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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…

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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)

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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.

Candy Canes, Popcorn Balls, Christmas Trees, Magic and Memories

I am a ‘stuff’ person. There is a very real part of me that envies neat people who seemingly have no use for stuff. Their houses are always so open and spacious; they never have to slide anything out of the way before putting grocery bags on the counter. To visit homes like these is a treat for a few hours or even days – to take in all the room and see how easy it is for them to maintain a clean table or sweep the kitchen floor. But I will never be one of these people, and for the most part, I’m OK with that.

Sure, it takes me 20 minutes to move all my things off the bathroom vanity so I can wipe it down, but those candles and lotions and knickknacks are more important to me than the blank space they take up could ever be. I’m simply a stuff person and I was raised by stuff people and I feel blessed that I now have much of their stuff to remember so many good times by. The stuff I’m feeling most lucky to have right now is Christmas ornaments.

My mother’s collection of Christmas ornaments reads like a diary of her life. There are handmade ornaments she was gifted from crafty work friends and family members, ornaments honoring my and my siblings’ births, ornaments we made as children in school, ornaments from our first trip to Disney World and every trip thereafter. And many, many more. Each year, when decorating the Christmas tree, we would first string up the lights, then between the rows of lights hang the red beads, then get to unwrapping each of the ornaments. Once all the ornaments had been hung, it was time to fill in any space (of which there was little!) with shiny Christmas balls. Then, as if it simply wasn’t enough, we got about the very important business of hanging popcorn balls and candy canes. And while all the ornaments stayed just where they were until the time came to take the tree down, the popcorn balls and candy canes always disappeared almost as quickly as they could be hung!

When I was young, the only candy canes you’d find were peppermint candy canes. Perhaps there were other flavors, but I don’t remember them if there were. And to this day, peppermint candy canes are the ones I most often choose to decorate my Christmas tree. I love the look, I love the colors, and I love sneaking them off the tree to eat them just as much as I ever did! My appetite for popcorn balls hasn’t wavered a bit, either, and while the packaging may have changed, the taste thankfully hasn’t. Each year I go about the business of hanging at least 15 Humphrey’s popcorn balls on the tree, each with a smiling Santa on the wrapper. And each year if I turn my back on my husband for one minute, 15 popcorn balls becomes 14! We won’t even get into how many candy cane wrappers can be found next to his chair.

But that’s more than alright by me as it speaks to the power of the season. No matter how serious or busy or overwhelmed we may be in our day-to-day lives, there’s something oh-so-special about coming home to a tree right in our own living room – a tree full of glimmering lights, shiny beads, priceless ornaments, and the perfect snacks. Even if I have to replace those candy canes and popcorn balls a dozen times before Christmas, I stand by my belief that the ones picked from the tree taste better than the ones in the bowl. I think Christmas trees just might be a bit magical, or perhaps, more than a bit.

Halloween Candy Sale – Get Yours Before It’s Gone!

It’s a bit hard to believe that Halloween is just a week away. In the candy world, we start gearing up well in advance, but once the orders start rolling in, it flies by so fast! Luckily, we’ve still got plenty of ghoulishly good Halloween candy to choose from, and a lot of it is available at a scary good price. Rather than wait until after the holiday to start our sale, we’ve got it going on now so you can save in time for the trick-or-treaters.

Here’s a few of our Halloween candy favorites on sale – just be sure to get them before they disappear into the dark until next year!

Cadbury Screme Eggs – Nope, that’s not a typo. Building on the popularity of the Crème Egg, Cadbury whipped up this spooktacular sweet for the Halloween season. These bring the same taste of their Crème Egg cousins, but bear a green ‘yolk’ and wrapper all their own. This box of 48 Screme Eggs normally sells for $40, but is on sale for just $33 – 18% off!

Charms Candy Corn Pops – These are honestly one of my favorite new Halloween candies on the market; I’ve eaten more than my fair share, and we still have some left! The taste is definitely reminiscent of candy corn, but my taste buds also pick up on a rich, hint of butterscotch that is addictively tasty! Regularly $3.50 for a bag of 20 Halloween lollipops, they’re currently $2.95.

Mike and Ike Halloween Mix – Which of these assorted treats will be your favorite – Mummy’s Mix or Vampire Variety? There’s only one way to find out, and each assorted bag contains both! Inside you’ll find 45 individual bags of Mike and Ike candies, perfect for handing out to trick-or-treaters or including in yours or your children’s lunches. Now just $5.85!

Having Fun with Candy Themes this Halloween – Make Your Home a Candy Restaurant!

There are few things in this world as innately fun and exciting as candy, so coming up with clever ways to hand it out is hardly what we would call work. But sometimes you do hit a creative candy wall! If you’re looking for an inventive way to display your Halloween candy this year, we’ve come up with a fun idea that some of us just might have to try ourselves. And the extra good news is that it also solves the dilemma of what to wear…

Tonight, you’re the Server of Sweets!

Whether or not you don a waiter or waitress uniform is entirely up to you, but we think that getting into character is especially fun. Not up for the time or money involved in a full costume? Simply grab an apron and you’re set! As for what Halloween candy to serve at your restaurant, here’s a few ideas…

Breakfast

Gummi Fried Eggs
Gummy Strawberry Creams

Lunch

Gummy Burgers
Gummy Hot Dogs

Dinner

SpongeBob Krabby Patties
Gummi Pizza

Dessert

Gummy Cheesecake Candy
Caramel Apple Lollipops

Once you have all your candy mapped out, consider making ‘menus’ that you can give to kids that show up at your ‘restaurant’. These can be as simple as index cards or as elaborate as you’d like. Only get a handful of trick-or-treaters at your house? Let them choose something for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert! Is the doorbell ringing a bit more often? Cut it down to 1 or 2 categories as fits the crowd. The memorable part won’t be how much candy you gave them, but the unique and fun way in which it was given. Be sure to maintain character as a server, carefully adding their selections to their treat tote and warning that the plate is hot!

The best part is that you can take the restaurant theme and make it as simple or as complex as you’d like. You can hang a restaurant sign outside, have a set of chairs at your entryway for those ‘waiting for a table’, and so on. Want to get your spouse or children involved? They can serve as hosts, or a restaurant manager who pops in to see how everything is going. Want to make the setting nostalgic? Have fun with a diner theme that can also be rather spooky! Think of restaurants from your favorite scary movies and set the stage in your own kitchen. And don’t forget the candy, of course – order up!

How’s The Reception on Your Kit Kat?

If you take a few minutes to stop by KitKat.com and poke around, you might find yourself chuckling a bit. My favorite page of their redesigned site is the Pioneering page, where we discover the phrase ‘Confectionery Perfectionery’, and notes about wanting the individual wafers to “look like big square mountains.” Yep, it’s a Kit Kat blueprint – er, brownprint? – and it’s hilarious.

Another page I recommend spending some time to really take it all in is the User Experience page, where you’ll learn that Kit Kat’s “maximum breakability” can be attributed to “refined praline software, crisp waferware and its unique chocolate unibody.” The ‘Tech Spec’ page is pretty great, too, as is the… well… maybe you should just check them all out! And for a better understanding of what exactly is going on, check out the Android website, Hershey’s website, or this article on Marketing Land.

In short, Kit Kat has redone their site as though a Kit Kat were a smartphone. Why would they do that, you might ask? The answer is simple – Android is naming their next version, Android 4.4, KitKat! (And the little Android guy is even cuter when he’s made up of Kit Kats!)

As adorable as the Android mascot is, chances are pretty good that we aren’t going to be branching out into mobile phones at Blair Candy. That said, we do happen to be a great resource for the edible variety of Kit Kats! They don’t need a case, they taste terrific, and they’re a whole lot cheaper than a new phone, too. Sure, you can’t talk on them, but you shouldn’t talk with a mouthful of chocolate anyway!

Which version of Kit Kats are your favorite? Regular Kit Kat candy bars, King Size Kit Kat Minis, or Snack Size Kit Kats?

Halloween Candy and Supplies Are Here!

It’s become a fiesta of Fun Size goodies here at Blair Candy, with new Halloween candy treats and supplies arriving every day! The orders are already coming in from Halloween fans across the country – folks who know how quickly the best and newest candies can sell out. We do our best every year to ensure we have enough Halloween candy to carry us through October 31st, but sometimes we can’t predict which will have the most popularity.

Sure, Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins are a top pick year after year, and we’re certainly never surprised by how many orders for Skull Lollipops come through! But we do add new treats every season that you’ll want to scoop up fast to ensure your sweet tooth gets satisfied. And with Halloween itself growing in popularity every year, shopping early for all your Halloween candy and supplies might be best!

BlairCandy.com offers Halloween candy classics as well as new candy creations. Some people come to our site for the latest in sweets, like these groovy goodies, Tie Dye Lollipops! Others love our nostalgic candy offerings, like Wax Fangs, Necco’s Mary Jane candy, and Slap Stix caramel pops. Others still – most, in fact – love both! Mixing classics from our childhood with newer candies that might become the classics of tomorrow is not only fun, but gives us a good variety in the event that we have some sweet, sweet leftovers to eat up ourselves!

BlairCandy.com puts the greatest focus on the candy side of Halloween, but we’re also excited to offer Halloween party supplies, including colorful balloons, napkins and table covers, plastic spider rings, and adorable soft treat baskets that can be used as decoration or for Trick-or-Treating!

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