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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!

Colorful and Creative Desserts: Pretty Please, With Candy On Top!

Most of us have enjoyed candy as dessert more than a few times in our lives. Sometimes the only appropriate end to a meal or the day is a rich, creamy chocolate bar or sinfully sweet handful of StrawMallows. Mmmm…StrawMallows! Sorry, what was I saying? Oh yes, candy as dessert. We’ve all done it. We’ve all loved it. We’ll all do it again. But what we may not have thought of is clever and fun-tastic ways to incorporate candy into other desserts, from cakes to Jello. And the only limitation to where candy can find itself looking as fantastic and delicious as it always does is your imagination!

We were most recently thinking of candy as a complement to cake when we saw the amazingly adorable cupcakes our friend Jessica was serving at a party. Her beach-y cupcakes absolutely screamed summer, and featured none other than a Nik-L-Nip bottle in the sand ‘served with’ Jelly Candy Gems for a most refreshing treat! Jessica shared that her friend Bridget O’Connor was behind these baked beauties, and that she happens to have a cupcake company, A Sweet Touch. We can’t think of a more appropriate name! If you love the cupcakes, pictured above, as much as we do, you can contact Bridget at sweettouchcupcakes@gmail.com and have her bake up something wonderful for you, too!

We’re excited to see what other tempting creations A Sweet Touch will be whipping up, and their thinking outside the (cake)box got our own creative gears turning. We asked around Blair Candy Headquarters to see what other fun ways to work candy into the recipe the Blair Candy Bunch could think of. Needless to say, by the time I asked the last person my sweet tooth was ready for some sweet relief. Let’s take a look at some sugary suggestions…

Pool Party Perfection: Start with a sheet cake of any flavor. Spread blue icing across the top (it’s OK if you don’t get it completely smooth, those ripples are just waves!). You can use blue icing on the sides as well, or really any color you’d like. Float a few ‘rafts’ on the surface of the water by horizontally lining up Tootsie Frooties. And to float on the rafts? Gummy Bears of course. Hot Cinnamon Gummy Bears if they weren’t wearing their sunscreen! Lay one bear on top of each raft, and revel in the cuteness for at least 30 seconds. This part is important.

Add a few Giant Jawbreakers to the pool as beach balls, and if you’d like the pull to perform double duty as a relaxing retreat as well as a lap pool, add lane dividers with Candy Necklaces. Now invite friends over to marvel at your brilliance and, well…let them eat cake!

Fun With Jello That’s Simple and Sweet: Jello is already fun to eat and delicious. But you can make it even more exciting by starting with blue Jello and adding a few Swedish Fish to the mix. Want to add a more diverse group to your Jellocean? Add starfish, seahorses, dolphins and more with the Aqua Life Gummy Sea Creatures mix. A great dessert for kids and adults alike, this can be a low calorie treat that brings satisfaction and a smile.

Make It Muddy: Mud dessert is a bit of a classic, but there’s a reason – it’s delectable, easy to make, and really cheap. Fill cups with chocolate pudding, add crushed Oreo cookies to the top, and finish it all off with some Gummy Worms peeking out and over. Mud hasn’t tasted this good since you were 3!

A Tasty Treasure: A sheet cake in your favorite flavor will serve as the foundation of your marvelous treasure map. Add tan icing to give a faded effect, and leave uneven edges with the icing to give the illusion of wear. Create dotted lines on the map with Shoestring Licorice cut into small, half-inch pieces. Your “X” to mark the spot can be almost any candy you can think of – Twizzlers cut in half and crossed into an X, 4 or 6 Tootsie Rolls formed into an X, Licorice Allsorts lined up to form an X – whatever your favorite. Just don’t forget the point of the treasure map – finding the booty! Add a pile of Chocolate Gold Coins near the X, or scatter them all over the top just for fun.

And that is just the beginning! We got so many great ideas we can’t possibly pack them all into one post. We’d also love to hear how you’re working candy into your creations. Please leave any inspiration you just can’t bear to not share in the comments below. And if you ever need taste testers, you know where to find us!

Add Some Sweet Spirit To Your Graduation Party With C-A-N-D-Y!

As the end of May approaches, many have already walked across what at the time seems like the longest stage in the world to wrap their hands around that hard-earned diploma. Others still are anxiously awaiting the day in coming weeks that they too will pace their steps and their breath as they reach for one of the most important pieces of paper they’ll ever know. It’s Graduation Season, one of the most monumental times of year our country knows! And with these proud accomplishments often comes a celebration of family, friends, food and fun.

If you’re planning a graduation party for yourself or a loved one, we can’t help but chime in with a reminder that candy is the sweetest gift of all. But in addition to being a delightful treat, candy can also play into your theme or décor, with colors and options to complement any and every party you can dream of. After all, as the popular quote goes: “Reach for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the Starburst!” Or is it “land among the stars”? I can never remember. ;)

You’re Getting Ready For The Big Leagues. The Big League Chew, that is! A fan favorite, this gum will not only be enjoyed for its unique packaging and fabulous flavor, but also makes a cute and clever tribute to grads who will be hitting the job market soon.

Look At You With The Great Grades! Is the grad you’re celebrating walking away with a nice, high GPA? Pay homage to their big, beautiful brain with Smarties! Sure, you’ve always known they were among the brightest bulbs shining, but now they have numerical proof of their amazingness. And if they were picked on as a kid for their high grades, poke a little fun but adding some Nerds Ropes to the candy mix. Nobody seems to make fun of ‘nerds’ past age 18. Kinda funny how that works, isn’t it? (Whatever you do, just don’t get Dum Dum Pops!)

Consider Where They’re Headed After Graduation. Is your grad headed to the Army? Our green apple flavored Gummi Army Men would make an awesome addition to the table! Future X-Ray Technician? Our Gummi X-RAY Fish are as cool as they are tasty. Maybe they have a much-needed vacation on the horizon? Browse our candy selection and see if there’s something that ties into that, too. If Cancun tickets are carefully stashed away, Mexican Gummi Hats would be a colorful choice. If they’re heading a bit further away to Sweden, Swedish Fish would work wonderfully! Even if there isn’t a sweet treat that works as perfectly as these, with a little thought and creativity, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Party Favors With Flavor – Candy Makes A Tasty Treat For Gift Bags!

Planning a birthday party for your son or daughter and looking for some summer sweets to fill up goodie bags? BlairCandy.com offers a delectable selection of candy that’s perfect for warm weather festivities. From Sunflower Seeds, a summer staple, to fun and fresh Gummy Hot Dogs, a fruit-flavored favorite that’s fitting for the season, we keep our prices low and our options high so you can build the best bag possible to fit your event, your kiddo’s personality, and your budget!

  1. While paper or plastic goodie bags are a great option, Candy Boxes can add an unexpected and unique twist to your thank you treats. We offer empty boxes in several sizes, each of which are white and ready for decorating! From markers and crayons to puff paint and bows, there’s plenty of room for your son or daughter to let their creativity run wild. A few days before their party, write up a list of all the names of the kids that will be attending the party. Then let your own little one get to work creating a custom box for each of their friends, drawing pictures on the box they know each kid will like, and adding their name so they know which box is theirs. It’s a small, personal touch that also adds some color to the cake and favor table making the goodie boxes even more tempting than they already will be!
  2. Once the boxes are all decorated (and have dried if paints were used), it’s time to separate the candy into piles by size. Working with the smallest candies first, Tootsie Frooties are a popular pick, fill the bottom of each box. Each bag of Tootsie Frooties includes 360 wrapped candies, so even if you’re filling 25 candy boxes, buying just 2 bags will give each kid almost 30 pieces of deliciousness! I’ve never met a Tootsie Frootsie I didn’t like, but I have to say that if I were creating the boxes for my own party I’d go with watermelon and grape.
  3. If you’re working with a theme or specific color palette, look for candies that tie into it. We have an easy-to-shop Candy By Color section that makes matching a snap! Also think of your child’s favorite things – there are candies to complement so many interests. Can your kid not get enough of trucks? Our Dump Truck Candy is a toy and a treat in one, and would make a cute addition to the top of the candy box, too. Have a future fireman or firewoman celebrating a birthday? Our Fire Extinguisher Candy is sure to make a splash! Kid that can’t get enough of Sponge Bob? Gummy Crabby Patties are the best Bikini Bottom has to offer! Browse our candy shop and see what sparks your interest. Sometimes you don’t even know what you’re looking for until you find it. :)
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