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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!

Build Your Favorite Student an A+ Gift Basket!

If a special someone in your life will be continuing their education this fall, the time is right to put together a thoughtful gift basket to celebrate! Whether they are close to home or farther away than you’d like to think about, a surprise basket packed with tempting treats and essentials will help make sure every day – no matter how stressful – has some sweetness.

Consider their favorite candies and snacks, some goodies just about everyone loves (think Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!), and be sure to include other must-haves, such as:

Ludens Cough Drops: Going to class with a cold is bad enough, but if you’re spending the whole time trying to quiet a cough without a cough drop, chances are good you aren’t really absorbing the lesson. Luden’s cough drops are a favorite for their taste and effectiveness, and it’s easy to keep the slim box in your backpack at all times.

Sugarless Gum: You know that feeling of reaching in your purse or pocket for your keys, wallet or cell phone, and realizing you left them at home? That’s how I feel when I’ve had an especially flavorful lunch and pull out an empty pack of gum! A college student’s day is often packed with activities, and making time to go back to their dorm room or apartment to freshen up isn’t always an option. Including some sugarless gum in their gift basket helps them make a good impression during presentations, and simply while talking with fellow students and teachers. I find that it helps me concentrate as well, an important aspect of studying!

Mints: While chewing gum isn’t always an option, a mint almost always works! Blair Candy offers many popular options, including: Certs, BreathSavers, Ice Breakers, Ice Breakers Duo, Life Savers, Mentos and more. You’ll also find pocket-size Tums in 12-roll boxes, which are especially great after a risky cafeteria adventure, or eating cold pizza that was ‘stored’ on the dorm room floor!

Now that we’ve covered the essentials, don’t forget the really fun stuff. Candy bars, gummy candy, Tootsie Rolls and lollipops make late night study sessions a little bit easier and a lot bit tastier!

Love the idea of the gift, but don’t have the time to build a basket of your own? Check out our Can of College Fun Treats & Sweets. We’ve filled this awesome gift with tons of terrific choices, packed fresh by hand here at Blair Candy! You’ll find chips, pretzels, microwave popcorn, Pop-Tarts and more.

A Sweet Spin on a Classic Treat for Teachers!

It’s hard to believe that summer is nearing her end – how does it slip away so much sooner than winter?! Yes, in just a week or two kids across the country will be heading back to school, spending their days with friends new and old, learning important lessons, and (hopefully!) making a great impression on their teachers. While your child’s personality, attention, and eagerness to learn will all have the most impact on what their teacher’s like most about them, starting off the new year with a little present can’t hurt, right? :)

We’re all familiar with the classic teacher gift of a bright, shiny, red apple. But we got to thinking about a fun way you can channel this timeless treat in a unique way. It didn’t take us long to come up with apple flavored candy! You can fill up a mason jar and tie it off with a pretty ribbon, present it in a colorful box your child decorates herself, or line a pencil case with wax paper and fill it to the brim. The options are as endless as apple candy is delicious! Here’s a few of our favorites…

Green Apple Gummy Bears – These Albanese gummy bears are jam-packed with green apple flavor! Soft, sweet and downright adorable, we think most teachers would choose these friendly looking fellas as teacher’s pet!

Sour Patch Apples – Shaped like the tiniest apples you’ve ever seen, these softly sour yummy gummies are one of my personal favorite candies. Buy a big bag and you’ll have plenty for the teacher and yourself!

Green Apple Airheads – I’ve never met an Airheads flavor I don’t like, but green apple are among my favorites. The only thing brighter than their shiny wrapper and fresh flavor is your super student!

Want to include even more apple goodness in your teacher gifts? We’ve also got Green Apple Tootsie Frooties, Appleheads candy, Apple Laffy Taffy – even Green Apple Tic Tacs!

What Candies Would You Buy With $3,440?

Earlier today we came across an article that most certainly caught our attention – “12-Year-Old French Girl Writes Bad Checks For Candy and Pastries.” At first we thought it was going to be one of those stories where the child is both cute and naughty. You know, like perhaps she stole a check and bought a pack of gum and a lollipop? But this girl’s sweet tooth required much more than a pocket full of change’s worth of treats. Once her gig was officially up, she had dropped approximately $3,440 of someone else’s money on candy and pastries!

This dollar amount got us thinking about how far $3,440 would go at Blair Candy. And just for fun we decided to create a shopping list equaling roughly that amount! Below is a list made up of the Blair Candy team’s top picks. What candies would your $3,440 list contain?

25 Boxes of 240ct. Individually Wrapped Sour Patch Kids – $16 each – $400
25 Boxes of 120ct. Dum Dum Lollipops – $7.95 each – $198.75
25 34oz. Bags of Gummy Dolphins – $8.95 each – $223.75
25 Bags of 360ct. Tootsie Frooties – $7.25 each – $181.25
25 20oz. Bags of Mini Gummy Butterflies – $3.95 each – $98.75
10 Boxes of 48ct. Full Size Snickers Bars – $48 each – $480
25 Boxes of 24ct. Ring Pops – $14.75 each – $368.75
25 24oz. Bags of Goetze’s Caramel Creams – $5.25 each – $131.25
25 Boxes of 240ct. Satellite Wafers – $16.95 each – $423.75
50 18ct. Boxes of Bubblicious Bubble Gum – $13.50 each – $675
135 Rainbow Swirly Pops – $1.89 each – $255.15

Our Gluttonous Grand Total: $3436.40

We’ve got $3.60 to spare! Perhaps we should buy a lemonade to wash all this candy down :)

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!

Spotlight on Sour Patch Candy: A Fiesta of Fruity Goodness!

There are many high-profile families whose names we are all quite familiar with, from the Clintons to the Kardashians. But there’s another family flying a bit below the radar that you have probably been enjoying for many years without giving much thought to their sweet and sour stronghold on the candy corner. Yes, they have been earning devoted fans and followers, making enough fuss to get noticed, but keeping things scandal-free to avoid the paparazzi. What is this fiercely powerful family, you ask? The Sour Patch family of treats, of course!

We don’t hear too much about the Sour Patch parents, but those Sour Patch Kids are quite popular! Yet, while they may be the stars of the sour show, they alone do not run the Sour Patch family. Here’s a few other power players in the Patch…

Sour Patch Blue Raspberry: There’s nothing these bumpy, berry-flavored candies love more than a good party! If anyone is going to get the Sour Patch family on the cover of the tabloids, it’s probably Blue Raspberries. But they aren’t too concerned about this wild child, because just like all the others, they’re as sweet as they are sour.

Sour Patch Watermelons: If the ‘Kids’ were kept out of the competition, these would be the strongest contender for ‘Most Popular’. Wedge-shaped watermelon-flavored wonderfuls, they’re my personal Sour Patch top pick.

Sour Patch Cherries: These ‘pop ‘em in your mouth’ sour cherry gummies are as tasty as cherry candy gets, with a fresh, fruity flavor that lasts from sour beginning to oh-so-sweet finish. Even people who aren’t big fans of cherry candy keep coming back for these, as their flavor isn’t overpowering in the least.

Sour Patch Fruit Salad: These are the crowd-pleaser of the Sour Patch family, with a little something for everyone! Flavors include orange, cherry, lemon, lime, watermelon and grape. Eat two at a time for fun flavor combos, or let each shine on its own. There’s no wrong way to eat this marvelous mix!

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