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All Chocolate NECCO Wafers are now Available!

Lately, in the candy world, everything old is new again! And that’s great news for nostalgic candy fans. We recently wrote about the return of one of our favorite candy bars, the NECCO Sky Bar – and today we have news about another NECCO classic.

If you follow our blog, you probably know that in 2018 NECCO, the New England Confectionary Company closed after filing for bankruptcy. The company is best known for its candy wafers which have been produced since 1847. Like Sky Bar, the NECCO Wafers were almost lost forever when the candy company closed shop.

Shortly after NECCO closed, Spangler Candy scooped up the recipe and equipment used to make NECCO Wafers, and production resumed in 2019. Almost immediately after hitting the shelves from their short vacation, NECCO Wafers became an instant hit once again. Fans of the classic candy were delighted to have one of their favorites back, while the press and excitement surrounding their return garnered a whole batch of new fans.

 

NECCO Wafers come in eight delicious flavors – lemon, lime, orange, clove, cinnamon, wintergreen, licorice and chocolate. Now, can you guess which is the most popular?

If you said “chocolate,” you’re right! Spangler kept the taste of seven flavors exactly the same but tweaked the chocolate to have a richer cocoa flavor which fans instantly noticed.

In response, Spangler has introduced a roll of… you guessed it… all chocolate NECCO Wafers!

“Once we brought back the original assorted roll of Necco Wafers this past summer, the demand for the chocolate roll was almost instantaneous,” says Diana Eschhofen, Spangler director, corporate communications. “We know this has been a long-awaited return, and we’re ready to give chocolate candy lovers something they’ve been missing.”

Both the assorted roll of NECCO Wafers and the new all-chocolate roll are in stock in our huge candy warehouse, so be sure to buy a box of both! Speaking of nostalgic candy, we’ve got the largest selection of all your favorites so be sure to check out everything we have – you may just find an old-time candy favorite you forgot about!

The Classic NECCO Sky Bar is Back!

There’s a lot of excitement at our huge candy warehouse this week. Why? Well, we’re excited over the return of one of our all-time favorite nostalgic candy bars – Sky Bar!

Sky Bar was manufactured by NECCO, the New England Confectionery Company, from 1938 up until their bankruptcy in 2018. This unfortunate event also paused the production of the famous NECCO Wafers which made their return in 2019.

Production of Sky Bar has resumed using the original recipe by the Sky Bar Confectionery Company – a small candy company based in Sudbury, Massachusetts. The company began making Sky Bars in small batches and production ramped up as word got out about the famous candy bar’s return.

If you’re not familiar with Sky Bar, it is considered a “molded chocolate bar” – something pretty revolutionary for 1938. The bar is made in a mold that features four individual “compartments.” Each compartment is first layered with rich milk chocolate then infused with fudge, vanilla, peanut, and caramel. A top layer of chocolate is added to complete the bar and make it one single piece. To eat the Sky Bar, you simply break off one of the four “compartments” and enjoy this delicious 4-in-1 candy bar!

The four flavors inside Sky Bar have evolved over the years. The four original flavors were English toffee, nougat, nut butter toffee, and fudge parfait. A slight change was made in 1955 and English toffee, honey nougat, peanut whip, and fudge parfait were the four flavors. Today’s fudge, vanilla, peanut, and caramel flavors were introduced in 2001.

While we were sad to see NECCO leave the candy scene, we’re happy that companies such as Sky Bar Confectionary Company have stepped up to bring back some of this nostalgic candy that many of us love so much.

Earlier we mentioned that NECCO Wafers are back. Those are being produced by the Spangler Candy Company and are available in the original roll of assorted flavors as well as a roll of all chocolate NECCO Wafers.

If we got your taste buds watering for some old-fashioned candy, be sure to check out our selection of nostalgic candy – you may find one of your favorites is still being manufactured today!

Conversation Hearts Available for Valentine’s Day 2021

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and as we say around here, “it’s a pretty sweet holiday!” After all, candy is a terrific way to say “I love you!” or “Be mine!” No other candy expresses that better than a classic one – Conversation Hearts.

If you’re thinking, “I haven’t seen those in a long time,” you’re not mistaken. Conversation Hearts were manufactured by NECCO – the company behind the famous NECCO Wafers. In 2018, NECCO closed up shop and Valentine’s Day was forever changed!

But wait a minute – Spangler Candy Company to the rescue! Spangler bought the recipe for both NECCO Wafers and Conversation Hearts and brought back these two classic candy staples.

For Valentine’s Day 2021, you can once again share a box of sweets with your sweetie and enjoy the updated phrases on these heart-shaped candies such as “Bestie,” “Wink, Wink,” True Love,” and of course, “Be Mine.”

Conversation Hearts are perfect for handing out with a Valentine’s Day card, which is why this year we are making them available in a box of 36 individual packs. Each contains an assortment of flavors that may include lemon, apple, blue raspberry, strawberry, grape and orange.

Looking for other Valentine sweets? No problem! Be sure to check out all of our Valentine’s Day candy before they’re gone as many are only manufactured once a year.

If the thought of NECCO Wafers got you reminiscing about some of your favorite old time candy, don’t forget to check out our Nostalgic Candy collection.

Many of the brands you grew up with are still manufactured today but can’t be found in the big box stores, they’re only available from specialty retailers like Blair Candy.

BIG News for Reese’s and KIT KAT Fans!

We’ve got some BIG news for chocolate lovers! The confectioners at Hershey’s have just released some new varieties of our favorite candy bars that will make your mouth water. Let’s take a look:

Reese’s Big Cup with Pretzels
There is no more successful marriage than that between chocolate and peanut butter. Reese’s have been combining these two since their famous peanut butter cups were introduced nearly a century ago in 1928. Since then, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups have become one of the world’s most popular chocolate bars.

The latest creation to come out is a massive Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup that features chunks of pretzels in the center. Now not only can you get your chocolate-peanut butter fix, but one that also includes pretzels!

How does it taste? Well, let’s just say the saltiness of the pretzel bits makes an awesome accompaniment to one of our all-time favorites. And don’t forget… this peanut butter cup is BIG!


KIT KAT DUOS Mocha + Chocolate
Building off the success of KIT KAT’s first DUO flavor, Mint + Chocolate, Hershey’s is introducing yet another flavor – Mocha + Chocolate. These King Size (yes, another BIG chocolate bar) KIT KAT DUOS feature the original crisp wafer that the candy bar is known for, but adds in a delectable mix of mocha creme, coffee bits, and the rich milk chocolate you crave.

If you love the taste of a mocha cappuccino, you’re going to love this candy bar!

Haven’t tasted the Mint + Chocolate KIT KAT DUO yet? Well, that King Size bar combines a classic mint flavored creme with luscious dark chocolate for an extra special treat. If you’re a dark chocolate lover, you need to give it a try!


Now that we have you craving some delicious candy, we want to remind you that we have lots more Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup varieties and seasonal favorites, as well as some additional unique KIT KAT flavors including Apple Pie!

Facts: Parents Admit to Sneaking Some of their Kid’s Halloween Candy

If you’ve been digging into the stash of Halloween candy you have set aside for trick-or-treaters, or have “snuck” a piece or two from your kid’s overflowing bucket of sweet treats – you’re not alone!

We weren’t too surprised to learn that according to a survey commissioned by the National Confectioners Association, 79% of parents surveyed admit to taking candy from their children.

It’s ok, if you’re one of them… after all who can resist a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup or delicious Halloween Popcorn Balls?

If you think it’s hard to resist dipping into your kid’s candy haul, imagine how hard it is for us to walk around a huge candy warehouse every day where the sweet smell of chocolate is everywhere and we’re surrounded with tons of nostalgic candy, seasonal treats, and yummy snacks.

So if you’re one of the 79% who admitted snatching some of that delicious Halloween candy, it’s ok. We’re just trying to figure out how the 21% who didn’t were able to resist the temptation!

While Halloween will be a little different this year, some communities are still allowing trick-or-treating with safe protocols in effect. Local stores, community centers, and organizations are offering socially distant ways for kids to get their fill of candy, while some folks are getting creative with the ways they plan on treating the little ghosts and goblins who may pay a visit.

Check out the video below for a creative way for you to whip up a super spooky candy chute that will allow you to welcome trick-or-treaters and be the envy of your neighbors:

So on November 1st, you have our thumbs up to grab that bag of candy, grab a few of your favorites, and enjoy! After all, the sweetest holiday of the year only comes around once a year.

Marshmallow PEEPS Won’t be Available for Christmas 2020

Fans of Marshmallow PEEPS were disappointed to learn that the usual assortment of Halloween treats would not be available this year due to COVID-19. We here at Blair Candy were the first to break the news to die-hard fans of the sweet confectionary around the world.

Many were holding out hope that PEEPS would be available for the Christmas season, but we’re here to tell you they won’t be. Like the Grinch, the monster known as COVID, has taken away hopes that Marshmallow PEEPS would be found stuffed in stockings on Christmas morning.

No, this year there won’t be any Marshmallow PEEPS Christmas Trees all decked out with garland and a star on top…

The smiling faces of PEEPS Gingerbread Men will be absent from dessert tables…

 

Santa will have to rely on Rudolph and the team to pull his sleigh as PEEPS Chocolate Mousse Marshmallow Reindeer will be enjoying an extended vacation this year…

Frosty will have a few less friends to enjoy the holiday with, as Marshmallow PEEPS Snowmen will have to stay way up north until 2021…

…and this year candy cane flavored Marshmallow PEEPS will have to make way for the more traditional candy cane.

Yes, our favorite Christmas PEEPS will be taking this season off, but have no fear, PEEPS will be available just in time for the Easter holiday – and we can’t wait!

In the meantime, there’s still plenty of Christmas candy to choose from and we have plenty of it arriving daily. Be sure to check back often to see what’s new and who knows, while PEEPS are away, you may find a new favorite candy to start a holiday tradition with.

New Christmas Candy from HERSHEY’S for 2020

Just a few days ago we broke the sad news that due to COVID-19 one of our favorite seasonal treats, PEEPS, would not be available for Halloween and Christmas in 2020. However, the manufacturer of the cult favorite candy, Just Born, assured it’s raving fans that they will indeed be available for the Spring / Easter 2021 season.

While PEEPS won’t be filling up trick-or-treat buckets and Christmas stockings this year, the candy makers over at HERSHEY’S have promised us that their 2020 holiday candy lineup will be “one of the largest holiday offerings.”

Ok, now it’s time to get excited!

We’ve managed to get a sneak peek at some of the sweet treats that will be available quicker than the amount of time it takes Santa to make his around-the-world flight on Christmas Eve! Here’s just some of the new HERSHEY’s holiday candy we’re looking forward to:

HERSHEY’S KISSES Sugar Cookie Candy
Everyone loves HERSHEY’S KISSES and who can resist sugar cookies? We can’t! This is one treat we’re more than ready to devour. Made with sugar cookie flavored creme and real cookie pieces, these melt-in-your-mouth treats will quickly become a holiday favorite.

HERSHEY’S KISSES Sugar Cookie candy.

HERSHEY’S Build-A-Santa & Build-A-Snowman
The iconic HERSHEY’S chocolate bar gets a holiday makeover with a fun twist! Choose either Santa in delicious milk chocolate, or a snowman in cookies and cream. You break the candy bar, build one of these sweet characters, take a few photos of your creation, then enjoy!

HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Build-A-Santa.

HERSHEY’S Cookies ‘N’ Creme Build-A-Snowman.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Nutcrackers
We’re always excited to see what new shapes our favorite chocolate peanut butter candy will be sporting for various holidays throughout the year. For Christmas 2020, Reese’s takes on a brand new shape – a majestic nutcracker!

REESE’S Peanut Butter Nutcrackers.

Reese’s White Elephant
A white elephant gift exchange is a favorite holiday tradition, and this year someone new is invited to the party – the new Reese’s White Elephant! Great for handing out as party favors, the White Elephant has Reese’s delicious peanut butter filling covered with a white creme then shaped like the festive pachyderm.

REESE’S White Elephant.

Reese’s Miniatures Mega Cane
Here’s one candy cane everyone on your Christmas list is going to want! This nearly 2-foot long cane is filled with Reese’s Peanut Butter Miniatures, wrapped in gold, green and red foils!

REESE’S Miniatures Mega Cane.

Kit-Kat Duos Mint + Dark Chocolate
Break off a piece of the newest holiday Kit-Kat bar this Christmas! You’ll love the delicious combination of cookie, mint and rich dark chocolate.

KIT KAT® DUOS Mint + Dark Chocolate Snack Size.

Ice Breakers Snowman Bottle Pack Gum
Who can resist a candy cane? Not us! This year, Ice Breakers gum is available in a candy cane flavor that’s presented in a snowman package. And yes, they are sugar free!

ICE BREAKERS Snowman Bottle Pack Gum.

Be sure to keep an eye on our website to see our new candy arrivals as well as our huge selection of Christmas candy for these new holiday favorites to arrive in stock.

Vegan Candy Choices

Adopting a healthy lifestyle is something everyone should consider. Whether starting an exercise program, cutting carbs, or introducing plant-based items in your meal plan, every step towards better health is important.

One thing many people think they need to give up when making such changes is those sweet indulgences that give us a boost of energy in the morning, pick us up in the afternoon, or make for a special treat after dinner.

Our customers have been asking for additional options when it comes to candy and snacks, and we’re here to share some good news. We are expanding our line of vegan candy and snack choices with some delicious delights that we’re sure you’re going to love.

For example, for those who love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter (and who doesn’t), Cleo’s Vegan Peanut Butter Cups are simply scrumptious! These cups feature creamy peanut butter, made from dry roasted nuts, covered in a rice-milk chocolatey coating. Not only are they vegan, but they’re also made with all-natural ingredients, gluten-free and contain no trans-fats.

Buccaneer candy bars are great for those who are looking for a chocolatey snack that’s not only vegan but gluten-free and contains no artificial ingredients! These bars have a nougat center that’s robed in a rice-milk chocolate coating.

If you love cookie snacks, you’re gonna flip over our 2Fer Vegan Candy Bars that feature a crunchy shortbread cookie that’s layered with a rich buttery-tasting caramel covered in a chocolatey coating. One bite and you won’t believe this candy bar is vegan, non-dairy, and contains absolutely no artificial ingredients.

We’re not joking about this next one! For those who are fans of a Snickers style candy bar but are looking for a vegan version, your search is over. Jokerz Vegan Candy bars takes everything you love about Snickers – peanuts, caramel, and nougat – and coats them with a rice-milk coating that you’ll find hard to distinguish from chocolate.

Our candy experts are working hard sampling and hand-picking healthy candy options and more are coming in every week. Keep a sharp eye out on our website for the latest vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free candy as it arrives and be sure to let your friends and family know where they can buy healthy candy to fit into their lifestyle.

A Jelly Bean Shortage? Say it isn’t So!

Hang on to your Easter bonnet, we have some sad news to report out of Sugartown! The world’s most famous rabbit has been told there’s a shortage of a favorite Easter treat – jelly beans.

Yes, it’s true.

For over 75 years, the Easter Bunny has been using Blair Candy to fill the Easter baskets of kids all across the country and just this week he came to us with a bit of a dilemma. So many kids (and adults) have been asking for jelly beans that he was afraid there wouldn’t be enough to go around.

Faced with an unprecedented predicament, our team lept into action to investigate the bunny’s story. Turns out, he was right. The manufacturer of the #1 selling jelly bean, Just Born, has a shortage of the Easter candy staple and to put it bluntly, they’re plum out of them.

But we knew we couldn’t let the Easter Bunny down! Our team got in a truck, hopped down the Bunny Trail to Allentown, PA (not too far from our huge candy warehouse) to meet with the folks at Just Born.

With a tear in our eyes, we explained the Easter Bunny’s concerns about the lack of jelly beans. While huddled in a top-secret room in a corner of their factory, right next to where they make marshmallow PEEPS, we received some good news!

Since nobody wants to let the Bunny down, Just Born agreed to package up some of their delicious fruit-flavored jelly beans in 4.5-pound bulk bags for us. Now they don’t have fancy packaging and colorful labels, but they are genuine 100% authentic Just Born Jelly Beans in the fruity flavors we all love.

Phew! We dodged a close one, but we knew we couldn’t let the Easter Bunny down.

Now here’s the catch. Peter Cottontail has already taken several cases so he has enough to fill baskets. We have a limited number of bags available and when they’re gone we won’t be getting any more in until after Easter.

Don’t be left out, click here to order a bulk bag of Just Born Jelly Beans to avoid disappointment!

Kinder Bueno Bar – Now Available for the First Time in the United States!

We get excited every time new items arrive in our candy warehouse, but this week our excitement level was kicked up a notch when a particular candy bar arrived.

This isn’t just any candy bar, we’re talking about the third most popular candy bar in Europe and the sixth most popular candy bar in the world… yes, the entire world!

The Italian company that brought us Nutella, Ferrero, has finally made their wildly popular Kinder Bueno Bar available for the first time in the United States and needless to say it’s now available from Blair Candy.

The Kinder Bueno Bar is no ordinary candy bar. It’s a candy bar that can only be described as a complex symphony of flavors and textures that is simply luscious. That’s quite a statement, but trust us on this one!

This insanely popular candy bar features a crispy wafer that’s filled with a decadent hazelnut filling (think Nutella), covered with smooth milk chocolate, and drizzled with rich dark chocolate.

Is your mouth watering yet? Yeah, we thought so!

Originally introduced in Italy in 1991, it took quite a while for the Kinder Bueno Bar to finally make its way to the States – and we can’t be any happier.

Be one of the first to get a taste of this candy bar that comes directly from the factory in Italy by ordering a box or two today. We’re pretty confident it’s going to become one of your top favorite sweet treats after just one bite.

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