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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!

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!

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