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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!

Whip Up Marshmallow PEEPS Hot Chocolate the Blair Candy Way!

The holiday season is right around the corner and for many, it also includes cooler nights.  We can’t think of a better way to warm up on a cool evening or sit around the fireplace waiting for Santa to arrive, than with a delicious mug of hot chocolate.  And what goes best with hot chocolate?  Marshmallows of course!

But we’re a candy company, so we aren’t going to just use regular old marshmallows!  We’re taking it up a notch and we’re going to PEEP our hot chocolate by melting a delicious Marshmallow PEEPS Snowman into our hot chocolate.

Now, you can use your favorite hot chocolate mix to create this warm cup of goodness, but the holidays require something a little more special…. like cinnamon hot chocolate!

Let’s whip some up:

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow PEEPS Snowmen

Makes about 8 servings

Ingredients:

· ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

· ½ cup confectionary sugar

· ¼ cup baking cocoa

· ¼ cup nondairy creamer

· ¾ cup nonfat dry milk powder

· Snowmen PEEPS

Directions:

1. Mix the cinnamon, sugar, cocoa, creamer, and milk powder together in a bowl, while your family and friends gather around with their mouths watering.

2. Pour hot milk into your favorite mugs, and add about three tablespoons of your hot chocolate mix into each mug. Blend with a spoon.

3. Plunk a few Marshmallow PEEPS into each mug – for us, the more Christmas PEEPS in our cinnamon hot chocolate, the better! You can also use Gingerbread Men PEEPS for a little extra variety, too.

Allow your cinnamon hot chocolate to cool for a few minutes, and have a sip of the hot chocolate you’ll be making and enjoying for years to come!

We’re sure you’re a big fan of Marshmallow PEEPS too, so be sure to check them out along with our huge selection of delicious Christmas candy.

Cella Chocolate Covered Cherries Brownies a Perfect Holiday Dessert

With the holidays right around the corner, family dinners and parties for friends and co-workers are going to be aplenty!  If you’re looking to sweeten up the event, we’ve got the perfect dessert that everyone will love.  Why?  Because it includes everyone’s two favorite things – brownies and candy.

Now we’re not claiming to be the best bakers out there, so we’re going to rely on a close friend to give us a hand.  You may have heard of her, Betty Crocker!  We love her recipes and especially her brownies which we will fight for a corner piece every time.

This great dessert uses Better Crocker brownies but we give it some Blair Candy flair.  We top them off with a delicious Cella Chocolate Covered Cherry which makes these treats so, so delicious.  By the way, Cella Chocolate Covered Cherries are available in both the milk and dark chocolate variety, so make a batch with both.

Ready to get started?  Great, let’s get baking!

Cella Chocolate Covered Cherries Brownies (Makes 12 brownies)

Ingredients:

· 1 box of brownie mix, plus all ingredients called for on the box

· 1 cup whipping (heavy) cream

· 1 cup mini marshmallows (only the best kind!)

· 1/3 cup drained and chopped maraschino cherries

· Chocolate syrup for the topping

· Cella Chocolate Covered Cherries, for the topping

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 or 9-inch pan. Cook the brownies according to the directions on the box, and then cool for about an hour and a half.

In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the whipping cream on high speed, until stiff. Stir in the marshmallows and cherries. Spread over the cooled brownies. Use the chocolate syrup to swirl chocolate strands over the brownies, and place the Cella Chocolate Covered Cherries on the tops of the brownies.

Cover and refrigerator for about one hour, and then cut into three rows of four brownies (or larger if you’d like!).

There you have it!  A delicious dessert to bring along to the office or serve up at your holiday party!  Speaking of parties, we’ve got plenty of Christmas candy to delight your guests as well as sweets perfect for a holiday candy buffet.

Have Fun With Fun Sized Candy Bars In A Post-Halloween Ice Cream Bar

Who says ice cream is only for the summertime?! Certainly not us! We think ice cream can, and should, be indulged throughout every season simply vary up the flavor! This fall, think pumpkin and cinnamon flavored ice cream to celebrate all the scrumptious flavors of Autumn. Nothing goes quite so well with ice cream as bits of candy bars particularly Fun Size Candy Bars! Stock up on fun-size candy bars this Halloween, and use your extras for your post-Halloween ice cream bar toppings!

Fun Size Candy Bar Ice Cream Supplies:

  • Pumpkin, cinnamon, or butter pecan ice cream
  • Sprinkles
  • Chocolate and caramel syrup
  • Walnuts, peanuts, and pecans
  • Your favorite fun-size candy bars
  • Cherries
  • Whipped Cream

To start, simply get your family or friends together, and set out the ice cream, whipped cream, cherries, and bowls filled with all the toppings. Break up the fun-size candy bars into smaller pieces Kit Kat Fun Size Candy BarsReese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups, and Snickers Fun Size Candy Bars are some of our favorites!

You’ll want to control the mess that ice cream bars tend to create, so consider having a “scooper” responsible for scooping the ice cream, and others on hand to scoop out all the toppings, including the so scrumptious fun-size candy bars. More than anything, have fun! Ice cream brings out the smile in all of us, so get creative with your topping combinations some of our ice cream combos include:

Fun Size Candy Bars and ice cream bars are the perfect pair, and perfect for all those fun-size candy bars you have left over after Halloween. We know they’ll be quite the popular ice cream bar topping, so you might want to stock up with a few extra bags, too!

Halloween Candy on Hand? Try These Post-Trick-or-Treating Recipes!

Halloween is a marvelous time of year. The color, the costumes, and of course the candy! But if you’re like most people, you’re probably left with quite a bit of Halloween candy after all the trick or treaters have gone home. Not to worry! There are plenty of ways for you to repurpose and still enjoy Halloween candy after spooky season has ended.

Halloween candy pairs perfectly with other sweet ingredients to make decadent desserts and after-school treats that are great for enjoying any time. Here are a few of our favorite ways to make the most of Halloween candy. All it takes is a short trip to your pantry or fridge:

Frozen Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Banana Pops
To make this post-Halloween candy treat, halve two bananas crosswise and insert a wooden stick into each piece. Put the bananas and 4 or 5 snack size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in the freezer for a couple of hours. Coat the frozen bananas in 6 ounces of melted chocolate and sprinkle with the frozen peanut butter cups (chopped). Freeze on a parchment-lined plate until the chocolate sets. Serve and enjoy!

Image credit: realsimple.com

BONUS TIP: This recipe is also great with crushed-up Kit Kats, crushed Whoppers, chopped nuts, M&Ms, Butterfingers, or Heath bars!


SweeTarts Strawberry Shake
In a blender, blend together one pint of strawberry ice cream and a handful (15-16) SweeTarts candies. Add ¾ cup milk and blend until smooth. To thicken the mix, add in fresh strawberries. To thin it out, add more milk. Pour into chilled glasses and serve!

Image credit: delish.com

BONUS TIP: This recipe can be used with other candy flavors. For a chocolaty shake, use chocolate ice cream and crushed candy bars or peanut butter cups instead of SweeTarts. For a smooth nutty crunch, use peanut butter cups and vanilla ice cream. It’s as easy as ice cream, candy, milk, and blend!


Halloween Candy Popcorn Snack Mix
Combine popped popcorn, butter, marshmallows, sprinkles, and  M&M candies to create this fun and savory snack!  Add spooky eyes to the mix to make it even more ghoulish!  When it’s all done, just serve and enjoy!

Image credit: cookingonthefrontburners.com

BONUS TIP: This recipe can be customized with a variety of ingredients it’s all up to your unique tastes! Try adding cut-up Twizzlers or Junior Mints instead of M&Ms, using caramel corn instead of regular popcorn, or adding almonds instead of pecans!

 

Scarily Delicious Halloween Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins Recipes

Ah, the sweet marriage of chocolate and peanut butter – the perfect pairing, and simply heavenly. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups have been one of the world’s favorite chocolate treats for over twenty-five years now, and during Halloween, Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins are perfect for Halloween treat bags.

But why enjoy them only on Halloween?

With all of Autumn to look forward to, here are some delicious ways to enjoy Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins throughout all of Fall!

Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins Cookies
We all have our favorite peanut butter cookies recipes, usually the ones Mom made during the holidays on those chilly winter nights to keep belly’s full and happy!

Prepare your most-loved peanut butter cookies recipe, but create slightly larger cookies, and press a spoon in the center of each cookie to create a recessed area large enough to fit a Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin in the center.

Bake the cookies. Pull them out of the oven, let them cool for about three minutes, and add a Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin in the center of each cookie. Enjoy once completely cool!  Feel free to add in some candy eyeballs and a mouth to make them even more fun!

Image and idea courtesy of designeatrepeat.com


Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins Halloween Parfait
It’s always fun to get family and friends together, carve pumpkins, and enjoy apple cider. Ice cream always creates happiness, so why not add it to the mix?

Choose orange ice cream, and set up an ice cream bar filled with Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins, Snack Club Mixed Nuts, Butterfinger Snack Size Candy Bars, and M&M’s Creepy Cocoa Crisp Dark Chocolate’s for the toppings. J

ust crush up the Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins and Butterfinger Candy Bars, grab a few cans of whipped cream and a jar of cherries, and you have one delicious evening on your hands!


Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins Brownies
You can’t go wrong with brownies. From bake sales to welcome-to-the-neighborhood’s, they’re so scrumptious to eat and super easy to make. Visit Hershey’s website for a delicious chocolate brownie recipe that’s topped off with Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins. One bite and you’ll be craving more. So delicious!

Blair Candy is the only place to shop online for all your Halloween candy.  From spooky lollipops to classic Halloween candy bars, we’ve got everything you need to fill trick-or-treat bags to the brim!

Halloween Peeps Are The Icing On Our Halloween Cupcakes!

We love candy, and we love desserts, which is why we just love to combine the two! Halloween pumpkin cupcakes are the perfect treat to ring in a spooktacular Halloween season, and we can’t think of a better presentation than topping them off with a bit of delicious frosting and Halloween Peeps!

Cupcakes with Halloween Peeps Courtesy of Betty Crocker

Makes 24 cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ chocolate fudge cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil, and eggs called for on the cake mix box
  • 1 container Betty Crocker frosting (any flavor or color, but we suggest mixing it up a bit!)
  • Halloween candy sprinkles, colored sugar or finely crushed creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 24 Assorted Halloween PEEPS

Steps:

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Make cake batter as directed on box. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake as directed on box for cupcakes. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  2. Frost cupcakes with frosting. Sprinkle with candy sprinkles, colored sugar or cookie crumbs. Place a PEEPS® marshmallow on top of each cupcake.
  3. Enjoy!

Hosting A Halloween Party? Save Money With These Bulk Halloween Candy Choices

We can’t think of a more fun holiday than Halloween! We tend to be Halloween aficionados here at BlairCandy.com, and are the masters of all things Bulk Halloween Candy. We’re often called on by customers, friends, and families to choose the ideal bulk Halloween candy for Halloween parties, and we’ve been known to host one or two of our own, so we know the right bulk Halloween candy for your Halloween bash this year!

Chocolate Eyeballs–
Chocolate eyeballs are so much fun at a Halloween party! Simply set a few clear plastic bowls around, and fill them with these crispy chocolate eyeballs!  Imagine how creepy they’ll look sitting in the bowls, and especially when you reach a hand in to grab a few! These crispy chocolate eyes are one of our most popular bulk Halloween candy picks, and we always hear how much party guests have enjoyed them.  This is a 30-pound box with more than 2800 pieces which is perfect for a large gathering or party.


Candy Corn –
A fun Halloween party idea is to set up Halloween scenes within your Halloween party, such as a room with only black lights, another room as a graveyard scene, a zombie room, and also a pumpkin patch scene. For the pumpkin patch room, serve everyone’s favorite Halloween candy, candy corn, that is! This is one of our bulk Halloween candy customer favorites, and we know your guests will love how fun your party idea was!


 

Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins –
Chocolate peanut butter, in a pumpkin shape. Need we say more? No Halloween party is complete without chocolate, and just about everyone loves Reese’s! Plus, their pumpkin shape fits in with your party theme. Simply place them into Halloween-themed dishes throughout your party, but they’ll go fast, so be sure you have backup bags on hand!


Halloween Jelly Beans –
Jellybeans in Halloween colors are just what the bulk candy party doctors ordered, haven’t they? Visit your local party supplies store and purchase small plastic medicine cups (usually near the shot glasses), and plastic test tube shooters. Research red-themed shot concoctions (or mocktails if you’re under 21!) for the test tube shooters, and put the jellybeans into the small medicine cups. Voila! You’ve created a creepy medical theme for your Halloween party!


Yogurt Covered Pretzels in Halloween Colors
These bulk Halloween color pretzels take your party up a notch and are so tasty! Each pretzel is covered in delicious yogurt then drizzled with a sweet glaze in traditional Halloween black and orange.  Place these in large bowls around your candy buffet and you’ll have guests coming back for more all night!

Halloween isn’t the only time of the year when bulk candy comes in handy!  Whether you’re planning a baby or wedding shower, birthday bash, or other event, candy always is a welcome guest.  Check out all our bulk candy as well as candy by color when planning your next event.

5 Delicious Ways To Sweeten Up Your Candy Buffet Candy

Our team here at Blair Candy thinks there’s no better way to sweeten up a party, shower, or wedding than by having a buffet, filled with tons of delicious Candy Buffet Candy!

You know us as your candy headquarters, as we’re always on the lookout for delightful goodies to add to our candy collection while keeping prices as low as possible. Yet, we also know a thing or two about creating a candy buffet worthy of a first-place trophy, so follow our advice on how to sweeten up your candy buffet!

Decide on a color scheme – even if it’s multi. With so many yummy candies on our huge candy warehouse shelves, it can be pretty hard to decide on which will be part of your candy buffet. Start off by deciding on a color scheme, and choose Candy By Color that fits into the color scheme. If you prefer a Multicolored Candy, well, we’ve got that too!

Decorate your candy buffet. Sure, the candy will take center stage, but add some flair to your buffet by covering the buffet table with a fun tablecloth, hanging up a banner behind the table, and sprinkling glitter throughout the table.

Choose unique candy containers. You don’t have to spend a fortune on glass jars to house your candy. – Think unique, such as using glass mason jars, martini, and wine glasses, and glass bowls to house your candy buffet candy.

Dessert and candy are a perfect pair. Don’t limit yourself to only candy! Set out creative cupcakes and treats throughout the candy buffet. This way, you’re expanding the function of your buffet and using your space efficiently.

Candy centerpieces sweeten up dinner guests. So many centerpieces go unclaimed and unappreciated, so instead incorporate candy into your centerpiece! Choose a popular candy from your candy buffet, and spoon some into a pretty vase or container. Decorate it with a ribbon and faux flowers, and pick a “centerpiece winner” from each table.

Easter PEEPS Recipes

Everyone’s favorite Easter candy is back after a short hiatus due to COVID-19. Yes, delicious marshmallow PEEPS have arrived in all their colorful glory and we can’t be more excited.

To celebrate their return, we’re sharing some of our favorite PEEPS recipes for you to check out and possibly make for your friends and family.

PEEPS Dessert Board

Move over charcuterie! Make way for the sweetest dessert board in town featuring none other than Easter PEEPS. Your favorite marshmallow chicks and bunnies will brighten up this display of fresh fruit, popcorn, pretzels, candy, and cupcakes. Get instructions and instructions for baking your own cakes and brownies here.


PEEPS Easter Garden Cake

Looking for a cute and easy to make Easter dessert? Here’s one that’s perfect for serving before or after an Easter egg hunt! Marshmallow PEEPS Bunnies are the stars of delicious Devil’s Food Cake that resembles a garden complete with Peter Cottontail’s favorite snack – carrots (the candy variety, of course!). Find the recipe here.


Layered PEEPS Crispy Treats

Here’s a quick and easy treat everyone will love. In this recipe, PEEPS aren’t used for decoration, they’re actually an ingredient that you melt down to add the bright color and unique taste to these crispy rice treats. You’ll instantly recognize the taste and love the rainbow of colors that the PEEPS add to this classic. Find the recipe here.


PEEPS S’mores

Who doesn’t love S’mores? Give this classic campfire treat an Easter twist by using PEEPS instead of regular marshmallows. Best of all, they’re ready in less than a half-hour and you don’t need to light a fire to enjoy them. Although, if you want to, you can pop them in the microwave for a few seconds to warm them up. Find the recipe here.


PEEPS Houses

Here’s one that’s both a craft and a snack! While you’ve heard of gingerbread houses for Christmas time, we bet you haven’t heard of these PEEPS houses for Easter. This is a fun activity that the whole family can partake in and the completed houses make for great decorations around the home or can be given away to friends as gifts. Find instructions here.

Are you looking forward to making some of these Easter desserts and decorations? Great! While you’re here be sure to check out our complete selection of Easter candy. Our huge candy warehouse is chock full of delicious treats that everyone in your family will enjoy.

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