Fannie May Candies Announces First-Time Contest for Kids to Design the Most "Spook-tacular" Halloween Candy Bar Wrapper

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Fannie May Candies invites kids ages 6 to 14 who are residents of Illinois, Indiana or Wisconsin, to design the most "Spook-tacular" Halloween Wrapper for its 2-ounce Milk Chocolate Candy Bar. Winner receives $2,500 college tuition, distribution of their chocolate bar in all 51 Fannie May retail shops, 5,000 of the chocolate bars for their school to use as a fundraiser, and $250 in Fannie May Gift Cards for their family.

There’s good news for kids looking to show-off their artistic skills this summer. Fannie May® Candies is offering sweet inspiration through a first-time contest challenging kids to “Design the Most ‘Spook-tacular’ Halloween Wrapper” for its 2-ounce Milk Chocolate Candy Bar.

The tri-state contest, which runs from June 1 through July 31, 2006, invites kids ages 6 to 14, who are residents of Illinois, Indiana or Wisconsin, to download an entry form, template and official rules, with their parents’ permission, from http://www.fanniemay.com and design a wrapper. Entries will be judged based on Originality, Creativity, Integration of the Halloween Theme, and Appropriateness to Fannie May’s image. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Details will also be available from June 1-30, 2006 on http://www.Amazing-Kids.org, a leading online resource aimed at inspiring creative excellence in children.

“With Halloween being one of the most popular holidays for kids, we’re pleased to extend that excitement by offering parents a fun project for their kids this summer in a way that also gives back to the winning student’s school, said Alan Petrik, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fannie May Candies. “We hope the contest inspires the artistic spirit in all kids, and look forward to scaring-up a lot of ‘spook-tacular’ entries in the process!”

The grand prize winner will be decided by Fannie May’s panel of judges, and the winning design will be revealed before Halloween on fanniemay.com. The grand prize winner will receive $2,500 college tuition, distribution of their chocolate bar in all Fannie May retail shops for a suggested retail price of $1.19 and 5,000 of the chocolate bars for their school to use as a fundraiser (suggested selling price is $1.00 per bar, for potential sales earnings of $5,000). The grand prize winner’s family also will be awarded $250 in Fannie May Gift Cards. A second place winner will receive $1,000 college tuition, and a third place winner will receive $500 college tuition.

Founded in Chicago in 1920 by H. Teller Archibald, Fannie May Candies operates 51 shops in three Midwestern states. The company offers over 80 different kinds of chocolate candies, including best-selling Pixies and hand-pick assortments, as well as pre-packaged selections which are also available at Jewel-Osco, Dominick’s, Cub Foods, select Walgreen’s retail outlets and other independent retailers, and at http://www.fanniemay.com. In May 2006, Fannie May Confections was acquired by the leading provider of thoughtful gifts, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM® (for more information, visit http://www.1800flowers.com). Fannie May continues to sell their chocolates through their retail shops and partners, as well as through their website and catalogs.

Amazing-Kids.org is the official website of Amazing Kids!, a children’s educational, non-profit organization based in Los Angeles. Their mission is to inspire creativity and excellence in children and to help them realize their own amazing potential. The Amazing Kids! Website is the number one website for “kid’s contests” and for stories about “amazing kids,” based on its Google rankings. The website is also a highly regarded resource for educators, publishers, journalists and other media from around the globe, interested in covering the amazing achievements of children and teens.

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