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Chocolate Gold Coins: Make Chores and More a Bit More Fun!

Helping out around the house is something that many kids take to when they’re very young, but begin to dread soon enough. I have yet to meet a child who loves taking out the garbage, cleaning up their room, clearing the dinner table, or sweeping the sidewalk. There are plenty of much more fun things to be doing, and kids are very driven by fun! But as much as part of our job as parents is ensuring that our kids are given enough time to play and relax, it is also our duty to make sure they know that chores are a part of life. The garbage doesn’t take itself out, and the dinner table doesn’t clear itself. But everything gets done much more quickly when everyone pitches in! And that’s precisely why offering a little extra incentive can make your life a lot easier.

Don’t get me wrong – I don’t think we should teach kids that every little thing they do deserves a reward. They should learn that life comes with some boring, tedious, or difficult things that need doing, and the only true ‘payment’ we receive is that they get done. But if your kiddo goes above and beyond to get something done early, or does a really great job, it can also be fun for you both to give them something in return. Our suggestion? Gold chocolate coins! And more specifically, gold chocolate coins that they can use to ‘buy’ something they really want.

When we get older, the things we want can shift pretty drastically from what we wanted when we were 8 or 9 years old. Back then, we wanted to stay up a little later, play with our toys a little longer, and have an extra scoop of ice cream for dessert, with extra hot fudge sauce for good measure. (OK, we still want that ice cream!) With hard-earned chocolate gold coins, you can give your children an opportunity to ‘buy’ these privileges, making chore time seem a little less like work.

Perhaps making their bed will earn them one chocolate quarter, while taking the dog for a long walk is worth a chocolate half dollar. A report card full of A’s and B’s? A small handful of chocolate money is in order! They could also earn chocolate money they didn’t even know they were ‘working’ for, such as a surprise coin or two for helping a friend or behaving in church. In these instances, it’s not so much about making them think that every good deed comes with a payment, rather letting them know that you noticed they did the right thing.

Now that most kids are home for summer break, they’ll have even more opportunities to help out around the house. And they’ll probably want to ‘buy’ even more things as well, such as an extra hour to play video games at night, or even an option to skip their least favorite chore for a few days. Or, they might have a hard time saving up because eating their ‘money’ is just too irresistible!

Father’s Day Candy Favorites from Blair!

It was just a month ago that we were writing about some of our top candy picks for Mom, and here we are hot on the heels of Father’s Day. While there’s a good chance that your mom and dad like a lot of the same sweets, where you can really switch things up is in how you present them. For example, you might tuck Mom’s treats inside a beautiful basket while Dad’s are stowed away inside a tackle box. Get creative!

Also, just as you did with Mom’s sweets and snacks, be sure to think of goodies that hold some special memories. These could be things you enjoyed together, things you’ve heard your dad mention from his past, or things he eats all the time and will definitely appreciate a stockpile of. Here are a few ideas to get you started…

Fisher’s Caramel Popcorn: One of the latest additions here at BlairCandy.com, I don’t think anyone is more excited than me that we’re carrying this yummy treat! Handmade for 70 years, and a staple boardwalk delight on the East Coast, I grew up enjoying this caramel corn with my parents and love it even more today. Whether Dad is a fan of Fisher’s popcorn in particular, or loves caramel corn in general, he’s sure to be asking for another tub in no time!

Gerrit’s Gummy Pink Cadillacs: Whether Dad has a Cadillac he loves now, loved then, has been working on for years, or has simply been dreaming of for years, these fruity Pink Cadillacs candies are sure to make him smile. And he won’t even have to worry about parking at the end of the lot because of all the careless people who open their doors too wide or park too close!

Satisfying Snacks for a Day Outdoors: Is your dad happiest when he’s miles away from the nearest shopping center, enjoying a day on the water, at the park, or in the woods? Give him some snacks that will hold him over until he’s caught enough fish for dinner! Consider Freestone pickles, Planter’s nuts, Jack Link’s beef jerky, and Lance crackers. You might also want to consider joining him for one of these outings. As much as he loves a quiet morning on the water by himself, time spent with you is even better.

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!

Grab Your Christmas Candy Before It’s Gone!

We should start off this blog post with a genuine ‘Thank You!’ In a world full of big box stores, and grocery stores that nearly require a map to navigate, so many of you come back to Blair Candy time and again for your favorite candy, both nostalgic and new. We are proud to work for a family-owned and operated company where we might spend more time at work than home, but where work starts to feel a lot like home. None of that would be possible without all of you, and we’re sending you a great big virtual hug!

Just as we have been time and again, we’ve been wonderfully overwhelmed by our Christmas candy orders. You’ve all helped make it a Merry Christmas for us, and we hope the candy you ordered will play a part in your Merry Christmas as well. With Christmas less than 2 weeks away, we have sold out of quite a few Christmas candy selections, but our shelves aren’t empty yet! Whether you’re just starting your shopping now, or your sweet tooth got the better of you and you need another shipment, here are a few favorites that we’ve still got in stock. Just click ‘em and add them to your cart before it’s too late! :)

Peeps Rainbow Christmas Lollipops – $1.70 each
Candy Cane Tootsie Pops – $2.99 for a bag of 16
Christmas Swirl Lollipops – $55 for 48 (These are large, and include the reusable wooden lollipop tree!)
Brach’s Christmas Ribbon Candy – $2.39 for a 9.5 oz. bag
Coconut Bon Bons – $8.95 for a box of 27
Candy Cane Tootsie Pop Drops – $1.39 for 3.5 oz. box
Hershey’s Chocolate Santas – $5.69 for 6
Giant Gum Drops – $5.25 for 32 oz.

Christmas Cookies with Hershey’s Kisses – Santa-worthy Sweets!

A friend once told me that it was scientifically proven that the cutest thing in the world was a baby riding a puppy. That someone – somewhere – had done a cuteness study, and with puppies and babies being the cutest of the cute, the combination tipped the scales for the two to share the cute gold. Now, I don’t know if this is true, but it’s one of those fun ‘facts’ that I’ve heard and like to share, so I almost don’t want to know if it isn’t. Because you know what? I can’t think of anything cuter than that. So at least for me, I already have my scientific evidence!

Where am I going with all this talk of puppies and babies? Believe it or not, it’s my lead-in to talking about cookies and candy! Just as I can’t think of anything cuter than puppies and babies, I can’t think of anything tastier than cookies and candy. And applying the same scientific logic researchers somewhere may have applied to the baby and puppy combination, I’m going to have to say that while candy and cookies are delicious all on their own, they’re even better together.

With that in mind, I’ve sifted through too many delicious recipes to count to bring you some seriously tasty looking cookies with candy in the mix, just in time for Christmas cookie season. Which do you think looks the best? Let us know in the comments! :)

Image courtesy of rachelleunderwood.blogspot.com

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies Combining Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses with sugar, butter, vanilla, and other yummy goodness creates some of the most colorful Christmas cookies I found! These also look fairly easy to make, so I’ll be keeping the recipe handy for those days I want a fresh-baked treat but am not in a baking mood, or am pressed for time.

Image courtesy of hersheys.com

Hershey’s Kisses in the Middle Cookies I am a huge fan of peanut butter cookies with Hershey’s Kisses nestled into the top, but while I was searching for the best recipe for those, I found these! In my cookie-eating experience, it is usually the lumpy, bumpy cookies that taste the best, packed with chocolate chips, dried fruit bits, and all manner of yum for my tum. But I would never expect there to be a whole Kiss inside, and if I wasn’t prepared for it, I might just cry happy tears. Right there. At the dessert table. Happy, happy tears!

Image courtesy of cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com

Oatmeal Kiss Cookie S’moresOh my goodness. These Hershey’s Kisses topped cookies stopped me right in my cookie-searching tracks. How delicious do they look? So, so delicious. As someone who can’t control herself around oatmeal cookies – seriously, don’t get in my way! – I already know I’ll have to make a big batch of these if my family and friends hope to get so much as a crumb.

Build Your Favorite Student an A+ Gift Basket!

If a special someone in your life will be continuing their education this fall, the time is right to put together a thoughtful gift basket to celebrate! Whether they are close to home or farther away than you’d like to think about, a surprise basket packed with tempting treats and essentials will help make sure every day – no matter how stressful – has some sweetness.

Consider their favorite candies and snacks, some goodies just about everyone loves (think Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!), and be sure to include other must-haves, such as:

Ludens Cough Drops: Going to class with a cold is bad enough, but if you’re spending the whole time trying to quiet a cough without a cough drop, chances are good you aren’t really absorbing the lesson. Luden’s cough drops are a favorite for their taste and effectiveness, and it’s easy to keep the slim box in your backpack at all times.

Sugarless Gum: You know that feeling of reaching in your purse or pocket for your keys, wallet or cell phone, and realizing you left them at home? That’s how I feel when I’ve had an especially flavorful lunch and pull out an empty pack of gum! A college student’s day is often packed with activities, and making time to go back to their dorm room or apartment to freshen up isn’t always an option. Including some sugarless gum in their gift basket helps them make a good impression during presentations, and simply while talking with fellow students and teachers. I find that it helps me concentrate as well, an important aspect of studying!

Mints: While chewing gum isn’t always an option, a mint almost always works! Blair Candy offers many popular options, including: Certs, BreathSavers, Ice Breakers, Ice Breakers Duo, Life Savers, Mentos and more. You’ll also find pocket-size Tums in 12-roll boxes, which are especially great after a risky cafeteria adventure, or eating cold pizza that was ‘stored’ on the dorm room floor!

Now that we’ve covered the essentials, don’t forget the really fun stuff. Candy bars, gummy candy, Tootsie Rolls and lollipops make late night study sessions a little bit easier and a lot bit tastier!

Love the idea of the gift, but don’t have the time to build a basket of your own? Check out our Can of College Fun Treats & Sweets. We’ve filled this awesome gift with tons of terrific choices, packed fresh by hand here at Blair Candy! You’ll find chips, pretzels, microwave popcorn, Pop-Tarts and more.

A Sweet Spin on a Classic Treat for Teachers!

It’s hard to believe that summer is nearing her end – how does it slip away so much sooner than winter?! Yes, in just a week or two kids across the country will be heading back to school, spending their days with friends new and old, learning important lessons, and (hopefully!) making a great impression on their teachers. While your child’s personality, attention, and eagerness to learn will all have the most impact on what their teacher’s like most about them, starting off the new year with a little present can’t hurt, right? :)

We’re all familiar with the classic teacher gift of a bright, shiny, red apple. But we got to thinking about a fun way you can channel this timeless treat in a unique way. It didn’t take us long to come up with apple flavored candy! You can fill up a mason jar and tie it off with a pretty ribbon, present it in a colorful box your child decorates herself, or line a pencil case with wax paper and fill it to the brim. The options are as endless as apple candy is delicious! Here’s a few of our favorites…

Green Apple Gummy Bears – These Albanese gummy bears are jam-packed with green apple flavor! Soft, sweet and downright adorable, we think most teachers would choose these friendly looking fellas as teacher’s pet!

Sour Patch Apples – Shaped like the tiniest apples you’ve ever seen, these softly sour yummy gummies are one of my personal favorite candies. Buy a big bag and you’ll have plenty for the teacher and yourself!

Green Apple Airheads – I’ve never met an Airheads flavor I don’t like, but green apple are among my favorites. The only thing brighter than their shiny wrapper and fresh flavor is your super student!

Want to include even more apple goodness in your teacher gifts? We’ve also got Green Apple Tootsie Frooties, Appleheads candy, Apple Laffy Taffy – even Green Apple Tic Tacs!

The One… The Only… The Rainbow Swirly Lollipop!

How excited do I get when I see free Dum Dums on the counter at the bank or a restaurant? Probably more excited than most. How high do my eyebrows raise when I spy seasonal Tootsie Pops? Pretty high! How much do my eyes light up when someone offers me a Ring Pop, or I remember I have a bag that I’d forgotten about? Let’s just say they get pretty sparkly! I’m a lollipop kinda lady, and it’s rare that I meet one I don’t like. But for as fabulous as all those mentioned above, and many, many more may be, I do believe the first lollipop to ever leave me speechless was a Rainbow Swirly Pop.

The Rainbow Swirly Pop is more than just a lollipop, and that means a lot coming from someone who thinks almost all lollipops are to be treasured no matter their shape, size or wrapper! It is a thing of sweet beauty – a giant wooden wand with ribbons of wrapped deliciousness on top. It is oversized without looking like a novelty. It is boldly colorful without looking like it’s only for kids. It offers a classic flavor that isn’t the least bit ‘sickeningly sweet’ like some candies can be, even when you’ve been enjoying it for an hour! It is a lollipop made for lazy summer nights, something I’ve been loving for weeks now. It also happens to make a great stocking stuffer, present topper, and impactful addition to a candy buffet. So basically, it’s lollipop perfection!

The Best Candy Gift for Baseball Lovers is Born!

While we do love offering up pre-made candy gifts that catch our eye and happily end up in our inventory, we couldn’t help but crave the same sugar rush that came when we created our popular Custom Candy Bar Box. We loved the satisfaction that came with offering gift-givers everywhere an opportunity to personalize a truly awesome present for just $25, and from the first day it was available  on our site, you showed us that you loved it, too!

While our Custom Candy Bar Box is still a favorite that excites us, we wanted to feel the pure adrenaline of something brand new. What can we say – we’re candypreneurs! And, we came up with just the thing, at the exact right time. The latest homerun at Blair is our Can of Ball Park Treats – currently on sale for just $24.95!

We start with a gift-worthy, generously sized paint-style can, with a label that hints at the tremendous selection of treats inside. Then, working with only the finest, freshest baseball candy and snacks, we fill that tin to the brim with about 59 wrapped goodies! These include: 2 Bags of Planters Peanuts, 2 Bags of Cracker Jacks, 2 Bags of David’s Sunflower Seeds, 2 Cans of Jack Link’s Jerky Chew, 2 packs of Big League Chew, 5 Gummy Hotdogs, 5 Gummy Burgers, 8 BB Bats Taffy Lollipops, over 30 pieces of Baseball Gum, and – of course – a pack of baseball cards!

Great gifts for baseball lovers, these are also a fun tin-o-treats to pick up for yourself. You can also grab one or two to offer up in a raffle or baseball fundraiser, or to serve as tasty centerpieces at a baseball banquet or baseball-themed birthday party!

What do you think of our Can of Ball Park Treats? Do you agree we hit it out of the park with this one, or is there a candy player you would have included in the starting lineup that we missed? Let us know in the comments – and, in the meantime – play ball! Or at least eat sunflower seeds and chew some Big League like you do. ;)

Part Two: Fill 3 Easter Baskets for $20 or Less Per Basket!

In our last blog post we let you know we were working on a bit of a candy project, which like so many things at Blair, turned into a competition! After all the entries were in, we built the following ‘virtual Easter basket.’ It’s up to you to make our example a reality, of course! Below is everything you’ll need to fill 3 Easter Baskets with oodles of candy awesomeness and keep your costs below $20 per basket. What do you think? What would you skip or add? Let us know in the comments!

Non-Candy Supplies You’ll Need: Easter baskets, decorative Easter grass (basket filler/foundation), Easter or Spring-themed small sandwich/snack bags. Note: These small plastic bags can be found at stores like Dollar Tree and Target, and are often put out by major brands such as Ziploc. Easter grass can also be found at stores such as these.

The Candy You’ll Need:

(3) Packs of Marshmallow Peep Bunnies$1.00 each

(2) 10 oz. Bags of Just Born Jelly Beans – $1.40 each

(2) 8.5 oz. Bags of Hershey’s Easter Kisses – $3.05 each

(1) 6-pack of Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs – $5.00

(2) 10 oz. Bags of Whoppers Eggs$2.35

(1) 32 oz. Bag of Gummi Fried Eggs – $7.00

(1) 20 oz. Bag of Gummy Butterflies – $3.85

(3) Chocolate Bunnies - $1.00 each

(1) 6-pack of Easter Kit Kats – $3.75

(1) 6-pack of Hershey’s Bunnies$4.75

How To Arrange Everything: Once you’ve filled your Easter baskets with straw and have them ready for the fabulous fill, gather together all your bags of unwrapped candy (jelly beans, gummi fried eggs, Whoppers Eggs and gummy butterflies.) These are the candies you’ll be putting into the Easter-themed snack baggies for presentation and cleanliness’ sake. All of the other candies on the list can be placed right in the basket as they are individually wrapped. Just for fun, I like to ‘drop’ my Hershey Kisses in last, after I’ve filled the basket with the larger pieces. They tend to fall about nicely, filling in any gaps, making your already awesomely-full basket appear even more full!

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