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Oldies but Goodies: NERDS, SweeTARTS, and Black Forest Gummy Bears

You may have noticed a resurgence and welcoming of old school and classic products. We’re not talking just fashion, what was old is new again in many categories. We’d all love an escape to our childhoods when life was simpler, happier; and nothing says happy childhood like your favorite candies. We grew up enjoying classic candies like NERDS, SweeTARTS, and Black Forest Gummy Bears, and are still loving these delicious sweet treats today.

 NERDS, SweeTARTS and Black Forest Gummy Bears

Ferrara Candy Company, the parent company of some of everyone’s favorite candies – NERDS, SweeTARTS and Black Forest Gummy Bears, welcomes several NEW products that recently hit store shelves. NERDS were a staple growing up. The creature shaped mini candies originally came in two flavors per box and were enjoyed by all ages from kindergarten to high school. This year expect to enjoy NERDS in three forms – Big Chewy, Sour Big Chewy, and the original tiny, tangy and crunchy form but in a rainbow of colors.

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Fans of the original SweeTARTS (and those who love the combination of sweet and sour), will love the SweeTARTS Berries & Cherries, and SweeTARTS Ropes Bites. The fond memories of biting into the sweet and tangy goodness of SweeTARTS continues on with these two new varieties.

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Last but most certainly not least, gummy bears; and these are no ordinary gummy bears. These are award-winning gummy bears. Say yum to Black Forest Classic and Organic Gummy Bears, made with real fruit juice! Many of the gummy bears’ colors are derived from plant-based ingredients and the Classic Gummy Bears is the winner of the 2019 Product of the Year Award in the sugar confections category, based on a survey of 40,000 people. With its fruity flavor and soft, juicy texture, it’s easy to see why it’s an award-winning snack.

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Why not bring a bit of your childhood into your present life with NERDS, SweeTARTS, and Black Forest Gummy Bears. We promise you’ll enjoy them as much as you did when you were a child. What are your thoughts on the latest candy launches from Ferrara Candy Company? Do these classic candies get your sweet tooth going?

Shore Projects Welcomes New Wool Watch Straps

If you weren’t aware, today is daylights Savings Time and what better day than today to talk about timepieces. You may remember our highlight of the UK-based, Shore Projects Watches and their variety of straps, which they’ve just extended with a new strap collection made from Merino wool.

Shore Projects Wool Straps

The new Shore Projects Wool Straps are soft in texture and sharp in style. The Merino wool is mounted on Italian leather and comes in an array of colors, including Grey, Navy, Maroon, and Brown, four colors that reflect and celebrate its true British design. The first of their kind, the wool straps are designed to fit with any of the fourteen available Shore Projects watch styles, so you cam mix and match to your heart’s content; and just like their classic nylon, leather, mesh, polka dot, and mesh straps, the new wool straps are of course fitted with the brand’s unique interchangeable strap mechanism.

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The Wool Straps retail for $45.00, and can be accented with a Gold, Silver, Rose Gold, or Black clasp to match or contrast with your choice of watch face. As you can see, we’ve highlighted a few wool strap/face options for you to see, but with this UK watch brand, the possibilities are endless. See all of the available watch straps at shoreprojects.com/collections/straps.

What are your thoughts on the new wool straps? What watch face/wool strap would you get for yourself? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Fla-ver [Fla•VƏr] Artisan Crafted Candies and Dispenser on Kickstarter

We all loved candy as children, and many of us still have our sweet tooth firmly intact but sometimes as an adult, we desire candy that’s a bit more grownup, candy that’s a bit better for us. Let’s face it, as adults, we lose our childhood metabolism, much like our childhood innocence. What if we told you, there was a great adult candy, that not only tasted great but is actually good for you? Candy made with natural flavors and colors, that are artisan crafted, in small batches. Say hello to Fla-ver [Fla•VƏr] Artisan Crafted Candies, gluten-free treats that boast natural ingredients, are under 95 calories per serving, and come in six wonderful flavors.

Fla-ver Candies allow you to enjoy candy without the guilt and are available in flavors that range traditional, to foodie inspired. Enjoy the wonderful flavors of Mint (essence of Rosemary creme), Peppermint (refreshing twist on the classic bliss), Popcorn (salty, buttery goodness), Pineapple Jalapeno (mild treat of aloha heat), Lime Chipotle (feisty yet friendly fiesta), and Cherry (roasted rich and savory sweet). And because this is an adult candy, it comes housed in sophistication. Fla-Vers comes with a companion Artisan Crafted Dispenser, which boasts a sleek and clean design, easy loading, and one-touch dispense, to delivers perfect low-calorie portions of Bliss. These fab flavors are available in 25gm treat-size packs for deliciousness on the go, and a 16oz/1 lb refill-sized bag.

This delectable treats are raising funds through their Kickstarter campaign, and are rewarding backers with goodies which range from candy and dispenser in your flavor of choice, t-shirts, and the opportunity to be a Flaverologist for a Day with airfare, hotel accommodations, and a visit to their factory to make your own candy. Want to know more? Visit the Flaver Artisan Crafted Candies Kickstarter project page now.

Always Discreet, Never Ashamed | Marilu Henner & Always Discuss Sensitive Bladders

There’s an issue that seems to be very taboo among women, so much so that women prefer to suffer in silence rather than tell anyone, even loved ones don’t know they suffer through this condition. That condition is sensitive bladders. Did you know that 40 million American women of all ages are affected by sensitive bladders? More than 40% over the age of 40 suffer from it but it can affect women of all ages. Many women stop participating in their favorite activities because they’re afraid of accidental leakage. Always, a global leader in feminine protection with a long history of meeting the needs of women, has launched Always Discreet, a new product line for women with sensitive bladders that revolutionizes the way women manage and view their sensitive bladders.

To help celebrate with the launch, and to get women talking about what has been a taboo subject, Marilu Henner, along with some amazing lifestyle experts, Barbara Hannah Grufferman, Positive Aging Expert, Dr. Marla Shapiro, Medical Expert, and Valerie Waters, Fitness Expert and Celebrity Trainer, were on hand to introduce Always Discreet and discuss what many women hide from friends and family.

The event encouraged all to attend, in their best 80’s workout outfit. That’s right, it was all legwarmers, leotards and headbands, as we were in for some Dancerobics from the master herself, Marilu Henner. While we participated for a while, we had to capture great atmosphere of this fun experience.

Check out some of our amazing video below taken from the Dancerobics class with Marilu Henner:

You may be thinking, what does exercise have to do with bladder protection? A sensitive bladder affects one in every three women, ages 18 to 75 when they’re doing everyday things such as dancing, laughing, exercising or just going about their daily lives. Always Discreet introduces three products – Liners, Pads, and Underwear, which are designed to offer incredible comfort, protection and discretion, in a flattering feminine design, that absorbs leaks and odors in seconds.

The Always Discreet pads are up to 40 percent thinner than competitive brands (see above for how 6 pads stack up against other leading brands) and absorb twice as much fluid, twice as quickly, as needed. The disposable Always Discreet underwear hugs your curves, making it feel like real underwear; this discreet, easy-to-wear bladder protection product provides extra protection thanks to its Dual Leakguard barriers that helps stop leaks where they are most likely to happen.

On the new Always Discreet website, women can learn more about sensitive bladder issues and how to manage them comfortably and confidently, get tips, facts, and articles written by experts on fitness, health and aging. For women who are not quite ready to talk openly, it features an anonymous forum for women to ask experts questions and connect with other women, similar to what we had at the event.

The Always Discreet website helps you choose the Always Discreet product that best suits your needs and lifestyle as well as a free sample pack with coupon. Get the new Always Discreet liners, pads and underwear now in all major supermarkets, pharmacies and mass retailers.

Drink in the Fire: Torani Launches “Sweet Heat” Syrup

Ever had a beverage that you wish packed more of a punch in flavor? One that brought some heat, some fire, to liven up your drink? We’ve recently seen many alcohol brands launch spicy or peppery flavors and Torani, makers of innovative syrup flavors for the past 85 years introduces a new flavor that combines equal parts fiery heat and sweet.

This summer, get ready to add an intensely hot and deliciously sweet flavor to all your beverages thanks to Torani‘s award-winning Sweet Heat Syrup. This newest flavor addition, which combines the fiery heat of ghost peppers with the sweetness of pure cane sugar to your hot or cold drinks – like lemonade, coffee, cocktails, teas, and smoothies – adds the perfect balance of hot and sweet, without changing the flavor of your drink.

“Ghost peppers, or Naga/Bhut Jolokia as they are known in India, are 125 times hotter than the hottest jalapeños and have been a Guinness World Records holder for heat. Torani spent three months tinkering with perfecting the balance of warmth and sweetness for Sweet Heat, sampling over 15 combinations.”

Sweet Heat joins the recently added successful, on-trend flavors from Torani, like Blood Orange Watermelon Habanero, Chicken ‘n Waffles and the very popular Bacon Syrup. Sweet Heat was also just given the Best New Product and People’s Choice awards from the Specialty Coffee Association of America. The 750ml bottle retails for $7.99 and is available online now at http://shop.torani.com.

Vodka from the Land Down Under: VDKA 6100

Forget what you think Australia is known for and get ready to enjoy the latest import from down under. Making it’s US debut is an incredibly pure and smooth premium vodka called VDKA 6100. Inspired by the Australian country code, VDKA 6100’s name pays tribute to its Australian roots but its incredible bottle design, created by leading New York designer Joe Doucet, highlights the quality and purity of this incredibly smooth vodka. VDKA 6100 is distilled from fresh seasonal whey and natural spring water from New Zealand, one of the most pristine spring water locations in the world.

With whey that is sourced from grass-fed cows’ milk, then is 3x distilled and filtered through a bed of carbon, the result is a silky, ultra-smooth liquid that is a cleaner, purer vodka which is also gluten free, sugar free, and lactose free. VDKA 6100 will be a real delight to vodka lovers, fans of the spirit will love its light and crisp taste. It’s wonderful on the rocks with twist of lemon and makes a mojito so incredibly delicious, it can only be described as velvety. Adding to this vodka’s greatness is the involvement of Actor Robert De Niro, ­described as the “co-creator” of VDKA 6100, who will be the face of the brand.

“I’m very proud to be associated with the creative team behind the launch of VDKA 6100. It will be personally rewarding to be a part of its growth,” said Robert De Niro. We think that Paul Gardner, President of VDKA 6100, has an incredible product on his hands, and we’re not just saying this because we’re primarily vodka drinkers. Two other cocktails we recommend trying with this satiny vodka are featured below…of course feel free to experiment.

Strawberry Sky

2 Parts VDKA 6100
¾ Part Lemon Juice
¾ Part Simple Syrup
Soda Water
3 Strawberries
2 Cucumber Slices
Muddle strawberries and cucumbers with simple syrup. combine lemon juice and VDKA 6100 in a shaker with ice and shake until extremely cold. Strain into a collins glass over fresh ice. Top with soda water, stir and garnish with a fresh strawberry and cucumber.

Greener Pastures

2 Parts VDKA 6100
¾ Part Lime Juice
½ Part Simple Syrup
½ Part Sweetened Kiwi Puree*
3 Fresh Basil Leaves
*One part simple syrup to four parts fresh kiwi puree.
Gently rub basil in a shaker with a muddler. Combine all remaining ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and shake until extremely cold. Strain into a sour glass over crushed ice. Garnish with kiwi slices and fresh basil.

VKDA 6100 is available in two sizes, 750ml, retailing for $34.99, and a 1-liter bottle for $44.99. For more information, visit http://www.VDKA6100.com.

Celebrating Cockspur 130 Overproof Rum Launch w/ T-Shirt Giveaway

While writing my outline for my coverage of the latest launch from Cockspur RumCockspur 130 Overproof Rum, I decided to research how many overproof rums there are. Needless to say, there are not many out there which is why it is genius for Cockspur to offer this option to fans of the brand.

First, what makes rum overproof? Most rums are 80 to 100 proof or 40% to 50% alcohol by volume and Rums with a higher concentration of alcohol (not diluted with water) are often labeled as overproof. The Cockspur 130 Overproof Rum is not aged and has more vanilla, molasses, mango, and banana than any of the other Cockspur rums giving it a sweet taste to balance out its strength. Because of this, Cockspur Rum and Cienfuegos NYC created a delicious rum punch (made with the overproof rum and mixed with tropical juices). Behold the most power “punching” and warming cocktail I’ve ever tasted

Stella Maris Rum Punch from Cienfuegos

4.5 oz Cockspur 130 Overproof
2.25 oz Aalborg Akvavit
1.5 oz Mango Puree
1.5 oz Cinnamon Syrup
1.5 oz Velvet Falernum
1.5 oz Grapefruit Juice
1.5 oz Lime Juice

To celebrate this delicious and potent launch, we have several Cockspur Rum mini prize packs to giveaway. Check out what you can win. Two (2) readers will each win a prize pack including: one (1) Large White T-Shirt, one (1) Small Black T-Shirt and one (1) Beach Ball

Three (3) readers will each win a prize pack including: one (1) Small Black T-Shirt and one (1) Beach Ball

To enter to win any of these prizes, see the rafflecopter entry below:

UNPACKED – The Samsung Galaxy S4 is Coming

Get ready fans of the Samsung Galaxy S3 because the new next big thing is coming. Samsung has taken their iconic Galaxy S-Series smartphones and made it better. The latest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S4 (launching late April 2013 in Black Mist and White Frost), has a 5-inch, 1080p display, touch-free capabilities, an amazing 13-megapixel camera (the Galaxy S3 has an 8-megapixel camera) with enhanced media and sharing capabilities, and fitness-tracking features.

The S4 is slimmer, lighter and more solid than the S3 boasting an incredible full-HD Super AMOLED screen, a slim bezel encased in a special polycarbonate body making it the lightest Galaxy smartphone. Want to know more, start by checking out some video of JK Shin, Head of Samsung Mobile Communications, introducing the Samsung Galaxy S4, dubbed the Life Companion – slated to make your life simpler, richer and more fun.

While it boasts many of the features already available on the S3, the Galaxy S4 will wow you with some of it’s astounding features (only a few are listed below):

  • Dual Camera/Dual Video Call – take photos simultaneously with the front and rear cameras allowing you to add yourself in the photo you just took. With Dual Video Call or Dual Video, friends and family can experience everything with you, no matter how far they may be.
  • S Voice Drive – developed for safety while driving – make calls, answer calls, organize messages, and ask for directions with both hands safely on your steering wheel.
  • Group Play – Get your friends together to create a powerful sound system that enhances the sound quality of your music.
  • Pictures with Sound – Don’t just look at your photos, with the Samsung Galaxy S4, you can record and share a message about that amazing moment. Every picture you take on the Samsung Galaxy S4 come with sound to remember what was said, played, and heard.
  • Drama Shot – take a series of pictures of any moving subject and puts them together to create one amazing action shot
  • Air View/Air Gesture/Air Call-Accept – did just got a mani or are you hands dirty? motion your hand at the Samsung Galaxy S4 to accept calls, change music, or browse the web and your photos with Air Gesture. Enlarge content and photos, preview emails, and speed dial all with your finger barely hovering over the screen even when wearing gloves (not just texting gloves)
  • Smart Scroll/Pause – if you loved the the Galaxy S3’s Smart Stay, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Smart Pause/Smart Scroll will blow you away. Automatically scroll up or down emails and websites when you tilt the phone from one side to another plus when you look away, the S4 pauses whatever you’re watching and resumes play where you left off when you look back at the screen again.
  • S Health – get motivated for a healthier you with S Health. Track your workouts, daily intake, and weight levels, determine your comfort level based on temperature and humidity and monitor your progress with both Health Board and various charts.
  • Story Album – organize your photos and create albums based on specific events. Apply themes and various layouts then share with your friends via social media or in print.
  • S Translator – travelling to a foreign country? Easily communicate with locals by saying or texting what you need translated into the Samsung Galaxy S4 and it’ll read or text back the translation. Say goodbye to language barriers.
Check out another video of the amazing features available on the new Samsung Galaxy S4