QVC + Harry London #TSV : Sweet Holiday Gifts Sure to Make Them Smile

This year, shopping early means saving more! Skip the added stress that comes with holiday shopping by surprising your loved ones with something sweet with tomorrow’s QVC’s Today’s Special Value!

Tomorrow, October 19th, Harry London is thrilled to be featured as the #TSV. Get more dazzle for your dollar with the special offerings available tomorrow only:

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Harry London
Set of 5 Nutcrackers

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Harry London
Set of 5 Iconic Holiday Houses

Each gift set comes complete with 5 individual holiday gift tins and accompanying chocolate. The chocolate comes individually packaged 8 oz. cello bags, with 2 bags in each of the following flavors:

  • Milk Chocolate Soft Caramel Presents
  • Peanut Butter Buckeyes
  • Dark Chocolate Mint Cookie Joys
  • Cookies ‘N Cream Bark Bite
  • Dark Lava Cake

Mix and match the flavors based on your special recipient’s favorites. You can either give the entire set to someone extra special or break it up into 5 individual gifts for the price of 1!

Creative Presentation Ideas:
Gifting the Nutcracker set? Attach a tie-shaped gift tag to each Nutcracker with your recipient’s name written on them. The tie will blend with the rest of the Nutcracker’s design and wow your special someone with the extra personal touch.

If you’re surprising your giftee with an Iconic Holiday House or Houses, organize the houses like a miniature Christmas village! If you have small holiday figurines, scatter them in between the houses to add a homey touch to the layout. Santa is sure to slide down the candy chimney when you put an extra special touch to the presentation.

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Candy Corn Craze: Crafts, Treats & Games

For us, fall means one of two things – the changing foliage that brightens up our streets and the return of our beloved candy classics: candy corn!

While we love relaxing with a bowl of this sweet treat, there are so many other deliciously creative ways to celebrate this seasonal candy. Our friends at Celebrations.com have put together the ultimate roundup for Candy Corn fans everywhere. From dessert recipes using this sweet treat to games to crafts, visit their Candy Corn party ideas for your own sweet celebration!

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Spooktacular Halloween Party Ideas

Next to the Halloween candy, the best part of the holiday are the festive & fun parties! From creative decor to spooky snacks, there is so much you can do with this playful holiday.

Celebrations.com has some simple and sweet DIY ideas and inspiration for creating your own Spooktacular Halloween party, including a festive & faBOOlous party favor set-up using Fannie May’s very pumpkin tins.

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The Sweetest Ways to Celebrate National Peanut Day

Did you know that peanuts are the #1 snack nut consumed in the United States? That’s why it comes as no surprise that this bite-sized treat has its own national holiday!

National Peanut Day 2014 is Saturday, September 13, so we’re celebrating with some of our favorite peanut-packed products.

sweetest-ways-to-celebrate-national-peanut-day-brittlePeanut Brittle

Bite into a crispy crunchy treat bursting with buttery goodness and packed with peanuts with our must-try Fannie May Peanut Brittle! Enjoy it as is or break into bite-sized pieces and blend with yogurt, ice cream, or with your favorite dessert recipes.

 

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Craving that peanut flavor but looking for an option that’s less crunchy and more creamy? Harry London’s peanut butter filled Buckeyes are the answer! The best part? These sweet treats are covered in decadent milk chocolate so you can get your dessert fix while celebrating National Peanut Day!


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Peanut Caramels

Classically crunchy peanuts swimming in caramel and covered in chocolate makes for one sweet celebration. You can find these special Peanut Caramels in most of our Chocolate Assortments so treat yourself today!


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Pause for a moment and take in the beauty of 1800Basket.com’s Nuts about Caramel Apples. Tart Granny Smith apples dipped in caramel and sprinkled in fresh peanuts make for the ultimate treat for your National Peanut Day celebrations!


sweetest-ways-to-celebrate-national-peanut-day-cheryls-cookiesHoney Roasted Peanut Cookies

Famous Cheryl’s cookies bursting with savory peanuts slowly roasted in honey makes for one flavor-packed treat sure to make your taste buds sing. Make it a sophisticated affair by serving a batch of these must-try Honey Roasted Peanut Cookies alongside a tray of coffee and tea!

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#HowICelebrate the Little Things…with Chocolate

From finishing the last pages of that thousand page book to completing that difficult project at work, there’s always a reason to celebrate! But just how do you celebrate the little things? Is it by posting a status on social media marking your accomplishment? Or perhaps you celebrate by treating yourself to a long soak in a bubble bath.

We at Fannie May like to mark those special yet simple occasions in the sweetest way…with chocolate! Here are some of our favorite ways to indulge in Fannie May – because it’s the everyday things that are worth celebrating!

Share how YOU reward yourself/celebrate the everyday and enter to win FREE CHOCOLATE! Full details here.

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“With a glass of wine after a long day.” – Meg O.

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“As the sweetest ending to an otherwise plain lunch.” – Heidi S.

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“After productive softball practice with my team members.” – Jessica B.

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“There’s nothing quite like nibbling on a decadent piece of rich chocolate while nodding along to your favorite song.” – Ryan F.

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“Alongside a steaming cup of tea with fresh mint.” – Ashley P.

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“While getting lost in a thrilling novel.” – Neil M.

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“As a midday snack during work.” – Leah C.

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“While taking in some fresh air alongside my family.” – Estela P.

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“While working on the next great American novel.” – Michelle Y.

How do you reward yourself & celebrate the everyday? Tell us in the comments section of this blog post! Four (4) winners will be picked at random to receive a box of Fannie May Confectionary squares.

Optional, but we hope you’ll participate: Make the day sweeter by sharing how YOU reward yourself and celebrate the everyday on Instagram & Twitter! Use Hashtag #HowICelebrate to join in on the fun!

One SWEET Giveaway Rules:

How to Enter
Comment on this post by September 4, 2014, 11:59PM EST telling us how you celebrate the everyday little things AND your Fannie May confectionary squares flavor of choice.

Available flavors:
Milk Chocolate Squares
White Confectionery Squares
70% Dark Chocolate Squares
Raspberry Dark Chocolate Squares
Orange Dark Chocolate Squares
Espresso Dark Chocolate Squares

How to Win
Fannie May will choose four (4) submissions (comments on the blog post) at random. Submissions must be received by September 4, 2014, 11:59PM EST. Winner will be contacted via the provided email address.

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Sweeten Your Celebration with a DIY S’mores Bar

Did you know that National S’mores Day 2014 is on August 10?! We’re celebrating this sweet summer holiday with the most festive snack of the season: s’mores!

In fact, there’s no warm-weather celebration that doesn’t call for s’mores – from summer barbecues to late night bonfires, so take your s’mores experience above and beyond with a DIY s’mores bar! Here’s the how-to for this sweet idea:

How to Set up the Ultimate S’mores Bar:

If you’re planning on having a variety of ingredients and toppings, be sure to label them using DIY signs or flag toppers! That way, guests know just what kind of cracker they are pairing with their chocolate selection.

S’mores Bar Ingredients

Marshmallows to be toasted

The Structure: Crackers
Graham Crackers
Flavored Graham Crackers (such as cinnamon)
Cookies
Saltines

The Molding: Chocolate
Dark Chocolate Squares
White Chocolate Squares
Milk Chocolate Squares
Espresso Dark Chocolate Squares
Orange Dark Chocolate Squares
Raspberry Dark Chocolate Squares
Peanut Butter Cups

The Heart: Marshmallows
Large, jet puffed marshmallows
Peeps

The Decorations: Additional Toppings & Fillings
Dessert Sauce (Strawberry, Caramel, or Hot Fudge)
Peanut Butter
Hazelnut spread
Cookie butter
Crumbled nuts
Mint leaves
Fruit jam

diy-smores-bar-campfire-skewersS’mores Bar Supplies
Disposable dessert plates
Napkins
Campfire sticks*

*rather than simply using regular bamboo skewers, add a personal touch to your layout with customized campfire sticks! Celebrations.com has the how-to for this DIY idea.

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Think Outside the Candy Box: 8 Creative Ways to Use Milk Chocolate

While we at Fannie May strongly believe in celebrating each and every day with a little bit of sweetness, there are some extra special occasions that just call for chocolate! National Milk Chocolate Day 2014 is July 28, and in honor of this oh-so-sweet holiday, we’re celebrating with these creative ideas for using milk chocolate.

Sweet Ways to Use Milk Chocolate:

chocolate-dessert-cocktailGrated and used to rim cocktail glasses. Wet the outside rim of a glass with fresh fruit or berry juice. Then, sprinkle the grated chocolate onto the wet area to create an extra sweet effect like Celebrations.com did with their Chocolate Dessert Cocktail.

Melted, and drizzled over your favorite appetizers. Chocolate drizzled mahi mahi bites? Now that sure sounds like a mouthful of elegance and flavor! Sample different appetizer + chocolate combinations and serve your favorites.

On a kabob with fruits. Build your own kabob with delicious summer fruits and melons, adding a chocolate square to the pattern every 3-4 places or so.

Paired with an assortment of cheeses. The irresistible combination of salty and sweet just screams sophistication! Make an activity out of this flavor experience; create your own assorted cheese bar (with labels) and pair with a chocolate tasting sampler or flight.

To decorate foods and dishes. Take a plastic bag, cut a small hole in one of the corners, and fill with melted chocolate. Then, slowly use the bagged chocolate to create unique designs on your foods and serve ware. Alternatively, you can dip new, unused stamps into melted chocolate and stamp a sweet pattern onto your plates or flat foods.

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Coated over your favorite fruits and desserts. From grapes to cake pops, by simply dipping your favorite dessert into melted chocolate, you’ve turned your sweet into a brand new creation! Our favorite combination? Chocolate covered strawberries.

Make Chocolate Vodka. Take a vodka bottle and pour a bit out (into a water bottle or similar) to make room for the chocolate. Add in chocolate pieces or morsels into the vodka bottle. Let sit for 2-3 weeks until the chocolate is fully dissolved; now you have your own homemade chocolate vodka!

Drop into batter for a sweet surprise! Once your cupcake or muffin batter is distributed in the tin, plop a chunk of milk chocolate in the middle; those eating it will be treated to a delicious burst of chocolaty decadence!

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Sweet, Sweet Summer: What to Bring for Dessert to Summer Parties

Dessert Sauce TrioWith the summer season in full swing, your calendar is most likely filling up with barbecues, pool parties, and summer birthday bashes! Keep those invites coming by earning the title of best guest by showing up with one of these mouth-watering summer desserts.

Dessert Sauce Trio
Summer parties scream for ice cream, and our decadent dessert sauce trio is the perfect complement to any ice cream cone or sundae. Show up with sprinkles and a jar of cherries to instantly become the most popular guest at the party!

Cheesecake
Cheesecake is the one dessert that you can always count on to be a crowd pleaser. Fannie May’s specialty cheesecakes are infused with the flavors of our famous candies. Pick up our must-try Pixie Cheesecake and Trinidad Cheesecakes for a treat party go-ers will ooh and aah over!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Strawberries are the unofficial fruit of summer, so combine 2 fan-favorites and bring a box of our famous chocolate covered strawberries to the table.

FM Summer Artisan Collection
You’ll instantly become the host’s favorite when you show up with a box of summer sweets from the Fannie May + Norman Love Artisan chocolate collection! With flavors from roasted pineapple to berry yogurt, this unique assortment is sure to be a hit.

Mint Meltaways
Looking for the perfect dessert for a summertime dinner party? Present a box of savory chocolates infused with cooling mint with a gift from our Mint Meltaways collection.

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5 Sweet Ways to Make Your Home Smell like Chocolate

Whether planning a romantic night in or prepping the home for out-of-town guests, adding a touch of chocolate scent to the room is a great way to make any home a welcome abode of wonder.

How to Make a Room Smell Like Chocolate:

Chocolate Truffles

Light a chocolate scented candle. Pick up a chocolate scented candle from your local candle or craft store and light it about an hour before expecting guests. For a larger space, it is recommended that you spread 2-3 of them around the room for a more impactful scent.

Add a few drops of chocolate essential oils into your humidifier. If there is a slot for oils in your humidifier, add just a few drops. If there is no separate area for added scents and oils, simply mix a few drops into the water. Start with just a few drops (depending on the size of your tank), giving the aroma about an hour or so to circulate before adding more.

Bake chocolate desserts. Perhaps the sweetest way to add a chocolate scent to your home, surprise your special someone with a burst of chocolaty goodness by filling the air with the aroma of a freshly baked batch of chocolate chip cookies or brownies.

Melt chocolate bar over the stove. Do this about half an hour before your special someone is expected home. On the lowest heat setting, throw a handful of chocolate bits on to a greased pan or pot, making sure to stir slowly. Top with more chocolate gradually until the smell fills your hallways.

Spray a chocolate scented air freshener. While not always easy to find, there are various dessert and chocolate scented air fresheners available for purchase at your local supermarket or drugstore. Pick one up and keep it hidden for special occasions when you want to add some sweetness to the air!

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Raise a Toast to Today: Reasons to Have a Chocolate Cocktail

Three cheers for chocolate – chocolate cocktails, that is! While mixing up new cocktail recipes for the newly introduced chocolate truffle liqueur, Crave, it really got us thinking..when’s the best time to have a chocolate cocktail? Not surprisingly, the list came easy – because any reason is a reason to celebrate!

Here are 10 every day reasons to say cheers with a chocolate cocktail:

10 Reasons to Have a Chocolate Cocktial

After a successful shopping trip. Trying on all of those clothes can get tiring, a fruitful excursion to the mall certainly deserves a toast!

You finally completed that long project at work. The end of nights spent on-call and extra early mornings? We’ll toast to that!

The kids finished all of their chores without having to be asked. All of that parenting has finally paid off..now it’s time to celebrate!

Your to-do list has finally reached the bottom. A whole night with no tasks nagging at you? Light a candle and treat yourself!

Your favorite show is back on air. It’s been one lonely winter, but now it’s finally time to reunite with your favorite characters… over a drink or two.

Your plans for tonight were cancelled. Now you can kick back, relax, and wind down a cocktail in one hand and a book or the remote in the other.

You finally fit into your jeans from high school. All of that hard work at the gym has finally paid off..time to celebrate!

Your Pinterest-inspired project actually came out looking like the photo. You’re on your way to becoming the DIY queen!

Your favorite band or musical artist is touring in your area. Order tickets, relive your youth, and celebrate with a decadent dessert cocktail!

#JustBecause. The sun is shining, the family is healthy, and life is beautiful…any reason is reason enough!

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