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Valentine's Day Candy

Candy Conversation Heart Crafts

We prefer to eat them first, but there are plenty of creative ways to use candy conversation hearts! You can incorporate them with pieces of home décor or create some gifts for your special someone.

Jar of Hearts: Make a centerpiece for the table by filling a clear jar with conversation hearts. You can decorate the outside of the jar with cutouts (hearts, X’s and O’s, etc), pink or red felt balls, or anything else V-Day themed.

Photo Frame: For a great gift, glue conversation hearts to a wooden frame.

Napkin Rings: The perfect addition to a Valentine’s Day breakfast. Find the tutorial here.

Wreath: All you need is ribbon, a foam wreath from a craft store and a glue gun! Find the tutorial here.

Valentine’s Day Lollipops are Great for Classroom Exchanges!

Are you or your child participating in a Valentine’s Day candy exchange for a classroom or organization? Valentine’s Day lollipops are the perfect treats to share! Fun varieties from Jolly Rancher, Tootsie Roll and Charms make Valentine’s Day celebrations a breeze. Some include fun messages, or places to write your own right on the wrapper so you can customize them for each recipient. If you’re not part of a party this year, Valentine’s Day lollipops are also perfect for the office candy jar or candy buffets. Then they’re simple yet sweet, you can’t wrong!

Why Do We Give Candy on Valentine’s Day?

Ever wonder why boxes of chocolates and conversation hearts are staples for Valentine’s Day? While the history of Valentine’s Day goes back to the 1300’s, the tradition of giving Valentine’s Day candy on February 14th did not evolve until later. Sugar was actually still a precious commodity back then!
By the 1840’s, Valentine’s Day had taken over most of the English-speaking world. Victorians showered each other with fancy cards and gifts. Then came Richard Cadbury, who was part of a family of chocolatiers. Cadbury had recently changed its chocolate recipe, and Richard marketed some of their new chocolate items by selling them in beautifully decorated boxes he had designed. It wasn’t long after that Cupids and roses started appearing on heart-shaped boxes containing more sweets!

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!

Yummy Recipes with Necco Sweethearts

One of our favorite pastimes to do here at Blair Candy is try new recipes using surprising candy. Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, we decided to find some unique recipes using the Valentine’s Day favorite, Necco Sweethearts! Sweethearts have been around for decades, so it’s no surprise that people have found new and tasty ways to use this lovely treat! Take a look at these delicious recipes from some of our favorite blogs!

Sweetheart Martinis

From:

http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/valentines-conversation-heart-martinis-for-the-adults/

  • 4 ounces strawberry vodka
  • 2 ounces peach schnapps
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • Cherries & Conversation Hearts for garnish
  • Pink sanding sugar for the rims

Directions

1. Rim two martini glasses with pink sanding sugar.

2. Mix the vodka, schnapps and pineapple juice in a shaker with two or three ice cubes and pour through a strainer into the rimmed glasses. Garnish with cherries and hearts.

Conversation Heart Bark

From:

http://thedecoratedcookie.com/2012/01/partying-with-conversation-heart-bark/

  • Silicone ice cube tray (hearts if you can find one)
  • White chocolate chips or candy melts, any color
  • Conversation hearts
  • Ziploc
  • Hammer or mallet
  • Disposable decorating bag
  • Scissors

Directions

step one: crush your hearts
Oh, that sounds so sad. Place some conversation hearts in a Ziploc and smash with the hammer or mallet. Best to do this over a cutting board or dish towel so you don’t destroy the counter. Sprinkle a layer of crushed hearts on the bottom of each heart in the tray.

step two: melt your chocolate
Add some chocolate chips or candy melts to the disposable decorating bag. Fold over the top so they don’t fall out of the bag. Don’t fill the bag too much, use about 1/2 cup of chips or whatever fits comfortably in the bag. Microwave at 50 percent power for a minute and a half. Massage the chips and keep microwaving at 30, then 20 second intervals just until the chips are melted.

step three: add your chocolate
Snip the tip of the decorating bag and pipe the melted chocolate on top of the crushed hearts to fill the tray. Pick up both ends of the tray and gently stamp it flat on the counter to tamp down the chocolate. Let set well, a couple hours. Pop out of the tray and that’s it!

Sweetheart Rice Krispies

From:

http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/983695/funfetti-conversation-heart-rice-krispies-recipe

  • 1 package marshmallows (about 40 large ones)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 2 cups mini-marshmallows
  • About 1/2 cup sprinkles
  • Conversation hearts
  • Melted white chocolate

Directions

  1. Heat butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Once melted, add in large marshmallows. Heat until mixture is fully melted, stirring constantly, about 5-6 minutes.
  2. Pour the cereal, mini-marshmallows and sprinkles in a large mixing bowl. Pour the melted marshmallow mixture over the Rice Krispies and stir to combine. Add additional sprinkles if you’d like.
  3. Using your hands, press the mixture into a large 9 x 13-inch glass-baking pan. Push it down with your hands to smooth out lumps. While the mixture is still warm, press in conversation hearts all over the Rice Krispies.
  4. Chill Rice Krispies for about an hour. Once chilled, stamp out hearts with heart-shaped cookie cutters. Drizzle hearts with white chocolate and enjoy!

The Lovely Story of Conversation Hearts

Every Valentine’s Day, there are a few things everyone expects to receive: flowers, a card, and Conversation Hearts from Necco! Also known as Sweethearts, Conversation Hearts are the wildly popular candies that are perfect for expressing how you feel in sweet little bite-size treats. Why? Each heart has a small message of love printed on the front, making them adorable delights for your own “sweetheart.” Even though everyone is familiar with Conversation Hearts, not everyone knows the story behind them. Believe us; the history is just as charming as the candy itself!

A man named Oliver R. Chase invented a special machine, designed to cut wafer candy into different shapes, in 1847, and soon opened up a factory to produce mass quantities of this novelty candy. In 1866, Oliver’s brother, Daniel, had the idea to print cheeky sayings on the candy. Since the candy grew in popularity for weddings, the sayings included: “Married in White, you have chosen right” and “Married in Pink, he will take a drink.” This type of candy only became more ubiquitous in weddings, and it eventually evolved into the heart-shaped candy we all know and love.

What’s really interesting is the fact that the Chase Brothers didn’t just make candy hearts. In the early days of their candy production business, they produced lozenges, horseshoes, watches, baseballs…even postcard candy! Even though they were originally pastel candy hearts, they have since changed their recipe, making them easier to chew and much more vibrant. These aren’t the only changes that have been made to Conversation Hearts. In the 1990s, Necco, the company that now owns the hearts, wanted to update some of the sayings and retire some of the dated ones. Necco accepts suggestions each year for new sayings, a tradition that continues to this day.

We “Heart” Lollipops!

This Valentine’s Day, why not show some love with heart-shaped lollipops? At Blair Candy, we have quite the selection of heart lollipops for people of all ages to enjoy. Whether you’re looking to purchase treats for co-workers, a classroom of students, or anything in between, we have several types to choose from! Valentine's Day Lollipops

Show your love with Jolly Rancher heart-shaped lollipops. Just as tasty as the original hard candies, these Jolly Rancher lollipops will warm the hearts of those who receive them. Available in pink lemonade, cherry, watermelon and apple flavors, there are 20 pops per bag. Each lollipop is individually-wrapped. Additionally, every wrapper is printed with a heart-shaped blank space for conveniently writing the name of your crush, or recipient, right on it!

Next on the list of heart-shaped lollipops are cherry-flavored and made by Charms! Each bag contains 21 individually-wrapped suckers, all sporting a small white heart with an arrow through it on one side. Perfect for treating a class during a Valentine’s Day celebration or any time of year, as a staple of any wedding candy buffet!

Another heart-shaped favorite are Albert’s Sweet Swirly Suckers. Designed with pink, red and white swirls, these pretty pops taste even sweeter than they look. Each box of Sweet Swirly pops comes with 24 sticks of lovely, swirly goodness. To maintain freshness, each pop is individually wrapped. Did we mention the wrapper comes with a removable Valentine’s Day sticker, too? Sweet to eat and treat others, these pops are sure to please!

This year, Cupid’s got nothing on Blair Candy! Shop today for the Valentine’s Day candy that will have you falling in love all over again!

Show Teachers Your Appreciation this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so once again it’s time to think about what kind of sweet treats your children should take to school for classroom celebrations. From Valentine’s cards to candy, the students exchange it all. But what about the teachers? Don’t forget about your child’s teacher or instructor; they like to receive goodies, too! chocolate heart lollipops

This Valentine’s Day, R.M. Palmer Company makes it easy for you to show appreciation to teachers. Their 18-count foil-wrapped chocolate heart lollipops are a sweet gift, in more ways than one! Each wrapper comes with a cute and memorable expression to show them how much you and your child care about what they do. Some are even humorous teacher-specific puns, sure to brighten any teacher’s day.

These multi-pack chocolate treats are perfect if you have several teachers on your list. They’re great for teachers at any education level, not just pre-school or elementary instructors! Each lollipop is generously sized, to further serve as a token of appreciation, as if to say, “We don’t just appreciate you; we appreciate you THIS much!”

Place your Valentine’s Day candy order now and beat the last-minute rush! And most importantly, don’t forget to spoil teachers on February 14th. They like a sugary reprieve from their everyday routine as much as their students do!

Some More Candy Treats to Tempt Your Valentine!

In our last blog post we highlighted three oh-so-sweet recipes that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Each incorporated at least one candy favorite to take an already-enticing baked good to the next level. Today, we’re going to add 3 more goodies to that list. We keep finding amazing recipes, and simply have to share them with you! Of course, the more treats the better, so feel free to try your hand at all of them. And if you have any extras and happen to be in the area, we’d be happy to help them disappear!

Image courtesy of the36thavenue.com

Festive White Chocolate Popcorn – It looks as though the author of this recipe actually whipped up this yumminess for Christmas, but we think it looks perfect for Valentine’s Day as well (especially in those ADORABLE striped bowls!) There is nothing in this recipe not to love, and for as eye-catching and pretty as it turns out, it sounds quite achievable even for a kitchen novice. All you’ll need is popcorn, white chocolate chips, marshmallows, butter, corn syrup, and Sixlets. And an appetite for awesome treats. You’ll need that, too!

Image courtesy of Pinterest

Heart Shaped Peeps Valentines – These so sweet Valentines are not only unique and full of delicious delights, they are also so easy to make that you don’t have to ‘make’ them at all. Instead of a recipe, there are simple directions. Simply place a graham cracker or two in a treat bag with a piece of a Hershey’s bar and heart-shaped Peep. You can give your Valentine just one, but they’re sure to want s’more!

Image courtesy of savingcentswithsense.net

Conversation Hearts Rice Krispies Treats – Whether you’re mixing up Valentines for the kiddos, or your special someone never grew out of Rice Krispies treats (who could blame them?), these heart-shaped eats are a perfect snack for sharing the love. This recipe calls on red food coloring to give the hearts a light pink hue, but you could always make several small batches and incorporate blue, green, purple – whatever your ummm… heart desires! Grab a bag of Necco Sweethearts, and you’re done in a flash.

Candy + Baked Goods = Happy Valentine’s Day, Indeed!

It seems like just yesterday that we were eating more Christmas cookies than our pants would comfortably allow, but alas, Christmas was nearly one month ago, and Valentine’s Day is on the horizon! That means that while love is in the air, Valentine’s Day candy is in our warehouse, ready to find its way to you and your taste buds. But rather than simply eat the candy by itself – which, to be honest, is definitely not a bad idea – we set out to find some Valentine’s Day recipes for which candy plays an important part. Here are some of our favorites…

Image courtesy of Traveling Spoon Blog

Cinnamon Imperials Shortbread: May a million blessings come to the woman who dreamed these up! While I haven’t had a chance to try them out yet, as a big fan of Cinnamon Imperials and shortbread, I just know they’re going to be fabulous. Honestly, how could they not be? Just look at that beautiful, buttery shortbread! Yum, yum, yum.

Image courtesy of TheBakingRobot.com

Atomic Fireball Cupcakes: Yes. Yes, they did. Yes, they put an Atomic Fireball candy on top of the cupcake like a cherry, and YES, it is the cutest, cleverest thing you’ve ever seen. Seriously, thank goodness for the Internet, because I would never think of these things on my own! And that Atomic Fireball on top is not the only Atomic Fireball in the recipe. These spicy cinnamon cupcakes include Fireball-infused water for extra kick. (note: extra points given for the hilarious writing)

Image courtesy of MyLitter.com

White Chocolate Popcorn & Conversation Hearts: How much do I love white chocolate, popcorn, and Conversation Hearts? Enough that I’m not even sure I can make this one because I fear I won’t stop eating until it’s all gone. And because I fear that no other dessert will ever live up to its awesomeness. And because I fear that – oh, who am I kidding – a life lived in fear is no life at all! I’m making it. And you can bet I’m making a double batch so other people can eat some, too. If they’re quick enough.

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