M&Ms Contest Winners and a new Tootsie Roll Giveaway

Via a random number generator, commenters 36, 28, and 19 have been selected as the winners of my M&Ms giveaway! Congrats to Nancy, Chelsea, and Jennifer B., who will be receiving Easter themed M&Ms courtesy of Mars.

And if you didn’t win this time, I will host more giveaways…

Like right now! Leave a comment about your favorite Tootsie Roll treat (here’s a list of their products), and one randomly selected U.S. winner will receive an Easter or Child’s Play pack courtesy of Tootsie Roll, who are trying to make amends for their Junior Fruit Cremes. Contest closes at midnight on Friday, April 3rd. Good luck!

Easter M&Ms giveaway

Isn’t it frightening how soon holiday themed candy goes out on the shelves? The Easter stuff started trickling out before Valentine’s Day before they fully burst onto the shelves on February 15, two full months before Easter. M&Ms has special pastel colored M&Ms, some of which are egg shaped, which I appreciate. Unlike some candy bars that just change the packaging on their minis, M&Ms went above and beyond to make their holiday goods special.


Now’s your chance to get some of those holiday goods for free! Three randomly selected readers can each win a giant bag of pastel M&Ms, courtesy of Mars and via me. To enter, just leave a comment about your favorite Easter candy with a valid email address (only I can see them, and I’ll only use them to notify the winners) on this post by midnight EST on Tuesday. Sorry – U.S. readers only, please.

Good luck!

GudFud Stuffed Marshmallows – Review + Giveaway!

A couple of weeks ago, the folks at Gud Fud emailed me asking me if I’d like some free samples of their stuffed marshmallows to review. Having already read about their marshmallows on CandyBlog and CandyAddict, I eagerly said yes to my chance to give them a shot, expecting a dozen or so marshmallows to show up in the mail. Instead, I ended up with 1600 marshmallows, 800 of their chocolate stuffed and 800 of their fruit jelly stuffed.

Clearly Gud Fud and I have differing definitions on what constitutes a “sample.” 800 of them were left in my residential college master’s office, and the rest I am slowly parceling out to friends. More on that later. But for now, I’m sure you’re all wondering how they taste. The answer is, it depends. If you like marshmallows, you’ll like these. If you don’t, you won’t.


No matter where you stand on marshmallows, you have to admit that the packaging on these guys is adorable, if a bit confusing: English letters, German umlauts, and Japanese characters make them a worldly looking product. If you think too hard about the cartoons, they get a little zombie creepy (why are there holes in their heads that allow their innards to seep out?), but overall, cute.

The marshmallows are pretty standard. The immediate outside is a bit dry and dusty, like what would happen to a regular jet-puffed marshmallow if you left it outside the bag for a while, but the insides are soft and squishy. They just taste like your average store-bought marshmallows. The chocolate insides aren’t strongly chocolatey – the flavor is more Tootsie Roll than chocolate bar – and it has a frosting-like taste and texture.


The fruit jelly stuffed marshmallows have similarly cute zombie-fied characters on their packaging and come in three flavors: grape, strawberry, and orange. Unlike the icing of the chocolate stuffed Gud Fud marshmallows, the fruit fillings in these are sweet, gooey, translucent gels.

The fruit jellies alone were great – bright, sweet, and true to their monikers. I just don’t know about the combination of the fruit and the marshmallow. There’s a reason why we eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, not marshmallow fluff and jelly sandwiches. I didn’t actively dislike them (though some people who I shared these with did), but I didn’t especially enjoy them either.

Overall, the Gud Fud guys get an O from me. I like marshmallows – whenever I have the chance to make s’mores over an actual flame, I’ll eat marshmallow after marshmallow, both toasted and untoasted, until I feel sick to my stomach – so I liked these too, but I didn’t love them. I wish I liked them more, as I have so many of them, but at least I don’t dislike them. They’re pretty nice in hot cocoa, and I’d love to try them toasted someday.

If you want to check these out for yourself, Gud Fud offers “free” samples on their website that’ll cost ya $2.95 in shipping and handling for 10. Or, reader-friends, I can parcel some out to you as well. Leave a comment here with your email address. I’ll give you a mailing address for me, and if you send me a self-addressed and stamped envelope, I’ll mail you one of each flavor and hope that they don’t count as bulky objects that require additional postage. And I’ll do a proper giveaway at some point too, so stay tuned!

Edit: All marshmallows have been given away, mailed off, or eaten by myself and friends, so my mailing offer is now closed. Hope those who got them enjoyed them!

M&Ms Contest x2: Free M&Ms!

M&Ms just sent me a huge package of their special all green M&Ms for Valentine’s Day. I guess the logic comes from Ms. Green being the only female M&M, so she makes a good jumping off point to brand green the color of love?

Anyways, M&M is running a contest on their website to win a trip to Paris. That contest ends on February 12.

In the meantime, I’m going to run an M&Ms contest as well. I can’t afford to send y’all to Paris, but I will giveaway three 7 oz bags of M&Ms Green Love Message M&Ms, all green M&Ms with the M on one side and conversation heart-style messages on the back, to three lucky readers.

To enter, leave a comment telling me what your favorite conversation heart/M&Ms “love message” is. Contest closes at midnight this Friday, February 6th, so that I can mail the winners their candy ASAP in hopes that it’ll arrive in time for Valentine’s Day. Sorry to my international readers; U.S. addresses only please. And make sure you leave a real email address – only I can see it, and I’ll only use it to contact the winners.

Good luck!

Emily’s Chocolates Contest Winner

Congratulations to….. Emily! (what a coincidence), the winner of my Emily’s Chocolates giveaway, courtesy of Emily’s Chocolates in honor of National Candy Month. She will be receiving a bunch of their goodies, and I will be jealous and bury my sorrows in tea and a scone, or something.

If you’re curious, I used an online random number generator to select the winning comment number.

Emily’s Chocolates Contest

The folks at Emily’s Chocolates wanted me to remind you that June is National Candy Month. As if I needed such an excuse to eat candy. They also wanted to mail me samples of their chocolates to review, but since I’m abroad, I won’t be able to receive any of them. Fortunately for you, dear readers, they’ve agreed to mail the free chocolates to one of you instead. Hooray!

I got to try their berry and nut holiday mixes and their decadent chocolate-covered sandwich cookies back in December and greatly enjoyed them. Leave a comment with a real email address (just for me to contact you if you win; I have no spam lists to add you to) by 5pm EST next Monday, June 9 for a chance to win their chocolate covered blueberries, strawberries, and cherries (products can be seen on this page; the cherries were my personal favorite). I’ll randomly select one commenter For The Win.

Good luck! And we’ll be back to your regularly scheduled reviews on Wednesday.

Junior Mint Giveaway!

Joel from Candy Xpress, an online wholesale candy seller, sent me a big package of Junior Mints, Colombina Mint Balls, and Trident Tropical Twist gum. Quite the Xtreme care package for reading/finals period, I must say. I gave away lots and lots of the candy to my studying-addled friends, but several boxes of Junior Mints remain for me to give away to 2 lucky winners!


Leave a comment with a working email address in the form (only I can see it, and I’ll only use it for the purposes of this giveaway) by 9 pm EST on Friday. I’ll randomly select 2 winners, who will each receive 3 (three!) 1.84 oz. boxes of Junior Mints.

Candy Bar Madness Winners!

Thanks to everyone who voted and participated in my Candy Bar Madness Contest! I really like doing candy-related polls, and if I can find the time to figure out how to easily integrate into my WordPress, I’ll start doing them more often. Because they’re fun!

Here’s recap of the polls and their results, with the winners in bold, culminating in the results of the final round! Drumroll please! Continue reading “Candy Bar Madness Winners!”