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This morning I got word that Mars, Incorporated, the makers of M&M’s candies, inked a deal with the fashion jewelry manufacturer Monet International, Inc. to design and produce M&M’s character rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and other keepsakes. For M&M’s fans, here’s a sneak peek at what will be in Macy’s department stores starting late this September and on Monet.com starting on October 15, 2010. So cute!

The price points on the jewelry range from $15 to $45. A higher-end sterling silver line will also be available and that will start at $35 per piece. According to the Mars Retail Group, other retailers will be able to purchase the M&M’s jewelry wholesale beginning New Year’s Day 2011.

My first thought when I saw these necklaces was what great gifts or party favors to build an M&M’s theme around. For clever ideas on how to incorporate M&M’s in cakes, cupcakes, cookies, snack mixes, etc., check out BrightIdeas.com. Here are a few cakes/cupcakes I earmarked from the site. (Click on each photo for instructions on how to make them.)


Have you ever created a theme party around a candy? If so, please share!

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At the National Confectioners Association’s Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago this past May, I stumbled on a confection that seriously did stop me in my tracks. It’s the Melville Candy Company’s lollipops with sour strips.

These rectangular beauties look like stained glass windows and they’re made from scratch in Massachusetts. (I’m not sure which is more earth-shattering: that something is made in the USA or that these lollipops look like chards of stained glass.)

I ended up eating a small stained glass window every night on my train ride home from the convention. I can attest that these lollipops not only look good, but taste good, too. The cherry flavor is my favorite.

I’m an adult, though, and not the best judge, so I corralled my kids and some of their friends who happened to be in our driveway for a taste test. All but one little redhead gave these pops a thumbs up. (Little red wasn’t thrilled about the fact that the green lollipop was lime flavored. She was hoping for apple. Happens.)

The kids agreed that one of the coolest things about these pops is the texture. The sandpapery sour strip encased in a smooth lollipop lends itself to an interesting mouth feel. Bottom line, they’re just fun to eat.

Melville's orange Sour Strip Lollipop could easily double as a Halloween party favor by dressing it up with a simple witch’s hat made out of black construction paper. Or poke several dressed-up pops into a domed-shape piece of Styrofoam, place Styrofoam in a bowl, cover with Oreo cookie crumbs, and say hello to a sweet graveyard centerpiece.

The other cool thing about these lollipops is the stick. Each one includes the product’s ingredients, allergen information, and Melville’s phone number. In fact, all Melville Candy Company lollipop sticks include this information. It’s a great safety feature before and after a lollipop is gobbled.

Melville’s Sour Strip Lollipops come in a variety pack with seven flavors: orange, lemon, lime, cherry, raspberry, grape, and watermelon.

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There is a good chance that you need to send a birthday gift to a friend this month or next. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more people in the United States have their birthdays in August than any other month, followed by July and September.

There is also a good chance that you need to send a birthday gift to a friend on October 5, which is the most popular birth date in the United States. (Rumor has it that New Year’s Eve is the conception date for those kids.)

While I’m on a roll, there is also a good chance that you need to send a birthday gift to a friend next Tuesday since Tuesday is the most popular day of the week for Americans to be born.

Ok, enough with the stats. You need gift ideas!

- Check out the More than a Pound Cake Candy Bouquet. It’s Candy.com’s top-selling candy bouquet and it’s 16-plus ounces of cool.

- The Blow Out The Candles Candy Gift Basket has an option to add a personalized wrapper to the Cookies & Crème bar for an extra $1. Cheap and clever!

- Take your friends and family members down memory lane with the Blast From the Past Candy Gift Basket filled with full-size Mr. Goodbar and Zero bars, Sugar Babies, Dots, Bit-O-Honey, Twizzlers, Pixy Stix, candy buttons, and more.

- Make your birthday cards really memorable (and edible) by including a snack-sized bag of Jelly Belly Happy Birthday Jelly Beans or hand out these little bags of beans at your own birthday party.

Now back to mindless birthday stats … I just found out that I am 1,364,552,283 seconds old, I could have boiled 5.05 ounces of water with the number of candles on my 2010 cake, and that I was conceived on a Monday and born on a Monday. TMI? Definitely, but plug in your birth date at PaulSadowski.com/birthday.asp and you’ll get TMI, too.

Planning a birthday party? Create a candy buffet at 10% off! Use Coupon Code buffet 10 at Candy.com. Hurry offer ends August 15.

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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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