Archive for the ‘Valentine’s Day’ Category

It was Valentine’s candy craft day at my house this morning, which led to a sampling of Milk Duds, BB Bats, Bit-O-Honey, Reese’s Pieces, Good & Plenty, and Goobers all before 10 a.m. Sure beats a bowl of Cheerios.

My kids and I started with a brainstorming session and came up with a handful of candy-related sweet sayings, including …

- I’m about to tell you a Whopper. I love you!
- I am such a Goober when I’m around you.
- You’re one Hot Tamale in my book.
- Valentine, let’s Take 5 in New York [Peppermint Patty] City!
- Luv U to [Reese's] Pieces.
- I always have a Good & Plenty time with you.
- Kiss my Whatchamacallit! (All credit goes to neighbor Jenny for this one)

From there, we cut out red hearts from poster board and applied our “sweet nothings” and candy to paper. Snap!

Here are three that my kids made with a teeny-tiny bit of motherly input (see heart #3) …

If you're not into playing "hard to get," this is the Valentine for you.

This box of Milk Duds is empty because we had no self control while candy crafting.

"My kids" made this on behalf of my husband. Wink.

Hope our humble hearts inspire you to create homemade candy greetings for your own sweeties!

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Update: Contest winner announced! Congrats to Donna Anderson, who won the $25 Candy.com gift certificate with her Valentine candy heart phrase: RAWR! Thanks to all who participated. Candy.com fans are sweethearts!


We got an avalanche of responses to the contest question: “What Sweet Saying Would You Place on a Valentine Candy Heart?”

After a careful and top-secret review process, a Top 25 list has emerged.

From the 25 Valentine phrases below, tell us your favorite after this post or on Facebook. The phrase with the most nods wins the $25 Candy.com gift certificate. Here goes …

YOU SWEETEN ME
MEOW
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
RAWR!
U + ME = ?
GLEEK

I’ll post the winner tomorrow.

P.S.  There were quite a few entries that ran a bit long for a tiny candy heart, but these three deserve an honorable mention …

I’D CATCH A GRENADE FOR YA
I TASTE BETTER THAN THESE ANTACIDS
LIKE COOKIES AND MILK, WE BELONG TOGETHER

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Last year, the New England Confectionery Company (manufacturers of Sweethearts) discarded its previous candy heart phrases and asked the American public to submit fresh new ones.

The 2010 Sweethearts featured the winners.

In 2011 (yesterday), I picked up two boxes of NECCO Sweethearts to see what Americans came up with.

I’m a little disappointed.

In my two boxes, the most original phrases were:

JUMP 4 ME
FRIEND ME
FAB
BABY DOLL
DRAMA QUEEN (good one!)
HEHE
BFF
WILD CHILD (my kids could relate)
FREAK OUT (I could relate)

I think the American public can do better. More specifically, I think the Candy.com fan base can do much better. Prove me right!

Submit your short-and-sweet phrase(s) and you’ll automatically be entered to win a $25 Candy.com gift certificate. Early next week, I’ll post the top 10 phrases and let Candy.com fans vote for the favorite.

I’ll start and stir the pot with TOMMY BOY.

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