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Chocolate Easter Eggs: The Sweetest Selection!

When we think of Easter candy, there are a few things that come to mind straight away. These include jelly beans, marshmallow Peeps, and of course, chocolate Easter eggs. While jelly beans were once available in just two varieties – spice and fruit – today we can find jelly beans from many of our favorite candy brands, including Mike and Ike and Jolly Rancher jelly beans. As for marshmallow Peeps? They have expanded as well. And not just the way they expand if you microwave them! But the truly indulgent side of Easter candy belongs to chocolate eggs, and offers an array of mouthwatering delights that every bunny will enjoy. Here are a few top picks…

Gardner’s Chocolate Eggs: To simply breathe in the intoxicating aroma of Gardner’s eggs is to know you have some seriously top quality chocolate on your hands! We have offered Gardner’s eggs every Easter for many years, and the demand for these rich and creamy confections never wavers. Choose from Chocolate Fudge Nut, Butter Cream, Coconut, All Nut, Cashew Meltaway, Fruit and Nut, Maple Cream and Nuts, and my favorite, Peanut Butter Meltaway.

Zitner’s Chocolate Eggs: Another name that many turn to Easter after Easter is Zitner’s. A candy company whose beginnings were more than 90 years ago, many of us in the Northeast have been enjoying Zitner’s as far back as we can remember! Best known for their insanely delicious Butter Krak eggs, we also have their dark chocolate covered Marshmallow eggs available. But you should act fast – Zitner’s are an affordable treat and sell out quickly!

Cadbury Eggs: You didn’t think we’d forget these classics, did you? How could we?! Every Easter we put in an order that rivals the one the Easter Bunny himself must place, and every year we sell every last egg. Our selection includes classic Cadbury Crème Eggs, Cadbury Mini Crème Eggs, and the speckled spectacular sweets known as Cadbury Mini Eggs!

Part One: Buy Candy in Bulk for the Biggest, Sweetest Easter Baskets!

There’s no getting around the fact that putting together a truly special Easter basket can be a costly venture. While individual pieces of candy can very much be an affordable everyday indulgence, when the task at hand calls for an abundance of sweets and treats, the total tally can be surprisingly high. Luckily for you, we came up with a super simple way to stretch your candy dollar further without leaving the basket with more Easter grass than goodies. And that way is to buy candy in bulk!

Buying candy in bulk makes the most sense for those that will be filling multiple baskets. If you only have one child and you aren’t making a basket for yourself or someone else, it might not be the best fit for you. That said, it can still work out quite well if you like to keep a variety of candy on hand for your own enjoyment throughout the year. Sandwich bags go a long way toward keeping candy fresh!

Instead of just talking about how buying candy in bulk can be beneficial to your pocketbook, we decided to whip up a sample sweets scenario for someone filling 3 Easter baskets. You can, of course, feel free to customize the candy options to better suit the recipients, but we’ve got our eye on some popular favorites. This list is still in the works as we’re all vying for our personal favorites to be included! What we can tell you is there will be 10 candies included, and the candy cost per basket will be less than $20. We hope you’ll check back to see which ‘Top 10’ we decided on! (I am not caving on Gummi Fried Eggs. They’re eggs! It’s an Easter basket! I will win…)

Blair Candy Has the Sweetest Picks for Shark Week!

Yes, dear reader. It is finally here. That glorious week awaited by millions – nay, billions! – across the universe. The one…the only…SHARK WEEK. Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is anticipated by some the way an anxious child awaits Christmas morning. Typical plans for the week are cancelled or never made. Perhaps a few sick days have even been saved up for some Shark Week sniffles – dangerous business; definitely should stay home! But while your remote may get a vacation during Shark Week as you watch show after show without fail, your belly is gonna start to grumble. Man and woman cannot live by Shark Week alone. You need to keep up your strength so you don’t miss anything!

So what to put on the Shark Week menu? Seafood is always a good choice. Watching sharks, eating like sharks, makes sense to us! And when the time comes for dessert or a late night snack, you can keep the ocean theme wave rolling in. Don’t worry – we don’t have any recipes for crab flavored ice cream up our sleeves. Just some sweet, summery treats that are shark-tastic!

Gummi X-Ray Fish – These fruity gummies are fun to look at and neat to eat – gummy bones and all! Each box contains 36 see-through fishies, individually-wrapped and ready to enjoy.

Swedish Fish Aqua Life – Offering all the fabulous favors the Swedish Fish family of gummies has to offer, Aqua Life brings quite a bounty of oceany options, including gummy starfish, gummy blowfish, and gummy dolphins and seahorses.

Salt Water Taffy – A boardwalk favorite that will shore-ly make Shark Week all the better! It will feel like a true vacation when you add Salt Water Taffy to your SW menu, though an actual trip to the beach will likely be the furthest thing from your mind. The Midwest, anyone? I hear it’s gorgeous this time of year!

Blair Candy Welcomes our Sweetest Addition Yet – Baby Maya!

We’re accustomed to hearing the Baby Bottle Pop Rattlerz shaking their way into order boxes, but there’s a different kind of rattle making noise at Blair Candy these days – the real kind! Just a few days ago Candy Pam’s Little Princess made an appearance at Blair, and it was the most awwwdorable delivery we’ve ever seen! Baby Maya is the first member of the 5th generation of the Blair Candy family business, and we have a hunch she’ll be a natural. When she visited a few days ago at just a few days old, she showed more than a passing interest in the Lil’ Feet It’s a Girl Candy. To the untrained eye, she may have appeared to just be staring at the box, but we know candy captivation when we see it!

Grandma Pam couldn’t be more pleased with her little bundle of sugar and spice (drops) and everything nice – she really is perfect! She may be a little less than 2 weeks old, but the concensus shows that she is indeed the sweetest addition to our lineup in our 70+ years in business. She won’t be old enough to enjoy any candy for a while, but I did see her eyeing up the Nik L Nips with a twinkle of hope. She doesn’t have any teeth yet, which makes eating candy kinda tricky, but perhaps she could rock a pair of Wax Fangs and show those Bubble Gum Cigars who’s boss? Hmmm…maybe I should check with her parents first.

We hope you’ll join us in giving Maya a warm, wonderful welcome into the world! Many of you have been shopping with us for years and feel like extended family, so it was important that we let you know in 16 years or so there will be a brand new Blair employee around here – a 5th generation-er! Time really does fly when you’re having fun, and we’re happy to say that indeed we are. And we aren’t rushing those 16 years in the least. For now, we couldn’t be more content than to just sit, and watch her, and hold her, and smile. 🙂

The Gift Of Christmas Candy Makes You The Sweetest Secret Santa!

Is your office holiday gift exchange coming up? Or do you and your friends or family members celebrate the tradition of Secret Santa to keep the gift-giving affordable and fun? Personally, I’m a huge fan of Secret Santa. I know it can be tricky to find a really great gift for a modest price, but I adore the thrill of the bargain hunt. I also enjoy knowing that the gift in my Secret Santa bag isn’t socks or a dollar store lotion. Remember – if you buy someone stinky lotion, they just might use it! Do you really want your coworker to have the office smelling like simmering sandalwood well into June? No. No you don’t. And luckily, that is not your only option!

Typically, the spending limit on Secret Santa is relatively low. After all, it’s meant to be a creative and fun exchange, not an adventure for the Platinum credit card. Looking at the Blair Secret Santa as a reference point, we cap the limit at $15; enough room to get something cool and useful, but not so much that it cuts too far into already-stretched holiday funds. If your limit is between $10 and $20 as well, and you’re scratching your head over what to get, fret not! We have a delightfully delicious idea that requires just a little sleuthing on your part.

You may not know the guy from the IT Department’s favorite movie, you may not know the musical artist that gets the woman from Finance singing along every time, but if you listen for a candy wrapper opening, you’ll know what tickles their sweet tooth in an instant! And the spy work gets even easier if they keep a candy dish on their desk.

No crinkling wrappers? No candy dish? No worries! Candy is actually quite a social thing. We may talk about it more at Blair than most places, but even in casual conversation with friends and family the opinions start flying when candy comes up. If you’re shopping for a candy gift for a close friend or family member, chances are you already know exactly what to get them. But if it’s for a coworker that isn’t leaving any clues, start an open discussion the next time there’s a lull in communal conversation at the office. Something as small as, “I could sure go for some Skittles right about now!”, is sure to elicit a response from everyone within earshot. All you need is one little, “Me too!”, or, “As much as I love Skittles, it’s Starburst that I can’t get enough of,” and your Secret Santa solution is in the bag! The candy bag, that is. 🙂

Send a Candy College Care Package To The Sweetest Smartie You Know!

As August comes to an all-too-soon end, students across the country are breaking in new backpacks while they sharpen their minds and their pencils! And if they’re freshmen, fall finds them not only up against new courses, but a whole new life. There are friends to be made, surroundings to familiarize themselves with, perhaps even a new climate to adjust to. It’s truly one of the most insane times in ones life, full of more excitement, change, and stress than can possibly be captured in a blog post! Of course, the good almost always outweighs the bad, and by far. There’s a reason people get all nostalgic about their college years; there’s nothing quite like them. But just like the times before college and after, there are days that simply require some candy. Some things don’t change! Whether it’s a bad day that needs a bright spot, or an awesome day that demands a little sugary celebration, candy has a way of being exactly what you need it to be when you need it to be.

For all the stereotypes about college students that miss the mark, there is one that sticks out as a near universal truth – that of ‘the poor college student’. Luckily, in my own college years, eating noodles was not a necessity, but I was doing little more than barely getting by. It’s an expensive time of life with little income. I had more pocket money in high school than I did in college! And when you’re paying for coffee with quarters you found under the car seat, you don’t always have the means to make Marshmallow Ice Cream Cones happen. There’s not enough change for Charleston Chew – not enough nickels for Nik-L-Nips – not enough real dollars for Red Gummy Dollars – not enough, well, you get the point. There’s zero spare cash for Zero Bars! (Sorry, I had to sneak one more in!) So you cross fingers that a care package is on its way. A care package full of all the things you need and want. A care package that reminds you that for as much as you miss home, someone at home misses you, too.

Think of the candy favorites the sweetest student you know would enjoy eagerly opening a box to find. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy – you can send a smile for very little! And if you aren’t sure what candy the kids are eating these days (hint: a lot of it is the same candy you were eating at their age), feel free to ask us for ideas on Twitter or Facebook. We can even help you put together a care package for a specific price point, based on favorite flavors or colors, whatever you’d like. Because…well…we care! 🙂

Candy vs. Cola – The Sweetest Showdown

The push for Americans to eat healthier and be happier with how we feel and look has possibly never been stronger than it is now. And with good reason. More than 2/3 of adults in America are overweight or obese, placing them at greater risk for a host of aches and illnesses that can be prevented or treated by a healthy diet and regular exercise. But the ‘healthy diet’ is where things get tricky for many of us, particularly those of us who lead busy lifestyles. And realistically, who doesn’t?

When it comes time to cut down the cupboards and the refrigerator to the healthiest picks, we make a lot of quick, ‘obvious’ choices. Yogurt in…ice cream out. Vegetables in…potato chips out. Grilled chicken in…pork sausage out. And so forth until we’re confident we’ve accomplished the purge of badness and the pounds will fall off like leaves on a tree. Until…they don’t. And we get frustrated and fill our faces with fries and enough chocolate to melt into a river and ride away on a big boat named ‘I Give Up!’. Yeah, you could say I’ve been there! So what gives? Oftentimes, it’s dietary missteps we didn’t even know we were making. Or in the case of what we’ll be discussing, dietary missteps we didn’t even know we were drinking.

You’d probably have a difficult time finding someone who doesn’t know there is sugar in candy. In fact, many candies are comprised almost entirely of sugar. With this in mind, many people who are changing their eating habits to be healthier completely cut candy out of the equation, removing it from their diet altogether. And while that is of course an option, we wanted to let you all know that candy need not be an all-or-nothing part of your life, and that it can be a very enjoyable part of a balanced diet. Also, it may not be the most sugary thing you’re consuming.

Most of us already recognize candy as a treat. We let in linger in our mouths, bringing with it fond memories of childhood or relaxation after a long day. Our brains already know, “This is a ‘sometimes food’, and ‘sometimes’ is now! Yay for ‘sometimes’!” And we enjoy it the way we enjoy hearing a favorite song, or soaking up the sun on a Saturday. Candy is, quite simply, fun! And since we don’t typically think of eating healthy as fun, we put a big scarlet letter on candy and run away. In the meantime, many of us keep slinging back soda can after can, week after week. After all, it’s just a beverage, and we’re cutting back on foods. How much sugar can be in one little can? Certainly not as much as there is in delicious candy! Right? Wrong.

We turned to our friends on Facebook and Twitter to see which candies they would like compared to soda on the sugar and calorie scale, and the results are in! We think you’ll be quite surprised by the tempting treats you can make room for in your diet by simply cutting back on soda, one can at a time. We have listed the nutritional information for 5 popular sodas in our comparisons, with nutritional information gathered from the company websites for each.

The Candy: Lemonheads

Serving Size: 10 pieces
Sugar Per Serving: 12g
Calories Per Serving: 60

The Soda: Coca-Cola

Serving Size: 12 ounces
Sugar Per Serving: 39g
Calories Per Serving: 140

The Verdict: You can enjoy 20 Lemonheads candies (2 servings!) and still walk away having consumed 20 less calories and 15 less grams of sugar than a 12 ounce can of Coca-Cola contains.

The Candy: Satellite Wafers

Serving Size: 30 pieces
Sugar Per Serving: 26g
Calories Per Serving: 158

The Soda: Mug Root Beer

Serving Size: 12 ounces
Sugar Per Serving: 43g
Calories Per Serving: 170

The Verdict: You can enjoy 30 Satellite Wafers (Yes, 30!) for 12 less calories and 17 less grams of sugar than a 12 ounce can of Mug Root Beer contains.

The Candy: Swedish Fish

Serving Size: 7 pieces
Sugar Per Serving: 30g
Calories Per Serving: 150

The Soda: Pepsi Cola

Serving Size: 12 ounces
Sugar Per Serving: 41g
Calories Per Serving: 150

The Verdict: For the same amount of calories, you can let 7 sweet fishes swim to your belly for 11 less grams of sugar than you’ll find in a 12 ounce can of Pepsi Cola.

The Candy: Marshmallow Ice Cream Cones

Serving Size: 1 cone
Sugar Per Serving: 3g
Calories Per Serving: 20

The Soda: Barq’s Root Beer

Serving Size: 12 ounces
Sugar Per Serving: 45g
Calories Per Serving: 160

The Verdict: OK, seriously. Is it just us, or are Marshmallow Ice Cream Cones practically a vegetable?! For the same calories you’ll find in a 12 ounce can of Barq’s Root Beer you can chomp away on 8 marshmallow cones and still walk away having consumed 21 less grams of sugar than you’ll find in the root beer – that’s approximately half!

The Candy: Twizzlers

Serving Size: 4 pieces
Sugar Per Serving: 17g
Calories Per Serving: 140

The Soda: Sprite

Serving Size: 12 ounces
Sugar Per Serving: 38g
Calories Per Serving: 140

The Verdict: For the same amount of calories, you can tempt your tastebuds with 4 Twizzlers and consume less than half the sugar you’ll find in a single 12 ounce can of Sprite.

Maybe candy isn’t as sweet as we thought it was after all! But on a serious note, we don’t mean to single out soda as the ‘big bad guy’. We just recognize it as one of the most common things we as a nation consume without much thought. What we hope is that if you are cutting back on sugar, you pay closer attention to the sugar that’s hiding in many places not so obvious as candy. From frozen coffee concoctions to lemonade, there’s a lot of sugar in our lives. And if we’re more mindful of it, ‘sometimes’ we can sip a glass of water while we let candy work its magic without compromising a lower number on the scale. Isn’t ‘sometimes’ sweet? 🙂

Keeping Up With Candy! 2010’s Sweetest New Arrivals

A lot of people find themselves coming back to Blair time and again for our Nostalgic Candy – tempting retro treats we enjoyed years ago that are as packed with memories as they are with deliciousness. However, while even I highly doubt anything will ever roll off the candy line that replaces my sweet tooth’s Number 1 craving – Satellite Wafers – there are tons of terrific new candies coming out every year that are innovative, flavorful, and downright fun!

Every candy we consider a classic today was once the new kid in the candy class, doing its best to outshine the competition and earn its status as a go-to favorite. If you were always the nice one that gave the new kid a chance, now is your chance to make a new candy friend! And if you were the one that teased the new kid at recess…this is your chance at redemption. 🙂

Let’s take a closer look at what this year in candy has to offer…so far!

Push Pop SliderZ – Push Pop is by no means a new name in the candy game, but they aren’t resting on their lollipop laurels. The new SliderZ lollipops are similar to classic Push Pops, but are a bit sleeker and more modern looking than their predecessor. The original lollis are still available, and still a delicious and popular candy that has kept its look fun and fresh over the years. But this new package not only adds an extra element of fun to the experience with a flip, but also adds a techy look to the tasty treat. Just keepin’ up with the times!

M&M’s Pretzel – Add these to the “I don’t even have to try these to know they’re delicious.” list! Anyone who has ever enjoyed the simple but perfect combination of chocolate and pretzel knows why this is an amazing idea. M&M’s have near universal appeal – I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t consider them a favorite. But just like Push Pop didn’t let its status as a fan favorite keep them from creating a new treat, M&M’s impressive family of tiny melt-in-your-mouth candies seemingly never stops growing. I lean toward the plain and the peanut butter, but am excited to add pretzel to the mix! If you’re more of a coconut fan than a pretzel fan, M&M’s Coconut may be what you’re looking for.  By the time I’m done writing this post, who knows what they’ll have come up with?

Icee Squeeze Candy – I love Icees. Like…love them love them. They’re cheap, easy to find, refreshing, color your tongue, and taste awesome – what’s not to love? However, there are times that an Icee is not an option, like when you’re sitting at your desk at 3pm and your nearest opportunity to give yourself some serious brain freeze is 2 hours away. And for those times, there is Icee Squeeze Candy. You can even keep it in the fridge! Just don’t blame us when your coworkers forget it’s not theirs, OK?

And that’s just a handful of the fun! Check out our full selection of New Candy For 2010 and let us know which ones you think make the grade.

The Sweetest 2 Minutes In Sports

istock_000002714318xsmall1The first Saturday in May is always the official running of the Kentucky Derby.  What a big day for big hats, fast horses and mint julep’s

To me, it’s the most exciting 2 minutes in championship sports. Think about it, this isn’t a 4 hour Super Bowl, or the never ending World Series, or even the rough and tumble Stanley Cup Championship. This event is almost over as soon as the clock starts!

Yep,  this is my kind of sport, short and sweet! Where else can you wear the craziest of hats and it doesn’t matter!  They can be short, tall, wide or even skinny And there is no one going to be yelling at you,  ‘down in front”. lol

 I don’t mean those big Mexican Hats, I mean those big fancy  floppy hats that get you the sweetest attention!

Guys this is also a good day for you!   Where else can you get away with walking around at a major sporting event filled with thousands of people carring around a beverage with a cute green plant hanging out over the top?

This year it will be interesting to see  if this event still draws the thousands of people it normally does.  If you are one of the thousands actually at Church Hill Downs or watching from home,  just remember,  those  exciting 2 sweet moments in sports  could unwittingly become the most blurry two minutes if you don’t enjoy our Mint Julep’s  instead of theirs!

The Sweetest Costume

Fall has officially arrived and when people get into the Fall mood, it normally brings the wanting of cooler temps, colorful leaves, Halloween Candy, and Football. While I was searching through some pictures on my computer trying to find a picture for my Halloween costume idea, I ran across this picture.

This is Joe, Blair Candy’s first official King of Candy. His co-workers entered him in this contest we had a while back looking for the king or queen of candy. They wrote us stories about him and how walking in his office was like going trick or treating.

 You line up at his door, he gives you candy.

Needless to say, Joe won our contest! He received $500 worth of free candy. Joe was so sweet, he donated most of it to a children’s hospital in the DC area. Joe’s picture and his stories from his co-workers had us all in stitches here laughing. Little does he know he just saved me a few bucks. I’m going to make my Halloween costume out of the materials I work around daily.

I can see myself now, shoe string licorice hair, wax red lips, a candy necklace with a matching candy watch. A light up candy ring that I can eat plus it alerts people I’m coming. I know we have some other candy items to make me look even sweeter, but why press my luck.  I might not get much in my trick or treat bag. lol

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