The past 365 days have been a whirlwind of new ventures, memories and milestones for our team, and we can’t wait to embark on another successful year in 2017. But before we get ahead of ourselves, we’d like to share some of our favorite highlights of 2016.
Without further adieu, here are our sweetest moments of 2016!
Providing Sweet Experiences for All
Bert Cohen founded Surf Sweets in 2008 with one mission in mind–to offer delicious and guilt-free sweets for anytime enjoyment by anyone, regardless of food restriction. Since then, nothing brings bigger smiles to our faces than when we receive letters telling us how our allergy-friendly, clean-ingredient treats are bringing safe snacking options to homes like yours. From providing a child living with food allergies with safe-to-eat jelly beans, to offering a recovering patient their first sweet treat in months, we’re honored to hear and see the ways in which our squiggly sweets facilitate magical memories for our community.
Fun Fan Art
We love seeing the creative ways our fans weave Surf Sweets into the lives of their families. The stories, posts and pictures that you share with us online truly brighten our days. One of our most imaginative fan creations of the year came from Kathy Thornburg. We love her cinematic candy creations featuring our Watermelon Rings and Peach Rings. What do you think?
Raising Allergy Awareness
As a supplier of top 10 allergen-free treats, we love looking for opportunities to support and promote allergy awareness, a cause near and dear to us. Did you know that 15 million Americans live with food allergies? This fall, Surf Sweets partnered with Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) and their annual series of FARE Walks to raise awareness and funds for individuals living with food allergies. FARE’s mission is ”to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments”. We were honored to join forces with this worthy cause and help serve up some fun, games, education and a few sweet surprises just in time for Halloween!
Fun Blogger Creations
Throughout the years, we’ve scoured the internet and have discovered truly impressive blogs that offer everything from party planning tips, to creative parenting hacks and allergy-friendly recipe ideas and more. These bloggers and their helpful insights have brought warmth, deliciousness and increased productivity to our days. And, we especially love when they incorporate Surf Sweets treats into their content, like these delicious Dark Cocoa Brownies from Heartbeet Kitchen and these Teacher Appreciation Day Treat Labels from Casa Moncada.
Surf Sweets Touches Down at Target!
2016 was a year of big announcement for Surf Sweets, but this one was definitely one of our personal favorites! On April 10th, Surf Sweets became available for purchase at participating Target stores across the United States. Seeing our Fruity Bears and Gummy Worms dot the aisles of one of the USA’s most popular retailers was truly unforgettable–and only eclipsed by the excitement of our fans!
Our Famous Fans
Superstars need super snacks. Thats where Surf Sweets comes in! This year we were elated to see some of our most followed fans share their love and Surf Sweets with their online and IRL [“in real life”] communities.
Christian Covington, Defensive End for for the Houston Texans, handed out our allergy friendly goodies to lucky boys & ghouls on Halloween.
Stand-out soccer team, The Chicago Red Stars, stocked their locker room with organic Fruity Bears during the season, proving these incredible athletes run on clean ingredients.
The former queen of Bayside High, Tiffani Theissen, told the Love With Food community that it was impossible to eat just one of our jelly beans. P.S. She was right!
And reality star, Kourtney Kardashian, spread her love of better-for-you candy on Snapchat!