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Chicago was hopping yesterday. The Cubs, Blackhawks, and Just Born’s Peepster mobile were all in town.


Terese McDonald, the lovely and fun owner of Candyality, gave me a heads up that the Peepster and the Cub’s star pitcher, Ryan Dempster, would both be at her Wrigleyville candy shop. (Click here to track the Peepster’s next stops.)

Candyality shop owner Terese McDonald with her husband, Matt.

What a great day! As if on cue, the Peepster, with its big yellow Peep perched on its roof, pulled up to Candyality right after we parked the Gillerlain Mobile. The Peeps crew immediately started handing out Just Born’s new Peepster chocolates (thumbs up) and hats to a happy crowd.

My not-so-shy son walked up to “Peeps” the mascot, and asked the yellow fellow what he ate for dinner. I was curious to hear the response, but Peeps’ handler kindly told my son that Peeps didn’t make a peep. (If Peeps could talk, I bet he would have said blue Peeps.)

Shortly after, Ryan Dempster arrived in a cab straight from his game against the Pirates and signed mini bins filled with red, white, and blue “Cubbie Gummi Bears.” Sales of the candies benefited the Ryan and Jenny Dempster Family Foundation, which is dedicated to raising awareness and supporting families affected by 22q11.2—a chromosomal disorder that Ryan and his wife Jenny’s daughter Riley was born with. (Riley came to the shop, too, and is adorable.)

After we got a chance to meet Ryan (really nice guy), my not-so-shy son was back at it with the questions. He asked the Cubbie which team gives him the biggest pitching challenge. Without any hesitation, Ryan replied, “the Atlanta Braves.”

That's me on the left with my daughter, son, husband, and the Cubbies' Ryan Dempster in the middle.

With that, we wondered up the street to grab pizza at D’Agostino’s, the local restaurant that just landed the pizza contract at Wrigley Field (love that!), and popped back into the Gillerlain Mobile to head home.

Great day! Thank you Terese, Ryan, and Peeps road crew.

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in Candy, Just Born, Inc., Marshmallow, News, Peeps

About an hour ago, I called Tootsie Roll Industries to get the straight dope on the cute little Indian guy that occasionally appears on Tootsie Roll wrappers.

According to the Tootsie Roll spokesperson, “Chief Shooting Star” wasn’t originally intended to signify good luck. Back in 1931 when Tootsie Roll Pops launched, the chief represented “children at play” and still does today.

No matter. My daughter and her friends collect all of their Chief Shooting Star wrappers and stash them in their jewelry boxes for good luck. The kind woman I spoke with at Tootsie Roll Industries says her own daughter crumples these special wrappers and makes a wish. I like that.

I re-crumpled the wrapper I photographed above and wished for a bouquet of cherry- and chocolate-flavored Tootsie Roll Pops for Valentine’s Day.

I hope my family is reading.

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We had an overwhelming response to last Friday’s blog post: “Share your LEAST favorite Halloween candy.”

More than 280 Candy.com fans voiced their choice at Blog.Candy.com and Facebook/CandyDotCom. (See below to find out who won the $25 Candy.com Gift Card.)

The results of this poll were interesting. I would have bet on Peanut Butter Kisses (the taffy wrapped in orange and black waxed paper) taking first, but it was Candy Corn that won by a long shot with 83 votes. Black licorice (26 votes) came in second with Peanut Butter Kisses (25 votes) right on its heels. Here’s how it all went down:

Top 10 LEAST Favorite Halloween Candies

1. Candy Corn

2. Black Licorice

3. Peanut Butter Kisses

4. Mary Janes

5. Hard Candy (strawberry and butterscotch flavors got most thumbs down)

6. Smarties

7. Suckers

8. Good & Plenty

9. SweeTARTS

10. Tie: Wax Lips, Almond Joy, Tootsie Rolls, Bottle Caps, Popcorn Balls (seriously, who wants a Popcorn Ball?)

Congratulations to Ammie Bock, the $25 Candy.com Gift Card winner who does not want a single Almond Joy on Oct. 31. Happy Halloween candy shopping Amy!

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