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Candy Criminal Has a Sweet Tooth He’d Steal For!

While most of us were snoozing away yesterday a 21-year-old man in Mesa, AZ was busy allegedly breaking into a Blockbuster Video store. It wasn’t a romantic comedy he was after, or even a new release, but the sweet stuff by the counter we all know and love – candy! While Blockbuster’s candy offerings don’t quite rival those of Blair, we have to admit they do bring an impressive offering to the movie-viewing public. And while we never condone theft of any kind, except perhaps Goober stealing our hearts, if you’re going to get caught red-handed, you might as well get caught with red gummy dollars or Hot Tamales!

What we find especially interesting is that the Mesa police Sgt. says the suspected candy caper involved the Blockbuster Video window being broken with a rock shortly before 4 a.m. What makes the time of day so surprising? In other candy news, today at 3:30 a.m. a 4-year-old in Arlington Heights, IL was found wandering the streets, wearing proper gear for the winter weather. Luckily a driver spotted the young child, and police followed his steps in the snow back to an open door at his home where his mother slept, unaware that her son had stepped out. When asked why he was tackling the cold alone at 3:30 in the morning, the boy “said he was going to the gas station to get candy.”

Does the winter weather simply come with candy cravings in the air? Are we destined for dreams full of cotton candy clouds with mountains made of Mounds Bars? Are we dooming each other to criminal records or long walks through the snow simply by saying “Sweet Dreams”?! Perhaps. Perhaps we are. But we can fight back. We can protect ourselves against frosty fingertips and embarrassing mug shots by making sure to stock our cupboard shelves with our favorite treats. We’ve personally never needed an excuse to keep candy in the house at all times, but if you’d feel better having one, we hope this helps!

Eat Your Heart Out! Jelly Belly Just Got a Little Bit…Gross?

Among the many sweet teeth at Blair Candy, there is no shortage of Jelly Belly fans. Few can resist these truly unique treats that take one of the most basic and loved candies in the world, the jelly bean, and turn it into something exciting, unexpected, and every bit as sweet as its original inspiration. But not content to rest on his fabulously-flavored laurels, David Klein, the brain behind Jelly Belly jelly beans, has created a candy lineup that is at once a work of art, and…well…kind of gross.

We read about the new gummy candy from the Jelly Belly giant on the always-interesting Time NewsFeed. With an article title like, “Gummy Genius: Jelly Belly Inventor Creates Realistic Candy Heart, Blood, Urine”, I think it would be tricky for anyone to walk away without a quick read, let alone someone in the candy business! I quickly learned that the candy blood is actually inside the anatomically correct candy heart, and when the heart is bitten in 11 distinct locations, the candy carnage unleashes a sticky-sweet bloodbath. As my mind struggled with deciding between ‘Ewww!’ and ‘Awesome!’, a new word was born. I think David Klein’s candy heart is nothing short of Ewwwsome!

The candy heart is the star of the article, but there are mentions of other creations that sound both tasty and nasty as well. Which of David Klein’s creative candy masterpieces would you be most tempted to try? Or are Jelly Belly jelly beans as close as you want to get to this gummy great’s goodies?

Do You Like Your Technology With a Side of Chocolate and Peanut Butter? You Better Get to CES!

We all know by now that in the world of electronics, smaller almost always equals newer, faster, and in general, better. However, were you to ask me this morning if I thought smaller being better applied to candy as well, I’m not sure I would be as certain! But that was this morning, and this is now. Now, after I’ve read this exciting article – Salivate: State-of-the-Art Candy Makes CES Debuts – on BrightSideOfNews.com.

The taste buds of the Blair Candy Crew are no strangers to the allure of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in their many delectable incarnations, and we couldn’t be more excited that they have been crowned the official candy of the Consumer Electronics Show! It takes us back to a time almost 30 years ago, though it seems impossible that it’s been that long, when another Reese’s candy was making waves not of a technological sort, rather the extra-terrestrial variety – Reese’s Pieces. A little blockbuster by the name of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, starring an adorable alien we all instantly loved, helped moved Reese’s Pieces from a forgotten corner of a candy shelf to the front and center of every shelf and every sweet tooths’ cravings.

We had no fear that Reese’s Pieces would be a fleeting fad, for they were the candy equivalent of an incredibly talented actress who just needed her big break. Once they were made popular with E.T.’s help, the public wouldn’t soon (or hopefully ever!) forget how delicious they are. Will the same hold true for Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups, the sweet, petite stars of CES 2011? Will we be writing a blog post almost 30 years from today about a new product slated to take our taste buds by storm, and referencing the then-classic Reeses’s Minis? Will there even be blogs in 30 years?! Only time will tell. And in the years between now and then, all we can do is eat, evaluate, and repeat. And with the name Reese’s on the package, I have a feeling I’ll be repeating quite often! See ya in 30 years, whether it be by blog or while passing each other in flying cars. ;)

Candy Pam Goes Back To Elementary School…Then Straight To College!

Anyone who knows Blair Candy’s Pam is aware that she’s one smart cookie! But even we were surprised that she was able to climb the academic ladder from 4th grade to college in a week’s time. How did she do it exactly? What’s her late night infomercial secret for these kinds of instant results? It’s rather simple, actually…she drove! We can’t guarantee all the 9 and 10-year-olds of America can zip through 4th through 12th grade that quickly, but Pam wasn’t actually taking classes, she was visiting them.

Her educational journey began at her friends’ 4th grade class, where she chatted with the children about the importance of math, spelling, and even manners. These are all key components to running a successful online store, no matter what you sell. In fact, spelling is even more important for eCommerce store owners than brick and mortar store owners as a misspelling could cost you valuable rankings. After all, a lot more people are looking for Candy Canes than candy cones! Pam also filled the students in on all the candy deliciousness that’s based in Pennsylvania – home to Blair Candy. It’s not every state that can boast being home to Hershey’s, the chocolate magicians behind Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Kit Kats, and a host of other tempting treats. She also let them know about Boyer Candy, which is located just a 3-block walk from Blair! You may not be as familiar with Boyer’s name as Hershey’s, but you’re certainly no stranger to their ooey, gooey, oh-so-amazing Mallo Cups. Or Mmmmmallo cups as I like to call them! And Pennsylvania’s candy cred does not end there – we musn’t forget RM Palmer, and Just Born, just to name a few.

After sharing her background in the candy business with the kids, reminding them that no matter what your aspirations in life may be, learning math, reading, writing, science and more is an absolute must, Pam shared something they might have considered even more exciting – candy! In keeping with her lesson plan, she offered up Dum Dums and Smarties, explaining that both are delicious, but it’s better to be a smartie than a dum dum!

Her next trip found her at Elizabethtown College where she was one of several great speakers that day teaching students, faculty, and business owners about the ins and outs of eCommerce. Anyone who runs an eCommerce business knows there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes than meets the eye, from blogging to social media interaction to managing a PPC campaign. These are all key components of a good business plan, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed by it all, particularly if you’re growing your business from brick and mortar to online as well, or even replacing your brick and mortar business. A lot of the same rules apply, but it truly is a whole ‘nother ball game, and Pam was excited to share all she’s learned so others can start on a better playing field from the minute the gates open! As for the candy…well, she didn’t forget! It’s no secret that adults love candy too, and everyone was treated to a seasonal favorite, Reese’s Peanut Butter Trees.

Thanks to Mrs. Z and Mrs. B, and your fantastic 4th grade class, for letting us bring a little Blair into the classroom. And thanks to Elizabethtown College for letting us be a part of your fantastic seminar!

Thank You For Making Us Your Favorite Online Candy Store!

It’s no surprise that Halloween is one of the busiest times of the year here at BlairCandy.com. Each member of our staff puts in their 200% to make sure each order is filled just right and goes out the door in a timely fashion, and oh my, are there a lot of orders! We couldn’t do it without the dedication and hard work of all the friendly faces on our candytastic team, and we’d just like to take a moment to say a big THANK YOU!

Of course, we also wouldn’t be here without YOU – our customers! We’ve been thriving for several generations now, and with us having just made Internet Retailer’s Hot 100 Web Sites of 2011 list, our future is looking pretty sweet, and we’re so excited to see what’s in store for us ahead. We love to hear from our customers, and the great feedback (both the positive and negative!) helps us to improve and make those positive changes that simply make us your go-to online candy store time and time again!

We’re quite the chatty bunch, so always feel free to say hello on our BlairCandy Facebook Page and BlairCandy Twitter – we’d love to hear from you! After all, we’re not just an online candy store – we’re a candy store made up of friendly faces with a penchant for everything candy, and oh, do we know our candy.

Again, thank you to the BlairCandy.com staff for another great Halloween candy season, and to our customers – thank you for helping us continually improve BlairCandy.com and thrive for generations to come!

Understanding Gluten Sensitivity With The Help Of OVitaminPro.com

If you’ve read our recent blog post, “BlairCandy.com Is Your Store For Gluten Free Candy!”, you know we care about helping people on gluten free diets in still being able to enjoy their favorite sweets. After all, it’s your life, and you want to be able to eat the delicious foods you want. Of course, if you’re on a gluten free diet, you still want to be careful and maintain your health, with our Gluten Free Candy being a wonderful candy option for you.

We recently had the great pleasure of coming across the friendly folks at OVitaminPro.com and their Gluten Sensitivity Support section. There is unfortunately no substitute for gluten, and it’s always best to follow doctor’s orders if you’re on a gluten free diet. However, many foods can contain hidden sources of gluten, and products like GlutenFlam can help aid in a more complete digestion of gluten.

If you or someone close to you is on a gluten free diet, it’s important to learn as much as possible about gluten sensitivity problems. Not only does it show you care, but can do a world of good in helping educate you on gluten problems and conditions that can be related to gluten. OVitaminPro.com has a two-part CD series that includes a wealth of gluten-related information – Gluten Sensitivity Part I and Gluten Sensitivity Part II.

Through our blog posts and gluten free candy section, we hope to educate all of our readers on how common gluten sensitivity is (as many as 1 in 3 people in North American have gluten-related issues!) and the different aspects of the condition. Here’s to OVitaminPro.com for helping us learn more about the science behind gluten free diets!

BlairCandy.com Is Your Store For Gluten Free Candy!

Are you following a gluten free diet? If so, you are not alone. The bookstore shelves are quickly filling with more gluten free cookbooks than any cook can keep up with as more people become aware of how the gluten in the food they eat may be causing medical issues. To help make candy shopping easier for you, we have created a special section for all the gluten free sweets and treats we offer. And don’t worry – these aren’t candies you’ve never heard of that were created specifically to be gluten free. They’re candies you already know and love that happen to also be gluten free. Pretty sweet, huh?!

But before we dive into the deliciousness, let’s take a quick look at a few facts…

What foods is gluten found in? Common places you’ll find gluten include wheat, rye and barley – grains popularly found filling just about any box of cereal you might grab – as well as flour, pasta and beer, just to name a few popular foods and drinks. Because these ingredients are found in so many foods, people following a gluten free diet have to be mindful when food shopping or enjoying a meal or snack outside of the home. We created our Gluten Free Candy section to help make shopping for candy as easy and enjoyable as possible!

Who follows a gluten free diet? While gluten is not a necessary element of our diets, most of us are not negatively affected by it in any way. And because gluten is found in so many of the foods we eat every day, those who make an intentional attempt to avoid gluten in their diet are predominantly those for whom it presents an issue. A gluten free diet is necessary for people living with the hereditary autoimmune disorder Celiac disease. While Celiac disease, which affects the small intestine, cannot be cured, it can be treated with a gluten free diet.

Another autoimmune disease requiring a gluten free diet is the skin disease Dermatitis Herpetiformis, which also currently has no known cure.  Eating a gluten free diet brings relief to approximately 80% of people living with this disease.

A gluten free diet is also often recommended for those diagnosed with Autism or ADHD, though the effect the diet will have on the conditions is controversial. Many argue that there is no effect, while others have reported significant improvement. In the case of ADHD, there are also arguments that in ADHD-affected children for whom the gluten free diet was prescribed, the positive effect the diet brought on was the result of an improper diagnosis of ADHD initially, when the child was actually acting out because of the discomfort brought on by undiagnosed Celiac disease.

At BlairCandy.com, we do not claim to be medical experts in any way, and we recommend that you consult your physician with any questions regarding a gluten free diet. We provide the above information simply as a reference, and hope it answers any general questions you may have about gluten free living.

And now for the candy, which is our specialty! We have a mouth-watering selection of Gluten Free Candy in stock and ready to be enjoyed. From Gluten Free Candy Bars to Gluten Free Gummies, we have something for everyone.

Are you or someone you love following a gluten free diet? We’d love to hear your story and tips! Please leave whatever information and advice you’d like to share in the comments so all our readers can benefit. Thanks in advance! :)

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.

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?

Flipping Your Website Can Be Sweet!

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It’s been a very busy 2 months here at Blair Candy! It’s time for our online candy store to be redesigned. I’ve been through 4 redesigns since 2000 and this flip is a step above the rest!
For those of you who have never had the opportunity to undertake a challenge like this, it’s sort of like completely gutting the inside of your house or office, or building a new home from the ground up. It takes a lot of thought and work to pull it all together.

Yes, a new website design is just like flipping or decorating your home or office. You pick new colors to paint the walls (background), choose new furniture (programs), new pictures (products), but no matter what you do or buy for either, it all must flow together. This makes it easy to maneuver so no one trips and falls or gets lost from room to room.

You would think, considering this is the 4th redesign we have been through, this flip and the navigation choices should be pretty standard….
Oh if it would only be that easy lol

Just like what’s hot and what’s not in the carpet business or the candy bar business; Things change! As I’ve looked over many website for ideas, I noticed many seem to be making sections now called shop by brand or manufacturer. I was confused if this would work for us? Would I be wasting a lot of space on something that many might not know anyway?

Would the average candy lover know to click on the Tootsie Roll brand to find  Black Crows, Caramel Apple Lollipops or Junior Mints? How about those looking for a Clark Baror Candy Buttons? Would they know to click on the Necco brand for those?

I’ve grown up in this family candy business and have sat behind this desk for 28 years and I still don’t know who makes several of these candy items we sell. I often find myself cheating and looking in our in-house computer system to match up a novelty candy item to the manufacturer with the branding behind them.

It’s not like we are selling cars by GM or TV’S by Sony! Many of our manufacturers have so many different brands under their belts, it gets confusing.

So do I keep the sections lined up like we always have and let people search for gummy candy, candy bars and lollipops, or do we also give them a little more to think about? Will the average person know that Tootsie Roll Inc, also owns and manufactures a lot more than their name sake, Tootsie Rolls?

I still have many new colors, programs and products to add to this redesign, but you can be sure this flip is being designed with our sweet customers in mind!

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