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Seattle Chocolates debuts limited-edition Valentine’s Day sweets

BY Allison Cerra

SEATTLE — Seattle Chocolates has rolled out two chocolate bars designed to sweeten up Valentine’s Day.

The Red Hot truffle bar features dark chocolate with cinnamon oil and crushed cinnamon candy pieces, while the Pink Bubbly candy bar includes freeze dried raspberries in white chocolate with champagne and all-natural popping candy pieces.

The Valentine’s Day bars retail for approximately $3 and are available now through Feb. 14 in specialty boutiques and fine grocery stores nationwide.

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Tostitos touts new ‘spokesbag’

BY Allison Cerra

PLANO, Texas — Tostitos is letting its namesake tortilla chips brand speak for itself through a new campaign.

The company’s "spokesbag," which appears in two videos hosted on YouTube and Tostitos.com, made its debut during the Tostitos-sponsored Fiesta Bowl college football game on Monday. The "spokesbag" is a talking Tostitos chip bag, complete with arms and a mouth.

The "spokesbag" campaign launch was in line with the brand’s partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Last month, the brand hosted "Tostitos Fiesta in the Square," a football-themed party held in New York’s Times Square that was designed to benefit the organization.

Frito-Lay, the brand’s parent company, said the campaign will run through 2012 and bring the brand back to its roots as the "life of any party."

“For more than 30 years, the Tostitos brand has been about bringing fans together around the chip and dip bowl, and making any occasion a social celebration,” Frito-Lay VP marketing Justin Lambeth said. “This new campaign takes us back to our party heritage in a fun and unique way that we hope will spark even more social gatherings in 2012.”

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Jonathan Adler takes his designs to the toilet

BY Allison Cerra

DALLAS — Toilet paper brand Cottonelle has expanded its line of toilet paper roll covers with three new designs created by interior designer Jonathan Adler.

The three designs, which are part of Cottonelle’s spring collection, feature a variety of color and patterns in an effort to change consumers’ view on toilet paper.

"Part of my passion for design is taking everyday objects and turning them into eye-catching conversation pieces and, until now, toilet paper has been a relatively untouched canvas," Adler said. "So I was thrilled when Cottonelle approached me to design its spring collection of roll covers."

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