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The Merry History of Christmas Candy Canes

Christmas candy canes are woven into the fabric of the holiday season, and just the sight of them puts you into the Christmas spirit. At Blair Candy, we make sure to stock plenty of candy canes, as they are easily the most popular kinds of candy we sell during the holiday season. Have you ever wondered where the candy cane tradition came from? We certainly have, so we decided to dig in and see what kind of story was behind the delicious peppermint treat.Christmas Candy Canes

The exact origin of the candy cane is a little murky. Stories have been passed down from generation to generation about the backstory. The most common tale involves a choirmaster in Cologne, Germany, in 1670. Wanting to keep the noisy children in his church quiet, he decided to ask a local candymaker to make candy sticks to be handed out to the children. In order to make it acceptable for kids to have candy in church, the choirmaster asked the candymaker to shape the candy to look like a shepherd’s crook. Soon, the popularity of these candy canes grew to all other parts of Europe.

There is another legend about candy canes that is often told. According to the story, a candymaker in Indiana wanted to make a religious candy, so he devised the candy cane. He colored the candy white to symbolize the Virgin Birth and red to symbolize the blood of Jesus. He shaped it to look like the letter J to represent the name of Jesus, as well as a shepherd’s crook.

As great as these stories are, they probably aren’t true. According to urban legends reference site Snopes.com, neither legend can be confirmed. The truth is, no one really knows exactly where they came from, but perhaps it is better that way. You can create your own traditions and memories!

Head Start on the Holidays – Christmas Peeps

We know what you’re thinking. “How could you be writing about Christmas? It isn’t even Thanksgiving!” Believe us – we don’t want to be thinking about Christmas any more than you do, but it’s always nice to avoid last-minute aggravation and scrambling. In this post, we’re going to shine a spotlight on one of the most popular kinds of candy, Peeps. Marshmallow Peep Snowmen

Just Born’s Peeps are primarily seen as an Easter holiday candy. Just the sight of those adorable yellow marshmallow chicks evokes the warmer temperatures and flower-scented air of Easter. For Christmas, the folks at Just Born have kept the same level of charm and applied it to well-known Christmas imagery. What Christmas would be complete without snowmen or reindeer? Not much of one, we say! And Just Born agrees! Let’s take a look at this yummy collection of Christmas Peeps!

    - Peeps Candy Cane Flavor – Talk about a match made in heaven! These incredibly tasty Peeps are shaped just like their trademark chicks, but they are infused with crunchy crushed candy cane pieces.

    - Gingerbread Men Peeps – Gingerbread is one of the many flavors closely associated with Christmas, and these Peeps are packed with it! These adorable little gingerbread men are the perfect stocking stuffer for the cookie lover in your home!

    - Marshmallow Peep Snowmen – These little guys are adorable! They look just like snow but they taste just like a marshmallowy heaven! These tasty Peep Snowmen certainly give Frosty a run for his money!

    - Marshmallow Peep Trees – O tannenbaum! Just the sight of Christmas trees transports you to your childhood, furiously ripping open wrapping paper to find the treasure inside. With these yummy Marshmallow Peep Trees, you can relive those memories all season long.

    - Marshmallow Peeps Chocolate Mousse Reindeer – Just when you thought Just Born couldn’t come up with anything more adorable, they go and create these amazing Reindeer Peeps! Rich, velvety chocolate flavor bursts from these cute treats. You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and the lot – get to know these Peeps!

    Give a Sweet Corporate Candy Gift!

    If you run a business, you know how hard it can become to think of new and exciting gifts to give to your employees and clients. You’ve gone down the typical route and simply can’t think of anything new to have engraved, and now you’re stuck with nothing to give that shows your appreciation for your employees. Don’t worry! At BlairCandy.com, we have some ideas we think are perfect for your company. Why are they perfect? Well, they all involve our delicious candy!

    We’ve curated a special selection suitable as corporate gifts for anyone at your business or organization. Here are just a few of our yummy corporate gifts!

    Do your employees love to reminisce about the good ol’ days? Or perhaps you run a nostalgia shop and want to keep that theme running for your gift. Take a look at our Can of Nostalgic Candy! We packed our favorite old fashioned candy into a reusable tin for lovers of yesteryear.

    Everyone loves a great movie, and what goes better with movies than tasty snacks? Our Movie Theater Candy Gift Tub puts all the candy you love to get at your local movie house into a great plastic popcorn tub that you can use again and again!

    Batter up! Every workplace has the guy or girl who simply can’t get enough baseball. Why not treat him or her with our Can of Ball Park Treats? Specially crafted using hand-picked fan favorites, this tin features everything you need for a great afternoon at the ballpark. What a home run!

    Top Five Less Common Halloween Candy

    Every year, people come to BlairCandy.com looking for those perennial Halloween favorites. People love our selection of classic Reese’s peanut butter pumpkins, Brach’s candy corn, and our great Hershey’s All Time Great Mix candy assortment. We love these candies just as much as the next Halloweener, but we also love go off the beaten path and look for some new and unique Halloween candy. Who knows – maybe these examples will become your new favorites!

    Bloody Bites Vampire Candy & Fangs – Everyone likes their Halloween a little spooky, and what better way to scare your friends then with these great vampire fangs! These fangs come with watermelon flavored gooey candy inside, so when you bite down it looks like you’ve just finished your first victim!

    Lightning Bug Gummi Candy – Not as scary as a creepy crawly spider, but definitely a spooky delight! Lightning Bug Gummi Candy comes with a special pair of reusable tongs that makes the gummi worm light up.

    Charms Candy Corn Lollipops – Most people love candy corn during the Halloween season, but we found a way to make the great flavor of candy corn last longer – lollipops! These candy corn pops from Charm have all the same flavor as the candy corn you love, but packed in a long-lasting lollipop!

    Gummi Brains – Zombies are always one of the most popular costumes on Halloween, and if you’re like us, you want to be as authentically scary as you can. With these new Gummi Brains, you can be the best zombie you can be!

    Reese’s Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cups – If you love Halloween candy but don’t love all that sugar, have we got the surprise for you! We now carry Reese’s Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cups! These cups feature the same great flavor loved around the world – but without all the sugar of regular Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Give them a try – you won’t regret it!

    Tootsie Rolls: All Wrapped Up!

    If you’re like us, you are absolutely inundated with Tootsie Rolls during Halloween, and with good reason. These small chocolatey snacks are the perfect size when you need to satisfy that midday chocolate craving. They also are great to keep in candy dishes, desk drawers, or in your son or daughter’s lunch bag. As a matter of fact, there really isn’t a place where Tootsie Rolls won’t fit!

    Since Tootsie Rolls are individually wrapped (they delightfully spin when you unwrap them!), the one thing you’re left with after indulging in a roll or two is the distinctive brown, red, and white wrapper. While you could simply throw out the wrappers, where’s the fun in that? We found some great tutorials online, showing fun and unique ways to use the Tootsie wrapper after you’ve eaten the candy.

    Over at Plum Pudding, they have a wonderful post detailing how to turn a bag of Tootsie Roll wrappers into a stylish belt. All you need are common household craft items like scissors, packing tape, and double stick tape and 2 d-rings, which can be found at your favorite fabric store.

    Poking around eHow, we found this great lesson about creating those crazy purses and bags out of candy wrappers. You’ve seen these bags in stores everywhere, but you might not have known that you can make them yourself. All you need is a free day and a LOT of Tootsie Roll wrappers. Once you master the initial fold technique, you’ll be on your way to having a “sweet” purse!

    Do you have any Tootsie Roll wrapper craft ideas? Let us know in the comments!

    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.

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