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Send Mom Some Old Fashioned Candy Favorites this Mother’s Day!

When we think of sending candy as a gift, the first image that typically comes to mind is a box of chocolates. And while I’ll be the first one to tell you that is a spectacular gift, we have a candy gift idea that just might be even better! This Mother’s Day, why not send Mom an assortment of nostalgic candy favorites that she may not have enjoyed for many years? Whether she grew up in the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s or 80s, you’ll find a spectacular assortment of fresh candy delights to help her celebrate her special day the sweetest way possible!

If you’ll be spending Mother’s Day with your mom this year, you can go one step further and build her a gift basket of tempting treats. Live too far away to be there in person? A shipment of sugary delights is the next best thing! While some candies have been popular for many years and are a favorite that multiple generations grew up with, others are spotted a bit less often and will make an even more special surprise. Below are a few of Blair Candy’s retro candy top picks to consider.

We’ve included the decade the candies were released or were most popular to give you a better idea of whether they might have been one of Mom’s childhood faves. Just remember that some of the candy Mom enjoyed may have been Grandma or Grandpa’s top picks. I know that my parents’ favorite candies were among the first I fell in love with! Want to get even more insight? It can be as simple as asking her without letting her know why. Get the conversation going with something like this: “Hey Mom, I was just thinking about some of my favorite candies from my childhood. Airheads, Runts, Jolly Ranchers, Swedish Fish. What were some of your favorite candies?” And… mission accomplished! ;)

Flipsticks Taffy – A candy of the 1950s

Black Cow Chocolate Caramels – A candy of the 1920s

Atomic Fireballs – A candy of the 1950s

Chick-O-Stick – A candy of the 1930s

Chocolate Ice Cubes – A candy of the 1930s

Mary Janes – A candy of the 1920s

Pearson’s Salted Nut Rolls – A candy of the 1930s

Slo Poke Caramels – A candy of the 1920s

Squirrel Nut Zippers – A candy of the 1920s

Teaberry Gum – Popular in the 1960s

Rock Candy Lollipops – Rock candy dates back hundreds of years – a favorite of all!

Want even more nostalgic candy goodness? Check out our Candy by Decades page!

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 BlairCandy.com 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!

Beep, Beep, Peep!

Image courtesy of FreeFunEaster.com

Well, folks, it happened. We aren’t even officially into the Easter season, and one of our friends has already sent us the CUTEST little marshmallow Peeps creation we’ve ever seen. And for as adorable and delicious as it looks, the directions are remarkably simple! Did we mention it’s also a rather cheap recipe that involves no cooking or baking, so you can easily involve the kiddos in the process? Yep – pretty much Easter recipe perfection we’re working with here! So what exactly will you be making? Start your engines for Easter Bunny Racecars!

Here’s what you’ll need to make the sweetest little speedsters this side of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as taken from FreeFunEaster.com

Bunny Marshmallow Peeps

      ♦ Large Marshmallows

          ♦ Mini Pretzels

              ♦ Cream-Filled Cakes

                  ♦ Decorator Icing

                      ♦ Frosting

                          ♦ Sprinkles

                            Before we get into the directions for these, we feel it’s necessary to understand that the miniature pretzel will serve as the steering wheel. See the picture above to really take in just how impossibly adorable that is! OK, we can move on now.

                            The first step involves cutting a small rectangle from the top of the cream-filled cake of your choosing. Since you won’t be using this removed part anywhere else in the recipe, be sure to put it to good use by eating it! The space provided by cutting away the rectangle of cake will serve as a driver’s seat for your Bunny Marshmallow Peeps, which you will further secure to the cake with a dab of white decorator icing.

                            Once the Peep is settled into his or her seat, use the decorator icing once again as ‘glue’ for the mini pretzel steering wheel and marshmallow tires.

                            Ready to get really creative? That’s where the frosting and sprinkles come into the equation. Make each car unique by getting daringly decorative with these two ingredients. Always wanted your initial on the hood of your car? Now is your chance without worrying about resale value!

                            New Year, New Candy: Treat Yourself to Something Sweet!

                            We’re always adding new candy delights to the shelves at Blair, but it’s not too often that we share them here on the blog. After all, that’s what Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are for, right? But we think some of our newest additions deserve a bit more attention paid to them, and that’s what we’re going to do with this post today.

                            While the rest of the world works diligently on their New Year’s resolutions, shopping for champagne and wondering which dress or suit they’ll wear tomorrow evening, we’re happily snacking away on the sweetest of sweets to inspire a Top 3 list of must-try temptations. What better way to ring in 2014 than with candy? None we can think of!


                            Sour Patch Kids Gum – OK, technically this one isn’t a candy, but for gum fans everywhere, it’s even better! Stride gum has captured the supremely sour flavor of Sour Patch Kids and worked their gum magic to serve it up in gum form. My personal pick is Redberry, but the Lime gum is pretty great, too. And they’re both sugar free!

                            e.frutti Gummy Ducks – I’m a big fan of e.frutti gummy candy, with its squishy-soft texture and perfectly sweet flavor, and these adorable fellas don’t disappoint! For starters, they’re cute-as-can-be. They’re plump, they have adoring eyes, and their feet seem too big for their bodies. And then there’s the fresh flavor, which matters most of all. Add to that the fact that they would be charmingly perfect for baby showers, and we’ve got ourselves a quack-tastic winner.

                            Klondike Mint Chocolate Chip Candy – Whether you’re a Klondike fan, a mint chocolate fan, or a fan of both, your senses of smell and taste are about to get a wake-up call. These are oh-so-minty and yummy, and there are actually four smaller squares inside each pouch. That makes them perfect for sharing, or for breaking up into several snacks throughout the day. Or, you could eat them all at once like I do! :)

                            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. :)

                            Make a New Year’s Resolution to be Happier!

                            Thinking back on all the New Year’s resolutions I have made over the years, I can’t think of a single one that wasn’t a good idea. From eating smarter to getting better organized, each resolution, whether it was a success or is still a work in progress, made sense for my life and overall well-being. Some were even what could be considered fun! A fresh workout routine leaves the mind and body feeling great, and a closet cleared of clothes that I hadn’t worn in years was less stressful to tackle in the morning, and reminded me that I had donated those clothes to people that might really need them. But each of these resolutions, no matter how big in effect, was small in focus. Cleaning a closet, eating more vegetables, calling friends more often, and so forth; all rather concrete in their approach. So this year I am trying something new, and I’d love if you tried it with me!  This year my resolution will be the pursuit of happiness, wherever that journey make take me.

                            If you imagine this journey will include many typical resolutions within it, you’re right. I want to eat healthier, I want to clean out that closet once again, I want to get my oil changes on time every time. But I won’t be thinking the same way about these things – they will not be singular focuses. The focus will be on living a happier, healthier, more enriched and enriching life. So much about the end result of things is found in the focus, and I’m excited to see how differently things feel when that focus is so bold and broad. There are things I can’t change, like the fact that there will always be more work to be done than hours in the day. But I’m not interested in the things I can’t change, but the things I can. What I can change is how I feel about that hard work; what it means to me, my life, and the lives of those around me – including you!

                            As I sit here at my computer with good music turned up high and thoughts of a new year on my mind, I have some vague ideas about how I’ll achieve greater happiness, but am very aware that if it comes it will come in so many ways I can’t imagine. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to sit by and just wait for it. I am going to actively pursue it, and accept that I won’t always be able to control it or attain it.

                            I am going to live with greater intention and consciousness. I am going to recycle more. I am going to eat more candy, more slowly, more appreciatively, more often, with more people. I am going to finish uploading my CDs to my computer. I am going to stop buying things simply because they are on sale. I am going to think about why I’m doing something before I do it. I am going to pay closer attention to the emotions and actions of those I care about. I am going to appreciate my dog and my dog’s endless supply of love without judgment. I am going to try to be more like my dog. I am going to consider whether I want to do something because it’s something people do that I feel like I should do too, or because I really want to do it and the effect will be a positive in my life. I am going to read more inspirational quotes, even if they are kind of cheesy, because sometimes they light a little fire that might only burn for a moment, but it burns so bright it’s magnificent. I am going to take everything I know and apply it to learning more about the countless things I don’t know. I am going to work toward being the most complete, authentic ‘me’ I can be, even if that task takes forever. And it will. I’m OK with that. In fact, I like it.

                            “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Herman Cain

                            We love what we are doing at BlairCandy.com, and we thank you for helping us in another successful year. We wish you nothing but the best in the New Year ahead, and look forward to bringing you not only the sweetest candy around, but service with a smile. Even if you can’t actually see that smile, it’s there. :)

                            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! :)

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