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PRU BOO 2014!

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This Sunday, October 26th, NECCO will proudly be appearing at The Shops at the Prudential Center’s annual PRU BOO in Boston!

The PRU BOO is a fun family event where children can trick-or-treat in many of the Prudential Center’s stores, filling up their bags with a great mix of yummy NECCO candies! Trick-or-treat bags are available for a small donation of $4 and all proceeds from the day directly benefit the Catching Joy charity, an organization whose mission is to promote volunteerism beginning with young children and their families by organizing hands-on activities that kids can do to let them feel the joy of giving.

Find out the complete details about this great event on the Prudential Center’s website.

In addition to providing the sweets for trick-or-treating, NECCO is also excited to be participating again in an exciting craft event where we will be making these cute little Slap Stix Ghosts among other fun!

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There will be many other great companies in attendance to participate in the exciting festivities of the day, so if you’re in the Boston area, dress up the kids and head to the Prudential Center for some spooky fun!

NECCO is so proud to sponsor such a wonderful family event for our Boston community and can’t wait to see everyone there on Sunday


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Slap Stix Ghosts!

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Who else just can’t get enough of Halloween? The entire month of October is so much fun, filled with festive movies, ghost stories, fun parties, outdoor activities, and of course you can’t forget the sweet treats! We love to celebrate with fun crafts that incorporate some of our favorite classic treats. This week we’re taking our deliciously chewy Slap Stix caramel lollipops and turning them into cute little spooky ghosts! It’s a quick and easy craft, so grab the few supplies, some Slap Stix and get ready to make the perfect Halloween party treat!

 

Supplies Needed:

  • googly eyes
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • non-glossy white tissue paper
  • black permanent marker
  • festive black & orange string/ribbon
  • Slap Stix

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Instructions:

  • Cut a large rectangle out of your white tissue paper, large enough on all sides that it will cover the lollipop completely.
  • Cover entire Slap Stix lollipop with the tissue paper, grasping it together at the base of the lollipop where it meets the stick.
  • Use your ribbon or string to tie this together tightly. It’s best to double knot!
  • Glue on two googly eyes, and then draw on a very spooky mouth for your ghost!
  • Get ready to have some spooky Halloween fun with these delicious party favors! =)

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Creepy Halloween Hand with Mighty Malts!

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At Halloween, it’s always fun to see what spooky new ideas we can create to have fun with our candy! Today we’re sharing a quick  activity to create a creepy (and crunchy) Halloween hand made with our Mighty Malts malted milk balls!

This craft is super easy and will be a fun Halloween  surprise for everyone, especially the trick or treaters! So, grab these few supplies and a carton of Mighty Malts and get ready to give someone special a ‘hand’! ;-)

Supplies Needed:

  • powder-free plastic kitchen gloves (Make sure you use food-safe gloves that are approved to touch food directly!)
  • festive black & orange string/ribbon
  • Mighty Malts

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Instructions:

  • Fill each finger with a single line of Mighty Malts. These help create the knuckle effect of the hand.
  • Pour in the remaining Mighty Malts to fill out the rest of the hand, leaving enough space at the palm to tie a knot.
  • Get creative with your ribbons/strings to tie the glove closed.
  • Decorate as you see fit! Some people add spider decorations. We put on a little string ring!
  • Enjoy and don’t get too spooked!

 


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Valentine’s Day Sweethearts Wreath!

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Can you believe we’re already half way through January!? That means we have our eyes (and our sweet tooth) focused on one of our favorite days of the year: Valentine’s Day! It’s a special time of year when we are surrounded by sweet reminders of the love we have for one another.  Kids especially love jumping in on the fun of both decorating and sharing sweet gifts with their friends and family. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, here’s a very quick and fun craft for you and your kids to have fun with in order to decorate your house for this wonderful loving season! Enjoy!

Supplies Needed:

  • Regular white squeeze glue
  • Heavy duty card stock
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Two circular objects for tracing the inner and outer rings of the wreath (ex. the lid of a peanut butter jar)
  • Your ribbon of choice
  • Sweethearts 

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Instructions:

  1. Trace around the two circular objects on the heavy duty card stock, one circle inside the other, creating the wreath ring shape.
  2. Cut out the wreath. If your card stock is not sturdy, you can opt to trace a second wreath ring and glue the two together.
  3. Line up the Sweethearts before you begin gluing them to ensure a more organized fit and distribution of colors.
  4. Using the squeeze white glue, glue the Sweethearts onto the wreath one by one. Press them firmly down onto the card stock and hold for several seconds to ensure they stick.
  5. Let dry completely or else the Sweethearts will either shift or begin to fall off when applying the ribbon.
  6. Cut the ribbon of your choice to your desired length. Wrap it around one section of the wreath for sturdiness in hanging. Tie a knot at the top and hang your beautiful Valentine’s Day creation! =)

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Introducing: Color Your Own Sweethearts!

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Introducing new for Valentine’s Day this year: Color Your Own Sweethearts! This exciting new product will be sure to be a favorite treat for all Sweethearts lovers. They come in the original Sweethearts flavors of Lemon, Strawberry, Green Apple, Blue Raspberry, Grape, and Orange and are printed with the classic affectionate sayings you love so much!

These Sweethearts have exciting boxes that feature adorable black and white designs, made for your little ones to color using their creative imagination!

And what’s more exciting than just a fun activity and your favorite sweets? How about a contest!? Our youngest fans, ages 5-12, can submit a photo of their best coloring creation to our Color Your Own Sweethearts Coloring Contest for a chance to win some pretty sweet prizes!!

General Contest Details

  • Open to three age groups: 5-7 years old; 8-10 years old; 11-12 years old
  • Children can color the Color Your Own Sweethearts box and submit a photo of their beautiful creation to NECCO via our online contest entry page (http://necco.com/coloryourown.aspx)
  • All submissions must be made by a parent or legal guardian; no entries will be accepted directly from a minor
  • Grand Prize (One from each age group, 3 in total): ONE (1) $1,000 Savings Bond Certificate and the opportunity to have their own personal phrase appear on a Sweethearts candy for the 2015 Valentine’s Day Season!
  • Runner Up Prize (One from each age group, 3 in total): a big NECCO goodie bag filled with yummy NECCO candies!

Find the full Contest Rules on the Color Your Own Sweethearts Contest entry page here: http://necco.com/coloryourown.aspx!

To find Color Your Own Sweethearts in store check your local Michaels, Old Navy, Walgreens, and Target as well as many other grocery stores and candy shops!

There’s no doubt your kids will love this fun way to enjoy one of their most classic favorite Valentine’s Day treats. So grab some crayons, and let their imagination run wild! We can’t wait to see everyone’s entries! =)

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