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A Brach’s Easter Candy Taste Test

March 29, 2018 by

As we all know, Easter is a holiday full of religious symbolism, but it is also a holiday full of candy! After Halloween of course, Easter is the second most popular holiday to indulge in all of your favorite sweets– especially ones that you may not have access to year round. So I decided to check out some of Brach’s Easter candies and see how they compare to the better known Peeps and Cadbury Eggs. I got to delve into some White and Pastel Malt Eggs, Chicks and Rabbits, and Hunt Eggs, none of which I had previously tried.

Easter is a time of rebirth. Easter eggs have been used to symbolize this concept since around the 1200s. There are many kinds of egg shaped candies such as Reeses Cups, Butterfingers, and even M&Ms. Why all these candies are made out of chocolate is beyond me, so let’s just talk about the Malt Eggs, shall we?

Brach’s Fiesta Malt Eggs

brach's fiesta malt eggs

First of all, these candies are peculiarly round for a supposedly egg shaped candy. There is a hard outer shell, containing the crispy wafer inside. The outer shell, depending on the color, can range in amount of flavoring and colors. The pink ones especially have a very bold taste, while the white ones are much calmer. Although they don’t taste all that different, if you really take the time to experience the flavor, you too will notice the slight difference. The inside of the candy is home to first a layer of chocolate, then a layer of what can be considered a large Whopper. All three parts of the candy work extremely well together and I can see why they are such a popular candy for the holiday.

Shareability: 9 Denture Danger: 8 Convenience: 4 Novelty: 5 Overall: 7

Brach’s Marshmallow Hunt Eggs

brach's marshmallow hunt eggsThere are more than just chocolate egg shaped candies. There are chewy flavored candies too. Hunt Eggs are an example of some non-chocolate Easter candies. These eggs come in many flavors such as: orange, lemon, lime, raspberry, vanilla, strawberry, and grape. These candies are said to have a sweet outer coating and a marshmallow center, but after experiencing the candy, I’m going to have to disagree.

The outside of the candy has a similar consistency to Skittles… they can be squished if you try really hard.  The inside, although said to be marshmallow, has a much closer texture to Kinetic Sand. The candy as a whole tastes like the powder that someone can use to dip their Baby Bottle Pop into. All in all, this is not one of my favorite candies, but you should still go ahead and try it because who doesn’t like trying something new? Who knows, maybe you’ll love it.

Shareability: 8 Denture Danger: 6 Convenience: 10 Novelty: 8 Overall: 2

Brach’s Chicks and Rabbits

brach's chicks and rabbitsChicks and Rabbits were the last candies that I ate during this taste testing. They are, basically, a variant of the Circus Peanuts I talked about back in January, during my Most Controversial Candies in America blog. Circus Peanuts are high up on that list. Chicks and Rabbits are in the shapes of, you guessed it… chicks and rabbits, unlike the classic peanuts that come in the shape of…a peanut!

These candies are also considered to be a marshmallow treat, but this one is more like condensed cotton candy. Is it that hard to make a marshmallow correctly? The inside of these candies does have the same look as the Hunt Eggs, but they taste completely different. These have a bitter flavor, while the Hunt Eggs had a much too sweet taste. Chicks and Rabbits are banana flavored and very soft. So even though I am not a fan, I have to give the company credit for creating a candy unlike any others.

Shareability: 8 Denture Danger: 2 Convenience: 7 Novelty: 8 Overall: 6

Easter is one of the best times to fill yourself full of candy, since the next candy filled holiday is not until July. Since the holiday is a time of rebirth, maybe it should also be the time to try new things, perhaps some candies that you have never eaten before. You could eat some Malt Eggs, Hunt Eggs, and Chicks and Rabbits– all good choices if you want to have a very flavorful experience. The best part is that you can buy all of these candies right here at Candyfavorites.com! 

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Mars Bar and Forever Yours: Perennial Favorites Making A Comeback

March 28, 2018 by

Have you ever heard someone lament the fact that life just “isn’t like it used to be?” We know we’ve heard it many times before, but when it comes to candy, this sentiment seems to be especially true! It’s a common practice for candy manufacturers to change formulas over the years. So, even if a treat has been around for decades, it may not taste exactly the way it did when it first hit shelves.

Mars Bar — Back And Better Than Ever

mars barIf you’re a fan of Mars candy, then you may well know the famed history of the Mars Bar. A popular treat across the pond, the Mars Bar that debuted in America was slightly different from the one available elsewhere. Nevertheless, that “honest to goodness” chocolate nougat covered in milk chocolate and topped with a layer of caramel was hard to resist. In fact, it had quite the following until is suddenly disappeared from American shelves in 2002. Devastation set in, as Mars Bars fans had to find their sweet tooth fix elsewhere.

But, 16 years later, Mars Bars fans are in luck! Ethel M Chocolates, a subsidiary of Mars Inc. is bringing the original formula Mars Bars back. You read that right. Not only are you getting your favorite retro treat–albeit decked out in a new and improved wrapper–you’re getting the original formula, in a classic retro wrapper, beloved by Mars Bars fans around the world.

Oren Young, General Manager of Ethel M Chocolates explained, “The Mars Bar is a favorite among chocolate lovers everywhere…That’s why we wanted to bring back this nostalgic treat in its original form, by using the unique, hand-crafted touch that only Ethel M can offer.”

The relaunch of this international favorite took place in Las Vegas on September 7, 2017.  Young felt the location was the ideal place for the candy’s relaunch, saying, “This was the original Vegas Strip, and while it has a modern look, it still has that iconic feel, which is what we want to accomplish with the relaunch of the Mars Bar under the Ethel M brand.”

Forever Yours Can Be Yours Once More

forever yours barAs for fans of Forever Yours, Mars hasn’t forgotten about you, either! Way back in 1923, the Vanilla Milky Way first debuted, featuring vanilla nougat and dark chocolate–instead of the milk chocolate found in the traditional Milky Way. In 1936, the Vanilla Milky Way was renamed Forever Yours, capturing the hearts and taste buds of many for 43 years until it mysteriously disappeared from grocery stores and candy shelves in 1979.

Discontent over the discontinuation of the beloved Forever Yours inspired Mars to give it a comeback in 2017.   Now, with a new name and wrapper and the same beloved formula of yesteryear, Forever Yours is back on shelves. So if you’ve been craving that dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel combo, look no further.

We’ve Got Your Hard-To-Find Retro Treats

At CandyFavorites, we are proud to offer the original formula Mars Bars and the new and improved Forever Yours (AKA Milky Way Midnight) to our customers. After all, what could be better than getting your hands on a cult classic, in its original, delicious form? So whether you’ve been a long-time lover of Mars candies or are just now giving them a try, you are in luck. We’ve got exactly what you need, and more.

How are you feeling about the relaunch of Mars Bar and Forever Yours? Do these treats bring up any favorite memories from years gone by? Feel free to let us know in the comments.

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Is It Really Goodbye? NECCO May Close Its Doors

March 21, 2018 by

necco truck

If you were asked to think of a few of your favorite classic candies, what would come to mind  Well, if you are like many, then Banana Splits, Canada Mints, Candy Buttons, Conversation Hearts, Clark Bars, Coconut Crunch Peanut Butter Logs, Malted Milk Balls, Mary Janes, Mint Juleps, Peach Blossoms, Sky Bars, SlapstixNECCO Wafers and Wintergreen Lozenges may be some of your initial thoughts. But can you guess what all of these candies have in common? As it turns out, they’re all made by New England Confectionery Company, better known as NECCO.

A Company that Has Stood the Test of Time

necco wafers

The first of their products to hit the market was the NECCO Wafer. Way back in 1847,  Oliver Chase created a lozenge cutter that was to become the nation’s first candy machine–and the equipment that made the NECCO Wafer possible. Chase soon joined forces with his brothers to market their sweets across North America.

Despite two factory fires and the possibility of losing their business entirely, the brothers persisted, forming partnerships with companies local to the New England area. This dedication paid off, and in 1901, over 50 years after the first NECCO Wafer was produced, the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) was born.

Since that time, the company grew, adding in popular treats of all varieties and expanding its reach far beyond the borders of North America. In its 117 year history, NECCO has satisfied countless sweet tooth cravings, creating cult favorites  that candy lovers of all ages could not live without. Simply put, NECCO established itself not just as a candy company, but as an American Institution and household name for generations of candy lovers young and old. Few companies can boast of such a storied history or product line up!

This Candy Giant’s Future is Uncertain

retro necco ad

And yet, it seems the old saying might be true: all good things must come to an end. Recent buzz in the candy world indicates that NECCO could be going out of business, and taking its successful candies with it. Having represented so many great brands through its impressive history, the loss of NECCO would certainly be a major upset in the candy world.

After all, what would Valentine’s Day be without Conversation Hearts? And what could possibly replace the goodness and convenient variety of a Sky Bar? If the rumors are true, then fans of the company’s sweet treats may just have to find out.

We never like to be the bearers of bad news and know that this update may hit close to home. So as we consider the potential end of an era, will you join us in “keeping your fingers crossed” and reflecting on your favorite NECCO memories? Which candies have you cherished, and how has the company made your life a little sweeter?

Feel free to let us know in the comments below.

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Talking Candy History On the Airways

March 20, 2018 by

These days, the candy industry is a noisy place to be. With new products competing against perennial favorites, cult classics making a comeback and old favorites getting the final cut, it can be a challenge to separate fact from fiction and trust that you are getting your candy insights from a trusted source. At CandyFavorites, we’re proud to stand out from the noise, providing our customers with high quality candy from yesterday and today, while also offering an experienced perspective on the pulse of the industry. Since 1927, we have led the way with our customer service, attention to detail and deliciously sweet treats. It is always an honor to share our knowledge of and passion for candy with the wider world, and we hope you’ll always feel free to reach out to us with any questions. We’re here to serve you.

Please enjoy this recent interview with our President, Jon Prince on Let’s Dine Out with Allen Borgen on NPR’s Food Talk Radio Show.

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Here Come Kinder Joy Eggs, Hoppin’ Down the Candy Trail

March 1, 2018 by

“A day without laughter, is a day wasted.” — Charlie Chaplin

Don’t touch that dial, errr . . . I mean that remote. “It’s time for the Family Feud. Oh wait a minute, I mean the Candy Feud! Today we are going to have some fun with an old favorite game show that was first hosted by Richard Dawson back in 1976 and since 2010 is hosted by Steve Harvey.

Ready people?  OK, here we go!

What’s the top answer to this question: Finish this phrase ________ basket.

Bread basket? Waste basket? Laundry basket? Picnic basket?

And the number one answer is . . . (at least in this blogger’s brain) . . . (drum roll please) . . . is Easter basket!

Alright, alright, I hear you! Yes, I do own a calendar and yes I do live in the present month (sometimes). And yes, it’s true that some days my thoughts are a little scrambled. Some days I honestly don’t know if I’m coming or going. But one thing I do know is that Kinder Joy Eggs arrived in the U.S. and specifically to CandyFavorites. So let’s live dangerously and put all of our eggs in one basket to see if this cult favorite in Europe is all it’s cracked up to be! (Sorry. Some days I just can’t help myself!)

Kinder Joy Eggs

The Italian company, Ferrero manufactures the Kinder Joy Egg, and this chocolate delight was invented by William Salice. The original Italian egg was called Kinder Sopresa, (sopresa meaning Italian for “surprise”). And that surprise inside is what is so unique and popular with kids and collectors about this confection.

Each Kinder Joy Egg is made up of two sides of the egg. One half consists of two creamy milk and white chocolate layers topped with two crispy wafer bites filled with cocoa cream. The other half of the egg holds the toy which varries from cars, to animals, to funny looking creatures, to Disney princesses, to Hello Kitty, to Fairies and Friends and a whole crate load of others.

kinder joy egg

Kind of like what Cracker Jack is to the U.S. but without the “candy-coated popcorn, peanuts and a prize!” Did you know Cracker Jack is over 120 years old and many of the metal toy prizes were made by TootsieToy who made the game markers for Monopoly? And during World War II the prizes were made out of paper.

And just for fun I thought I’d leave you on the “sunny side” with a little humor to go.

Why does a chicken coop only have 2 doors?
Because if it had 4 doors it would be a sedan!

What day of the week do chickens hate the most?
Fry-day!

And last but certainly not least . . .

What did Snow White call her chicken?
Egg White!

Remember you’re never fully dressed without a smile! 🙂

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How Many Licks Does it REALLY Take to Get to the Center of a Tootsie Pop?

February 23, 2018 by

tootsie popHow many licks does it REALLY take to get to the center of a tootsie pop? The world may never know. Right? Who remembers seeing that commercial, the one with the little boy and Mr. Owl? I know I do.

Did you know that the commercial is actually a lot longer than the one we know and love today? The original commercial has the little boy first talk to a cow, then a fox, a turtle, and finally Mr. Owl. After this campaign came out, different groups of people decided to test how many licks it really took. Purdue University, University of Michigan, and Swarthmore Junior High School all did experiments of their own. Purdue found that it took 364 licks for a licking machine that they had built, but 252 licks from some of their volunteers.

On the other hand, Michigan’s licking machine took 411 licks to reach the center. Swarthmore did everything with human tongues, reaching an average of 144 licks. So after reading about all of these fascinating experiments, I decided that I wanted to get in on the fun. I gathered my people, gave them all lollipops, and we were on our way. I expected us to reach an average of about 500 licks per pop, but the results proved otherwise.

tootsie popI enlisted 10 people, myself included, between the ages of 14 and 24, to help me discover how many licks it took to get to the center of the tootsie pop. To advance the experiment, I gave out regular Tootsie Pops, chocolate Tootsie Pops, candy cane Tootsie Pops, and Charms Blow Pops. I gave each person two pops and had them record the number of licks it took to reach the center of each one, while only licking one side of it. Although it may seem fun, the lollipops took a toll on everyone rather quickly.  

My oldest sibling said their headache started around 560 licks on the candy cane Tootsie Pop. They had fun anyway though, saying that they “love that last part getting the remains off the stick, like the last meat from a chicken wing.” The general consensus was that everyone’s tongues hurt and that they all desperately needed water. No one was happy at the end. I got statements from my friends like “it was totally bland”, “the orange became worse at the end”, and “my tongue went numb!” All in all, the experiment was very hard to get through, but I’m glad we did it.

tootsie popTootsie Pops were invented in 1931 by the Tootsie company, who had been producing Tootsie Rolls for many years already. There are a bajillion flavors of Tootsie Pops, including:  cherry, grape, orange, chocolate, raspberry, blue raspberry, strawberry watermelon, lemon, pomegranate, caramel, wild cherry berry, wild apple berry, wild blueberry, wild blackberry, and wild mango berry. Even the Tootsie Pop wrappers have a large variety of things going on on them. There are kids playing tennis, baseball, swimming, and running, but the most special wrappers are the ones with the Native American shooting a star. Although there is nothing actually important about the slightly rare wrappers, it is still fun to make a wish on each shooting star.

tootsie popsSo when the experiment was done, the results were not at all what I expected. The average number of licks it took to get to the center of the regular Tootsie Pop was 678. It took 881 to reach the center of the chocolate Tootsie Pop. To reach the center of the candy cane one, it took about 617 licks. The Charms Blow Pops took 638 licks to reach the center. What makes the chocolate ones take so many more licks? Why were all the others in the 600-700 lick range? Why did anyone even agree to help with this experiment in the first place? So many questions surround Tootsie Pops.

The truth is that each Tootsie Pop and Blow Pop is made differently, so there will never be a definitive answer about how many licks it takes to get to the Tootsie Roll center of the Tootsie Pop. So the world really may never know. If you feel the need to test this yourself or are just craving some sugar on a stick, you can buy Tootsie Pops right here on our site.  Make sure to comment your favorite flavors down below. I hope you have a licktastic day!

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Valentine’s Day Is For Candy Lovers

February 9, 2018 by

valentine's dayAs Valentine’s Day is a day of love and candy, I decided to do a little research as to why. We all know that the big Hallmark holidays like Halloween and Valentine’s Day are all about candy, but have you ever thought about why you are stuffing chocolates into your mouth? Ancient Romans were the first ones to start the Valentine’s Day tradition. There were two different Saint Valentines that the holiday was named after.  Every year around mid February, the Romans held an enormous festival called Lupercalia. This contained a feast in which the single young adults ate treats, drank alcohol, got to know each other, and would get married if everything went how the adults hoped it would. But his year to prepare for Valentine’s Day I  gave out some surveys to find out what kinds of candies are everyone’s favorites for the lovely holiday.

My surveys asked people to circle which candies they would most like to eat on Valentine’s Day. The list included: Conversation Hearts, Chocolate Sampler Boxes, Lollipops, Red and White M&Ms, Jelly Hearts, and Chocolate Roses. There was also an ‘other’ section that got answers like Reese’s Cups and Chocolate Pretzels. I was sure that the boxes of chocolate and Conversation Hearts were going to be the most liked candies, but the results that I received proved me wrong. The top three most popular were the Chocolate Sampler Boxes, Lollipops, and the M&Ms. So let’s talk about those.

boxed chocolateA classic example of a chocolate sampler box is the Whitman’s Sampler. Around 1915 it was the best selling box of chocolates in America. Whitman knew a lot about marketing which allowed his company to greatly prosper straight through the Great Depression and World War II. His most memorable (and highly sexist) ad campaign “ A Woman Never Forgets the Man Who Remembers” was what made the company’s profits skyrocket and what is keeping the candies here today. With a wide variety of chocolates in every box such as caramel and strawberry creme, a consumer will always find something to love about these delightful boxes. Even though we don’t carry Whitman chocolates, the gourmet chocolates we feature are quite decadent and delicious!  

lollipops

The history of lollipops is a little fuzzy, but there are lots of ideas of where they came from. If you’re curious, Jon Prince wrote about their history here.  I have always really enjoyed lollipops, in fact my next blog (which will be licktastic) is all about the little candies on a stick. I remember getting them at banks as a kid and watching their transformations there from bland flavors to Dum Dums. I also remember stealing them from my older siblings and eating them because I just couldn’t get enough of their flavorful sugar. On Valentine’s Day, lollipops come in lots of forms. There are basic pink and red ones of course, but the best are the clear heart shaped ones (that can easily be mistaken for soap on a stick). They can be given out to children’s classrooms or given to your loved ones as a small way to show them your affection.

m&m'sM&Ms have been around since 1941 and were created by the Mars candy company. For a long time, consumers had been searching for a chocolate that wouldn’t melt before they got around to eating it and M&Ms were the answer to this problem. In 1954, their famous slogan, “melts in your mouth, not in your hands” was introduced causing their already great chocolate to be even greater. The company slowly put out different colors and flavors of M&Ms, eventually making them America’s favorite candies.

I hope that you’ve learned something about candy this Valentine’s Day. Whether it was the fact that the Whitman’s chocolate company was just a bit sexist or that lollipops are much more popular than expected, there is always something to learn. I would like to keep learning about these candies, so take the poll below and let us know what your favorite Valentine’s Day candy is by submitting your choice in the comments section. Happy holiday!

Choices:

  • Conversation Hearts
  • Chocolate Sampler Boxes
  • Lollipops
  • Red and White M&Ms
  • Jelly Hearts
  • Chocolate Roses
  • Other
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Love ’em or Hate ’em: America’s Controversial Candies

January 22, 2018 by

What comes to mind when you think of the most controversial candies? Do you think of Circus Peanuts, Mary Janes, or Candy Corn? After much research, I have learned that the top three most controversial candies in America are those three. People think of circus peanuts as confections, not even candy, candy corn is one of those candies that you either love or hate, and as for Mary Janes, people say that peanut butter shouldn’t be chewy. But I think there are some really great aspects of these candies that consumers should stop overlooking, so let’s take a deeper look.

Candy cornCandy Corn is a small triangular candy split into 3 different colors: yellow, orange, and white. These bite size pieces really pack a flavor punch though. With their slightly bitter butter flavor, one is normally very intrigued by the sharpness or completely disgusted. It is claimed that a Pennsylvania candy company worker in the 1880s named George Renninger was the creator of the most debated candy in America. He must’ve been very proud of himself. These little nuggets of sweetness are the perfect Halloween treat, but can be eaten year round, and can be used to make some mean art projects.

  • Share-ability: 10
  • Denture Danger: 6
  • Convenience: 5
  • Novelty: 3
  • Overall: 7

Circus peanuts can be described a lot of ways. I’ve heard people say that it is like a hardened banana cotton candy, a puffed air taffy, and a taffy made of foam. These odd little marshmallows are banana flavored and very easily chewed. Circus peanuts started off in the 1800s as penny candies and the inventor is unknown. Although you’d think that because the candies are orange in color, they would be orange in flavor too- the candies are actually that sweet artificial banana flavor that I have always loved. These marshmallow treats are quick dissolving and fast to eat. They are also fat free and don’t leave you with a nasty aftertaste. With all that in mind, just remember that these strange little candies will always give you a lot to talk about.

  • Share-ability: 8
  • Denture Danger: 2
  • Convenience: 7
  • Novelty: 8
  • Overall: 6

Mary JaneMary Jane’s are small tan rectangles that are meant to be chewy, but are actually very difficult to eat. They have a peanut butter and molasses taste which is very evident once they eventually become soft. These little candies were created in 1914 by the Charles Miller company and they were named after the creator’s aunt. After trying these candies, I have really learned to appreciate them. At first I had a hard time getting used to the amount of work that it took to eat them, but after that, I found the flavor to be quite enjoyable. I have always been a peanut butter fan and on the inside there is a bit of the gooey food for consumers to love as well. These are now one of my favorite candies because they are very tasty and have a texture that doesn’t really exist within any other candies.

  • Share-ability: 7
  • Denture Danger: 10
  • Convenience: 8
  • Novelty: 9
  • Overall: 9

So now that you know a little more about these unique, controversial kinds of candies, I hope that you have found a new appreciation for them. Next time you look at Candy Corn, Mary Janes, or Circus Peanuts sitting on a shelf at a store, maybe you’ll pick up a bag and delve into some flavorful adventures. Or you can buy them right here at CandyFavorites.com

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Candy Canes Are Coming to Town

December 15, 2017 by
“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas . . . perhaps . . . means a little bit more!”   ― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

candy cane figurinesLast week I ran to our local supermarket to pick up milk, orange juice, lettuce, and whatever I can whip up for dinner on very short notice. On my way to the check out I noticed the stock boy opening a mountain of boxes in the front of the checkout lanes. Isn’t this the spot where all the Halloween candy just was? But somewhere along the way Halloween (and Thanksgiving) came and went and so did those bags of Milky Ways, Snickers, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and Kit Kats (as well as all those turkey day leftovers).

Now what did my wandering eyes did appear but box after box of colorful candy canes in every possible color and flavor imaginable!  Boxes of Peppermint, cherry, raspberry, blueberry, Lifesavers, and chocolate mint candy canes lined the aisle.  And oh, by gosh, by golly is it really only 4 weeks till Christmas?

candy canes

So while I was waiting in the “10 items or less” checkout line (and silently counting the number of items the lady in front of me kept taking out of her shopping cart) I was thinking that you can associate a certain candy with just about every holiday. A heart shaped box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. A big chocolate bunny at Easter. And of course those classic red and white striped candy canes always say, Christmas.

I remember they were the last thing we hung on our Christmas tree when I was little. Somehow the amount of candy canes that adorned our real tree on December 1st had somewhat diminished by the time Christmas Eve arrived.

Did you know that Bob McCormack started his own candy company in the 1920s in Albany, Georgia and made candy canes by hand? This was a tedious job and the breakage rate was high. Bob’s brother-in-law, Gregory Harding Keller, a Catholic priest invented the Keller Machine which twisted the candy and bent it into canes. Needless to say, this remarkable machine revolutionized the candy manufacturing business. Today, more than 1.7 billion candy canes are sold each year!

merry christmas candy canes

So how about adding candy canes to that “all I want for Christmas” list (along with those two front teeth)? Candy Favorites has wrapped Peppermint Candy Canes, Miniature Candy Canes, Candy Cane Peppermint Tootsie Pops, Candy Cane Pails and Hershey’s Candy Cane Candy Bars.

So it doesn’t matter if you’re naughty (Santa, it’s a long story) or nice, remember candy canes make great stocking stuffers and don’t forget to leave some peppermint sticks for that jolly old elf who will be coming down your chimney soon with a bound.

May your days be merry and bright. Merry Christmas!

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Sweet Love: A Race Around the World and a Very Special Button

December 12, 2017 by

Fun o Meter I have always been a sweet tooth. I was the girl who licked the icing off of cupcakes at friend’s birthday parties and ditched the cake below. I always picked the custard filled donuts, I trick or treated until I graduated high school and I would eat all the bread out of the lucky charms first, just so that I could have a few bites of pure marshmallow.

Jon Prince and his family of Js moved into the house next door when I was finishing up high school. I had no idea that my fantasy job moved in with them! I was incredulous when I found out that Jon owned a candy company and had free reign of every candy I had ever heard of, and more! Jon would roll up the driveway, jamming to the Grateful Dead, which drew me in. After a number of conversations where Jon schooled me on Jerry’s best years, he asked me if I wanted to write candy blogs for his company, Candyfavorites.com. Get paid to eat candy and write about it? Yes, please!

During my senior year of high school and freshman year of college, I received boxes of assorted candies from Jon. This made making new friends at college even easier since I, not only had tons of candy to share, but I had an interesting conversation builder, “Wait, what? You get paid to eat candy?!”

Becca Droz on the Amazing Race

Dream-life experiences were only beginning with the candy blogging gig. During those blogging years I was dreaming about my life goal of being a contestant on the reality show, The Amazing Race, where teams of two race around the world navigating, performing challenges and working as a team to move towards the finish line prize of $1 million. Seven years after I wrote my first candy blog and four years after my first application video, I stood in Grand Hope Park in L.A. among a group of 21 strangers at the starting line of Season 29 of The Amazing Race!

Sweet o Meter

One very important part of the race experience for me was having fun. While I am quite competitive and I wanted badly to win, I watched too many teams go through the race, bickering and fighting and not enjoying the experience AND not winning. I wanted to enjoy the experience AND win. In order to remind myself to have fun, I brought along a little button for myself and my teammate to wear. It was a generic Fun Meter that my uncle Jimmy gave me. I added my own “Amazing” customization to the pin. While I didn’t win the million, I did win the fans. When I returned home from the race, I was inspired by how much enjoyment the button had brought me on the race, as well as how inspiring the reminder of having fun was for the viewers, so, I spent months designing and creating my own Fun O Meter.

But why stop there?! This aesthetic meter button is evolving and one of the first customized meter buttons is CandyFavorites’ very own Sweet O Meter! These buttons allow us to convey a bit about ourselves without saying anything. These pins are identity builders, communicating devices, connection facilitators and plain fun! Are you feeling sour? Sweet? Blissful? This Christmas and beyond, you can finally communicate your sweet tooth state with the Sweet O Meter and use it as a tool to connect with those around you.  Here is how you can get one with a chance to win a $50 Sweet Certificate at CandyFavorites.com:

  1. Receive a FREE Sweet O Meter with any purchase over $39.95 from CandyFavorites.com with coupon code “SWEETOMETER”.
  2. Take a picture of yourself wearing the Sweet O Meter button.
  3. Post the picture on any of our social media sites with tag #candyfavorites for a chance to win!

Stay sweet, stay fun!

* Offer valid until 11:59PM December 31st, 2017.  Entries must be entered by 11:59PM January 19th, 2018.  Contest winner will be announced and notified January 26th, 2018.