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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!

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!

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.

Reminiscing on Christmas Past with Christmas Candy

Growing up, the holidays were one of my favorite times of the year! In my childhood home the holidays were centered on family, friends, presents, food, and did I mention presents? Now that I’m older I love to look back on those cherished Christmas memories and think about the tasty candy treats my family would always have during the holiday season!Christmas Advent Calendar

- You always knew Christmas was on its way when my mother started merrily placing glass candy dishes filled with old fashioned hard candy around the house. I loved grabbing a few candies to keep in my pocket!

- Every Christmas, until I was well into my 20’s, we would kick off December by opening the first door on our Christmas Advent Calendars. Nothing was more exciting as a child than the promise of a delicious piece of chocolate everyday, while anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus!

- The Christmas season was never complete until after we made our annual gingerbread house. Decorated with M&Ms, gum drops, and other mouth watering goodies, our gingerbread houses were almost too good to eat!

Candy Canes- Decorating the tree was a fun filled celebration! My father would string the lights while my mother and I would prepare the ornaments and decorations. Not a year went by when we didn’t decorate the Christmas tree with candy canes! I remember trying to hang a candy cane from every single branch!

- Dark Chocolate Covered Thin Mints were a Christmas staple! We would always have a few boxes lying around the house to give as gifts, but more often than not we would keep some boxes to enjoy for ourselves!

- My ginormous Christmas stocking was always hung from staircase with care, and I knew that good old Saint Nicholas had rounded out the bottom of every stocking with popcorn balls!

I bet you also have some sweet Christmas memories from when you were a child! Share them with us by leaving a comment with your favorite Christmas memory.

Burgi’s Low-Life Riders Make Things Sweeter for Some of Our Littlest Neighbors

If you live in or near Altoona, PA, home to Blair Candy, chances are good you might be familiar with a group of heart-of-gold bikers that call themselves Burgi’s Low-Life Riders. Looking at their ‘About’ section on Facebook, we get a bit of a background on how they and all they do today came to be. Initially a bunch of people with a common interest, they would get together for group rides in the name of a good time. And while there is certainly nothing wrong with riding for riding’s sake, they decided to kick things up a notch and turn these group rides into charity rides.

Initially their charity rides supported the Railroaders Memorial Museum of Altoona, an institution near and dear to many in our area. But after a few years they “decided to move their mission forward and help support children of central Pennsylvania stricken with serious or debilitating illnesses.” Yeah – they’re basically awesome people doing awesome things for awesome kids. And here at Blair Candy, we get a front-row seat to their rides thanks to our big parking lot!

For the past several years Burgi’s Low-Life Riders have used our parking lot as the starting point for their charity rides. In getting a ride underway, they first find 2 kids in our area whose families could benefit from some help with medical expenses stemming from their treatment. Then, with the help of other caring members of the community, they set out to make their cause more visible by hitting the road riding.

If you would like to be a part of Burgi’s Low-Life Riders next charity ride, please check out their Facebook for more information. And if you would like to donate but can’t attend the ride, please inquire on their Facebook as well for the best way to do so! We also hope you’ll check out the Blair Candy Facebook page for some photos from the last ride. It really is a wonderful thing they’re doing, and we’re happy to be a part of it.

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!

Making That Birthday Gift Box So Much Sweeter

We’ve been making lots of candy-coated changes here at Blair Candy over the last few months, including moving soon into our brand new candy warehouse. We’ve just debuted another “new” – our Candy By Decades section on our website! We say with pride and affection that we’re pretty nuts about candy, and we’ve long been in wonderment on the different types of sweets that have blossomed from various decades over the last century. Doesn’t it just make sense that Fun Dip debuted in the same decade as when we needed a little “carefree” in our lives post-WWII?

We found ourselves chatting with many a customer on candy gift ideas, including offering up gift suggestions that relate to the gift recipient’s birth year or the decade they grew up in, so we figured, hey, why not make it easy and create a category of candy from each decade? A great birthday gift idea is to pair candy from the decade they were born or grew up in with a small gift that fits into that decade, as well! We put our heads together and came up with some awesome ideas for you:

  • Candy From The 20s: Pair some Caramel Creams, Chiclets, and Clark Bars with Betty Boop memorabilia, a typewriter key bracelet, or a Babe Ruth figurine.
  • Candy From The 30s: Combine delish Candy Buttons, PayDay bars, and Snickers with a so retro “tick tock” cat clock, Fedora hat, or a sleek cocktail shaker.
  • Candy From The 40s: Wrap up Junior Mints, Bazooka bubble gum, and Fun Dip in a package with a vintage pin-up girl poster, WWII coin collection, and a pack of Coca-Cola in the original Coke “bottle” look.
  • Candy From The 50s: Put a bow on a gift of Candy necklaces, Dum Dum lollipops, and Satellite Wafers by pairing it with a whimsical Gumby and Pokey set, Silly Putty, and a retro apron.
  • Candy From The 60s: Reflect on one fun decade by combining a gift of Gummy Swedish Fish, Fruit Stripe Gum, and Twizzlers with a tie-dyed shirt, Beatles poster, and a space shuttle figurine.
  • Candy From The 70s: Break that disco ball out and give a gift of PopRocks, Laffy Taffy, and Bubble Yum, along with a disco ball keychain, lava lamp, or anything with “groovy” written on it!
  • Candy From The 80s: Celebrate this neon-hued decade with a gift of Gummy Bears, Runts, and Nerds, paired with a so-fun Atari video game, Pac-Man wind-up toys, and a Rubik’s cube.

These are just a few ideas that our sugar-filled team came up with – what are some Candy By Decade candy and gift pairings that you’ve gifted or would love to gift?

Encourage Your Children to Do Their Chores with St. Patrick’s Day Candy!

We’ve all heard of “The Luck of the Irish,” but as an Irish lady herself, I can tell you much of that ‘luck’ comes from hard work! In fact, an excerpt from one of my favorite Irish blessings gives a hint at how important hard work has historically been to the Irish – “May there always be work for your hands to do, May your purse always hold a coin or two, May the sun always shine on your windowpane, May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.”

I can still remember a much younger me sitting at my grandmother’s kitchen table sipping Ginger Ale and re-reading that blessing again and again. I didn’t realize at the time that work was a blessing unto itself, but I knew that I loved the little treats high honors on my report card brought! So I worked hard then, and I work hard now, and I’m lucky that my purse always holds a coin or two.

While we can’t expect young children to inherently understand the value of work, the time will come when teaching them is essential. There are countless ways to encourage your children to work hard in all they do, and just as many ways to reward them for it. This isn’t to say they deserve a prize for every dish they wash, but little presents here and there are fun for everyone. After all, you probably wouldn’t show up as often for your job were it not for the paycheck!

With St. Patrick’s Day approaching and “The Luck of the Irish” on our minds, we thought up a fun, festive way to help your kiddos cross some chores off their ‘to do’ list while earning some magical goodies!

Step One: Choose a Few Chores to Reward – The number of chores will depend on how many they have, but let’s imagine they include Dusting, Making their Bed and Vacuuming. Jot these down in a notebook, and move to Step Two!

Step Two: Get Ready to Channel Your Creative Side – The Irish Blessings we all know and love didn’t write themselves, and neither will yours! Don’t worry; this is designed to be fun. Think of the chore at hand and write a little 4-line blessing to give your child a clue at the prize. Let’s assume you will reward them with Green Apple Tootsie Frooties for dusting the living room. Your Irish Blessing might read: None of us like to live among dirt and dust, And this is what makes regular dusting such a must! But fret not for when you have finished your dusting duties, Your taste buds will be rewarded with Tootsie Frooties! OK, to be fair, it’s more of a poem than a blessing, but it’s close!

Step Three: Decide How Magical You’ll Be – Now you’ll have to decide how to gift the goodies. You can always let your child know beforehand that their chores will come backed by treats this week, sharing the Blessings with them, and handing the candy out upon completion. Or, you can make it more magical, which works especially well for younger kids, but can be fun for teens as well. For the magical angle, it will be a bit like a treasure hunt. Let’s take the chore of vacuuming as an example. You can first take the vacuum from the closet and have it ready for them to use. Then, you can place the candy prize in a bag in the spot where the vacuum lives. Once they’ve finished and are ready to tuck it back into the closet, they’ll open the door to reveal their riches! Were they left there by a little Leprechaun? That’s up to you!

Your kids can’t possibly consider work a blessing every minute of the day – no sane person can! But the truth is that it’s more than just an essential aspect of life; it’s a fulfilling one as well. And if candy can help instill that from an early age, we think that’s a pretty sweet deal. :)

BlairCandy.com is Celebrating Its 12th Birthday in 2012!

Do you recognize that logo in the image above? You just might if you’ve been shopping with us since the beginning at BlairCandy.com! We took a little trip through the Wayback Machine at Archive.org to take a nostalgic peek at what BlairCandy.com looked like back when George W. Bush was taking his first crack at the whole President thing, Train was filling the radio airwaves with “Drops of Jupiter” and we were all getting comfortable with being among those that got the opportunity to live in a new millenium! Yes, the year was 2001, and BlairCandy.com was celebrating it’s first birthday. Needless to say, there were oh-so-stuffed goodie bags full of candy at the party!

While our brick and mortar store here in Altoona, PA has been selling sweet treats for 73 years, and certainly isn’t about to retire, our online store hasn’t quite hit its teenage years just yet. In the world of online stores, 12 is actually pretty mature, although you might not recognize that maturity if you were at the office during one of the many practical jokes we play on one another! But when the time comes to get down to business, we set the jokes aside for a bit. We’re always learning, changing and evolving to better serve you, and aren’t afraid to mix things up in the quest to create the best buying experience for our customers. That experience includes bringing you tried-and-true tasty treats at pocket-friendly prices, new products that just might become old favorites, and creating an easy-to-navigate site that lets you find what you’re looking for fast while also being easy on the eyes! We see lots of ugly sites out there, and we don’t ever want to be one of them. J

To celebrate our 12th year online, we’re having a virtual party, and you’re all invited! Keep an eye on the Blair Candy Twitter, Blair Candy Facebook and Blair Candy emails for more information on superior sales and fun contests. We may have sprouted a few more gray hairs around here since we opened our online doors in the year 2000, but we still know how to have a good time!

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