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Three Concession Candy Twists on Your Favorite Sports Snacks

Concession SnacksLooking for something different to have at the concession stand? Look no further! Some crowd favorite snacks also come in concession candy form! These fun alternatives are sure to have people talking, trying, and enjoying new concession favorites! For example, everyone’s favorite slushee drink, Icee, comes in a dippable lollipop form! Also, for those who love orange or grape soda, there are sour gummi bottles of their favorite drink. Really looking for something different? These popular gummy mini burgers are sure to have people snacking. You can enjoy the burger all at once, or enjoy every fruity flavor individually. Whichever new concession candy snack you choose, your patrons will love the new addition! Shop all of our concession supplies, snacks, and candy at BlairCandy.com today!

 

Attract the Most Trick-or-Treaters in Your Neighborhood!

Chances are that if you’re sitting home on Halloween night with a bowl full of treats and your porch light on, you’re looking forward to having some Trick-or-Treaters stop by. But how do you make sure you get visits from as many Trick-or-Treaters as possible, and didn’t miss that Halloween party in vain? It’s simple – Have the most appealing house! Decorate your house colorfully, have Halloween music pouring from open windows, invite a few friends over to fill your house with laughter and help keep you in the Halloween spirit. Wear a costume, and even put a costume on the dog!

Don’t forget, you can also make your house a sure hit this Hallow’s Eve is by placing money in the Trick or Treat bags. Put together treat bags as you normally would, filling them with Halloween CandySpider Rings, and more… but then, add a $5 or $10 bill to a few of the bags. The idea isn’t to spend a ton of money; it’s to give kids a moment of wide-eyed excitement as they check their treat bags for some. When they visit, simply tell all the kids the truth – that every bag has Halloween Candy inside, but a few of them also have money. You’ll be sure to have the longest line of Trick or Treaters at your door!

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!

Prepare for Halloween with Gross Halloween Candy!

During September at Blair Candy, new Halloween candy and supplies arrive every day! We’re already receiving countless orders from candy lovers across the country preparing for Trick-or-Treating and Halloween parties. We’re big fans of the everlasting favorites, such as Brach’s candy corn and snack-size candy bar assortments from Hershey’s – but if you’re looking for something to separate your spooky celebration from the rest this year, try some of these unique treats from our selection of gross Halloween candy:

Creepy Gummi Candy: Enjoy delicious fruit gummies in the form of creepy, crawly bugs. With an assortment of gummy bugs like spiders, centipedes and scorpions, you’ll be sure to send the squeamish screaming!

Gummi Body Parts: These gummies will create a morgue in your mouth! Terrify your guests by leaving out a bowl of these gruesome gummy body parts in the shapes of brains, teeth, bones, feet, and more. They’re not just for the zombies – but a bag of these would be a great addition to a zombie costume!

Gummi Paint Tongue Bugs: Nothing will repulse your guests like a bowl full of gummy bugs! These creepy insects contain a center full of blue goo that paints your tongue, making them a hit with the kids.

If gummy bugs and body parts aren’t enough, browse the rest of our creepy, gross Halloween candy at BlairCandy.com. You’ll be sure to disgust all of your ghoulish guests!

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!

Top Five Less Common Halloween Candy

Every year, people come to BlairCandy.com looking for those perennial Halloween favorites. People love our selection of classic Reese’s peanut butter pumpkins, Brach’s candy corn, and our great Hershey’s All Time Great Mix candy assortment. We love these candies just as much as the next Halloweener, but we also love go off the beaten path and look for some new and unique Halloween candy. Who knows – maybe these examples will become your new favorites!

Bloody Bites Vampire Candy & Fangs – Everyone likes their Halloween a little spooky, and what better way to scare your friends then with these great vampire fangs! These fangs come with watermelon flavored gooey candy inside, so when you bite down it looks like you’ve just finished your first victim!

Lightning Bug Gummi Candy – Not as scary as a creepy crawly spider, but definitely a spooky delight! Lightning Bug Gummi Candy comes with a special pair of reusable tongs that makes the gummi worm light up.

Charms Candy Corn Lollipops – Most people love candy corn during the Halloween season, but we found a way to make the great flavor of candy corn last longer – lollipops! These candy corn pops from Charm have all the same flavor as the candy corn you love, but packed in a long-lasting lollipop!

Gummi Brains – Zombies are always one of the most popular costumes on Halloween, and if you’re like us, you want to be as authentically scary as you can. With these new Gummi Brains, you can be the best zombie you can be!

Reese’s Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cups – If you love Halloween candy but don’t love all that sugar, have we got the surprise for you! We now carry Reese’s Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cups! These cups feature the same great flavor loved around the world – but without all the sugar of regular Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Give them a try – you won’t regret it!

Tootsie Rolls: All Wrapped Up!

If you’re like us, you are absolutely inundated with Tootsie Rolls during Halloween, and with good reason. These small chocolatey snacks are the perfect size when you need to satisfy that midday chocolate craving. They also are great to keep in candy dishes, desk drawers, or in your son or daughter’s lunch bag. As a matter of fact, there really isn’t a place where Tootsie Rolls won’t fit!

Since Tootsie Rolls are individually wrapped (they delightfully spin when you unwrap them!), the one thing you’re left with after indulging in a roll or two is the distinctive brown, red, and white wrapper. While you could simply throw out the wrappers, where’s the fun in that? We found some great tutorials online, showing fun and unique ways to use the Tootsie wrapper after you’ve eaten the candy.

Over at Plum Pudding, they have a wonderful post detailing how to turn a bag of Tootsie Roll wrappers into a stylish belt. All you need are common household craft items like scissors, packing tape, and double stick tape and 2 d-rings, which can be found at your favorite fabric store.

Poking around eHow, we found this great lesson about creating those crazy purses and bags out of candy wrappers. You’ve seen these bags in stores everywhere, but you might not have known that you can make them yourself. All you need is a free day and a LOT of Tootsie Roll wrappers. Once you master the initial fold technique, you’ll be on your way to having a “sweet” purse!

Do you have any Tootsie Roll wrapper craft ideas? Let us know in the comments!

Chocolate Gold Coins: Make Chores and More a Bit More Fun!

Helping out around the house is something that many kids take to when they’re very young, but begin to dread soon enough. I have yet to meet a child who loves taking out the garbage, cleaning up their room, clearing the dinner table, or sweeping the sidewalk. There are plenty of much more fun things to be doing, and kids are very driven by fun! But as much as part of our job as parents is ensuring that our kids are given enough time to play and relax, it is also our duty to make sure they know that chores are a part of life. The garbage doesn’t take itself out, and the dinner table doesn’t clear itself. But everything gets done much more quickly when everyone pitches in! And that’s precisely why offering a little extra incentive can make your life a lot easier.

Don’t get me wrong – I don’t think we should teach kids that every little thing they do deserves a reward. They should learn that life comes with some boring, tedious, or difficult things that need doing, and the only true ‘payment’ we receive is that they get done. But if your kiddo goes above and beyond to get something done early, or does a really great job, it can also be fun for you both to give them something in return. Our suggestion? Gold chocolate coins! And more specifically, gold chocolate coins that they can use to ‘buy’ something they really want.

When we get older, the things we want can shift pretty drastically from what we wanted when we were 8 or 9 years old. Back then, we wanted to stay up a little later, play with our toys a little longer, and have an extra scoop of ice cream for dessert, with extra hot fudge sauce for good measure. (OK, we still want that ice cream!) With hard-earned chocolate gold coins, you can give your children an opportunity to ‘buy’ these privileges, making chore time seem a little less like work.

Perhaps making their bed will earn them one chocolate quarter, while taking the dog for a long walk is worth a chocolate half dollar. A report card full of A’s and B’s? A small handful of chocolate money is in order! They could also earn chocolate money they didn’t even know they were ‘working’ for, such as a surprise coin or two for helping a friend or behaving in church. In these instances, it’s not so much about making them think that every good deed comes with a payment, rather letting them know that you noticed they did the right thing.

Now that most kids are home for summer break, they’ll have even more opportunities to help out around the house. And they’ll probably want to ‘buy’ even more things as well, such as an extra hour to play video games at night, or even an option to skip their least favorite chore for a few days. Or, they might have a hard time saving up because eating their ‘money’ is just too irresistible!

Beep, Beep, Peep!

Image courtesy of FreeFunEaster.com

Well, folks, it happened. We aren’t even officially into the Easter season, and one of our friends has already sent us the CUTEST little marshmallow Peeps creation we’ve ever seen. And for as adorable and delicious as it looks, the directions are remarkably simple! Did we mention it’s also a rather cheap recipe that involves no cooking or baking, so you can easily involve the kiddos in the process? Yep – pretty much Easter recipe perfection we’re working with here! So what exactly will you be making? Start your engines for Easter Bunny Racecars!

Here’s what you’ll need to make the sweetest little speedsters this side of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as taken from FreeFunEaster.com

Bunny Marshmallow Peeps

      ♦ Large Marshmallows

          ♦ Mini Pretzels

              ♦ Cream-Filled Cakes

                  ♦ Decorator Icing

                      ♦ Frosting

                          ♦ Sprinkles

                            Before we get into the directions for these, we feel it’s necessary to understand that the miniature pretzel will serve as the steering wheel. See the picture above to really take in just how impossibly adorable that is! OK, we can move on now.

                            The first step involves cutting a small rectangle from the top of the cream-filled cake of your choosing. Since you won’t be using this removed part anywhere else in the recipe, be sure to put it to good use by eating it! The space provided by cutting away the rectangle of cake will serve as a driver’s seat for your Bunny Marshmallow Peeps, which you will further secure to the cake with a dab of white decorator icing.

                            Once the Peep is settled into his or her seat, use the decorator icing once again as ‘glue’ for the mini pretzel steering wheel and marshmallow tires.

                            Ready to get really creative? That’s where the frosting and sprinkles come into the equation. Make each car unique by getting daringly decorative with these two ingredients. Always wanted your initial on the hood of your car? Now is your chance without worrying about resale value!

                            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. 🙂

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