SOURCE: Spangler Candy Company

June 12, 2006 15:16 ET

Spangler Launches Dum Dum Pops® "Make Life a Little Sweeter" Contest

For Its 100th Anniversary Celebration, Spangler Candy Company Rewards Those Whose Little Acts of Kindness Make a Big Difference

BRYAN, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 12, 2006 -- Sometimes the little things make life sweeter, and can even change the world.

Perhaps no one believes this more than Spangler Candy Company, makers of more than 8 million Dum Dum Pops® each day -- and other candy favorites such as Saf-T-Pops and more candy canes than anyone in the world. To celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2006, Spangler Candy announces the Dum Dum Pops "Make Life a Little Sweeter" essay contest. The goal is to recognize those who, like the little lollipops, brighten the lives of others through small gestures of kindness and generosity.

"Often it's the small things people do that can have a big impact in someone's life, maybe changing them forever," said President and CEO Dean Spangler. "These are the people we want to find: the kind hearts who make a difference in the life of one person or impact an entire community," Spangler added.

Starting June 12, 2006, anyone can go to and click on the contest link to submit heart-warming stories about people young and old who carry on the Dum Dum Pops legacy. One winner in each of three categories (youth ages 13-18, adults ages 19-55, and seniors ages 56+) will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a case of 2,000 Dum Dum Pops, and the winners' nominators will receive Dum Dum Pops and a t-shirt. Fifty first-prize winners in each age group also will receive candy and t-shirts. Official rules and nomination forms are available at from June 12 - August 31, 2006. Winners will be announced in September 2006.

The company, founded in 1906 by Arthur Spangler in Bryan, Ohio, is still operated by the Spangler family today. Not only does Spangler make the American icon Dum Dum Pops, but more candy canes than anyone in the world, along with other brands such as Saf-T-Pops®, Spangler® Circus Peanuts and Spangler® Chocolates. For the first time in 100 years, Spangler Candy Company is now offering tours to the public and the Spangler store and museum.

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