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The candy buyers at Candy.com offer up their top picks this season!  Our 2013 favorites really will satisfy everyone on your holiday list. Who can resist something sweet and fun?

 

1. Santa’s Beard – A great Christmas party prop or mask! Our cotton-candy-flavored Santa’s beard lollipop is super-sized (about 5.5 inches wide x 8.5 inches tall with stick) and ideal for Santa costumes, photo booths, Christmas photos, and party favors.

Santa Beard Lollipop

 

2. Nestle Sno CapsWhat a great stocking stuffer! Nestle Sno Caps are a classic chocolate drop candy that have been around for almost 50 years. These crunchy nonpareils bring back good memories, which makes them a top pick.

Nestle Sno Caps

3. Grab Pops – For the kid in everyone, Grab Pops have a lollipop handle and button to make the arms open and close to grab small objects … like your sister’s gifts.

Grab Pops

 

4. All Natural Apple Spiced Candy Canes – These big and beautiful 8-inch-tall Apple Spiced Candy Canes are hand-twisted and look stunning in a vase. The unique burgundy, celadon green, pink, and cream stripes are created with natural ingredients, so you can feel good about gifting them. Each candy cane is also individually wrapped to ensure freshness.

Apple Spiced Candy Canes

5. Candy.com Gift E-Cards – Skip the wrapping paper and postage! Our Gift Cards are electronic, so you can instantly download and e-mail them. Candy.com e-cards come in $5, $10, $15, $25, $50, and $100 denominations, and are way more fun than a pair of mittens.

 Candy.com Gift Cards

 

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If you have ever eaten a chocolate that’s shaped and wrapped in foil to resemble a ladybug, football, sneaker, coin, pansy, turkey, Christmas present, miniature Santa, poker chip, or globe, it’s a good chance it came from the Madelaine Chocolate Company.

Since 1949 when brothers-in-law Henry Kaye and Jack Gold founded the chocolate company in a compact loft in New York City, it has specialized in foil-wrapped chocolates—particularly seasonal items like Easter eggs and miniature Santas.

Earlier this week, I had a chance to chat with Henry Kaye’s granddaughter, Estee Farber, who entered the family business seven years ago and is now the company’s marketing director.

For the record, it took no arm twisting for Estee to come to work in the family chocolate factory, which is now located in Rockaway Beach, NY. “I think I always knew I would like to work in the business,” she says. (Um, hello, Willy Wonka dream come true.)

Now here’s an interesting fact that I really should put in a sidebar, but I’m plunking it right here instead: The Madelaine Chocolate Company is named after Madeleine Carroll, a beautiful British actress who starred in a few Alfred Hitchcock movies. According to Estee, her grandfather had a crush on Miss Carroll back in the day. He and his brother-in-law also thought her first name had a nice ring to it, so they made it the company name with a slightly different spelling, Madelaine vs. Madeleine. (I wonder if the starlet ever knew she had a chocolate company named after her?)

At any rate, The Madelaine Chocolate Company got its start with tiny foiled chocolate eggs made with Peter’s Chocolate. Madelaine’s still uses Peter’s Chocolate, a brand now owned by Cargill, Incorporated.

The beautiful foils used to wrap the chocolates were originally found in Italy and still come from Italy. (Look directly below at photo of Madelaine’s assembly line workers back in the 1950s looking awfully lovingly at bunnies about to get “foiled.”)


According to Estee, the company’s most popular “everyday” items coming off the line today are celebratory chocolate cigars in gold, pink, and blue foils. (My husband, proud as a little peacock, gave these out when our two kids were born.) In the Christmas category, Estee says the foiled miniatures (Santas, presents, balls, and snowmen) are perennial favorites. The minis also happen to be the company’s best-selling items overall.

This Easter, the company is rolling out new Dueggs, which are egg-shaped, double-filled milk chocolate truffles. (One of the Dueggs truffle varieties is half filled with marshmallow, the other half caramel. Double yum!)

Double-filled Duegs Truffle

The Dueggs are a spin-off of Madelaine’s Duets double-filled truffles, which launched in March 2010 and won the NCSA’s best new product award.

Double-filled Duets Truffle

Estee says her family’s chocolate company is also working on expanding its seasonal line of Duets for Holiday 2012 with new flavor combinations and holiday-themed packaging. (Just in case Estee is reading this, I vote for a peppermint-milk truffle flavor combination.)

Below is a snapshot of some really cool items from the Madelaine Chocolate Company’s Holiday 2010 Collection: (Click on each image for more product information. Click here for all Madelaine products available at Candy.com.)

Christmas Tree Tower Keepsake

Penguin Giftable (really cute!)

Santa With Presents Gift Box

Miniature Santas Gift Bag (great hostess gift)

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