Thursday, May 25, 2006
I’ve been compiling the Frequently Asked Questions, and one of them deserves a post of its own.
How Can I Get Cool Foreign Candy?
Besides the many webstores devoted to difficult to find or foreign candy, you can easily get your own assortment of tasty treats. If you’re willing to play by the golden rule, that is.
The newest candy swap site is called Gimme Your Stuff:
Of course it’s not just about candy, but I’m a firm believer in the universal language of sugar.
Don’t have a blog? There’s also a Yahoo!Group called CandySwappers that has a devoted group of candy traders with over 250 members.
If anyone is involved in either groups, report back, I’m curious to know how it’s going!
Sunday, May 21, 2006
While working on the Frequently Asked Questions, one subject has come up that I thought might demand its own post. How did I start writing about candy?
That question assumes that there was a time that I didn’t write about candy.
To illustrate this, I present a short story I wrote at the age of 10. As embarrassing as it is to reveal my earlier works, it is kinda funny that the only fiction I can find from my grade school days has candy as a main subject.
There’s not much text, so I retyped it as the caption for the page images. Click here to see the story.
Monday, May 15, 2006
Here’s a fun new added feature for CandyBlog.net! I’ve started mapping candy using Frappr.
If you’re not familiar with Frappr, it’s an interactive map creator that uses Google’s maps and the ability to create custom “pins” with photos and info.
I’ve added about a quarter of the posts made so far here at CandyBlog to the map - you can find places near, explore places you plan to visit or just see where your candy comes from. I’ll be adding lots more as the weeks go on, but I thought I’d give everyone a sneak peek!
You can roll over each little pushpin on the map for a photo and name of the company. I’ve categorized them into factories, stores and tours, so you can find places that you can actually visit. Each callout for the location includes a link back to a post here on CandyBlog for more information about the company, tour or candy.
You don’t have to be a member of frappr to use the map (I’m not asking you to divulge where you live ... this is just for you to browse.) At the moment it just covers the United States, but I’ll slowly expand to other countries as they’re supported by the system.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
I’ve been working on a list of Frequently Asked Questions for CandyBlog, but I’m sure there are plenty of Frequently Unasked Questions as well.
What would you like to know about CandyBlog? Post something here in the comments section and I’ll add it to the FAQ to be posted late this week.
Regular candy reviews continue as usual below.
Friday, May 12, 2006
This weekend is the Sweets Expo in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It’s a consumer trade show and fantasy destination featuring sweets, candy and confections a-go-go.
Sadly, I’m not there, but happily one of CandyBlog’s regular readers, g, is there and covering it all on a special blog: Sugarholic.
Check it out ... she’s already had her first chocolate experience since arriving in Toronto and the show doesn’t start until tomorrow!
Jealous? Fear not, there will be another Sweets Expo this summer in Montreal and this fall in Vancouver. I’ve never been to Vancouver ... hmmmm.
Monday, May 8, 2006
Everyone’s support and linkage is greatly appreciated and I liked looking at everyone’s blogs and sites (and I’ve added a great many of them to my RSS reader). I hope everyone else got a change to click around and see what CandyBlog readers are up to!
I’ll be doing another drawing again soon. If anyone has any suggestions for a sort of challenge to include as part of it, let me know here.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Here we go, I’ve got more candy to give away!
This time to enter, you’ve gotta do something for me:
Add CandyBlog to your blogroll or put a link to me on your website.
Then come here and leave a comment with a link to your site. Use a real email address (don’t worry, I’m the only one who can see it) when you comment so I can contact you if you win.
Am I already on your blogroll? Leave a comment and you’ll be entered too!
For this contest ALL ADDRESSES will be accepted - I’ll send the package anywhere in the world!
The deadline for entries is Friday, May 5th at midnight Pacific time. (I figured folks needed a little more time for this one.) Daily candy reviews continue as usual below.
Monday, April 24, 2006
You know if I’m not eating candy or writing about candy, I’m out on the internet reading about candy and looking at candy photos.
Last week I stumbled across two incredible sets of photos on Flickr, here’s a small sample:
I emailed him, and he gave me the story behind it. He collected a barrel of candy (50 gallons!) for Halloween as part of his work as a youth pastor. They did a huge challenge called the Pumpkin Hunt for middle and high school aged kids, kind of like a treasure hunt:
Wow, way harder than Trick-or-Treat, but it sounds a lot more fun. I wonder if the winner got the whole 50 gallons?
Meticulously photographed and documented reviews of candy from around the world. And the occasional other sweet adventures. Open your mouth, expand your mind.