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Sweethearts Series: Candy Initials

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Valentine’s Day season is in full swing, and we couldn’t be having more fun! Our delicious Sweethearts Candies are keeping our taste buds happy and also are inspiring our minds to really get creative with them! Today, we have yet another fun Valentine’s Day DIY made using our classic candy that will add a little bit of sweetness to your day! We believe it’s not Valentine’s Day unless there’s a little bit of love everywhere you go, and this adorable Sweethearts Candy Initial is just that perfect touch of love to sweeten your work space, especially if you’re dreading the terrible winter weather outdoors!

Enjoy the fun DIY & be sure to check in again for more Sweethearts Series ideas!

Supplies Needed: 

  • Cardboard / card stock
  • Pink construction paper
  • Squeeze Glue Bottle or Glue Stick
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencils
  • Sweethearts!

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Instructions:

1. Use a ruler to outline your Initial on thick cardboard or card stock.

2. Prior to cutting out your letter, lay out your Sweethearts on the outlined initial. This will help you see if you need to adjust the size of the letter to properly and securely fit your candies. (Tip: We took a picture of the proposed layout of the Sweethearts to reference later when we were gluing them down!)

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3. Cut out your letter, and then use it as a stencil to trace out the initial on the construction paper as well. You will then need to cut out the construction paper letter.

4. Evenly spread the glue across the cardboard letter. (Tip: we used a scrap piece of the card stock as an edge to make sure the glue was spread across the entire letter in an even, smooth layer.) Take the construction paper cut out letter, and slowly place it onto the cardboard letter.

5. Firmly press these two layers together, ensuring all edges are secured tightly. Let dry completely.

6. Once dry, layout your Sweethearts on the letter, and then gently glue them on, one by one. Press down firmly on each heart to ensure they adhere properly.

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7. Let dry completely, so when you prop it up, no Sweethearts fall off the paper. Once dry, you have the delightful task now to decide where you want to display your sweet creation! Enjoy!


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Sweethearts Series: Valentine’s Day Candy Necklace!

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Second day of Sweethearts Series, and this treat is one of our favorites! It’s very simple to make but is sure to be a hit with the kids!

Candy can create some of the sweetest memories during your childhood, and you always remember your favorite sweets and the happy feelings you had with them when you were growing up. Some of the most fun was had with the novel items, like candy necklaces, that kept you laughing endlessly with how unique, and sometimes silly, they were. Today, we hope to capture some of that sweet, sweet childhood fun with our very own Valentine’s Day Candy Necklace!

So, grab these few supplies, and get ready for you and your little one to share some laughs as you enjoy this delicious treat!

Supplies:

  • White String (Be sure that this is food safe & OK to touch your candies!)
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Microwave-safe Plate
  • Sweethearts

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Instructions:

  1. Place a Sweetheart onto a microwave safe plate, making sure the text is facing down towards the place. Place one of the white chocolate chips centered on the Sweetheart and microwave this for about 15-30 seconds to soften the chocolate.
  2. Take a piece of food-safe string, and press it down on the melted piece of chocolate.
  3. Take a second Sweetheart with the text facing up, and place it on top of the chocolate and string. Press together firmly yet delicately.
  4. Repeat this as many times as you’d like on the string.
  5. Prior to placing it on your neck, let cool at least one hour for chocolate to set. Enjoy!


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NECCO Christmas Tree!!

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As we all know, we are right in the thick of the holiday season. It’s a crazy time spent rushing around to get everything done before the holiday celebrations and the chaos of the end of the year. The same can be said for us at NECCO, and on top of that, we’re even getting started on the Sweethearts rush of Valentine’s Day! Even though we are busy as can be, we couldn’t resist the chance to decorate our offices and spread some happy holiday cheer! Take a look at our festive Christmas decorations, many that we made using the wrappers from our candies! Check out our Candy Buttons garland & candy ornaments! Too much fun not to share with you all; we just love this wonderful time of year! =)

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Mighty Malts Turkeys!

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Inspired by the adorable little turkeys over at Clean & Scentsible, we couldn’t resist putting a slight NECCO spin on this awesome craft. While we love the Christmas season as much as everyone else, it’s a can’t miss when we get the opportunity to spotlight Thanksgiving! It’s such a special time spent  making memories with loved ones, and of course, eating delicious homecooked food – simply the best!

These cute turkeys will make the perfect favor for your holiday guests, and they undoubtedly will delight all the little ones! Filled with our chocolaty Mighty Malts malted milk balls, there’s no doubt they will add the perfectly sweet crunch to your dessert table on Thanksgiving Day!

Supplies:
  • soft mesh craft netting
  • elastic band or festively colored ribbon
  • squeeze glue (glue sticks don’t work too well here)
  • pipe cleaners in festive autumn colors (brown, orange, yellow, red)
  • googly eyes (you pick the size!)
  • Mighty Malts Malted Milk Balls

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Instructions (modified slightly from Clean & Scentsible):

  1.  Cut a circle or square from the mesh netting. Place a pile Mighty Malts in the center, tying it closed together like a sack with the elastic band or ribbon.
  2. To make the feet, take your yellow (we used a glittered golden one here to match the head) and fold it in half. Use one of the halves to create the foot by bending it into three equal-length toes.  Cut the other end of the leg to your desired length.
  3. Insert the legs into the body through the holes of the mesh. They will be secure, and you can adjust the length even more here by pushing the legs in or pulling them out more.
  4. Take your darkest pipe cleaner (brown or here we used a glittered golden one) and roll it up from one end, leaving a few inches flat and unrolled. This will be the turkey’s head.
  5. Cut a one inch piece of orange for the beak and a one inch piece of red for the wattle. Bend each of these in half over the outside wrap of the head. You can adjust their length by cutting the ends with your scissors. It works best to twist these pieces once you bent them over the head, helping them to stay in place.
  6. Glue a googly eye  on each side of the head using the squeeze glue. Press tightly until they stay in place.
  7. Set these on your dessert table and get ready for some big Thanksgiving smiles! Enjoy! =)

 

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PRU BOO Recap!

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Back in October, we had the honor to sponsor the Prudential Center of Boston’s 20th Annual PRU BOO event! It was a wonderful day filled with trick or treating, crafts, games, singing and more for the local children of the greater Boston community. All proceeds from the event (which amazingly amounted to over $4500!!) went to benefit the Catching Joy charity of Boston, a charity whose mission it is to promote volunteerism beginning with young children and their families. They organize hands-on activities that kids can do to let them feel the joy of giving.

Overall, it was an amazing day as always filled with laughter and endless smiles. Click here to see just some of the spooky fun from the day on the Prudential Center’s Facebook Album!

In addition to sponsoring the event and providing the candy for all the little trick or treaters, we also were lucky enough to also have a craft table where kids could come spend some time making fun crafts with NECCO candies! As in the past few years, we had a coloring and craft station where kids were able to make two of our Halloween crafts:  Mini Clark Bar Spiders and Slap Stix Ghosts! Check out a few of the creepy creations the children made at our fun craft table!

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PRU BOO 2014 was  a fun day and definitely a great success; we already can’t wait for PRU BOO 2015!