Candy Contests, Candy Memories

Share your SWEETEST MEMORY and enter our contest to win $150 worth of FREE CANDY!

August 11, 2011 by
Share with us your SWEETEST memory and you can win a $150 SWEETCERTIFICATE

Share with us your SWEETEST memory and you can win a $150 SWEETCERTIFICATE


Candy is as much a part of our American culture as hamburgers, jazz, and baseball. Since so many of our sweet memories include candy, we decided to pitch a contest to see to who has the best one to tell.

Do you remember the first time you had Pop Rocks? Did your grandmother make a bad day better with caramel creams? Did your toddler stash all the Marshmallow Peeps in her diaper to keep her siblings from getting any? We know you’ve got something worth sharing.

Give us your best candy story by Friday, August 19 and you could win a $150 Sweetcertificate to spend on Who else will reward you for reminiscing about candy?

Browse our huge candy selection to jog your memory and we bet you’ll be surprised how many happy scenes return to you. Enjoy, and we look forward to reading your story.

PS: To enter the contest, simply post your memory or story as a REPLY to this blog entry.  Good Luck!


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  • Reply Ron August 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    There used to be a statue of Mary, (The Virgin Mother of God) about 1/2 mile from where I used to live as a kid behind the church my Mamma (grandmother…but words are in perspective here thinking back) went to. I was about 5 or 6yrs. and my mom would walk me up the street and behind the church to Mary to say my prayers several days out of the week in the summer time. –My mom was a teacher and was off in the summer.– Plus, it was when the church took good care of the surrounding hillside. All the grass was green and flowers in bloom around Mary. So I used to pick flowers for her and bring her the little Stars from Brach’s. I used to leave some for her by her feet (the statue’s feet). And wouldn’t you know it, when I came back the next day, they were gone! They were the regular chocolate Stars. We used to get them from IGA, our supermarket at the time. That was in Blaine, OH. I live in Birmingham, AL now, my parents still in OH. You just can’t find the Stars anymore. The semi-sweet chocolate………..unlike Hershey’s, you don’t get over sweetened and miraculously, don’t need a drink of anything after you eat a few. They even keep frozen when you order the 5lb. bag. Thank God or should I say, Thank Mary, you still have them! Sincerely, Ron (38yrs. & still a kid)

  • Reply NELLIE O WISE August 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    My sweetest candy memory is my beautiful mama making taffy and we helped . We pulled and we pulled and I had a time trying to figure how that sticky yellowish stuff was ever going to be something we could actually chew. but as we pulled and pulled, it got whiter and harder and soon held its shape and mama laid it on buttered wax paper and she cut it with a very sharp knife and we kids wrapped it in small squares of waxed papers . It was THE BEST CANDY EVER, Mommy has gone to Heaven but I can still taste her taffy and wish I had some, now.

  • Reply Ron Sass August 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    When I was a kid, there was this status of Mary (The Virgin Mother of God) behind this church my Mamma (grandmother…but words are in perspective here thinking back to these fond memories) went to. The church was about a 1/2 miles from where we lived. My mom used to walk me up the street and behind the church to Mary so I could say my prayers to her. I was about 5 or 6 yrs. old. We used to go several times a week in the mornings when I’d get up to play. My mom was a teacher and was off in the summer, so it would be summer time when we went alot. I remember the grass being really green and the flowers in full bloom. So I used to bring Mary flowers and a few Brach’s Chocolate Stars and set them by her feet. And wouldn’t you know it…the next time I would come back, they would be gone! They were the regular chocolate Stars. We used to get them from IGA, our supermarket at the time. We lived in Blaine OH. I live in Birmingham, AL now, my parents still in OH. We can’t find the Stars anymore. The cool thing about their semi-sweet taste is that unlike Hershey’s candy, you don’t need a drink of any kind after you eat a few. They also keep when frozen when you order the, 5 lbs. bag. Thank God or should I say, thank Mary you guys till have them. Sincerely, Ron (38yrs. & still a kid)

  • Reply Jess Anderson August 11, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    My sweetest candy memory is going to the grocery store getting Brach’s candies with my best friend. It was our little tradition together every summer getting 4LBS of mixed candy. I can remember staying up late at night having a blast with the AbraCadabra Gum (not sure if that’s what they are called) in our tent and camper on her campgroud. Staying there 5 days/nights at a time 4 times a summer. It sadly had ended in 2001 when she passed away at the age of 12 in an accident when I was 14. That’s one of my most favorite memories with her and one of the sweetest also. 🙂

  • Reply Daytona Jarman August 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I lost my beloved Daddy in 2006. Daddy was notorius all of his life for carrying candy in his pocket. I remember him slipping me a peppermint, butterscotch or a cinnamon disk during happy and sad times. Funerals, school functions, sporting events, never fail, Daddy to the rescue! Daddy got Demetia in 2005, but he never left home without his treats. When he passed away, we worked with a funeral director I had know all my life. For the visitation, I had the candy and passed it out to all who needed it. On the day of the funeral, we asked the funeral director if we could have a minute alone with Daddy. He suspected we were up to something. I asked if I could put something in my Daddys pocket. He said he needed to know what that something might be. I told him the story that Daddy carried candy with him at all times. He said I could put the candy in his pocket for his journey. I will cherish that memory and know that Daddy has his candy with him for eternity!

  • Reply tracie August 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    My father is addicted to these candies called malted milk balls. He has been an officer for the last 20years and retiring, starting work for the city of lafayette. He has since then retired also, living the life with 4grandsons and a granddaughter. He has had a rough life althrough. Hes had two heart attacks, starting of dimensia and loss of memory at 45%.. Living since he was five years old with cronic headaches..And hes still living the life like nothings wrong. My dad would make daily trips to local Menards to buy 8-10 bags of malted milk balls every other weekend. Since they have stopped selling them he hasnt went back to menards since. He loves his candy, and it would be awesome for him to win because my mom has spent over 200.00 buying malted milk balls online and having then shipped for my father. For a 62 yr old weighing 135, these malted milk balls are doing him good…obviously!!!! …please take in your hearts and thank you..!!!!

  • Reply Noelle P August 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I have so many magical memories of my twin brother and I going to our “Pink Grandma’s” house and discovering the candy she kept in her beautiful crystal dishes. I remember the first time I had a Jolly Rancher at her house and she called them Happy Farmers 🙂 I remember she always carried tic-tacs in her pants pocket and we had to brush the lint off that came along with them before we popped them into our mouths. There was always a jar of after dinner butter mints that I could never resist.. But our favorite trick was to open the box of chocolates around Christmas time and bite off the bottoms to discover what flavor they were.. If it was something we didn’t like, we just placed them back into the box. We thought we were so sneaky! She still has a candy dispenser filled with never-ending M&M’s that my 4 year old daughter now runs to when we walk through the door. It’s amazing how many beautiful memories I have of my Pink Grandma and her candy!!

  • Reply Kristin August 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I grew up with a very hard working father who loved the outdoors. He owned a printing business and would put in as many hours as needed to get the jobs done. Each year though he put aside two weeks to take us kids on vacation to the Sky Line drive. We would spend hours exploring the mountains, at camp fires with Chip and Dale singing and making the best of memories. On our very last trip as a family to the mountains my brother and I, both in our late teens and my father were on a hike up the slippery mountain rocks, Dad was huffing and puffing behind us. We called back when we were almost to the top and he told us slow down as we were going too fast. Due to his labored breathing , we turned around only to see him woofing down a large Baby Ruth that he had stashed in his jacket pocket. My brother and I burst out laughing so hard that it hurt yelling at him to put it down and then repeating the Baby Ruth lines from the scene in the movie the Goonies.
    Dad’s ashes were scattered on that mountain in 2005 and each year I make it down there I leave behind one Baby Ruth for the greatest player in the game of life!

  • Reply Mary August 17, 2011 at 9:18 am

    When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was in Anchorage, AK. There were many things that I craved that were not available up there at that time. I wanted grapes, watermelon, peanut butter.
    It was in the early 70s and grapes and watermelon just weren’t around! So I went to the little grocery store in the neighborhood and discovered Jolly Ranchers! Oh, the first time I popped a watermelon Jolly Rancher in my mouth! It was the closest thing to satisfying my craving! It was wonderful!
    I felt my baby move for the first time that day! I always thought she jumped for joy when she finally got her watermelon!! And then, the grape Jolly Ranchers were just icing on the cake!!!

  • Reply Michelle Simons August 17, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I was always blessed with good friends and we had a great candy shop in my town in MI. They had every known candy in the world but one candy stood out more then others. They were those Candy Necklaces. I would buy all my friends those and we would wear them. Now our neck at times had sticky candy on it after we bite a candy off the necklace. Oh the fun though 🙂 I will never forget these happy times and I\’m pretty sure my old friends remember the joy these candies gave us.

  • Reply Allison August 17, 2011 at 11:56 am

    My sweetest memory is most of my childhood! My father worked for a candy distributor so Candy was a big part of life!!! This was known in the nieghborhood and the kids flocked to our home. I can remember setting up a Lemonade/candy stand on the corner. The Mom of the children in the corner house was always the first one to say “Allison has to get the most money because she brought the Candy.” Meanwhile, we always had candy at home. Other Families thought of candy as a big treat, for me it was a way of life!!!

  • Reply Doug Peterson August 18, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Bert walked with a crunch to which he had attached a hollow tin can so his upper arm could pass through it. It was a primitive, but successful, method giving him more stability as he walked to the store at the end of our block in Detroit during the 1950s. He was a Merchant Marine during the first World War and told me stories about the high seas and distant places. I was too young to judge if they were true. I didn’t care.

    The kids on our street loved Bert. We’d sit with him on his front steps or the porch rockers while he’d examine the latest bug we had in a jar or we’d rollerskate to catch up with him as he walked past our houses. He was our neighborhood grandfather, someone who had time to listen to our adventures and pat us on the head.

    We knew he always had a pocket full of lemon drop candies and he’d give us one. We didn’t have to ask or earn it. He’d merely hand us one as we’d converse. I don’t remember him ever carrying any other candy, just bright yellow lemon-shaped drops glazed with a “frosted” sugar finish. Sitting here 60 years later, my salivary glands clench from thinking how the strong, tart flavor of those small drops would bloom in my mouth as I held his hand and walked down the street. I hope the robes of angels have pockets so he can carry on his tradition.

  • Reply Charity September 14, 2015 at 12:14 am

    I really love the candy store from y’all they are really good specially the mellow creme pumpkins and I love your hard candys and lemon drops

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