Forget the land shark* – go for the candygram instead!

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and A Loving Spoonful is offering up the perfect gift for friends, family, lovers, and everyone in between. “CandyGrams” are a playful throwback to grade-school love notes, and include a Valentine’s Day card, a $15.00 gift card from Kiehl’s and two Purdy’s heart-shaped chocolates. For a cost of only $10, they can be sent anywhere in Canada.

A Loving Spoonful's CandygramSenders can select a friendly, flirty or frisky message from 150 options, filed under “Like”, “Love” and “Lust”) and can include their name, or send it as an anonymous secret admirer.

“We all have fond memories of the cards and candies we exchanged at school on Valentine’s Day. We wanted to create a campaign that puts a little ‘fun’ back in fundraising and lets people feel like a kid again,” says Lisa Martella, executive director of A Loving Spoonful. “I’ve already ordered mine for my secret crushes – but don’t tell my husband!”

In this inaugural year, A Loving Spoonful hopes to raise over $20,000 through the CandyGram campaign.

“The CandyGram campaign would not have been possible without the support of Kiehl’s and Purdy’s Chocolates,” adds Martella. “Their willingness to contribute will not only touch the lives of the people we help, it will bring smiles to people’s faces all across Canada when they receive their CandyGram.”

A Loving Spoonful is the only organization in Metro Vancouver that delivers free nutritious meals to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. Each year they deliver over 100,000 meals to those in need, and with very little government funding they rely on the generosity of community and corporate partners alongside fundraising events or programs, such as this campaign.

*For those that don’t know a land shark from a candygram you really owe it yourself to watch this classic SNL skit.

CandyGrams are on sale now at, and a limited number of 3000 are available for 2011. For on-time delivery (via Canada Post) by Valentine’s Day orders must be placed by February 3rd for Eastern Canada, and February 7th for Western Canada.

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