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Add Even More Deliciousness to Your Dessert with Ice Cream Toppings!

Not that we ever stop eating ice cream – even when the temperature is beyond freezing, I’ve always got time in my schedule for a scoop or two! – but during the summer, ice cream eating definitely kicks into action big time. Have I ever made it a personal test to see if I had enough time during a commercial break to make myself a sundae? Umm…maybe. (Yes. Yes I have. Even though I have a DVR, I like to challenge myself. Keeps ya young!)

But don’t go thinking for one minute that I’m eating bowl after bowl of plain ice cream. Even if I pick a flavor with candy bits, cookie dough, nuts or marshmallow already in the mix, I am certainly adding more. I learned years ago that the ‘less is more’ philosophy doesn’t even come close to applying to candy, so I do what I know in my heart is the right thing to do. I pile on ice cream toppings until the ice cream is no longer visible. So far, this method is working out pretty great!

As for where I’m getting all these tempting ice cream toppings, that would be right here at BlairCandy.com! In order to ensure that they are indeed fresh and flavorful, I have to run a taste test. I hope you understand that I’m doing this for all of you – it has nothing to do with my own candy cravings. I know, I know, I’ve heard it all before. You never met anyone so selfless! ;)

Want some unique and delicious ice cream toppings of your own? Be sure to browse our full selection and make ice cream time even better! You can also feel free to challenge yourself to the commercial break sundae test. I figure the calories I burn rushing to make my sundae quickly surely exceed the calories I’m eating! (Let me dream here, people.)

Fisher’s Popcorn: An Ocean City, MD Favorite You Can Now Buy at Blair!

If you told me years ago that one day we would be selling Fisher’s caramel popcorn in our online store, I would have thought you were crazy. Of course, I’ve been eating their popcorn much longer than the internet has existed, so if you even told me there would be stores living inside a computer I would have thought you were crazy! But time always marches on, changing at every turn, and for all the changes we don’t like, we have to admit that some of them are pretty great. The change we’re most excited about today is that we no longer have to wait for a trip to Ocean City, MD to enjoy that impossibly divine taste of Fisher’s caramel corn. We’ll still stop by their stand first when we do go, of course! But having it right at our fingertips is a very exciting thing.

Ocean City, MD is for my family what it is for many other families in Pennsylvania – a vacation spot that is far enough away from home to really feel like you got away, but not so far that you can’t drive, even with little ones in the car. Of all the boardwalks I’ve been to over the years, theirs is still my favorite, and Fisher’s popcorn is one of many reasons it likely always will be. When you’ve been visiting a place for many years, especially a place where you spend much of your time there walking, you start to think of locations along the way as mile markers. But, unlike a race, you’re taking your time and taking all these mile markers all in, so by the time you reach the end of the boardwalk your belly is full and so is your shopping bag!

As I’ve noticed many others do as well, when I stop at the impossible-to-resist Fisher’s popcorn stand, I always buy at least 2 tubs of caramel corn. One is to be enjoyed as we stroll the boardwalk, and the other for later that night back at the hotel. If it’s our last night in Ocean City, several more tubs will be purchased! For me, and countless others, it is a snack tied to some of the best memories. Most of us are at our best when on vacation, ready to really enjoy time with our friends and family without any of the stress that everyday life brings. I’m hoping that being able to buy Fisher’s popcorn online from our site allows people to not only savor that flavor whenever they wish, but maybe also to gather the family together after a long day and see if sharing in this vacation classic offers a bit of that same relaxing vibe at home.

Even if you can’t make it to the boardwalk this summer, bring a tub of Fisher’s caramel corn out on the porch, kick back in a lounge chair and close your eyes. Imagine that if you opened your eyes the ocean would be right there, and let that thought take away your worries!

Car-Friendly Candy and Snacks for Your Spring or Summer Road Trip

We have finally climbed our way out from under the frigid avalanche that was this past winter, and something as simple as sitting on the front porch feels like a release from prison! After months of only being outside long enough to shovel or walk from my house to my car, even outdoor chores like washing the windows are almost a joy. I’m just so happy to be outside! And what’s even better than feeling a warm rush of wind while sitting on a deck chair is feeling it while you’re driving down the highway toward somewhere exciting. It could be a friend’s house, an amusement park, a beach – just about anywhere! When you’re a road trip fan like I am, the journey is truly half the fun.

I love playing car games, I love listening to music, I love seeing new things along the way, and not being too rushed to stop and check some of them out. Seriously – if you’re planning a road trip this year, do yourself a favor and build some flexibility into your travel time. Sometimes those odd little stops along the way are gems! Yes, there’s a lot I love about road trip adventures, but what I don’t love is spending a ton of money on overpriced convenience store snacks when hunger strikes. And with a little planning, you don’t have to.

Before you head out on the highway, be sure to pack some sweet and salty snacks that will keep your belly happy between meals. Most of us idly snack more than usual when in a car for a long time, so the lengthier your journey, the more variety you should give yourself. I like to keep the ‘Big 3’ of snacking in mind when I pack my bag, ensuring I have at least 2 of each: Sweet, Salty, Satisfying. Some snacks meet the qualifications for more than one of those categories, of course, while others might not fill me up, but are a favorite nonetheless!

Here are a few of my favorite snacks and candies to take along on a road trip. Please share yours in the comments!

Charms Fluffy Stuff Cotton Candy Lollipops
Swedish Fish
Planters Peanuts
Jack Link’s Teriyaki Beef Jerky
Cracker Jacks
Moon Pies

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!

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. :)

The Best Candy Gift for Baseball Lovers is Born!

While we do love offering up pre-made candy gifts that catch our eye and happily end up in our inventory, we couldn’t help but crave the same sugar rush that came when we created our popular Custom Candy Bar Box. We loved the satisfaction that came with offering gift-givers everywhere an opportunity to personalize a truly awesome present for just $25, and from the first day it was available  on our site, you showed us that you loved it, too!

While our Custom Candy Bar Box is still a favorite that excites us, we wanted to feel the pure adrenaline of something brand new. What can we say – we’re candypreneurs! And, we came up with just the thing, at the exact right time. The latest homerun at Blair is our Can of Ball Park Treats – currently on sale for just $24.95!

We start with a gift-worthy, generously sized paint-style can, with a label that hints at the tremendous selection of treats inside. Then, working with only the finest, freshest baseball candy and snacks, we fill that tin to the brim with about 59 wrapped goodies! These include: 2 Bags of Planters Peanuts, 2 Bags of Cracker Jacks, 2 Bags of David’s Sunflower Seeds, 2 Cans of Jack Link’s Jerky Chew, 2 packs of Big League Chew, 5 Gummy Hotdogs, 5 Gummy Burgers, 8 BB Bats Taffy Lollipops, over 30 pieces of Baseball Gum, and – of course – a pack of baseball cards!

Great gifts for baseball lovers, these are also a fun tin-o-treats to pick up for yourself. You can also grab one or two to offer up in a raffle or baseball fundraiser, or to serve as tasty centerpieces at a baseball banquet or baseball-themed birthday party!

What do you think of our Can of Ball Park Treats? Do you agree we hit it out of the park with this one, or is there a candy player you would have included in the starting lineup that we missed? Let us know in the comments – and, in the meantime – play ball! Or at least eat sunflower seeds and chew some Big League like you do. ;)

Terrific Ice Cream Toppings: Going Boldly Beyond the Sprinkles!

We hope your freezer is overflowing with frozen fantastic-ness, and your ice cream bowl never empty. We also hope you’re keeping your ice cream as cool as it is cold by experimenting with toppings new and old. Need a little inspiration? We think we might have some extra lying around!

We don’t have any issue whatsoever with typical ice cream toppings, whether you pile on the peanuts or go a little crazy with chocolate sauce. But we do like to mix things up from time to time, foregoing ice cream topping classics for something unexpected and a bit more adventurous. Here’s a few of our favorites – and please share yours in the comments!

Boston Baked Beans – Simply can’t skip the peanuts, but are open to a new take on them? Grab yourself a box of Boston Baked Beans! Those candy coated peanuts we all know and love taste terrific atop a scoop of vanilla, chocolate, mint chocolate chip or coffee ice cream. We’re certain they taste good with other flavors as well, but if we did all the research that wouldn’t be very fair to all of you!

Whoppers Malted Milk Balls – We tried these atop chocolate, vanilla with peanut butter swirl, and chocolate chip cookie dough, and we’re prepared to cast our verdict. According to the very scientific topping research conducted at Blair Candy Headquarters, you cannot go wrong with Whoppers! In fact, these complement ice cream so perfectly that we’re a little let down we haven’t been enjoying them together for years. (Note: Research was not scientific at all; we just ate delicious thing. Happily!)

Raspberry Gummy Pretzels – Not only are these fruity cuties tasty on their own, but they add an extra ‘dash o’ summer’ to any frozen treat they top. We tried them on rainbow sherbet, caramel ice cream, and vanilla frozen yogurt. And if our trials were the SATs, each of those combos would be primed for a seriously good scholarship to Yum University!

Candy that Calls on Summer Classics for Inspiration!

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but sincerity was never so sweet as it is in the following collection of candy copycats! Each of these perfect-for-summer treats takes a cue from another summer treat that came before it, and we think there’s more than enough room in our lives for both.

Marpo Marshmallow Ice Cream Cones: If we told our team in the candy warehouse that they had to safely ship out a tub with 30 real ice cream cones inside, I think we’d have a mutiny on our hands! But when those 30 cones are of the marshmallow variety, our team is happy to pack them up and send ‘em your way every day. These are an all-around fun treat for any season, but especially make a splash in the summer.

Necco Banana Split Candy Chews: Unlike the marshmallow ice cream cones above, these petite sweets don’t resemble a banana split in shape, but they do pack plenty of banana split flavor. With 240 to a tub, there’s more than enough to share, and you don’t have to worry about dropping your banana boat!

Icee Squeeze Candy: Ever get a craving for an Icee while you’re camping and they’re miles away, or it’s 2 in the morning and you don’t want to swap your slippers for real shoes? We’ve all been there. Icees are pretty much summer royalty, foregoing their crown for a straw with a little scoop on the end! But the brains at Icee headquarters have thankfully avoided brain freeze long enough to bring us something genius – Icee Squeeze Candy, Icee Spray Candy and Icee Gummy Candy, all perfectly portable ways to enjoy Icee awesomeness anywhere, any hour, anytime!

Light Up the Night with Cool Candy for Kids

For the majority of the year, the nighttime isn’t the right time to be a kid. From September through early June, almost every night is a school night, which means doing homework and getting enough rest to tackle the long day ahead. Add to that the early setting sun of winter, and the cold days and even colder nights, and it’s easy to see why adults and kids alike keep most activities indoors until spring comes to town.

But once spring does come, and school days end for the year, it’s time for every kid’s favorite six letters – S-U-M-M-E-R! And with it comes much more time to relax and play away the day, and later bedtimes for many young folks.

Because kids usually want to stay outside as late as possible, even if they’re just playing on the porch, light up candy makes a perfect nighttime treat. It also helps you keep an eye on them, but they don’t need to know that part! ;)

Skittles Sour Light Up Spray Candy: Sour Strawberry, Green Apple and Blue Raspberry sprays are a novelty made for the night! With terrifically tart Skittles flavor, each box is packed with 18 pieces.

Flash Pop Rings: Kids will love this lick-activated flashing lollipop! With a bright, flashing light inside, brought to disco life when you lick, these are fun to wear and full of flavor.

Lightning Bug Gummi Candy: As fun as lightning bugs are to watch and chase around the yard for a closer look, they can also be fun to eat! Well, sort of. Just leave those lovely little flying ones alone and tempt your sweet tooth with our lightning bugs, OK? Ours come with a special set of tweezers that illuminates the gummy ‘bugs’ inside when you or your little ones pick them up.

Sweet Freedom! Tasty Treats for the 4th of July…Starring Blue Sixlets

Happy Independence Day, everyone! And thanks for taking a few minutes to stop by between burgers grilling and fireworks popping. Since we’re in full 4th swing here as well, we thought this would be the perfect time to share some of our own treat ideas with you, each of which is ideal for Independence Day, but would work all summer long!

Red, White and Blue Berries: We’ve seen strawberries popping up all over Facebook, dipped in white chocolate before getting the sugar treatment with blue candy crystals. Plenty of parents have been posting them as their kiddos helped with their creation, and they really couldn’t be cuter! But we do think there’s something that might taste even better than blue sugar – Blue Sixlets. The combo of chocolate, white chocolate and strawberry is what freedom is all about!

Revolutionary Red Velvet Cupcakes: We aren’t going to lie; there isn’t much you can do to a red velvet cupcake topped with buttercream frosting to make it any better. It’s like the Ryan Gosling of cupcakes – so close to perfection that it isn’t worth the risk of trying to make it any more amazing! But we like to live on the edge – we like to push the envelope on awesome. But only a little! So we’ll be sticking with our favorite recipe for red velvet cupcakes and buttercream frosting, and dropping just a few Blue Sixlets atop each to make it as American as it is delish!

Patriotic Jello Petites: When the summer sun is beating down and temps are climbing into the 90s, many of us look for lighter treats to snack on. And today looks as though it’s shaping up to be quite toasty! This one requires just a few minutes and a few ingredients. You can purchase already-made red Jello packs (strawberry is my fave!), or make your own at home in small glasses or even Dixie cups. Once the Jello is ready, squirt on a little whipped cream and garnish with Blue Sixlets. Easy, economical, and not a ton of calories!

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