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Candy Crush Candy

 

If you have a Candy Crush Saga game addiction, you might just get hooked on four new Candy Crush Candies recently featured on The Today Show, People magazine, and E-Online.

Candy.com has these limited-edition candies, just in time for the holidays! The fun game-inspired candies are shaped like the online game pieces, and are the perfect gift for gamers. Plus, they fit like a glove in a Christmas stocking.

Here’s the scoop on each of the four new Candy Crush Candies:

Candy Crush Color Bombs
A 3-oz. theater box filled with “Color Bombs” chocolate drops sprinkled with crunchy candy pearls. If you’ve played Candy Crush, you know all about the colorful Color Bomb.

Candy Crush Color Bombs Candy

 

Candy Crush Sour Fruit Gummies

A 3.5-oz. theater box filled with an assortment of sour fruit-flavored gummies in the shape of Candy Crush game candies. Flavors include sour blue raspberry, green apple, lemon, cherry, orange, and grape.

Candy Crush Sour Fruit Gummies in the shape of Candy Crush game pieces

 

Candy Crush Soft Fruit Jelly Fish Candies

A 3-oz. theater box filled with an assortment of soft fruit-flavored candies in the shape of Candy Crush game jelly fish candies. Flavors include blue raspberry, lemon, lime, cherry, orange, and grape. You’ll recognize “Tiffi” from the Candy Crush game dressed in a mermaid suit.

Candy Crush game-inspired candies

 

Candy Crush Fruit Gummies

 A 3.5 oz. theater box is filled with an assortment of fruit-flavored gummies in the shape of Candy Crush game candies. Flavors include blue raspberry, green apple, lemon, cherry, orange, and grape.

Candy Crush Mixed Fruit Gummies

The ideas for these candies are endless. Use them as Candy Crush party favors, hand them out at the movies during holiday breaks, wrap a stack of them and put them under the Christmas Tree, or surprise your favorite gamer with a box of Color Bombs “just because.”

Trust us.  You’ll score major points.

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This just in at Candy.com: Exclusive (and totally fun) giant candy masks and photo booth props!

All of the lollipops are made by hand in Weymouth, Mass., at the Melville Candy Company.

Masks

They’re perfect for photo booths at weddings, pirate parties (check out the Pirate Beard below), birthday party favors, costume accessories, Instagram and Facebook posts, and a zillion other things.

Here’s the best part: You can win a set of our 12-piece Candy Photo Booth Props + a Giant Candy Mask (Pirate Beard, Santa’s Beard, Red Lips, Pig Nose, Skull, Mustache, Bow Tie, or Mardi Gras Masquerade Mask) … and appear on Candy.com with the masks!

It’s simple to enter!  Just answer this question after this post or on our Facebook page:

How would you use any of Candy.com’s new Candy Masks/Photo Props?

The people with the most creative answers (keep ‘em clean!) win … and will be invited (arm-twisted!) to send us photos posing with the pops for post on Candy.com and our Facebook page. FUN!

Winners will be notified late next week.

Let your creativity run wild and thanks in advance for participating!

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30 Oct

Candy Hall of Fame 2012 0

NCSA Candy Hall of Fame Head Table

On Oct. 19-21, the National Confectionery Sales Association held its 113th annual Candy Hall of Fame induction weekend in Tampa, Fla. Induction into the Candy Hall of Fame is a huge honor for candy industry professionals, much like induction into a sports-related hall of fame. This year, Candy.com was lucky enough to attend!

Nominated by their peers, Candy Hall of Fame members come from all walks of the candy industry: brokers, sales personnel, manufacturers, retail buyers, wholesalers, industry suppliers, retail confectioners, and others allied to the industry.

It’s pretty spectacular to sit amongst leaders of major candy companies like Jelly Belly, Ghirardelli, Mars, Hershey’s, Atkinson Candy, Necco, Goetze’s, Just Born, Brown & Haley, Ferrara Pan, Ferrero, Haribo, Promotion in Motion, Spangler, Smarties, etc.

The generations of candy history that is shared over the weekend is mind-blowing, as is the genuine collaboration between companies and competitors for the good of the industry.

Candy Hall of Fame 2012

2012 Candy Hall of Fame Inductees

This year, 12 confectionery professional were inducted into the NCSA’s Candy Hall of Fame, including (Standing from left in photo above) Fernando F. Pujals, Fernando C. Pujals & Bros., Inc.; A. Robert Fortunato, Sledd Co.; David G. Onorato, The Hershey Co.; P. Timothy Quinn, Mars Chocolate North America; Paul D. Minger, Walgreen Co.; Philip J. Shankman, Shankman & Assoc., Inc.; Pierson Bob Clair III, Brown & Haley. Seated from left: Anthony M. Rufrano, Maxim Manufacturing & Marketing; James S. Bourne, Hilliard’s Chocolate System; Judith K. Cooley, The Hershey Co.; James M. Finelli, The Promotion In Motion Cos., Inc.; and John H. Pola, Jelly Belly Candy Co.

Also  during this weekend event, top confectionery and snack product introductions in six categories, were honored. Product nominations across six categories came from candy and snack buyers, brokers and suppliers, and were narrowed down to 30 items by a panel of industry experts. Each nominated product offers significant innovation and/or sales potential to the candy and snack categories.

The winners in each of the six categories were:

1. Chocolate: – Air Delight Kisses and Bars, The Hershey Company

2. Licensed/Limited Edition:  Crunch Girl Scouts Line, Nestle USA, Inc.

3. Non-Chocolate:  Jolly Rancher Crunch ‘N Chew, The Hershey Company

4. Snacks: Brownie Brittle, Sheila G Brands, LLC

5. Premium/Gourmet: Dark Roca, Brown & Haley

6. Seasonal:  M&M’s White Chocolate Candy Corn, Mars Chocolate North America

Congratulations to the Class of 2012 and to the new product winners. Special thanks to the NCSA and its executive directors, Steve Forester and Teresa Tarantino, for hosting this special event. We had a ball!

Here are a few shots of the celebration …

NCSA Candy Hall of Fame Reception

The “After Hours” party on Sat. Oct. 20 was sponsored by The Hershey Company. Chocolate was plentiful!


Lunch at Clearwater Beach

Lunch on Clearwater Beach with wonderful candy industry friends (from left) Hans Becher, Ferrara Candy Co., Inc.; Mark Lozano, TNA North America; Jen Harmon; Sheryl Godwin, Godwin Associates; Gloria Becher, Bobbie McMichael; Joe Melville, Candy.com; Wayne Godwin, Godwin Associates; and Eric Atkinson, Atkinson Candy Company.

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Sunflower Candy Cake Pops
Joanne MacLennan, a talented cake pop designer from Nova Scotia and guest blogger at our sister site, MyCandyCrafts.com, agreed to create a special fall-themed DIY cake pop for the Candy.com blog.

We were thrilled because her work is beautiful (see all of Joanne’s work at her blog, Merry Poppins.) Make one of Joanne’s creations and you will be an instant pop star at your next party!

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Sunflowers represent fall in my mind.  The tall stocks and bright yellow petals are stunning.  Ever spend hours as a kid picking out the seeds in the middle?  Bring the sunflower field to your table with these sunflower cake pops that are sure to bring a smile to your guests!

Here’s what you’ll need:

• One Cake mix
• Homemade or store-bought frosting
• Candy melts
• Lollipop sticks
• Nonpareils, sugar pearls, and edible glitter
Egg Nog Candy Corn (with the tips broken off)
• Wax paper
• Flat plate or cookie sheet
• Microwaveable bowls for melting the candy melts
• Spoons
• Small plastic bag with the corner cut out to use as a tip for details, OR a    decorating set with various tips
• Styrofoam block to stand sticks while waiting for cake pops to set
• Bowls to catch falling sprinkles

 

Here’s the how-to:

Before you start dipping your cake pops, break off the first little end of the candy corn.

Egg Nog Candy Corn

For the complete directions on how to make a cake pop up to the dipping stage, please refer to my last post on MyCandyCrafts.com , and complete up to the end of step 8.

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Cake Pops with sticks

Dipping cake pops in chocolate

Once the cake pop is completely covered with melted chocolate, tap off the extra, and tip the cake pop to the side.   Place the first candy corn about ¾ of the way from the bottom of the cake pop, and hold it in place until it stays.  DO NOT let yourself be in a hurry with these guys.

Insert candy corn into cake pop

Place the next candy right beside the first; hold it there a moment, and then repeat until you have gone all the way around.  The candy corn are heavy, so GO SLOW.  They want to slide right off the pop and land your lap.  I promise.

Your chocolate on the cake pop will set before you complete the circle.  Just dip the broken end into the melts and place it on the pop, again holding it for a moment.

Continue inserting candy corn into cake pop

Once you complete the circle of candy corn, place your cake pop in your stand to set and start another one.  Once I finish all the flowers with the candy corn I go back and do all of the flower centers.

Sunflower Candy Cake Pop

For the centers I made several designs.  First, slightly warm the melts in the microwave.  I used a small plastic bag and dropped a few tablespoons of chocolate into the corner.  By snipping just a little bit off the corner of the bag, I have now created a tip that will control the amount of melt that comes out.   I love this part!

On the top of the flower I made rings of chocolate around the inside edge, and then sprinkled them with black non-pareils.  If you are going to make a center with more than one candy, do one section at a time so that the candies do not spread onto a section where you do not want them to be.  Any mistakes you think you made with the chocolate will magically disappear once you sprinkle on the edible glitter or other candies.

Sunflower Cake Pops

Then I warmed my melts again, dropping some into my small bag, and did some swirls and zig zags on the bottoms of the cake pops.  You can practice on wax paper first if you have an idea in mind.

Then when you are done practicing, the melts will set and anyone hanging around can eat your work, or you can re-melt your chocolate and use it again.

Chocolate Swirls for decoration
Voilà!  You have sunflower cake pops!  If you have any questions feel free to contact me, and good luck.  These are eye catching, and people are going to love them!

Sunflower Candy Corn Cake Pops

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