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Car-Friendly Candy and Snacks for Your Spring or Summer Road Trip

We have finally climbed our way out from under the frigid avalanche that was this past winter, and something as simple as sitting on the front porch feels like a release from prison! After months of only being outside long enough to shovel or walk from my house to my car, even outdoor chores like washing the windows are almost a joy. I’m just so happy to be outside! And what’s even better than feeling a warm rush of wind while sitting on a deck chair is feeling it while you’re driving down the highway toward somewhere exciting. It could be a friend’s house, an amusement park, a beach – just about anywhere! When you’re a road trip fan like I am, the journey is truly half the fun.

I love playing car games, I love listening to music, I love seeing new things along the way, and not being too rushed to stop and check some of them out. Seriously – if you’re planning a road trip this year, do yourself a favor and build some flexibility into your travel time. Sometimes those odd little stops along the way are gems! Yes, there’s a lot I love about road trip adventures, but what I don’t love is spending a ton of money on overpriced convenience store snacks when hunger strikes. And with a little planning, you don’t have to.

Before you head out on the highway, be sure to pack some sweet and salty snacks that will keep your belly happy between meals. Most of us idly snack more than usual when in a car for a long time, so the lengthier your journey, the more variety you should give yourself. I like to keep the ‘Big 3’ of snacking in mind when I pack my bag, ensuring I have at least 2 of each: Sweet, Salty, Satisfying. Some snacks meet the qualifications for more than one of those categories, of course, while others might not fill me up, but are a favorite nonetheless!

Here are a few of my favorite snacks and candies to take along on a road trip. Please share yours in the comments!

Charms Fluffy Stuff Cotton Candy Lollipops
Swedish Fish
Planters Peanuts
Jack Link’s Teriyaki Beef Jerky
Cracker Jacks
Moon Pies

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!

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

Chocolate Easter Eggs: The Sweetest Selection!

When we think of Easter candy, there are a few things that come to mind straight away. These include jelly beans, marshmallow Peeps, and of course, chocolate Easter eggs. While jelly beans were once available in just two varieties – spice and fruit – today we can find jelly beans from many of our favorite candy brands, including Mike and Ike and Jolly Rancher jelly beans. As for marshmallow Peeps? They have expanded as well. And not just the way they expand if you microwave them! But the truly indulgent side of Easter candy belongs to chocolate eggs, and BlairCandy.com offers an array of mouthwatering delights that every bunny will enjoy. Here are a few top picks…

Gardner’s Chocolate Eggs: To simply breathe in the intoxicating aroma of Gardner’s eggs is to know you have some seriously top quality chocolate on your hands! We have offered Gardner’s eggs every Easter for many years, and the demand for these rich and creamy confections never wavers. Choose from Chocolate Fudge Nut, Butter Cream, Coconut, All Nut, Cashew Meltaway, Fruit and Nut, Maple Cream and Nuts, and my favorite, Peanut Butter Meltaway.

Zitner’s Chocolate Eggs: Another name that many turn to Easter after Easter is Zitner’s. A candy company whose beginnings were more than 90 years ago, many of us in the Northeast have been enjoying Zitner’s as far back as we can remember! Best known for their insanely delicious Butter Krak eggs, we also have their dark chocolate covered Marshmallow eggs available. But you should act fast – Zitner’s are an affordable treat and sell out quickly!

Cadbury Eggs: You didn’t think we’d forget these classics, did you? How could we?! Every Easter we put in an order that rivals the one the Easter Bunny himself must place, and every year we sell every last egg. Our selection includes classic Cadbury Crème Eggs, Cadbury Mini Crème Eggs, and the speckled spectacular sweets known as Cadbury Mini Eggs!

St. Patrick’s Day Candy Recipe Creations!

About a month ago we posted St. Patrick’s Day is But a Month Away, which featured 3 yummy recipes to try for the luckiest holiday in all the land. Now that St. Patrick’s Day is but a few days away, we’ve set out on an adventure to find even more tempting creations! And, it would appear luck was on our side once again. Whether you have a few friends stopping by, or you’re planning the party of the year, here are 2 more St. Patrick’s Day desserts to consider, each packed with their fair share of candy…

Image courtesy of Spoonful.com

Rainbow Cupcakes: When we first saw this colorful cupcake we couldn’t put our fingers on what the rainbow was made of. We’ve been in the candy business for many, many years, and we’re pretty good at picking out sweets even if they’ve been modified in some way. Well, imagine our pleasure and surprise when we read the ingredients and realized it’s an Airheads rainbow! You’ll need Airheads in a few different rainbow colors, and gold chocolate coins for the end of the rainbow as well. While making Airheads rainbows seems as though it could be a bit tricky, the ease of the rest of the recipe definitely makes up for it.

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Skittles and Rolos Treat Bags: Aren’t really up for baking, but still want St. Patrick’s Day treats that make a splash? These couldn’t be cuter or easier! Simply purchase cellophane candy bags and fill the bottom with gold. Or, you know, gold foil-wrapped Rolos! Gold chocolate coins could work as well, or just about any candy in a golden wrapper. Next, layer on the Skittles by color, keeping Roy G. Biv in mind! Secure it at the top and try not to jostle them around too much. You want to be sure your Skittles don’t have an opportunity to get mixed up in the bag.

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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!

Some More Candy Treats to Tempt Your Valentine!

In our last blog post we highlighted three oh-so-sweet recipes that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Each incorporated at least one candy favorite to take an already-enticing baked good to the next level. Today, we’re going to add 3 more goodies to that list. We keep finding amazing recipes, and simply have to share them with you! Of course, the more treats the better, so feel free to try your hand at all of them. And if you have any extras and happen to be in the area, we’d be happy to help them disappear!

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Festive White Chocolate Popcorn – It looks as though the author of this recipe actually whipped up this yumminess for Christmas, but we think it looks perfect for Valentine’s Day as well (especially in those ADORABLE striped bowls!) There is nothing in this recipe not to love, and for as eye-catching and pretty as it turns out, it sounds quite achievable even for a kitchen novice. All you’ll need is popcorn, white chocolate chips, marshmallows, butter, corn syrup, and Sixlets. And an appetite for awesome treats. You’ll need that, too!

Image courtesy of Pinterest

Heart Shaped Peeps Valentines – These so sweet Valentines are not only unique and full of delicious delights, they are also so easy to make that you don’t have to ‘make’ them at all. Instead of a recipe, there are simple directions. Simply place a graham cracker or two in a treat bag with a piece of a Hershey’s bar and heart-shaped Peep. You can give your Valentine just one, but they’re sure to want s’more!

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Conversation Hearts Rice Krispies Treats – Whether you’re mixing up Valentines for the kiddos, or your special someone never grew out of Rice Krispies treats (who could blame them?), these heart-shaped eats are a perfect snack for sharing the love. This recipe calls on red food coloring to give the hearts a light pink hue, but you could always make several small batches and incorporate blue, green, purple – whatever your ummm… heart desires! Grab a bag of Necco Sweethearts, and you’re done in a flash.

Candy + Baked Goods = Happy Valentine’s Day, Indeed!

It seems like just yesterday that we were eating more Christmas cookies than our pants would comfortably allow, but alas, Christmas was nearly one month ago, and Valentine’s Day is on the horizon! That means that while love is in the air, Valentine’s Day candy is in our warehouse, ready to find its way to you and your taste buds. But rather than simply eat the candy by itself – which, to be honest, is definitely not a bad idea – we set out to find some Valentine’s Day recipes for which candy plays an important part. Here are some of our favorites…

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Cinnamon Imperials Shortbread: May a million blessings come to the woman who dreamed these up! While I haven’t had a chance to try them out yet, as a big fan of Cinnamon Imperials and shortbread, I just know they’re going to be fabulous. Honestly, how could they not be? Just look at that beautiful, buttery shortbread! Yum, yum, yum.

Image courtesy of TheBakingRobot.com

Atomic Fireball Cupcakes: Yes. Yes, they did. Yes, they put an Atomic Fireball candy on top of the cupcake like a cherry, and YES, it is the cutest, cleverest thing you’ve ever seen. Seriously, thank goodness for the Internet, because I would never think of these things on my own! And that Atomic Fireball on top is not the only Atomic Fireball in the recipe. These spicy cinnamon cupcakes include Fireball-infused water for extra kick. (note: extra points given for the hilarious writing)

Image courtesy of MyLitter.com

White Chocolate Popcorn & Conversation Hearts: How much do I love white chocolate, popcorn, and Conversation Hearts? Enough that I’m not even sure I can make this one because I fear I won’t stop eating until it’s all gone. And because I fear that no other dessert will ever live up to its awesomeness. And because I fear that – oh, who am I kidding – a life lived in fear is no life at all! I’m making it. And you can bet I’m making a double batch so other people can eat some, too. If they’re quick enough.

New Year, New Candy: Treat Yourself to Something Sweet!

We’re always adding new candy delights to the shelves at Blair, but it’s not too often that we share them here on the blog. After all, that’s what Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are for, right? But we think some of our newest additions deserve a bit more attention paid to them, and that’s what we’re going to do with this post today.

While the rest of the world works diligently on their New Year’s resolutions, shopping for champagne and wondering which dress or suit they’ll wear tomorrow evening, we’re happily snacking away on the sweetest of sweets to inspire a Top 3 list of must-try temptations. What better way to ring in 2014 than with candy? None we can think of!


Sour Patch Kids Gum – OK, technically this one isn’t a candy, but for gum fans everywhere, it’s even better! Stride gum has captured the supremely sour flavor of Sour Patch Kids and worked their gum magic to serve it up in gum form. My personal pick is Redberry, but the Lime gum is pretty great, too. And they’re both sugar free!

e.frutti Gummy Ducks – I’m a big fan of e.frutti gummy candy, with its squishy-soft texture and perfectly sweet flavor, and these adorable fellas don’t disappoint! For starters, they’re cute-as-can-be. They’re plump, they have adoring eyes, and their feet seem too big for their bodies. And then there’s the fresh flavor, which matters most of all. Add to that the fact that they would be charmingly perfect for baby showers, and we’ve got ourselves a quack-tastic winner.

Klondike Mint Chocolate Chip Candy – Whether you’re a Klondike fan, a mint chocolate fan, or a fan of both, your senses of smell and taste are about to get a wake-up call. These are oh-so-minty and yummy, and there are actually four smaller squares inside each pouch. That makes them perfect for sharing, or for breaking up into several snacks throughout the day. Or, you could eat them all at once like I do! :)

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.

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