Spooky Fun Halloween Treats From Oriental Trading (And Allergy Friendly Treat Bags Too!)

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Halloween is one of my absolute favorite times of year.  I love making goody bags for little trick-or-treaters but I often find myself disappointed at the selection of candy and small toys available in my local stores.  Thankfully Oriental Trading understands the struggle, and they have a whole HUGE variety of candy and treats to choose from that will knock your Halloween socks off.

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Oozing Eyeballs Candy is a spooky-fun candy that all the kids will love.  “Mad scientists”, optometrists and other trick-or-treaters love these gooey treats!  These putrid peepers are macabre must-haves for Halloween trick-or-treaters and for trunk-or-treat giveaways.

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Witchy Warts are sure to be a huge hit with kids of all ages.  These gruesome grape, orange, lemon and apple flavor candies delight Halloween trick-or-treaters and are great fillers for Halloween party favor bags.

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These Gumball Eyes are real eye-poppers!  Put a handful in every trick-or-treater’s bag for a ghoulishly good treat, or make sure your Halloween candy dish is full.  They’re ideal party favors for your scary celebration!

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Feast on some fingers! Add these gruesome Severed Finger Gummy Candies to their trick-or-treat bags this Halloween for a freaky fun touch.  Great for Halloween party favors, too, these mixed fruit flavor Halloween gummies are a tasty treat this spooky season.

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These spooky specters will make a tasty treat.  Pass out these Halloween Candy Ghosts to your trick or treaters or serve them as Halloween party treats. Grape, orange, apple and lemon flavors.

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These Halloween Hard Candy Rings are jewelry you can eat!  Place these mixed fruit-flavored accessories on each finger for a fun and frightful appearance!  Kids love wearing these Halloween candy rings in black cat, green monster and ghoulish ghost styles!  The perfect accessory for every costume! Mixed fruit flavors.

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No bones about it, these assorted fruit-flavored Bone-Shaped Hard Candy Fun Packs are ideal for a variety of occasions! Drop them in trick-or-treat bags for some bone-chilling fun or add them to party favor bags. The perfect snack size for a little tasty treat after lunch or dinner!

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These Unicorn Poop Candy Fun Packs are the perfect addition to your Halloween party supplies.  Hand them out to all your lucky little trick-or-treaters and pass along a little pack of  fun.  Strawberry flavor. Individually-wrapped.

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Don’t forget about the little ones with allergies!  We love being able to give treats to little ones who can’t have certain ingredients, and this fun Treasure Chest with Toy Assortment is the perfect thing for those little ones.  This treasure chest comes pre-filled with 100 toys and prizes for your Halloween celebration!  Let little ones pick their own toys or put together little toy goody bags…it’s always fun when everyone can join in.

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These Spooky Halloween Cellophane Bags are perfect for putting all the Oriental Trading Halloween goodies in!  Fill these 11″ cellophane bags with cookies or candy and give one to each trick-or-treater!  With pumpkin, bat and spider prints, these goody sacks are a Halloween party essential.  Also perfect for haunted bake sales!

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Aren’t these goody bags just super cute?  I had so much fun putting them together and I can’t wait to pass them out to all the little trick-or-treaters!

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We have super fun candy filled bags that are packed with spooky candies kids will love.

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And of course, we have toy filled bags for the little ones with allergies so they can have fun on Halloween too.

No matter what you’re shopping for this Halloween, make sure you check out everything that Oriental Trading has to offer.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

A Taste Of History With American Heritage Chocolate (Plus Bonus American Heritage Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Recipe!)

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Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am an absolute chocoholic.  No matter what it is, how light or dark it is, I LOVE IT!  I recently got the chance to try out some American Heritage Chocolate so you know my answer to partnering with them was YES!  Of course, haha!  American Heritage Chocolate has a unique place in the history of MARS, Inc. and in the hearts and minds of people all over America who appreciate an artisanal, authentic approach to making and celebrating chocolate.  115 experts from around the globe came together to perfect this 18th century recipe that is absolutely unlike anything else on the market.  The brand’s unique flavor profile makes it a joy to explore new ideas!  Like the complexity of a fine wine, a bite of American Heritage Chocolate reveals layers of taste.  The mildly spicy and slightly sweet recipe is flavored with a blend of 11 spices and ingredients available during the 18th century that range from the heat of chili peppers, to the warmth of vanilla, to the freshness of orange peel.

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Did you know that in the 18th century chocolate was enjoyed as a beverage?  It wasn’t until the mid 1880s that chocolate became “candy” as we know it.  These American Heritage Chocolate Bites give you a sampling to be enjoyed grated and served as a beverage or just popped in your mouth, which is really the best way to enjoy any chocolate…especially this one!

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There individual American Heritage Chocolate Sticks make perfect stirrers for your morning coffee!  If you prefer, it can be grated and added to water for a tasty sample of this authentic 18th century chocolate.  I chose to skip my coffee creamer and stir my morning cup of joe with this stick and the flavor was AMAZING!!  I had fun sitting and imagining that this is how my distant grandparents enjoyed their morning coffee.  (Hey, don’t judge me!  I’m somewhat obsessed with the past and figuring out what life was like for my ancestors.)

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Perhaps one of the best ways to enjoy this authentic recipe is the American Heritage Grated Chocolate.  Taste the sweeter side of the revolution!  This grated chocolate is delicious as a beverage and a great substitute for semi-sweet chocolate in a wide variety of recipes.

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I think the American Heritage Chocolate Block was by far my favorite item in my package.  Perfect for baking!  American Heritage is 63% cacao and a perfect substitution for the semi-sweet chocolate that your favorite recipe calls for.  I decided to use the chocolate blocks to make some peanut butter cups and the results were awesome!  Find the recipe below, try it out, and let me know what you think!

American Heritage Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 six ounce package of American Heritage Chocolate Block
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Chop one 3 ounce block of chocolate into large size chunks.  You don’t need to worry about getting it too small, it will all melt down just the same.

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Using a heat-safe glass bowl and small saucepan filled with water, melt the chocolate down using the double boiler method.  Once completely melted your chocolate will be smooth and glossy.

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Place baking 4 paper baking cups into a large muffin mold, and place a small layer of chocolate in each cup.  Freeze about 20 minutes or until solid.

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In a small bowl, beat together powdered sugar, peanut butter, butter and vanilla extract until the mixture is completely mixed.

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Divide the mixture into 4 pieces and form them into peanut butter patties.  Be sure to leave a little room on the edge so the chocolate on top can seal the whole thing together.

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Chop and melt the remaining chocolate block as you did before, and top your peanut butter cups off.  Freeze another 20 minutes or until solid and serve.

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The finished result is something that you and your friends and family just won’t be able to get enough of.

No matter how you choose to enjoy American Heritage Chocolate, you absolutely can’t go wrong.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Give Your Kids A Back To School Lunchbox Treat With Hi-Chew

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If you’re like me, you love giving your kids a healthy, nutritious, well-rounded meal to head off to school with…and sometimes to occasional  yummy treat.  This Back To School season, treat your kids to a chewy, fruity, fun snack in their lunchbox with Hi-Chew.  If you haven’t tried this incredible candy yet, you really don’t know what you’re missing.

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With roots that go as far back as 1865, it’s easy to see why Hi-Chew and Morinaga have become a worldwide sensation.  What began in 1956 as “Chewlets” has evolved into the incredibly delicious Hi-Chew candy that we have today.  There are a few new, fun ways to enjoy Hi-Chew and my kids just can’t get enough of it!

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The Hi-Chew Sticks are a great way to enjoy this sweet delight on the go.  The individual wrapping makes it easy to toss a few in a purse, diaper bag, backpack, lunchbox, or even just your pocket!  At first glance, they may look a little different but that’s for good reason.  Hi-Chew looks like nothing else on the market because IT IS NOTHING like anything else out there.  The texture is soft with a long and smooth chew and a slightly rubbery texture – almost a cross between gum and taffy.  With bursts of juicy flavor you’ll keep coming back for more and believe me…it will be hard to pick a favorite!  Currently you’ll be able to find kiwi, strawberry, mango, green apple, grape, cherry, and banana flavors in the stick packaging.

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One of the newest additions to the Hi-Chew family are the Hi-Chew Bites.  The Bites are a smaller version of the juicy, delicious Hi-Chew candy in fun mixes of flavors.  Each piece features a thin candy shell for quick and easy snacking without any sticky residue left on your fingers.  These yummy little bites are sold in a resealable pouch, and each pouch has two flavors for twice the fun.  You can find the Hi-Chew Bites in grape/strawberry as well as mango/orange bags.

With Back To School just a few weeks away, my kiddos can’t wait to take their new favorite treat to school and share with all of their friends.  Hi-Chew is gluten free, nut free, and made with real fruit juices and purees, which is perfect for allergy-conscious schools and students!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

New Hispanic Inspired Nerds, Fun Dip, Pixy Stix, and Laffy Taffy from Nestle

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Candy lovers all over are rejoicing as these new flavors of classic iconic candies hit the market.  This summer you can try out all of the new flavors that Nestle has come up with and taste how bold these candies are.  Filled with exciting new and intense flavor combinations inspired by the classic Dulcerías, Spanish for ‘candy store’, the new flavors have hit store shelves, offering fans a variety of tangy new flavors and are an unexpectedly delicious take on a summer treat.

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I was beyond excited to try out the new flavors!  These have been some of my favorite candies since I was a little girl and the temptation of the bold new flavors was just too much to pass up.  The new items debuting this summer are:

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NERDS® Guava and Mango Chile & NERDS® Lime and Pineapple – Inspired by the vibrant style and energy of Mexican professional wrestling, Lucha Libre, new NERDS ¡Lucha Grande! will  invigorate your taste buds with a variety of bold, Mexican-inspired flavors that are made with no artificial flavors.  Each pack introduces characters like the fiery El Mango Fuego and deceptively sweet Piña Furiosa whose adventures can be further seen in comic strips found at www.NestleDulceria.com.

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LAFFY TAFFY® Guava & LAFFY TAFFY® Pineapple From the candy that positively tickles your funny bone! Featuring jokes from acclaimed Hispanic comedian Anjelah Johnson, these new Laffy Taffy flavors are made with no artificial flavors and are perfect for a quick summertime treat.

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FUN DIP® Mango Lime & FUN DIP® Cucumber Watermelon – Ever feel like your Fun Dip dipping stick deserves more? With new Tamarind- and Lime-flavored dipping sticks, new Fun Dip Mango Lime and Fun Dip Cucumber Watermelon will leave you experiencing a whole new blast of intense taste combinations, made with no artificial flavors.

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PIXY STIX® Cucumber Watermelon, PIXY STIX® Mango Lime & PIXY STIX® Pineapple Add an extra burst of flavor with the iconic fruit tastes and combinations from Pixy Stix, a zesty treat made with no artificial flavors. Whether you’re garnishing your favorite mocktail glass rim, adding extra flair to whipped cream, or decorating Pinterest–worthy cookies, the possibilities are endless. But if all you crave is the familiar ritual of enjoying a Pixy Stix straw, simply tear it open, tip your head back and pour.

I don’t know how Nestle came up with such amazing flavors, but they did an incredible job!  Each and every new flavor is bursting with excitement and a fun spin on classic favorite candies.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017

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Before you know it, Mother’s Day will be upon us!  I am just getting started with the Mother’s Day Gift Guide but I will be adding to it all season long.  Make sure you check back often for all of the latest and greatest gift ideas for every woman on your list.

 

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The MyQ from Chamberlain is a great little device that every mother will love.  Long gone are the days of wondering whether or not you remembered to shut the garage door.  No matter where mom is, she can control the door with the simple tap of a screen.

(Read the Chamberlain MyQ Garage Opener Wi-Fi Connection System Review Here)

 

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What mom doesn’t love a great pair of shoes right?  The Lugz Seabrook Sneakers have a versatile style that every woman will adore, and they’re available in 7 different colors!

(Read the Lugz Seabrook Sneakers Review Here)

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Whether mom is in to cosmetics, skincare, hair care, you name it…Sephora has got you covered.  Thousands of great gifts that mom will love!

(Read the Sephora Review Here)

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Face In A Case is something every mom on the go absolutely needs.  You can carry your makeup with you with the added bonus of a clutch…too cute!

(Read the Face In A Case Review Here)

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Sally Hansen is the ultimate nail care expert.  Whether you’re looking for quick dry polish, all in one polish, gel polish, or even UV light-free polish, Sally Hansen has tons of shades every woman will fall in love with.

(Sally Hansen Review Coming Soon)

The Spice Lab has tons of great gifts that every mom will adore.  The Spice Lab’s Bath Soaks are absolutely to die for!  Spoil mom with a little relaxation this Mother’s Day and give her some of this amazing bath soak.

(Read The Spice Lab Review Here)

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What mom doesn’t love candles, right?  Root Candles has some of the best smelling candles around with a wide variety of scent selection so you can find the one that’s just perfect for the special lady in your life.

(Read The Root Candles Review Here)

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Click and Grow makes the smartest gardens you’ll ever meet.  Grow edible plants or beautiful flowers with zero effort.  Whether mom loves fresh fruits and veggies or eye-pleasing decoratives, Click and Grow has got it all.

(Read the Click and Grow Review Here)

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Every mom longs for a great set of kitchen knives that won’t dull with use.  Ginsu Chikara knives are the perfect addition to any kitchen, no matter how novice or expert the chef.

(Read the Ginsu Chikara Review Here)

Kitchen gadgets are a must, and the gadgets available from Kuhn Rikon are amazing!  Tons of items so you can find exactly what your mom wants or needs.

(Read the Kuhn Rikon Review Here)

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Gourmet Gift Baskets has some of the greatest gifts to pamper mom this Mother’s Day.  With a wide variety of gifts, you’ll be able to find the gift that’s just perfect for the lucky lady in your life.

(Read the Gourmet Gift Baskets Review Here)

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Corso’s Cookies makes it easy to give mom a boquet that she’ll really love…a boquet of cookies!  These beautifully decorated cookies offer a delicious, melt in your mouth experience mom will thank you for again and again.

(Read the Corso’s Cookies Review Here)

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Giusto Sapore has a delightful indulgence that your mom will be sure to love.  These different flavor Torrone treats will please every sweet treat lover, no matter what their guilty pleasure is.

(Read the Giusto Sapore Review Here)

Mother’s Day Gifts Every Mom Will Love

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I know all of us are on the hunt for the perfect gift for the special ladies in our lives.  I have a few fun gift ideas that any mom, no matter how young or old, will absolutely love.

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If you’ve followed my blog for a little while I’m sure you’ll recognize The Spice Lab.  I fell in love with their products a few years ago and I’m so happy to see their product selection expand all the time.  Whether you’re looking for different varieties of salt, spices, rubs, tea, sauces…you name it, The Spice Lab has it.  A must-have for this Mother’s Day has got to be The Spice Lab’s Bath Soak.  Each bath soak is 100% pure natural sea salt, so you don’t have to worry about hidden ingredients that may trigger skin reactions.  The Spice Lab uses only the best salt it can find, and you can tell the difference as soon as you use The Spice Lab’s various products.

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There’s nothing better than unwinding after a long day with a nice, hot cup of tea.  The Spice Lab’s Infused Black Teas are the perfect way to unwind and enjoy premium tea with amazing flavor.  The Cherry Blossom tea has a deep cherry flavor that tends to be sweet and aromatic.  Just a little sugar or honey goes a long way to pair with the great flavor of this tea.  The Orange Vanilla has orange peel and vanilla bits to make a flavor combo that is completely out of this world.

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What mom doesn’t like sweet treats?  Giusto Sapore has a delightful indulgence that your mom will be sure to love.  These different flavor Torrone treats will please every sweet treat lover, no matter what their guilty pleasure is.  The different flavors of nougat combined with the dried fruits and various nuts offer a treat that you can’t live without.

Make sure you check out all that the The Spice Lab and Giusto Sapore have to offer to find just the right gift for the special woman in your life this Mother’s Day.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Easter Sweet Treats From Nestlé

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For more than 150 years, Nestlé has been providing good food for a good life.  Nestlé products have been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl, and I’m so glad that I get to carry over the tradition to my children.  An Easter basket just isn’t complete if it’s not filled with Nestlé treats!  Whether you’re looking for classics, or newly acquired sweet treats, Nestlé has it all.

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This Easter, your favorite SWEETARTS flavors are available in Easter packaging to keep your baskets festive.  Some of the SWEETARTS Easter offerings include:

  • NEW! SWEETARTS® Soft Bites Bunnies – Featuring a surprisingly soft texture in a charming bunny shape, SweeTARTS® Soft Bites Bunnies offer an assortment of classic flavors in a jelly gummy with a unique melt away smoothness. With no artificial flavors or colors, these sweet on the outside and tart on the inside gummies are perfect for sharing.
  • SWEETARTS® Sour Bunny Gummies – Bunny-shaped limited-edition SweeTARTS® Sour Bunny Gummies are great for those seeking a tongue-twisting pucker! With no artificial flavors or colors and bursting with a variety of mouthwatering SweeTARTS flavors, these are a no brainer to help fill your Easter baskets.
  • SWEETARTS® Chicks, Ducks & BunniesSweeTARTS® Chicks, Ducks & Bunnies are the ideal companion for stuffing Easter eggs with adorable one-of-a-kind flavor combination! Featuring no artificial flavors, these fun springtime shapes are not only cute, but delicious too!
  • SWEETARTS® Soft & Chewy Ropes – A fan favorite since its launch in 2015, SweeTARTS® Soft & Chewy Ropes are a dazzling blend of chewy cherry, licorice-style rope with a fruit punch filling. With no artificial colors or flavors, this explosive flavor combination will get everyone hopping with joy.

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Last year Nestlé brought a delicious Turkish delight to the U.S. and MAN it is SO GOOD!  If you haven’t tried Damak yet…you don’t know what you’re missing.  Unwrap the unexpected with Damak.  This unique pleasure of indulgent chocolate and renowned Turkish pistachios comes in a convenient size so it’s the perfect Easter basket stuffer for any chocolate lover.

Give the gift of deliciousness this Easter with sweet treats from Nestlé.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***