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What to do with Leftover Holiday Candy

It’s that time of year where we find ourselves with an excess of holiday candy going rapidly stale. Not sure what to do with it all? Don’t throw it away! Try some of these ideas first.
-  Bake them into cookies. Why have chocolate chip cookies when you can have chunky Snicker’s cookies?

- Add crushed candy canes to desserts like ice cream or brownies.

- Use candy canes to stir your hot chocolate or coffee. The peppermint flavor will be melted into your drink.

- Melt down milk chocolates for fondue or molding into newly-shaped chocolate.

- Add M&M’s to trail mix.

- Stick it in the freezer and reuse as Valentine’s Day candy later!

Get Your Candy Stocking Stuffers from Blair Candy!

There’s no argument that candy stocking stuffers are an essential part of the holiday. Some say it started when St. Nicholas learned of a poor family, and knowing they wouldn’t accept charity, he waited until nighttime to sneak gold coins in the socks he found hanging to dry on the mantle. Ever since, we’ve been replicating this by leaving goodies in Christmas stockings. At Blair Candy, we have endless candy stocking stuffers to make both children and adults happy on Christmas morning. With chocolates, peppermints, gum, gummies, character candy and more, our selection of candy might leave you searching for bigger stockings!

Create a Holiday Candy Buffet!

Have you ever wanted to create a beautiful holiday candy buffet? Blair Candy has candy in all
the colors you need! Between chocolate balls, gummy rings, lollipops and more, you’ll find the candy you need to make your Christmas candy buffet the talk of your next party. Or shop-by-color section is also perfect for those seeking candy in the right colors to suit their wedding or party of another theme. We also know the success of your candy buffet depends on the ability of your guests to stock up on the sweets, so we also carry paper bangs in all the right sizes. Create your Christmas candy buffet with help from Blair Candy this year!

Introducing Exclusive Candy-Filled Holiday Gift Boxes!

Christmas candy gift boxesSpread some cheer this holiday season with our exclusive Christmas candy gift boxes. They’re already filled with candy – we’ll do all the work! Simply choose your box (Santa or O Holy Night) and your recipient (child or adult, to determine the types of candy we’ll include). They’re great for Christmas parties among coworkers, classmates, church groups, and more.  If you’re in need of more than 100, Christmas candy gift boxes, please call us at 800-698-3536 for special wholesale pricing!

Peep Treats

While Peeps are available year-round and in a variety of holiday shapes and colors, they truly shine at Easter time! They’re a classic Easter candy, after all! Here at Blair Candy, we believe that peeps are delicious all on their own, but there are some very fun ways to spruce them up. Check out these Peepin’ recipes!

Peep Kabobs



  • Fresh fruit of your choice – the more colorful, the better!
  • Peeps bunnies
  • Skewers


  1. Poke the Peeps and slices of fruit through the skewers, alternating between types of fruit and Peeps.
  2. Serve and enjoy!

Colorful Rice Krispies Treats



  • 3 tbsp of butter
  • 35 Peeps
  • 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal


  1. In a large pot, melt the butter over low heat. Add peeps and stir until melted. If using different colors, separate them into different pots to melt.
  2. Add Rice Krispies cereal to the Peep and butter mixture and mix well.
  3. Press the Peep and cereal mixture into a pan or cake pan. If using different colored Peeps, mix together.
  4. Let cool and enjoy!




  • 1-1/2 oz. Marshmallow Fluff Vodka
  • ½ oz. Vanilla syrup
  • 1 oz. cream
  • Sugar (for a sugar rim)


  1. Pour a small amount of vanilla syrup on a flat plate and pour the sugar on another. Dip the rim of the glass in the syrup and then into the sugar for a sugar rim.
  2. Pour vodka, syrup, and cream into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  3. Shake and strain into glass
  4. Garnish with a Peep!

A Sweet Look at the History of Jelly Beans

Nothing screams “Easter!” quite like a delicious handful of jelly beans, don’t you think?! Kids and adults alike love munching on these little sugary sweet treats, full of both sweet and savory flavors. While fruity tends to be the classic go-to, candy producers such as Jelly Belly have been a bit more creative in their tastes, with flavors such as toothpaste, glass, and lint!

Regardless of whether you opt for fruity flavors such as lemon or watermelon, or you dare to indulge on those unique tastes, it still remains a mystery as to where these little guys originated! However, we do know a few things…

Throughout the centuries, jelly beans have taken many forms before becoming what we know today. In ancient Rome, Turkish Delights were comparable to today’s modern jelly beans. Turkish Delights were made of a jelly-like sugar and rosewater mixture coated with powdered sugar. Over the decades this recipe was adapted to include different flavors and ingredients. Somewhere in history – though it is unknown where – a candy coating was introduced, which paved the way for jelly beans as we now know them.

Americans first began munching on today’s modern jelly beans during the Civil War when they were commonly sent to soldiers as a sweet (un-meltable) treat. In the 1930s, jelly beans made their way into Easter baskets. They were small, flavorful, and again, didn’t melt, making them the perfect spring-time treat! Today, Americans consume close to 16 billion jellybeans at Easter time.

While the true history of jelly beans remains a mystery, there’s no denying that we sure do love this classic Easter candy!

Perfect Your Easter Egg Hunt!

Once the weather starts to warm up after the long, cold winter, we all come down with a little spring fever! Those first days where the temperature reaches the 50s seem like a gift from heaven, and pretty soon, we know we’ll be seeing flowers sprouting! One of the best parts of spring is the Easter holiday. What says “warm weather” quite like an annual Easter egg hunt?

Easter egg hunting became a popular Easter tradition in America in the 1700s. German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania and brought with them this quirky annual Osterhase tradition. Soon, the fun family activity gained popularity all over the nation. Originally, hard-boiled eggs were used, but as time went on, delicious Easter candy was incorporated into the hunt.

At Blair Candy, we want you to have an Easter eggs hunt that your family will remember forever. Here are some yummy treats you can integrate into your hunt!

  • Wonka Outdoor Egg Hunt Kit – Willy Wonka does it again with this easy to use Egg Hunt Kit! This kit comes with everything you need to kickstart your Easter egg hunt.
  • Wonka Indoor Egg Hunt Kit – The thing about spring is you never know when it will be a rainy day. This kit from Wonka is specifically designed for indoor hunts, just in case your outdoor hunt is a wash!
  • Easter Egg Hunt Candy – This massive bag contains a mix of all the candy you and your family love. Be sure to be well-stocked!

Go Green on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular holidays in America. People all over the country don their finest green clothes and celebrate their Irish heritage with songs, drinks, and green-colored treats. We’ve always partaken in the festivities every March 17, but we always wondered why everything is so green on that day. Where did that tradition come from? Well, the story behind it is just as fascinating as the holiday itself!

Originally, the color blue was associated with St. Patrick. This blue tradition lasted for hundreds of years. Over time, the color most commonly associated with St. Patrick’s Day became green. Most people believe it is because of the lush, green lands that cover the majority of Ireland. They don’t call Ireland The Emerald Isles for nothing!

The prominence of green has some strong political undertones as well. In the late 1700s, the Irish faced repression from the British, and wearing a shamrock or green clothes was often seen as a strong act of rebellion against the British, and those who dared wear a shamrock or green were punished, sometimes with death.

Today, wearing and displaying green is much more celebratory than defiant. At, you can find a wide variety of green St. Patrick’s Day candy. Here are some of our popular selections:

The Lovely Story of Conversation Hearts

Every Valentine’s Day, there are a few things everyone expects to receive: flowers, a card, and Conversation Hearts from Necco! Also known as Sweethearts, Conversation Hearts are the wildly popular candies that are perfect for expressing how you feel in sweet little bite-size treats. Why? Each heart has a small message of love printed on the front, making them adorable delights for your own “sweetheart.” Even though everyone is familiar with Conversation Hearts, not everyone knows the story behind them. Believe us; the history is just as charming as the candy itself!

A man named Oliver R. Chase invented a special machine, designed to cut wafer candy into different shapes, in 1847, and soon opened up a factory to produce mass quantities of this novelty candy. In 1866, Oliver’s brother, Daniel, had the idea to print cheeky sayings on the candy. Since the candy grew in popularity for weddings, the sayings included: “Married in White, you have chosen right” and “Married in Pink, he will take a drink.” This type of candy only became more ubiquitous in weddings, and it eventually evolved into the heart-shaped candy we all know and love.

What’s really interesting is the fact that the Chase Brothers didn’t just make candy hearts. In the early days of their candy production business, they produced lozenges, horseshoes, watches, baseballs…even postcard candy! Even though they were originally pastel candy hearts, they have since changed their recipe, making them easier to chew and much more vibrant. These aren’t the only changes that have been made to Conversation Hearts. In the 1990s, Necco, the company that now owns the hearts, wanted to update some of the sayings and retire some of the dated ones. Necco accepts suggestions each year for new sayings, a tradition that continues to this day.

Send Mom Some Old Fashioned Candy Favorites this Mother’s Day!

When we think of sending candy as a gift, the first image that typically comes to mind is a box of chocolates. And while I’ll be the first one to tell you that is a spectacular gift, we have a candy gift idea that just might be even better! This Mother’s Day, why not send Mom an assortment of nostalgic candy favorites that she may not have enjoyed for many years? Whether she grew up in the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s or 80s, you’ll find a spectacular assortment of fresh candy delights to help her celebrate her special day the sweetest way possible!

If you’ll be spending Mother’s Day with your mom this year, you can go one step further and build her a gift basket of tempting treats. Live too far away to be there in person? A shipment of sugary delights is the next best thing! While some candies have been popular for many years and are a favorite that multiple generations grew up with, others are spotted a bit less often and will make an even more special surprise. Below are a few of Blair Candy’s retro candy top picks to consider.

We’ve included the decade the candies were released or were most popular to give you a better idea of whether they might have been one of Mom’s childhood faves. Just remember that some of the candy Mom enjoyed may have been Grandma or Grandpa’s top picks. I know that my parents’ favorite candies were among the first I fell in love with! Want to get even more insight? It can be as simple as asking her without letting her know why. Get the conversation going with something like this: “Hey Mom, I was just thinking about some of my favorite candies from my childhood. Airheads, Runts, Jolly Ranchers, Swedish Fish. What were some of your favorite candies?” And… mission accomplished! ;)

Flipsticks Taffy – A candy of the 1950s

Black Cow Chocolate Caramels – A candy of the 1920s

Atomic Fireballs – A candy of the 1950s

Chick-O-Stick – A candy of the 1930s

Chocolate Ice Cubes – A candy of the 1930s

Mary Janes – A candy of the 1920s

Pearson’s Salted Nut Rolls – A candy of the 1930s

Slo Poke Caramels – A candy of the 1920s

Squirrel Nut Zippers – A candy of the 1920s

Teaberry Gum – Popular in the 1960s

Rock Candy Lollipops – Rock candy dates back hundreds of years – a favorite of all!

Want even more nostalgic candy goodness? Check out our Candy by Decades page!

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