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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!

10 Festive Ways to Incorporate Christmas Candy Canes Into Your Holiday Decor

Christmas Candy Canes are one of our favorite holiday sweets here at BlairCandy after all, they are one of the most recognizable symbols of the holiday season.  With most Christmas candy canes being so inexpensive, especially when you buy them in bulk, they’re the perfect holiday item to incorporate into your holiday decorating and goodies, and we have our top ten fun ideas for adding Christmas candy canes into your holiday mix.

1. Put together a “welcome bowl” for your home. Fill a bowl with Christmas Candy Canes and Holiday Chocolates for visiting guests to your home!

2. Create a festive candy cane vase using a mason jar, our favorite peppermint sticks, a rubber band, and ribbon!  It’s a simple craft and will look great on your holiday table.  Find instructions here.

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3. Up the “wow” factor when wrapping holiday gifts by affixing a Christmas candy cane to each gift with with these cute gift tags.  Find instructions here.

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4. Create a Christmas heart ornament for the loved ones in your life. Glue a meaningful photo to a piece of heavy cardboard, and frame the photo with two Christmas candy canes arranged to face each other to form a heart. Cut the cardboard so that only the candy canes and photo are showing. Attach a ribbon to the top so the recipient can hang it from their tree.  Find instructions here.

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5. Making Christmas cupcakes? Take a cue from the above tip, and add two Mini Christmas Candy Canes to the top of each cupcake, facing each other, to form a heart shape.  Find a delicious recipe for chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow fluff icing here.

6. Who needs a spoon to swirl their hot chocolate or coffee when they can use a holiday candy cane or peppermint stick? Using a candy cane as a stirrer adds a refreshing peppermint taste to your coffee and hot cocoa.

7. Tie a pretty ribbon around a candy cane, and hang it in your car for a holiday-themed and so pretty car air freshener.

8. Candleholders make the perfect decoration for your holiday table. Use candy canes to form a holder and place a fragrant bayberry or similar candle in the middle.  Finish them off with a colorful ribbon and voila!  They’re simple to make by following the instructions here.

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9. Use candy canes to create placeholders for your holiday dinners. Snap ends off three candy canes to make differing lengths. Attach candy canes together so that two face forward (these will hold the card) and one faces backward for balance (similar to an easel) with hot-glue.

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10. Of course, we couldn’t finish our list without putting the most popular place to use candy canes – on your Christmas tree!  Be sure to pick up a box or two of the most popular Bobs Candy Canes as they are the perfect ones to adorn your tree.

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Christmas PEEPS are Here! Check out the 2021 Lineup

It’s beginning to look a LOT like Christmas here at Blair Candy! Our huge candy warehouse is getting packed with more and more Christmas candy every day. Just as fast as it comes in, it goes right out as many candy lovers wait a whole year for their favorites to arrive and stock up as soon as they’re available.

One of those favorites is, of course, PEEPS! While you may associate Marshmallow PEEPS with Easter – after all that’s the holiday that “hatched” these fluffy faves – the lineup for Christmas PEEPS is just as sweet.

This year, we’re excited to see the return of some classic PEEPS flavors as well as some new arrivals which our raving fans will surely want to add to their shopping carts.

Let’s take a look:

PEEPS Holiday Vanilla Creme Flavored PEEPS Pop
What’s better than PEEPS on a stick? If you said, “nothing” you’re correct. This PEEPS version of a lollipop has special seasonal colored chicks in a delicious vanilla creme flavor that’s scrumptious!


PEEPS Trees
You can’t celebrate Christmas without a tree – a PEEPS Tree that is! These marshmallow trees are decked out with festive garland and are almost just too cute to eat, but you know temptation will strike and you’ll be done with that three-pack before you can say “Rudolph.”


PEEPS Gingerbread Men
Everyone’s favorite man-turned cookie is now a PEEP. These marshmallow gingerbread men are flavored just like your favorite Christmas cookie but a lot fluffier.


PEEPS Snowmen
Frosty as a PEEP? Well, not quite. The season’s favorite snowman is busy helping Santa, so a reasonable facsimile from the North Pole was brought in to model for these delicious and adorable-looking PEEPS.


PEEPS Stockings
Don’t hang these up by the chimney with care but you’re free to snack on as many as you want. These red stocking-shaped PEEPS aren’t hiding gifts inside, but they are packed with that fantastic marshmallow flavor you crave all year long.


Candy Cane PEEPS
What’s a lineup of PEEPS without a PEEP? Exactly! That’s why the classic PEEPS shape is here this holiday season with a flavor everyone loves and closely associates with Christmas – candy cane!

Well, there it is. Our lineup of Christmas PEEPS that are sure to sell out quickly this year, so be sure to stock up on your favorites today. Of course, if you miss out on Christmas, there’s always Easter!

The Top 5 Christmas Lollipops For Your Family’s Christmas Stockings

Selecting the best holiday candy for your family’s Christmas stockings is a creative art – sure, it seems simple, but you need to select candy that everyone in your family will love. Christmas Lollipops are just the right size for holiday stockings, and we have a hard time finding anyone who doesn’t love a lollipop, whether they’re eight or eighty!

Our customers are always happy to share which products they love, and we’re here to share their top five Christmas lollipops with you!

#5: Candy Cane Tootsie Pop Christmas Lollipops: Tootsie Pops are one of the most-loved candies in the world, and the candy cane variation during Christmas? Oh, just a merry Christmas wonder! Tootsie Pop Christmas lollipops are just as big as their regular counterparts, but feature candy cane stripes with a delicious peppermint flavor.

 

#4: Marshmallow PEEPS Christmas Lollipops: Christmas lollipops, no matter their form, are delicious, but when you take Marshmallow PEEPS and turn them into a lollipop… we’ll the holiday can’t get any better than this.  Be sure to pick up these PEEPS on a stick for all the PEEPS lovers in your household.

#3: Charms Hot Chocolate Pops: Hot chocolate and the holidays seem to go hand-in-hand.  The cooler (cold) weather is the perfect time to cozy up to the fire with a… Charms Hot Chocolate Lollipop of course!  These pops feature a chocolate-coated shell that makes way to a delicious marshmallow center.

 

#2: Chocolate Reindeer LollipopsWhen the weather outside is frightful, we want to curl up inside with something delightful and delicious! Chocolate Christmas lollipops are shaped like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and feature double crisp chocolate for a double dose of “mmm”!

 

#1: Dum-Dums Lollipops: While not packaged for Christmas, Dum-Dums Original Pops are a customer favorite year-round – and for good reason.  These classic suckers have been around since 1924 and who doesn’t remember getting a lolli or two during a visit to the bank?  Kids all over the country, still love these lollipops and there’s no doubt they’ll be a hit in holiday stockings.

Christmas Lollipops are perfect for your family’s holiday stockings – simply select a few different varieties, and place three or four lollipops in each stocking. Sprinkle in some Christmas candy favorites like Hershey’s Kisses and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and your family will be having quite the holly jolly Christmas morning!

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.

Checking out the 2021 Sweets & Treats Expo and Previewing New Christmas Candy

Hello from Indianapolis! Where we’re spending a few days at the 2021 Sweets & Snacks Expo where hundreds of the world’s leading candy makers are showing off all their new confectionery delights to get our mouths watering.

Walking from booth to booth it’s hard not to sample some of the new candy and snacks that these manufacturers will be rolling out soon. It’s safe to say that we’re probably going to gain a pound or two from “booth grazing” while we’re here!

In addition to showing off some new candy and snacks, many vendors are showcasing some of their seasonal creations that will be arriving just in time for Halloween and Christmas – two really big candy holidays.

Hershey’s introduced new M&M’s White Chocolate Pretzel Snowballs that sound as good as they taste. After all, chocolate and pretzels are the perfect combination and when you put them together in an M&M you can’t go wrong.

They also teased Dove Milk Chocolate Toffee Almond Crunch Promises. Individually holiday-themed wrapped pieces of smooth, delicious Dove chocolate with special messages inside the wrapper.

Both of these are expected to arrive in September / October and we can’t wait to have them join our lineup of delicious Christmas candy.

And speaking of Christmas candy…. We’re just a few weeks away from having loads and loads of seasonal sweets start arriving in our huge candy warehouse. Halloween candy should be arriving very soon and we’re sure to share some of the new spooky sweets as soon as they’re in stock. Of course, Christmas candy won’t be far behind!

To make sure you never miss out on new arrivals or special deals, visit our website and sign up for our candy newsletter. It’s the only place where you’ll receive special discounts and a “heads up” on all our new candy as it comes in.

Brach’s Christmas Candy: A Taste of Nostalgia

There’s still time to grab some of your favorite Christmas candy, and if you’re like us, we like to have some nostalgic treats around for the holidays. Thinking back, we bet you can remember and still recall the taste of some old fashioned candy your parents or grandparents had around the house when you would visit.

Brach’s is best known for their wide assortment of holiday candy, whether it be Christmas, Easter, or Halloween, many of your childhood candy memories probably center around a piece of Brach’s candy.

Let’s take a look at our most popular classic Brach’s Christmas candy:

Brach’s Jelly Bells
Brach’s is best known for their jelly and hard candy and each holiday they grace us with a selection of each. For Christmas, the Jelly Bells are among the most popular. The festive red and green jelly candies have that delightful coating of sugar that adds to the delicious lime and cherry flavor. Everyone loves these, and we’re sure you do too!


Brach’s Milk Chocolate Stars
Now here’s a chocolate treat that can be used in many different ways. These festive-looking milk chocolate treats can be enjoyed by themselves, used in baking (think one on top of a giant peanut butter cookie!), or stirred into a hot mug of milk for a delicious hot chocolate treat.


Brach’s Peppermint Christmas Nougats
We bet that everyone reading this has had one of these Brach’s treats at some point! They’ve been around for quite a while, and these Peppermint Nougats are still handmade and feature a Christmas tree smack dab in the middle of the nougat. These are one of those “must have” Christmas candies that returns year after year and for that we are thankful!


Of course, everyone knows that the hands-down most popular Brach’s candy is one that you either love or hate – Candy Corn! Available just for the Halloween / Fall season, Brach’s Candy Corn is a fan favorite and a treat that many wait for every year. But alas, you’ll have to wait till next Halloween to grab a bag.

In the meantime, be sure to check out our complete selection of nostalgic candy that is available year-round. We’re sure you’ll find some favorites that bring back sweet memories.

Decorate Your Gingerbread House with these Colorful Candies

A holiday tradition for many is building gingerbread houses and including them as part of holiday decorations. A few days ago we shared some of our favorite Gingerbread House Kits that are always big sellers this time of year. They contain everything you need to build a gingerbread house and you don’t have to even turn on the oven!

For those of you who prefer to make everything from scratch, building a gingerbread house is a labor of love. Once you have your gingerbread baked and icing ready to go, it’s time to let your creativity fly by decorating your creation.

But where can you find the perfect candy to adorn your house?

Right here of course!

One of the most popular candies that are used for decorating gingerbread houses are Starlight Mints. These round, red and white peppermint candies are a favorite nostalgic candy that’s popular year round, but are perfect for adding a bit of flair to your creation.

Bells are a traditional symbol of the holidays and Brach’s Jelly Bells Gummy Candies are not only a yummy seasonal treat, they’re also perfect for use as a decoration on or around your gingerbread house.

Here’s a cool candy that you can use to decorate the edge of your gingerbread house roof – Gummy Licorice Candy Canes! Just pipe some icing along the edge and press these gummy sticks in place and voila!

No gingerbread house would be complete without a Christmas tree or two, right? So we can’t forget to mention these Gummy Christmas Trees that you can place around the perimeter of the house or out on the “lawn.”

Once you have all the flair added to your gingerbread house, don’t forget a few lawn decorations! We can’t think of anything better to put out front than these gummy characters from everyone’s favorite Christmas movie, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Gummy version of Rudolph, Santa and the Abominable Snowman will certainly be the ‘icing on the cake.”

Of course, there’s a lot more candy to choose from that you can use to give your house a unique, festive look. Check out the entire selection here and let your creativity run wild! Of course, we’re also stocked to the rafters with plenty of Christmas Candy that’s perfect for stocking stuffers, candy buffets, or baking.

Decorate Your Own Christmas Cookies With These Popular Kits

There’s no other time of year when families spend more time together than around the Christmas and Hanukkah holidays. From parties and celebrations, to time spent decorating and creating festive feasts – this time of year is perfect for family activities. And nothing brings people together like food and sweets!

Two of the biggest traditions families take part in this time of year are building gingerbread houses and baking. Now we know that not everyone isn’t quite ready to be on one of those television baking contests, so we’ve stocked some items to help out!

We previously wrote about some of our gingerbread houses that are a huge hit every year. Our gingerbread house kits don’t require baking and include everything you need to build, decorate, and display them for your holiday visitors.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional gingerbread house, or something a little more unique like the M&Ms Gingerbread Stadium, these kits are perfect for bringing the entire family together for a holiday arts and crafts activity.

When it comes to cookies, this year we have some that are fun AND delicious! Just like our gingerbread house kits, we have holiday cookies that can be turned into individual pieces of art. These blank canvases are ready for a fun decorating challenge for the whole family. Let’s check them out:

Giant Gingerbread Pal Cookie Decorating Kit
We had to start off the list with a Christmas favorite. This gingerbread man stands 10” tall and 7” wide with plenty of space to dress him up however you want. The kit contains three tubes of sweet, delicious icing, Nerds, and Sweetarts candy that provide the colorful finishing touches. Get one for each member of your family and have a contest to see who created the “best dressed!”


Ninja Gingerbread Cookie Kit
If you’re looking to “kick” your gingerbread cookies up a notch this holiday, here’s a funny way to do it! This kit comes with the gingerbread cookie mix that makes up to a dozen cookies and cookie cutters. Trust us, you don’t need to be a master chef to whip up these cookies! Once out of the oven, let them cool then decorate these ninjas with the included icing and candy accessories.


Ugly Sweater Cookie Kit
Here’s your chance to make an edible version of that sweater Aunt Helen got you last Christmas! This Ugly Sweater Cookie kit makes about ten sugar cookies (trust us, whipping up a batch and making them is simple!) that you can decorate with all the included accessories such as icing, sprinkles, candy canes, sparkles, and more. A fun activity for the whole family to see just who comes up with the ugliest sweater.


Be sure to check out our entire selection of Christmas candy and treats or one of our nostalgic treats!

Move Over Peppermint, Check Out These Unique Christmas Candy Canes

If we were to ask you to think of a type of Christmas candy, chances are the first that will come to mind is a candy cane. In fact, next to Santa Claus a candy cane is one of the most popular images associated with the holiday.

The peppermint sticks that get handed out at parties, hung on Christmas trees, or crushed to be used in delicious desserts, trace their history to Germany in 1670. According to history.com, “the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany handed out sugar sticks among his young singers to keep them quiet during the Living Creche ceremony.” Eventually a hook was added to the end of the stick, and voila – the candy cane has been around every since!

Over the years, peppermint candy canes have made way for other sweet, sour, unique, and head-scratching varieties. Today we’re going to take a look at some of the more interesting types of candy canes we have in our candy warehouse:

Brach’s Peppermint Candy Canes
No article about candy canes would be complete without listing the most popular type – peppermint. In fact, out of all the Christmas candy we sell, peppermint candy canes consistently are one of our biggest sellers.


Archie McPheee Ketchup Candy Canes
These may look like a traditional candy cane, but hang on – they’re actually ketchup flavored. Yes, you read that right. Ketchup. Whether you’re a fan of the tomato-based condiment or you’re looking to play a practical joke on someone, this one is for you.


Bacon Candy Canes
Ok, now this is one candy cane that we can really get into. After all, who can resist the smoky, flavorful taste of bacon? Perfect for any bacon lover on your gift list, these candy canes are sure to please.


Starburst Candy Canes
Fans of Starburst candy will love their favorite flavors – green apple, lemon, and strawberry – turned into a festive candy cane. Now if there could only be an all pink variety!


YumEarth Organic Vegan Candy Canes
If you’re looking for a vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO holiday treat, we’re here for you! YumEarth captures the spirit of the season in these organic mini candy canes for those looking for an all-natural seasonal treat.

Of course, this is only a sampling of the more than two dozen varieties of candy canes we have available this season. You’ll also find candy canes in Oreo, Life Savers, Spree, and Swedish Fish flavors as well as Mac & Cheese and…. Pickle! Yes, pickle.

We told you there were some unique flavors available, so be sure to check them all out as well as our complete selection of Christmas candy.

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