Favorite things for summer….giveaway!!

Lucky number 7 Carla was our winner for the Minwax giveaway!! Congrats Carla…contact me for your prize! I hope you all had a great weekend! We are in full summer mode at our house. School’s out and the livin is fine!! I will probably cut my post down to about 3 a week…just like I did last summer. I am sure I will have lots of fun things to share this summer…just not quite as much time to write ;) Be sure to check in and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It’s so fun to share from my phone ;) Since my summer fun has already started…I thought today I would do something a little fun to get you ready for summer…..

Growing up on the Jersey Shore (the really NICE Jersey shore…not at all like the one on TV)…during the summertime was a bit of a dream. We biked everywhere…never locked the house…showered outside because we were always sandy…a total dream. I was lucky enough to spend my entire childhood at the beach during the summer months. When school was out…we packed up and went to Grammie’s. Our summer was filled with beach days, trips to the boardwalk, skeeball, hoagies, pick up games of t ball…it was really the most fun and I feel so blessed that I got to experience it all!


(a picture from last summer…in front of my Grammie’s old house…)


(the Ocean City boardwalk…)


(passing on my love for homemade candy….at the Shriver’s store)

There are some things that I want to be sure my kids have great knowledge of…and salt water taffy is high on that list. If they are ever in a situation to list the best things that come from the east coast…they will be well prepared. It is my job as a good parent ;) I have never gone without salt water taffy in the summer. I order direct. Before the days of the internet and online ordering, my bff Melissa was in charge of shipping some to me. Every year, a few weeks before Memorial Day I order my supply of Shriver’s salt water taffy. It is made local in Ocean City, NJ and it is hands down the best piece of candy you will ever eat. Period. When I was young we used to go to the Ocean City boardwalk…walk the boards and eat. We always made the Shriver’s candy shop our last stop…so that we could take the goodness home to enjoy.




(now I just have to figure out a way to have Mack n Manco ship direct :) The best pizza on earth. We couldn’t stop eating long enough to smile for the camera.)

I would love to pass my love of this family owned candy company onto you….so why don’t you leave me a comment and tell me your favorite flavor of salt water taffy…(oh yeah…they have like every flavor known to man…..) They rotate some seasonal flavors…these are current selections per their website…

  • · Chocolate
  • · Vanilla
  • · Strawberry
  • · Grape
  • · Wintergreen
  • · Lime
  • · Banana
  • · Peppermint
  • · Molasses
  • · Licorice
  • · Teaberry
  • · Spearmint
  • · Orange
  • · Peanut Butter
  • · Cinnamon
  • Molasses Mint
  • Lemon
  • * Root Beer
  • * Watermelon
  • * Blue Raspberry
  • * Cremesicle
  • * Sour Cherry
  • * Strawberry-Banana
  • * Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • * Coconut
  • * Sour Apple
  • * Peach
  • * Bubblegum
  • * Sweet Cherry
  • * French Vanilla
  • * Blueberry
  • * Mango
  • * Spicy Pumpkin
  • * White Chocolate
  • * Chocolate Banana
  • * Chocolate Coconut
  • * Flippy Fruit
  • * Super Smashing Sour
  • * Insanely Cinnamon
  • * Oh So Very Berry
  • * PB ‘N Joy
  • * Lemon Sour Pucker Power

So tell me….what would you pick??? I will be sending 2 lbs of Shriver’s to a lucky reader !! They are not a sponsor of mine…I am just wanting to share the love ;)

Winner will be picked on June 1!! For an extra entry you can tweet, pin or facebook share this post…and tell me that you did so…



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About Tracie

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge.


  1. Tracie – So many of my childhood memories include summers with you! Gin rummy with you and your Grammie, run the bases, and putting on shows in the garage. And you are SO right– it’s the REALLY NICE Jersey Shore! I love seeing the picture of your kids in front of her house…

  2. Courtney says:

    YUM! Cremesicle saltwater taffy sounds like a perfect summer treat!

  3. Kim Olea says:

    LOVE Salt Water Taffy! My favorite is plain ol’ vanilla, though I am intrigued by the French Vanilla flavor!

  4. Kim Olea says:

    I just pinned this to my board, “summer”.

  5. Choices!!! Wow…I’d probably have to go with mango since that’s my favorite fruit…but if the 2 lbs. involved a mix of flavors…there would definitely be some combinations going on!

  6. I would LOVE some sour apple salt water taffy!

  7. Melinda T says:

    Yum…I haven’t had salt water taffy in ages! I’d love some watermelon taffy, please!

  8. The saltwater taffy we get on the Oregon Coast is pretty darn good, just sayin’. Could be an interesting comparison – you ship me some of yours, I send you some of mine? I’d love to try the mango! Check out my blog at http://www.butteredtoastonthebeach.wordpress.com – hope I win!

  9. How lucky are you to have grown up with summers like that? Awesome. And, so sweet of you. I LOVE salt water taffy. Yum. I’d choose root beer!

  10. Sally B says:

    Oooh, this sounds yummy…how about strawberry:) My son’s favorite! I love the pix and story:)

  11. So fun to see your post topic. I didn’t discover the Jersey Shore until adulthood when my siblings moved to PA over 17 years ago. Now it is a favorite desitnation including Mac n’ Manco’s and grabbing some salt water taffy for the road! You are so lucky to have spent childhood summers there. So that being said, I would choose sour cherry. :)

  12. Brittany says:

    Love this post! What a lucky girl, Grammie was pretty lucky, too. :) Oh, and I’ll have PB & Joy, please and thank you! Yummy!

  13. Gotta be Banana!! Nothing better……

  14. oh, salt water taffy – haven’t had any for years, but it brings back great memories for me too!! Had relatives in Jersey we’d love visiting!

    so hard to choose – mango, or french vanilla or coconut… Ok, today will say MANGO

  15. and I’ve pinned you

  16. Ohhhhhhhh my goodness! I love the Ocean City Boardwalk but have never been to THIS candy shop! If I won, I think I would choose Molasses Mint (sounds so different!). Love your blog!

  17. Mariangela says:

    So many choices…..I would try the chocolate first.Thank you for the giveaway :)

  18. Chocolate Banana! Yum, thanks! mamatkins@hotmail.com

  19. Mariangela says:

    I pinned this post :)

  20. Kristin says:

    My favorite is usually banana but all of them sound divine! I’d love to try the seasonal flavors. Yum!

  21. Cheryl B. says:

    I was born and raised in NJ and love salt water taffy too! I loved to get the mix so that I could have a taste of all of the flavors but I remember banana being one of my favorites.

  22. Hi Tracie. I’d love to see the Jersy Shore you’ve described. It sounds like such a great place. Especially for those childhood memories to be made. It made me think back to all the fun we had every summer when I was a kid. We’d get a cottage not far from home here in Florida. Best times of my life.

    You really don’t want to make me pick a favorite do you? I Love, Love, Love salt water taffy. ALL OF IT!!! Thanks for being your own best (sweetest sponsor) and giving us a chance to win.

    Hugs… Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

    BTW – I’ve got several givaways going on now too. Hope you’ll stop by and enter!

  23. I love the mix! I simply cannot choose a favorite flavor, so I will always go with the variety. With 4 girls in the house, and a husband with a major sweet tooth, we would love to try your favorite childhood treat! Thanks for the opportunity!

    I Pinned, Facebooked, and Tweeted :)

  24. Definitely a difference between north and south Jersey beaches! I go to Sea Isle City every summer and always make time to cross the bridge for some Mack and Mancos and Khors bros ice cream. And I love salt water taffy. Orange creamsicle is the best!!

  25. I would love to try the lemon!

  26. Cremesicle! OMG! I had no idea there was cremesicle taffy!

  27. In case you haven’t already heard, it’s now Manco & Manco … Mack has been eliminated from the name. Hope they didn’t eliminate anything else from the world’s best pizza!

  28. All of these flavors sound delicious, but if I had to choose one I’d probably go with Sweet Cherry. Yum!

  29. I want to try ’em all, especially those never tasted before! My fav is good ‘ol vanilla, though, kinda bland to most but yummy to me!

  30. Pam Davis says:

    Would love to win some salt water taffy! I think the sour cherry sounds yummy!!

  31. Thanks for the throwback! I was just at the Ocean City boardwalk last summer. I miss my childhood memories of the shore! Especially Cape May and Atlantic City with my grandparents. Thanks for reminding me :)

  32. Love salt water taffy, but don’t waste calories on the store bought stuff – gotta be the real deal!! Any of the “mints” with some insane cinnamon thrown in!!!

  33. Ooh, that candy shop reminds me of one in the Wisconsin Dells, where my hubby and I went on our honeymoon. We ate plenty of candy from there :) Hmmm, so many flavors, but I think “Teaberry” sounds incredible!!

  34. Peach sounds amazing.

  35. Tiffany says:

    My pick would be chocolate peanut butter

  36. Renee K says:

    strawberry and blue raspberry!! Yumm, they all sound delish!

  37. Sanghamitra says:

    Beautiful travel souvenirs! Fantastic post!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  38. Grape is my all time favorite, but sour apple sounds really good!

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