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The Best Candy Gift for Baseball Lovers is Born!

While we do love offering up pre-made candy gifts that catch our eye and happily end up in our inventory, we couldn’t help but crave the same sugar rush that came when we created our popular Custom Candy Bar Box. We loved the satisfaction that came with offering gift-givers everywhere an opportunity to personalize a truly awesome present for just $25, and from the first day it was available  on our site, you showed us that you loved it, too!

While our Custom Candy Bar Box is still a favorite that excites us, we wanted to feel the pure adrenaline of something brand new. What can we say – we’re candypreneurs! And, we came up with just the thing, at the exact right time. The latest homerun at Blair is our Can of Ball Park Treats – currently on sale for just $24.95!

We start with a gift-worthy, generously sized paint-style can, with a label that hints at the tremendous selection of treats inside. Then, working with only the finest, freshest baseball candy and snacks, we fill that tin to the brim with about 59 wrapped goodies! These include: 2 Bags of Planters Peanuts, 2 Bags of Cracker Jacks, 2 Bags of David’s Sunflower Seeds, 2 Cans of Jack Link’s Jerky Chew, 2 packs of Big League Chew, 5 Gummy Hotdogs, 5 Gummy Burgers, 8 BB Bats Taffy Lollipops, over 30 pieces of Baseball Gum, and – of course – a pack of baseball cards!

Great gifts for baseball lovers, these are also a fun tin-o-treats to pick up for yourself. You can also grab one or two to offer up in a raffle or baseball fundraiser, or to serve as tasty centerpieces at a baseball banquet or baseball-themed birthday party!

What do you think of our Can of Ball Park Treats? Do you agree we hit it out of the park with this one, or is there a candy player you would have included in the starting lineup that we missed? Let us know in the comments – and, in the meantime – play ball! Or at least eat sunflower seeds and chew some Big League like you do. ;)

Part Two: Fill 3 Easter Baskets for $20 or Less Per Basket!

In our last blog post we let you know we were working on a bit of a candy project, which like so many things at Blair, turned into a competition! After all the entries were in, we built the following ‘virtual Easter basket.’ It’s up to you to make our example a reality, of course! Below is everything you’ll need to fill 3 Easter Baskets with oodles of candy awesomeness and keep your costs below $20 per basket. What do you think? What would you skip or add? Let us know in the comments!

Non-Candy Supplies You’ll Need: Easter baskets, decorative Easter grass (basket filler/foundation), Easter or Spring-themed small sandwich/snack bags. Note: These small plastic bags can be found at stores like Dollar Tree and Target, and are often put out by major brands such as Ziploc. Easter grass can also be found at stores such as these.

The Candy You’ll Need:

(3) Packs of Marshmallow Peep Bunnies$1.00 each

(2) 10 oz. Bags of Just Born Jelly Beans – $1.40 each

(2) 8.5 oz. Bags of Hershey’s Easter Kisses – $3.05 each

(1) 6-pack of Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs – $5.00

(2) 10 oz. Bags of Whoppers Eggs$2.35

(1) 32 oz. Bag of Gummi Fried Eggs – $7.00

(1) 20 oz. Bag of Gummy Butterflies – $3.85

(3) Chocolate Bunnies - $1.00 each

(1) 6-pack of Easter Kit Kats – $3.75

(1) 6-pack of Hershey’s Bunnies$4.75

How To Arrange Everything: Once you’ve filled your Easter baskets with straw and have them ready for the fabulous fill, gather together all your bags of unwrapped candy (jelly beans, gummi fried eggs, Whoppers Eggs and gummy butterflies.) These are the candies you’ll be putting into the Easter-themed snack baggies for presentation and cleanliness’ sake. All of the other candies on the list can be placed right in the basket as they are individually wrapped. Just for fun, I like to ‘drop’ my Hershey Kisses in last, after I’ve filled the basket with the larger pieces. They tend to fall about nicely, filling in any gaps, making your already awesomely-full basket appear even more full!

Part One: Buy Candy in Bulk for the Biggest, Sweetest Easter Baskets!

There’s no getting around the fact that putting together a truly special Easter basket can be a costly venture. While individual pieces of candy can very much be an affordable everyday indulgence, when the task at hand calls for an abundance of sweets and treats, the total tally can be surprisingly high. Luckily for you, we came up with a super simple way to stretch your candy dollar further without leaving the basket with more Easter grass than goodies. And that way is to buy candy in bulk!

Buying candy in bulk makes the most sense for those that will be filling multiple baskets. If you only have one child and you aren’t making a basket for yourself or someone else, it might not be the best fit for you. That said, it can still work out quite well if you like to keep a variety of candy on hand for your own enjoyment throughout the year. Sandwich bags go a long way toward keeping candy fresh!

Instead of just talking about how buying candy in bulk can be beneficial to your pocketbook, we decided to whip up a sample sweets scenario for someone filling 3 Easter baskets. You can, of course, feel free to customize the candy options to better suit the recipients, but we’ve got our eye on some popular favorites. This list is still in the works as we’re all vying for our personal favorites to be included! What we can tell you is there will be 10 candies included, and the candy cost per basket will be less than $20. We hope you’ll check back to see which ‘Top 10’ we decided on! (I am not caving on Gummi Fried Eggs. They’re eggs! It’s an Easter basket! I will win…)

Chocolate Easter Eggs Have Hatched at Blair Candy!

We couldn’t be hippity-hoppity-happier that Easter is well on its way! Here at BlairCandy.com, we’re always sure to stock a superior selection of Easter candy. You can count on us for the freshest jelly beans, marshmallow Peeps, chocolate bunnies, and other mouthwatering must-haves. But it’s the most decidedly Easter-y candy of all that gets our taste buds talking loudest – chocolate Easter eggs!

The world of chocolate Easter eggs offers something special for everyone’s preferences. If you like them on the little side, Cadbury Mini Eggs make an addictive option. I actually count them among my Top 5 favorite chocolate candies of all time, and wish they were available year-round! A perfectly petite egg of chocolate is dressed in a sweet, slightly speckled, pastel candy shell, and the result is simple, velvety perfection with a touch of texture.

When I’m craving something a little larger with a bit more crunch, I reach for Zitner’s Butter Krak Eggs. If you’ve never had the pleasure of sinking your teeth into one of these marvelous creations, don’t waste any more time! They’re buttery, coconutty, and wrapped in divine dark chocolate decadence. You might just want to put a few on a plate and call it dinner!

Once upon a time, two ingredients came together that had never been paired before, and since that magical moment, the candy and dessert world has never been the same. That palate-pleasing power couple is none other than Chocolate and Peanut Butter! While chocolate and peanut butter taste great any time of year, there’s something about them coming together in an egg shape that makes them even more amazing. And if a chocolate peanut butter egg is what you’re after, we’ve got you covered! Blair offers Zitner’s Peanut Butter Eggs, Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs, Lerro Peanut Butter Eggs, and my personal favorite, Gardners Peanut Butter Meltaway Eggs. Of course I don’t like to play favorites, though, so I just eat them all. ;)

Candy Goes Green – For St. Patrick’s Day, that is!

As the shelves full of pink and red Valentine’s Day candy get smaller and shorter with each passing day, the team here at Blair is preparing for the next holiday on the candy horizon. We don’t let ourselves get too teary when one holiday passes, as there’s always another hot on its heels! And in this case, as the romance of Valentine’s Day slips away, the luck of St. Patrick’s Day candy whirls in. Not a shabby trade – especially if you get both and you’re lucky in love!

Finding the perfect candy for St. Patty’s Day is as simple as going for the green and gold. Luckily, those two colors often yield some pretty tasty treats, many of which are also super cute to boot! We put together a list of our Top 3 St. Patrick’s Day Candy Must-Haves. Do you agree with our list? What might you add to the lineup?

#1) Chocolate Coins – It doesn’t seem to matter how old I get – gold chocolate coins never lose their cool! With 2 lbs. in each bag – approximately 150 coins – you’ll have plenty to fill a candy bowl with treasure, pass them out at parades or parties, or even invest in a little black pot to keep them in like an end-of-the-rainbow decoration. And, naturally, they’re good for eating as well!

#2) Bubble Gum Coins – An even more affordable way to enjoy the fun factor of coin candy, green foil-wrapped bubble gum coins make a wonderful complement to our gold chocolate coins. With roughly 100 to a bag, you can pop your way to St. Patrick’s Day!

#3) Gold Mine Gum – While most of us will never get the chance to call a genuine bag of gold our own, Gold Mine Nugget Bubble Gum lets us dream! It also lets us enjoy a fresh, fruity taste all wrapped up in a cute cloth pouch that beats a paper package any day of the week.

Heart Shaped Lollipops – Share Some Sweetness on a Stick!

While Valentine’s Day was once considered a holiday for children and couples alone, in recent years it has grown into a fun and festive time for singles as well. When dining out at a nice restaurant on Valentine’s Day, it is not uncommon to see groups of friends laughing and enjoying each other’s company, adding good times to a good meal. In fact, you might be part of one of those groups!

If you’re lucky enough to be one half of a happy couple, good for you! We hope you and your significant sweetheart enjoy a romantic February 14th that’s the best one yet. But if you aren’t involved with anyone at the moment, we hope you’ll consider making exciting plans for Valentine’s Day nonetheless. After all, there are many people in our lives that love us in other ways, and celebrating that love is just as important.

While it can get fairly costly to buy flowers and a giant box of chocolates for all your family, friends and coworkers, you can treat them to heart shaped lollipops on the cheap. And unlike flowers, you don’t have to keep them watered – though they can be mouthwatering good!

Blair Candy offers several types of heart shaped lollipops. Let’s take a peek at 3 popular favorites…

Jolly Rancher Lollipops: These are a great option for kids and adults alike, with space on the wrapper for “To” and “From.” Jolly Ranchers are loved for their fabulously fruity flavor, and these don’t disappoint in Cherry, Apple, Pink Lemonade and Watermelon. With a 5-star review rating and 20 to a bag for less than $4, you can’t go wrong!

Charms Lollipops: Is there any cherry flavor so perfect as the cherry flavor from Charms? As someone who doesn’t even count cherry in her Top 3 ‘flavorites’, I choose cherry every time when it’s a Charms lollipop. Luckily, that’s exactly who makes these classic Valentine’s Day lollis, which means if I have a few extras they won’t stand a chance of getting stale!

Sweet Swirly Suckers Valentine’s Day Lollipops: These lovely lollipops are larger than most at a generous 3” x 3”! They are decorated with reusable stickers, and make for quite a presentation. If you’re a ‘sucker’ for swirled lollipops, you’re sure to love the look and terrific taste these bring. And be sure to keep one for yourself – you deserve it, darling!

Cool Lollipops That Keep Kids Occupied!

While most people with young children would certainly agree that shopping without the little ones in tow is the easier, faster, less stressful way to go, particularly during the holiday season that can seem impossible. We’ve all got a dozen more things to do and buy every day, and the typical shopping necessities don’t go away as the holidays draw nearer. At some point in time, if not every time, most of us find ourselves staring the realization in the face that we must tackle the grocery store or mall with the kiddos. And that is no easy realization to swallow! Luckily, we have some unique candy that is easy to swallow. And it’s entertaining, too!

Candy Bear Finger Friends Lollipops – When the line at the register is long, and the guy in front of you is about to make the most complicated return ever conceived, it’s time to break out something sweet, cute, and long-lasting! A gummy bear will be gone before he’s even started to explain how his coupon didn’t take, but these colorful, cute lollipop bears should last until your gift receipt prints!

Snap and Glow Popping Lollipops – I can handle the blustery winds, I can shovel the driveway without much complaint, but one thing about winter I’ll never get accustomed to is how early it gets dark! Christmas shopping often finds us going out of our way for gifts, traveling farther than we typically do, and making the kids even more antsy to hear a “yes” when asking “are we there yet?” Unfortunately, car rides can be even more boring than usual for our backseat passengers when it’s dark and they can’t even take in the sights! These bright and tasty glow in the dark lollipops can help take the edge off in green apple, blue raspberry and cherry flavors.

Browse our full selection of lollipops and stock up on sweet shopping sanity!

Stuff Those Stockings Early for Thanksgiving!

As much as I have always loved holidays, spending quality time with friends and family from near and far, there are some holidays that can get a little bit boring for kids. Though it’s been many years since I sat at the ‘kid table’ on Thanksgiving, I still keenly remember the boredom that set in once the turkey had been put away and the pumpkin pie sliced, served and savored. The adults were tired and settled into the sofa for a nap or to watch a football game, and the kids didn’t have much to do except talk over what they hoped Santa would bring that year. And…that’s a shame. Because as much as I love Christmas, it hurts my heart to see Thanksgiving serve as a mere stepping stone to Christmas. Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday all on its own! And I have a fun way to celebrate it with your little ones – and fellow adults – this year…

The Turkey Won’t Be the Only Thing Getting Stuffed…

As long as I can remember, I get most excited about stocking stuffers. I love my ‘big gifts’ as well, of course! But that oversized, Christmas sock stuffed to the brim with candy, lotions, perfume, nail polish and more is what sets my Christmas morning heart aflutter. So – why reserve that feeling to just one day a year when it can just as easily happen twice? Why, indeed!

This Thanksgiving, I’m breaking out the stockings early, and asking guests to bring theirs along as well. I’m heading out to do some shopping tonight, so I’m going to pick up a nice selection of stocking stuffers for people to gift one another. I’ll also get some goodies right here at Blair, of course. A stocking isn’t a stocking without a serious selection of candy! But it isn’t the bubble bath and Bursting Berry Blow Pops that will make these stockings extra special – it’s the notes of thanks, appreciation and love we’ll each be slipping inside them.

1.) First, I plan to ask everyone to hang their stocking, letting others know which is theirs if it isn’t obvious (my name is embroidered on mine!)

2.) Next, each person will pick one candy treat to stuff inside each stocking, and one non-candy treat as well. Once everyone has chosen one candy and non-candy treat each for everyone, the stockings should be looking pretty stuffed! But the real gift is yet to come…

3.) Lastly, I’ll ask everyone to write something thoughtful about everyone else there – one thing per person. It could be something about that person they particularly enjoy, something that person has done for them that they are thankful for, or really anything that would be nice to know or hear from someone you care about. Just like the candy and non-candy treats, these sentiments will be nestled in the stockings, adding up to paper slips far sweeter than even Pixy Stix! Once complete, we’ll all sit around together and take turns reading our slips aloud. While eating candy, naturally!

        I hope some of you will consider trying this at your home this year. Even if your plans do include spending Thanksgiving evening in line at a favorite store, don’t forget to give Thanksgiving its fair share of the spotlight. We all have things to be grateful for, big and small, and we couldn’t stuff all our blessings in a stocking if we tried.

        Weight Watchers + Candy = Yes You Can! Part Two…

        With Weight Watchers simple but oh-so-smart points system, it’s possible to fit just about anything you can think of into your diet, with the focus being as much on the item itself as the portion and frequency with which you eat it. For those that have been using the Weight Watchers system for awhile, calculating points becomes second nature, as does knowing how many points their favorite foods are valued at.

        Something a friend of mine mentioned keeping tabs of as well is a snack list of what she calls ‘point fillers’. These are foods that only carry a value of 3 points or less – foods she can easily enjoy at the end of the day if she has saved a few points for such a purpose, or finds that she has a few to spare. And her list just happens to have quite a bit of candy on it, which excited me to say the least! I was thrilled to hear she’s still able to enjoy some sweet favorites without making too many concessions the rest of the day. As for the candy she eats most often? Chocolate Tootsie Pops. At just 60 calories a pop, and one point apiece, she can eat one just about every day of the week. Pretty sweet, huh?

        Inspired by my candy-loving friend, we will be sharing other candy ideas for all of you that are following the Weight Watchers plan as well. Keep an eye on the Blair Candy Twitter and Blair Candy Facebook for candy favorites and their respective point value. We’ll be keeping the focus on candies that would fit on my friend’s list of ‘point fillers’ – candies that won’t ‘eat up’ a lot of your points, but will satisfy your craving and make eating smarter all the sweeter!

        Weight Watchers + Candy = Yes You Can! Part One…

        Whether we tried to lose a few pounds in a pinch for a special occasion, or we have struggled with losing weight for many years, at some point in time most of us have at least dabbled in dieting. Some of those diets are stranger than others, and some are downright dangerous. But luckily, others are created to be a long term, beneficial change in the way we eat; to not be a ‘diet’ in the sense of an event, but a change in our daily diet now and forever. Among the handful of those diet options that have been reliably, healthfully delivering the desired results for years is Weight Watchers.

        I have never been a member of Weight Watchers myself, but have several friends and family members that have been or currently are. And unlike the horror stories we’ve all heard about diets ranging from those where you can only eat one food, to those where you have to eliminate entire food groups, I have never heard one bad word about Weight Watchers. And given my friends’ and family members’ capability of crafting a sharp-tongued complaint when they want to, that’s saying something!

        While nobody loves the journey that is changing negative or less-than-ideal eating habits, the reason so many cite for their success on Weight Watchers is that it makes sense. Their rules don’t come from a place of punishment or denial – they’re smarter than that. The Weight Watchers team understands that if you are really, truly going to change the way you eat now, tomorrow, next year and the year after that, labeling foods as off-limits simply isn’t going to work. Who wants to sign up for a life with no pasta, bread, cake, candy or ice cream? Certainly not me! And with Weight Watchers, you don’t have to. Want to know why you don’t have to? Check back on the Blair Candy Blog next week for Part Two of this post!

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