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Fall is the Perfect time for S’mores!

The kids are back in school, the leaves are starting to change colors, and there’s a noticeable chill in the air.  What could that mean?  Well, it’s pumpkin spice season, or that time of year officially known as fall.

One fall tradition we have around here is to gather everyone around a nice fire and make s’mores.  Besides being a favorite fall treat, s’mores are perfect when you’re looking for a family activity that won’t break the bank and is sure to please everyone.

They’re so easy to make with or without the aforementioned fire and we’re here to walk you through the steps both ways.  So let’s get started.

To make s’mores, you’re only going to need three ingredients:

Now, let’s go the simple route first… making s’mores in the microwave:

  1. Take your graham crackers and break them in half.
  2. Break the HERSHEY’S chocolate bar in half; then center one half on each of the graham cracker halves.
  3. Top each half with a marshmallow then place on a paper towel.
  4. Microwave at medium (50%) in 10-second intervals until the marshmallow puffs.
  5. Place one graham cracker half on top of the other and press together gently.
  6. Let stand for 1 minute to soften the chocolate and enjoy!

If you have a backyard fire pit or even a living room fireplace, here are directions for making s’mores over a fire:

  1. Prepare the fire and make sure it’s not a “rolling fire” but logs are red hot.
  2. Take your graham crackers and break them in half.
  3. Break the HERSHEY’S chocolate bar in half; then center one half of each on the graham cracker halves.
  4. Place a marshmallow on a stick or skewer and hold it over the heat, rotating frequently, until the outside is a golden brown and the inside is nice and gooey.
  5. Remove the marshmallow from the fire and place it on top of one half of the graham cracker.
  6. Place the other half of the graham cracker on top and press them together gently.

Wasn’t that easy!  S’mores are so much fun to make and even more fun to eat, but we also realize there are some of you who aren’t that “great” in the kitchen, so we’ve got a really, really, really easy way for you to make s’smores!

Making s’mores without ingredients, a microwave, or fire:

  1. Buy a box of Gardner’s S’mores candy bars.
  2. Wait for them to be delivered to your door.
  3. Open box.
  4. Open package.
  5. Eat.

Gardner’s S’mores are a delicious way to enjoy this fantastic fall treat without any work.  Their chocolate is creamy, dreamy, and oh-so-great, and coupled with graham crackers and a fluffy marshmallow, you’re going to find it pretty hard not to eat the whole box right away.

Hot Chocolate Bombs are… the Bomb!

Fall is right around the corner and with it comes cooler weather.  Nothing is better on a cool evening than warming up with a hot cup of hot chocolate.  Sometimes all you want to do is open up a pack of Swiss Miss and curl up on the couch, but then there are times you want to take your hot chocolate to the next level.  Of course, we’re here to help you do just that with the latest rage… hot chocolate bombs!

As each year passes, hot chocolate bombs increase in popularity not because they taste great, but because they’re also fun!  Now you can look up recipes online to make your own hot chocolate bomb, but that takes time, and creativity, and it’s not exactly convenient to satisfy that last-minute craving.

What exactly is a hot chocolate bomb?  Well, it’s a pretty simple creation.  Tucked inside a hollow shell of chocolate are a heaping handful of marshmallows.  You take the “bomb,” drop it into a hot cup of milk and as the chocolate melts, the marshmallows “explode” out from the center making for a rich, delicious cup of hot chocolate.

Each time we get hot chocolate bombs in for the season, they tend to sell out quickly, so as we start to move into fall, here are some you’re going to want to stock up on for those cool nights!

Halloween Skull Hot Chocolate Bomb
Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party or just want to add some spooky to your hot chocolate, you’re going to want to pick up several of these Skull Hot Chocolate Bombs.  Made from delicious Belgium chocolate, once you put the chocolate skull into your glass of hot milk, it explodes with marshmallows!

 

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Bomb
Fall is not only spooky season, it’s also pumpkin spice season!  Forget hitting up the expensive coffee chain down the street to satisfy your craving for our favorite fall flavor, pick up a couple of these Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Bombs to create the perfect hot chocolate to celebrate autumn nights and cool breezes.

 

Caramel Apple Hot Chocolate Bomb
A staple fall treat has always been caramel apples.  Whether you make them yourself at home or pick a few up at the county fall fair, this is one seasonal treat that is simply delicious.  Now imagine the taste of those caramel apples in your hot chocolate!  Can we hear a “YES!?”

 

Be sure to check out all the hot chocolate bombs we have and be on the lookout for new flavors as fall gets underway and pick up a bunch to find your fall fave.

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:

HERSHEY’S Syrup
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.

It’s Family Reunion Time! Wow Your Relatives With Penny Candy

We know firsthand the importance of family here at Blair Candy. We’ve been family-owned and operated for over 80 years and we continue to work with the next generation of the family to ensure we’re successful long into the future. Sure, all families may be somewhat dysfunctional, but at the end of the day, family bonds are unbreakable.

Family reunions are a great way to get the entire gang together, catch up on each other’s lives, and maybe even meet some brand new family members! Can’t decide what to bring to your family reunion, and don’t have much time to cook? Wow them with penny candy!

Just about everyone loves candy, and with our great prices on penny candy, you can afford to bring a variety of bulk candy options to ensure you have everyone’s favorites.

Unwrapped bulk candy is perfect for your family reunion. Simply purchase a few bags of assorted penny candy, including M&MsReese’s PiecesSpiced GumDrops, and whichever candy satisfies your sweet tooth. Then, tote the candy bags along with you, as well as a few plastic containers. Just transfer the candy into the plastic containers, and voila! You just brought quite the sugary surprise to your family reunion!

Sure, you can spend hours toiling over your stove whipping up a tasty, probably expensive dish, or you can simply bring penny candy to your family reunion. Sometimes the simplest of treats are best, and we’re betting the candy will be gone before you know it! Plus, your contribution shouldn’t cost you a fortune, and our penny candy is affordably priced to keep your budget intact.

Enjoy your family reunion this year by bringing Penny Candy with you. They’ll be impressed by your thoughtful idea, and so delighted you brought a scrumptious treat along!

Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs Rock Our Recipe Book

We must admit, Reese’s peanut butter eggs are definitely one of our favorite chocolate Easter candy choices. As far as we are concerned, peanut butter and chocolate go together better than Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.

Reese’s peanut butter eggs aren’t just egg-shaped versions of Reese’s peanut butter cups… something is different; in fact, some things are different. Better, in our opinion. The peanut butter is just a little bit more prevalent, just slightly more crumbly, a tad saltier… Maybe it’s some magic courtesy of the Easter bunny or just our imagination, but no matter what we want Reese’s peanut butter eggs in our Easter baskets!

Besides eating these delicious bites of Easter candy right out of the package, there are some other creative (and crazy) confection concoctions that can take this favorite treat to a whole new level:

Last time you were at the county fair, you probably had some deep-fried Oreos, but has anyone ever tried doing so with Reese’s peanut butter eggs? Well, they’ve deep-dried Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, so why not  batter up and deep fry Reese’s peanut butter eggs?

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Speaking of battered goodness, how about some Reese’s peanut butter pancakes for Easter breakfast? We say, if peanut butter cups can do it, peanut butter eggs can, too!

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Do I smell cookies? We have seen some attempt and succeed at baking cookies made with Reese’s peanut butter eggs. It’s pretty much like a peanut butter egg wearing a cookie coat. Mmmmmmm…

How about a Reese’s-peanut-butter-eggs-and-banana sandwich? Elvis would be proud.  (OK, our mouths are watering now!)

We are all fans of homemade peanut butter tandy cake. Can you imagine if Reese’s peanut butter eggs were worked into that recipe? We would have to call it a peanut butter dandy cake!

Opposites attract with salty and sweet, and that’s the big reason why Reese’s peanut butter eggs work so well. So, let’s up the ante and take it one step further. We just love chocolate-covered popcorn, pretzels, and chips, so has anyone tried melting down some peanut butter eggs to create a coating like none other for our favorite salty snacks?!

We can’t take much more of this delightful, dessert-ful daydreaming. It’s time for a peanut butter egg. Or two.

Three Easter Peanut Butter Eggs Dessert Ideas

You’d think we’d get a bit desensitized to candy after being around it day in and day out, but we have our favorite year-round treats as well as seasonal candies that we just go crazy for.

At Easter time, it’s Easter Peanut Butter Eggs.

You know them – from Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs to Zitner’s Peanut Butter Eggs and Gardners Peanut Butter Eggs, there’s something about the taste of an Easter peanut butter egg that hits differently. Now we could be content with just opening a pack and eating one of those Easter peanut butter eggs – but hey, it’s Easter and we want to get a bit fancy.  So we’ve whipped up some creative dessert ideas using… what else… peanut butter eggs!

Easter Peanut Butter Eggs A La Mode Ice cream tends to make just about anything taste better including a peanut butter egg. We don’t want the ice cream to overpower this delicious dessert, so it’s best to choose a mild flavor of ice cream like butter pecan or vanilla. Spoon a few scoops of ice cream into a bowl, and press the center of the ice cream in a bit. Place a Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg smack dab in the middle, put some whipped cream on top, and add a maraschino cherry. Life is good.

Caramel Pecan Glaze We love the Gardners Peanut Butter Meltaway Eggs Tray it’s so convenient to just take the twelve Easter peanut butter eggs right out of the tray and place them on a dish and dig right in. Of course, around here a dozen is never enough, so we need quite a few more! Once we have them plated, we drizzle some Hershey’s Caramel Syrup over them, sprinkle some pecans and different nuts over the top, and voila, you just created a gourmet version of our favorite Easter candy.

Easter Peanut Butter Eggs, Personalized Choose a more lengthy chocolate Easter egg for this dessert idea, such as  Zitner’s Peanut Butter Eggs which are just about the perfect size. Since these are unwrapped, they’re ideal for this treat.  Pick up your favorite decorative food gels and write each family member’s name on the egg, along with a few extra designs for those who want seconds. Allow the gel to dry, package each in pastel cellophane, and close with a ribbon. Gift to each of your family members at dinner, creating an Easter gift that doubles as dessert!

Hosting Easter Dinner? Why Not Create the Ultimate Easter Dessert Buffet

Candy buffets and dessert buffets have become so popular at special occasions from baby showers right down to Easter dinner! Easter is known for being a (food and) treat-filled holiday, so a candy and dessert buffet is the perfect complement to a delicious, home-cooked Easter dinner.

Bulk Jelly Beans, chocolate peanut butter eggs, and chocolate bunnies are all must-haves for your Easter candy buffet, so read on for your ultimate Easter candy buffet checklist!

[ ] Fruit Flavored Just Born Jelly Beans Easter is all about the classics and when it comes to jelly beans, the fruit flavored variety from Just Born (who also makes delicious Easter PEEPS) is a hands-down customer favorite year after year.  This 5lb bag of bulk jelly beans will lure your family and friends to the buffet table with their vibrant colors and delicious flavor which will keep them coming back for more.

[ ] Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs We can’t image anyone who doesn’t love Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs! Be sure to choose at least one or two for each guest so everyone gets their fill of this chocolate peanut butter deliciousness.  And don’t think on skipping this one, as no Easter Candy Buffet would be complete without this fan favorite!

[ ] Foil Wrapped Chocolate Easter Eggs – Remember these from your Easter basket when you were a kid? Of course, you do!  This is exactly why these are a must-have for your Easter candy buffet.  Nobody can resist grabbing a handful of these milk chocolate Easter eggs.  This gigantic 30-pound box will even have enough for you to send home with your guests for snacking on the next day.

[ ] HERSHEY’S Chocolate Bunnies What’s Easter without a chocolate rabbit!  Your candy buffet would not be complete without adding these individually wrapped HERSHEY’S Chocolate Bunnies to your sweet display.

[ ] HERSHEY’s Vanilla Frosting Kisses Everyone loves HERSHEY’S Kisses, but this Easter kick up your candy buffet a notch by adding not regular milk chocolate Kisses, but new Vanilla Frosting Kisses!  Yes, the classic HERSHEY’s Kiss is filled with a creamy vanilla frosting that is so yummy, a handful of these may qualify for dessert.

So there’s our top picks for your Easter candy buffet.  No matter what the occasion, be sure to stop by and see all the candy buffet candy we have available as well as our great selection of Easter candy to fill up those baskets.

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.

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