Thursday, May 25, 2006

Get Yer Own Candy!

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.

Candy Swaps!


The newest candy swap site is called Gimme Your Stuff:

What’s it all about?

Welcome to Gimme Your Stuff, the cultural exchange blog where you can swap items of significance to your area with items from others around the world. A conduit for many an international cuisine to change hands. A place where you can trade a newspaper from South Africa, or a CD from Finland. A place where we take no responsibility for anything anyone else does. A place where we are Changing the world with other people?s 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!

POSTED BY Cybele AT 4:36 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     Fun Stuff

  1. I could really go for some of those wilder Kit Kats available in the UK and Japan.

    Comment by Tripp Ritter on 5/25/06 at 4:55 pm #
  2. I just signed up for Gimme Your Stuff—I’m intrigued. If people are interested in Japanese candy, I have more than enough to go around. Here’s the post with what I’m offering.

    I’ll let you know how the swaps go!

    Comment by Anjali on 5/25/06 at 6:36 pm #
  3. I am in candy swappers, but I am in the process of sending out my first package along the “Spring” theme.  I would tell what I am sending, but then my swapee would know!  I will link to this post in the yahoo group and maybe some older swappers will have more to say!

    Comment by jenny on 5/26/06 at 4:50 am #
  4. Well, I’m one of the perpetrators of gimmeyourstuff. A couple of my blogfriends in Australia were so inspired by the experience of swapping Milo for Tex-Mex goodies they got crazy creative energy and set up so others could have the same fun.

    So far so good—I have enjoyed tasty things from Australia and New Jersey, along with odd cultural artifacts…have some swaps in progress with other Aussies and folks in Calgary CA, France, Tucson AZ.

    One thing that’s interesting—the Internet is such an “instant” medium, but the process of setting up and then receiving exchanges unfolds in that pesky real time. Sweet exchange, but sour on my patience!

    So, anyone want odd and obscure Mexican candy (like corn-flavored lollipops)? Will trade unique and/or tasty local candy for the same!

    Comment by Lori Witzel on 5/26/06 at 5:04 pm #
  5. Hi,

    I’m a candyswapper. Mariko from supereggplant organized the group and it’s great fun! We’re given a theme, a dollar limit, and a deadline. And the creativity really shows.

    My first candyswap partner was from Pennsylvania, our first theme was “regional sweets” and our limit was $10. I got the funnest and tastiest assortment of Hershey chocolates—many of which I’d never tried.

    It’s been a super fun experience and I plan to be a candyswapper for a long time.

    Jana in AZ

    Comment by Jana on 5/27/06 at 3:27 am #
  6. I confess to being a candyswapper too!  Its an exciting group and pretty well organised.  You can choose to participate in the current swaps or not.  Its up to you.  You can also choose whether or not to swap to an international partner.  I received my first parcel from the U.S. and it was a well thought out gift which really made my day (the first good day in 2 weeks I’ve had).  So its also about the feel good factor.

    Mariko (the organiser) is really helpful and friendly.  I too plan on being a candyswapper for awhile yet!

    Comment by Ling on 6/05/06 at 6:59 pm #
  7. Hi!

    I love swapping candy from other countries! It’s so exhited to find something new in the mailbox!! And it’s also fun as you get to know a bit part of another country and culture.
    I’m also interested in swapping other stuff to.

    Comment by Agnetha on 9/01/06 at 1:24 am #
  8. I am on the search for BUBULUBU made by ricolino….please help!!!

    Comment by maria on 10/27/06 at 6:56 pm #
  9. i want my candy too be delivered!!!

    Comment by precious on 12/18/06 at 3:58 pm #
  10. airheads rock the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by alyssa on 3/18/07 at 1:49 pm #
  11. Looking for candy hummingird eggs

    Comment by Stacy Keen on 3/17/08 at 1:16 pm #
  12. I love candy!!

    Comment by shiho Kanosue on 9/03/08 at 11:00 pm #
  13. Does anyone have Watermelon, Freshcola, and/or Lime mentos? I will be able to give you Red orange, Grapefruit, Strawberry yougurt, or Lakirtz ( Don’t kill me if i spelled it wrong!)

    Comment by Riel on 12/28/08 at 4:47 pm #
  14. I am looking to find different cultures to get candy, toys, pictures, etc. from to teach groups at my work.  I work at a children’s home with at risk youth and kids that have no place to live.  I would love to be able to teach them about different cultures!

    Comment by Destini on 3/29/09 at 8:47 pm #
  15. I’m addictet to POp tarts because this i want to swap because here u can’t get them

    Comment by miranda on 11/02/13 at 3:31 pm #
  16. Hi im Anni im looking to do a candy swap email me .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Comment by anni mccoll on 11/05/15 at 12:04 pm #
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