Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Lovely Candy Company: Review & Giveaway!

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The Lovely Candy Company was founded in 2013 in Woodstock, IL, when founder Jackie Nakamura asked her husband to find licorice (her favorite candy) in a brand that she and her daughter could eat -- something allergen and gluten-free. What they found was that this type of licorice really did not exist..the market held little in the way of candy made specifically for a gluten and allergen-free diet. This is the way that The Lovely Candy Company was born. They are proud to manufacture gluten and GMO-free candies in a wide variety, with high-quality and tasty ingredients! 

The Lovely Candy Company cares about providing their customers with a delicious option that is ingredient-conscious and allergy-friendly. All of The Lovely Candy Company's products are certified Kosher, natural, and are free from high fructose corn syrup, soy, trans fat, artificial ingredients, artificial colors and RBST. They produce their candy in small batches to ensure that all ingredients are precise, and that each piece of candy is as good as the next! This gives The Lovely Candy Company a very "homemade" feel and taste.

The Lovely Candy Company created three types of gluten-free licorice: Strawberry, Raspberry, and regular Black Licorice. These products will not be featured in this review. I was lucky enough to receive SIX other types of delectable candy that The Lovely Candy Company makes, including: Fruit Chews, Superfruit Chews, Chocolaty Fudgee Rolls, Raspberry Fudgee Rolls, Chewy Original Caramels, and Chocolate Swirl Caramels. I received 6 oz bags of each variety. 






The first bag of candy (that I was happy to share with my boyfriend and my mom) to be ripped open was The Lovely Candy Company's Fruit Chews. These all-natural candies are individually wrapped and include the flavors apple, cherry, and blackberry. What sets these candies apart from major brands is the fact that they are made with REAL FRUIT, and the only color you see in them is that of the fruit itself -- there is nothing artificial! There are even seeds in each fruit chew. They are also vegan! My boyfriend and I loved these; it was like taking a Starburst and making something incredible out of it. It actually tastes like a homemade piece of candy, rid of chemicals, with a great texture and flavor. My favorite, by far, was the apple.

 The Fruit Chews contain the following ingredients: Brown Rice Syrup, Dried Cane Syrup, Palm Oil, Freeze Dried Apple, Freeze Dried Blackberry, Freeze Dried Cherry, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors and Sunflower Lecithin. There are four servings per 6 oz. bag and 7 fruit chews per serving; one serving contains 160 calories, 2g of fat, 0mg of sodium, 36g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein.



The Lovely Candy Company's Superfruit Chews are like their Fruit Chews, except they contain higher levels of antioxidants. They also have different flavors, including: blueberry, cranberry, and raspberry. The Superfruit Chews are still all-natural and made with real fruit. Again, these were a quick hit, my personal favorite being the blueberry. It literally tastes like the actual fruit is embedded in a delicious, chewy layer. These would make a wonderful gift, or a healthier alternative for a child to bring to a school function! Believe me, they actually taste BETTER than candy that includes all of that garbage.

The Superfruit Chews contain the following ingredients: Brown Rice Syrup, Dried Cane Syrup, Palm Oil, Freeze Dried Blueberry, Freeze Dried Cranberry, Freeze Dried Raspberry, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors and Sunflower Lecithin. There are four servings per 6 oz. bag and 7 fruit chews per serving; one serving contains 160 calories, 2g of fat, 0mg of sodium, 36g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein.





 My mom's favorite were the all-natural Chocolaty Fudgee Rolls; she claimed that they are "amazing" and "hard to put down". She loves the individual packaging, and says that it reminds her of old-fashioned candy from back in the day, which was crafted with a lot of care. I couldn't believe that gluten-free chocolate candy could taste so good! I was half expecting them to be dry and lacking, but they are tasty, rich, and have a nice, chewy texture.

The Chocolaty Fudgee Rolls contain the following ingredients: Brown Rice Syrup, Sweetened Condensed Whole Milk (rBST-Free Whole Milk, Sugar), Dried Cane Syrup, Palm Oil, Cocoa Powder, Chocolate Liquor, Vanilla, and Sunflower Lecithin. There are four servings per 6 oz. bag and 7 pieces per serving; one serving contains 160 calories, 4.5g of fat, 5mg of sodium, 29g of carbohydrates, and 2g of protein. They have 2% the daily value of calcium and 4% the daily value of iron. 




My mom decided that she is going to go to Target and hunt down another bag of The Lovely Candy Company's Raspberry Fudgee Rolls for my grandma, who loves the combination of chocolate and raspberry. Even being a die-hard fan of the standard, artificial chocolate raspberry candies of major companies, I know that she will be easily swayed. These are delicious, with just the right mixture of chocolate and raspberry. Again, we love the fact that they are all-natural! These would make great gifts for any loved one.

The Raspberry Fudgee Rolls contain the following ingredients: Brown Rice Syrup, Sweetened Condensed Whole Milk (rBST-Free Whole Milk, Sugar), Dried Cane Syrup, Palm Oil, Cocoa Powder, Chocolate Liquor, Dried Raspberry Fruit, Citric Acid, Vanilla, and Sunflower Lecithin. There are four servings per 6 oz. bag and 7 pieces per serving; one serving contains 160 calories, 3.5g of fat, 10mg of sodium, 32g of carbohydrates, and 1g of protein. They have 2% the daily value of iron. 




The Lovely Candy Company's Chewy Original Caramels were created from a modified family recipe - the founder's mother originally created them, and high fructose corn syrup and a few other ingredients were removed. These caramels are amazing! They taste better than most caramels I have had in the past...they are packed with flavor, and they did not stick to my teeth as much. They melt in your mouth and leave you wanting more. 

The Chewy Original Caramels contain the following ingredients: Brown Rice Syrup, Sweetened Condensed Whole Milk (Milk, Cane Sugar), Butter, Dried Cane Syrup, Molasses, Vanilla and Sunflower Lecithin. There are four servings per 6 oz. bag and 4 pieces per serving; one serving contains 160 calories, 6g of fat, 15mg of cholesterol, 150mg of sodium, 25g of carbohydrates, and 1g of protein. They have 4% the daily value of Vitamin A and 4% the daily value of Calcium.

 



The Lovely Candy Company's Chocolate Swirl Caramels were even better than the original caramels! They were my boyfriend's favorite, who couldn't seem to put the bag down. We put the caramels and fruit chews in the fridge to keep them safe from the dreaded humidity, and it felt nice to pop a cold, Chocolate Swirl Caramel in my mouth at the end of a long day. These are really packed with flavor, and again, I didn't have a huge problem with them sticking to my teeth...the texture is great.

 The Chocolate Swirl Caramels contain the following ingredients: Brown Rice Syrup, Sweetened Condensed Whole Milk(Milk, Cane Sugar), Butter, Dried Cane Syrup, Palm Oil, Chocolate Liquor, Molasses, Vanilla, and Sunflower Lecithin. There are four servings per 6 oz. bag and 4 pieces per serving; one serving contains 150 calories, 7g of fat, 15mg of cholesterol, 110mg of sodium, 23g of carbohydrates, and 1g of protein. They have 4% the daily value of Vitamin A and 2% the daily value of Calcium.

Overall, in case you couldn't tell from my glowing review, I am enamored with The Lovely Candy Company! I would highly recommend these delicious and unique treats to anyone, regardless of nutritional restrictions. Even if you do not follow a gluten-free or allergen-free diet, there is NO reason to discredit this candy. It tastes better when it is all-natural and made with obvious love. The only problem you will have with The Lovely Candy Company's products is trying to put the bag down. I warned you!


The Lovely Candy Company sells products directly from their website with the added benefit of free shipping! Right now, you can purchase three 6 oz. bags of the same variety for just $14.97, and sampler packs of three bags for $14.97 or six bags for $26.97. You can also buy their Original Caramels or Superfruit Chews in packages of 12 (2 oz. bags) for $19.99. The Lovely Candy Company also offers their products in bulk, which is ideal for businesses, weddings, parties, and more; you can purchase a 20 lb. case of Original Caramels, Chocolate Swirl Caramels, or Fruit Chews for $144.50. Products from The Lovely Candy Company are also available at many major retailers, such as: Target, Whole Foods, Jewel-Osco, Hallmark, Caesar's Palace, Burlington Coat Factory, Mariano's, Busch's, NaturalCandyStore.com, etc..



Interested in learning more about the Lovely Candy Company? Check out the links below:




One lucky reader will win their very own $50 package of The Lovely Candy Company's Candy, courtesy of The Lovely Candy Company! All you need to do is enter on the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. readers, 18 and over, unless you have permission from your parents. Please be honest when submitting Rafflecopter entries -- remember, I DO check all of your entries for verification, and I will throw them out if they are false. If the form has a spot for you to enter information, please provide me with the appropriate username, link, etc so that it is easier for me to verify your entries! I am not responsible for the shipment of the prize, that is the company's duty. I will contact the winner via email (so make sure to use one that you check) and you will have 48 hours to respond with your shipping information. If you have any questions or if the Rafflecopter is not working properly, you can always contact me via Facebook or email (links on the sidebar). Good luck!!


45 comments:

  1. Wow! So many candies. I never heard of blackberry candy. That is a good find. And it's made with real fruit. Oh yes! Thanks for the info.

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  2. i'd love to try the original flavor claramells!

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  3. I love the fact that these are GMO free!

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  4. These look really yummy, reminds me of candies I bought in Spain!

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  5. These look delicious! Perfect for road trips.

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  6. They sure picked the right name for their brand. With a name like "lovely," you're sure to attract buyers.

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  7. I like that these candies are made with natural ingredients.

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  8. I think the Original Caramels would be my favorite. dwelchert at yahoo dot com

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  9. i like that they have gluten free options!

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  10. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE The Lovely Candy Co.!!!!! I love having yummy candies I can give my children and not feel guilty. The super fruit and the chocolate caramels are our favorites!!!!

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  11. Lovely's are A.Maze.Ing! Really, everyone should try them. You won't regret it. Well, maybe you will because they're addicting.

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  12. caramel...justina justice

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  13. yummy candy
    kat wolf

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  14. I think the original caramels would be my favorite. I love caramel candy. Thank you.

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  15. would love the chocolate swirl

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  16. I like that they are made with real ingredients and nothing artificial. I'd love to try the original chewy caramels!

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  17. I think the raspberry fudgee rolls would be my favorite. They all look great!

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  18. I think the chocolate swirl caramels would be my favorite.

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  19. The Chocolate Swirl Caramels would probably be my favorite.

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  20. I think my favorite flavor would be the Chewy Original Caramels!

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  21. I do think my favorite would be the Raspberry Fudgee Rolls flavor.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  23. I think the chocolate swirl caraels would be my favorite. I know the rest of the family would enjoy them too.

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  24. The chocolate swirl caramels would def be a winner in my house. The fruit chews sound yummy too.

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  25. The original classic caramels sound divine!

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  26. I also commented on the Air Plant Review too. Thank you!

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  27. I would love to try the chocolate caramel swirls first... as for what I like, I love that it's all gluten-free so I don't have to worry about the consequences of enjoying them.

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  28. These are great! Tried them this weekend and they are delicious!

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  29. commented here http://www.thesecond-thought.com/2014/07/adovia-mineral-eye-gel-review.html?showComment=1405360823818#c3889880243236287217

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  30. I think i would really like the caramels. thanks

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  31. I like that they offer Gluten free candy too. My grand daughter is diabetic and has Celiac so this would be great to have something to offer her when the other kids are eating candy.
    Ann b.
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  32. The Chocolate Fudgy Rolls for sure! Yum!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  33. The chocolate fudgy rolls would be yummy!
    Georgiana

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  34. Commented on Brownie Brittle & Air Plant Shop too.

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  35. I also posted on the Trim Feul protein review

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  36. I love how they use all natural products!

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