorite gifts to buy for my own family are stocking stuffers. I love finding  small, simple treasures with no expectations attached. The mini Peanut’s Woodstock character plush toy that my son found in his stocking a few years ago has received more love than any of the bigger gifts he’s found under the tree. The full-size Nestle Crunch bars that peek out the top of our stockings every year always get squeals of delight. (Like my mom, I have been known to throw in a toothbrush. Apples don’t fall far from the tree.)

Take a peek at Candy.com‘s new and enormous selection of sweet stocking stuffers. Here are a dozen that caught my eye (click on each image for detailed product information):

Edible Snow

Nutcracker Jelly Pops

Sweet Treat Christmas Buddies

Walkers Festive Shortbread Cookies

Snowman Giftable With Chocolate-Covered Caramels

Jujyfruits Holiday Theater Box

Wonka Nerds Fun Book

Candyland Mints

Chocolate Santa With Presents

Snowman Peeps

Necco Wafers Mini Tin

Lindt Dark Chocolate Reindeers

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