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Gingerbread House Kits: A Perfect Holiday Activity for the Whole Family

There are so many different traditions that come with the Christmas and Hanukkah season. The other day we wrote about one of them, Advent Calendars, and how quickly they sell out each year.

Another holiday favorite that everyone in the family can take part in is the annual construction of a gingerbread house. This tradition dates back to Germany in the early 1800s when very elaborate gingerbread house displays were created, many of which adorned with gold leaf.

Still today, families, businesses, and tourist destinations around the globe continue to keep this tradition alive. Many holiday displays in commercial establishments take weeks to put together and attract hundreds of visitors.

Days are spent backing gingerbread sheets for the walls of the homes and gingerbread “shingles” for the roof. Countless hours are then spent “gluing” the pieces together using icing before artisans begin decorating the exterior.

It’s a lot of work to put together a large gingerbread house display and we’re here to give you a big high-five if you’re ready to whip up a big batch of gingerbread and all the other components from scratch.

But if you’re looking for a simpler alternative that doesn’t involve baking, you’ve come to the right place! Each year we work with our candy suppliers to bring you new and unique gingerbread house kits that contain pre-baked gingerbread and all the “tools” you need to begin construction – and this year is no different!

Like our Advent Calendars, gingerbread house kits are one of those items that sell out quickly, so we encourage you to order early to avoid disappointment as we get closer to the holiday.

Whether crafting a gingerbread house is something you do every year, or you’re ready to start a new tradition, we can’t think of a better holiday activity that brings the entire family together. In fact, our gingerbread house kits are perfect for giving to each family member so they can create their own and you can use them in one large display!

Here are just a few of the gingerbread house kits we have available:

Santa’s Workshop Gingerbread Kit
There’s a magical place way up at the North Pole where Santa’s elves work all year round creating all the toys and gadgets that are loaded in his sleigh for that Christmas Eve trip around the world. This gingerbread house kit features characters from the holiday classic, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, working at Santa’s workshop!


M&M’s Gingerbread Stadium Kit
If you have sports fans in your family, forget a gingerbread house… pick up one of these gingerbread stadiums instead! A fun and unique take from M&M’s that will certainly make for a unique addition to your holiday display.


Polar Express Chocolate Cookie Kit
While not gingerbread, our Polar Express Chocolate Cookie Kit is put together just like a gingerbread house, but with delicious cookies. Your kids will love building one of the most famous locomotives that will look great as part of your holiday decorations.


 

We have more gingerbread house kits arriving weekly so be sure to check our new items page frequently. In addition, our huge candy warehouse is starting to fill up with all sorts of delicious Christmas candy and treats including fresh popcorn balls, candy canes, Holiday baking supplies and more!

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.

Most Popular Halloween Candy

There are two holidays that are closely associated with candy – Easter and Halloween. Both see candy manufacturers come out with special edition sweets to satisfy the sweet tooth we all seem to develop every spring and fall!

While unique confectionary delights are concocted by candy experts to tempt us or put a new twist on a classic treat, it seems we all love to gobble up the classics.

Halloween is a busy time here at Blair Candy and year after year we keep track of what the hottest selling candy is and believe it or not, it doesn’t differ much with the changing of the calendar!

So what exactly is the most popular Halloween candy? Well, here are the top 5 biggest sellers:

5. Candy Corn – Yes! Believe it or not, love it or hate it, Candy Corn made the top 5 and for good reason – you just can’t celebrate Halloween without it.

4. Skittles – Unlike Candy Corn, you can “taste the rainbow” year round, but Skittles are more popular during trick-or-treat season.

3. Snickers – A Snickers bar satisfies that afternoon craving you get between lunch and dinner, but guess what? The bite size version satisfies Halloween cravings so much so it’s the 3rd most popular candy bar this time of year.

2. M&Ms – Original or peanut it doesn’t matter, M&M’s are the second most popular Halloween candy. Maybe it’s because it’s such a classic, or because it’s that one chocolate candy that “melts in your mouth, not in your hands!”

1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – Yes! The delicious combination of chocolate and peanut butter keeps Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in the number one spot year after year.

Were you surprised to see what made the list of the most popular Halloween candy? While Candy Corn may have been one that you never would have guessed, the others should have been pretty easy.

Why?

Because they’re simply delicious!

PEZ Dispenser Collecting is as Popular as Ever

When talking about candy and someone mentions PEZ, chances are you think about the dispensers first and the candy second. After all, the unique PEZ dispensers are what makes this candy, that dates back to the 1920’s, still popular today.

Eduard Haas III invented PEZ back in 1927 as a peppermint candy in Austria. The name PEZ comes from the German name for peppermint, “PfeffErminZ.” We capitalized the P, E and Z so you can see just how the candy’s name came about.

Originally intended to be a substitute for smoking, these peppermint candies were first sold in tin boxes until 1949 when the dispenser that we know so well today was invented.

It wasn’t until 1952 that PEZ made its way to the United States and became an instant hit with kids, and later with collectors, clamoring to get the fun dispensers that featured heads of favorite comic book characters, cartoon favorites, and more.

Collecting PEZ dispensers turned into a hobby for people around the world with the first PEZ Convention in 1991. Some rare dispensers are worth quite a bit of money and turned out to be a pretty good investment!

PEZ continues to manufacture billions of candy pieces a year and along with special limited edition dispensers that sell out quickly. Over the years famous characters from Star Wars, Orange County Choppers, and everyone’s favorite – Mickey Mouse – have found their way on a PEZ dispenser.

Collectors turn to us when a limited release is coming out and here are some of the more popular ones that are available right now:

PEZ Harry Potter Collectable Gift Tin
The PEZ Harry Potter Gift Tin Features four Harry Potter PEZ Dispensers: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and gift tin exclusive Dumbledore. This is a perfect gift for any Harry Potter fan!


PEZ Crayola Gift Set
This may look like a traditional Crayola crayon box, but inside you’ll find four real crayons, a coloring sheet and four all new Crayola PEZ Dispensers in Blue, Green, Yellow and Red along with eight PEZ Candy refills.


Scooby Doo PEZ Dispensers
With the new Scooby Doo movie now available, these PEZ dispensers are selling faster than Scooby can eat a bag of Scooby snacks! Each pack may include all or some of these characters: Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, or Fred.


Peppa Pig PEZ Dispensers
The popular children’s cartoon character, Peppa Pig, is joined by a cavalcade of friends in their own PEZ collection. Each pack may include all or some of these characters: Peppa, George, Princess Peppa, or Pirate George.

Whether you’ve been collecting PEZ dispensers for decades, or just getting into it, you can count on us to have all the latest releases as they become available, plus a full collection of classics. Be sure to check out our complete selection today.

Gluten Free Candy Bars: Popular Classics and New Favorites

For candy lovers, being on a restricted diet doesn’t mean you have to give up a satisfying treat every now and then. We recently shared some of our favorite (and delicious) sugar-free candy and today we’re going to talk about gluten-free / gluten friendly sweets.

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who need to abide by a gluten free diet, there are a variety of candy choices available including some favorites that you may be surprised to learn are gluten free!

First up, candy that is specifically designed for those on a vegan or gluten free diet. These sweets are clearly labeled so there’s no mistaking that these contain ingredients suitable for restricted diets.

Twilight Gluten-Free Vegan Candy Bar
This gluten-free candy bar reminds us of a Milky Way. It has a rich, chocolate nougat thats topped with a caramel and rice-milk chocolate coating. To make this bar even better, there’s no artificial ingredients and it contains no trans fats.


Cleo’s Gluten-Free Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
We’re a sucker for chocolate and peanut butter and when we tried Cleo’s Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cups, we were hooked! Creamy peanut butter is covered in a rice-milk chocolate coating to make these a delicious treat or for an afternoon snack.


For fans of Almond Joy, you’ll want to check out the Mahalo Gluten-Free candy bar while those who enjoy Butterfinger will certainly want to order some of our Thumbs Up bars!

If you’re craving chocolate but you just ate your last Cleo’s or Twilight bar, have no fear! Many well-known brands are gluten free even though they don’t mention it on the packaging, including:

Hershey’s Chocolate Bars
Yes, the king of chocolate is gluten free! Hershey’s Chocolate bars in milk chocolate, special dark, and milk chocolate with almonds are a true classic and you may have one in your cupboard or desk drawer right now.


Snickers Candy Bars
When the after-lunch-but-not-time-for-dinner hunger pains start, the craving for a Snickers bar kicks in. Chocolate, peanuts, caramel and nougat come together to create the perfect candy bar that is gluten free and holds you over until supper.


York Peppermint Pattie
We tend to enjoy a York Peppermint Pattie after dinner. Yes, we know a huge hot fudge sundae would be much better, but sometimes you just want a little something sweet to cap off a great meal. Peppermint Patties are gluten free as well and don’t contain nearly as many calories and fat as that sundae!

Of course, this is just a small sampling of what we have available. We’ve put together a whole section of gluten free candy including candy bars, gum, gummy candy and more, for you to browse and find an old favorite or try something new. If you need help choosing candy that meets specific dietary requirements, don’t hesitate to contact us, our candy experts are here to help as we’ve been for over 75 years.

Sugar Free Candy: All the Sweetness Without the Sugar!

Those with special dietary needs don’t have to feel left out when it comes to enjoying a sweet snack. Many favorite candies – from hard tack to chocolate – are available in sugar free and gluten free options.

Today, we’re taking a closer look at some of our most popular sugar-free candy, including:

Jolly Rancher
Jolly Rancher hard candies are hard to resist but you don’t have to, since they are also available in a sugar-free version. Yes, the delicious watermelon, apple, grape, and raspberry flavors we all love are yours to enjoy with all the flavor but none of the sugar.


Werther’s Original
When it comes to caramel flavored candy, there’s one that instantly comes to mind – Werther’s. Werther’s Original Sugar Free candy uses the same “Old World Recipe” that generations have enjoyed and you’ll be surprised how much these taste just like the regular version.


Life Savers
Check your purses, duffel bags, and backpacks we bet there’s a Life Saver or two in there! Great for giving your breath a little refresh after lunch, or anytime during the day, Sugar Free Life Savers are available in Wint-O-Green and Pep-O-Mint and are individually wrapped making them easy to take with you wherever you go.


 

Hershey’s Sugar Free Chocolate
If you’re looking to satisfy a chocolate craving but need to do it without the sugar, don’t worry… it’s Hershey’s to the rescue! Whether you’re a milk chocolate lover or dark chocolate fan, Hershey’s Sugar Free Chocolate bars available in miniature and individually wrapped.


Orbit Sugar Free Gum
No list of sugar free candy would be complete without mentioning gum. We picked one of our favorites, Orbit, not only for its great taste but also for the variety of flavors this sugar free gum is available in. Choose from seven different flavors from bubblemint to cinnamon all without added sugar!

Be sure to check out our complete selection of sugar free candy to see what else is available. For those with special dietary restrictions, we also carry gluten free candy as well as vegan candy.

Nostalgic Candy is More Popular than Ever

If you’re old enough to remember penny loafers, sock hops, and peddle pushers you probably remember Black Jack, Necco Wafers, and Baby Jane. Whenever you sit back and recall the “good old days,” you can’t help but think about some of the candy that was around back then.

But did you know that some of your favorite old time candy is still around?

Nostalgia is hotter than ever with a whole new generation digging into the past and learning about what the trends were “back then.” Candy manufacturers have brought back many of the classic candies you may have grown up with but thought were long gone. These confectionery delights are now being introduced to a whole new audience with nostalgic candy making a comeback.

Let’s take a walk down Memory Lane and take a look at some old time candy that’s still around today.

Candy Cigarettes
Candy Cigarettes have been around for over a hundred years! You probably remember the packaging that was designed to look just like a real pack of smokes, but inside was a chalk-like sugary stick with a pink “lit” end. Other varieties included bubble gum and chocolate. As time went on, a push was made to ban Candy Cigarettes, however, since these treats did not contain any tobacco, candy companies changed the name to Candy Sticks and redesigned the packaging to avoid the link to smoking. If you were a fan of their unique taste, Candy Cigarettes, or Candy Sticks, are still sold today!

Candy Cigarettes


Clove Gum
History says this classic chewing gum was introduced in 1914 by the Thomas Adams Company and as the name implies, was flavored with cloves giving it an unforgettable unique taste and smell. Rumor has it that during prohibition, Clove gum was a favorite of those who imbibed at speakeasies as it supposedly masked the smell of alcohol! Clove, Black Jack and Beeman’s gum disappeared for a while until all three were brought back in 2018 and have gained new found popularity.


Sugar Daddy
No not that kind! We’re talking about another sweetheart of a candy that’s been around since 1925. This hard caramel candy on a stick was originally called the Papa Sucker, but was renamed Sugar Daddy in 1932. Over the course of its history, the candy was made by several different companies before finding a permanent home with Tootsie Industries in 1993. Today, those who crave a simple caramel candy scoop ‘em up by the box!


 

Abba-Zabba Candy Bar
In 1922 the Colby and McDermott candy company had the idea to create a different type of candy bar – one that had a peanut butter center with a taffy coating. The Abba-Zabba bar was born and it was an immediate hit! Besides its unique makeup, there’s no mistaking an Abba-Zabba bar. The yellow and black checkerboard wrapper has remained unchanged since the bar first made its appearance nearly a century ago.


Necco Wafers
No discussion about nostalgic candy is complete without mentioning Necco Wafers – the candy you either love or hate! Necco Wafers date back to 1847 and were made right up until 2018 by the now defunct New England Confectionery Company (NECCO). The nickel size wafers of varying flavors were rolled up into a wax paper package and have become the symbol of classic candy and it’s usually the first one that comes to mind. When NECCO went bankrupt, fans banned together hoping that another company would come to rescue their favorite nostalgic treat. Spangler Candy Company heard their cries and the candy is now in production and slated to arrive this summer. Be sure to sign up for an alert when it comes in, so you’ll be one of the first to experience it all over again.

Well, there are a few of our favorite old time candies, we hope this brought back some memories for you. If it did, be sure to check out our selection of nostalgic candy and order some to try all over again.

Cool Candy for Hot Summer Days

When summer turns on the heat, a sweet treat coupled with an ice cold glass of lemonade is perfect for an afternoon snack break. Because chocolate doesn’t do to well in hot weather, we have some go-to treats that are perfect for the summer and won’t melt.

Licorice
Black or red, what’s your favorite? While the debate rages on as to which is better, there’s one thing we all can agree on… everyone loves licorice! Whether it’s in the traditional rope form such as Twizzlers, or the nostalgic licorice wheels that bring back memories of the penny candy days and the corner candy store. Licorice is a perfect summer snack because it stands up to the heat, is easy to pack in a lunchbox, take along for a picnic, or enjoy at the beach.

Gum
From Big League Chew and Bazooka to Wrigley’s and everything in between, chewing gum keeps dry mouth at bay during the summer months and comes in so many different flavors. If you spend a lot of time outdoors whether working or playing, there’s a gum made especially for you! Quench Sports Gum is designed to do what it’s name implies – quench your thirst and it’s perfect for sports teams and little leagues.

Lollipops
Summer and lollipops go hand in hand. We bet you remember being a child walking around a county fair or an amusement park with a gigantic lollipop in hand! These sweet treats have been around for more than a century and are available in multiple flavors with or without a candy or bubblegum center. Tootsie Pops, Charms Blow Pops, and Whirly Pops are great for kids of all ages to enjoy all summer long.

Jelly Beans
Colorful, delicious, and available in so many unique flavors, jelly beans are one of our favorite summer sweets. For those who like a variety of flavors, Jelly Belly jelly beans won’t disappoint. They’re known for creating some very unique flavors as well as the classics such as a bag of all black licorice jelly beans. For those with special dietary needs, they also offer individual snack size bags of sugar free jelly beans.

When choosing summer candy, stay away from picking types that will melt. Chocolate, as you know, won’t hold up well in the heat so opt for sweets such as the ones we listed here so you won’t be disappointed.

Sweeten Up Your Gender Reveal with Candy!

Gender reveals are all the rage right now and many have been coming up with some very creative ways to make the big announcement. From smoke bombs and confetti to cakes and pinatas, we’ve seen a lot! But, when it comes to sweet occasions like this, we can’t help but think about different ways to incorporate candy, so let’s go!

First, let’s head over to our candy by color section – the perfect spot for selecting sweets in specific colors for wedding receptions, bridal showers, birthday parties, class reunions… and gender reveals!

Of course, we have a great selection of pink and blue candy perfect for the occasion, many available in bulk for satisfying the sweet tooth of a small to large gathering.

Pink and blue mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Hershey Kisses are perfect for putting into large clear pedestal jars or bowls. They come in 5lb bags so there’s great for filling up these large types of containers, and let’s be honest… nobody is going to pass up one of these classic chocolate treats.


We all know that kids just love lollipops so why not include these as part of your gender reveal to welcome in your new addition! Whirly Pops are available in, you guessed it, pink and blue. You can even tie a little tag onto the lollipop’s stick with your family name and date of the party so your guests can have a keepsake of your special day.


Another candy that goes great in clear display containers are pink and blue chocolate balls. They can also be used as small party favors. Take a small amount and put them into a small clear drawstring bag, tie the top with a pink or blue ribbon, and voila!


There’s also large gum balls and some classic candies such as pink and blue rock candy sticks and the ever popular candy sticks that bring a bit of nostalgia to your party.

Whether you’re hosting a gender reveal party or another event and you’re looking for creative ways to incorporate candy, just head over to our candy by color section to pair sweets with your company, sports team, high school, or college’s colors and wow your guests with a sweet surprise.

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