It’s Valentine’s Day, and while I hope I’ve given you plenty of inspiration over the last few weeks to gift your sweetheart, I thought it might be nice today to focus on something sweet altogether. I recently came across This Charming Candy over on Etsy and fell hard and fast for their artisan lollipops, so I decided to do some investigating to introduce all you CGG fans to the brand.

First, you might be asking yourself – artisan lollipops? Really? To which I say: really. The company started with Susan, one half of the dynamic duo behind This Charming Candy, and her love for baking and cooking – but also her realization that you don’t always have time to whip up a batch of blueberry muffins or a pitcher of root beer floats on command. Thus, she teamed up with her long-time pal Kate to start crafting lollipops for grown-ups; little indulgences that capture fantastical flavours like their wildly popular salted caramel, richly roasted hazelnut coffee, or sophisticated tangerine clove.

Since the initial brainwave, the gals’ business has been booming as they roll out new flavours (inspired by cookbooks and cooking whims alike) and put together cute themed packages like ‘Breakfast Tray’ or ‘Spice Rack’.

They’ve also got their hands full with their custom, wedding-oriented party favours. Order 96 pops with the initials and flavours of your choice and give wedding guests a sweet treat to suck on while they listen to the speeches. Or work with Susan & Kate on creating a custom order that’ll suit a family reunion, company conference, or other special occasion where a lolly will liven things up.

Of course, you know I’m a cost-conscious type and so are Susan & Kate – this is a totally cost-effective gift idea. Prices start at $13.48 CDN for an eight-pack of a single flavour, or a variety pack so you can get a taste for the good life. And if you happen to be one of those folks that’s still scrambling for a Valentine’s idea, the girls are totally here for you: show up empty-handed to dinner tonight, but promise your sweet that you’ve signed them up for a six-month lollipop subscription for $75.50 that’ll let them try every flavour under This Charming Candy’s rainbow.

Salivating yet? Good, because I’ve got some exciting news for you. First, Susan & Kate have graciously offered to give all of my readers (yes you) a 10% discount on your purchases from them starting today until February 21st. All you have to do is enter the code ‘CAGIFTGUIDE‘ when you go to make your purchase.

Second, the gals have also offered up some of their wares for you to gamble to sample: namely, one lucky winner will one of their Celebration Time gift sets, featuring two suckers each in Birthday Cake, Cherries Jubilee, Bubble Gum, and Root Beer Float (their most popular seller at the last Canadian craft show they attended). Interested? Read on to enter:

1) Visit the This Charming Candy shop and leave a comment below on which flavour gets your tastebuds tingling the most, until midnight on February 29th, 2012.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around March 1st to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry Time: Giving a shoutout to my subscribers today: if you already subscribe, remind me in the comments and you’ll earn a bonus entry. If you’re a newbie, subscribe today (just click on the ‘Gift Me Please’ button on the top righthand column) and you’ll also earn a bonus entry.

140 Responses to “Candyland”
  1. Chelsea says:

    Hard to choose!… But I would say Salted Caramel. I have always wondered what that tasted like, sounds delicious. I love salt and love caramel… Seems I could not go wrong with this flavor! hahah

  2. Gisele says:

    Pistachio- marshmallow sounds devine and addictive.

  3. Janice Cournoyer says:

    The Sweetened Grapefruit would be my kind of flavour. Love citrus flavours and smells.

  4. Michelle Hitchcock says:

    Maple sugar would be my favourite!

  5. linda chaput says:

    I love maple sugar.

  6. gibberish says:

    I’d like to try the Charm School Dropouts or the Salted Caramel.

  7. Burns says:

    I am all over sweetned grapefruit! Hell ya!

  8. mousecat says:

    The sweetened grapefruit flavour is the one that sounds the very best!

  9. mousecat says:

    I subscribe to your emails!!

  10. Lisa says:

    salted caramel for sure!

  11. Suzanne G says:

    I would have to pick salted caramel.

  12. Suzanne G says:

    I subscribe to your emails

  13. Holly says:

    Cinnamon-Cherry, aka Red Hot Love! Sounds delicious! Also i subscribe!!

  14. Linda says:

    I would have to choose sated anise! My mouth is watering already…..

  15. Blueberry Muffin sounds cool for me!
    Bonus – I already subscribe.

  16. CarlyS says:

    Cherries Jubilee, hands down!

  17. L P says:

    Salted caramel sounds wonderful.

  18. Dreena says:

    Birthday Cake sounds sweet and yummy!

  19. Dreena says:

    I’m an email subscriber.

  20. Maurey says:

    Pineapple Heaven!!

  21. Gemma says:

    I’d love to try the triple berry.

  22. Gemma says:

    Already a subscriber.

  23. Tegan says:

    Grapefruit looks so soso good!

  24. Louise says:

    mmm, hard to choose. I think I would love the Maple sugar

  25. LS Watson says:

    pineapple heaven

  26. adrienne geady says:

    salted caramel 4 sure

  27. Blueberry Muffin and I subscribe.

  28. Jennifer R says:

    The salted caramel sounds delicious! ( I am already a subscriber!)

  29. Tammy D says:

    Definitely the Happy Birthday Cake flavour!!! Sounds so delicious..

    dalleykt at live dot ca

  30. Tammy D says:

    I already subscribe to CanadianGift Guide.

    dalleykt at live dot ca

  31. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    I think I would really like the sweetened grapefruit flavour

  32. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    I am already a subscriber

  33. sean pynaert says:

    salty caramel is my fave!

  34. Tammie says:

    OMG…….I love the looks of these…, the Salted Caramel would be amazing:)

  35. Maureen B says:

    Love, love. love, love these!!! Salted caramel sounds super!

  36. Tracey says:

    Salted caramel sounds the most interesting to me!

  37. Sophia says:

    My mouth is watering just thinking about the root beer float lollipop!

  38. Lillea says:

    Guava Colada!

  39. Natalie Parisee says:

    Woww! cute.

  40. leah says:

    Would love to try salted Caramel. I’m also subscibing today!

  41. Shirano says:

    Hazelnut coffee sounds even more delicious as a lollipop.

  42. Hal Jenner says:

    Salted caramel, salt and sweet together how can you go wrong

  43. Jenn C says:

    mmm Birthday Cake!

  44. Jessica Lord says:

    Yumm…Cherries Jubilee

  45. Christina Dragan says:

    Guava Colada sounds so yummy! The packaging is so cute.

  46. Crystal kordalchuk says:

    Mmmm pistachio marshmallow. I ❀ candy so no real preference but that one sure sounds good!

  47. Jennifer Irvine says:

    Maple Sugar! MMMM!

  48. Jennifer Irvine says:

    I am a subscriber!

  49. Christina Dragan says:

    I am a subscriber to your blog: christina(dot)dragan(at)utoronto(dot)ca

  50. Brook says:

    Lately I have cravings everything pineapple! So my first pick would be pineapple heaven!

  51. Mmm! Very tough decision here, but tI think the maple sugar one would be lovely.

  52. Ramsha says:

    Would love to try birthday cake πŸ™‚

  53. Kaitlin says:

    I’m gunna have to be a real Canadian and go with maple sugar . Sounds delicious !!

  54. Josie says:

    maple sugar would be yummy

  55. Ali says:

    Pistachio Marshmallow!

  56. Michelle Moretti says:

    Birthday cake sounds good!

  57. Sabrina Langelier says:

    Birthday cake!!

  58. karryk says:

    Maple Sugar sounds to die for

  59. Lisa says:

    I would love to try Maple Sugar – a truly Canadian flavour.

  60. Savannah says:

    Birthday Cake and Maple Sugar both sound so good it would be a real toss up.

  61. Vivian says:

    The sweetened grapefruit sounds interesting. I just clicked the gift me button!

  62. Sarah Jackson says:

    I would have to go with maple sugar!

  63. 409cope says:

    I would love the try the Pineapple Maven the most.

  64. 409cope says:

    I am a current subscriber.

  65. Susan says:

    Defnitely Salted Caramel or Pistachio-Marshmallow!

  66. Susan says:

    I am a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber.

  67. I am a subscriber. It has to be the salted caramel.

  68. Shelly Kristianson says:

    Would love to try the salted caramel!

  69. Marc-Andre Taillefer says:

    I love maple sugar.

  70. eleanor q says:

    Pineapple Heaven sounds divine! Yummy!

  71. Kelly P says:

    I can’t pick just one! Salted caramel, pineapple heaven or pistachio marshmallow all sound delicious!

  72. Jeannette Laframboise says:

    Oh my, they all sound and look pretty yummy-If I had to pick I would say I’d love to try the Salted Caramel and Root Beer Float flavors. Or all of the others too… πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  73. Kristy says:

    I would like to try Sweetened Grapefruit.

  74. Lori O says:

    I would love to try the pineapple heaven. It sounds heavenly.. lol

  75. michelle says:

    Would love to try the hazelnut coffee

  76. Erika E says:

    Salted Caramel sounds really delicious.
    (I’m already a subscriber.)

  77. Elaine R says:

    Salted Anise sounds wonderful-hopefully it would be yummy like Dutch licorise!

  78. Connie Whelan says:

    Definitley the sweetened grapefruit!

  79. tenley19 says:

    Cinnamon Cherry for sure!

  80. Lori S says:

    Birthday Cake!! Yeah I want this one please

  81. ART says:

    If I HAD to choose JUST one….Salted Caramel!

  82. DEBBIE says:


  83. Bree Gray says:

    Oh my gosh, how can I choose, anything fruity, anything anise, it would be great

  84. Melissa T says:

    Love these! Salted Caramel please!

  85. Jade says:

    oh my! I would have to say my favorite would be the tangerine clove! My what creative flavours! they all sound so delicious!!!

  86. Lisa says:

    MMMMMM, sweetened grapefruit would be so yummy for my tummy!! πŸ™‚

  87. Katie McDonald says:

    I think Salty Caramel, but they sound yummy!

  88. Melissa Clarke says:

    Bubble Gum would be amazing!
    (I just subscribed)

  89. karenkog says:

    I would love to try Peaches and Cream or Trufflesβ™₯

  90. Susannah Roberts says:

    Pistshio marshmallow

  91. Sherry says:

    Birthday cake sounds delish….although, it would be fantastic to try them ALL!!!!!!!

  92. Nena says:

    Mmmm…they all look so yummy!!! I have to say, though, the thought of the salted caramel makes my mouth water just thinking about it!!!
    I also subscribed to your email list.

  93. Lisa Bolduc says:

    Ummm the pineapple heaven…..

  94. JJ Frayling says:

    These Gourmet Lollipops sound amazing – would love to try them ALL! Since I am a coffee – lover I think Hazelnut Coffee would be an interesting flavor for sure, thnx for the opportunity!!!

  95. debra says:

    salted caramel

  96. effie says:

    sweetened grapefruit sounds delicious!

  97. Cairine says:

    I love anything caramel flavoured so my favourite would be salted caramel.

  98. folgermama says:

    I think I would have to say the first flavour that popped out to me was salted caramel… but then the tangerine clove started calling my name, and I must say that one is particularly intriguing!

  99. Marlene V. says:

    I would really love to try the Sweet Tangerine Lollipop

  100. Jason says:

    The pistachio marshmallow sounds like the best of all. They should put them out as hard candies as well!!!! That would be soooooooo awesome!!!

  101. Journeysof TheZoo says:

    Blueberry muffin, yum. I’m salvating…

  102. Jocelyn says:

    They all sound yummy! my first pick would be Sweetened Grapefruit.

  103. Angela M says:

    MMM salted caramel sounds good.

  104. Donnas says:

    Although the combination sounds unusual I’d really go for the Salted Anise Lollipop.

  105. Donnas says:

    I’m an email subscriber.

  106. Anne Derkat says:

    I’m a licorice fan

  107. Ashley S says:

    I think that the maple sugar would be really really tasty–I love anything maple πŸ™‚

  108. Jennifer Barata Allen says:

    It would have to be Pineapple Heaven πŸ™‚

  109. Jennifer Barata Allen says:

    I subscribed to your email πŸ™‚

  110. salted caramel for the win!

  111. maria says:

    Birthday Cake sounds really yummy!

  112. corey says:

    My kids would love the bubblegum for sure.

  113. gail says:

    sweetened grapefruit : )

  114. Nini says:

    The blueberry muffin looks so good.

  115. lelalacc says:

    Hazelnut-Coffee sounds good to me

  116. lelalacc says:

    subscribed by email

  117. Glogirl says:

    I would love to try the Tart Pluot (plum apricot) flavour.

  118. Glogirl says:

    I am an e-mail subscriber.

  119. sandy says:

    I think birthday cake would be awesome!

  120. sandy says:

    I am a subscriber, thanks!

  121. megan says:

    i would love to try the cinnamon….. mmmm!

  122. Brandy says:

    Salted caramel!

  123. Amy Brown says:

    Watermelon-Basil sounds interesting!

  124. Vanessa Vanhaverbeke says:

    I’m stuck between Blueberry muffin and Birthday Cake I love both so much ! What a great idea for combinations, very creative!

  125. belinda m says:

    Maple sugar gets those juices flowing for me


  126. belinda m says:

    I subscribe to your emails


  127. Elva Roberts says:

    February 22- I visited Candyland and my favourite flavor is Bubblegum.-el03ro

  128. Tierra says:

    Vanilla-cardamom sounds like a great flavour combo.

  129. Shelley says:

    I love sweet and salty, so it would have to be the Salted Caramel. Yum!

  130. Amie Watts says:

    Root Beer Float!

  131. T.Drost says:

    Pineapple Heaven….If I really have to choose only one!!

  132. Tracey says:

    Pistachio marshmallow sounds amazing!

  133. Sabrina Carter says:

    Rootbeer float sounds AMAZING.yum!

  134. Lori P says:

    Even the name of the Tart Pluot (plum apricot) flavour makes my mouth water, so I’d love to try it for real.

  135. Lori P says:

    I’m already a subscriber.

  136. Maegan Morin says:

    How am I even supposed to choose a favorite!! They all look so yummy! I think that the one that gets me salivating the most though is Root Beer Float… or Bubblgum!

    megnate at telus dot net

  137. Sophie G says:

    Wow…what a variety!I have to go with the hazelnut-coffee…yummmm

  138. aimee perrin says:

    salted caramel

  139. Robin Gremenhalgh says:

    To be honest I’m a root beer kinda girl, It takes me back in time to when my dad would make his own and the bottles would explode sometimes lol! But it was so nice on a hot humid. Isn’t to pop open a frothy, ice cold root beer! Yummy!

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