Thursday, September 18, 2014

Reese's Orange Peanut Butter Pumpkins

Their may be no more traditional Halloween treat than the Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkin!  For as long as I can remember, the Peanut Butter Cup spin-off has been a part of my Halloween experience.  I remember getting tons of them as I Trick-or-Treated with my cousins down the shore.  The pumpkin shape was always simple, much like the Peanut Butter Cup, but the wrapper truly set it apart from what we're used to.  Whether it was that spooky purple background, fall leaves, or a more classic orange design, the art is just as nostalgic as the candy, itself.  Just looking at retro images on Google is enough to get my head spinning in a Halloween 'daze!  But, this year, there's something new!  Or, is it?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Caramel Apple Laffy Taffy

When I told you that this season belonged to the Caramel Apple flavor, I wasn't kidding!  As I write this, I have at least 4 new Caramel Apple products in my kitchen and we're only half-way through September.  Although Pumpkin Spice may be the unofficial flavor of Fall, there's no denying Caramel Apple is making a strong run at the title.  No matter what aisle you turn down, you're bound to find companies cashing in on Caramel Apple's popularity!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Holidaze Contest : You Can Win NECA Mego 8-Bit Jason!

It's Saturday.... The... 13th!!  Um, that doesn't work..
Ah well..

As I mentioned in The 2013 Holidaze Halloween Countdown Intro, I'll be holding my first contest this Halloween season.  Well, if you're following me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, they you already know that this contest has already begun!!  That's right, up for grabs is an NECA Mego NES 8-Bit Jason figure!!  If you're unfamiliar with 8-Bit Jason Voorhees, here's a bit of a refresher.  Remember when Friday the 13th was released on Nintendo?  Remember that weird color combination creators used for Jason's likeness?  It was a contrast between turquoise and purple, everything that Jason wasn't in the feature films, and wasn't much to talk about... until last year.  When NECA released a SDCC exclusive Jason figure, featured in his NES colors, the geeky world went wild.  Why was this now so popular?  I honestly couldn't tell you.  There's just something about nostalgia that sparks interest and reignites our childhood into a frenzy.  All of a sudden, Jason Voorhees in blue and purple was a hot commodity and sales went through the roof.  Unfortunately, I never did track down the original SDCC exclusive, but NECA recently released a different, even-better, NES 8-Bit Jason in Mego form.  He's bigger, cooler, and could totally be yours!  How do you win NES Jason?  It's easy!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Spookylicious Pop-Tarts are Back!

Finally, Target has begun rolling out their Halloween aisles and the spooky season is well underway in retail.  While searching the aisles for new and unique products, I was happy to find an old friend return in 2014.  After last year's unexplained absence, Kellogg's has brought back their Spookylicious Halloween Pop-Tarts!  In a time where we're always looking for the latest and greatest, it's nice to see traditional treats given the respect the deserve!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Caramel Apple Oreo Cookies

These have been out for a few weeks now, but after today's announcement that Nabisco will be releasing Pumpkin Spice Oreo Cookies on September 24th, it was only right that I finally bring these Caramel Apple Oreo Cookies to The Holidaze!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Halloween Kit-Kat

I love Halloween gimmicks.  When it comes to Halloween candy, it wouldn't feel like the season without pumpkin shaped Reese's Peanut Butter Cups or bat shaped Peppermint Patties.  Those little things, the attention to detail, and going the extra mile to celebrate the season are what makes Halloween so special.  Although I've covered most of these individually wrapped candies in the past, I continue to buy them every year for my own enjoyment.  Because they're usually the first Halloween products released, sometimes as early as August, they've become tradition.  They're a sign that Halloween is soon to make it's arrival and a reminder to make a dentist appointment sometime in November.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Jolly Rancher Caramel Apple Crunch -n- Chew Candy

Before I begin tonight's review, let me preface it by telling you that this season, without a doubt, belongs to the Caramel Apple flavor.  In recent years, Pumpkin Spice ran the show and it seemed as if the whole world had become obsessed with everything orange and brown.  Pumpkin coffee, ice cream, donuts, cake, candy - you name it, they made it!  And it's not that Pumpkin Spice has gotten any less popular, it's just that Caramel Apple is climbing the ranks and finally getting just as much, if not more, notoriety for it's amazing taste.  When you look through the Halloween aisles, you'll see it everywhere.  As we progress on The Holidaze Halloween Countdown, you'll see it even more.  For a guy like me, who isn't really a fan of Pumpkin Spice, this is far from bad news.  I love the Caramel Apple flavor and enjoy seeing so many companies roll out their varieties.  The more we have, the more we all win in the end.  So this isn't a warning, but just a simple notice to be prepared - there's going to be a lot of Caramel Apple, Pumpkin Spice, and Candy Corn.
Tis The Season!

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