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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!

        Terrific Ice Cream Toppings: Going Boldly Beyond the Sprinkles!

        We hope your freezer is overflowing with frozen fantastic-ness, and your ice cream bowl never empty. We also hope you’re keeping your ice cream as cool as it is cold by experimenting with toppings new and old. Need a little inspiration? We think we might have some extra lying around!

        We don’t have any issue whatsoever with typical ice cream toppings, whether you pile on the peanuts or go a little crazy with chocolate sauce. But we do like to mix things up from time to time, foregoing ice cream topping classics for something unexpected and a bit more adventurous. Here’s a few of our favorites – and please share yours in the comments!

        Boston Baked Beans – Simply can’t skip the peanuts, but are open to a new take on them? Grab yourself a box of Boston Baked Beans! Those candy coated peanuts we all know and love taste terrific atop a scoop of vanilla, chocolate, mint chocolate chip or coffee ice cream. We’re certain they taste good with other flavors as well, but if we did all the research that wouldn’t be very fair to all of you!

        Whoppers Malted Milk Balls – We tried these atop chocolate, vanilla with peanut butter swirl, and chocolate chip cookie dough, and we’re prepared to cast our verdict. According to the very scientific topping research conducted at Blair Candy Headquarters, you cannot go wrong with Whoppers! In fact, these complement ice cream so perfectly that we’re a little let down we haven’t been enjoying them together for years. (Note: Research was not scientific at all; we just ate delicious thing. Happily!)

        Raspberry Gummy Pretzels – Not only are these fruity cuties tasty on their own, but they add an extra ‘dash o’ summer’ to any frozen treat they top. We tried them on rainbow sherbet, caramel ice cream, and vanilla frozen yogurt. And if our trials were the SATs, each of those combos would be primed for a seriously good scholarship to Yum University!

        Candy that Calls on Summer Classics for Inspiration!

        They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but sincerity was never so sweet as it is in the following collection of candy copycats! Each of these perfect-for-summer treats takes a cue from another summer treat that came before it, and we think there’s more than enough room in our lives for both.

        Marpo Marshmallow Ice Cream Cones: If we told our team in the candy warehouse that they had to safely ship out a tub with 30 real ice cream cones inside, I think we’d have a mutiny on our hands! But when those 30 cones are of the marshmallow variety, our team is happy to pack them up and send ‘em your way every day. These are an all-around fun treat for any season, but especially make a splash in the summer.

        Necco Banana Split Candy Chews: Unlike the marshmallow ice cream cones above, these petite sweets don’t resemble a banana split in shape, but they do pack plenty of banana split flavor. With 240 to a tub, there’s more than enough to share, and you don’t have to worry about dropping your banana boat!

        Icee Squeeze Candy: Ever get a craving for an Icee while you’re camping and they’re miles away, or it’s 2 in the morning and you don’t want to swap your slippers for real shoes? We’ve all been there. Icees are pretty much summer royalty, foregoing their crown for a straw with a little scoop on the end! But the brains at Icee headquarters have thankfully avoided brain freeze long enough to bring us something genius – Icee Squeeze Candy, Icee Spray Candy and Icee Gummy Candy, all perfectly portable ways to enjoy Icee awesomeness anywhere, any hour, anytime!

        Light Up the Night with Cool Candy for Kids

        For the majority of the year, the nighttime isn’t the right time to be a kid. From September through early June, almost every night is a school night, which means doing homework and getting enough rest to tackle the long day ahead. Add to that the early setting sun of winter, and the cold days and even colder nights, and it’s easy to see why adults and kids alike keep most activities indoors until spring comes to town.

        But once spring does come, and school days end for the year, it’s time for every kid’s favorite six letters – S-U-M-M-E-R! And with it comes much more time to relax and play away the day, and later bedtimes for many young folks.

        Because kids usually want to stay outside as late as possible, even if they’re just playing on the porch, light up candy makes a perfect nighttime treat. It also helps you keep an eye on them, but they don’t need to know that part! ;)

        Skittles Sour Light Up Spray Candy: Sour Strawberry, Green Apple and Blue Raspberry sprays are a novelty made for the night! With terrifically tart Skittles flavor, each box is packed with 18 pieces.

        Flash Pop Rings: Kids will love this lick-activated flashing lollipop! With a bright, flashing light inside, brought to disco life when you lick, these are fun to wear and full of flavor.

        Lightning Bug Gummi Candy: As fun as lightning bugs are to watch and chase around the yard for a closer look, they can also be fun to eat! Well, sort of. Just leave those lovely little flying ones alone and tempt your sweet tooth with our lightning bugs, OK? Ours come with a special set of tweezers that illuminates the gummy ‘bugs’ inside when you or your little ones pick them up.

        Sweet Freedom! Tasty Treats for the 4th of July…Starring Blue Sixlets

        Happy Independence Day, everyone! And thanks for taking a few minutes to stop by between burgers grilling and fireworks popping. Since we’re in full 4th swing here as well, we thought this would be the perfect time to share some of our own treat ideas with you, each of which is ideal for Independence Day, but would work all summer long!

        Red, White and Blue Berries: We’ve seen strawberries popping up all over Facebook, dipped in white chocolate before getting the sugar treatment with blue candy crystals. Plenty of parents have been posting them as their kiddos helped with their creation, and they really couldn’t be cuter! But we do think there’s something that might taste even better than blue sugar – Blue Sixlets. The combo of chocolate, white chocolate and strawberry is what freedom is all about!

        Revolutionary Red Velvet Cupcakes: We aren’t going to lie; there isn’t much you can do to a red velvet cupcake topped with buttercream frosting to make it any better. It’s like the Ryan Gosling of cupcakes – so close to perfection that it isn’t worth the risk of trying to make it any more amazing! But we like to live on the edge – we like to push the envelope on awesome. But only a little! So we’ll be sticking with our favorite recipe for red velvet cupcakes and buttercream frosting, and dropping just a few Blue Sixlets atop each to make it as American as it is delish!

        Patriotic Jello Petites: When the summer sun is beating down and temps are climbing into the 90s, many of us look for lighter treats to snack on. And today looks as though it’s shaping up to be quite toasty! This one requires just a few minutes and a few ingredients. You can purchase already-made red Jello packs (strawberry is my fave!), or make your own at home in small glasses or even Dixie cups. Once the Jello is ready, squirt on a little whipped cream and garnish with Blue Sixlets. Easy, economical, and not a ton of calories!

        Ferrara Pan Merges with Farley’s & Sathers Creating a Colossal Candy Company!

        To say that either Ferrara Pan or Farley’s & Sathers were small before this monumental merger would be silly, but together they do create quite a candy force in the world of non-chocolates. We’ve been keeping up with the latest news on the merger for weeks, and in a June 21, 2012 article from the ChicagoTribune.com read that this candy combo is “believed to be the largest non-chocolate candy company in the United States.” Salvatore Ferrara II will be chairman and CEO of what will now be known as Ferrara Candy Co. Inc., and we’re confident this Candy King is more than ready to take the throne!

        If you aren’t familiar with what each company brings to the candy shelf, we’ll highlight some sugary sweet classics. Bear in mind that Farley’s & Sather’s scooped up Brach’s Confections 5 years ago and you have a pretty good idea of how much candy is in this combined bowl!

        Let’s think of Ferrara Pan and Farley’s & Sather’s as sports teams. Here’s who Blair Candy would choose as 2 favorite players from each team…

        Team Ferrara Pan

        Lemonheads: Packed with real lemon juice and enough fresh, fruity flavor to keep them in the starting lineup for decades, there’s no denying that Lemonheads are a fan-fave! The crowd goes wild for these yellow tart treats, and that lemon wearing a bowtie is about as cute as candy mascots come.

        Jaw Breakers: They might be small in stature, but these candies prove that petite can pack a punch! Whatever color you start with, you’re in for a long-lasting walk down Sweet Street. You can throw these in at the start of the game and they’ll still be going strong well into overtime!

        Team Farley’s & Sathers

        Trolli Candy: Whether you can’t put Peachie-O’s down until the bag is empty, or it’s those Gummy Strawberry Creams that leave your taste buds begging for more, when your mouth wants to go all in with gummies, Trolli is ready to deliver!

        Chuckles: These jelly candies may love to have a good time, but their commitment to serving up flavor is nothing to laugh about. Each bar brings lemon, lime, cherry, orange and licorice, offering something for everyone to enjoy. Talk about a team player!

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