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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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Several months years ago when I was a freshman in college, I had a roommate who loved to eat stale yellow Peeps (only yellow and stale to the point of crumbly).

A few weeks ago, I found out that a family friend likes M&M’s after they’ve been microwaved for 30 seconds. My husband, on the other hand, freezes Snickers for super crunchy cold snacking.

Last night, my neighbor confessed that she adores Starburst fruit chews, but has an aversion to the red ones, which are my all-time favorite.

That said, I have a theory that most every candy lover has a “candy quirk” (i.e., you only like the edges of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup; you eat the sides of a Milky Way bar first; you only eat the blue M&M’s in the candy dish, etc.).

Prove my theory true by sharing your peculiar candy consumption habit (keep it G-rated or it will be tossed).

Everyone who leaves a comment after this post will be entered to win a $25 shopping spree at Candy.com.

See, it finally pays to love candy and have a quirk (or two).

Peeps photo credit: Tboard/Flickr

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We had an overwhelming response to last Friday’s blog post: “Share your LEAST favorite Halloween candy.”

More than 280 Candy.com fans voiced their choice at Blog.Candy.com and Facebook/CandyDotCom. (See below to find out who won the $25 Candy.com Gift Card.)

The results of this poll were interesting. I would have bet on Peanut Butter Kisses (the taffy wrapped in orange and black waxed paper) taking first, but it was Candy Corn that won by a long shot with 83 votes. Black licorice (26 votes) came in second with Peanut Butter Kisses (25 votes) right on its heels. Here’s how it all went down:

Top 10 LEAST Favorite Halloween Candies

1. Candy Corn

2. Black Licorice

3. Peanut Butter Kisses

4. Mary Janes

5. Hard Candy (strawberry and butterscotch flavors got most thumbs down)

6. Smarties

7. Suckers

8. Good & Plenty

9. SweeTARTS

10. Tie: Wax Lips, Almond Joy, Tootsie Rolls, Bottle Caps, Popcorn Balls (seriously, who wants a Popcorn Ball?)

Congratulations to Ammie Bock, the $25 Candy.com Gift Card winner who does not want a single Almond Joy on Oct. 31. Happy Halloween candy shopping Amy!

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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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