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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.

Taffy – A Nostalgic Candy Sure to Spark Summertime Memories

Summer is the time of year for creating memories. After all, it’s when most of us plan our vacation – a time for some well deserved rest and relaxation with our family. No matter how old we are, we always seem to recall something from a vacation past.

One summertime memory for many of us is a vacation to the shore complete with the smell of the ocean, walks along the beach, and visiting the many shops that line the boardwalk. One shop that always catches the attention of passerby is the salt water taffy shop.

People line up at the big windows looking in as candy makers pull, roll, and wrap thousands of pieces of taffy a day. After watching it being made, there’s no chance you’re walking away without stopping in to buy a box or two.

Salt Water Taffy

Salt Water Taffy

Taffy has been around since the 1880’s with the “salt water” version originating in Atlantic City, NJ where it’s still made and enjoyed year round. There isn’t any difference between the two varieties other than the folklore surrounding how salt water taffy got its name.

Since the first piece of hand-made taffy was rolled over a century ago, major candy companies began to capitalize on the sweet treat. Today the most popular taffy brands are Laffy Taffy and Air Heads. Both offer tasty chews in a variety of flavors including grape, raspberry, cherry and one that may surprise you – banana!

Laffy Taffy Banana

Laffy Taffy Banana

While these brands of taffy may be more familiar with the younger generation, the older folks among us may remember some nostalgic candy that’s still being made – Bonomo Turkish Taffy.

Turkish Taffy isn’t truly taffy, it’s actually categorized as nougat. It’s also not from Turkey, it was originally made in Coney Island New York after World War II. However, it’s creator and founder of the Bonomo Company, immigrated to New York from Turkey, hence the connection.

Turkish Taffy was invented in 1912 and was sold in stores and candy counters throughout its run before the brand was purchased by Tootsie Roll in 1980. In 1989, the once popular taffy-hybrid was discontinued. But like many stories, this one too has a happy ending!

Bonomo Turkish Taffy

Bonomo Turkish Taffy

In 2010, the candy was brought back to life by the Bonomo Turkish Candy Company and has been manufacturing the classic candy in chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and… you guess it – banana!

Since its reintroduction ten years ago, Turkish Taffy remains one of our most popular nostalgic treats in our lineup of classic candy.

While nothing can compare to freshly made taffy from one of those boardwalk candy stores, all of the taffy we sell is guaranteed to bring back some of those great summer time memories of those trips to the shore and peering into that window.

The History of Gummy Candy – One of our Favorite Snacks

When you think of gummy candy, the first thing that comes to mind is Gummi Bears, of course. Everyone seems to love these colorful, fruit flavored snacks but we bet you don’t know the history of this “bear-y delicious” candy.

The gummy bear was born in Germany, a creation of candy maker Hans Riegel Sr., who got the idea of creating a bear shaped candy after seeing trained bears perform in street shows throughout Europe. In 1922, he introduced the first gummy candy which he named Dancing Bear which became the predecessor of the candy we know and love today.

The popularity of Riegel’s Dancing Bear spawned a slightly smaller version of the treat which was introduced in 1967 called Gold-Bears. These are the gummi bears we gobble up by the millions today and are still manufactured by Riegel’s company – Haribo.

Haribo Gold-Bears gummi bears

Gold-Bears gummi candy comes in five delicious flavors: raspberry (red); orange (orange); strawberry (green); pineapple (colorless); and lemon (yellow).

The success Haribo had with their gummy candy over the years spawned other candy manufacturers to get into the business of gummies making this type of sweet snack one of the most popular around the world.

Besides the original bear, gummi candy can be found in all shapes, sizes and flavors. Some of the more unique ones include:

Gummy Sharks
There’s nothing fishy about these gummy sharks that are big sellers a few times a year – especially when it’s Shark Week on TV or during the summer when you’re hosting a JAWS viewing party from your swimming pool.

gummi sharks

Cola Bottles
These are now manufactured by a few different candy companies, but Haribo’s Happy Cola gummy bottles are one of our faves. Shaped like a classic Coca Cola bottle, you’ll want to pop one open for a cola-like treat.

Haribo Happy Cola gummy candy

Gummy Worms
Next to gummi bears, gummy worms are the most popular gummy candy. They’re used for ice cream toppings, creepy Halloween treats, or just as a snack that kids love to eat to say “I ate a worm!”

Gummy Worms

There you have it! A little history of the gummy bear that started it all and some of our top picks. Be sure to check out all the different types of gummy candy that we stock.

Tips for Planning a Perfect Family Movie Night Complete with Candy and Snacks!

Looking for fun things to do at home with your family now that spring is here and summer is right around the corner? We previously talked about fun activities such as making S’mores and whipping up a batch or two of delicious Rice Krispies Treats using our new kits. Today, our sights are set on Movie Night!

Movies are a great way to bring the whole family together for an hour or two of wholesome entertainment. Here’s some tips for planning a movie night with your family:

  1. Pick the venue! You don’t need to get in your car for family movie night, have everyone vote on whether to screen the chosen movie either indoors or outdoors. Inflatable movie screens and projectors for outdoor viewing are readily available online and they’re not as expensive as you may think.
  2. Pick the movie! Will it be a comedy, mystery, thriller, or a classic like Mary Poppins? Let everyone pick one movie they would like to see, and then either vote or randomly pull a title out of a hat to choose the evening’s flick.
  3. Pick the snacks! We admit, this is our favorite part of planning for family movie night and there’s no shortage of recommendations, so let’s roll film on some great movie candy and snacks.

Popcorn
Nobody can watch a movie without snacking on popcorn, so having this snack on hand is considered a must. We like to make ours the old fashioned way, on the stove or in an popper, as opposed to the microwave.

 

Concession Stand Size Snacks
If you really want to get creative, you can setup a concession stand somewhere in your house where everyone can go and pick out a snack or two to take into the “theatre.” Of course, since this is movie night, skimpy size bags of candy won’t cut it. You need the big sizes just like they sell at your local theatre’s concession stand. We’ve got a huge selection of movie theatre size candy to choose from including all time favorites like Jujyfruits, Mike & Ike, and of course, Twizzlers.

Helpful Tip: Choose your candy wisely!  It’s warm out there this time of year, so choose candy that won’t melt during transit.  Gummy candy, licorice and other types that won’t melt are what we recommend so your audience isn’t disappointed by a melted mess of chocolate.

Theme Candy to the Movie
Now’s here where you can become the star of movie night. If you’re going to be watching the classic film JAWS, be sure to order a bag of gummy sharks!

Watching a Disney movie featuring Mickey Mouse and pals? Don’t forget to order some bags of Mickey and Minnie Mouse Jelly Belly jelly beans.

 

There’s so many different ways to pair candy with the type of movie your watching, so put your thinking cap on and use the search feature on our site to come with the perfect movie-candy pairing.

Cotton Candy
Cotton candy, or candy floss, isn’t just found at fairs and carnivals and you don’t need a machine at home to make it for your night at the movies. We have ready-to-eat cotton candy in a rainbow of flavors that makes it easy to add this sweet treat to your lineup.

Planning a family movie night isn’t hard and everyone can play a role in making it come to life. So pick your movie, order your candy and snacks, and get ready to yell… roll film!

The Best Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

A quick search on the Internet for “best Rice Krispies Treat recipe” will bring up many claiming to be “the best.” But is one really better than another? Possibly, but they all start out with butter, marshmallows, and Rice Krispies cereal.

We turned to the Rice Krispie Treats experts, Kellogg’s, for the “official” recipe for making these fantastic treats at home:

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows

— OR —

  • 4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
  • 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal

Directions:

  1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  2. Add Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
  3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

Pretty simple, right?

Photo courtesy of Kellogg’s

What would you say if we told you there’s even a simpler – and way more FUN – way of making these treats?

We’re not kidding! Again, we turn to our friends at Kellogg’s who just introduced Rice Krispies Treat Kits that are going to blow your mind!

Available in three different types: Chocolate Frosted Donut, Vanilla Glazed Donut and get this… Magical Unicorn! The kits include the Rice Krispies, marshmallows, frosting, toppings, even the cutout for the magical unicorn shape. All you need to do is add butter, plus sugar and milk for the toppings.

These, along with our new family S’mores kits, are perfect for getting the family together for a fun activity that everyone will love. Plus, there’s a sweet reward at the end!

Our Favorite Summertime Candy

There are so many things to like about summer, it’s hard to keep track! From relaxing outside in the warmth of the sun, to taking in a ball game, or having friends over for a backyard BBQ, summertime activities are abundant.

When it comes to summer candy favorites, well, we can narrow down not only ours, but our customer’s, top picks as well.

Big League Chew
Who can’t resist sitting in the stands watching a little league game while chewing our favorite bubble gum from the 80s, Big League Chew? This chewing gum was designed for ball games and it’s still a fan favorite. It’s sports-themed pouches contain big wads of shredded bubble gum to resemble the big leaguer’s chew. Since its introduction in the decade known for big hair and great music, Big League Chew remains a big seller all year round, especially during the summer.


Swedish Fish
Gummy candy is a year-round favorite, but there’s just something about Swedish Fish that bring back so many summer memories. Maybe it’s those walks down to the corner store when “penny candy” was still a thing and walking home with paper bags full of these delicious treats. Besides the original flavor of Swedish Fish, Blair Candy was able to bring back a long-forgotten flavor – grape! Yes, now you can have grape gummy fish along with the original.


Whirly Pops
No list of summertime candy favorites would be complete without including lollipops and we’ve included the big ones! Whirly Pops are huge 3” round lollipops in swirls of colors that kids just love. These big suckers remind us of beach days and walks on the boardwalk and bring back some great memories of summers spent at the shore.


 

Cotton Candy
From fairs to concession stands, cotton candy reigns as a summertime favorite. However, if you’re longing for some sugary satisfaction but can’t find any Cotton Candy nearby, don’t worry, it’s only a click away and it’s available in a whole bunch of delicious flavors.


Sunflower Seeds
While not a candy, Sunflower Seeds have to be on our list of summertime favorites because of their popularity. They are one of the all-time biggest snacks consumed at baseball and little league games and are a concession stand staple. Their salty taste and “chew and spit” way of enjoying them is almost a big part of summer as sunshine itself!

We hope you found some of your summertime candy favorites in our list. If not, thousands of sinfully delicious treats are waiting for you at our store, be sure to click here to visit and find some faves of your own.

Patriotic Red, White and Blue Candy for Your Spring and Summer Celebrations

Let’s hear it for the red, white and blue!  The most patriotic of colors are not only a symbol of our great nation, but they remind us of spring and summer holidays that all of us celebrate – Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.

With parades, neighborhood events, and backyard cookouts on the agenda to commemorate these events, you can sweeten the celebration by adding red, white and blue candy to the menu.  Of course, Blair Candy has a great selection of patriotic candy for you to choose from, including:

NEW! Patriotic Military Heroes Gummy Candy
We’re all familiar with the green Army men many of us played with as kids.  These gummy candies are a sweet take on that classic toy and a great way to add a patriotic flair to your event.  We sell these in a bulk 5lb bag which makes them perfect for including in a red, white and blue candy buffet, or putting in small gift bags to hand out at parades or even take to a VFW, Veterans home or hospital to give a tasty treat to one of our own military heroes.


Red, White and Blue Sour Patch Kids
For those who like a little sour with their sweet, Sour Patch Kids is the candy of choice!  This favorite gummy candy is available in a red, white and blue special edition that’s perfect for snacking on during your 4th of July cookout or while taking in the local Memorial Day parade.


Red, White and Blue Candy Corn
You don’t have to wait for Halloween for one of your favorite fall snacks!  We have red, white and blue Candy Corn in bulk 2.5lb bags that are also great for candy buffets and gift bags, or just for placing in a big bowl at your BBQ for all your guests to enjoy.  If you’re a Candy Corn fan, these are a great way to get your fix in before Halloween!


Red, White and Blue Chocolate Balls
No celebration would be complete without chocolate, so be sure to grab a 2lb bag of our Stars and Stripe themed chocolate balls that are all decked out in their patriotic best.  Each one is individually wrapped perfect for candy buffets and gift bags.  Each bag contains over 140 balls.


American Flag Wrapped Mints

Who doesn’t enjoy a mint after dinner?  We never say no to one, that’s for sure.  These individually American Flag wrapped mints are great not only for your own red, white and blue themed event, but for restaurants as well!  Each bag contains 56 delicious buttermints mints.


Red, White and Blue Sixlets
If your event is featuring a candy buffet, many of the candies we mentioned above are great additions, but don’t forget the Sixlets.  Available in red, white, and blue, these candy coated chocolate balls can be placed in candy dishes or on a tiered display that will definitely be a focal point of your celebration.


Whether you’re looking for cheap parade candy, candy for your candy buffet or summer picnic, let us help you choose the right selection that everyone will enjoy.  Feel free to contact one of our candy experts to help with your event.

Bulk Parade Candy for Big Crowds and Even Bigger Fun

For kids, the best part of a parade is catching the candy that is being tossed from the floats. For adults, there’s no doubt that tossing the candy is the highlight of the day!

If you’re organizing a parade or in charge of putting together your group’s float, don’t disappoint your spectators by forgetting to order the candy. While you may be tempted to head to your local grocery store and buy bag after bag of sweets, we’re here to tell you … don’t!

First, buying large numbers of individual bags of candy just isn’t cost-effective for the amount you’re going to need for your parade. Second, chances are even if you bought the entire stock on the store’s shelves you won’t have enough.

For decades we have been working with organizations around the country to supply them with individually wrapped parade candy in bulk. We have arrangements with the large candy manufacturers to offer candy in this manner that has literally been a “Life Saver” for many! (Did you catch that candy reference?)

Here are just a few examples of parade candy we have available in bulk packaging:

Double Bubble Bubble Gum
Gum is always a hit at parades and we have Double Bubble available in 300 count plastic tubs. What’s great about these is you can give each member of your float team a tub and have them toss out pieces by the handful. When it’s empty, just give them another – talk about convenience!

 

Jolly Rancher
Who can resist the sweet or sour flavor of a Jolly Rancher? These hard candies are strong enough to resist breaking when they hit the pavement and made an excellent choice for parade candy. What’s even better is that we have them available in a 378 piece, 5-pound bag.

Tootsie Frooties
Everyone loves a Tootsie Roll and these are among our best selling parade candies. Tootsie Frooties are the fruit-flavored cousin of the classic chocolate chew. We have Tootsie Frooties available in a huge 560 count, 4-pound bag.

AirHeads
How much do 1,000 pieces of mini AirHeads candy weigh? A whopping 25 pounds! This mega bulk box of candy is perfect if you’re expecting a big crowd. Available in the wildly popular Cherry flavor or Watermelon, your fans will love the chewy, tangy flavor of these treats that have been a favorite since the ’80s.

 

These are just a few of the many types of candy we have available in bulk for parades, concession stand sales, little league events, and more. If you need help in picking just the right candy for your event, feel free to contact us!

The History of Tootsie Rolls – Our Favorite Penny Candy

If you asked someone what their favorite “penny candy” is chances are they’re going to say “Tootsie Roll.” Yes, this bite sized chew is one of the most popular and for good reason.

The history of the Tootsie Roll dates back to 1907 when a candy maker from New York City, Leo Hirshfield, invented the chocolate-flavored chew and named it after his daughter, Clara who he affectionately called his little Tootsie.

Tootsie Rolls were the first penny candy to be individually wrapped when they hit the market commercially in 1908. More than 100 years later, Tootsie Rolls remain wildly popular with approximately 64 million pieces made per day!

That’s a lot of chews!

Tootsie Rolls are the perfect parade candy and one that is still sold by the piece at little league concession stands. You’ll also find these delightfully delicious treats in candy bowls at businesses around the world as a reminder that we’re never too old to enjoy a bit of candy.

While the original chocolate flavored Tootsie Roll remains the most popular, there are other flavors available. For those who enjoy the taste of strawberry, raspberry, cherry, grape, green apple and more, Tootsie Frooties are what you’re looking for. Frooties have the same texture as the original Tootsie and are also individually wrapped.

Besides the roll variety of Tootsie chews, there is of course the famous Tootsie Pop. The candy lollipop with the Tootsie center gained world-wide attention back in the 1970’s thanks to the popular television commercial which asked the question, “how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?”

If you’re looking for penny candy to stock your little league concession stand, throw at your summer parades, or keep in that candy dish at your restaurant or gym, Tootsie Rolls and Tootsie Frooties are your best choice.

TikTok Fruitie’s Ju-C Jelly Candies – A Viral Sensation!

The video-sharing network TikTok is a treasure trove of average humans sharing quick (and sometimes) funny videos of themselves doing wacky stunts, showing off their latest dance moves, and lip-synching to their favorite tunes.

Every now and then one of those videos ignites a trend, or a challenge, where others create their own video dovetailing off the original. The latest viral challenge features none other than, you guessed it… candy!

A few months ago, a TikTok “star” named Jaden Sprinz who because famous because of his large incisors came across a bag of Fruitie’s Ju-C Jelly candies. These fruit-shaped gummies are filled with jelly that when punctured, squirt out of the gummy capsule.

TikTok star Jaden Sprinz

Sprinz filmed himself popping these candies with his oversize teeth, and well… that’s how TikTok works!

Since then, TikTokkers around the world have been searching for these candies to make their own video and take part in the TikTok Jelly Candy Challenge.

Now here’s why this has become a fun thing to do. When you bite into the Ju-C candy, you can’t predict just where the gush of jelly is going go to! Will it spatter you in the face? Will it make a mess on the floor? Will it fly into the face of the unsuspecting person doing the filming?

A quick search on the TikTok app will show thousands of funny videos of people taking part in the challenge.

Since going viral, the Fruitie’s Ju-C Jelly candies have been a hot commodity – with many knock-offs being produced and being sold on auction sites for inflated prices. Since these are food items, we caution you in buying anything that is loosely packed and unlabeled or has no listing of ingredients or country of manufacture.

At Blair Candy, we have the original Fruitie’s Ju-C candies manufactured by the Din-Don Foods Corporation in California. Don’t be fooled by imitations or overpay for these jelly candies! Pick up a few bags today and get ready to share your own challenge video on TikTok.

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