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Quick! Answer this question: What short-and-sweet phrase would you love to see on a Valentine candy heart?

Submit your short-and-sweet phrase/saying after this post or on our Facebook page and you’ll automatically be entered to win a $25 Candy.com gift certificate.

Early next week, I’ll post the top 25 phrases and let Candy.com fans vote for the favorite.

Last year around this time, we asked Candy.com fans this very same question.

We got a slew of entries.

From the following top 25 submissions in 2011, Candy.com fans voted “Rawr!” as the winner:

YOU SWEETEN ME
MEOW
RAWR! - winner (“Rawr!” means “love” in dinosaur-speak)
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
U + ME = ☺
GLEEK

Help us make this year’s Valentine’s Candy Heart contest even sweeter. Submit your creative short-and-sweet phrases asap! Good luck … and Happy Friday!

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Back in August 2009, Candy.com crowned 8-year-old Miles Louison “Candy Kid” for his work launching a “candy sushi” company. As part of the Candy Kid award, Miles won $500 worth of candy from Candy.com to help catapult his business.

Fast forward to Dec. 2011, and the young rising star is still at the helm of his candy sushi business, which is now officially titled, Sushimee. He also just came in first place at the entrepreneurial contest Startup Weekend Denver. Miles is youngest person in the history of this contest to enter it, and, hands down, the youngest to win it.

The afternoon that I caught up with Miles and his mom Lynnea Louison, Miles was fresh from school … and his second live television interview with 9News in Denver to talk about his win and where his Sushimee empire is headed.

“I had pools of sweat in my hands during the interview,” Miles told me when I asked him about his 9News appearance.

Watching the segment, you’d never know it. Miles is not camera-shy, which came in handy for pitching his candy sushi product in front of judges at the Startup Weekend Denver competition.

Miles’ candy sushi product line is made with Rice Krispie treats (the “rice”), fruit leathers, and vibrant candies like Swedish Fish, Twizzlers, and gummy worms. The candies come packaged in a sushi-esque box containing six pieces, dipping sauce (melted chocolate), wasabi (green icing), and pickled ginger (dried mango slices).

At Miles’ new Web site, Sushimee.com, each piece of candy sushi has a story. Lynnea says that as soon as the site went live, 71 orders came flooding in. “We had to shut down the e-commerce component,” she explains. “We are hoping to have it live again by early December.”

So what’s next for the now 10-year-old Candy Kid? Miles and his mom are working with a local commissary kitchen to grow the business and, according to Miles, Sushimee already has a handful of commercial accounts lined up.

Miles is also working closely with his mentor Linda Enstrom of Denver-based Enstrom Candy.

At the rate Miles is going, I think he’ll have a business book deal or spot on “The Apprentice” by 7th grade. Way to go Candy Kid!

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Do you know a child who is doing great things in the confectionery or culinary world? Let us know! We’re on the lookout for special kids who deserve to be recognized as a Candy Kid.  To nominate someone, send a short video (three minutes or less), or send an e-mail telling us about the great things your Candy Kid is up to. Send all nominations to sue@candy.com.

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Build your best Gingerbread House ever … and don’t be shy with the candy decorations! Candy.com and MyCandyCrafts.com are sponsoring a 2011 Gingerbread House Competition …

The competition is open to bakers of all ages and skill levels, and the winning baker/builder will receive a $75 Gift Certificate to Candy.com or MyCandyCrafts.com. Winner’s choice!

To enter, just go to https://www.candy.com/Gingerbread-House-2011-Contest_ep_94-1.html and follow instructions to submit your original photographs of your gingerbread house, along with a brief (300 words or less) description of your project. There is no limit to the number of entries per person, but each entry must be a different gingerbread house. (Gingerbread “houses” can also be other structures such as a windmill, boat, candy shop, etc.)

The deadline to receive photos and project descriptions is December 15, 2011, so fire up your rolling pin and get cracking!

Winners will be announced on Dec. 20, 2011, and will be unveiled in a blog post, right here, so keep your eyes peeled. Thank you in advance to all who participate! We’re looking forward to seeing and sharing your great work!

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It’s contest time at Candy.com! We’ve got a fun one, too.

Here’s the scoop: Find our Lil’ Red Lollipop Girl somewhere on the Candy.com site. I’ve hidden her pretty well, so it’ll be interesting to see how fast it takes someone to find her. The first person to find Lil’ Red wins a $25 Candy.com Gift Certificate. (Post her whereabouts after this post or on Facebook or Twitter.)

I’ll throw out some clues if Lil’ Red is still MIA tomorrow morning.

Happy hunting and find our girl!

P.S. While you’re hunting, take 10% off your entire Candy.com order until 11:59 p.m. est. tonight! Use webcode gift10

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