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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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Turns out celebrity interior designer Courtney Cachet has a sweet tooth and she’s going to be doing a stress-free holiday decorating segment on NBC’s Open House NYC that includes candy. Love that!

Courtney is also holding a $25 Candy.com giveaway on her Facebook Fan Page today, so tell her why you deserve the Candy.com bucks and you could win!

Speaking of decorating with candy, I spied a $14.95 glass Tilt Bowl and $9.95 glass Lidded Jar from Crate & Barrel (see images below) that would look beautiful filled with Jelly Belly Champagne Bubbles, Fall Kettle Corn Nuggets, Red Jordan Almonds, Christmas Nonpareils, Peppermint Balls, Candy Corn Nougat Fluff, Red Licorice Scotties, or snowy White Gumballs.

So simple, yet contemporary, colorful, consumable, interchangeable … and affordable. Score!

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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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