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Four People On Your Gift List Who Would Love A Christmas Candy Box!

As the jingle bells are ringing and the wrapping paper is sparkling, our days are becoming increasingly busy during the holiday season. There are gifts to be bought, people to see, and places to visit. It’s easy to forget some of the special people on your gift list  – the people you greatly appreciate, but only see from time to time. We’re here to help you remember them on your gift list this year, and we have the so-delicious (and oh so affordable!) Personal Size Christmas Candy Boxes to gift them with!

Our Christmas Chocolate Candy Gift Boxes are the perfect thank you gift and they’re an inexpensive way for you to show your appreciation.  Available in either a Santa or religious theme box, each contains a great selection of favorite candy treats that are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

Your Child’s Boy or Girl Scout Leader
A scout leader has the innate ability to keep your child’s attention while occupying them with fun and educational activities. Your child may moan over his or her homework, but you can be sure he or she will be ready to go to boy scout or girl scout meetings each week! Many scout troops cancel meetings during the holiday season, so it’s easy to forget to gift your child’s scout leader. This year, keep a few Christmas candy boxes on hand, and gift one to the scout leader – she or he will appreciate your thoughtfulness!

Your Mailman, UPS, FedEx, and Amazon Delivery Person
Next time your online order arrives at your front door, surprise the delivery person with a small gesture of thanks by handing him or her one of our personal size candy gift boxes.  They’ll appreciate the gesture and will certainly appreciate the sweet treats inside that are perfect for their afternoon snack while on the road delivering all those packages!

Your Religious Leader
Do you attend regular religious services? Your religious leader puts a great deal of time and effort each week into creating an inspirational service, while continually extending all of himself or herself into bettering your local community. Gifting this person with a Christmas chocolate box is a thoughtful, meaningful gesture that will not be lost on him or her.

Your Child’s School Bus Driver
Doesn’t driving around all day and getting paid for it sound like a dream job? Now add forty “enthusiastic” kids to the mix and dicey winter driving conditions, and it becomes one of the most difficult jobs out there. Your child’s school bus driver has to be quite responsible and ensure your kids get to school on time, and for that, we think he or she deserves the delectable treats inside a Christmas chocolate box. It’s a small gift that really goes far in showing how much you appreciate one of the people who has your child’s safety in mind.

The Delicious History of the Chocolate Advent Calendar

Chocolate Advent Calendars are a scrumptious part of the holiday season and a time-honored tradition for most children (and adults, too!). Our chocolate Advent calendars feature twenty-four days of chocolates to open and enjoy as you excitedly count down the days until Santa arrives.

Despite their popularity, few people actually know the history of advent calendars and how they came about. So we put together the sweet details behind this unique holiday tradition.

  • Advent calendars can be traced back to the nineteenth century. German Lutheran families drew a chalk line for each day until Christmas. We bet they wished they had chocolate Advent calendars back then instead!
  • Advent “clocks” were created, featuring 24 candles, in the late nineteenth century. A candle would be lit for each day closer to Christmas. This was a common family tradition in German-speaking parts of Europe.
  • The first printed Advent calendar was created in Hamburg around 1900. Gerhard Lang is hailed as the creator of the modern-day Advent calendar, as in 1908, he made twenty-four colored pictures affixed to a piece of cardboard. A few years later, he introduced an Advent calendar with twenty-four small doors, which is very similar to our chocolate Advent calendars of today.
  • Present-day Advent calendars come in a multitude of styles, from the chocolate Advent calendars many of us are accustomed to to larger more elaborate styles filled with small gifts and sweets. In addition, some Advent calendars actually feature 25 or 26 doors, if Boxing Day is included, as well as some even extending to New Year’s Day!

This year, continue the tradition or start a new one by gifting the special people in your life with a Christmas Chocolate Advent Calendar. The holidays are a wonderful time full of splendor and cheer, and an Advent calendar helps build up the excitement and anticipation to see what Santa leaves under the tree on Christmas morning!

 

Brach’s Chocolate Stars Cherry Cordial Cookies

BRACH’S Chocolate Stars are one of the most popular holiday chocolate candies, but you may not even know you’re eating them! They’re commonly used in baking, as these solid milk chocolate goodies are known for being pleasantly meltable and oh-so-enjoyable.

With the holidays right around the corner, we know you’re going to be looking to cook up some delicious desserts to family gatherings, sweet soirees, and New Year’s extravaganzas.  So, we booked some time in the Blair Candy Test Kitchen to whip up some BRACH’S Chocolate Cherry Cordial Cookies.

Brachs Chocolate Stars Cherry Cordial Cookies

Ingredients:

¾ cup room temperature butter

⅔ cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1½ tablespoon maraschino cherry juice

2 cups all-purpose flour

maraschino cherries, well-drained and very finely chopped

BRACH’S Chocolate Stars

Directions:

1. Cream the butter on high speed with a hand mixer.

2. Slowly add the sugar and vanilla. Slowly add in the cherry juice. Mix until thoroughly combined. At a slow speed, gradually add the flour and mix until a soft dough is formed. Gently fold in chopped cherries.

3. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours until firm and cold.

4. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

5. Roll balls out of the cookie dough.

6. Bake for 10-11 minutes or until very lightly browned on the edges and remove from the oven.

7. While the cookies are still very warm, gently press a BRACH’S Chocolate Star into the top of each one.

8. Allow to cool and enjoy.

Feel proud of your festive BRACH’S Chocolate Cherry Cordial Cookies and enjoy!

10 Festive Ways to Incorporate Christmas Candy Canes Into Your Holiday Decor

Christmas Candy Canes are one of our favorite holiday sweets here at BlairCandy after all, they are one of the most recognizable symbols of the holiday season.  With most Christmas candy canes being so inexpensive, especially when you buy them in bulk, they’re the perfect holiday item to incorporate into your holiday decorating and goodies, and we have our top ten fun ideas for adding Christmas candy canes into your holiday mix.

1. Put together a “welcome bowl” for your home. Fill a bowl with Christmas Candy Canes and Holiday Chocolates for visiting guests to your home!

2. Create a festive candy cane vase using a mason jar, our favorite peppermint sticks, a rubber band, and ribbon!  It’s a simple craft and will look great on your holiday table.  Find instructions here.

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3. Up the “wow” factor when wrapping holiday gifts by affixing a Christmas candy cane to each gift with with these cute gift tags.  Find instructions here.

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4. Create a Christmas heart ornament for the loved ones in your life. Glue a meaningful photo to a piece of heavy cardboard, and frame the photo with two Christmas candy canes arranged to face each other to form a heart. Cut the cardboard so that only the candy canes and photo are showing. Attach a ribbon to the top so the recipient can hang it from their tree.  Find instructions here.

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5. Making Christmas cupcakes? Take a cue from the above tip, and add two Mini Christmas Candy Canes to the top of each cupcake, facing each other, to form a heart shape.  Find a delicious recipe for chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow fluff icing here.

6. Who needs a spoon to swirl their hot chocolate or coffee when they can use a holiday candy cane or peppermint stick? Using a candy cane as a stirrer adds a refreshing peppermint taste to your coffee and hot cocoa.

7. Tie a pretty ribbon around a candy cane, and hang it in your car for a holiday-themed and so pretty car air freshener.

8. Candleholders make the perfect decoration for your holiday table. Use candy canes to form a holder and place a fragrant bayberry or similar candle in the middle.  Finish them off with a colorful ribbon and voila!  They’re simple to make by following the instructions here.

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9. Use candy canes to create placeholders for your holiday dinners. Snap ends off three candy canes to make differing lengths. Attach candy canes together so that two face forward (these will hold the card) and one faces backward for balance (similar to an easel) with hot-glue.

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10. Of course, we couldn’t finish our list without putting the most popular place to use candy canes – on your Christmas tree!  Be sure to pick up a box or two of the most popular Bobs Candy Canes as they are the perfect ones to adorn your tree.

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Christmas PEEPS are Here! Check out the 2021 Lineup

It’s beginning to look a LOT like Christmas here at Blair Candy! Our huge candy warehouse is getting packed with more and more Christmas candy every day. Just as fast as it comes in, it goes right out as many candy lovers wait a whole year for their favorites to arrive and stock up as soon as they’re available.

One of those favorites is, of course, PEEPS! While you may associate Marshmallow PEEPS with Easter – after all that’s the holiday that “hatched” these fluffy faves – the lineup for Christmas PEEPS is just as sweet.

This year, we’re excited to see the return of some classic PEEPS flavors as well as some new arrivals which our raving fans will surely want to add to their shopping carts.

Let’s take a look:

PEEPS Holiday Vanilla Creme Flavored PEEPS Pop
What’s better than PEEPS on a stick? If you said, “nothing” you’re correct. This PEEPS version of a lollipop has special seasonal colored chicks in a delicious vanilla creme flavor that’s scrumptious!


PEEPS Trees
You can’t celebrate Christmas without a tree – a PEEPS Tree that is! These marshmallow trees are decked out with festive garland and are almost just too cute to eat, but you know temptation will strike and you’ll be done with that three-pack before you can say “Rudolph.”


PEEPS Gingerbread Men
Everyone’s favorite man-turned cookie is now a PEEP. These marshmallow gingerbread men are flavored just like your favorite Christmas cookie but a lot fluffier.


PEEPS Snowmen
Frosty as a PEEP? Well, not quite. The season’s favorite snowman is busy helping Santa, so a reasonable facsimile from the North Pole was brought in to model for these delicious and adorable-looking PEEPS.


PEEPS Stockings
Don’t hang these up by the chimney with care but you’re free to snack on as many as you want. These red stocking-shaped PEEPS aren’t hiding gifts inside, but they are packed with that fantastic marshmallow flavor you crave all year long.


Candy Cane PEEPS
What’s a lineup of PEEPS without a PEEP? Exactly! That’s why the classic PEEPS shape is here this holiday season with a flavor everyone loves and closely associates with Christmas – candy cane!

Well, there it is. Our lineup of Christmas PEEPS that are sure to sell out quickly this year, so be sure to stock up on your favorites today. Of course, if you miss out on Christmas, there’s always Easter!

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