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Cuties® offers ideas to curb the pleas for “I want candy”

Satisfy sweet cravings with kids’ favorite fresh fruit brand this holiday season

December 1, 2015, Pasadena, Calif. – Eighty-five percent of shoppers report buying candy for the December holidays according to the National Confectioners Association. From the 1.7 billion candy canes made each year, to countless chocolates and other sweets, all those sugary treats in plain sight have parents hearing pleading requests for “I want candy!” even more than usual.

This holiday season, Cuties® is helping families encourage kids to swap sweets for fresh fruit to satisfy those candy cravings. Fruit is a naturally healthy way to curb an appetite for sweets because along with sweetness, fruit also provides fiber that helps you feel full, plus essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Cuties are the perfect choice to get kids to make the swap since they are easy to peel, just the right size and super sweet.

Parents can download the “I Want Cuties” song – a play on the classic 80s tune “I Want Candy” – as a way to join the movement of making the switch from candy to fruit even more fun. The song can be downloaded for free at

And Cuties is offering parents even more ways to make fresh fruit fun for kids during this hectic and sometimes less-than-healthful time of year.

  • Build fruit into creative holiday characters for edible table décor
  • Leave fresh fruit for Santa and his reindeer to keep them fueled throughout the night
  • Serve snacks with ultra-kid appeal
  • Create a festive and kid-friendly fruit salad
  • Drop Cuties in a Christmas stocking as a nod to the legend St. Nicholas’s leaving gold coins

And, the next time the kids clamor for just “one more piece,” swap those sweets for a Cuties fresh fruit treat.

About Cuties
Cuties, grown by Sun Pacific, are America’s favorite fresh fruit brand and most preferred brand of mandarins. Headquartered in Pasadena, California, Sun Pacific pioneered Cuties California grown mandarins in the early 2000s and continues to expand their growing to meet consumer demand for Cuties. One Cuties® clementine has about 40 calories, 1 gram of protein, 8 grams of natural sugar and is loaded with 200 mg of potassium, 2 grams of dietary fiber, and no fat.