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Color Your Own Sweethearts Coloring Contest Winners!

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This Valentine’s Day, NECCO launched an exciting new product: Color Your Own Sweethearts! This fun new item contained the yummy original Sweethearts flavors of Lemon, Strawberry, Green Apple, Blue Raspberry, Grape, and Orange in a unique new box! The boxes featured cute black and white designs, perfect for little ones to color using their imagination!

Alongside this new launch was a Color Your Own Sweethearts Coloring Contest! Fans ages 5-12, broken down into 3 age categories, submitted photos of their most impressive coloring creations for the chance at some pretty sweet prizes! The Grand Prize winners will receive a $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! All Runners Up will get a huge NECCO goodie bag filled with a scrumptious mix of NECCO treats!

We couldn’t have been more thrilled about this contest and waited daily in great anticipation for the designs to roll in! It was a fun challenge for our younger fans to turn this:

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Into imaginative creations like this:

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And our team was blown away by both the number of entries and the awesome creativity in each design we received! It was truly a difficult process to pull out the winners from each age group because of the quality of the submissions. In the end, though it was a very tough decision, we were finally able to settle on the winners. Here are the six amazing designs of the Grand Prize Winners and Runners Up!

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This first year for Color Your Own Sweethearts was a blast! We already can’t wait to see all the submissions to the contest next Valentine’s Day!


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NECCO To Open Store for Valentine’s Day

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We’re excited to announce a special Valentine’s Day opening of our Candy Store at our World Headquarters! We will be selling some of our holiday favorites such as Sweethearts, Haviland Thin Mints, and Dark Chocolate Nonpareils in addition to our favorite classics  like NECCO Wafers, Mary Janes, Sky Bars and Clark Bars!

There will even be a fill your own Valentine’s Day treat bag candy buffet – the perfect nostalgic surprise for your sweetie! [Or special treat for yourself! ;-)]

DATES:                 Monday February 10th – Friday February 14th

LOCATION:            NECCO World Headquarters
135 American Legion Highway, Revere, MA

TIME:                        Daily, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

If you’re in the area, make sure to stop by this special limited opening and stock up on all your NECCO favorites! We hope to see you this week! =)

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#Tweethearts = sweet Tweets & treats!

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Looking for a surprise gift for your loved one that is a truly special treat? Then it looks like it’s time for you to send your sweetheart a Tweetheart!

With our friends at Hill Holliday, we have just launched an awesome new program for our Sweethearts fans called #tweethearts where your loving tweets will be turned into sweet treats! And you can ship them to your sweeties as a Valentine’s Day present!

Ready to get started? Just follow these easy steps!

  1. Log onto Twitter.
  2. Send a Tweet to @Tweethearts that includes a love note that you would want printed on Sweethearts candy hearts for that special someone.
  3. You’ll receive a picture preview from @Tweethearts with what your #Tweetheart looks like. If it looks great, fill out your sweetheart’s name and shipping address, make a payment, and you’re done!
  4. Sit back and smile because you know that your gift was the sweetest surprise your loved one will get this Valentine’s Day season!

Need a little more info on exactly how to send your special someone a Tweetheart? Just watch this awesome how-to video from Hill Holliday and then get to Tweeting! =)


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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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