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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!

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!

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