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July 1, 2008 - Issue #14

Hi! I hope you are enjoying your summer as much as I am. I can't believe it's almost the 4th of July already.

July 4th has always been a special holiday in our family. My dad instilled in us from a very early age a great sense of patriotism. Not only that, it's been a family tradition for as far back as I can remember to have a big family picnic on July 4.

We usually have a whole heap of "honorary" family members on the day, too. I'm talking about friends, of course. :-)

We generally start and end the day eating, as all good holidays and picnics require, but we fit in a lot of laughter, fireworks, and outdoor activities to make the day complete.

If you are planning an Independence Day celebration this year, I wanted to give you a cute and clever idea for an inexpensive party favor that will make your guests (family or friends) grin and enjoy.

Custom Printed Chocolate Candy Bars

Independence Day Ideas July 4 custom printed candy barsPersonalized chocolate candy bars are so simple, but they really seem to have something special about them. They make an occasion seem just a bit more memorable when you have taken the time to customize.

You can order custom printed candy bars online from places like Memory Wraps, but I'm afraid you aren't likely to get the order placed and delivered in time for the 4th.

Then why are you suggesting this??

I'm glad you asked! :-) Did you know that you can easily make the wrappers yourself on your own computer and printer? It's true. you don't have to be a graphic designer, either, to pull it off!

There are two companies that I want to tell you about that will make it a snap for you to make your own personalized custom candy bar wrappers for this July 4th celebration and any special occasion you like in the future.

You aren't just limited to chocolate bar wrappers, either. I just happen to like them best! ;) You can also make wrappers for a number of other objects like matchbooks, mints, tea bags, bubbles, and more. You can even make your own party invitations.

There are some real differences between the two options that I want to point out upfront so you'll be aware of what you are looking at.

Both of them are set up so that people can use the program to start a party favor business if they wanted to, but it is so cheap to use, I like it just for personal use. Maybe I'll incorporate it into a business model one day, but that's another story.

The Dapper Wrapper is more of a membership site. You pay a yearly fee to have unlimited access to the program. It's less than $30 a year, so you can hardly lose out.

Along with the templates, fonts, instructions, etc., you also get unlimited email support.

Even if you only used it once or twice a year, it would easily pay for itself.

The second option is Custom Candy Wrappers. They, too, offer more than candy bar wrappers, but the purchase is a one time deal. You get to download the software and use it as often as you like indefinitely because it's yours.

They do have two levels to choose from. There is a basic version for personal use and an upgraded version for business or professional use.

They also have a nice forum if you get stuck and need to ask some questions or get advice.

I hope you like this idea as much as I did. I've loved personalized things since I was a kid and my parents bought me a book that had my name in it and was all about me. I guess in some areas, I've never quite grown up!

Speaking of which, here's the latest in my sister's cake decorating adventure's for her treasures. I hope you like it!

Another Birthday Cake Surprise!

dinosaur birthday cake for calebCaleb is Heather's 4th child so it's appropriate that his cake be featured in the July 4th edition of the newsletter. :) He is such a cheeky character, and I love him dearly.

Heather decided to go with a dinosaur cake for Caleb. She just used a basic 9x13 cake pan, but also held back a bit of the batter and baked it in a Pyrex measuring cup to be used as the 'volcano,' clever girl.

Once the cake had cooled, she used a toothpick to trace a design on the cake so she'd be sure to lay out the icing the way she hoped.

She just used basic white icing with drops of food coloring to make the green and blue of the jungle and stream. The volcano she iced in chocolate icing and used a bit of red for the lava.

After that it was just a matter of picking up a couple of little dinosaurs and trees from the local dollar store. You might already have some of those hanging around the house that you can just give a good wash and put them into active service. :)

Caleb loved his cake, of course. Who wouldn't?!

If you've made a cute cake for your kiddos or even for a grown up, we'd love to take a look at it! Just use this simple form to tell us about it and add a photo to Chocolate Candy Mall.

Well, that's about it for this month. Don't forget, you can always pop on over to Chocolate Candy Mall for great recipes and other gift ideas if you want to whip up a batch of fudge or some other chocolate candy indulgence for your family or loved one. We are always adding new ideas every week or so. See you there!

With the economy being the way it is, I always want to take a moment to pass on this bit of information to any of you who have been thinking about the whole idea of working at home this year to make a little extra cash. I'm more amazed than anyone that I have been able to build Chocolate Candy Mall. It's been a challenge and a thrill to take it on and succeed.

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Once again, to ALL of you crazy Americans...
Happy Independence Day! I hope you all have a great 4th of July gathering! And for those of you from other countries, why not make your own special celebration this month. It doesn't have to be "official" but you could start your own family tradition.

Blessings on you...

I hope you enjoyed this issue of Charmingly Chocolate. If you have any feedback or comments you'd like to share with me, just reply to this zine and let me know. I'd love to hear from you.

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