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For the Kid at Heart: Organic and Natural Candy

Welcome to the Valentine’s Day Gift Guide on Traveling with Baby.  From now until February 14th, you’ll find great Valentine’s gift ideas for the whole family.  You’ll even have the opportunity to win some of the products featured on the Gift Guide–isn’t that lovely?

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We don’t eat a lot of candy in our home.  In fact, my son has had zero candy to date, except for the time he got into the dark chocolate pieces that we keep for patients at the office (I found four wrappers and a chocolate covered smile on my 2-year-old).   I’d like to point out that when he asks for treats, he requests things like raisins, bananas, apples, and oranges.

Our son has no idea what a lollipop, gummy bear, or anything else of the candy variety is or tastes like.  We realize that he’ll have the rest of his life to experience those things, but at his developmental foundation, we prefer to keep him healthy and happy with other options.

Now, I realize that there are families who offer some restrictions in sugar or candy intake, and there are other still who want to indulge their children with an occasional sweet…but they would love an alternative that didn’t include brain melting chemicals like Aspertame or Splenda.

A better option are organic, fruit-juice sweetened candies by Surf Sweets–this unique company created six different varieties of gummy candies and jelly beans, made from all-natural ingredients.  Depending on the type of candy, organic levels vary from 80% to 90%.  Great features of Surf Sweets include the following:

  • 100% Vitamin C per serving
  • NO synthetic flavors and artificial colors
  • NO trans fats
  • NO GMOs
  • NO corn syrup
  • NO gluten

My husband and I tried the gummy bears, gummy swirls {my favorite}, and jelly beans.  We haven’t tried every product, but it seems the candies tend to include the same flavors: cherry, strawberry, orange, and sometimes lemon.

I like that they pack Vitamin C and calcium into every serving…can’t say that about everything else on the candy aisle.  The textures for the gummy bears and jelly beans are spot on with their corn syrupy competitors.  The gummy swirls are fruit juice sugar-dusted gummy drops–swirled with orange and white, pink and white, or red and white for orange, strawberry, and cherry, respectively.

Sorry I don’t have photos of the gummy swirls or the gummy bears–we kinda blew through those during two different evenings of Netflix and snowy weather.  But, check out these jewel-toned jelly beans…so pretty!

Not only does Surf Sweets make some delicious and healthier candy options, but this company is working with non-profits to make this world a better place in their Helping Hearts program.

Surf Sweets will donate $1.00 to one of two great causes for every new fan that joins them on Facebook during the month of February! They’ve selected a charity, The Ocean Project, to receive a total donation of up to $1,000.  This Valentine’s Day, help out a great charity and enjoy some sweetness.

You can find Surf Sweets at some health food retailers including Whole Foods Market.  Surf Sweets are also available at Amazon.com, and they retail $1.75 for a 2.75 oz. bag.

WIN IT!

Two (2) winners will receive a sample pack of every Surf Sweets product (retail value $12.25)!

To enter, leave a comment relevant to this post prior to February 14th at 11:59 p.m.  Please follow the contest rules and avoid any generalized comments, or you will be disqualified.

FOR A SECOND ENTRY: Blog about the Valentine’s Day Gift Guide or this giveaway, then leave a comment with a link to your post.

FOR A THIRD ENTRY: Tweet (include @drdolly) about this giveaways or the Valentine’s Day gift guide, then leave a second comment telling me that you did with a link.

FOR A FOURTH ENTRY: Enter another contest on the Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, and leave a comment telling me which one you entered.

*I received product samples of Surf Sweets for the purpose of this review.  Read my full disclosure policy.
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*UPDATE* Congratulations to #3 Henria O, and #13 Laureen!