Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

February 14th, 2017 by Mary Lynn Davidek Alpino

 

Remembering Valentine’s Day and Chocolate

Remembering Valentine's Day and Chocolates

Remembering Valentine’s Day and Chocolates

More than 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold on Valentine’s Day. In 2012 half of Americans gifted chocolate or candy to their sweethearts, at an average cost of $21.47, or a total of $1.6 billion.

According to the National Confectioners Association, Americans spent over $700 million on chocolate in 2012. The National Confectioners Association says Valentine’s Day is the single largest sales day for boxed chocolate in the year and 75 percent of candy sold for Valentine’s Day is chocolate.

“Life is like a box of chocolates,” Forest Gump once said, and if you want to make a lasting impression on Valentine’s Day nothing says it like delicious chocolates packaged in a beautiful red box — even when you’re in the third grade.

The Original NECCO Conversation Hearts

The Original NECCO Conversation Hearts

Valentine’s Day. I remember finding Sweetheart candy boxes with sayings like, XOXO, Sweet Stuff, Kiss Me, Hello, True Love and Call Me in my school Valentine box, along with white envelopes full of valentines.

But even sweeter memories fill my mind every time I see a red heart shaped box of chocolates. That box always takes me back to a very special Valentine’s Day party in the third grade.

First, I’d hop in the front seat of our Chevrolet Impala with my dad and drive to G.C Murphy’s to pick out my box of valentines. You remember the ones with the little white envelopes inside, and one special big one for your teacher.

Then I’d rush into my house and go down the list of the kids in my class and pick out which ones I would send to whom. Cindy, my best friend got the “Best friends 4 ever. I picked out funny ones for Janie, Debby, Mary Beth and Carolyn. “Bee mine,” with a bumble bee on it, “I’m nuts for you” with a squirrel on the front, and “Owl be your friend forever.”

But then I had to pick out one for the boy I liked. I wasn’t sure if he even liked me. You know how it is in grade school. Your friends would try to find out for you. Haha! The one I picked couldn’t be anything too mushy like “You send me to the moon, Valentine!” Or “I really’dig’ you”! Gosh no! Way too mushy. Or being the chicken I was, I could always send the mushy one and not sign my name . . .  Hmmmm. I decide to send the one that says I  ♥  you!

Then I yell across the room and ask my mom for an old shoe box to decorate. I rummage under my bed hunting for an old Keds box, while she scours the bottom of her bedroom closet. She carefully searches through her beautiful high heeled shoes nestled in cardboard boxes. I pray she finds an empty one. As she opens each one, I love peeking at her green suede, red patent leather, and navy blue pointed toe ones wrapped in matching tissue paper.

Finally she finds an empty one and I scramble to the dining room table. I gather my silver scissors, role of red wrapping paper, white paper heart dollies, Elmer’s glue and Scotch tape. I work for more than an hour on my masterpiece. Lastly, I cut a long slit in the lid and print my name on a big construction paper heart. Perfect! I can hardly wait to bring it to school and set it on my desk.

Valentine's Day Chocolates

A box of Valentine’s Day chocolates…

Valentine’s Day arrives and it’s finally time for our afternoon party. Room mothers hand out cherry Kool-Aid and homemade heart shaped sugar cookies with pink, white and red icing as we excitedly pass out our valentines. Then we start to open them. One from Karen and Julie and Cindy and to my utter surprise I open 10 valentines from another boy that must like me. And a heart necklace. And a beautiful small heart shaped box of chocolates.

Oh my! These aren’t from what’s his name.

Needless to say, unrequited love at that age is tough to take. But not those delicious milk chocolate candies nestled in that beautiful shiny red valentine box! Forrest Gump was right; you never know what you’re going to get but mmm mmm mmm!!

It was almost enough of a chocolate fix to make me forget old what’s his name . . . !  XOXO.

Skinnygirl Chocolates: A 100 Calorie Guiltless Indulgence

January 30th, 2017 by Laurnie Wilson

When it comes to sweet treats, many people find themselves in a conundrum. While there are countless delicious options to choose from, they’re not always the most figure-friendly. So what’s a person to do?

In the past, your choices have been limited. You can either go with the candy that tastes good for you, but may not be good for you, or you can go with the candy that tastes just okay, but is probably better on your body.

Not a great place to be, right?

Well, we’re happy to say that those very limited days of candy choices are behind you. Now, thanks to the whole line of Skinnygirl products, you can actually enjoy your snack time, without worrying about the potentially unpronounceable ingredients or unhealthy quantities of sugar you’ve just consumed.

The Skinnygirl candies offer you a little something different for your sweet tooth. All of the candies are packed in 100-calorie bags, so you know just how much you’re eating, without any guesswork.

We have options like Belgian Milk Chocolate Truffles with Sea Salt Toffee, Belgian Dark Chocolate Bars with Pistachio Caramel, Belgian Milk Chocolate Bars with Almond Nougat and Belgian Dark Chocolate Truffles with Almonds.

The ingredients are all clear and easy to understand–like organic coconut milk and Belgian chocolate–so you never have to worry or wonder about what’s inside. And frankly, we doubt you’ll realize that they’re only 100 calories! These sweets taste just as good (if not better) than anything else you’ve eaten lately.

Add to that the fact there are no preservatives or trans fats in sight, and we think all of your candy lovers will be very happy campers.

So, if you’re looking for something a little different to add to your candy routine, then look no further! We’re excited to offer this new, delicious line to you. And, after one taste, we think you might be Skinnygirl converts, too.

Introducing Limited Edition Haribo Gold Gummi Bears

January 27th, 2017 by Laurnie Wilson

Get Them Before They’re Gone!

When you’re in the mood for a gummi bear, you have plenty of options to choose from. But, in order to really satisfy your sweet tooth, you don’t want to settle for any sub par treats, do you?

You deserve only the highest quality, first-rate gummies. You deserve candies that have been pleasing sweet tooth cravings for almost a century! You deserve Haribo.

If we’re on the same page with this Haribo appreciation, then there’s a chance you’re always on the lookout for the latest and greatest invention from one of the greatest candy companies of all time.

And if that’s the case, then you’ve come to the right place! Because we adore Haribo just as much as you, we’ve got your gummi needs covered with our new Haribo Gold Limited Edition Gummi Bears.

Apple, Cherry and Watermelon, Oh My!

A time-sensitive treat, our Haribo Gold Limited Edition Gummi Bears are exactly what you need to shake up your gummi routine. These bears have been released in three flavors—Apple, Cherry, and Watermelon—so whether you prefer something more traditional or something a little more out of the box, there’s sure to be a flavor you love.

While supplies last, you can order one flavor, or have all three in our Haribo Limited Edition Gold Gummi Bears Combo Box. This is a great idea for those of you who know you’d never be able to choose just one!

No matter which option you order, all are packed in 4 oz. bags, and in the combo box, are separated by flavor. We think these are going to be perfect for your next company or school event! And since they’re Haribo, you know they’re going to be a big success.

But remember, these are only available for a limited time. So once they’re gone, they’re gone! You may want to choose carefully and stock up. Although, after you’ve tasted these flavors, we don’t think we’ll have to tell you twice!

It’s Time to Sip Some Candy Flavored Coffee and Hot Chocolate

January 13th, 2017 by Laurnie Wilson

Heads Up, Candy Lovers! Candy Flavored Coffee and Hot Chocolate Is Coming To You

sugar babies hot chocolateWhen you think of CandyFavorites, we’re willing to bet that you probably think of us as straight up candy people. And, it makes sense. After all, we were founded on the principle of great, accessible candy. However, nothing maintains greatness like innovation. So, it should come as no surprise that, in this new year, we’ve got a few new tricks up our sleeves.

One such development involves candy flavored coffee and hot chocolate! You read that correctly. We’re excited to announce that we now carry a variety of candy flavored coffee and hot chocolate from 2 Rivers.

The flavors come in pods that have 12 to an order and are ready to go in your instant beverage machine, so you’re never far away from some great tasting drinks. But what exactly will you be getting yourself into?

andes creme de menthe coffeeSatisfy Your Endless Sweet Tooth Cravings

Well, if you’re a coffee lover, then Ande’s Crème de Menthe may be calling your name. Think: all the chocolate-minty goodness of Ande’s combined with the invigorating taste of coffee.

Or, if you’d rather something a little fruitier, Cella Chocolate Cherry Coffee might be right up your alley. After all, what could be better than chocolate covered cherries, in liquid form?

junior mints hot cocoaOh, but don’t worry hot chocolate fans. We didn’t forget about you! To get your own minty goodness, we’d recommend the Junior Mints Hot Chocolate. It’s the perfect combination of soothing and bright. And if you’re in the mood for something a little bit richer, then the Tootsie Rolls Hot Chocolate may be the one for you. Think chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.

But this is just the beginning! We have a vast and tasty selection of candy flavored coffee and hot chocolate. So, you’ll want to take a look around. Who knows? Your favorite candy may now become your favorite cup of Jo.