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Described as “the true blue Willy Wonka,” “eccentric,” an “oddball,” and a “savant,” David Klein, I recently found out, is all of these things, and more.

David Klein is the inventor of Jelly Belly jelly beans, and he’s got quite a story. Last week, I talked with David about his new documentary, Candyman: The David Klein Story, produced by his son and daughter-in-law. I’d been hoping to see this film, which chronicles David’s Jelly Belly journey, so I felt like I won a first prize when he offered to send me a copy.

So far, I’ve watched this feature-length film twice. It’s quirky and a little addicting. Ellia Kassoff, the owner of Astro Pops, LLC, says he’s watched it four times.

I am drawn to this film because David is a walking candy Wikipedia. If I were writing a historical piece on the industry, he’d be the first guy I’d call. Ask David a question about a candy brand and he’ll tell you when it was invented, the company that manufactured it, when the brand changed hands, and the people behind it all.

I am also drawn to this film because of David’s character. He is wacky (he writes all of his notes on paper plates) and would probably drive you nuts if he were your dad, but he’s got a heart of gold and an entrepreneurial spirit that trumps The Donald’s.

I’m no film critic, so I won’t go into details about the film (see the Candy Professor’s review), but I will share a few good takeaways I got from my call with the Candyman:

- From the beginning, David sold jelly beans as individual flavors. “If I only sold an assorted box, I’d only have one spot in the store. By forcing retailers to buy single flavors, I got much more shelf space.”

- David got the idea for intensely and realistically flavored jelly beans while watching “Happy Days.” He got the idea for the brand name, “Jelly Belly” while watching “Sanford and Son.”

- David’s all-time favorite candy is not jelly beans. It’s actually Junior Mints (and Queen Anne’s Caramellos, but they are extinct).

- David wishes the manufacturer of Junior Mints (Tootsie Roll Industries), would come out with a Junior Mint peppermint patty.

- David is working on a new line of jelly beans that he says will “revolutionize the jelly bean business.” If all goes to plan, the new beans will roll out before Easter 2011.

- The outlandish rhinestone cowboy outfit that David wore on “The Mike Douglas Show” set him back $4,760.

Candyman: The David Klein Story is now playing on The Documentary Channel, which is primarily available through satellite television services DISH Network (Channel 197) and DIRECTV (Channel 267).

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There has been quite a bit of talk on Twitter and the food blogs this week over the classic combination of peppermint and chocolate.

Slashfood came out with a slide show of The Best Peppermint Treats. (Spoiler alert: Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Squares, Dove Peppermint Bark Promises, and Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses made the cut.)

Cybele May of CandyBlog.net just gave Russell Stover’s Peppermint Bark Snowman a favorable review.

Today on MarthaStewart.com, editor Amy Conway, posts a super-simple Candy Cane Ice Cream Sandwich made with crushed candy canes and chocolate wafers.

This all makes me wonder …

What’s your favorite Peppermint-Chocolate Treat?

Is it …

- Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Squares

- Dove Peppermint Promises

- Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses

- York Peppermint Patties

- Andes Mints (did you know Andes Mints are now available as baking chips? I just spied them at Target!)

- Junior Mints (must see heart-shaped Junior Mints!)

- Williams-Sonoma’s Peppermint Bark

- Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s

… or something else?

Name your peppermint-chocolate poison after this post or on Facebook. Mine? Dove’s Peppermint Bark Promises. One bite, tons of choco-pepperminty bark.

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I’m a bit late on this announcement (winner will still receive a 5% discount), but the winner of the “What would you do with a $25 Candy.com Gift Certificate” contest is Marie Jarriel Byd. Congratulations Marie!

On Facebook, Marie posted, “If I won a $25 Candy.com gift certificate I’d buy a box of Sugar Free Colbalt Gum for my three daughters. They’re always running out of gum. With the remainder I’d buy myself a Box of Salt Water Taffy. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!”

So sweet!

Marie, hope your girls enjoy Wrigley’s 5 gum, you get a big box of salt water taffy, and that your family also has a wonderful holiday season.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this contest and all of your comments. Candy.com fans are pretty amazing, thoughtful people.

Watch for another contest soon!

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It’s Candy.com contest time again and we’ve got an easy one to win!

Simply browse Candy.com and tell us which candy item(s) you would buy if you won a $25 Candy.com gift certificate. (Submit your comments after this post or on Facebook or Twitter.)

Everyone who gives us their two cents automatically gets entered to win a $25 Candy.com gift certificate.

I’ll post the winner tomorrow night, so start browsing Candy.com!
(Note to impending winner: Stretch your $25 by entering coupon code “golarge5” and get a 5% discount off entire order until midnight Dec. 10.)

Tip: If I were entering this contest (I would if I could), I’d opt for the 3.5 lbs. of Swedish Fish and 340-piece tub of Dubble Bubble … and use the “golarge5″ coupon code.

Then, I’d wrap up both, give them to my kids on Christmas morning, and badger them until they shared with their mother.

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