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Getting Classic with Nostalgic Candy

By | Jun 19, 2015
Candy
by D.C.Atty

It seems like any time a group of old friends gets together, they always end up reminiscing about the good old days. Friends from childhood will talk for hours about pranks they pulled in school, big games out on the football field, and long summer days out riding their bikes through the streets.

Even men and women of a certain age who didn’t go to grade school together can still get wrapped up in nostalgia. Rather than discussing the adventures that they had with each other, they can talk about shared experiences that anyone who grew up at a certain time can remember and relate to.

Children of the 60s, 70s, and 80s love talking about the cultural experiences of their times. They talk about the music, the movies, the styles, and all sorts of other elements of the culture. Kids of the 60s had the Beatles; the 70s brought Fat Albert and his gang, while the 80s rolled out He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Unless you grew up secluded from the rest of society, you probably remember the cultural zeitgeist of your childhood.

Sweet Nostalgia

One big part of everyone’s childhood always revolved around a trip to the candy store. There was once a time not that long ago when heading out the door with a mere fifty cents meant you could stock up on enough candy to last you all throughout your busy day.

After a breakfast of sugar-filled cereal, you would get on your bike and stock up with even more sugar to help sustain you through all your adventures. Nothing helps satisfy after a grueling game of wiffle ball than a delicious chocolate bar or a sweet gummy treat.

While the carefree days of your youth may be long gone, that doesn’t mean you can’t reminisce with a taste of the past. Today you can enjoy all sorts of different candies that you remember from your wonder years. Here are a few incredible examples of nostalgic candies that will help open up the memory banks.

Bosco Milk Chocolate Bar

In the celebrated television series Seinfeld, an episode once centered around the character George Costanza’s ATM code. He refused his entire life to let anyone know the code, before finally revealing it to J. Peterman’s dying mother. As Cosmo Kramer nearly deduced (based upon George’s penchant for all things sweet), George’s password was, in fact, “Bosco.”

To members of a younger generation, this joke went straight over their heads, but many people still remember that delicious chocolate syrup of yore. Today you can purchase this tasty treat in the form of a Bosco all natural milk chocolate bar.

This Bosco bar is part of a limited run, so take advantage of this rare collector’s edition candy bar. Have a taste of the good old days with the Bosco milk chocolate bar.

Nik L Nip – Case

Many of us remember that delicious flavored water that came in the plastic containers, but who actually remembers what they were called? Well that product was Nik L Nip, and for some reason the idea of biting through wax to discover that sweet treat inside was a fantastic discovery for young children.

This case of Nik L Nip treats comes with 18 individually wrapped packages inside. Each one comes equipped with flavors that include blue raspberry, lime, orange, and cherry. You and your kids will jump for joy at the sight of these amazing snacks from yesteryear.

Dylan’s Candy Bar Time Capsule

Hearkening back to the past is different for people of all ages. One generation may remember candies that people born just a few years later have never heard of.

Looking for a present for a special person in your life? With the Dylan’s Candy Bar Time Capsule you can perfectly tailor a gift to the time your friend or family member grew up in.

With the 20s time capsule you will find many treats that are familiar, and a few you have maybe never heard of. Tootsie Rolls, Hershey Bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Milky Ways, and Mounds are a few of the candies you still know and love. However, who has ever heard of Chuckles or Idaho Spud? That’s the beauty of this delightful artifact!

The 60s time capsule again has special treats for children of all ages. Walk down memory lane with Lemonheads, Mallow Cups, Chunky Bars, Sweet Tarts, and Fun Dips. Jog your memory too with Big Hunks, Razzles, Look Bars, and more!

If you are a child of the 80s you can get in on the fun too with Big League Chew, Jumbo Push Pops, Nerds, Bubble Tape, Runts, Blow Pops, BottleCaps, and much more. There are even candy capsules for kids of the 50s and the 70s.

Just because you’re grown up doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy candies that you thought were long gone. Feel like a kid again with these nostalgic treats.

Jimmy Haley is a freelance writer who writes about shopping and food products including nostalgic candy.

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Sweeten Your Party beforehand with Candy Invitation

By | Jun 16, 2015
Candy
by beana_cheese

Your party is candy party and since you are going to a lot of trouble finding the perfect invitation pick from a company that designs the perfect invitation for you and one that is not mass produced. Choose an invite for your party not only with a ‘sweet greeting’ but with add the extras and offer you something exclusive. Invites are ordered for all kinds of special parties and events. If your party theme is sweet, choose an invite that is not only exclusive, but one that is custom designed in your colors. A popular Invitation that with candy, bows and other adornments attached to them tell your guests from the start that your birthday is really going to be very special event. An idea that is most popular is a lollipop attached to the invite decorated with a bow and a decal with the honoree’s initial or birthday year on it and in a matching design to the invite.

Custom Invites that are modern and contemporary will not only give your guests a sneak preview of what to expect from your special party but will get them excited about what is to come!. If you are looking for a unique and special invitation find one that will not only match with the theme of the party but also the theme, or the party colors, table settings, centerpieces, the spectacular cake, the candy favors, and the dress attire and more. Try to coordinate all these elements that pull together your whole event. You can make your day even sweeter with our candy invites – an invitation with real edible candies attached. Guests love to receive the invitation with a sweet treat attached. The invitation design can be in any color and in any design to compliment the rest of the event. Select from extreme elegance, whimsical, avant guard, dramatic, bold, contemporary, therefore having the invitation become a gateway to your dream party day. An invitation can be designed like the cake or a special theme for that honoree. Lot’s of themes can be used in designing invites, Mardi Gras, Pirates, Candyland, Princess, !st Birthday Prince, Cartoon Characters, Hawaiian or Tropical, Beach, Garden, Sports, Hollywood, 50’s party, Under the Sea, etc.

When looking for a unique invitation, it is imperative you find a highly regarded merchant that sells quality original designs, exclusive ideas, an array of colors, as well as one that is printed with high quality ink that matches, quality papers and matching envelopes from a trustyworthy manufacturer. It might be necessary to view the customer base and see the comments from customers that have been satisfied with this product and how it has reached all over the world with satisfied customers. A company where you can actually speak to the artist and creator of the product has great advantage as apposed to dealing with a mass produced card sold on thousands of other websites and marked up. Many invite websites have templates customers must fill in and do the work, but a company that does that for you makes the invite less stressful and the final look will be balanced and include all the things you would want to tell your friends and family about the upcoming event in an elegant manner. Be aware of choosing a company that helps with the designing and placement of the text and not left to the customer to make all those decisions on an invitation template. A company that makes available designs that can match not only the party invitation but also can match the announcement party invites, save the date cards, thank you cards, RSVP and reply cards, menu cards, extra map cards, cards for just the ceremony or service, and of course matching address labels. Most companies on the internet are selling a mass produced product so in turn, that is what you get – the set design, set colors and spacing where they want it and all done by the customer! Remember full color denotes mass production.

A candy party theme invitation is a new concept and one that will be chosen by many that want that extra special touch to their invitations without having to over pay extra for it. Many people like the idea of adding their own personal phrase or poem in the invite. By adding the RSVP matching card it saves and gives you more space for venue, time, place and date. If two invites are needed, one for the ceremony and one for the reception the same design can be used with different text or a compliment design in the same colors can be chosen.

Choose a company that can offer the whole package and one that also has the candy wrapped with elegance so your event turns in to dream candy party and is as lovely as the honoree or honorees.

Alice Phillips is a highly intuitive freelance writer, and she loves to write on various subjects including candies, sweet sixteen, invitation and baby shower.With tons of helpful tips on jewelry,receptions and gifts, she has created abundant, meaningful, and sustainable work, and earned a reputation on her own.

Three Glenwood Springs Attractions Named Travel Awards Finalists By Sunset Magazine

By | Jun 15, 2015


Glenwood Springs, Colo. (PRWEB) February 26, 2015

The word is out, and the hot springs adventure town located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies couldn’t be more elated. Sunset Magazine, a national travel and lifestyle magazine, recently named a trio of the town’s attractions as finalists in its first-ever 2015 Travel Awards. The awards honor excellence and innovation in the tourism industry across 13 Western states, British Columbia and Alberta. Areas of recognition include lodging, dining, cultural tourism, outdoor adventure and more.

The three Glenwood Springs finalists include Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in the category of Best Family Fun, Glenwood Hot Springs Pool for Best Hotel Pool and Spa of the Rockies for Best Wellness Destination. Each category has been culled to just the top four finalists. Sunset editors and its advisory board will announce the winners in the June 2015 issue.

Lisa Langer, vice president of tourism marketing for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association said she was aware that three of the town’s major attractions were submitting applications for consideration. “Sunset magazine is an international publication with a huge readership. Of course, I hoped we would be selected in one of the categories, but when three of our tourism partners were chosen as top finalists, well let’s just say it was a very good day in Glenwood Springs.”

Like all the finalists, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is in prestigious company. The other three category contenders all hail from California and include Jelly Belly Candy Company, Safari West and Universal Studios. “Wow! I am so proud that Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is a top-four finalist for the Best Family Fun in Sunset magazine’s 2015 Travel Awards. It’s truly an honor to be recognized alongside remarkable candidates with strong national branding by such a well-respected magazine. We take our mission of ‘Making People Smile’ seriously, and it means a lot to be chosen as one of the best places to go for family fun. It means we are doing something right!” said Nancy Heard, general manager of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is home to a host of thrill rides including America’s highest elevation roller coaster, the Giant Canyon Swing and the Alpine Coaster. During the winter months, the park is decorated with a half-million twinkling lights and highlights include lighted thrill rides, fire pits for roasting s’mores, mountain-top dining and more. Year-round the park offers tours of the caverns that range from mild to wild.

Jeremy Gilley, director of sales and revenue for Glenwood Hot Springs and Spa of the Rockies, echoes Langer’s and Heard’s reactions to the news. “We were thrilled, privileged and a little overwhelmed to be chosen by Sunset as a finalist for the 2015 Travel Awards in not just one but two categories, Best Hotel Pool and Best Wellness Destination. Making the final four cut is a tremendous tribute to our historic mineral hot springs property and our award-winning spa. We are honored to be in the company of other contenders who, like us, place a high value on achieving superior guest experience.”

Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is a one-of-a -kind attraction that has been drawing visitors for over 125 years. Its claim to fame is its prolific hot springs and its enormous size. Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is in fact the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool! In the category of Best Hotel Pool, it shares the spotlight with Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union, Wash.; Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko-Olina, Hawaii and Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Spa of the Rockies, along with the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, is operated by Glenwood Hot Springs which also oversees the pool. Treatments at the Spa of the Rockies focus on wellness and natural health practices, and often incorporate the healing properties of the mineral spring water. Other candidates for Best Wellness Destination include the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Vera Via in Carlsbad, Calif., and Waldorf-Astoria Spa at The Boulders in Carefree, Ariz.

Sunset magazine has nearly five million readers. It is published monthly and strives to inform readers about lifestyle topics of interest to those living in the Western U.S. and parts of Canada. Content focuses on travel, food, gardening and design.

About Glenwood Springs

For more information and to book reservations please visit http://www.visitglenwood.com; 888-445-3696. Glenwood Springs is located between Aspen and Vail, Colorado, 160 miles (257 kilometers) west of Denver or 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Grand Junction on Interstate 70 off exit 116. A press kit, press releases and photos are available at http://www.visitglenwood.com/media. B-roll video footage is available upon request.

Media Contacts:

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New Service from The NPD Group Provides Receipt-Based View of In-App and Full-Game Mobile Purchases

By | Jun 14, 2015

Port Washington, New York (PRWEB) February 26, 2015

The NPD Group, Inc., a global information company, today announced that it will begin expanding the capabilities of its Checkout TrackingSM service to track in-app and full-game mobile purchases in the U.S. leveraging extensive online receipt data provided by Slice Intelligence.

Designed to address the increasing demand for comprehensive information on consumer buying behavior, Checkout Tracking will deliver a buyers’ item-level purchase details for greater insight into evolving consumer trends in the games industry. The service provides for better competitive analysis, sales performance tracking for specific games as well as other games purchased by consumers over time, and insight into how pricing impacts purchasing. It can also provide a perspective on other non-gaming categories where spending has occurred by those specific gamers.

“Mobile is the third largest gaming category in the U.S., and grew in excess of 20 percent over the past year,” said David McQuillan, president of Global Games at The NPD Group. “We believe that information that allows gaming companies to fully capitalize on this explosive growth is paramount; this sentiment has been echoed by video game software publishers and developers who agree that there would be significant benefit in NPD’s new service offering that covers full games as well as in-app game purchases. We are pleased to be able to offer this new solution to address an underserved industry need.”

Of the 325,000 transactions, and 1,100 games that had in-app purchases tracked in the fourth quarter of 2014 the average number of items purchased per buyer was seven, with an average of $ 48 dollars spent per buyer. The service also allows for analysis of spending across multiple titles. For example, among those who made in-app purchases in Candy Crush and/or Candy Crush Soda Saga in Q4 2014, the top 5 other games they made in-app purchases for were Clash of Clans, Farm Heroes Saga, Boom Beach, Cookie Jam, and Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.

The in-app purchasing database has historical sales data going back to October 2012. The data is collected from large-scale longitudinal panels, enabling the study of consumers over time, the analysis of competitive purchase behavior, and the identification of purchase patterns. The Checkout Tracking Service also provides the added benefit of behavioral analytics, including the ability to better understand consumer purchase behaviors and to track key demographic segments, including age, gender, education, ethnicity, and household income.

“The NPD Group has been covering the games space for decades; this newest addition to our product portfolio is just a natural extension of our services and skills,” said McQuillan. “The marketing opportunities this service brings to the table are limited only by one’s imagination.”

About The NPD Group, Inc.

The NPD Group provides global information and advisory services to drive better business decisions. By combining unique data assets with unmatched industry expertise, we help our clients track their markets, understand consumers, and drive profitable growth. Sectors covered include automotive, beauty, consumer electronics, entertainment, fashion, food / foodservice, home, luxury, mobile, office supplies, sports, technology, toys, and video games. For more information, visit npd.com and npdgroupblog.com. Follow us on Twitter: @npdgroup.







Forget the Mess and Choose Sun Safe Candy

By | Jun 13, 2015
Candy
by 2timesM

Summer is a time for children to celebrate school-free days frolicking at the beach and pool and just enjoying the freedom that comes with being a kid. Candy goes hand-in-hand with summer fun, and everyone has memories of hopping on their bike and heading down to the local stationary store with some pocket change for some sweet treats to share with friends. While young chocoholics were left with evidence of their indulgences on smeared faces and grubby hands, kids who chose sun-safe, non-melting candy could escape the questioning looks of parents wondering why dinner was left untouched yet again.  

Kids and parents who want to avoid the mess of candy that melts in the heat have some great new and classic options available that are sure to bring smiles to faces both young and old. Choices range from hard candy to chewy confections to gum.

On the hard candy front, rock candy is a nostalgic choice that is perfect for warm weather. This candy is made by the same process of crystallization that produces quartz and diamonds in nature. It is available in blue raspberry, grape and strawberry flavors and comes in a choice of a mini bin or paint can packaging.

Another classic hard candy option is Jolly Rancher minis. Super sweet and long lasting, Jolly Ranchers come in grape, apple, watermelon, cherry and blue raspberry flavors. Packaging choices also include a paint can or mini bin container.

Also on the melt-resistant classic hard candy front are candy buttons. Parents will remember these sweet little dots packaged on strips of paper from their own childhood, bringing back their own memories of summertime fun. Today, Mega Candy Buttons are available in regular assorted fruit flavors and Mega Sour ones to appeal to kids of varying tastes.

If hard candy doesn’t have the fun vibe that kids seek, some other sun-safe options exist in gummy and chewy candies. Fans of classic candy will love treats like licorice and jelly beans. Licorice options include a Red Mix of cherry and strawberry flavored Australian licorice wheels or a Black Licorice mix of wheels. Red and black licorice is also available as bite size sticks. For a whimsical twist, Red Licorice Scotties will put some bite back into the dog days of summer with their pooch-friendly take on chewy candy. Packaging options for all licorice is either a small lunch box or paint can.

Another chewy candy that has stood the test of time is the jellybean. This classic candy is more than just an Easter-time staple. It is the perfect warm weather candy. It doesn’t melt or make a mess, and the fruity flavors are refreshing on even the warmest days. The only drawback to jellybeans is that most people pick out the cherry ones from the mix, leaving behind secondary flavors that just can’t match cherry’s appeal. The solution? Just choose an all-cherry jellybean option. Available in mini bin, paint container or lunch box packaging, Very Cherry Jellybeans keep kids happy while saving them from sticky hands, messy clothes and mouths.

More kid-friendly options on the sun-safe chewy candy front include traditional and sour gummy mixes. On the traditional side, folks who grew up enjoying Swedish Fish will love sharing the Sea Life Mix with their own kids. Featuring an assortment of gummy treats like Swedish Fish, Gummy Alligators and Mini Frogs in a rainbow of fruity flavors, this assortment is sure to make a splash.

Kids who want their gummy candies with a kick will love the Sour Mix collection of candies. This assortment of sour gummy belts, worms and cola bottles is designed to trigger mouths to water with its heavy coating of tart sugary grains. Available in a paint can package, this collection is sure to provide sour candy junkies with the tangy thrill they crave.  

For those who desire something sweet but don’t necessarily want hard or chewy candy, gum is the perfect heat-proof solution. Nothing brings back youthful memories than the fresh, sweet flavor of bubble gum on a warm day.  For a new twist on an old favorite, Dubble Bubble Gumballs in Very Cherry pair the classic taste of Dubble Bubble gum with cherry candy on the outside for some extra zip. Dubble Bubble Gum Balls in Very Cherry come in either mini bin or paint can packaging.

Every sweet tooth knows that some candy just can’t handle the heat and sun without being reduced to a messy pile of goo. Thankfully, sugar lovers both young and old have a ton of options for treats that will hold up on even the hottest summer day. From hard candy like Jolly Ranchers, to jelly beans and gummy candies, there’s an option for even the most discerning sweet tooth.  So sit back and relax with a Swedish Fish or two and follow it with a gumball chaser for dessert. It’s summer, and everyone needs a sun-proof candy to forget the mess and make them feel like a kid again.

Brent Miller is a freelance writer who writes about shopping and food products including sun safe candy.

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Sex Sells! A Newly Minted Organic Bodycare Brand Courts Controversy at a Cost

By | Jun 11, 2015


New York, New York (PRWEB) March 02, 2015

Tyrone Christopher, Co-founder of Soft Candy Cosmetics and Publisher of Idoll Magazine, a medium for the model agency industry, have launched Softcandy.sexy, an online destination, where patrons can find, and buy Mango, Passion Fruit, Pink Grapefruit, Pomegranate, and or Vanilla flavored organic lip balms, Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, after 1pm.

At a cost of alienating a few potential patrons, Soft Candy Cosmetics has recently came under fire by announcing the brands commitment and support of a Fine Art Nude – Photography Exhibition, for the Anti-Slut Shaming Campaign. For the unaware, slut-shaming happens when a person “publicly or privately [insults] a woman because she expressed her sexuality in a way that does not conform with patriarchal expectations for women.” It’s “about the implication that if a woman has sex that traditional society disapproves of, she should feel guilty and inferior.”

This is an art exhibition where exhibitors are encouraged to illustrate women sexually empowered. Images ranging from women advocating sex on their terms, or as the aggressor in a non – patriarchal environment, to images of female pimps overruling male sluts and more. Patrons in attendance are offered complimentary Soft Candy lip balms and hand lotions. This event is TBA. Check Softcandy.sexy for details and updates.

Soft Candy Cosmetics began late 2014, with a few organic flavored lip balm products. At the time, all lip balm items, were offered as gifts to constituents and notable inhabitants working inside the model agency industry.

Currently, the Soft Candy brand is in development on an organic ‘whole fruit’ based line of bodycare and cosmetic products. Patrons can look for new Soft Candy items on sell at http://softcandy.sexy/ and or at your local organic retail outposts. For all other inquires, check softcandy.sexy

Soft Candy is truly an organic based brand. Ingredients such as Aluminum, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Paraffin, Paraffin Oil, Paraffin Wax, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate, and Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), are toxic, posses the ability to cause various health issues and is not found in Soft Candy products. In fact, there are no mineral oils, petrochemical derivatives, synthetic dyes and or animal testing used in Soft Candy Cosmetic products.

Consumers can purchase Soft Candy products at http://softcandy.sexy or see Soft Candy products across North American shelves, Summer 2015. For distribution, retail, and or product review inquires, please contact us at info(at)softcandy(dot)sexy







Top Candy Bars for Chocolate Lovers

By | Jun 9, 2015
Candy
by Muy Yum

For the chocolate lover in your life, try gifting one or a few of these scrumptious bars. Whether it’s filled, studded with nuts or infused with decadent flavors like tiramisu and banana cream pie, chocolate makes the perfect gift for any occasion. And for the candy-obsessed, shopping for others can be just as much fun as an indulgent solo candy spree. Chances are, your candy-loving friend won’t be shy about sharing, either. So pick out a bounty of tempting goodies that will appeal to every taste and treat your inner chocoholic to the sensational variety of chocolates and candies available from only the finest chocolate purveyors in town. Here’s a small sampling of delicious bars currently available for the adventurous yet discriminating sweet tooth.

Tiramisu Bar

This decadent tiramisu in a packable, giftable bar form satisfies cravings for delicious tiramisu anytime. This 2 ounce dessert bar is made from rich Belgian chocolate and sealed in a signature wrapper. Layers of the finest chocolate available enrobe tiramisu filling for a taste sensation every bit as satisfying as the real thing. Pick up a box and indulge!

Banana Cream Pie Bar

Dessert lovers swear by this curiously spot-on Banana Cream Pie Dessert Bar. Packed into 2 ounces of the finest Belgian chocolate, a rich vein of banana creamy goodness waits to treat your tongue to the smooth delicious sensation of real banana cream. It’s the perfect combination for real dessert connoisseurs.

Burton Morris Three Pack Bars

Try some smooth, creamy Belgian chocolate wrapped in unique limited-edition packaging by Burton Morris. This pack makes a fantastic gift for design freaks and chocolate lovers alike. Pick up a pack of three 2 ounce bars and enjoy a feast for the senses.

IT Bar- Milk Chocolate with Jalapenos

This is a spicy addition to IT, a signature line of bars that pairs premium Belgian chocolate with gourmet ingredients. Test your palette by indulging in this spicy delight. Share some with your friends or even use it while cooking—this bar pairs wonderfully with chili or as a topper for crusty bread. Trust us.

IT Bar- Milk Chocolate with Cocoa Nibs and Coffee

Another gourmet candy combining high quality Belgian chocolate with fresh gourmet mix-ins and fillings, this IT bar is a delicacy for anyone with a sweet tooth and a taste for the finer things in life. Rich cocoa nibs and coffee create a rich explosion of flavor—great for candy-loving adults who crave serious chocolate firepower.

IT Bar- Dark Chocolate Layered with Milk

Another rich IT dessert bar for an advanced palette. This unique combination of premium Belgian chocolate and gourmet add-ins pairs creamy milk chocolate with satisfying layers of dark chocolate. For those who refuse to choose between light and dark, make this bar your go-to craving zapper.  

IT Bar- Milk Chocolate with Toffee Bits and Caramel

This time-tested combination of absolutely perfect milk chocolate, sweet caramel and buttery, crisp toffee will win over any palette. Thanks to IT’s advanced chocolate engineers, every gourmet bar greets the tongue in a concerto of startling, delicious flavors and textures. Try the other bars in this unusual and unusually delicious series too.

Emergency Dark Chocolate Bar

A delicious ration for the rainiest of days, this bar of finest Belgian chocolate comes in a tongue-in-cheek Red Cross style wrapper. Take emergency cravings down with this dark, decadent, to the point dessert bar. You’ll feel much better afterward.

Marital Bliss Milk Chocolate Bar

A hilarious and judicious interpretation of marital bliss—expressed in rich, creamy milk chocolate. For maximum pleasure, share this velvety confection with your partner. It also makes a fantastic gift for engagements, bridal showers, weddings and anniversaries.

Everything but the Kitchen Sink Bar

A dessert bar with something for everyone—or, more like it, everything for everyone. This jam-packed bar comes with seven—count ‘em—seven, delicious gourmet ingredient, both savory and sweet, for a mouthful you can really sink your teeth into. Every inch is chockablock with pure hand poured milk chocolate, salted pretzels, salty clouds of gourmet popcorn, cashews, crunchy toffee bits, tasty graham cracker pieces, fluffy marshmallows, and peanuts. A mouthwatering combination sure to leave even heavyweight appetites satisfied.

Cadbury TWIRL Bar 1.5 Ounces

European chocolate by Cadbury owes its velvety finish and creamy texture to generous doses of milk in the recipe. As any seasoned connoisseur of European candy knows, no American candy bar comes close to touching the Cadbury when it comes to smooth mouth feel and sweet, creamy indulgence. Twirl offers two delightfully flaky bars in each package, draped in even more rich milk chocolate for an unbeatable candy experience. Now available to Americans stateside, anytime.

The next time you’re feeling a serious pang for chocolate, consider these decadent treats. You’ll be glad you did.

Brent Miller is a freelance writer who writes about shopping and food products including candy bars.

Packaging Your Soft Chewy Candy

By | Jun 8, 2015
Candy
by ewan traveler

Many sellers of soft chewy candy tend to find that the process of packaging their soft candy can be a difficult one. Not only do they want to ensure that it doesn’t harden over time, but there is also a concern that the packaging might not be enticing to people. Because of that, you will want to consider some of the following options.

Perhaps the best and most effective way for you to package your soft chewy candy will be to place it inside of a jar. This process will allow you to place all the different bulk flavors you want to include and it will also allow you to decorate a container at the same time. Since you are going to be able to seal the jar as well, your customers are going to get the soft candy they crave, in a great storage container.

Colored cellophane bags are another option you have. This will give your customer a visually appealing option that they can use to pick up some of your soft chewy candy. However, it will be important that you do understand that the candy could dry out in this manner, so you will only want to package a little at a time as you build up your options for your candy.

Plastic bags are another way that people will set their soft chewy candy up for sale. Since these bags can come in a number of different sizes, you can easily adjust the amount of candy that goes into them. This will of course prove to be an effective way for you to sell various sizes of your candy and have the soft candy stored inside of a convenient plastic bag.

Coming up with your own unique packaging is a possibility as well. Because of this, you will want to be sure that you consider the items you can store your candy in and then set them up as options. The best choices are going to be ones that will allow you to not only provide safe storage and keep your candy fresh, but they will also be choices that are going to allow you to visually appeal to your customer as well.

That will of course mean you will want to consider options when holidays roll around as well. For example, you might want to consider stockings at Christmas and even a fun red, white and blue baggie when the 4th of July rolls around. The options are going to keep being endless. You just need to use some common sense in this process to make the experience an effective one.

Remember, the art of selling your bulk soft chewy candy is one that is going to move product and make you the most money at the same time. Consider the options you have and even consider testing several methods. That way, you can determine which approach is going to be the most effective for you. The goal is after all to move stock and make money from the sales of your soft candy.

 

The 25centcandy.com website is dedicated to meeting the needs of businesses who vend soft chewy candy.

How to Keep Bulk Hard Candy Fresh

By | Jun 7, 2015
Candy
by frankieleon

There is no doubt that you want your bulk hard candy to be as fresh as possible. The problem that often happens with hard candies is that they will quickly become dry and lose their flavor. This can make for a less than pleasurable experience when you are consuming these candies. Because of that, you will want to keep some important ideas in mind when you are trying to get the freshest candy possible.

When you are buying bulk hard candy online, you will want to be sure that the seller is keeping the hard candies they sell properly. You will want to ensure that they are doing what they can to keep the candy away from exposure to air and that it is stored in a location that is both cool and dry. The result of the candy not being handles properly is that it will taste off as well as having a strong smell and appear to be discolored.  

Once you have your bulk hard candy in your hands, you will be responsible for maintaining its freshness. You are going to want to do this as effectively as possible. This could mean you want to look at some of the air tight containers that can be found in the store. When your candy is place in a hard container, you are going to be able to store your bags of candies in them easier. What many people will do is place their candy in storage bags before placing them inside of the actual containers and seal them. This helps to ensure that no moisture will affect them and it will be a simple way to ensure that your bulk hard candy does remain fresh. However, it is important that if you do this approach to keep like hard candies together for the best possible results.

When you are storing these containers of hard candies, it will be important that you ensure that you have placed them in a cool, dry place as well. Damp places or ones that are exposed to heat can still have an impact on your stored candy as well. Because of that, you will want to ensure that you have them stored properly to avoid any possible problems.

Finally, access to your candy should remain limited. When you are ready to pull out your bulk hard candy, you should do so in a limited amount that will be consumed or sold in a short period of time. Taking out more than the necessary amount will leave it exposed for far too long and you will experience problems with your candy, which could otherwise be served fresh.

Those looking to keep their hard candies tasting fresher longer will certainly want to consider this as one of the best approaches available. Be sure that you are cautious with your candy and ensure that you handle it properly for a long shelf life of enjoyment.

 

 

The 25centcandy.com website is dedicated to meeting the needs of businesses who vend bulk hard candy.

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Firebrand Group Powers NYC Social to Multiple Social Star Award Wins

By | Jun 6, 2015

(PRWEB) March 03, 2015

Firebrand Group Powers NYC Social to Multiple Social Star Award Wins

The Sport & Social Industry Association (SSIA), the premier organization connecting companies that run adult sports leagues, tournaments, and social events, has just announced the winners of its 2015 Social Star Awards. Administered this year by Chris Hastings, Vice President of the SSIA, and voted on by approximately 70 SSIA board members, the Social Star Awards are designed to recognize and honor outstanding and innovative groups in the social sports industry.

New York-based co-ed sports league coordinator NYC Social swept the categories in which it was nominated. A trailblazer in the social sports industry, NYC Social was nominated and voted the winner in three categories: Marketing Innovation Award, Product/Program Innovation Award, and Best Social Media Campaign.

NYC Social won Best Social Media Campaign for #LoveDrop, a cross-channel activation that delighted singles all over Manhattan. Conceived by boutique digital branding firm Firebrand Group, the campaign involved Firebrand locating recipients via their tweets and surprising them with special deliveries of goodies, including Pandora pops, free season passes to NYC Social, Valentine’s Day candy, and more.

“#LoveDrop stemmed from the idea that NYC Social is all about meeting people in real life: putting down that cell phone, closing that dating app, and hanging out with people who enjoy similar activities,” said Gabrielle Zigi, Firebrand Group’s Director of Digital Marketing. “We want to practice what we preach by showing up at our followers’ front doors, interacting in person, and dropping off some love.”

The campaign boosted interest in NYC Social and ensured everyone who participated felt the love. #LoveDrop received 1.9 million impressions across various social platforms and saw NYC Social increase its social following, including a 9% increase on Instagram alone.

And for anyone who missed out on the fun, NYC Social’s Founder Amy Short teased, “We had such a blast on Valentine’s Day that we think NYC could use another #LoveDrop to welcome all those recent transplants—it’s hard to meet new people out there!” You never know when NYC Social and Firebrand will drop some love, so make sure to check out #LoveDrop on Twitter this week.

The Marketing Innovation Award, which recognizes ingenuity in promotional campaigns, was awarded to NYC Social for its “Fall in Love Spectacular.” The event connected singles as well as committed partners hoping to strengthen their bond. The campaign featured beautiful retro artwork, and had significant social media buy-in, including key tweets to (and retweets by) Mandy Len Catron, the author of the NY Times article which inspired the event. As a result of the campaign, Time Out New York’s annual singles issue named NYC Social one of the top 5 places in NYC to meet other singles.

The Product/Program Innovation Award, which recognizes the most original product offering, was awarded to NYC Social for its scheduling creativity and optimization of fields and venues. Its creative scheduling resulted in a revenue boost for NYC Social in both the summer and fall seasons.

ABOUT FIREBRAND GROUP:

Firebrand Group is an energetic, interdisciplinary team of digital marketing experts, social media savants, and creative specialists based in the quaint farming village of New York, NY. Established in 2012, Firebrand partners with Fortune 500-level brands and high-growth startups to tell their stories through digital channels. For a full list of services offered and a list of brand partners, please visit: http://www.firebrandgroup.com/services.

ABOUT NYC SOCIAL:

Since 2004, NYC Social has made its mission to connect adults (ages 21+) via athletic activities like volleyball, football, soccer, dodgeball, and many more. These co-ed sports, open to all experience levels, easily encourage networking while taking the awkwardness out of meeting new people. For more information on NYC Social, please visit: http://nycsocial.com.







Loma Linda University Health Rejuvenates Its Vending Machines with Healthier Selections

By | Jun 5, 2015


Loma Linda, CA (PRWEB) March 03, 2015

Loma Linda University Health announced today, that in its commitment to whole health and well being, it will be offering new, healthier choices in all of its vending machines across its campuses.

Over the past year, a cross-section of Loma Linda University health nutritional leadership took part in creating dietary criteria, listening to vendors, sampling their products, and ultimately recommending a single vendor for the entire organization.

Most recently, a food fair was held during which vendors were able to provide samples of their offerings to a variety of staff, students, clinicians and administrators. Participants rated the food samplings in a number of areas including flavor, presentation, cost and healthful ingredients.

“We are excited about the range of options that will come to replace the current assortment of sodas, candy bars, and junk food over the next few months,“ said Daniel Fontoura, Vice President for Wholeness at Loma Linda University Health.

This change will introduce a wide range of healthy, flavorful, and often gourmet-like options.

Fontoura continued, “We want to assure everyone that the replacement items are designed to not only be healthier, but at the same time provide an array of sweet, savory, and satisfying choices. We really want to make the transition to healthier snacks as easy as possible, while sending a small but symbolic message that we want a food environment maximizing health and wellness.”

Loma Linda University Health will also be introducing changes to its menus in its cafeterias across the organization in 2015, designed to increase the availability of healthy selections.

“Increasingly, our parents and students, faculty and staff, patients and community members are drawn to Loma Linda University Health because of our legacy of wholeness and our notoriety for living longer because of healthy lifestyle and eating habits. We want to continue this tradition well into the future, and changes to vending machine and cafeteria food offerings is one of many exciting steps that will aid in improving overall health,” Fontoura concluded.

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Wellspring Camps Study: 92% of Americans Believe Food Can Be Addictive

By | Jun 4, 2015

ATLANTA, GA (PRWEB) March 04, 2015

When thinking about catalysts for addiction, illicit drugs, alcohol and cigarettes tend to be top-of-mind for consumers. A recent study entitled “Food as Drug: Americans Are on a Sugar High” conducted by ORC International for Wellspring Camps, an affiliate of RiverMend Health, in February 2015, found that nearly all Americans (92%) surveyed believe that food is another form of addiction. Emphasizing this thought is the fact that 66 percent of respondents believe it can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks to fully recover from “carb” addiction, further demonstrating that food can have similar effects on the brain and body as illicit drugs have.

Despite aligning food with other severe addictions, nearly half (48%) of respondents also shared that they believe lack of motivation to exercise is the largest hindrance to weight control, which highlights pervasive misperceptions in American society about how people gain weight and struggle with obesity.

“Conquering an addiction requires commitment and support, as well as behavioral therapy and occasional medical intervention,” said Eliza Kingsford, licensed psychotherapist and executive director of Wellspring Camps. “If we think about food as a powerful addiction that affects close to one-third of obese adults in this country, then we cannot assume the solution is as simple as finding motivation to go to the gym. It’s far more complicated than that.”

How Food Acts Like a Drug

Dr. Nicole Avena, a research neuroscientist, author and expert in nutrition, diet and addiction, works with Wellspring Camps to research and analyze these topics on a regular basis. She explains that when a person repeatedly eats sugar, which we are often unaware we are doing as it is hidden in so many food products that we consume, it releases dopamine in reward-related areas of the brain. These same areas of the brain are activated when one drinks alcohol or smokes cigarettes.

As a result, the reward from eating sugar can lead to further eating, making it even harder to cut back on intake. On the topic, Avena said: “Emotionally, eating a piece of candy now and then can be rewarding and feel good. But, for people who struggle with weight issues or who want to cut back on their intake, eating candy can momentarily feel good, but then cause guilt, shame and a sense of failure. It is important that people recognize these feelings and not use food, similar to how some people would use a drug, to soothe their emotions.”

Create a Healthy Obsession

Interestingly, 40 percent of the survey respondents aged 18-34 said their parents did not set healthy food behaviors for them during childhood that they would feel good about passing onto their own children. Unfortunately, many adults are not able to overcome these negative patterns without intervention. In fact, 90 percent of individuals who are obese at 18 will remain so throughout their adult lives, according to Wellspring Camps.

“It’s time to create a new healthy obsession with diet and exercise,” adds Kingsford. “As we better understand how foods can affect our minds and bodies, instead of using food as a ‘drug,’ we can use it as fuel to create a healthy productive lifestyle for ourselves and our children.”

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity is becoming increasingly prevalent in the U.S. with 69 percent of adults ages 20 and older and 18.4 percent of adolescents ages 12-19 in America considered obese. Consequently, many struggle with obesity and weight loss for the majority of their lives.

In addition to overall health, there are significant psychological, social and economic impacts to long-term obesity. To put this in perspective, an 18-year-old obese person in the U.S. today can expect to save $ 549,907.35 during their lifetime if they reach a normal weight in the next 3-12 months.

To review the full study’s findings, download the report on the Wellspring Camps website.

About Wellspring Camps

Wellspring Camps, an affiliate of RiverMend Health, is the nation’s leading provider of health & wellness camps for children, teens, young adults & families. Wellspring Camp’s scientific approach to weight loss is giving boys and girls ages 10 to 26 the inspiration, education and tools to change their lifestyle for the better. The program is designed to be simple, scientific, sustainable and safe incorporating clinical treatment in the form of behavioral coaching, culinary and nutrition education, exercise science, personal training, a range of activity classes and traditional summer camp activities.

As a premier provider of scientifically driven, specialty behavioral health services founded on the belief that addiction and obesity are the nation’s most pressing healthcare challenges, RiverMend Health brings together the world’s preeminent experts and a nationwide network of rehabilitation facilities to conduct cutting edge treatment, research and education. For more information or to learn about enrollment for Summer 2015, visit http://www.wellspringcamps.com.

Survey Methodology

ORC International Telephone CARAVAN® survey was conducted February 5-8, 2015. The study was conducted using two probability samples: randomly selected landline telephone numbers and randomly selected mobile (cell) telephone numbers. The combined sample consists of 1,015 adults (18 years old and older) living in the continental United States. Of the 1,015 interviews, 514 were from the landline sample and 501 from the cell phone sample.    The margin of error for the sample of 1,015 is +/- 3.08 at the 95% confidence level. Smaller subgroups will have larger error margins.

Surveys are collected by trained and supervised US based interviewers using ORC International’s computer assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) system. Final data is adjusted to consider the two sample frames and then weighted by age, gender, region, race/ethnicity and education to be proportionally representative of the US adult population.

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