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Our Concession Stand Candy And Snacks Are A Home Run!

Does your idea of the perfect Saturday include sitting in the stands watching your kids practice their way to becoming the next Babe Ruth? (No, not Baby Ruth! But those are delicious!) For many parents, kids, and coaches, there really is nothing as fun as heading to the park for a little baseball or softball on a warm Spring day. The love of the game is practically in our blood, and the clear, crisp sound of the bat cracking against the ball as it seemingly moves in slow motion through the air brings an excitement movies and video games just can’t match. In the immortal words of Jack Norworth, “Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd; Buy me some Peanuts and Cracker Jack, I don’t care if I never get back.” Ah, Jack, indeed I would not care if I never got back. Just imagining the sounds, smells, and smiles is making this office seem smaller than ever!

But this lounging in the bleachers all day just isn’t as enjoyable without suitable snacks, no matter how good the game is. Concession stand offerings at the ballpark have expanded quite a bit over the years, but it’s the classics we see our customers turning to time and again, including David Sunflower Seeds. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a small town that boasted two corner candy stores, and for however much candy my friends and I purchased, we always grabbed a bag of sunflower seeds or Pumpkin Seeds, another popular pick. These were ‘the snacks that followed you back’. A bag of sunflower or pumpkin seeds could be lazily enjoyed on the walk home, and you’d still have some left when you got there!

A good concession stand is not built on seeds alone, though they are a great place to begin and…pardon the pun…grow from! Other fun and flavorful favorites include Big League Chew, Shredded Beef Jerky, and for a more substantial snack, Miller’s Hot Bologna. Yep, we pretty much offer everything you need to make your stand a success! Except hot dogs…we don’t have hot dogs. But we do have Gummy Hot Dogs and Hot Dog Containers, does that count? :)

Looking For A Fresh Fundraiser Idea? Turn Up The Theme!

Are candy bars delicious? Ummm…Yes! And as a fundraising idea, candy bars can be considered a safe bet for some solid sales. However, separating yourself from your fellow fundraising competition may take something a bit more creative than a candy bar, especially if you’ll be taking to the fundraising field on a hot summer day! Luckily, there are tons of terrific tasty treats that are better friends with the sun than chocolate, and allow for you to turn up the tap on a theme that ties into your fundraiser. We’ve put together a few ideas below, but we’d love to hear feedback from you on what kinds of candy you think would hit the theme sweet spot for other fundraisers. :)

A Sweet Stick of Sports! – Whether your fundraiser benefits football, baseball, basketball or soccer, our Sport Lollipops make a smart selection. A giant jelly lollipop made of pure deliciousness, these can easily bring in $2 apiece, leaving you with a sizable profit, and your supporters with a belly full of yum!

Awesome For Animal Charities! - There’s no questioning that there are many furry friends among us that need help and shelter, and thankfully, there are also many organizations to look after and treat these animals when they need it most. However, caring for all the Fidos and Fluffys can be an expensive endeavor, and ongoing fundraisers are often essential. BlairCandy.com offers a few cute and clever candies that would be purrrfect for such fundraisers, including our paw-dorable Candy Dog Bowl and Bones!

Raising Money For Renovations! - Maybe your local rec center could use a fresh coat of paint, or perhaps your neighborhood playground is in need of some equipment repairs. Whatever community project is in need of some funds to keep bringing the fun, a can of Bubble Gum is up to the task! Well, the gum itself can’t help with the work, but it can help you raise the cash you need for supplies. Consider a fun slogan such as, “Give A Helping Hand – Grab A Handful!”, and offer a suggested donation amount. Even a dollar will cover more than the cost in gum, and chances are people will be even more generous when the project benefits the community as a whole.

Keeping Candy Fundraisers Affordable And Fun!

It’s no secret that the economy isn’t enjoying its shiniest times, and economic downturns leave many organizations turning to fundraisers to keep afloat. Add to those organizations all the others that run fundraisers regularly regardless of economic hardship, such as smaller clubs and sporting teams, and you have quite a few people hoping you’ll donate some of your spare cash to their pizza, candy bar, or scented candle offerings. The problem? Money is a bit tighter for everyone else, too – potential customers included. So what can you do to help your fundraiser stand out and bring in the bucks? Three simple things: Keep It Cheap – Be Creative – Offer Something Different.

Keep It Cheap: Many candy fundraisers focus on chocolate bars, and honestly, who can blame them?! Chocolate is delicious, and most people love it, but chocolate does have a few drawbacks. For one – it easily melts. And for another – it’s more expensive than most candy. If you combine the two, and add in the Spring and Summer weather, you have the potential to lose a lot of money on your hands if you aren’t careful! But there are other options, of course, including Penny Candy. We recommend choosing a varied mix of candies, including several colors, types, and flavors, and filling clear sandwich bags or Penny Candy Bags with a small handful or so of an assorted mix of each.  Charging just a dollar a bag, you can give supporters a flavorful mix of 30 or 40 treats and still make a sizable profit!

Be Creative: If you’ll be selling your fundraising candy from a booth or table, consider presentation. Set the stage for success! Even if you just have a colorful sign and tablecloth, it will draw people in to see what you’ve got. If you’re working with the penny candy bags mentioned above, consider lining them up neatly in rows across the table with a large smiley face drawn on each bag in colored marker or crayons. Tape a penny to the bottom of a few bags and let people know if they pick that bag, they’ll get an extra treat, whether it’s 2 bags for the price of 1, or a special candy you bought just for winners, like a Giant Gummy Bear. Keep people interested, play fun music, make your table lively, approachable, and profitable!

Offer Something Different:  Consider who your fundraiser will attract when choosing your candy menu. Will there be more adults than children there? If so, a Nostalgic Candy table might work best. We all remember the candies we loved growing up, and many of them are very difficult to find. BlairCandy.com works to bring as many of these sweet treats to you as possible, and if you can bring them to others, you’ll not only get a donation, but could really make someone’s day as well. You can even break your nostalgic candy out into categories on the table and separate them with signs such as, “Children of the 60s”, “Children of the 70s” and “Children of the 80s”. Whatever makes most sense for the occasion and guests!

BlairCandy.com Staff Members Take On The Tootsie Pop Challenge

It started out with a spark of curiosity: How many licks does it take to reach the center of a Tootsie Pop? This simple question has been intriguing Tootsie Pop fans since the classic 1970 Tootsie Pop commercial aired. There’s never been a definitive answer, so two of our female BlairCandy team members decided that just didn’t cut it. They wanted to find out how many licks it truly takes to reach that chocolately-delicious center.

We then asked our Twitter.com/CandyPam, Twitter.com/BlairCandy, and BlairCandy Facebook Fans for their guesses on how many licks it would take, with the closest winner receiving a whole 100-ct box of Tootsie Pops! We received over 25 entries, and excitedly kept our social media followers and fans engaged throughout the day. Believe me; the BlairCandy offices were all abuzz for the festivities that would take place later that night.

One of our male staff members decided to give it a go in the afternoon and see for himself how many licks it would take, but by the 20th lick, he bit right into the lollipop – instantly disqualified! Typical! It was up to our two tons-of-fun BlairCandy ladies to set the new standard on how many licks it would take til they reached that chocolate center. To keep it fair, as the size of each Tootsie Pop can vary, as well as the lick swipes you take, we decided to average their total amounts together. Next came deciding on the perfect flavor – Grape for one and Banana for the other!

The time had come. They both took a gulp of water, and started licking their Tootsie Pops. The first 50 licks were a cinch, but their jaws started to twinge a bit as the licks progressed. For the grape lollipop, 50 licks went by…100 licks went by…121, 122, and 123 it was! But oh no! The banana lollipop was a bit of a difficult creation. 100 licks, 200 licks, finally 300 licks and it was called as a win. Average the two ladies together and…

211.5 Licks To Reach The Center Of A Tootsie Pop!

Making our winner…Keith S., who guessed via Facebook that it would take 227.4 Licks! Congratulations Keith, and enjoy your prize of 100 Tootsie Pops!

Our two BlairCandy girls were so excited to receive the following award from Tootsie.com:


It was definitely an event we’ll all remember here at BlairCandy.com, and we’ll certainly keep that healthy dose of curiosity going! After all, don’t settle for what someone else says – find out yourself!

So tell us, will you try the Tootsie Pop challenge? How many licks did it take you?

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