Confectionery company Mondelez has enlisted the help of basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal to help it celebrate the ‘birthday’ of its OREO brand on March 6th by giving away one million OREO Chocolate Candy Bars in a US-wide promotion.
O’Neal – who shares March 6th as a birthday – kicked off the celebrations by hosting a one-day-only pop-up “Snack Shaq” at Atlantic Station in his adopted hometown of Atlanta where he handed out free OREO Chocolate Candy Bars.
OREO fans who can’t make it to Atlanta can go online to OREOBirthdayGiveaway.com and enter their details. The first million fans to enter their names and addresses on the website will get a voucher redeemable for a free OREO Chocolate Candy Bar, worth up to 99¢.
The promotion is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states (and the District of Columbia) aged 18 or older. The promotion ends at midnight Eastern Standard Time March 12th 2018, or when 1,000,000 participants register for the giveaway, whichever comes first.
Mondelez launched its OREO Chocolate Candy Bars in the US on a limited basis in November 2016, with a full roll-out in January 2017. They combine Oreo cookie pieces in a vanilla crème filling, enrobed in European Milka chocolate. In the recent Kantar TNS US Product of the Year Awards 2018, the new range won Product of the Year 2018 in the Candy Bar category. The product was launched in Europe prior to the US launch, again using Milka chocolate (Milka is the best-selling chocolate brand in Europe) except in the UK, where it uses Cadbury chocolate. However, Mondelez cannot sell Cadbury products in the US as rival confectionery company Hershey has the US rights to the Cadbury name.