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Would You Wait 60 Years for a Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll?

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While someone not getting what they reasonably expected from a company is typically not smile-inducing, in this case it resulted in a charming story with a sweet and happy ending. After reading 2 articles about the story – here at the Huffington Post, and here at MyFoxTwinCities – I had to share with you all just in case you weren’t luck enough to come across it!

The tale is one of a boy that loves candy, who grew up to be an adult that loves candy. It’s easy enough to see why I could relate immediately! Well, this once-boy-now-a-man’s name is Dave Bell. His favorite candy as a kid was Pearson’s Salted Nut Rolls, and at the current age of 74, that hasn’t changed! When he was 14-years old – 60 years ago! – he bit into his Salted Nut Roll expecting things to go as they always had. However, this candy in particular had a bit of a problem – there was something inside that didn’t belong.

The industrious young man wrote a letter to the company, sending that ‘something inside’ along as well for their inspection. While he expected he would receive a replacement bar, what he got instead was a letter mentioning that the unexpected ingredient was likely a twig from their peanut vine. A response letter was definitely better than nothing, but Dave wanted the tasty Nut Roll he deserved!

Fast-forward to 2012. While moving to a new house, Bell comes across his letter from Pearson’s. 60 years may have passed since he received it, but what didn’t pass is his desire for some of the sweet stuff! Embracing a more modern approach, Bell gives it another shot via email. And guess what? Perseverance paid off. He may have had to wait 6 decades, but Pearson’s sent 5 Mint Patties, a Vanilla Bun, a Caramel Bun, a Nut Goodie and a Salted Nut Roll his way! Another box of Nut Rolls was subsequently sent so Bell would have enough to share, and in that box was included a 5-pound version just for him. Pretty sweet!

Go for the Gold Mine Gum this St. Patrick’s Day!

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The simple fact is, I like a lot of things. I like a lot of things, I like a lot of people, I like a lot of animals. So on any given day, the things that make me smile can include an old beagle trotting down the street on a walk, a checkered green bow in someone’s hair, and a friendly barista at Starbuck’s. Among many, many other things. But for all the separate things I like, what I love is when those things come together! And that’s exactly what’s happening with Gold Mine Nugget Bubble Gum. Let’s look…

  • It’s gum. I <3 gum.
  • It’s a yellowish-gold. I love that color.
  • It comes in a cinchable burlap pouch. Who doesn’t love a good burlap pouch?!
  • It’s fun to pull out of your purse. I also love purses.
  • It makes a great, festive treat for St. Patrick’s Day… a holiday I LOVE!
  • It comes 24 to a box, which means you can share it with your friends. Or not. Hehe.
  • They’re cool. ‘Nuff said.

It’s also worth noting that they have a pretty great flavor, and they work well not only with St. Patty’s Day themes, but for almost any other occasion as well. My first thought is how darling they’d be as wedding favors with a tag that read, “We struck gold when we found one another!”

Are you a fan of Gold Mine Nugget Bubble Gum as well, or want to try it for the first time? Here’s some sites I ‘mined’ the internet for you to check out! – 24 pouches for $27.99 – 24 pouches for $24.99 – 12 boxes of 24 pouches for $195.84 – 24 pouches for $23.75 – 24 pouches for $40.18 – 24 pouches for $27.99 – 24 pouches for $23.45

Sweet Potatoes Recipes – As in Candy Potatoes!

I’m a little upset. I’ve been Irish my whole life, I love potatoes, and in all the years I’ve been savoring sweets, I don’t think I’ve ever come across a potato-shaped candy treat. How can that be? Shouldn’t they have been sprouting up all over my world, being the cutest thing that ever took its inspiration from a potato?! Yes. I believe they should have been. But they weren’t, and I have to get over that. The good news is, I know about them now, and just in case you didn’t, I’m telling you!

See – I got over my disappointment pretty fast. Because as long as I found out about these splendid little spuds eventually, the world isn’t against me after all! Poking around the St. Patrick’s Day Candy Recipes on, I found not only 1 but 3 Irish Potato Candy recipes that look and sound spud-tastic. Which would get your taste buds doing an Irish Jig?

Recipe #1: Irish Potatoes Candy

These cool and clever cuties boast a white chocolate flavor brimming with toasted walnuts. With cinnamon, powdered sugar and vanilla extract finding its way into the mix, these are my top pick! Click the link above for the full details.

Recipe #2: Fudge Potatoes Candy

Semi-sweet chocolate chips, marshmallow fluff, and cocoa powder are the stars of this lineup, with walnuts working their way in and out, where they serve as ‘eyes’ of the rich, fudgy taters!

Recipe #3: Coconut Potatoes Candy

Loaded with sweet, shredded coconut and decadent cream cheese, these look to me to be the easiest recipe in the bunch. They also appear to be the most indulgent – though none look like anything close to a ‘light’ dessert! Which, incidentally, is just fine by me. 🙂