Sweetest Day

October 19, 2013    |    By +
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The third Saturday in October is Sweetest Day, often called a second Valentine’s Day. It’s a holiday primarily celebrated in the Great Lakes region of the United States and Midwest, so depending on where you were raised, you may have grown up without ever hearing about it. Sweetest Day began in 1922 when a Cleveland, Ohio-based man, Herbert Birch Kingston, decided to bring some happiness to the world around him. He worked at a candy company, so his form of happiness was to distribute candy and other small treats to people who needed a boost, like orphans or housebound elderly people. How sweet is that?

Today, the holiday is a way to show people you care about them, exchange some sweets and for many people, participate in community service on that day. In honor of Mr. Kingston, I picked out a few candy treats to give you that kid-in-a-candy-store feeling. What’s your favorite type of candy? Tell me in the comments section below. And Happy Sweetest Day!


A giant, handmade lollipop ($17.99).


Hand-made marshmallow pops ($24.99) by Shari’s Berries.


Gourmet Gummi Bears ($19.99)


Don’t tell your dentist, but you can shop more of our candy and chocolate gift ideas, and if you’re still in the mood to indulge your sweet tooth, you can also check out our yummy Halloween treats.


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