Allan’s Candies – Review

October 22, 2011

Reviews & Giveaways

I will be the first to admit it – Hallowe’en is not the biggest holiday at our house.  However, it would be a pretty monumental task to come anywhere close to Christmas around here.  Hallowe’en, along with Thanksgiving to be honest, have never been knock your socks off events here.  It probably has a great deal to do with these events falling in October and harvest also conveniently falling during that time period.  Growing up in a farming family, you can clearly see which event would win.

This doesn’t mean, however, that the day goes by unnoticed or uncelebrated. I do not recall ever having a store bought costume growing up.  The Master Seamstress always handmade my sister and I beautiful outfits.  I distinctly remember us being giant Crayons and very colourful clowns.  My poor children have to settle for super heros and butterfly fairies, probably purchased the year before, after Hallowe’en.  They seem to be managing.  Maybe I will put sewing four costumes on next year’s fall to do list.  Or not.

Our home was always decorated for fall.  Our front verandah often had a stuffed scarecrow (also self-invented) with straw bales borrowed from the barn, and a variety of pumpkins and gourds from the half acre hobby garden.  Dried corn stalks (with corn removed, of course) were tied to the front pillars of the house with big orange bows.  Thinking about it now, our house looks a little sad.  Oh, there are two giant mums sitting in the front urns at our house, thoughtfully purchased by Goose, after the summer offerings had long since outlived their usefulness. And the pumpkins sit waiting, lovingly and thoughtfully picked out from Gram and Papa’s garden, washed and toted home, now waiting to be carved next weekend.  I will probably produce the standard smiley face with fangs variety jack-o-lantern.  Goose will likely carved out a Thomas the Train or Lightning McQueen inspired number.  Such an overachiever.

One thing we didn’t have a lot of growing up, were trick or treaters.  Living out in the country, there were almost none.  Our parents would, in fact, call ahead to the couple of houses we would visit to make sure they were home and not out traveling themselves.  After trucking up the lane to visit my dad’s parents, we would head into town to see my mom’s parents.  This would be our home base.  Gram and Gramps still lived at the same house they had always lived in, the one my mother grew up in.  These neighbours were often waiting for us, sometimes with special treats they had made just for us.  Then we would head back to their house, to help hand out candy.  My gram would keep a tally sheet of everyone who came by.  That sheet was then tucked away for next year, so she would know how much candy to buy for her visitors.  And if you were too old?  You might not get candy at all, unless, of course, you were accompanying a much younger sibling.  Then you sometimes got extra.

My grandmother always bought the best candies, sourced at the best possible price, for her candy bowl.  Otherwise, what would the neighbours think?  There were always lots of things filled with chocolate and nougat and nuts and chocolate… you get the picture.  Today, with the onslaught of allergies, especially nut-related allergies, what the neighbours think would probably take on a whole new meaning.  This is where Allan’s Candies becomes such a huge blessing.  They have a whole line of goodies that are entirely nut free and nut safe.  And not just one or two.

Lots of gummy, sweet and sour goodies to satisfy just about every taste.  Just look at these offerings:

o      Allan Intense Jubes & Jellies – delivering an intense sour flavor and a soft & chewy bite.
o      Allan Chewy Rascalz – these childhood favourites will keep your taste buds happy!  Packed in one bag, and of course, peanut free – you’ll find Big Foot, Sour Big Foot, Green Thumbs and Hot Lips!
o      Allan Fruit Buddies – offering a variety of fruit flavoured candies that are also peanut free! Indulge in 5 great fruit flavours: Sour Watermelon Slices, Peach Slices, Sour Cherry Slices, Tangy Wild Strawberries and Sour Grape Slices.

I may or may not have sampled these little gems to make sure they were suitable for distribution.  Let me just say, they have certainly passed my taste test.  Hey, what kind of review would this be if I couldn`t personally attest to the quality of the product?  Just because Allan Candies are made in Canada and Big Foot has been around for more than 25 years, doesn’t mean I can rest on my laurels and leave anything to chance.

At any rate, these will be perfect for E2’s class party or for handing out to  the 83 or so trick or treaters that come to our door (yes, I keep a tally sheet, too).  Unfortunately, given the multitude of allergies in E1’s class, only non-food items will be allowed there.  But hey, that just leaves more for testing, right?

Disclosure – I am participating in the Allan Candy Company program by Mom Central Canada.  I received compensation for my participation in this campaign.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

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One Comment on “Allan’s Candies – Review”

  1. mel Says:

    Qulaity control board..every family has one! In fact, most family’s quality control board is also the master seamstress! Imagine that:)

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