February 4, 2008

My Dove Chocolate Valentine's Sweepstakes - Win a $21K Diamond Necklace!


Remember when we reviewed Dove Extra Dark Chocolate Minatures? In it we mentioned the nice little message inside each piece of dove chocolate on the inside of the wrapper. Well, now Dove has taken this to a whole new level. My Dove® Chocolate has partnered with Kwiat Diamonds to host the My Dove® “Expressions of Love” Contest. To enter, just tell My Dove® how you plan to say “I love you” in 51 characters or less (17 characters per line including spaces). The diamond necklace is worth $21,000, that's gotta be worth 51 characters no? And a diamond necklace trumps all Valentine's Day chocolate, I'm sorry to say.

Check out the My Dove site to enter.

Read the full story from Candy Press Releases

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February 3, 2008

Product Innovation Infuses Coffee Flavor into New Variety of TWIX®

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (January 23, 2008) — From fancy coffees to extravagant desserts, the pursuit of java-flavored food and beverages continues to be a hot trend percolating throughout U.S. culture. Today, TWIX® Brand is raising the bar on America’s coffee-flavor craze by introducing TWIX® Java with real espresso beans and coffee-flavored caramel. (Check out Candy Addict's review)

The limited-edition candy bar, available in stores nationwide through February 2008, is a decadent three layered blend of rich coffee flavored sweet caramel coated over a delicious chocolate cookie and covered in luscious milk chocolate. A touch of real espresso beans enhances the flavor of this chocolaty coffee treat. The brand offers fans a new type of “coffee break” and a chance to step back from hectic days.

“We are committed to constant innovation to create fun, great-tasting products that deliver a unique experience to our consumers,” said Michele Kessler, vice president, marketing, Mars Snackfood US. “TWIX® Java is the perfect treat or ‘pause’ for fans of TWIX and coffee lovers alike – a touch of espresso beans the perfect hint of java taste to the signature candy bar that fans have enjoyed for years”.

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January 23, 2008

Review: Limited Edition Green M&Ms for Valentine's Day

About a week ago, CandySnob alerted you to the limited edition, Green M&Ms that were launched for Valentine's Day. As we mentioned, we bought a bag and have checked them out.

No big surprise, but they taste exactly the same as other M&Ms, despite our hopes that there would be some unique flavor associated with the green candy coating. As a side note...about 20 years ago, I met a guy who could tell the color of an M&M by taste. I'm sure you just said, "Yeah, right!" because that's what I initially said. But I saw it, I ran the test myself, and this guy got every color correct. Crazy, huh?

But I digress...back to the Green M&Ms. They tasted great, as every other M&M, but they do not taste any different. But, for Valentine's Day we're all for these emerald little chocolate candies.

Read Even M&Ms are going green...in the name of love at CandySnob.

If you want to wear your Green M&M pride on your sleeve (so to speak), check out this Green M&M Face T-Shirtor any of the cool M&M apparel here.


If you can't get to a grocery or convenience store, or just want a stash on hand, get M&Ms here.

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Free Shipping & Free Bonus Bag w/ MyM&Ms Purchase

Want to score points this Valentine's Day? Spill your guts to the one you love on an M&M! There are a ton of colors and various packaging for you to choose from. And, MyM&Ms is running a Free Bonus Bag Offer and a Free Shipping Offer. Go nutty. And if you want to send a bag of "We Love Candy Snob" M&Ms to us, you would forever be in our good graces.

Check out MyM&Ms

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January 17, 2008

Review: Dove Extra Dark Chocolate Minatures

Dove has jumped on to the dark chocolate bandwagon with both feet. We tried the miniature version of their Extra Dark Chocolate. It boasts 63% cacao (they also have a 71% bar) and is available in a 3.5-oz. bar and a 5.36-oz. pouch of miniatures.

First thought is that I like the size of it. If its a decent piece of chocolate, and you take your time eating it, a small piece is all you really need. Is it one of the best pieces of dark chocolate I've ever had, definitely not. But is it a considerable step above most grocery store chocolates? Absolutely. Enjoyable flavor, decent mouth-feel. If you're not looking to break the bank on the really good stuff, this is a nice option.

As an added bonus (sort of), each piece wrapped with a special "Promise" note inside. Nice sentiment, but if you're having a chocolate jones, I'm doubting you're paying attention to the wrapper.

The Dove Chocolate Website

Dove chocolates at Amazon.com

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January 16, 2008

Even M&Ms are going green...in the name of love

Coincidentally, we just bought a bag of green M&Ms, so check back for our review and assessment soon!

M&M'S® CHOCOLATE CANDIES GO GREEN JUST IN TIME FOR VALENTINE'S DAY
Limited Edition All-Green M&M'S® Chocolate Candies Put Consumers in the Mood for Love This Valentine's Day

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ · January 16, 2007 - PRNewswire — Mars Snackfood U.S. is proclaiming green the new color of love this Valentine's Day as the brand celebrates the myths, rumors and innuendo surrounding green M&M'S® Chocolate Candies. In support of this bold and fun declaration, retail establishments across the country will display limited edition all-green M&M'S® amidst a sea of traditional red and pink products. Consumers can find the all-green M&M'S® in packages from January 2008 through the Valentine's holiday.

Ms. Green in a Starring Role

The flirtatious, alluring, and confident Ms. Green M&M'S® brand character will appear on packages along with a disclaimer that states: Consumption of The Green Ones® may result in elevated romance levels. If you experience this effect, contact your significant other immediately.

"By proclaiming Green the new color of love, M&M'S® is spinning a traditional Valentine's Day treat into something fun and flirty," stated Michele Kessler, vice president, marketing, Mars Snackfood US. "Consumers will be delighted with our sweet and sassy Ms. Green as she encourages Americans to support green as the new color of love and we elevate the myth behind green M&M'S!"

Consumers Can Celebrate The Green Myth Online

By visiting www.mms.com, consumers and fans will be able to demonstrate their love for green and learn more about the lady behind the legend. The interactive site will offer consumers the opportunity to join the green M&M'S® community by sharing their own experiences with the candy, as well as seek advice from Ms. Green on how people can get their lovers' mojo motoring. Consumers can also send Ms. Green E-Valentine's to significant others and secret crushes and online "green smooches" from the lady herself.

What is it about The Green Ones®?

Legend has it The Green Ones® are an aphrodisiac; rumors of their special powers have been circulating since the '70s. In fact a certain perm-bearing early '80s rock star had it in his contract for three pounds of Green M&M'S® Chocolate Candies backstage for, uh, "inspiration." The Green Ones® have even made it into outer space. Green M&M'S® Chocolate Candies have been requested on 31 space shuttle flights.

The Lore of Green

The color green has a strong place in history, long associated with love and fertility. Green is also associated with energy, youth, growth, hope and new life. In the 15th century, green was the preferred color for wedding attire and the Celtic symbol of fertility was The Green Man. Today, green is considered an emotional stabilizer and pituitary stimulant.

About Ms. Green

Ms. Green joined the M&M'S® pack in 1997 as the first (and only) female spokescandy. She instantly captivated fans of the iconic candy with her luscious lips, slightly suggestive smile and white-hot go-go boots. Famous for her sometimes intimidating "I melt for no one" bravado, Ms. Green is turned on by simple candlelit dinners… in Paris, and isn't shy about promoting her beauty and special powers.

Other M&M posts on CandySnob

Holy sugar shock - Dunkin Donuts launches Milky Way Hot Chocolate and M&Ms Donuts
CandySnob checks out M&M 100 Calories Packs
Survival of the fittest M&Ms

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January 12, 2008

CandySnob checks out M&M 100 Calories Packs


No big revelations with M&M's 100 Calorie Packs. They are the exact same as regular M&M's, except they control your portion to a 100 calorie serving. These are, of course, great in theory. If you eat 5 bags (like me, for instance), it does you no good.

If you have to have a chocolate fix and don't want to crush your calorie count, go with CocoaVia productsfrom Mars. Only 80 calories and dark chocolate, so it has all the health benefits of that going for it. Most importantly in this situation, they are more satisfying. Another better choice for counting calories would be the Figamajig, which we covered on January 7.

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January 11, 2008

Survival of the fittest M&Ms

A very funny post from a guy with a lot of down time who holds a WWE-worthy Survivor Series with his M&Ms - duels between individual M&Ms. He takes two M&Ms between his thumb and forefinger and applies pressure until one of them cracks. The M&M still standing intact goes to round two. This is a brilliant way to (1) make your M&Ms last longer and (2) waste time. Bravo!

Check out M&M products here.

from VOX

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January 5, 2008

Hershey's, Mars, Nestle and others in price-fixing investigation


The antitrust division of the US Department of Justice is looking into pricing by Hershey’s, Mars, Nestle, and some others who they think may be involved in price fixing to hedge against the high cost of milk. The Canadian authorities were on the case first about a month ago. As if the the big candy makers don't already have the deck stacked...

The full WSJ story is here.

From the WSJ Law Blog

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January 3, 2008

Chocolate Trends from 2007

As 2007 draws to a close, ConfectioneryNews.com takes a look at some of the trends that dominated the chocolate industry this year.

Trend #1: Healthy confectionery and functional ingredients
Lots of manufacturers have added functional "healthy" ingredients, our favorite being from Mars,
CocoaVia Chocolate Snack Bars- CocoaVia contains heart healthy Vitamins B6, B12, Folic Acid, Antioxidants C and E, and is an excellent source of Calcium.

Trend #2: Luxury and premium chocolates
But let's not let this healthy thing get out of hand...there's plenty of super-rich, super-yummy chocolate out there as well this year. One of our favorites is a classic, Godiva Chocolates.

Trend #3: Ethical chocolate
This means Fair Trade chocolate. One really quality piece of fair trade chocolate is the Theo Dark Chocolate Bar - Fair Trade Chocolate from Ghana.

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