Old News, Same Concerns, New Spin.

CLEANING UP THE TOWN

http://ow.ly/AzQyg

Big companies are getting on board the eco-friendly train. #GoingGreen

Fun Size Conspiracy

http://candyfunhouse.ca/blogs/around-the-funhouse/15159073-say-what

So what’s the deal with fun size chocolate bars not being so fun? Check out our latest blog to see what one of our bloggers thinks of this.

Top 10 Sour Candies @ Candy Funhouse!

This week at Candy Funhouse we are commemorating sour faces and sensitive teeth with our homage to face cringing candies. Here is our Top 10 List of the most sour candies you will find at Candy Funhouse.

Starting off our list at #10 are the ever classic Sour Keys.

9) Stride Sour Patch Gum - we’re all familiar with Sour Patch Kids and Stride gum, but the fusion of both is bound to wake up your senses!

8) Hubba Bubba Sour Watermelon Squeeze Pop - when Beethoven needs a break from writing killer tunes, he reaches for a Squeeze Pop - which is also the secret behind his amazing hair style.

7) Air Heads Xtremes - for when you’re feeling wacky and adventurous - which seem to go hand in hand…

6) Sour Foam - will leave you foaming at the mouth..

5) Sour Skittles - the perfect couch-movie companion… ladies…

4) Cry Baby Gum - this one is even a little much for the sour Grinch himself!

3) War Heads - they start off sour, and then like a light at the end of the tunnel it gets a little sweeter, and then BAM! Right in the kisser with even more sour!

2) Toxic Waste - CAUTION: Not for the weak taste-budded; using the force will not make this candy more bearable…

1) SHOCK! - Please consume responsibly, unlike the Cat in the Hat here who just doesn’t know his limits.

Check out our selection of sour candies on our online store!

http://candyfunhouse.ca/search?q=sour

- iCandy

Top 10 Sweetest Tunes

Throughout the world candy is celebrated in its many forms for how good it feels to have something sweeten your life. The following artists have been subject to this sugar rush and have so been inspired to create art in its honor.
Here are the Top 10 songs influenced by candy.

10. Sugar Sugar, The Archies - A classic candy tune with an enjoyably retro music video.


9. My Boy Lollipop, Millie Small


8. Good Ship Lollipop, Shirley Temple — The only thing sweeter than candy is this little curly haired doll face.


7. Lollipop, The Chordettes - I can’t help but sing along to this song.


6. Mars Bar, Undertones - Sometimes you just need a Mars bar to help you get through the day…


5. Candy Man, Christina Aguilera


4. Sugar Mountain, Neil Young - in the following live version of Neil’s Sugar Mountain he explains the origins of this song and how it reminds him of his Canadian childhood.


3. Candy Store Rock, Led Zeppelin -


2. Candy Shop, Madonna - In this captivating live performance Madonna shows why she’s a one stop candy shop, just like us!


1. The Candy Man, Sammy Davis Jr. - The candy man can because he mixes it with love, just like Sammy in this live, entertaining rendition of this famous song.


Bonus Track: This song didn’t quite make the cut but should nonetheless be included!
Bow Wow Wow, I want Candy

- iCandy

When Life Gives You Lemons, Run a Lemonade Stand

Kylie’s Story

Kylie – 4 is an Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) survivor. She was diagnosed with ALL in April of 2012 and it has been a long, hard journey filled with many emotions and testing times since then. Even to this day her parents are still faced with new challenges, as Kylie’s mother shares:

“Chris and I face the new challenge of not allowing the anxiety and fear of a relapse to consume us. We want to cherish the good times we are blessed with and enjoy Cameron and Kylie.”

Kylie began a 30 month treatment process when she was diagnosed, which would include intensive chemotherapy, 10 different drugs of varying dosages and intervals, spending lots of time in and out of hospitals – even her own 3rd birthday, as well as the emotional roller-coaster that her and her family would face. But luckily it would be that Kylie was surrounded by so much love and support that it would bring people together in such a way where even strangers, communities, even the nurses became as close as some of the families that surrounded her. It seems that the support that Kylie and her family received was integral to their healing process.

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What’s Next?

Now that the treatment is over, the question arises as to what happens next. Although Kylie’s chemo has concluded, the journey continues as she will require close monitoring to ensure there is no cause for concern of the cancer returning.

But on a more positive note, Kylie shows no signs of fear and is ready to get on with living her life to the fullest. For example next Wednesday, August 13, 2014, Kylie will be running her own lemonade stand outside of Candy Funhouse! It has always been a desire close to this brave girl’s heart to run her own lemonade stand and donate the money to charity, and we at Candy Funhouse would love nothing more than to support this inspiring child’s dream. One thing is for sure; if there’s anything I’ve learned from Kylie’s story is that if life gives you lemons, put on a lemonade stand.

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- iCandy

10 Tasteful Candy Art Masterpieces in honor of Impreston Art happening this week in Downtown Preston! Candy Funhouse will be featuring 2 artists, come check them out on August 9th!

What the Fudge?!

Freshly smuggled from the States, this notorious brand of fudge is known for being the best Fudge in the World! That’s a pretty big claim, but one taste of this succulent delicacy will convince you why. I’m talking of course about the Chocolate Moonshine Company.

Like all good Moonshine, the recipe is a family secret and is what separates their fudge from all the rest. Made with pure chocolate liquor, fresh cream, organic cane sugar, and natural ingredients, these are then hand stirred in copper kettles to produce soft, melt in your mouth, gourmet fudge. They claim that their secret lies in the process of how it’s made. Being cooked in a micro-bath method allows multiple natural flavour notes, with each ingredient being treated differently. They then add an extra boost that guarantees you get more nutrients and robust flavour than any other fudge. Regardless of how it’s made, whatever they’re doing it seems to be working.

        

The Chocolate Moonshine Co.’s fudge contains 0 trans-fats, Imported Belgian Chocolate, is and has been Handmade since 1989, has no egg or wheat, is Gluten Free, has 50% Less sugar than traditional fudge, and is family owned. Dare I say this fudge might even be… healthy? Easily the healthiest fudge, these characteristics definitely add to the value of this product, because not only is it dangerously delicious, but the attention to quality and detail that comes from being made by people and not machines makes it incomparable to most commercial confectionery out there. 
The fudge is sold as slices of blocks/loaves and also come in beautifully crafted bars. Their Artisan Fudge Bars are hand painted with French Cocoa Butter and come in 33 flavours.

Candy Funhouse is pleased to announce that we are now carrying Chocolate Moonshine Company products! So come on down for a visit and try some of the world’s greatest fudge!

-iCandy
Join us today as we attempt to break the #WorldRecord for most vehicles washed by an organization! #ChildrensWish http://thndr.it/1neoiOJ

Join us today as we attempt to break the #WorldRecord for most vehicles washed by an organization! #ChildrensWish http://thndr.it/1neoiOJ

Top 10 Candy Quotes

     Throughout history, Candy has been a hot topic of discussion amongst philosophers, scholars and great minds alike… “To sweet, or not too sweet - THAT is the question” and such…
Here is a list of the Top 10 candy quotes that have been poured from the fountain of wisdom of these genius’ minds…


10. "Knowledge was like candy: you never turned it down,
especially if you didn’t have to work too hard to get it.”

-Robert Liparulo, House of Dark Shadows
Now that doesn’t mean you just go taking candy from strangers — I’m talking to you, kids! (and certain adults too ;)

 

9. “Sometimes I think that the one thing I love most about being an adult is the right to
buy candy whenever and wherever I want.”

―Ryan Gosling
Ah, yes… FREEDOM.


8. "I want to get a vending machine, with fun sized candy bars,
and the glass in front is a magnifying glass.
You’ll be mad, but it will be too late.”

―Mitch Hedberg
^ Some people just want to watch the world burn.


7. “You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.”
― Ronald Reagan
Hmm… What about lollipops, does the same rule apply?


6. He was like her favorite type of candy, she realized,
a bit sour at first but all sweetness in the long run.
Admittedly … that tartness was part of the allure all along.”

― Victoria Kahler, Their Friend Scarlet
Aww, that’s so… sweet…  


5. “I can’t be the candy queen forever.”
―Katy Perry
You bet your lickin’ lollipop you can’t be the Candy Queen forever, Katy — because we have the REAL ONE right here @ Candy Funhouse! - Of course it is consentual, it’s not like we’re holding her prisoner or anything… *ahem* moving on….




4. "She grinned, looking for all the world like a sticky-mouthed little girl who had just convinced her gullible mother that she really did drop the first piece of candy into the storm drain and would need another."
― Wendy Corsi Staub, A Thoroughly Modern Princess
Devious…


3. "Candy is my fuel. Ice cream, too.
       ―Jane Smiley
Ain’t that the truth…



2. “Candy is natures way of
        making up for Mondays”
        Unknown Author

The following is my favourite quote for one simple reason - It’s Harry Potter!

1. A bag of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans.
"You want to be careful with those," Ron  warned Harry. “When they say every flavor, they mean every flavor - you know, you get all the ordinary ones like chocolate and peppermint and marmalade, but then you can get spinach and liver and tripe. George reckons he had a booger-flavored one once.”
Ron picked up a green bean, looked at it carefully, and bit into a corner.
"Bleaaargh - see? Sprouts."
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

We just so happen to carry these very Beans!

Check out our online store or location to get Bertie Bott’s Beans!

http://candyfunhouse.ca/products/bertie-bott-s-every-flavour-beans

- iCandy

Birthday Gift Dilemma - SOLVED.

    Ever feel at a loss for what to get that special friend or loved one for their birthday or special occasion?
Yeah - me too… this dilemma is a common trend among gifters all over the world. But have no fear, the Candy Funhouse
Fun-gineers are here and have discovered a solution…

Gifts aren’t always an easy thing to get as everyone has their own preferences. A gift can also say a lot about how you feel about someone, and sometimes we can unwillingly give off the wrong message by giving the wrong gift. I mean let’s be honest, socks, underwear and gift cards don’t really quite say “I love you” like something that was hand picked according to your likes and desires.

So how does one escape this danger zone of a potential drop in ranking on your friend’s priority list?
Two words: Gift Basket. 
Think about it, why just get them one thing when you can tell them you love them with a smörgåsbord of candies, treats,
chocolates, gifts and novelties in one convenient, affordable package? Birthday Gift Dilemma: Solved.

At Candy Funhouse we have a wide selection of in-house, pre-made arrangements in all sizes like Wonka and Retro
themed baskets. Don’t see what you want? We can custom make a basket to your preference using whatever theme or
products you like. Come on down and check it out or visit our online store!

http://candyfunhouse.ca/collections/gift-basket

- iCandy

Science Says Happy People Eat Candy, Hopefuls Eat Fruit
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     Did you know that being happy about your past might be the reason you reach for jelly beans instead of green beans? According to Karen Page Winterich of Pennsylvania State University and Kelly Haws of Texas A&M, studies have revealed that happy people tend to reach for candies more often than hopeful people who pick fruit.
These findings show that people that are nostalgic and focused on the good things of the past tend to crave candy more than those people focused on the future.
In the first of four studies done participants were asked to think about the past, present or future and then seeing whether they picked candy or fruit. The result was  that participants “in the future” would eat less M&M’s than those thinking of present/past happiness and would be more likely to choose the healthier option.
This unconventional experiment has concluded that the next time your candy cravings are out of control, try switching your stream of thoughts from the positive past to the hopeful glow of the future.

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     On the other side of this coin there’s a long history of people using chocolate to make themselves happier, but the question still remains: is there a scientific basis behind it, or is the mood boosting ability of chocolate just an old wives’ tale?

     The richness and sweetness tasted in chocolate accounts for the satisfaction we feel when eating it. These qualities stimulate the part of the brain responsible for pleasing sensations (called the hypothalamus). When you eat chocolate, even dark chocolate, because it has a high percentage of fat and sugar, improves your mood due to the pleasure sensors in your brain being activated.
In addition, chocolate can affect the amount of serotonin in the brain. This chemical is known for having an effect on mood, and is regulated by many anti-depressants. While the effect of chocolate is far less than that of medical remedies for depression, it does have a noticeable effect on the way serotonin is released.

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     Chemically, chocolate doesn’t have the ability to boost mood for extended periods of time. To get a noticeable effect from these compounds you’d have to eat a lot of chocolate. But although the fat and sugar content isn’t ready to be used to fight depression, a little bit might just help you cure the blues.
But science aside - I think most would say they are pretty happy while eating chocolate and after for a bit. Some things in life you don’t need a scientific test for. Eating chocolate is one of those times, so if it tastes good and makes you feel good then by all means enjoy your chocolate!

- iCandy

Next Level Marshmallows

How’s this for genius - stuffing an already delicious, spongy marshmallow with your favourite fillings like chocolate, grape, cherry or strawberry jelly.

Today, my candy conquest has led me to a wonderful new discovery - GÜD FÜD’s stuffed marshmallows. All the great-tasting, fat free goodness that marshmallows offer plus, in my case, a chocolaty ganache centre that bursts the moment you sink your teeth into it. The glutton in me wished there were more filling (and more samples ;), but this spin on a classic candy is a delight that’s easy to eat and tastes decadent - Das is gud fud!
Each stuffed marshmallow comes individually wrapped and in a variety of packs or as singles.

Keep any eye out for GÜD FÜD Marshmallows Coming Soon to Candyfunhouse!

- iCandy

Cherry Blossom, a Canadian treat enjoyed for over 100yrs!

The Cherry Blossom may be known as a plant to all the millennial born children. For people who can remember the the roaring 50’s, 60’s ti die shirts, the disco era and so on Cherry Blossom is more associated with a delectable candy treat. The Walter M. Lowney Company of Canada began operation in the 1890s and was responsible for the production of Cherry Blossoms. Eventually it was bought by the Hershey Company and is still manufactured in Canada to this day.  These days its produced in Smith Falls, north-east of Kingston.

Cherry Blossoms are iconic for their bright yellow square box, that contains a maraschino cherry, and cherry syrup. However a product produced by Hershey NEEDS that chocolate touch! That’s why every cherry is surrounded by that high quality Hershey’s chocolate, mixed with coconut and roasted peanut pieces. Is your mouth salivating yet? 

The coolest part to the production of Cherry Blossoms is that the cherry syrup starts as a solid when produced, but thanks to an added enzyme, breaks down and becomes a liquid over the course of 2 weeks. Now that’s a sweeeeeet application of science! 

Come check out the Cherry Blossoms and so many other cool candy products at your Canada Day Party!

I just supported Wash 4 a wish charity car wash on @ThunderclapIt

Hip Hop Candyfest Highlights

Hip Hop Candyfest saw a great turn out and was a huge success!
Thanks to the high energy of our performers, the spontenaety of the events that unfolded, and the receptivity of the audience made for a fantastic day of fun, excitement and high quality entertainment.

The day started early for the fun-gineers at the Fuhouse as they prepared Central Park for what would be the most anticipated event Candy Funhouse has ever been a a part of. The PA system flooded the park with deep, groovin, ambiental hip hop instrumentals, the weather conspired in our favour as the sun shined bright while the gentle breeze kept us cool - there was a hint of magic in the air and we knew that we would be in for a day to remember.

One by one our judges and contestants began to show up for sound check, and not long after that music lovers, supporters and curious observers passing by began to trickle in. It wasn’t long before we had a full on audience and the show was on the road.

The show opened up with an introduction of our judges and was followed by an explosive performance by Emily (a.k.a EAH). In her unique rendition of the provided music she composed a lovely, melodic song remeniscent of a young Beyonce and incorporated rapping into her piece as well. With her diva-like attitude she seemed very comfortable on stage and the crowd loved it.

MC Lonzo then took the stage with an ecstatic performance of his original piece that tugged at the heart strings with his profound lyricism and fiery passion. From beginning to end, the complexity of his rhymes were made to seem effortless and his flow was uninterrupted, making for a stellar performance.

With the crowd having been warmed up, one of our main headliners and judges then took his place on stage and just laid it on them with a killer set. Hip Hop and R&B artist Boots Included Hip Hop inspired tunes, as well as acoustic tracks and even had a little help from some friends - including a singer with a beautiful voice and your very own iCandy on the drum. His stage presence was energizing to watch, the way he incorporated dance moves into his performance really raised the bar and took the performance to another level. He concluded his set by making a song on the spot using a looper pedal, recording every element of the song 1 by 1 using his voice to replicate sounds like parts of a drum.

While still feeling like dancing, the next 2 acts caught everyone off guard. A young duo by the name of Hollywood took the stage and just floored everyone with their tight hip hop performance. At just 12 years old, this boy/girl duo hip hop routine was enough to get you out of your seats and dropping it like it was hot. Another hip hop dance trio then proceeded the act and delivered another eye-catching and moving performance, both groups had great selections of music, their choreography was visually appealing and their energy was electric.

The half-time show included a performance by yours truly, where I made a beat from scratch to show the kind of work that goes into making a hip hop beat. We also heard from our friend Eva, spokesperson for Argus Residence, who delivered a touching speech about why we were all there and the mission we were supporting to help kids get off the streets.
But when Willy Wonka took the stage with Eminem (a.k.a Shana), things just took on a whole new level of awesome. The two characters did their own rendition of a cover of the famous hit “Lose Yourself”. Fans cheered as they recognized the intro of the beat, and when it dropped, Willy Wonka and Eminem showed us what’s up.

Just when things seemed like they couldn’t get any better, our second feature performance and judge, Exponent 3, got on the mic and brought the audience into his world during his set. Heavy beats, lyrics sharp as swords, and a badass attitude really gave people a feel for the real world of rap and how it’s done now. His charismatic crowd work got the people involved and singing along, people’s hands were in the air and everyone was bouncin’.

Our next contestants, Aiden + Dax, were a duo of friends who were also the youngest of the competition. When they first autidioned they were one of the only ones who had prepared original pieces and showed a lot of courage getting up on stage. When it came down to showtime, these two talented kids were the perfect combination of cute meets hardcore, because although they looked sweet and innocent on the outside, their performance definteley packed a punch.

Griffin and Karleigh were next on deck, and this anticipated duo did not dissappoint. Their original piece included Griffin (a.k.a Capital G) rapping the verses while Karleigh sang the chorus, and both of them held it down, exhibiting enthusiasm, raw talent and confidence. The unique blend and thoughtful composition of the piece made them really stand out and the crowd loved them.

Our final headliner and judge then took the stage and gave everyone something they were not expecting. YBS Frack began with a spoken word poem that just opened the heart. You could hear the sincerity of his words through his passionate voice, his lyrics were real and from the heart, to the point where it even brought audience members to tears. When the music started and the beat dropped, an explosion of passionate energy that was enough to make the hairs on your neck stand up filled the park. There was wisdom in his lyrics, positive attitude in the way he spoke, and the poems he would recite in between songs allowed for a dynamic range of feelings do be felt. To his surprise, for the very first time in the history of his hip hop career, Frack’s parents made an appearance in the audience and were supporting his music. This touching moment added to the beauty of everything occurring, and on that note, Hip Hop Candyfest had come to a conclusion.

After coming to a consensus on a difficult decision, the judges had selected a winner and handed an envelope to the Candy Queen with the winner’s name on it.
As the crowd waited in edge-of-your-seat anticipation, Her royal sweetness made the announcement.
3rd place was announced and went to Kayla for her great performance.
Coming up close in 2nd place was MC Lonzo.
And taking home the cake, the first ever winner of Hip Hop Candyfest 2014 was … *drumroll * …
Capital G and Karleigh!

Congratulations to our winners, and a big thank you to all who participated in HHCF and helped make it happen. We hop to see you again next year!

-iCandy