As much as I talk about fruits, veggies, and all things healthy, I make no secret of my sweet tooth. Candy always has been, and always will be, one of my biggest guilt pleasures, so sticking with real, clean ingredients has been a challenge. Saying goodbye is hard….but now, all that has changed!
Meet The Lovely Candy Company (just launched in 2013.) It’s dye-free candy at its absolute best! But it’s free of more than just dyes – this candy is gluten- and GMO-free, soy-free, and completely free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives of any kind. And to top it off, the candy is beyond delicious.
These candies were created by the company founder for his wife, and one taste will tell you they were created with love. The flavors are so clean and clear…so REAL, like homemade candy. It never fails – when good, natural ingredients are used, the flavor of the end product shines, and this is no exception. I had to hide these from myself because they are just. that. good.
The company’s very first offerings include:
- Original Chewy Caramels
- Chocolate Swirl Caramels
- Super Fruit Chews (Cranberry, Raspberry, and Blueberry)
- Fruit Chews (Apple, Cherry, and Blackberry)
I can’t even pick a favorite. The caramels are soft and chewy and really fresh tasting, and the fruit chews taste like real fruit. They actually have little pieces of real fruit in them (and a raspberry seed or two!) For someone like me, who has an unstoppable sweet tooth AND a commitment to being completely dye-free, this is an absolute treasure. It’s a perfect option for Halloween, stocking stuffers, gifts…any occasion that calls for candy. I can even share with my son and feel good about it (in moderation, of course.)
I’m making up a few gift jars like this one for our daycare teachers and mail carriers, and I’ll use them as the center of my holiday cookie platters, too.
Being able to give and enjoy fun treats without having to compromise on our priorities and commitments is priceless. And knowing that the taste is not only good, but way better than the conventional candies I’ve had? Well, that makes me want to find company founder Mike Nakamura and shake his hand.
The Lovely Candy Company’s line is also great for people with food sensitivities or celiac disease. The current line is available at several major national retailers, like Giant Eagle Market District and The Fresh Market, as well as retail chains like Burlington Coat Factory and specialty retailers like Hallmark. And, drumroll please….it will be at TARGET in 2014!
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You can also find Lovely Candy Co. products at Amazon.com.
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