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8 Apr

Name That Candy Brand Contest 0

4/11/11  Contest UpdateThe winner of the “Name That Candy Brand” contest is Elizabeth Weiss! Elizabeth will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to Candy.com, which will get her a nice supply of Snickers, Baby Ruth, Junior Mints, Dots, or Hershey bars. (The “c” in Snickers was the one letter that threw off a few players. If I run this type of contest again, I’m going for super obscure candy brands. Be prepared for a turbo challenge!)

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I love Fridays. I love Fridays that involve a wacky candy contest even more. The wacky contest I have up my sleeve today involves some Candy.com surfing.

Take a look at the word “Candy” below. (Excuse my lackluster Photoshop job.)


Each letter is taken from a different candy brand’s logo. For instance, the “C” could be from Charleston Chew (hint: it’s not).

Match each letter with its correct candy brand and you’ll automatically be entered to win a $25 Candy.com gift certificate to jump-start your Easter candy shopping.

I’ll announce the winner on Monday after you’ve had a chance to browse candy logos and packaging on Candy.com over the weekend.  We just added lots of new spring candies, including the World’s Largest Gummy Bunny and gorgeous lollipops, so feel free to shop, too!

Please enter your guesses in a list and submit your list after this post or on Candy.com’s Facebook fan page or Twitter. For example:

C = Charleston Chew (again, NOT!)
a = Mike and Ike (not!)
n = Good & Plenty (not!)
d = Red Vines (not!)
y = Milky Way (not, although that would have made for a good “y”)

All five letters come from pretty popular candies, so hopefully this exercise won’t be too taxing for a Friday. Have a great weekend and thanks for playing!

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11 Mar

Sweet Flavor Trends 2011 0

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Contest Update: The winner of the $25 Candy.com gift certificate is Michele Clark Powell! Michele answered the question posted below, “What NEW jelly bean flavor would you like to see made?” with “Potato Chip.” Congrats Michele and thanks to all who participated!
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Flavor trends in the sweets arena are fascinating and fickle. Last year at the Sweets & Snacks show in Chicago, honey, bacon, and coconut had the press talking and manufacturers making. Coconut is apparently still hot as Mars will be launching its Limited Edition Coconut Twix next month right before Easter madness. Not sure of bacon’s confectionery future.

(As a side note, check out LAWeekly’s Top 10 Kit Kat Flavors You’ve Probably Never Tried. No sign of honey, bacon, or coconut in these Kit Kats.)

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, one of the big flavor development houses, released its Top 10 Sweet Flavors in 2011, which does include a variation of coconut. Bell says its sweet list is based on its customer requests over a 12-month period, trend scouting, and outside research resources like Mintel.

1. Chocolate Soufflé
2. Honey Vanilla
3. Red Velvet
4. Caramel Macchiato (I’m surprised about this one. It seems so Starbucks 1999.)
5. Yumberry (Had to look this one up. It’s a real fruit grown mainly in China. It’s pretty, but apparently pretty tart.)
6. Coconut Crème
7. Sweet Potato
8. Ginger Peach
9. Mint Citrus
10. French Toast

I don’t know if I’d eat a Sweet Potato gummy bear, French Toast Tic Tac, or a Yumberry jelly bean, but I might have said that of pomegranate six years ago.

Yumberries

With all this flavor talk, I’ve got a good Friday contest idea. Answer the following question after this post or on Facebook or Twitter and you’ll automatically be entered to win $25 Candy.com gift certificate. Here goes:

What NEW jelly bean flavor would you like to see made?

I personally would like to see Brown Sugar, Banana Fudge, or Nutella. Go wild with your imagination! If you need  inspiration, take a peek at Jelly Belly’s official 50 flavors.

I’ll announce the random winner on Monday after a nice, long short daylight-savings weekend. Have a good one!

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… one of the following 10 brands, which I’ll confirm next week. (My apologies for the additional suspense, but I have to play a little stall ball to accommodate the manufacturer’s launch date. I’ll give you some good clues along the way, though.)

1. Wacky Wafers

2. Marathon Bar

3. Black Cow

4. PB Max

5. Reggie Bar

6. Crispy M&M’s

7. Garbage Pail Kids

8. Bonkers

9. Sugar Mama

10. Yoohoo Chocolate Bar

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In just a few short weeks, a classic American candy is coming out of retirement. During its initial launch period, it will only be available at Candy.com. Woot!

Guess which candy is making this huge comeback and you’ll automatically be entered to win a case of it! (Enter your guess after this post or on our Facebook fan page.)

Next week, I’ll announce the winner … and the much-loved brand coming out of retirement. Expect to be wowed!

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