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Dunkin’ Hot Chocolate Bombs Have Arrived for the Holidays!

Just in time to warm up the holidays’ Dunkin’ Hot Chocolate Bombs have arrived and well… they’re HOT!

We’ve known about these for a few months now and have been anxiously awaiting for them to arrive at our huge candy warehouse.  As soon as they got here, we couldn’t wait to grab a few and do some taste testing.  

More on that in a bit…

Available in not one, but two delicious flavors, the Dunkin’ Hot Chocolate Bombs got their inspiration from the coffee and donut chain’s most popular hot chocolate flavors – original and mint.  

The Dunkin’ Hot Chocolate Bomb has a rich, delicious Belgian chocolate shell, while the Dunkin’ Mint Hot Chocolate Bomb’s chocolate shell has a delicious minty flavor perfect for the holidays.  Tucked away inside the shell are fluffy mini marshmallows, because what hot chocolate isn’t complete without them?

Now here’s the fun part… heat up about 6 ounces of milk and pour it into your favorite mug.  Place the bomb inside then pour the hot milk over it.  Watch as the silky smooth chocolate transforms into the best cup of hot chocolate you’ll ever have.

We made a few bombs in both flavors to see which one we thought was the best. While everyone loved the Dunkin Hot Chocolate Bomb and thought it would be great year-round, we all agreed that for the holidays the Dunkin Mint Hot Chocolate Bomb is going to be a top-seller!  After all, Christmas time and minty flavors do go hand in hand and we’ve been known to stir our hot chocolate using a peppermint stick or candy cane.

Let Hershey’s Holiday Shapes Be Your Christmas Candy in Bulk this Year

Christmas time tends to bring out the creative part in all of us.  Whether whipping up some decadent holiday desserts, planning a fun New Year’s Eve party or experimenting in the kitchen with the latest recipes off Tik Tok for a family gathering, there’s no shortage of ways for you to get creative during the holidays.

Here at Blair Candy, each year we see the candy manufacturers get more and more creative with their own creations.  Whether it’s adding new seasonal flavors to popular candy like Candy Cane Marshmallow PEEPS, or transforming a classic Kit Kat into a minty treat made with dark chocolate.

Our friends at Hershey’s are getting into the holiday spirit this year by dressing up some of their own popular chocolate treats and giving you the opportunity to sample them all in a special bag of “Hershey’s Holiday Shapes.”

This 31-ounce bag of goodies features all your favorites including York Peppermint Patty Snowflakes, delicious Hershey chocolate Santas, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Trees in both white and milk chocolate.  This holiday-themed bag is simply too much fun!

Now, what to do with such scrumptious Hershey candy at the holidays?

Your options are pretty much endless. Make up your own little Halloween-esque candy-filled goodie bags to hand out to family and friends. Unwrap a bunch of the candies and place them in covered bowls for visitors in your home, or make up a Christmas candy buffet composed of all Hershey holiday treats. Or (and you knew we’d suggest this) just buy this bag and eat all the candy yourself throughout the holiday season! Hey, it still feels like Christmas into New Year’s Day!

Having a bigger party that you need Christmas candy for?  Be sure to check out our candy-by-color for setting up a unique candy buffet, or browse our Christmas parade candy perfect for schools and other organizations needing candy in bulk.

Whip Up Marshmallow PEEPS Hot Chocolate the Blair Candy Way!

The holiday season is right around the corner and for many, it also includes cooler nights.  We can’t think of a better way to warm up on a cool evening or sit around the fireplace waiting for Santa to arrive, than with a delicious mug of hot chocolate.  And what goes best with hot chocolate?  Marshmallows of course!

But we’re a candy company, so we aren’t going to just use regular old marshmallows!  We’re taking it up a notch and we’re going to PEEP our hot chocolate by melting a delicious Marshmallow PEEPS Snowman into our hot chocolate.

Now, you can use your favorite hot chocolate mix to create this warm cup of goodness, but the holidays require something a little more special…. like cinnamon hot chocolate!

Let’s whip some up:

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow PEEPS Snowmen

Makes about 8 servings

Ingredients:

· ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

· ½ cup confectionary sugar

· ¼ cup baking cocoa

· ¼ cup nondairy creamer

· ¾ cup nonfat dry milk powder

· Snowmen PEEPS

Directions:

1. Mix the cinnamon, sugar, cocoa, creamer, and milk powder together in a bowl, while your family and friends gather around with their mouths watering.

2. Pour hot milk into your favorite mugs, and add about three tablespoons of your hot chocolate mix into each mug. Blend with a spoon.

3. Plunk a few Marshmallow PEEPS into each mug – for us, the more Christmas PEEPS in our cinnamon hot chocolate, the better! You can also use Gingerbread Men PEEPS for a little extra variety, too.

Allow your cinnamon hot chocolate to cool for a few minutes, and have a sip of the hot chocolate you’ll be making and enjoying for years to come!

We’re sure you’re a big fan of Marshmallow PEEPS too, so be sure to check them out along with our huge selection of delicious Christmas candy.

Cella Chocolate Covered Cherries Brownies a Perfect Holiday Dessert

With the holidays right around the corner, family dinners and parties for friends and co-workers are going to be aplenty!  If you’re looking to sweeten up the event, we’ve got the perfect dessert that everyone will love.  Why?  Because it includes everyone’s two favorite things – brownies and candy.

Now we’re not claiming to be the best bakers out there, so we’re going to rely on a close friend to give us a hand.  You may have heard of her, Betty Crocker!  We love her recipes and especially her brownies which we will fight for a corner piece every time.

This great dessert uses Better Crocker brownies but we give it some Blair Candy flair.  We top them off with a delicious Cella Chocolate Covered Cherry which makes these treats so, so delicious.  By the way, Cella Chocolate Covered Cherries are available in both the milk and dark chocolate variety, so make a batch with both.

Ready to get started?  Great, let’s get baking!

Cella Chocolate Covered Cherries Brownies (Makes 12 brownies)

Ingredients:

· 1 box of brownie mix, plus all ingredients called for on the box

· 1 cup whipping (heavy) cream

· 1 cup mini marshmallows (only the best kind!)

· 1/3 cup drained and chopped maraschino cherries

· Chocolate syrup for the topping

· Cella Chocolate Covered Cherries, for the topping

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 or 9-inch pan. Cook the brownies according to the directions on the box, and then cool for about an hour and a half.

In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the whipping cream on high speed, until stiff. Stir in the marshmallows and cherries. Spread over the cooled brownies. Use the chocolate syrup to swirl chocolate strands over the brownies, and place the Cella Chocolate Covered Cherries on the tops of the brownies.

Cover and refrigerator for about one hour, and then cut into three rows of four brownies (or larger if you’d like!).

There you have it!  A delicious dessert to bring along to the office or serve up at your holiday party!  Speaking of parties, we’ve got plenty of Christmas candy to delight your guests as well as sweets perfect for a holiday candy buffet.

S’mores, Pumpkin Seeds, and Apple Cider are Some Perfect Fall Treats

As the back-to-school bells ring and the leaves turn to beautiful orange, reds, and yellows, all of us here at BlairCandy.com are busy getting ready for fall. It’s one of our favorite times of the year and there’s no shortage of candy and snacks that you can use for fall-themed parties or weekends admiring the views at the local park.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Apple Cider – Apple cider is an absolute must in your pantry and the perfect accessory to an Autumn party. Most supermarkets carry apple cider on their shelves during fall, so pick up a quart, get the glasses out, and enjoy!  By the way, we prefer to have ours warm and enjoy it sitting next to a fire.

Pumpkin Seeds – We all can agree that pumpkins are the official symbol of fall.  Between carving them at Halloween or making decorations out of them for your Thanksgiving gathering, pumpkins are everywhere this time of year.  But what about what’s inside them?  Pumpkin seeds make for a great snack during the day and we suggest kicking them up a notch by tossing them with cinnamon and nutmeg.  These spices are the essence of Autumn and make nearly everything taste better in the fall.

S’mores Candy Bars – There’s nothing better than marshmallow, chocolate, and graham crackers, right?  Well, if you’re having a party making S’mores in the middle of your living room could be a challenge – and one we don’t recommend you attempt to tackle.  Instead, we’ve got the perfect solution!  S’mores Candy Bars from Gardener’s Chocolates.  These delicious, creamy, candy bars, are what fall would taste like if it had a taste!  36 in each box, so there’s plenty for everyone at your gathering.

Pumpkin Pie – Mmm, the smell of a pumpkin pie in the oven instantly warms the heart. Whip up a pumpkin pie (or buy one from the store, we won’t tell!) and serve it with a bit of whipped cream on top and some cinnamon sprinkled over it. We have a feeling your guests will be all smiles!

Apple Strudel – Apple-filled puff pastry = yum! Apple strudel is another great fall food and just the right size for an Autumn party appetizer. Be sure to brush the puff pastry with egg whites before you bake it to add a little gleam to your strudel!

We think a fall party is a perfect way to welcome in the Autumn season, after all, fall always seems so short!   Remember, we are the ones to turn to when it comes to candy for all your parties!  If you’re having a theme party and are looking for candy by color, we’ve got you covered!  With Christmas right around the corner, a candy buffet may be something you want to consider for a chic holiday get-together.  And speaking of Christmas, be sure to check out all of our Christmas candy that makes for perfect stocking stuffers.

Crafting A Harvest Ready Brach’s Candy Corn Wreath

Candy corn is an orange, white, and yellow Halloween candy staple that many have a love-hate relationship with. Here at Blair Candy, we love grabbing a handful of Brach’s Candy Corn from our office candy bowl and snacking throughout the day.  It’s a simple candy, but so delish! Even better: candy corn is the foundation for a beautiful Fall wreath that only takes a few dollars and quality time to create.

Photo credit: womansday.com

Brach’s Candy Corn Wreath, inspired by WomansDay.com

Supplies:
    • A few bags of Brach’s Candy Corn
    • A Styrofoam wreath, about 16 inches around
    • Black duct tape
    • Hot glue gun
    • Large ribbon to hang the wreath, in a Halloween-themed color

Directions:

    1. Wrap the wreath completely with black duct tape. This will serve as your base for gluing the candy corn onto the wreath.
    2. Hot glue Brach’s candy corn onto the black duct tape in neat rows you’ll want to cover the entire front side of the wreath with the candy corn. It does take some time, but that’s why having another bowl of candy corn on hand to snack from while you’re gluing makes the time pass so quickly!
    3. Leave a space at the top of the wreath for you to secure the ribbon. We suggest an orange, yellow, or black satin ribbon. Simply tie it around the wreath and hang it on your door!

Photo credit: womansday.com

Although you can’t exactly snack on your wreath, be sure to pick up a few extra bags of Brach’s candy corn so you and your family can enjoy one of our Autumn candy favorites!

While yellow, white, and orange candy corn is what everyone is most familiar with, there are some other varieties you can use as well:

Brach’s Harvest Candy Corn
The rich brown, orange, and white colors of this candy corn will give your wreath an even more “fall” feeling.

Brach’s Bello Minions Candy Corn
Add a little mischief for your wreath by choosing a wild and wacky color with blue, yellow, and white candy corn, which just happens to be a favorite of those little Minions!

If you happen to get a lot of comments on your completed craft and friends and neighbors start asking you to make one for them, don’t worry!  We’ve got you covered with BIG bulk packages of candy corn!  In fact, big 30 pound boxes of candy corn in multiple colors (and flavors for snacking).

 

Caramel Tootsie Pops: Perfect for This Halloween Party Craft

Halloween parties are a lot of fun. Whether you choose to go with something ghoulish or something alive with fall’s colors, there are plenty of ways to celebrate this holiday. If you’re looking to combine together one of the season’s best flavors, caramel, with a fun Halloween craft, then be sure to check out this awesome Halloween lollipop wreath idea.

Using delicious Caramel Tootsie Pops and a few craft supplies, you can put together a wreath that fits in perfectly with Halloween party décor (it’s also a fun way to give candy to trick or treaters). Let’s just say, it’s sure to be a scream at your Halloween get-together!

What You’ll Need:

  • A wicker or foam wreath core (you can find these at your local craft store)
  • Craft ribbon or curling ribbon
  • Minimum of 50 Caramel Tootsie Pops depending on wreath size.

Directions:

  1. Begin by cutting the ribbon and making it into a bow. To make things extra festive, choose black and orange or orange and purple ribbon varieties. If there’s Halloween ribbon on hand, use that instead. It’s up to you!
  2. Start sticking the Tootsie Pops into your wreath, starting at the top off-center and working your way around the wreath. The pops will take up some space, so feel free to adjust them to make sure that they are distributed evenly. Hang and enjoy!

When your Halloween lollipop wreath is finished, you can hang it up as part of your Halloween décor and have your party guests take a Caramel Tootsie Pop as a favor.

Photo credit: Pinterest

You can also use the wreath as a table centerpiece by putting a glass vase in the middle with a pillar candle or similar. Either way, you have a boo-tiful Halloween wreath that’s sure to get compliments at your next party, plus some great Caramel Tootsie Pops for your guests to enjoy!

We Pick Our Favorite Halloween Candy Bars

Every year, we stock our online store shelves to the brim with Halloween candy bars. With such a huge inventory, we know how hard it is to choose a favorite. Each year, candy makers come out with new treats, but there are always those classics that people tend to return to. This year, we decided to come up with a list of our favorite Halloween candy bars.

M&M’s
M&M’s are the chocolate candies beloved by everyone all over the world.  Whether you go with a snack-size bag or hand out full-size bags of M&M’s, you’ll be sure to make your Halloween visitors happy this year.


Milky Way
Ok, this is one of our favorites any time of the year, but when Halloween rolls around we’re even more excited for this delicious candy bar because they also come in a snack-size bar perfect for handing out to trick-or-treaters or just saving for yourself for a quick snack!


Mike & Ike
Fruity and chewy, Mike & Ike candy has been a favorite for decades – after all, it’s one of those nostalgic candy choices that brings back so many memories for all of us!  This year, there are so many different flavors of Mike & Ike available, you’ll have a hard time choosing which one to hand out to the little ghosts and goblins visiting your home.


Butterfinger
If you crave a powerful peanut butter crunch, pick up a bag of Butterfinger candy bars for yourself and a bag for your trick-or-treat visitors!  Be sure to give a few extra if you have a little one dressed up like Bart Simpson.


Kit Kat
The classic Kit Kat is better than ever this year with so many new and unique flavors available.  If you’re looking to up your Kit Kat candy game, be sure to pick up the original as well as some of the limited-time flavors for yourself and your visitors.


Mallo Cup
Chocolate and marshmallow go hand-in-hand and there’s no better candy bar than Mallo Cup to combine those two great flavors.  A classic treat that’s sure to be a hit with all your visitors this Halloween.


 

Snickers
Snickers sure does satisfies!  Just ask your trick-or-treaters when you pop a few of these candy bars in their goodie bags.  It’s a classic candy bar that everyone loves and is also available in snack-size bars perfect for Halloween or packing along in lunchboxes.


Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins
We saved our all-time favorite for last!  Nothing says “Halloween” quite like Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins.  Bursting with spooktacular peanut butter flavor, these peanut butter pumpkins are like a little pack of happy on a rainy day!

Be sure to check out all of our Halloween candy and stock up on your favorites!

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.

Heart Shaped Valentine’s Day Candy Top Choices

The sweetest time of the year is almost here. That means love is in the air and plenty of Valentine’s Day candy is in our warehouse ready for your sweetheart.

Everyone knows the universal symbol for love is a heart and there’s no shortage of heart-shaped candy to go around. So today, we’re highlighting some of our favorites!

Brach’s Cherry Jelly Hearts
We have to admit these are one of our favorites. Brach’s has been making candy since 1904 and their ju ju style jelly candies have been a favorite for generations of love birds, so scoop up a bag or two this year before they’re gone.


Sour Punch Valentine’s Day Gummy Hearts
It’s alright if you want to be a sour puss this Valentine’s day… but ONLY when you’re snacking on one of these Sour Punch Gummy Hearts! The sweet taste of watermelon, strawberry, and fruit punch are accompanied by a “punch” of sour that gives these candies a unique twist.


YumEarth Organic Valentine’s Hearts
New this year, we have organic heart-shaped gummies from YumEarth. These delicious gummy hearts are vegan, gluten, dye, and nut-free, and are USDA certified organic. These fruit-flavored hearts are delicious and a smart choice!

P.S. If this is the first time you’re hearing about our line of YumEarth organic candy, be sure to check out this blog post where you can learn more!


Reese’s Peanut Butter Hearts
Nothing says love more than the marriage between peanut butter and chocolate and our friends at Reese’s have several varieties to choose from this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re looking for miniature individually wrapped peanut butter hearts or a larger heart-shaped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup we’ve got them!


Charms Valentine Pops
Of course, we couldn’t wrap up a look at our favorite heart-shaped Valentine’s Day candy without including a lollipop in our list! Our top pick is one that everyone is familiar with, the famous Charms Valentine Pop. You’ll instantly recognize these pops by their heart shape and Cupid’s arrow printed on the pop. Plus, their cherry flavor makes these lollipops extra sweet.

No matter what type of sweet gift you’re looking to give this Valentine’s Day, be sure to check out our great selection of Valentine’s Day candy arriving daily.

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