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Create an Ice Cream Sundae Bar for Cool Summer Fun

With summer here we’re all going to be spending more time outside lounging by the pool, having an afternoon BBQ, or just chilling in a hammock on a hot afternoon.  But as the temperature rises we all start looking for ways to cool down and let’s face it, there’s no better way than with a cold dish of ice cream!

So why not gather up your favorite flavors and create an ice cream sundae bar complete with a great selection of toppings that everyone will love?  It’s a quick and easy way to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth and cool down on a hot summer day.

Of course, we’re here to help you select the most popular ice cream topping that everyone can agree on, so here’s the scoop:

No ice cream sundae is complete without syrup and when it comes to chocolate there’s none better than HERSHEY’S.  So grab a bottle of HERSHEY’S Chocolate Syrup and while you’re at it, don’t forget to pick up a bottle of Strawberry and Caramel as well.

Maraschino Cherries
It’s not a sundae until the cherry is on top!  Be sure to pick up a jar of these delicious while, stemless, maraschino cherries and place them out on your ice cream sundae bar.  We guarantee you there will be more than one going on top of those scoops of ice cream because they’re sooooo good!

Rainbow Sprinkles / Rainbow Jimmies
Whether you call them jimmies or sprinkles, no ice cream sundae buffet is complete without them.  They make a colorful and sweet addition to any flavor of ice cream and what kid (or adult, for that matter) can resist spooning some on top of their sundae?

Reese’s Peanut Butter Sauce
Everyone loves the creamy peanut butter inside a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and now it’s available on its own as an ice cream topping!  You’re going to want to eat it right out of the jar, but don’t do that… save it for on top of your do-it-yourself sundae!

Now, you’re going to need something for your guests to put their ice cream sundaes in and we’re pretty sure you don’t want to be doing dishes.  So, be sure to pick up a pack of our styrofoam ice cream cups that are the perfect size for your sundaes!

Need more inspiration for your ice cream sundae bar?  Be sure to check out all the delicious ice cream toppings we have available, but remember… just like ice cream chocolate melts in the heat.  So be sure to take that into consideration when ordering.

Grenades Gum is the Bomb!

Around here we take candy seriously!  After all, our family has been in the candy business for over 80 years.  Over the course of those eight decades, we’ve eaten a lot of chocolate, sucked on a ton of mints, and chewed lots and lots of gum.

We get in a lot of new candy, snacks, and gum each week and while we don’t get the chance to sample it all right away, we couldn’t resist trying out one line of gum, in particular, the moment pallets of it arrived in our huge candy warehouse.

Grenades Gum is well… a gum that is pretty explosive!  (See what we did there?)

It bills itself as a “2-stage” chewing gum because it actually has two layers of flavor.  There’s an outer shell that is packed, well more like SUPER-loaded with flavor that leads you to the second layer of flavor that’s still powerful but tame.

Grenades Gum’s claim to fame revolves around flavor and one of the most popular, and intense, flavors is mint.  Mint Grenades are sooooo powerful that bad breath won’t stand a chance and neither will your sinuses.  In fact, a quick search on TikTok will reveal several videos of people’s first reactions to Mint Grenade Gum and they are… well, check them out for yourself!

How they pack so much flavor into a piece of gum is pure science and more than likely derived by some mad scientist with a goal set for making the most intense form of chewing gum known to man.

Mint aside, Grenades Gum is also available in other flavors such as spearmint or grape, or if you like sour – and we mean REALLY sour – go for the Sour Citrus Acid flavor, and don’t forget we warned you!

To be honest, Grenades Gum may not be your everyday chewing gum like say, Beemans or Trident Cinnamon but it’s great if you’re looking for the most flavorful and fun gum on the planet or you’re looking to boost your fan base on TikTok by trying to catch all your unsuspecting friend’s reactions on that first chew.

Pick up a bag of each flavor and find out which one is your flavor-fave and once you get those reaction videos uploaded, be sure to check out the rest of our TikTok famous candy to add even more to your channel!

Top 5 Favorite Bible School Snacks

Now that school is out for the summer, many kids will be heading off to summer camp and vacation Bible school.  Along with packing a nutritious lunch, you’re going to want to reward your little ones with a sweet treat in their lunch box.  But with so many snacks to choose from, which ones are the best?

Well… look no further!  We’ve put together our own “Top 5” list of best-selling Bible school snacks that you’re kids are going to love.

Haribo Gummy Bears
Ok, let’s face it, nobody (and we mean, nobody) is going to turn down a handful of gummy bears and there’s none better than the original Haribo Gold-Bears.  They literally are the “gold” standard other gummy candy tries to live up to.  And while you’re kids are learning about the Golden Rule, they’ll love snacking on these fan-favorite treats.

Haribo Gold-Bears gummi bears

Barnum’s Animals Crackers
You remember these from your own childhood and Animal Crackers remain a popular favorite even today!  In fact, kids young and old love snacking on these cookies and we bet you can taste them right now just thinking about them.  The perfect treat for snacking on after learning about all the animals who went on an incredible adventure on Noah’s ark!

You read that correctly, Dunkaroos are back and they’re a hit with a new generation of snackers.  Your kids will love dunking the delicious vanilla cookies into the rich, creamy chocolate frosting just like you did many years ago.  But take it from us, you’ll want to grab two boxes of these – one for you, and one for the kids!

H.K. Anderson Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels
Peanut butter is always a kid’s favorite and when you combine it with a crunchy pretzel that has just the right salt-to-pretzel ratio, you have one irresistible snack.  These snack-size bags of peanut butter-filled pretzel bites make for a nutritious afternoon snack.

Welch’s Fruit Snacks
Speaking of nutritious snacks, our list would not be complete without Welch’s Fruit Snacks.  These staple snacks are made with real fruit, contain no preservatives, and are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and E.  Plus the best thing about these is that kids absolutely love them, so be sure to stock up!

So there you have it!  Our top 5 favorite Bible school snacks.  Be sure to check out our entire line of snack food to find some favorites of your own.

Jerky is one of the Most Popular Snacks

When it comes to snack food, what’s the first thing you think of?

Potato chips, right?

Well, we love ourselves a can of Pringles too and there’s no doubt why potato chips are the number one snack food, but guess what’s the second most popular snack in America?


As more and more of us are becoming health-conscious, meat snacks such as jerky have taken over the number two slot in the snack food category.  Beef jerky is packed with protein and whether you’re eating meat snacks to get that extra dose of protein in your diet or you just love the taste, there’s no doubt these snacks are hot!

Around half of all Americans are now snacking on beef jerky and other meat snacks and here at Blair Candy, we’re seeing more and more variety arrive in our huge candy warehouse each week.  Here are some of our favorite jerky and meat-based snacks:

Bacon on the Go!
Yes, bacon is now considered a snack food, and who can resist it? Bacon on the Go is available in several different flavors from habanero hot to raspberry chipotle and just plain sweet.  Each thick-cut strip of bacon is individually packaged making it the perfect meat snack to take along on your summer adventures to the beach, the campground or just to toss in your lunchbox for an afternoon snack.

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky
When it comes to beef jerky, the most popular has to be Jack Link’s!  Known for their delicious original flavor, they’ve introduced several other flavors including the equally delicious teriyaki and peppered jerky.  With 19 grams of protein, Jack Link’s are one snack that really packs a protein punch.

Buffalo Bill’s Ole Smokies
Ole Smokies Beef Sticks are just the right size for snacking and have just the perfect bit of smoke flavor to make these a hit.  Available in several flavors, these meat snacks are also perfect for concession stands because they are packed in 2.5-pound bags which have about 50 sticks each.  That’s just around enough to last about ten minutes when we open a bag here in the lunchroom!

Slim Jim
No list of our favorite meaty snacks would be complete without a nod to the original – the one we can never resist – Slim Jim!  These favorite beef sticks have been around for almost 100 years and get this – over a half-million Slim Jims are made every year.  That means we’re eating a lot of these jerky sticks.  If we have to decide which Slim Jim is our favorite, there’s no doubt we’re going to say it’s the Original Giant Slim Jim because… well, there’s just more to enjoy.

There you have it, some of our favorite jerky snacks!  But if you’re not a meat-eater and are looking for other snacks to pack along in your lunch box or your top desk drawer, be sure to check out our huge selection of snack foods – you’ll definitely find some of your favorites and maybe even find some new ones.

Patriotic Candy to Celebrate the Red, White, and Blue

Summer is the time for backyard BBQs, picnics, parades, and of course plenty of opportunities to celebrate the red, white, and blue.  Patriotic holidays like Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day call for candy and snacks that scream USA!

No matter what holiday you and your friends and family are celebrating, we have some patriotic candy to get everyone in the spirit.  Here are some of our favorites that you may want to add to the celebration:

Sweet’s Red, White, and Blue Salt Water Taffy
Summer and salt water taffy go hand-in-hand, so there’s no better candy to celebrate with!  Sweet’s have been making taffy for over a century, and this delicious mix of red (cherry), white (vanilla), and blue (blueberry) will definitely satisfy your and your guest’s sweet tooth.

Red, White, and Blue Swedish Fish
Who can’t resist Swedish Fish?  We can’t, that’s for sure!  Just for summertime, these gummy treats are made in mini-form and decked out in red, white, and blue patriotic flair.  Eat them by the handful while watching 4th of July fireworks or just chilling by the pool as dad works the grill.

Red, White, and Blue Tootsie Rolls
When it comes to an all-American candy, one of the first that comes to mind is Tootsie Roll!  A nostalgic treat that’s been around for generations, Tootsie Rolls are favorites of kids and adults.  These patriotic-wrapped Tootsie Rolls are perfect for adding to your summer candy buffet or for use in parades!

Patriotic Charms Blow Pops
America’s favorite lollipop is decked in red, white, and blue to celebrate our favorite patriotic holidays.  Charms Blow Pops are one of the best-tasting lollies and the added surprise of delicious bubble gum in the center makes them a treat that kids (and us adults) can’t resist!

Whatever type of patriotic celebration you’re planning this summer, we’ve got all the red, white, and blue candy you need to make it complete.  But remember, it’s hot out there!  Chocolate and other treats can melt during transit and when sitting outside, so choose carefully to avoid disappointment.

We’re Daffy for Salt Water Taffy!

If you’re from Pennsylvania like we are, or any one of the northeast states, you’ve probably spent many a summer vacation along the Atlantic beaches.  You probably have many memories of walking the boardwalk, grabbing a slice of pizza, cooling off in the ocean, and bringing boxes of salt water taffy home with you.

Many taffy shops along the shore boardwalks have big windows where you can look at the candy makers rolling, cutting, and wrapping these delightful bite-sized treats that everyone loves.

But wait, you’re in Minnesota!  It would be a long journey for you to grab a box of salt water taffy now wouldn’t it?

Have no fear!  Whether you’re a block from the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk or halfway across the country we’re coming to satisfy your sweet tooth with… Sweet’s Salt Water Taffy!

Sweet’s has been making candy since 1892 and their salt water taffy is just a little different – but in a good way!  While you may think that all taffy is pulled, it’s not.  Sweet’s makes theirs not by pulling, but by whipping.  This results in a softer, less sticky taffy which we tend to enjoy better.

Now, we have quite a selection of Sweet’s Salt Water Taffy, but let’s start out talking about the fan-favorite – the ten flavor assorted package.  It’s perfect for getting a taste of all the different flavors Sweet’s has, including Chocolate, Cinnamon, Black Licorice, Neopolitan, Orange Vanilla, Peppermint, Huckleberry, and our personal fave – Banana.

Want a bag of salt water taffy that the kids will go crazy for?  Check out Sweet’s Tart ‘N Tangy Taffy which contains an assortment of these far-out flavors – Atomic Apple, Lemon Launcher, Charged Cherry, Raging Raspberry and Berry Blitz.

Are you getting ready to celebrate the 4th of July and Labor Day?  How about adding some patriotic taffy to your backyard BBQ.  Sweet’s All American Salt Water Taffy is a celebration of the red, white, and blue with flavors that include Cherry, Vanilla, and Blueberry.

This is just a short list of the many flavors of Sweet’s Salt Water Taffy we have in our huge candy warehouse.  We have 3lb boxes of taffy in single and assorted flavors that are perfect for candy buffets and for tossing at parades.


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