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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. :)

Conversation Hearts Do More Than Get People Talking…They Get Them Crafting and Creating!

Here at Blair Candy, we’ve already got Valentine’s Day on our minds weeks before we’ve packed up the Christmas decorations and put our presents in their proper place. Don’t get us wrong – we aren’t ‘holiday rushers’! We like to devote our personal time and energy to the current holiday season no matter what it may be, but when we’re at work we have to prepare for the next special day on the horizon. And that is precisely why we were placing orders for Necco conversation hearts and Valentine Peeps while we were still listening to Christmas music and sucking on candy canes. Yeah, we can holiday multitask with the best of ‘em!

But our multitasking abilities go beyond this talent alone. We’re also good at multitasking while working – you know, answering an email while checking out the fresh candy stock while perhaps browsing Etsy.com a bit? And that’s precisely what happened this morning. Once I caught sight of the Necco conversation hearts – bags and boxes upon bags and boxes of sweet sentiments – I quickly remembered all the fabulous accessories the countless talented artisans of Etsy have whipped these sweet wonders up into, or used as inspiration for awesomeness!

We can’t possibly feature every conversation heart creation on Etsy.com that we love – after all, this morning’s search for ‘conversation heart’ yielded 872 items! But we’ve chosen 3 favorites that we think would make a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift for the conversation heart lover in your life. Just don’t forget to include a bag of conversation hearts they can eat, too!

Conversation Hearts Soaps – With an Etsy Shop name like SoStinkingSweet, we were already in love!  That love only got stronger when we started perusing her virtual soap shelves and found not only the adorable oversized conversation heart soaps, but also “Goodie Goodie Gum Drops” soap and soap on a stick that serves as a delicious-looking double for a Neapolitan ice cream bar. Getting clean just got even sweeter!

Conversation Hearts Valentine Cards – The Etsy artist behind the craftynikki shop creates some of the coolest, cutest Valentines you’ve ever seen! But for as darling as her set of Vintage Valentines are, it’s the Glitter Candy Hearts cards that have won me over most. Each set of 6 mini cards is just $3, making these aww-dorable and affordable!

Conversation Hearts Jewelry – If you’re looking for fun Valentine’s jewelry you can wear all year round, take a peek at the micahjonesstudio Etsy shop! Crafted from sterling silver, these pieces are as fun and fresh as costume jewelry, but have an unmistakable quality and wearability that costume jewelry often doesn’t. My favorites include the “Soul Mate” ring, which would make a truly touching gift for a partner or close friend, and the blue conversation heart necklace accented with a clear, heart-shaped CZ. Though I might like the second one so much because blue conversation hearts are my absolute fave! Well…blue and white. And pink. And yellow. And really every color except orange. (Sorry, orange!)

There’s Still Time to Get Your Christmas Candy Before Santa Comes – And Save 10%!

The Christmas shelves at your local big box store may be bare, save a few broken candy canes and chipped mugs filled with cocoa packets, but we’ve still got plenty of sweetness in stock. And if you order today before midnight (EDT) you can save 10% storewide! Simply enter the code “SANTA10” at checkout and 10% will slip away into sugarplum dreams.

Judging by the number of orders we’ve had rolling in, this was definitely a year for waiting until the last minute! (Don’t worry – most of us haven’t bought our Christmas candy yet either, and we work here!) The 10% savings will apply to whatever temptations you’ll find at BlairCandy.com, but we thought we’d put together a short list of popular picks to help keep your shopping short and sweet if you’re in a time crunch. Or should we say if you’re in a Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch?! It’s a mighty tasty crunch to be in, for sure.

Candy Cane Trees – Awesome for every age! With our 10% off coupon code, these cute and clever candy cane trees come in at just over a buck apiece, making them a fabulously affordable little gift – and, they’re already decorated. (With little candies, of course!) These also make adorable little ‘favors’ – perfect for adding extra seasonal spirit to your holiday table. Simply place a mini tree at each place setting, and step back to admire the festive forest of peppermint pretties!

Old Fashioned Ribbon Candy – A Taste of Christmas Past! Is it simply not Christmas until you’ve had your first taste of spun sweetness wrapped into ribbons? I’m with ya! This very box has found itself on the coffee table for Christmas as long as I can remember, and every year the pink and red ribbons are the first to go! I think a ribbon candy monster must sneak into my house at night and eat only the pink and red before company arrives. Because I would never do such a thing, oh no! ;)

Pez Dispensers – Many to Choose From! I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t have a soft spot for Pez and the collectibly-cool dispensers those tiny tabs of sweetness come packed in. Kids and adults alike can’t help but smile at the countless incarnations of Pez that have rolled out over the years, and Blair is excited to offer 11 different sets to choose from. Each box comes packed with 12 individually wrapped Pez dispensers with candy. Your set choices include: Disney Princess Pez, Star Wars Pez, Hello Kitty Pez, Marvel Comics Pez and many more!

From Empty to Awesome – Our Candy Boxes are Ideal for Sharing Sweets for the Holidays!

With Christmas just a few short weeks away, many of us are making our gift list and checking it twice. And just as it seems to every year, it has grown! While this does mean we have the task of finding suitable gifts for more people, with some careful planning it doesn’t have to mean finding more money for those gifts. And on the big, bright side, it often means there are more people in our lives we truly appreciate, and that’s hardly something to be upset about!

From kids to cousins to aunts and parents, there are quite a few people on many of our lists whose presents must be carefully planned. But there is also a long list of people who we want to share a little holiday cheer with, but for whom we needn’t gift something of great expense or personalization. These people might include your mailman, hairdresser, pet groomer, next door neighbors and your children’s teachers. These are all important people, and often friends, but not everyone can get an Xbox or iPod! But what everyone can get is also something everyone can appreciate – candy!

It likely comes as no surprise that I often give candy as a gift. Sure, it’s an easy one to give, I’ll admit that much. But it’s also a fun gift to give and receive, especially when working with a theme and adding a special touch. The best way to do just that? By filling empty candy boxes with tempting treats and adding stickers, ribbons and bows. You can also save yourself the time of customizing your own boxes by choosing our empty Christmas candy boxes, available in 3 pretty patterns that are perfect for the season.

You can choose to fill your candy boxes with an assortment of popular candies, or opt for a theme/type and choose candies that complement that. Not sure where to begin? Below are 3 easy ideas that are sure to be appreciated!

Nosh on Nostalgia – There is possibly no other holiday that inspires nostalgia quite as strongly as Christmas. Whether we are 15, 50 or 80, thinking back on Christmases of the past is an emotional experience to say the least. Whether you’ll be sharing your candy boxes with people who will remember the treats in our nostalgic candy collection, or want to share some of your favorites with a younger generation who may have never tried them, a little blast from the past in a box is sure to inspire some very genuine smiles! Depending on the candy era you opt for, some box-friendly options include: Atomic Fireballs, Broadway Licorice Rolls, Teaberry Gum and a sprinkling of Satellite Wafers!

Tempting Taffy – The variety of quality taffies available at Blair Candy is nothing short of terrific. I’m not sure I ever realized how many delicious options we offer until just now, so bear with me while I toot the Blair horn! There’s always-popular Laffy Taffy, colorful and supremely sweet Flipsticks taffy, fun-to-smack-it-and-crack-it Bonomo Turkish Taffy and many more. Just be sure not to give one of these boxes to your dentist!

All About Red and Green – Perhaps you simply want to celebrate the colors of Christmas in your assortment? Well, with red and green being 2 of the most common candy colors, there’s no shortage of box-worthy options! There’s Green Apple Tootsie Frooties, Hot Tamales, Gummi Army Men, Zagnut and so much more. There’s also a whole section of Christmas Candy that is primarily red and green, so your options for this theme are seemingly endless.

Have fun filling your empty candy boxes and creating affordable, memorable gifts for the many people who make life that much better!

Candy for Dinner Can Be a Winner!

While I don’t endorse making a habit out of replacing meals with candy, I must confess that my dinner a few nights ago consisted of cola, M&M’s, Flipsticks and Candy Cigarettes. The day was long, I got home late, and even heating a TV dinner seemed too much work when all I really wanted was a smattering of sugary treats. So…that’s what I had! I laid them out on the table beside the couch and lazily ate my candy dinner while I watched Hoarders. I enjoyed every bite of candy goodness while I marveled at the Hoarders’ homes with eyes wide, occasionally uttering an “oh my gosh!” in response to something especially shocking. In short, it was a nice end to the day – some of my favorite candies complemented by one of my favorite TV shows.

While it felt a bit like a childlike thing to do at first, making dinner of candy, I was soon struck by how very adult it actually was. Surely I wouldn’t have been permitted a candy dinner as a child, or been allowed to eat so late in the day while watching television for that matter! But as an adult, these are the decisions we all get to make. Little treats to ourselves that make all the stresses and obligations of being a grown-up a bit more bearable. We can’t make them every day, of course. A daily candy dinner would not only lack the nutrients we need from such an important meal, but would also take away the pleasure an occasional indulgence brings. And that pleasure is important to me. While being an adult means we have to make a lot of tough decisions, expensive decisions, and potentially life-altering decisions, it also means we can let the chicken freeze for another day from time to time. We can kick our shoes off, fire up the DVR, and make a meal of Sour Punch Twists and Gummy Strawberry Creams.

Perusing CNN’s Marquee Blog today, I learned that I am not alone in my ‘candy is for adults’ thinking! I mean, I always knew, but to have celebrity confirmation is always fun. Right there before me was an article – Ryan Gosling really, really loves candy. Well, I really, really love candy too, and I also really, really love Ryan Gosling, so you can bet your Assorted Sixlets I clicked! This short and sweet post quotes Ryan as saying, “Sometimes I think that the one thing I love most about being an adult is the right to buy candy whenever and wherever I want.” Swoon! A man after my heart and my chocolate hearts, it seems! :)

Nostalgic Gum – Sticks of Memories

Just like so many of you, I include candy as a major memory trigger for me, whether the memory involves the candy itself or is generally representative of a point in time. But it isn’t candy alone that occupies the sweet spectrum of my mind – there’s enough gum in there as well to make my 4th grade teacher give me detention!

It never fails to surprise me how quickly and vividly recollections of the past swim over me when I really think about a specific candy or gum. Sure, I see them all the time, but so often we are rather oblivious to our surroundings. In the name of being more present and conscious, I will share the memories that come to mind when I think about 2 favorite nostalgic gums. I hope my memories spark some of your own, and that you’ll share with us all in the comments! :)

Fruit Stripe Gum – I enjoyed a pack of Fruit Stripe gum recently, and am happy to report that it tastes the same as it did years ago. It has the same powdery finish, the familiar colored stripes, and while I’m not positive it had “Yipes In Action” tattoos on the wrappers in the past, it certainly does now! And of course there is the adorable Fruit Stripe Zebra, playing soccer as zebras so often do! But what has changed is the packaging itself. When I was a youngster Fruit Stripe gum came in a tin, much like past containers of Band-Aids. And while the gum was a tasty treat, deciding what to do with the tin upon the gum’s completion was a fiesta of fun! It often held change, though it was no stranger to ChapStick and Bonne Bell Lip Smackers. And I can’t forget the notes passed in class! Oh yes, saved notes were perfect for the Fruit Stripe gum tins, and the bonus was that spending enough time in the tin made them smell ever-so-faintly fruity.

Freedent Gum – Freedent gum reminds me of my Gram. She had false teeth, and Freedent was her gum of choice as it didn’t stick to her teeth, and it had a fresh, minty flavor. My Gram only ever chewed a half stick of gum at a time, and kept her gum in the cabinet above the microwave, near the drinking glasses. Her glasses were stored on a Lazy Susan, and I would always spin them slowly for several minutes before choosing which I’d use that day. She had been to visit a lot of places over the years, and I think she bought a glass everywhere she went. Finding the perfect one took some time! Once I’d picked my glass, I would fill it with ice cubes and Ginger Ale – Gram always had Ginger Ale – and then I’d nonchalantly ask if I could have a piece of Freedent (as if I didn’t ask every time!). Gram was always generous with whatever she had, and her favorite gum was no exception. But while we both enjoyed Freedent, unlike her I liked to chew a lot of gum at once, so I would chew the half-piece that was almost always there along with a full piece for the perfect amount!

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