I am a big fan of good chocolate. Of course, that doesn’t help me lose the rest of this baby weight! Regardless, I knew that finding something chocolaty and cupcake related was a must for my first blog event. That’s how I came across Mandies Candies.
Amanda is the wonderful lady behind this completely delectable etsy shop. I am absolutely certain that I would enjoy consuming each and every item in her shop! Amanda has been such a pleasure to talk with and get to know over the past month. Before I tell you all about her amazing candies, take a moment to get to know Amanda a little better.
Name and Location: My name is Amanda and I am in the northwest corner of Connecticut. I live in a small town of about 11,000-12,000 people. The cities frighten me although I wished I lived in a town that was definitely a little bigger and had more to do!
What inspired you to open your etsy shop? I love making candy and wanted to have a website. I am no good at design and have no idea where to start. My aunt signed up on Etsy first and then I signed up about a year later. I wanted a way to share my candies with the country. I couldn’t be happier here on Etsy!
Where did you get your etsy shop name, Mandies Candies, from? Actually my aunt named it for me. I used to go by Mandy but don’t anymore. I was having a hard time trying to think of something so I asked her what she thought and without hesitation, she said “MandiesCandies”, so here I am!
Apart from creating things, what do you like to do? I love scouring the internet for new mold designs and candy ideas! I try to be different from other candy places and offer more unique items. I will get an idea or request from someone at a craft show and search to try to find it. Apart from candy I love to spend time with my boys. They are the loves of my life and I do everything to provide a decent life for them!
Is there any craft you don’t know how to do but wish you did? There is a lot that I wish I could do! From knitting and crocheting to drawing and painting. Photography would be another thing! I love artists who can just take a blank canvas and make a line on it, then come up with this beautiful piece of art! Or those who can take pictures of ordinary objects in such a way as to make them unique and beautiful!
What is your favorite flavor cupcake? My favorite flavor cupcake would HAVE to be chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting! If I could have cream cheese flavored chocolate to make my candy cupcakes that would be so awesome!
Do you eat the frosting first, the cupcake first, or just bite into the whole thing? Hmmmm, I had to think about it! Actually I break off the bottom part that has no frosting and eat that first, then eat the top with the frosting!
What is your greatest accomplishment is life this far? My children have got to be my biggest accomplishment so far in life! I have two happy healthy boys that I have raised as a single mother. They both have hearts of gold (along with their teen and toddler attitudes lol) and I wouldn’t trade them for anything! Watching them grow and learn and mature is the best job and gift in the world!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I would seriously love to have my own small candy store! It is a dream of mine! I do not know if it will ever happen but one can always dream! Other than that, I hope to be working in criminal justice.
Anyone or anything else you’d like to tell us about? I am currently going to school for my Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and the very last day of my very last class is January 18, 2010! That will be my second biggest accomplishment in life and will hopefully be where I am in 10 years, if I don’t have my very successful candy store! 🙂
Despite staying busy with her last semester of college and two boys, Amanda found the time to send us some of her wonderful candies to review. She sells these absolutely adorable cupcake lollipops. However, I was drawn to the 3D Super Mini Cupcakes. These are the cutest little candies I have seen!
Each 3D mini cupcake measures approximately 1 inch tall. The cupcakes are 1 inch wide at their widest point. The top and bottom of the cupcake are created separately and attached together using melted chocolate. I think the size is what drew me to these fun little creations. I still can’t get over just how cute they are!
I was very excited when our box arrived from Mandies Candies. We decided to try them as dessert after dinner one night. Darren had the red and yellow cupcake. The top and bottom of his were both white chocolate. That was perfect because he loves white chocolate! Raileigh and I both had a candy with a chocolate bottom and a white chocolate top.
The mini cupcakes were a hit with all three of us. They are the perfect consistency- not too hard or too soft. The flavor of each of the types of chocolate is incredible. They are rich and delicious, but not overpowering in the least bit. It’s just the right amount of flavor. I enjoyed biting a little of the top and bottom at the same time to get a good mix of the white and milk chocolate. The taste was absolutely amazing.
Due to their size, these cupcakes are definitely a choking hazard. However, we did let Raileigh have one under close supervision. She never tried to fit the entire thing in her mouth. She licked it and took small bites. She happily ate her mini cupcake until it was all gone. Then, she wanted another one. She didn’t get one right then, though. I wanted to save some for another occasion.
I admit that I did sneak one the next day while she was napping. They are just irresistible! A few days later, I gave Raileigh one as an afternoon treat. Again, she loved it! I loved watching her nibble away at the adorable mini cupcake. Of course, I decided to finish off the last one then as well.
In addition to the 3D mini cupcakes, Amanda has a large assortment of other candies. Whatever, the occasion may be, I am certain you will find the perfect candy for it at Mandies Candies. Here are a few of her other designs that I really like.
It is going to be a delicious day for one of you! Amanda has agreed to send some of her wonderful candy to one lucky Wee Share reader. The winner of this giveaway will receive a Mandies Candies Sampler Box! This delectable sampler includes:
1 peanut butter cup (milk chocolate)
1 milk chocolate covered Oreo
1 milk chocolate covered Rice Krispie treat
1 milk chocolate lollipop
1 white chocolate lollipop
1 dark chocolate lollipop
10 mini marshmallow bites
NOTE: When entering this or any giveaway, please leave your email address in your comment so I can contact you if you are the winner.
Mandatory Entry (MUST be done before any extra entries will qualify)- Go to the Mandies Candies Etsy Shop. Tell me what your favorite item in her shop is.
Extra Entries (Must leave a separate comment for each entry):
– 1 extra entry- Heart the Mandies Candies Etsy Shop
– 1 extra entry- Become a fan of Mandies Candies on Facebook. You will be notified of all the delicious new candies! Please leave your Facebook username.
– 1 extra entry- Follow Mandies Candies on twitter (include your twitter ID)
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– 1 extra entry- follow WeeShare on twitter (include your twitter ID)
– 1 extra entry- tweet about this giveaway (may be done daily) You can use this tweet: Win a @MandiesCandies Sampler Box of yummy treats! Enter @WeeShare! http://tinyurl.com/ygzptb2
– 1 extra entry- Enter any of my other giveaways- you will receive 1 extra entry per giveaway and must leave a separate comment for each one
– 2 extra entries- Blog about this giveaway and provide a link back to the giveaway (please include web address of blog in your comment)
– 2 extra entries- add my button to your blog. Let me know where I can find it!
– 2 extra entries- add my Cupcake Craze button to your blog. let me know where I can find it!
– 10 extra entries- Make a purchase from the Mandies Candies Etsy Shop. Make sure to let Amanda know that you found her at Wee Share. Let me know what you bought!
Giveaway will end at 11:59 EST on January 31, 2010. Open to US residents only. Winners will be chosen using a random number generator. Winners will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond before I choose a new winner.