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Valentine’s Day Peeps: Perfect For Eating and Drinking!

While I must admit that “Yum!” was the first thought that came to mind when the first box of Valentines Peeps rolled into Blair, the second thought was more along the lines of a chin-scratching “Hmm?” I had an idea for these heart-shaped marshmallow munchies, and I’m excited to share it with you!

As if traditional sugar-coated Peeps weren’t delicious enough, the Valentines Peeps lineup features raspberry flavored marshmallow hearts coated in your choice of milk or dark chocolate. Decadent? You bet! Do I feel guilty eating more than one? Nope! These heart-shaped Peeps come but once a year, and I’m not wasting a single second counting how many I’ve managed to unwrap and make disappear!

But I am not content to simply eat these sweet Peeps. Oh no, I had to find a way to drink them as well. Well…to be fair…not quite drink them whole. But add them to 2 drinks I already love to make them even tastier. And those drinks just happen to be coffee and hot cocoa.

I started my Peep experiment with an oversized mug and a piping hot pot of coffee. I plunked a Valentines Peep into the bottom of the empty mug and slowly poured coffee on top, taking care not to splash. As my Peep rose to the top its chocolate coating was already melting, flavoring my coffee and sending sweet smells into the air. The slow melting of the raspberry marshmallow inside followed, lending a slight fruitiness to my drink that I quite enjoyed. When the coffee was gone, there was still some Peep left, which I promptly scooped out with a spoon and enjoyed as a finale!

The rules for the cocoa were much the same, though the cocoa and Peep treat is kid-friendly as well. Just make sure not to prepare it for very young children as the softened Peep may be a choking hazard. I can’t say that even for me it was an easy task to save it for last, so I can only imagine the determination necessary for a child!

If you decide to try taking your coffee or cocoa with a side of Peeps, we’d love to know what you think! In the meantime, we’ll be plopping, pouring, sipping and smiling. :)

Eat Your Heart Out! Jelly Belly Just Got a Little Bit…Gross?

Among the many sweet teeth at Blair Candy, there is no shortage of Jelly Belly fans. Few can resist these truly unique treats that take one of the most basic and loved candies in the world, the jelly bean, and turn it into something exciting, unexpected, and every bit as sweet as its original inspiration. But not content to rest on his fabulously-flavored laurels, David Klein, the brain behind Jelly Belly jelly beans, has created a candy lineup that is at once a work of art, and…well…kind of gross.

We read about the new gummy candy from the Jelly Belly giant on the always-interesting Time NewsFeed. With an article title like, “Gummy Genius: Jelly Belly Inventor Creates Realistic Candy Heart, Blood, Urine”, I think it would be tricky for anyone to walk away without a quick read, let alone someone in the candy business! I quickly learned that the candy blood is actually inside the anatomically correct candy heart, and when the heart is bitten in 11 distinct locations, the candy carnage unleashes a sticky-sweet bloodbath. As my mind struggled with deciding between ‘Ewww!’ and ‘Awesome!’, a new word was born. I think David Klein’s candy heart is nothing short of Ewwwsome!

The candy heart is the star of the article, but there are mentions of other creations that sound both tasty and nasty as well. Which of David Klein’s creative candy masterpieces would you be most tempted to try? Or are Jelly Belly jelly beans as close as you want to get to this gummy great’s goodies?

Will Santa Be Stopping By Your House Christmas Eve? Perhaps If You Have Ice Cream!

It is a common tradition in homes with young boys and girls for a friend or family member to be in charge of getting the kids as excited for Christmas as possible – and off to bed in a swift fashion – by donning a Santa suit on Christmas Eve and asking them one last time what they are hoping to find tucked under the tree just a few hours later on that most magical of mornings. While this early Santa sighting is always a thrill for the children, it can sometimes take some coaxing to get Santa himself in the same spirit. I personally don’t see the problem with wearing a hot polyester suit and scratchy fake beard in a warm house, but that’s just me! If you have a reluctant Santa on your hands, we have a fun and festive way for you to entice him into the pillow-stuffed suit. Ice cream. The stuff I scream for, and you scream for, and we all scream for…that stuff! And not only will it be a welcomed treat for Santa himself , but it comes with a built-in activity for the kiddos. Blair Candy presents…Santa’s Sundae Bar!

All you’ll need to put together Santa’s Sundae Bar is a few flavors of ice cream and an assortment of toppings. While the get to work on Santa-worthy sundae masterpieces, you and the other adults can finally grab a few minutes of conversation without someone saying, “Mommy. Mom. Ma. Mommmmm. Mom…Mom…Mom!”, or a similar version with Dad-name substitutes. J

Choose a location for the Sundae creation, and set out all the ingredient options. In addition to ice cream, some tasty toppings include Goobers, Almond Joy Pieces, Reese’s Pieces, Gummy Worms, Gummy Bears, M&Ms, marshmallows and crushed cookie pieces, such as Oreos or Nutter Butters. Some of these sweets you likely already have in your cupboard, among other unique additions that might be hiding in there! Each type of cookie, candy or other confection can be placed in its own bowl with a spoon for scooping. Not only will the kids get to choose what goes into the special sundae they create just for Santa, but they get to play a fun mix of Top Chef/Cold Stone in the process. Give each child a bowl and a scoop of their choice of ice cream, and encourage the ice cream-y creativity to begin!

Once all the sundaes are Santa-ready, it’s time for the big guy himself to make an appearance, sampling each sundae carefully and thoughtfully. This is a big decision after all, as he shall be gifting the winner a special Christmas Eve gift! To keep costs low and the spirit of competition light, simply grab a few small presents from a dollar store, wrap them and place them in a velvet sack (also usually available at a dollar store), and let the winner choose two and every other child one. Everybody gets a gift, the winner gets a little something extra and bragging rights, and Santa gets a hopefully-delicious sampling of ice cream creations to keep him cool in his warm suit. Sounds like a pretty nice Christmas Eve to me!

Whatever plans Christmas holds for you, we hope they are full of love and laughter.

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Add Some Candy To Your Christmas Gift To Create A Theme!

A few months ago, we put together a fun list of movie and candy match-ups for our Halloween Candy and Horror Movies Make a Marvelous Double Feature! post. We had so much fun creating that list that we decided to do another one for Christmas! Popular Christmas gifts for people of all ages include movies, music and books, whether they were special requests, or you just enjoy giving people favorites of yours that you hope they’ll enjoy as much as you do. I know I’ve personally given the book Holes by Louis Sachar as a gift more than once as I feel it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read, and it’s appropriate for kids and adults alike. In fact, the only thing I can think of that would make me love that book more than I already do is if someone gave it to me, and perhaps included some Candy Lipstick! Not sure why that would make a good accompaniment to the book? Well then, you’ll just have to read it to find out. ;)

Even if you haven’t read the book, watched the movie, or listened to the music you’ll be gifting this Christmas, you can still find a tasty candy that complements the title without digging too deep. Your lucky recipient is sure to enjoy the extra step you’ve taken to make their already good gift great!

We’ve put together a short list of ideas about which candies would work well with which movie, music and book gifts. We’d love to hear from you about any that you think of that we didn’t mention, and if you love the idea but are stumped on which candy is best for your particular gift, feel free to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll happily help you come up with something sweet!

Pirate Movies and Books

Whether you’re wrapping up Pirates of the Caribbean or any of the countless other awesome pirate books and movies, clever candy accomplices include 3 Musketeers and Bubble Gum Candy Coins! Candy coins also make a fun addition to books, movies and music that center around money, either in content or just the title. Examples include the amazing Jennifer Aniston flick Friends With Money, the must-read Women & Money by Suze Orman, or even a CD put out by a Young Money Entertainment artist such as Lil Wayne, Drake or Nicki Minaj!

The Twilight Books and Movies

Unless you’ve been hiding from all forms of media for a few years, you’ve surely heard of the Twilight series of books, and subsequent movies, that have taken teens and adults alike by storm. Whether you’re on Team Edward or Team Jacob, chances are pretty good that there’s a Twilight gift-to-be-given on your list this year, whether it’s the books, movies, or even an accessory, such as a poster or t-shirt. Why not add some extra vampire fun to your gift with a box of Wax Fangs? They’re not just for Halloween, anymore! Or, if your gift will focus on Twilight Eclipse, give them something to chew on with Eclipse Gum!

Twilight and pirate presents may be some of the hottest gifts out there right now, but that doesn’t mean the sugary pairings end there. Giving a lady on your list that can use a break from the serious books some top-quality ‘chick lit’? Well, we think Chiclets make the perfect partner! Or perhaps timeless movie favorites Tootsie, Airheads or Major League are ready to wrap? You know Tootsie needs some Tootsie Pops, Airheads needs some Air Heads, and Major League needs some Big League Chew. Oh, we could play this game all day! Candy quite simply makes everything better. :)

Haunted Houses That Are Scary And Sweet And Good Enough To Eat (There’s Also A Contest Involved!)

For many of us, one of the most creative and fun activities we undertake during the Christmas season is crafting a gingerbread house. There’s always lots of smiles and laughs to be had when gathering friends and family at the kitchen table with mountains of sweets and hot cups of cocoa in valiant attempts to outdo the gingerbread houses we’ve created in years past. When something is such a welcomed break from the stresses of our everyday, and brings us closer to people we often don’t see enough, why limit it to just one day a year? (Especially when there’s candy and frosting and gingerbread involved!)

The Gingerbread House Kits have arrived at Blair Candy as they do every year in preparation for the spicy seasonal rush, and as we carefully tucked them away onto our Christmas shelves, someone nonchalantly mentioned, “Maybe we should leave a few on the lower shelves. People might be ordering them to make haunted houses for Halloween.” I had never considered that some of the Gingerbread House Kits that were ordered early just might be haunted gingerbread houses! And while I’m not sure if they were, or were simply ordered in advance of the holiday rush, I can’t help but hope some became haunted houses.

How would you decorate a haunted Halloween gingerbread house? Icing cobwebs? Spiders made from Anise Bears and Black Licorice Twizzlers? A Witch Finger Lollipop picket fence leading to the creepy front door? Eyeball Candy peering out from each window behind curtains made of hand-tattered Broadway Rolls? Or perhaps your haunted gingerbread house would be so spooky we can’t even imagine?! From slightly scary to harrowingly haunted, we’d love to see pictures of them all! In fact, we’d love to see them so much that if you send us a picture of your Halloween gingerbread house you could Win $20 Worth Of Candy From BlairCandy.com! The Blair Candy Team will vote for their favorite entry the week after October 31, 2010 and we’ll make an announcement as soon as the votes are tallied.

We hope to see some amazing houses that we just know you can dream up. After all, boring people don’t eat candy, and they certainly don’t read about it or craft with it! You’re the best group to turn to that we can think of. :)

Candy Makes For Wonderful Halloween Wedding Favors!

It’s no secret that candy is a popular pick as a wedding favor for many couples, with ‘candy bars’ (no, not Candy Bars, but those are good, too!) outgrowing their status as a trend, and becoming a fast go-to favorite. And while we think candy is a smart favor pick for any wedding, for its deliciousness and because it simply makes people smile, there is no wedding that candy makes more sense for than a Halloween wedding!

We’ve been reading quite a few fun stories about people who have been married on Halloween in the past, and those who will be this year or next. And we have to admit we can’t think of a better Halloween party than the reception of a couple who is cool enough to get married on this super fun holiday. We also love the idea that many of these couples are asking guests to come in costume, and many of the couples themselves are in costume as well. (No, not as bride and groom!) I would rather dance the night away in costume than uncomfortable heels any day!

The options for decorating with candy for your Halloween wedding are rather endless, but we wanted to highlight some fun ideas for favors in this post. When it comes to choosing the candy you’ll use, you can gift guests Halloween Candy or an assortment of Orange Candy and Black Candy. Or, you can just use your favorites! Is there a candy you or your fiance favor above all others? Is there a candy that reminds you of a favorite memory? Consider selections from our Nostalgic Candy collection if candy has always been an important part of your life.

The real fun comes in how you’ll give the candy to your guests. You can keep it simple but thematically spot-on by purchasing treat bags from your local party supply store, filling them with candy, and setting them at each seat. Or, you can use a pumpkin candy bucket or cauldron filled to the top with a sweet selection of treats as the centerpiece of each table and leave empty treat bags at each place setting so guests can choose their favorites. And if you want to make your guests sing for their sweets like so many trick-or-treaters will be that night, nothing gets a reception rocking quite like karaoke!

Happy Hallowedding!

Halloween Candy and Horror Movies Make a Marvelous Double Feature!

The topic at Blair Candy Headquarters turned to that most glorious genre of films the other day – Horror! To be fair, I may have forced the topic to turn such a way as I am rather obsessed with scary movies and revel in my chance to talk about them more often as Halloween approaches and the masses descend upon these movies with the same zeal Horror fans have all year long. With thoughts of horror movies old and new swimming through my mind amidst the cartons of candy that are a sweet staple at Blair, I began to think of themed monster and mayhem candy/movie pairings. After all, while I do love popcorn, given the choice between popcorn and candy I’ll take a Butterfinger over buttery kernels any day!

I put together a frighteningly fun list of candies that complement some of my favorite horror movies, but I know I haven’t even come close to thinking of them all. Feel free to use some of the ideas below for themed movie nights of your own, and as always, any additional ideas are always welcomed! Leave a comment on this post, Tweet Us, or share your idea on Facebook – pick your poison!

The Blair Witch Project – Come on, how could we not love this movie?! We don’t want to see any comments about which lovely lady at Blair you think would win the title of The Blair Witch, but we do recommend pairing this instant classic with our creep-tastic Witch Finger Lollipops. Frightful just got fruity!

The Hills Have Eyes – Whether you prefer the original or the modern-day remake (I’m going remake on this one!), nothing will have you chewing faster while hiding your own eyes under the blanket than our Eye Gumballs.

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer – When the movie credits for the film on IMDB.com feature a role for ‘Floating Woman’, you know it’s a scary movie! This flick is certainly not of the campy horror variety, and it’s going to take a seriously delicious candy bar to make it through. The only option? Oh Henry!

Killer Klowns from Outer Space – I can’t recommend this movie enough. It may not have won any Oscars, but I make sure to watch it as least once every Halloween season. As for a complementary candy to nosh on, Cotton Candy all the way!

Children of the Corn – Do I even have to say it? Candy Corn, of course!

Isle of the Snake People – We can’t tell you the secret identity of Damballah, but we can tell you that our Giant Gummy Snakes make for a long-lasting and delicious snack sidekick to this Boris Karloff film.

The Bone Collector – How many times have I said, “Why collect bones when you can eat them?” Too many! And every time I was talking about Crazy Bones Halloween Lollipops. Pinkie bone swear!

Dracula – Everyone has their favorite Dracula – and their favorite vampire movie, for that matter.  I won’t pretend to know which is best for everyone, for each has its own reasons for reaching #1 on someone’s list. All I can say universally is that Wax Fangs make watching each and every one of them even better.  And if there’s anything my friends will tell you about me, it’s that I don’t lie about Wax Fangs!

Let The Trick-or-Treater Decide Whether It’s Candy Time Or Time To Run!

While it has been quite a few years since my costumed self took to the Trick-or-Treating streets with a candy bag in one hand and a whole lot of hope to fill that bag in the other, the memories of my trick-or-treating days are as fresh now as ever. I have always loved Halloween – everything about it. Even as a young child who was often afraid of the simplest things, the scares of Halloween did nothing but delight and excite me. But for all the haunted houses and hayrides that I enjoyed throughout October, nothing could even come close to Halloween night itself. And I’m thankful for every adult that let themselves be a kid for the night and tapped their creativity to come up with fun and frightening ways to make Halloween all it could be!

Anyone who has gone trick-or-treating knows that not all houses you’ll visit are created equal. It is true that as long as treats are being given, no house is a bad house! But some are definitely more memorable than others. There are the houses with super sweet older people who are so excited by all the kids’ costumes, and make you feel all warm and fuzzy and happy for having stopped by. There are the houses with a loudly barking dog who probably only wants to make new friends, but whom you’re convinced wants to eat you! And then there are the Halloween Houses. The houses that fill you with a fear previously unknown, as creepy music pours from front porch speakers or open windows, and you’re forced to dig deep down into your 9-year-old soul and decide if getting the candy is worth the risk. The fact that you can’t miss out on this house that all the kids will be talking about tomorrow at school quickly couples with the fact that candy is ALWAYS worth the risk, and you and your friends walk a little more slowly than usual toward a house you don’t realize at the time you’ll remember vividly for probably forever.

Do you want your house to be one of those unforgettable Halloween Houses? Of course you do! And we have a couple ideas about how you can make that happen – one we’ve dreamed up, and one pulled from a memory of a house that got it right so many years ago. :)

Knocking on the Devil’s Door: Whether you’re 8 or 88 years old, the Devil is a frightening creature. If you aren’t comfortable with using Devilish motif, any monster will do! This idea brings in the fun of the timeless game show opportunity to choose Door #1, Door #2 or Door #3. For the actual doors you can use old doors you might have laying around in the garage, or just doors made from cardboard boxes. Be sure to decorate them to be extra Halloween-y! Behind one door will be a simple Halloween treat, perhaps a pair of Chocolate Eyeballs staring back at the child who dares to open the door! Behind another door will be an even better candy gift, like a Halloween PEZ Dispenser or small sack filled with Halloween Candy. And behind the final door? A friend or family member dressed to terrify. Bwahaha, Halloween is awesome! If you want to be nice after scaring an unsuspecting child halfway out the door in a single jump, giving them candy anyway can go a long way to making things better.

Give the Illusion That You Aren’t Home: I’ll never forget the day a neighbor nearly caused my little kiddy heart to stop by pulling the ‘we aren’t home’ trick. They had left their front porch light on, an indicator in my neighborhood that this was a Halloween-friendly house with candy to be given, but when my friends and I got to the door, there was a note taped to it apologizing that they were out of town, but still wanted to give the neighbor kids some Halloween Candy. The note directed us to the far end of the porch, where a ‘Halloween dummy’ was propped up in a chair holding an oversized bowl of Fun Size Candy Bars and more. In short, our eyes grew wide as we stood in awe at the freedom to choose our favorites. The only catch? As soon as we reached into the bowl, the ‘Halloween dummy’, aka. our very cleverly dressed-up neighbor, came to life and grabbed our hands causing what may have been the loudest screams ever to have been screamed. In the end, we got the candy we wanted and lost about 7 years of our lives. For a Halloween fan like myself, this is still considered a Hallo-win!

Incorporating Candy Into Your Halloween Costume For A Unique Look That’s Right on the Money!

I can’t speak for the whole Blair Candy family, but for me, Halloween season is truly the happiest time of the year. Some might argue that fall is actually the season, and Halloween just a day in the fall. But I feel that all the splendors of fall are more a part of Halloween than Halloween a part of them. I love it all – every fallen leaf, every motion-activated monster decoration, every delicious bite of Jello eyeballs. Sipping apple cider while waiting in line for a hayride wearing an old sweatshirt and feeling butterflies in my stomache anticipating the haunts ahead – this is my idea of the perfect moment in the perfect season. And with fall (aka. Halloween Season!) being the most fleeting times of year in the Northeast, it is of the utmost importance to treasure every day before the first flakes of winter make themselves known.

Counting myself among the most dedicated candy fans I know, one might reasonably assume that candy is my favorite aspect of the Halloween season. But it’s not! Don’t get me wrong – I love Halloween candy. And I think it’s absolutely amazing that it can be had for free with a simple knock on the door! But it is Halloween costumes that have the highest position in my Halloween heart. And making my own Halloween costumes, for all my crafty shortcomings, is something I enjoy to the fullest, for this is a craft where creativity trumps flawless execution.

If you’ve never created your own Halloween costume, I ask that you at least consider giving it a go this year. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t a skilled seamstress, or if it takes a few tries to get the hot glue gun to actually work, this is about fun and imagination! It’s about making something memorable that reflects your personality, and this is possible no matter who you are and what your interests. Need a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing? Here’s a couple that are more awesome and affordable than anything you’ll find at the costume shop that also include clever use of candy!

Piggy Bank Costume -  Like most costumes, there’s more than one way to make this work, so feel free to take the general idea and make it your own. If the weather will be colder on Halloween night in your town, consider using a pink sweat suit as the foundation for your bank. If it will be warmer, lightweight pink pants and a pink tee will work as well. The only supplies you’ll need for the majority of the costume are a marker and some sort of adhesive. The marker will be used to write ‘Piggy Bank’ on the front of your costume, and to draw a coin slot on the back. These steps are optional if you’d like your costume to be a bit more of a mystery.

Apart from a piggy mask – which can be purchased from a party store or made from fabric, foam, cardboard or any number of materials – the only additional component is Bubble Gum Candy Coins or Chocolate Coins. If you’ll be celebrating Halloween somewhere cooler, either should work well. If it will be warm, bubble gum coins will likely be your best bet. Use your adhesive of choice to affix the coins to your sweat suit, ensuring at least one is stuck near the coin slot on your back ready to drop in! If you want people to be able to enjoy the candy or gum on your costume, double-sided tape should work well. If you want to keep the candy on your costume all night and don’t plan to eat it, fabric glue might be a better solution. Just keep in mind that this costume is more likely than not to be a one-season solution, as it will be difficult to wash with the glue and/or tape residue. However, we encourage you to think of something fun and fresh each year, so that will only force you not to rely on last year’s costume next year! Just buy your sweat suit from a discount store, and the whole costume should cost you less than $25.

Money Tree Costume – Continuing with the money theme comes the money tree, a simple but fun costume that answers a resounding ‘Yes!’ to the favorite rhetorical question of moms everywhere, “Do I look like I’m made of money?” For this costume, like the last, we are providing the ideas to spark your imagination, but encourage you to add your own special touches to really make it shine.

Start with brown sweatpants and a green sweatshirt, and pick up some fabric leaves from your local craft store. If you want to save some time, see if the store offers leaves that are strung together, connected by small plastic loops. If so, you won’t have to use as much glue as you can wrap the leaves and only add glue as needed to keep everything together. Again, you’ll need an adhesive, and if you were able to find strung together leaves, regular tape should work quite well. For the ‘money’ aspect of your money tree you’ll need Jumbo Money Lollipops, strawberry lollipops with a bubble gum center whose wrapper resembles American dollars. Simply attach the sticks of the lollipops to the plastic spacers between leaves with the tape, letting them dangle like fruit from a tree. Space them out as much as you’d like, and decide ahead of time if you’ll be letting people ‘pick money’ from your tree. If so, don’t tape them too tightly. If not, be sure to bring some extras along so temptation doesn’t get the best of them!

Do you have any homemade costume ideas to share? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Colorful and Creative Desserts: Pretty Please, With Candy On Top!

Most of us have enjoyed candy as dessert more than a few times in our lives. Sometimes the only appropriate end to a meal or the day is a rich, creamy chocolate bar or sinfully sweet handful of StrawMallows. Mmmm…StrawMallows! Sorry, what was I saying? Oh yes, candy as dessert. We’ve all done it. We’ve all loved it. We’ll all do it again. But what we may not have thought of is clever and fun-tastic ways to incorporate candy into other desserts, from cakes to Jello. And the only limitation to where candy can find itself looking as fantastic and delicious as it always does is your imagination!

We were most recently thinking of candy as a complement to cake when we saw the amazingly adorable cupcakes our friend Jessica was serving at a party. Her beach-y cupcakes absolutely screamed summer, and featured none other than a Nik-L-Nip bottle in the sand ‘served with’ Jelly Candy Gems for a most refreshing treat! Jessica shared that her friend Bridget O’Connor was behind these baked beauties, and that she happens to have a cupcake company, A Sweet Touch. We can’t think of a more appropriate name! If you love the cupcakes, pictured above, as much as we do, you can contact Bridget at sweettouchcupcakes@gmail.com and have her bake up something wonderful for you, too!

We’re excited to see what other tempting creations A Sweet Touch will be whipping up, and their thinking outside the (cake)box got our own creative gears turning. We asked around Blair Candy Headquarters to see what other fun ways to work candy into the recipe the Blair Candy Bunch could think of. Needless to say, by the time I asked the last person my sweet tooth was ready for some sweet relief. Let’s take a look at some sugary suggestions…

Pool Party Perfection: Start with a sheet cake of any flavor. Spread blue icing across the top (it’s OK if you don’t get it completely smooth, those ripples are just waves!). You can use blue icing on the sides as well, or really any color you’d like. Float a few ‘rafts’ on the surface of the water by horizontally lining up Tootsie Frooties. And to float on the rafts? Gummy Bears of course. Hot Cinnamon Gummy Bears if they weren’t wearing their sunscreen! Lay one bear on top of each raft, and revel in the cuteness for at least 30 seconds. This part is important.

Add a few Giant Jawbreakers to the pool as beach balls, and if you’d like the pull to perform double duty as a relaxing retreat as well as a lap pool, add lane dividers with Candy Necklaces. Now invite friends over to marvel at your brilliance and, well…let them eat cake!

Fun With Jello That’s Simple and Sweet: Jello is already fun to eat and delicious. But you can make it even more exciting by starting with blue Jello and adding a few Swedish Fish to the mix. Want to add a more diverse group to your Jellocean? Add starfish, seahorses, dolphins and more with the Aqua Life Gummy Sea Creatures mix. A great dessert for kids and adults alike, this can be a low calorie treat that brings satisfaction and a smile.

Make It Muddy: Mud dessert is a bit of a classic, but there’s a reason – it’s delectable, easy to make, and really cheap. Fill cups with chocolate pudding, add crushed Oreo cookies to the top, and finish it all off with some Gummy Worms peeking out and over. Mud hasn’t tasted this good since you were 3!

A Tasty Treasure: A sheet cake in your favorite flavor will serve as the foundation of your marvelous treasure map. Add tan icing to give a faded effect, and leave uneven edges with the icing to give the illusion of wear. Create dotted lines on the map with Shoestring Licorice cut into small, half-inch pieces. Your “X” to mark the spot can be almost any candy you can think of – Twizzlers cut in half and crossed into an X, 4 or 6 Tootsie Rolls formed into an X, Licorice Allsorts lined up to form an X – whatever your favorite. Just don’t forget the point of the treasure map – finding the booty! Add a pile of Chocolate Gold Coins near the X, or scatter them all over the top just for fun.

And that is just the beginning! We got so many great ideas we can’t possibly pack them all into one post. We’d also love to hear how you’re working candy into your creations. Please leave any inspiration you just can’t bear to not share in the comments below. And if you ever need taste testers, you know where to find us!

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