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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!

Create a Candy Cake with Candy Sticks, Sour Patch Kids and More!

Typically, when I’m looking for a fun and unique recipe that incorporates candy, I find myself searching through the oodles of inspiration the internet offers. After all, there are far more creative people out there than me, and if they’re willing to share their creations, who am I to not take them up on the offer? But this morning, as I sat on my front porch and enjoyed the sunshine and warm air, a little inspiration of my own struck. And now it’s my turn to pay it forward by throwing my little idea out into the universe!

A Lovely, Flavorful Front Lawn

Don’t get me wrong – for as delicious as some animals seem to find grass, it has never struck me as a scrumptious snack. That said, I do love me some sprinkles! My idea – which can be totally customized to include any number of additional delights – starts with a rectangular cake in your favorite flavor, generously coated with a layer of green icing. You can allow the green icing to serve as the grass all on its own, or add extra texture with green sprinkles.

Put Up a Fence

It might actually work better to put up the fence before the sprinkles, but really, either way should work fine. I find a white picket fence to be most attractive, spanning the full perimeter of the cake. As for what to construct your fence from? Candy sticks! (Note: Some of you may know these as candy cigarettes, though the name has been changed to sticks. The candy is still the same, though!)

Give Your Yard Some Life

From Sour Patch Kids to gummy bears, there are countless delicious inhabitants for your yard to consider! Other tasty options include gummy worms, mini gummy butterflies stuck to the fence with a dab of icing, and/or anise bears or cinnamon bears. If there’s room on your cake, you can even make a ‘swimming pool’ with blue sprinkles and fill it with gummy octopi, assorted Swedish Fish, Gummi Peach Penguins and more.

The options are truly endless, and I hope you’ll give this summery cake idea a try! If you want to get really inventive, consider adding a dog house made of graham crackers, or building a trampoline whose center is made of a Fruit Roll-Up. Or – a fire with little pretzels as logs! I don’t know where all these ideas are coming from today, but I like it. :)

Sweeten Up this Spring with New Candy from Blair!

We’ve got so much amazing new candy here at Blair, we couldn’t resist putting it in the spotlight any longer! From Sugar Free Life Savers to our Movie Theater Candy Gift Tub, we’ve been scouring the globe for the latest and greatest treats, and creating a few of our own in the process. Let’s take a closer look at a few of my personal favorites, shall we? I knew you’d say ‘yes’! :)

Smarties Gummies – 24 rolls per box – 10 yummy gummies per roll! In flavors of strawberry, orange, lemon, green apple and grape, this latest addition to the Smarties family of flavor is a two-toned gummy with a slightly creamy side. They are gluten-free and vegan, but are made in a facility that processes wheat and milk ingredients. And… they’re delicious and unique! Relying on the same style packaging as Smarties, they really stand out in a candy bowl or favor bag.

Candy Blox – 4.5 oz. box – tons of fun inside! The moment Candy Blox arrived at Blair Candy headquarters, yours truly was tearing open a box with childlike excitement and anticipation of supremely sweet fun. Let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed! While I was eventually pleasantly surprised by their terrific fruity flavor, the fun started way before I chomped down on one. These candies are actually designed to be played with, and play with them you will! Just be sure to wash your hands first, because eventually your taste buds will start calling the shots and you’ll find whatever you’ve built working its way toward your mouth!

Jolly Rancher Bites – 10 oz. bag – Go ahead – bite ‘em! Love the impossibly fruity freshness of Jolly Ranchers, but simply can’t resist biting down before the time is right? Jolly Rancher Bites are here to save the day and your teeth! And, this bag in particular stars 2 of the most sought-after flavors – Green Apple and Watermelon. With over 100 pieces of flavorful goodness inside, Jolly Rancher Bites are the best of both worlds – Jolly Rancher yummy in a gummy!

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!

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