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The Merry History of Christmas Candy Canes

Christmas candy canes are woven into the fabric of the holiday season, and just the sight of them puts you into the Christmas spirit. At Blair Candy, we make sure to stock plenty of candy canes, as they are easily the most popular kinds of candy we sell during the holiday season. Have you ever wondered where the candy cane tradition came from? We certainly have, so we decided to dig in and see what kind of story was behind the delicious peppermint treat.Christmas Candy Canes

The exact origin of the candy cane is a little murky. Stories have been passed down from generation to generation about the backstory. The most common tale involves a choirmaster in Cologne, Germany, in 1670. Wanting to keep the noisy children in his church quiet, he decided to ask a local candymaker to make candy sticks to be handed out to the children. In order to make it acceptable for kids to have candy in church, the choirmaster asked the candymaker to shape the candy to look like a shepherd’s crook. Soon, the popularity of these candy canes grew to all other parts of Europe.

There is another legend about candy canes that is often told. According to the story, a candymaker in Indiana wanted to make a religious candy, so he devised the candy cane. He colored the candy white to symbolize the Virgin Birth and red to symbolize the blood of Jesus. He shaped it to look like the letter J to represent the name of Jesus, as well as a shepherd’s crook.

As great as these stories are, they probably aren’t true. According to urban legends reference site Snopes.com, neither legend can be confirmed. The truth is, no one really knows exactly where they came from, but perhaps it is better that way. You can create your own traditions and memories!

Head Start on the Holidays – Christmas Peeps

We know what you’re thinking. “How could you be writing about Christmas? It isn’t even Thanksgiving!” Believe us – we don’t want to be thinking about Christmas any more than you do, but it’s always nice to avoid last-minute aggravation and scrambling. In this post, we’re going to shine a spotlight on one of the most popular kinds of candy, Peeps. Marshmallow Peep Snowmen

Just Born’s Peeps are primarily seen as an Easter holiday candy. Just the sight of those adorable yellow marshmallow chicks evokes the warmer temperatures and flower-scented air of Easter. For Christmas, the folks at Just Born have kept the same level of charm and applied it to well-known Christmas imagery. What Christmas would be complete without snowmen or reindeer? Not much of one, we say! And Just Born agrees! Let’s take a look at this yummy collection of Christmas Peeps!

    - Peeps Candy Cane Flavor – Talk about a match made in heaven! These incredibly tasty Peeps are shaped just like their trademark chicks, but they are infused with crunchy crushed candy cane pieces.

    - Gingerbread Men Peeps – Gingerbread is one of the many flavors closely associated with Christmas, and these Peeps are packed with it! These adorable little gingerbread men are the perfect stocking stuffer for the cookie lover in your home!

    - Marshmallow Peep Snowmen – These little guys are adorable! They look just like snow but they taste just like a marshmallowy heaven! These tasty Peep Snowmen certainly give Frosty a run for his money!

    - Marshmallow Peep Trees – O tannenbaum! Just the sight of Christmas trees transports you to your childhood, furiously ripping open wrapping paper to find the treasure inside. With these yummy Marshmallow Peep Trees, you can relive those memories all season long.

    - Marshmallow Peeps Chocolate Mousse Reindeer – Just when you thought Just Born couldn’t come up with anything more adorable, they go and create these amazing Reindeer Peeps! Rich, velvety chocolate flavor bursts from these cute treats. You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and the lot – get to know these Peeps!

    Give a Sweet Corporate Candy Gift!

    If you run a business, you know how hard it can become to think of new and exciting gifts to give to your employees and clients. You’ve gone down the typical route and simply can’t think of anything new to have engraved, and now you’re stuck with nothing to give that shows your appreciation for your employees. Don’t worry! At BlairCandy.com, we have some ideas we think are perfect for your company. Why are they perfect? Well, they all involve our delicious candy!

    We’ve curated a special selection suitable as corporate gifts for anyone at your business or organization. Here are just a few of our yummy corporate gifts!

    Do your employees love to reminisce about the good ol’ days? Or perhaps you run a nostalgia shop and want to keep that theme running for your gift. Take a look at our Can of Nostalgic Candy! We packed our favorite old fashioned candy into a reusable tin for lovers of yesteryear.

    Everyone loves a great movie, and what goes better with movies than tasty snacks? Our Movie Theater Candy Gift Tub puts all the candy you love to get at your local movie house into a great plastic popcorn tub that you can use again and again!

    Batter up! Every workplace has the guy or girl who simply can’t get enough baseball. Why not treat him or her with our Can of Ball Park Treats? Specially crafted using hand-picked fan favorites, this tin features everything you need for a great afternoon at the ballpark. What a home run!

    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!

    Candy Canes, Popcorn Balls, Christmas Trees, Magic and Memories

    I am a ‘stuff’ person. There is a very real part of me that envies neat people who seemingly have no use for stuff. Their houses are always so open and spacious; they never have to slide anything out of the way before putting grocery bags on the counter. To visit homes like these is a treat for a few hours or even days – to take in all the room and see how easy it is for them to maintain a clean table or sweep the kitchen floor. But I will never be one of these people, and for the most part, I’m OK with that.

    Sure, it takes me 20 minutes to move all my things off the bathroom vanity so I can wipe it down, but those candles and lotions and knickknacks are more important to me than the blank space they take up could ever be. I’m simply a stuff person and I was raised by stuff people and I feel blessed that I now have much of their stuff to remember so many good times by. The stuff I’m feeling most lucky to have right now is Christmas ornaments.

    My mother’s collection of Christmas ornaments reads like a diary of her life. There are handmade ornaments she was gifted from crafty work friends and family members, ornaments honoring my and my siblings’ births, ornaments we made as children in school, ornaments from our first trip to Disney World and every trip thereafter. And many, many more. Each year, when decorating the Christmas tree, we would first string up the lights, then between the rows of lights hang the red beads, then get to unwrapping each of the ornaments. Once all the ornaments had been hung, it was time to fill in any space (of which there was little!) with shiny Christmas balls. Then, as if it simply wasn’t enough, we got about the very important business of hanging popcorn balls and candy canes. And while all the ornaments stayed just where they were until the time came to take the tree down, the popcorn balls and candy canes always disappeared almost as quickly as they could be hung!

    When I was young, the only candy canes you’d find were peppermint candy canes. Perhaps there were other flavors, but I don’t remember them if there were. And to this day, peppermint candy canes are the ones I most often choose to decorate my Christmas tree. I love the look, I love the colors, and I love sneaking them off the tree to eat them just as much as I ever did! My appetite for popcorn balls hasn’t wavered a bit, either, and while the packaging may have changed, the taste thankfully hasn’t. Each year I go about the business of hanging at least 15 Humphrey’s popcorn balls on the tree, each with a smiling Santa on the wrapper. And each year if I turn my back on my husband for one minute, 15 popcorn balls becomes 14! We won’t even get into how many candy cane wrappers can be found next to his chair.

    But that’s more than alright by me as it speaks to the power of the season. No matter how serious or busy or overwhelmed we may be in our day-to-day lives, there’s something oh-so-special about coming home to a tree right in our own living room – a tree full of glimmering lights, shiny beads, priceless ornaments, and the perfect snacks. Even if I have to replace those candy canes and popcorn balls a dozen times before Christmas, I stand by my belief that the ones picked from the tree taste better than the ones in the bowl. I think Christmas trees just might be a bit magical, or perhaps, more than a bit.

    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!

    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!

    Celebrate The Sweetness of Love With A Sweets-Filled Anniversary

    One of our favorite quotes that always brings a smile to our faces here at Blair Candy is Sandra J. Dykes famous words: “Forget love – I’d rather fall in chocolate!” Yet, for those fortunate enough to be together after 10, 15, 25 – even 50 years of marriage, we say, why not fall in love with your partner – and with chocolate, all over again? Celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries is so special, and whether you’re surprising your loved one with a special day or you’re a friend or family member planning the festivities for that lovely couple in your life, celebrate the sweetness of love by having a sweets-filled anniversary party!

    10th / 15th Wedding Anniversaries

    The two of you grew up in the age of Teenage Mutant Turtles and Michael Jackson, so celebrate these milestone anniversary years with an echo of your youth with Candy From the 80s –Wonka Runts, Gummi Bears, and Nerds Rope. Tin is traditionally gifted on a 10th anniversary, so fill a tin with your loved one’s favorite candy and treats. Celebrating a 15th anniversary? Choose crystal, such as a pretty crystal figurine or necklace.

    25th Wedding Anniversary

    Marriage may have its ups and downs, but after 25 years of marriage, you both know your life is as everlasting as our favorite gobstoppers! You both likely remember the 1970s pretty well, with 70s Candy like Ring Pops and Charms Blow Pops being pretty fond in your memories. Silver is traditionally given as a 25th wedding anniversary gift, so choose a pretty silver box, and fill it with a Ring Pop. Then, propose to her all over again – in a fun, whimsical way that she won’t forget for the next 25 years!

    35th Wedding Anniversary

    Did you and your love grow up in the time of popping a delish Rolo in your mouth while listening to The Beatles? Gifting Candy From the 60s is a neat way to celebrate a 35th wedding anniversary. Coral is the traditional 35th wedding anniversary gift, but we have a more scrumptious variation – gift coral, but with a bag of Swedish Fish included!

    50th Wedding Anniversary

    Oscar Wilde wonderfully said “Who, being loved, is poor?”, which must explain why gifts of gold are typically given for a 50th wedding anniversary! 50th wedding anniversaries are major life achievements and should certainly be celebrated with friends and family. Set out a candy buffet that would rival any modern day candy buffet, with candy from when you both grew up, such as 50s Candy – One Hundred Grand Candy Bars, Hot Tamales, and Satellite Wafers!

    Did you just celebrate a milestone wedding anniversary, or did a lovely couple in your life just celebrate one? Tell us how you celebrated it!

    Mom & Me & Nostalgic Candy

    Mother’s Day is always the second Sunday in May. This year, make Mom a little nostalgic, and maybe even a little misty-eyed by putting together a “Mom and Me” scrapbook. And, to sweeten the deal, give her nostalgic candy from through the years to bring back beautiful memories!

    I think back to my childhood where I would use my allowance to go to the corner store (remember those?) and buy gummy fish and vanilla popsicles. I can still see Ziggy (yes, that was the store owner’s name) counting out the fish on the old-fashioned candy counter, and then sliding the candy from the counter into one of those tiny brown paper bags.

    Or, I would go down the block to the other corner store (yes, there were two within 200 yards of one another, on the same side of the same street), and buy Smarties pops and my favorite, marshmallow ice cream cones! That’s when soda came in 16 ounce glass bottles, when you would earn a few cents for some more penny candy when you returned the glass bottle! What are your mom’s favorite candies from her childhood? Include some of those as well. (My mom loves Squirrel Nut Zippers and Mary Janes.)

    Enough of my nostalgia. Enjoy these ideas for your scrapbook…

    Create a “Through the Years” scrapbook:

    Dedicate each page to every year of your life with mom, with pictures of the two of you together from when you were an infant to an adult, and of course, some fun captions, too.

    Or, try a “Side by Side” scrapbook with themed pages—about you on one side, and about Mom on the opposite facing page as follows:

    Find a baby picture of you and a baby picture of Mom, and cut out each face.  Create a “crib” on each page complete with a blanket, and tuck each baby into her crib!

    Include a “garden” filled with flowers (decals or pressed, dried ones) from your birth month and from hers.

    Create a page with high school or college memorabilia for each of you, and include graduation photos of each of you.

    Compare the meaning of each of your names side by side, and build each page theme around the respective meanings.

    Take a step back in time, and include prices from the year of your birth and the year of Mom’s birth for popular items such as a gallon of gas, a candy bar, a year of college tuition, a loaf of bread, etc.

    Give Mom the gift of nostalgia for a Mother’s Day neither of you will ever forget!

    Keep Your Cough Calm and Carry On!

    While I would love to be celebrating this lovely Leap Day bounding about town with the convertible top down, it’s raining, I don’t have a convertible, and I do have a cold! Luckily, we’ve got quite the cough drops assortment here at Blair Candy, so my coworkers aren’t troubled with hearing my slightly pathetic coughing all day long. Do I feel sorry for myself when I have a cold? Oh, you bet your Kleenex I do! But why suffer at home alone when I can come to work and give everyone ‘please feel sorry for me’ puppy dog eyes? Besides, they wouldn’t know what to do without me! That’s what I tell myself, anyhoo. And, this is just your run of the mill cold so common this time of year, so I best be saving my sick days for more serious symptoms and let my Ludens cough drops help me tackle my tasks.

    But you didn’t stop by to hear me whine about my cold, so I’ll save that for my coworkers. For you, I’ll bring a compendium of cough drops to consider for when that cold bug gives you a bit of a bite. We’ve got a few tried-and-true favorites that have become tricky to find in stores, all ready to tell your cough to hit the road and keep on running! Let’s take a look at 3 favorites…

    Ludens Cough Drops – While I’ll gladly take any cough drop I can get when I feel that ‘cough is coming’ tickle, Ludens have been a favorite since I was a kid. The Wild Cherry flavor is my top choice, with Honey Lemon following close behind. Cool Menthol is a good option for times the cough is kicking things up a notch, and Honey Licorice reminds me of something my Grandma might have loved. All in all, you can’t go wrong with candy-like Luden’s, but only Wild Cherry has my heart!

    Smith Brothers Cough Drops – These cough suppressant wonders trace their beginning back to 1847! Our customers have given them a 5-star rating, and we understand why. Quite simply – they work! Alyce, a reviewer of Smith Brothers cough drops, notes, “These cough drops work better for me than any other brand. They do not leave that lingering after taste so many other brands leave in your mouth and throat.” Do you find most cough drops you’ve tried leave an aftertaste? Maybe it’s time to trust the Smith Brothers with your cold!

    Honees Cough Drops – We wouldn’t go so far as to say you’ll be glad to have a cold, but if you’re a honey lover like me, you will find Honees cough drops a pleasure to enjoy! I’ve never come across another cough drop quite like them – each brings a pure liquid honey center that is ever-so-slightly-sweet and wonderfully soothing. Available in your choice of Honey, Milk & Honey, or Menthol Eucalyptus, there’s something for everyone. Gerry Stack, a reviewer of Honees cough drops, says these are, “Absolutely the best and most effective cough drop I have ever taken. It works so fast and lasts much longer than any other.” Glad you love them, too, Gerry! The next Milk & Honey I take is dedicated to you. :)

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