Monday, May 29, 2006

Candy Review Policy

Did you want to see your candy reviewed on Candy Blog?

I usually buy my own candy, but sometimes I like to get new, regional or hard to find products directly from candy companies and their press liaisons.
Here are my guidelines:
1. It must be candy. No cookies, no savory snacks, no beverages, no ingredients (cocoa, sugar, drink mixes, sprinkles, etc.).
2. It must be widely available. It’s frustrating for the readers if I rave about something, but they can only get it by visiting one shop that has no website or won’t ship. (You can send it before your webstore is set up, just let me know and I’ll hold the review until then.)
3. No artificial sweeteners. No walnuts. (Don’t approve of them, allergic to them, respectively.) Also, I have no interest in bacon items, I do not eat mammal flesh and never thought it was something I needed to mention on a candy blog. But I do eat items with gelatin ... call me inconsistent, but I can’t resist gummis.
4. An appropriate portion for photographing and tasting. Snack sized items are just fine. (This is flexible, depending on the type of packaging - if I can excise a portion from the package to photograph in front of the package, one full size will do just fine.) Final packaging is preferable, so that readers will have a sense of what they’ll be looking for in the store.

Should you want to send me something, I reserve the right to give the product a bad review or never include it on the blog at all. Any products given to me are for me to dispose of as I wish (including giving them away to my readers). During busy periods, it may take me six weeks to post about new items and sometimes I like to group categories together for theme weeks. In the interest of transparency, I will always tell my readers where the samples came from.

I’m not keen on getting samples of stuff that’s being sent out to every other media outlet, food blog & cool aggregation site. I don’t think my readers are interested in seeing it here either. I’m not asking for exclusivity, just the courtesy that you inform me that I’m one of eighty packages that went out that week (so I know I should be dang original in my review).

Also note, while I’m happy that you might wish to celebrate your appearance on Candy Blog, using photos that I took for the review your own promotion or publicity is strictly forbidden. I hate that I even have to mention it, but I am not a free stock photo site and I do take legal action in these instances. (Linking to the review, a screengrab of the page, creating appropriate pull-quotes, making printouts or PDF’s of the review are all perfectly legitimate uses, so feel free.)

Emails that somehow mess up the above qualifications are usually ignored.

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(Revised July 29, 2009)

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:12 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     Candy Blog Info

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