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Colorful Candy That’s Perfect for Spring Parties!

When it comes to snowy, cold winter weather, some of us aren’t quite out of the woods yet. At Blair Candy Headquarters in Pennsylvania, spring is having a tough time this year! But there are sunny days on the near horizon, and we’re more excited than ever to spend some quality time outdoors soaking them up, whether we’re enjoying a warm Saturday relaxing on the porch, or tending to our poor yards and gardens, for whom winter has been especially rough!

In addition to more time outdoors, spring often means more time with friends and family. Winter has a way of keeping us holed up inside, with temperatures sometimes dipping below 0 degrees, making a night curled up on the couch more appealing than a night facing the elements! But once all the snow and single digit temps have finally disappeared from the forecast, there’s a lot of catching up to do with all the people we love and miss the most. And one of the best ways to catch up is a party!

Whether you’re having a ‘just because’ get-together with friends, or are celebrating a birthday, housewarming, new baby, or any other number of exciting occasions, here are some brilliantly bright spring candy options to consider setting out in bowls, including in favor bags, or even incorporating into the décor…

♦  Yellow and White Squiggly Lollipops (we also offer an array of other colors and flavors, but the lemon are a favorite!)

♦  Gummy Butterflies by Albanese

♦  Gummy Melon Rings

♦  Tootsie Midgees Fruit Rolls

♦  Smooth and Melty Mints

♦  Runts

♦  Cupcake Lollipops

♦  Necco Banana Splits

St. Patrick’s Day is But a Month Away!

Our candy bowls are still happily full of Valentine’s Day lollipops and Conversation Hearts, but the red and pink sweets won’t last forever! And with that in mind we’ve been poking around the internet hoping for the Luck of the Irish in finding the best St. Patrick’s Day candy recipes. Let’s just say we struck gold! Here are just a few of the yummy treats we came across, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day parties, or just mixing up for family and friends…

Image courtesy of TheYummyLife.com

Green Popcorn & Pretzel Party Mix: There are few things luckier than stumbling across a party-worthy recipe that looks great, is full of ingredients that almost everyone loves, and is super simple to make. But that’s just what happened when we found the Green Popcorn & Pretzel Party Mix recipe at The Yummy Life! This sweet and salty snack could be your ‘big treat’, taking center stage with its mix of chocolate chips, pretzels, popcorn, green M&M’s and more. Want to make it a bit minty? Consider using Mint Dark Chocolate M&M’s!

Image courtesy of Spoonful.com

Shamrock Cupcakes: These simple but striking cupcakes make an especially wonderful treat for those whose candy tastes lean a bit toward the nostalgic side. While gum drops and Spearmint Leaves aren’t as popular with youngsters as they are with more mature candy fans, youngsters aren’t the only ones eating cupcakes! Perhaps you have to grow up on Spearmint Leaves and Orange Slices to understand how oh-so-good they really are. Lucky for me, I did!

Image courtesy of NotMartha.org

Leprechaun Trap Cake: This is the recipe that had me calling people over to my desk. If I could make mine look half this amazing I’d be thrilled! As if the ladder made from pretzels wasn’t darling enough, the pretzels make another appearance on top of the cake beneath the chocolate coins. What are they doing there? Oh, just being an important part of the leprechaun trap. As for the cake itself? Well, that just happens to be a rainbow inside. Yep – coolest, luckiest cake ever!

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!

Flowers for Valentine’s Day – The Dollar Store Way!

bud vase image credit: partyhire.co.nz

If you love shopping at the dollar store even half as much as I do, you may have stood before the tiny bud vases so many of those stores offer thinking, “They’re so cute, but what can I possibly use them for?” Yes – I have eyed up those vases more than my fair share of times. I’m drawn in by their charming tininess, but can never seem to think of a way I can use them, so I walk away well-aware that the last thing my house needs is yet another piece of decor I can’t figure out what to do with! Until now, that is.

I can excitedly say that I finally have a reason to pick up a few bud vases, and a good reason at that! Not only do I plan to create a few ‘arrangements’ for my own home, but I think my idea will make for darling little Valentine’s Day gifts for friends. And – it’s super cheap and chic! Aren’t you glad I’m the sharing type? ;)

So, what is this genius idea? It’s super simple, and will take literally a few minutes to create. The only supplies needed are bud vases, conversation hearts, and Valentine’s Day lollipops. You can grab some ribbon too if you’d like to wrap a bow around the vase, but I think it would be pretty either way. Here’s the easy-peasy steps…

1.) Wash and dry the bud vases.

2.) Fill the vases 3/4 to the top with conversation hearts.

3.) Stick a Valentine lollipop or two in the center as ‘flowers’.

4.) Smile – you made an adorable decoration or gift!

In addition to the little vases I’ll be placing on my desk, bedside table, shelves and such, I think I’ll also make a larger one to serve as a table centerpiece. And that means I’ll also have to pick up a larger vase while I’m at the dollar store. Oh well – someone’s gotta do it!

Chocolate Money?! Oh Yes! 6 Chocolate Gold Coins Ideas

Calling all chocolate lovers; you’ll love all you can do with Chocolate Gold Coins for St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you feel like baking a St. Patty’s surprise or you’re rounding up activities for the Irish holiday, chocolate coins make a delicious and entertaining candy of choice!

Chocolate Gold Coins

Delightful chocolate coin ideas:

  • Host a treasure hunt. Create a treasure hunt throughout the house where children can find shamrocks, coloring books, or other fun items. Place a pot of Chocolate Gold Coins for St. Patrick’s Day next to the final hidden item on the list.

  • Pot O’ Gold Party Favors. If you’re looking for a fun and adorable DIY party favor, here you go. Drop about ten coins into a clear cellophane gift bag. Fill the rest of the bag with rainbow Twizzlers, colorful jellybeans, or a Rainbow Whirly Lollipop behind the coins. Seal with a label that reads, “You’re my pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!” Voilà! You have your very own rainbow in a bag.

  • Leprechaun’s twist on traditional Hershey Kiss Cookies. Peanut butter thumbprint cookies with a Hersey kiss in the middle always make a delicious party dessert. Put a pot o’ gold twist on the traditional cookies by placing a bare chocolate coin in the center of the baked cookies.

  • Gold Coin Gift Packs. Stuff a few gold coins into mini clear gift bags. Print a few green tags and seal the bags with a shamrock, green ribbon, or lucky message such as, “I’m lucky to have you!”

  • Lucky Cupcakes. Make you favorite chocolate or vanilla cupcakes and decorate them with a mound of green icing. Leave the coins in their gold wrapping and place one coin on each of the cupcakes for a dessert fit for a Leprechaun!

  • Lady Luck Décor. Spread chocolate gold coins over a green table cloth on the dinner or dessert table. The coins make a splendid after dinner chocolate or a delicious addition to guests’ dessert plates!

These activities, baked goods, and décor ideas using Chocolate Gold Coins for St. Patrick’s Day are perfect for the classroom, family party, or a get together with your friends. It’s amusing to use your creativity and celebrate the luck of the Irish!

Giant Candy Makes a Great Gift for Christmas!

I’ve always believed that there are two easy ways to make something cuter, cooler or just plain funner – make it mini, or make it jumbo! Of course when the thing we’re talking about is candy, jumbo is the preferable choice. After all, you don’t often hear someone say, “This candy bar would be perfect if there weren’t so much of it!” That’s like wishing a bubble bath had less bubbles, or puppies were less adorable. Who would want that?! So with jumbo candy being the oh-so-better choice, it goes without saying that it makes an awesome Christmas idea that’s affordable and sure to bring a smile. And we just happen to have some of that giant goodness here at Blair Candy! Let’s look at 3 of our many tremendous treats…

Giant Gummy Bears – Nope, they aren’t an urban legend. Neither are they in a cage at a roadside carnival alongside the bearded lady or world’s tallest man. They’re right here at Blair, and they’re as delicious as they are delightful! These chubby fellas are a staggering 4 inches tall and 2 ½ inches across. Think of your average gummy bear and it’s easy to see one of these could serve as their gummy god or goddess! Packaged in a clear case to keep them clean between snackings (chances are good you won’t finish this all at once!), these make a really unique gift for just $3.50 each.

Giant Hershey Bar – This candy car isn’t messing around! It could crumble fun size bars with a passing glance, and leave classic size bars breaking into blocks with the sheer magnitude of its S’more-making possibilities. This Hershey bar is more than a handful or mouthful at a whopping 5 pounds. Yup, FIVE POUNDS of pure Hershey heaven. One weighs as much as some newborns! Two weigh as much as a bag of potatoes!

Giant Jawbreakers – Whether you choose ‘The Bruiser’ or ‘Psychedelic Sours’, these jawbreakers are a definite multi-day snack. Each box holds 12 individually wrapped giant jawbreakers, making these colorful candies less than $2 apiece. A fun take-home treat for a holiday party, or a sweet stocking stuffer for someone with quite a few socks to fill, we recommend giving your tongue a break once in awhile with these. The temptation to keep licking will be strong, but talking, breathing and drinking are important, too!

Halloween Candy and Corduroys: Welcome, Fall. We Missed You More Than We Knew!

I’ve had a touch of Fall Fever for weeks now. As usual, it started slow, eyeing up all the decorations in stores, dreaming of changing leaves and the many pumpkin-flavor-infused treats that have just begun popping up at coffee shops. But it progressed beyond casual, fleeting fall thoughts. I have found myself absent-mindedly searching for fall recipes online, with visions of corduroys swishing in my head. I’ve retired all but one pair of flip-flops to the closet, and dusted off boxes with beautiful boots inside! But it wasn’t until this past weekend that Fall Fever got a solid hold over me, and I don’t think it will be letting go.

A cousin celebrated her upcoming marriage with a bridal shower this weekend, and decked the halls in fall-tastic-ness. The venue itself had a warm, autumnal ambiance, with rich woods, exposed beams, and wrought-iron touches here, there and everywhere. And in this naturally ‘fall’ location she draped tables and chairs with burgundies, deep oranges, chocolate browns and mossy greens. Decorations and favors were rustic and fall-themed as well, relying heavily on a pumpkin motif, but not the brightly-colored pumpkins specific to Halloween – fall-y pumpkins! The setting was at once opulent and cozy, luxurious and laid-back…kind of like fall itself. And in the midst of all this marvelousness was something supremely sweet that gave an air of sugary magic to it all – a candy bar.

The candy bar was full of giant glass jars with scoops, much like the counters of the candy stores of yesteryear. There were paper candy bags for storing your chosen treats, and enough fall-friendly and Halloween candy to keep you wired well beyond the holiday weekend! I filled my bag to the brim with Brach’s candy corn, caramel apple pops, Reese’s Pieces and Reese’s Miniatures. A decorative dish of shoestring licorice was left on the table to tie off the bags with a flavorful flourish, but my bag was too full for tying so I simply ate my lace. :D

And when the festivities were over, and all the hugs had been had and well wishes wished, I walked slowly back to my car through the gorgeous grounds with my candy in hand. I took the long way – through the garden, past the pool, down a tree-lined path. I appreciated my surroundings…appreciated the fall in the air…enjoyed my lollipop without rushing a bite. I let summer slip away a little more with each step, and fell gently into fall.

Cookout-Themed Candy is Perfect for Summer Parties!

If you haven’t already fired up your grill this season, chances are good the next couple weeks will have you dusting it off and preparing your taste buds for the best hot dog and hamburger you’ve had since September! Cookout Season is upon us, with all its mouth-watering macaroni salad, frosty glasses of lemonade, and aforementioned burgers and hotdogs, whose deliciousness transcends even the Christmas ham (though I’ve never had that on the grill…hmmm…) And while it really does only take a few dishes, a few lawn chairs, and a few friends and family members to make a cookout a success, we have some simple ideas to add some extra fun to the table – literally!

While it can take a lot of time, money and work to completely theme your party, there are small touches that add a bit of a theme without adding a lot of those things. Instead of creating a theme for the cookout, use the cookout itself as the theme! Think a cookout can’t be a theme? Think again…

Gummy Mini Burgers – Don’t worry, you aren’t going to have to invest in a teeny tiny burger flipper – these sweet gummy patties are ready-to-eat and perfect for picnics and cookouts. Each box comes packed with 60 mini burgers from the popular efrutti brand of gummy goodies. The burgers are individually wrapped for freshness, which also makes them easy to leave out without risking them getting dirty or attacked by curious flies, bees and mosquitoes!

Gummy Hot Dogs – Just like you won’t need an itty-bitty burger flipper for the snacks above, you won’t be struggling to line up ketchup and mustard on a baby bun for the efrutti gummy hot dogs. These are oh-so-cute and just as cookout-friendly, being some of the softest, freshest, fruitiest gummies you’ve ever enjoyed!

Marshmallow Ice Cream Cones – Ice cream has always been a difficult summer treat, despite its summery amazingness. The battle to ‘make it work’ has raged on since ice cream and summer began, and as much as these 2 adore each other, fate does not appear to be on their side. That’s where Marpo marshmallow ice cream cones step in to save these star-crossed lovers!

Fruit Salad – You’ve got your burgers, you’ve got your hot dogs, and you’ve got your ice cream…what else is there? A fruit salad, of course! We can’t help you with the regular fruit salad; you’re going to have to hit the fruit stands for those ingredients. But for the ‘candy fruit salad’ we’ve got you covered! You can set up a small ‘candy bar’ with plastic or paper cups or bowls, and set out different ‘fruits’ with spoons for friends and family to build a candy fruit salad. Summery, sweet options include: Gummy Melon Rings, Gummy Peach Rings and Gummy Berries. Mmmm!

Candy Makes For Wonderful Halloween Wedding Favors!

It’s no secret that candy is a popular pick as a wedding favor for many couples, with ‘candy bars’ (no, not Candy Bars, but those are good, too!) outgrowing their status as a trend, and becoming a fast go-to favorite. And while we think candy is a smart favor pick for any wedding, for its deliciousness and because it simply makes people smile, there is no wedding that candy makes more sense for than a Halloween wedding!

We’ve been reading quite a few fun stories about people who have been married on Halloween in the past, and those who will be this year or next. And we have to admit we can’t think of a better Halloween party than the reception of a couple who is cool enough to get married on this super fun holiday. We also love the idea that many of these couples are asking guests to come in costume, and many of the couples themselves are in costume as well. (No, not as bride and groom!) I would rather dance the night away in costume than uncomfortable heels any day!

The options for decorating with candy for your Halloween wedding are rather endless, but we wanted to highlight some fun ideas for favors in this post. When it comes to choosing the candy you’ll use, you can gift guests Halloween Candy or an assortment of Orange Candy and Black Candy. Or, you can just use your favorites! Is there a candy you or your fiance favor above all others? Is there a candy that reminds you of a favorite memory? Consider selections from our Nostalgic Candy collection if candy has always been an important part of your life.

The real fun comes in how you’ll give the candy to your guests. You can keep it simple but thematically spot-on by purchasing treat bags from your local party supply store, filling them with candy, and setting them at each seat. Or, you can use a pumpkin candy bucket or cauldron filled to the top with a sweet selection of treats as the centerpiece of each table and leave empty treat bags at each place setting so guests can choose their favorites. And if you want to make your guests sing for their sweets like so many trick-or-treaters will be that night, nothing gets a reception rocking quite like karaoke!

Happy Hallowedding!

Halloween Candy and Horror Movies Make a Marvelous Double Feature!

The topic at Blair Candy Headquarters turned to that most glorious genre of films the other day – Horror! To be fair, I may have forced the topic to turn such a way as I am rather obsessed with scary movies and revel in my chance to talk about them more often as Halloween approaches and the masses descend upon these movies with the same zeal Horror fans have all year long. With thoughts of horror movies old and new swimming through my mind amidst the cartons of candy that are a sweet staple at Blair, I began to think of themed monster and mayhem candy/movie pairings. After all, while I do love popcorn, given the choice between popcorn and candy I’ll take a Butterfinger over buttery kernels any day!

I put together a frighteningly fun list of candies that complement some of my favorite horror movies, but I know I haven’t even come close to thinking of them all. Feel free to use some of the ideas below for themed movie nights of your own, and as always, any additional ideas are always welcomed! Leave a comment on this post, Tweet Us, or share your idea on Facebook – pick your poison!

The Blair Witch Project – Come on, how could we not love this movie?! We don’t want to see any comments about which lovely lady at Blair you think would win the title of The Blair Witch, but we do recommend pairing this instant classic with our creep-tastic Witch Finger Lollipops. Frightful just got fruity!

The Hills Have Eyes – Whether you prefer the original or the modern-day remake (I’m going remake on this one!), nothing will have you chewing faster while hiding your own eyes under the blanket than our Eye Gumballs.

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer – When the movie credits for the film on IMDB.com feature a role for ‘Floating Woman’, you know it’s a scary movie! This flick is certainly not of the campy horror variety, and it’s going to take a seriously delicious candy bar to make it through. The only option? Oh Henry!

Killer Klowns from Outer Space – I can’t recommend this movie enough. It may not have won any Oscars, but I make sure to watch it as least once every Halloween season. As for a complementary candy to nosh on, Cotton Candy all the way!

Children of the Corn – Do I even have to say it? Candy Corn, of course!

Isle of the Snake People – We can’t tell you the secret identity of Damballah, but we can tell you that our Giant Gummy Snakes make for a long-lasting and delicious snack sidekick to this Boris Karloff film.

The Bone Collector – How many times have I said, “Why collect bones when you can eat them?” Too many! And every time I was talking about Crazy Bones Halloween Lollipops. Pinkie bone swear!

Dracula – Everyone has their favorite Dracula – and their favorite vampire movie, for that matter.  I won’t pretend to know which is best for everyone, for each has its own reasons for reaching #1 on someone’s list. All I can say universally is that Wax Fangs make watching each and every one of them even better.  And if there’s anything my friends will tell you about me, it’s that I don’t lie about Wax Fangs!

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