Saturday, October 6, 2007

This Week in Candy - I’m Going to Meet All the Candy Bloggers

Littlejohn's Caramel KissesTechnically this happened last week, not this week, but bear with me. Last Friday I got to meet another one of my fellow candy bloggers (I have a set of three in-person meets so far!). Joanna from SugarSavvy.net was in town and we went out to lunch at the Farmers Market (because it was the densest candy location I could think of near my office). We had a little lunch with the incredible view of Littlejohn’s Toffee & Fudge. They were wrapping their slick and gorgeous caramel kisses (caramel covered marshmallows). Joanna bought some penuche, a pecan praline for a friend and I also got a praline and a piece of honeycomb (because it looked so good on Rosa’s post over at SugarSavvy ... but I ate it and can’t review it now). I probably jabbered on a lot about candy, but it’s pretty rare that I get to talk to anyone about candy except through the blog.

She also gave me a wonderful selection of four chocolates by Xocolatl de David. I’ve gobbled them up without taking their picture or reviewing them. (I’m sure I’ll have them again and do some coverage.) Mmmm ... dark and scorched fleur de sel caramels coated in rich chocolate. I definitely have to visit Portland one of these days.

As another update, the winner for the Ultimate Candy Expo Box was Kimberly. It was a little warm in both our locations last week, so I’m boxing up a list of her top requests and a bunch of other stuff to send off on Monday. There were 537 valid entries (a few doubles on the comment thread and a few that came in via email). I’m kind of 21st century in my drawing method. I export the entire list to an spreadsheet. Sort it (in this case by email address) and then have a random number generator tell me which entry won.

I’m thinking about running another giveaway, this time filled with Limited Edition items (some you may have loved, many you may have hated!). Any thoughts?

KeyCardAs a little follow up to another post earlier this week, Hershey’s has named Richard Lenny’s replacement. They’re promoting from within and have tapped David J. West (43) as the new President, CEO and Director. West’s current position is Chief Operating Officer, Exec. VP, Sr. VP and Pres of the North American Commercial Group (see, he’ll have a much shorter title!). Don’t worry about Lenny (55),  he’s leaving with plenty of compensation for his hard work this year: a $1.1 million base salary and $10.25 million in long-term compensations ... that’s just this year. (He has some other yet unexercised options worth $23.5 million.) More about Lenny’s history with the company here. Of the 20 top executives in Hershey, West was the youngest in senior management.

Chew on That has their monthly roundup of answers from bloggers. October’s topic is “What is the one thing in your refrigerator or pantry that you cannot live without?” As I’m not the cook in my household, my answer isn’t an ingredient, just something I eat.

Monday: Reese’s Whipps (4 out of 10)

Tuesday: Java Twix (8 out of 10)

Wednesday: Limited Edition Hot Cocoa Kisses (5 out of 10)

Thursday: GudFud Stuffed Marshmallows (6 out of 10)

Friday: Chocolate Poppers (6 out of 10)

Healthy Friday Bonus: Welch’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Snacks (6 out of 10)

Weekly average was 5.833 with 50% chocolate content.

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Comments
  1. I love trying limited edition candy, so I’d be all for a giveaway!

    Comment by emily on 10/07/07 at 3:23 am #
  2. Yeah, you sure did jabber on about candy. As did I.  Wasnt’ that the point? Like you, I so rarely get to discuss candy with people who don’t think my level of enthusiasm for it borders on pathological or obsessed. It is so comforting to know there are others who stroll through the candy aisle at World Market, just to “check-in” and see what’s new, without necessarily buying anything.  I did the same thing at Walgreen’s today. 
    Thanks for the tour and hospitality - it was great meeting you. Pacific Northwest candies (and Xocolatl de David) await your visit!

    Comment by joanna on 10/07/07 at 2:08 pm #
  3. Thanks for linking to us Cybele! I’m so glad you participated. Can’t wait for next month’s answer, but you’ll have to wait for the question smile

    Comment by Hillary on 10/08/07 at 11:54 am #
  4. Who wouldn’t want another candy giveaway?  In case you’d like to skip the contest and just ive it all to me, I’d be happy to send you my address. smile

    Comment by Heidi Schulz on 10/08/07 at 4:10 pm #
  5. There are probably at least 536 of us who would endorse another giveaway… :^)

    Comment by Tricia on 10/08/07 at 4:24 pm #
  6. I would love to participate in another candy giveaway..lol!
    Count me IN!!

    Comment by Merri on 10/13/07 at 10:23 am #
  7. Cybele's avatar

    Okay! I’m gathering some Lt. Ed. candies (The Java Twix, Tropical Tootsie Pops, Coconut 100 Grand, Peanut 100 Grand, Elvis Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups ...).

    Now I just need to figure out the contest ... should it be a drawing, some sort of trivia quiz or challenge?

    Comment by Cybele on 10/16/07 at 9:43 am #

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