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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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#TBT – Pru Boo 2013!

At NECCO, we love every opportunity we get to attend local events and have fun connecting with our community. On this #ThrowbackThursday, we think back to one of our favorite events that we have appeared recently: the Prudential Center‘s annual “PRU BOO” in Boston! It was a wonderful day where local children are able to come to the huge shopping center in the downtown area of Boston and go trick-or-treating from store to store and have some serious Halloween fun! All benefits from sales of the trick-or-treat bags went directly to benefit local charities that help families and children in need.

The children participating in this amazing event received delicious NECCO sweets in every store! From old favorites like Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses to new exciting treats like our Bat Wings and Mummy Hearts, it was no doubt that every sweet tooth was smiling this past October!

In addition to providing candy, NECCO also had the chance to have a Halloween craft table! At this table, we colored cool NECCO designs with all the little princesses and goblins and also made some fun mini pumpkin & ghost crafts with our NECCO Jr. Wafers, where everyone’s imagination went spookily wild! =)

Take a look at some of the fun photos from the 2013 PRU BOO! We can’t wait until this October to have some Halloween fun again!

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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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Personalize your Valentine’s Day with Custom Candy from MyNecco.com!

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Happy New Year everyone! We hope your holidays were filled with love, family, friends and many happy memories! With January comes one of our favorite times of year, Valentine’s Day! We just love to be a part of so many loving gifts and special celebrations with loved ones.

To help you commemorate such a loving and special season, we offer a custom candy service on our website MyNecco.com! What better way to surprise your Sweetie than with personalized Sweethearts this Valentine’s Day that include your own special sayings!

To order custom candy from NECCO is a simple process; just follow these steps:

  1. Log onto MyNecco.com and click on the personalized candy graphic.
  2. Select either Sweethearts or NECCO Wafers.
  3. Pick the three colors you would like to receive.
  4. Enter up to three phrases on your candy of choice.
  5. Select your quantity in either 1 or 5 pound increments and place your order!

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Imagine your own creative phrase, your Sweetie’s name, a special date, or other important personal message on a Sweetheart! It’ll be a touching gift that shows your special someone how important they are to you! Be sure to get your order in on time and get ready for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day with your sweetie!

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