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Monday, May 8, 2006

Blogroll Challenge Winner!

imageThe winner of the CandyBlog Blogroll Challenge Drawing is .... Shauna! A package will be mailed out later this week with far more candy than you ever thought I could cram into a little box.

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.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:52 am     Fun StuffNewsComments (1)

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Candy Drawing #2: Blogroll Challenge

Here we go, I’ve got more candy to give away!

imageThis 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.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:08 am     Fun StuffNews

Monday, April 24, 2006

Great Pumpkin!

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:

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Joshua has over 175 photos of individual pieces of Halloween candy, both wrapped and then unwrapped.

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:

We divide kids up into teams of like 4-6 each and they race through different clues that send ‘em all over the place in our community and the first one to make it to the candy wins. There’s also a combination lock on the candy, and along the way they pick up 3 numbers to the lock and have to get ‘em in order and unlock the padlock to actually win.

Wow, way harder than Trick-or-Treat, but it sounds a lot more fun. I wonder if the winner got the whole 50 gallons?

 

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:43 am     ReviewHalloweenFun StuffNewsPhotographyComments (3)

Candy Drawing Winner!

I was overwhelmed by the number of entries and folks de-lurking on the blog. I can’t tell you how much your praise, appreciation and return visits means to me. It’s good to know that my obsession is not uncommon and certainly not as secret as I thought. It made me smile each and every time someone left an enthusiastic entry or a wonderful compliment.

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But you’re just here to see about the winner, aren’t you?

First, how I did the drawing: I exported the comment list that includes the name, email address, date & time and IP address of each comment to an excel sheet. Then I sifted through and vetted the obvious, such as if a person commented more than one time, I only used the first comment. This was as good as I could do to keep things on the up-and-up.

Instead writing on slips of paper and picking them out of a hat or something, I went high tech. I sorted the sheet (by one of the fields, I’m not going to tell you which) and then I went to Random.org and used their random number generator to give me a number between 1 and 154. The winner was #13 (hey, I can’t make stuff like this up!).

So, congratulations to Jenna! Her package will go in the post tomorrow. Stay tuned, I’ll be running another giveway (but this time I’m asking something of you!).

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:07 am     Fun StuffNewsComments (1)

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Candy Drawing!

imageAs promised in my blogiversary post, I’m givin’ away candy! It’s like Halloween, except it comes to your house instead of you coming to mine!

I’m going to do several drawings over the next week or so, so don’t worry if you don’t win this one, there will be a few opporunities.

What am I giving away? At least a half a pound of honest-to-goodness candy. It could be SweeTarts, Laffy Taffy, Red Vines, candy necklaces or Fun Dip ... or all of the above!

How to win? Just leave a comment here with a real email address in the email field. Don’t worry, no one else can see it but me. One entry per person, only US or Canadian entries please (I’ll try to do an international one soon).

Regular candy reviews will continue below as usual ... the deadline for entry is Saturday, April 22nd at Midnight Pacific time. I’ll announce the winner on Monday, April 24th (at which time I’ll request a mailing address).

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:12 pm     Fun Stuff

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

How Well Do You Know Candy?

Brian over at CandyAddict.com has put together a little candy alphabet quiz that taxes even the best of us!

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Go take a walk through the alphabet and see how many letters you can identify from their candy wrappers. It’s not as easy as it sounds!

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:57 am     Fun StuffNewsComments (5)

Sunday, April 16, 2006

What’s in Your Easter Basket?

As a kid Christmas was probably my favorite holiday, but Easter was a close second, probably because of the candy.

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The Easter Bunny graced our house with rather unusual baskets. Besides the customary “hiding of the basket” which got more and more complicated as the years went by, we also got plenty of non-candy items in our baskets.

Our Easter baskets came with a large chocolate rabbit. They were usually solid, but there were years when they were hollow and others when they weren’t even made of real chocolate. There were foil-wrapped chocolate eggs and jelly beans. Sometimes the jelly beans were the spice flavors, sometimes the fruit flavors. I liked them both and usually traded for the black ones (though it was hardly necessary as my brother and sister didn’t care for them and I’d get them eventually anyway). Sometimes there were those premium chocolate eggs like the large Russell Stover ones. But there was always a can of black olives for each of us. I have no idea how this tradition started, but we loved black olives (especially putting one on each fingertip). Later we also got dill pickles and depending on what our tastes were at the moment it could be slim jims or a stick of salami (I kid you not). Our Easter baskets were honestly more like picnic baskets. And we loved them that way.

The photo above was taken in 1969 by my grandfather on the lawn at the side of my grandparents house in North Canton, OH. Sometimes they’d have an egg hunt for us, and I think that’s what I’ve got in the picture ... a hard-boiled, decorated egg that I started eating. Yes, I’m wearing a plaid wool suit. Yes, I look fierce (that hasn’t changed).

So, what did you get in your Easter basket as a kid (or this weekend) that was not quite what most folks expect?

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:00 am     Fun StuffComments (11)

Friday, April 14, 2006

Name that Candy!

I’m a little tired from my trip and thought I’d let you do the work today!

I took this photo a couple of weeks ago of a candy I’d never bought before. When I took it out of the wrapper I found it, um, mystifying. It looks like a mummy, don’t you think?

It was actually pretty tasty though! I gave it a 6 out of 10.

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Anyone know what this candy is? It’s about four inches high ... submit a comment if you’d like to guess. I’ll reveal the answer on Easter Sunday!

UPDATE:

Yes, it is a marshmallow rabbit!

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Made by Necco, the package boasts real chocolate and it was actually pretty good. The marshmallow was soft and fluffy without being too sweet. I got it for 25 cents, so keep your eye out for after-Easter sales if this is your sort of thing. The look of the candy suffers from the fact that marshmallow isn’t the best for creating detail, but hey, it’s for eatin’ not staring at.

Name: Real Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Rabbit
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Necco
Place Purchased: RiteAid
Price: $.25
Size: 1 ounces
Calories per ounce: 122
Categories: Chocolate, Marshmallow, Easter, United States, Necco

POSTED BY Cybele AT 5:15 am    

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ON DECK

These candies will be reviewed shortly:

• Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Krackel

• Wonka Randoms (and some Rowntree)

• Eat with your Eyes: Nougat

• Orgran Molasses Licorice

• Rogue Chocolatier

 

 

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