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COVID-19 Protection Tips for Concession Stand, Foodservice and Candy Store Workers

If you work at a concession stand, food service outlet, or candy store, protecting yourself from exposure to COVID-19 is paramount and is something that should be taken seriously.

As we know, the coronavirus is spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets from coughs, sneezes, and common conversation, as well as from having close contact with others (6 feet). It’s also possible to become infected with COVID-19 simply by touching a surface or an item with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

There are several ways for you to protect yourself from exposure as outlined by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which include:

– Limit close contact with others by maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet, when possible.

– Minimize handling cash, credit cards, and mobile devices, where possible.

– Practice routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, such as workstations, cash registers, touch screens, door handles, tables, and countertops, following the directions on the cleaning product’s label.

– Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol can be used, but not as a substitute for cleaning hands with soap and water.

– Key times to clean hands in general include:

– Before, during, and after preparing food

– Before eating food

– After using the toilet

– After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

– Additional times to clean hands on the job include:

– Before and after work shifts

– Before and after work breaks

– After touching frequently touched surfaces

– After interacting with a customer who is visibly ill

– After putting on, touching, or removing cloth face coverings

– After touching objects that have been handled by customers, such as utensils, menus, cups, and trash

– After touching dirty surfaces like floors, walls and soiled carriers and equipment

– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Here at Blair Candy, in our warehouse, offices, and our retail outlet, all our team members have been trained on proper sanitation procedures and our policies revised to ensure that those who feel ill stay home and monitor their symptoms. Face coverings are required not only for our team members, but for visitors and customers to our outlets, in addition to proper social distancing.

Our wholesale division has increased our supply of face masks and hand sanitizer so our bricks-and-mortar customers can rest assured that there will be plenty available for them to purchase.

We have also added these items to our website for those individuals, businesses outside our local delivery/pick-up area, and our regular wholesale customers can have access to them as well.

3-Ply Disposable Face Masks
Available in 10, 50, 80, and 2000 packs. FDA approved, contains no glass fibers, are hypoallergenic with a very low resistance to breathing and features an adaptable nose bar for a perfect fit.


KN95 Disposable Face Masks
Available in 3 and 25 packs.


Hand Sanitizer
Available in .33oz, 1oz, and 2oz case boxes. 75% isopropyl alcohol formulated according to FDA and WHO criteria. Made in the USA.

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!

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.

You’ll Go Hog Wild Over Chocolate Covered Bacon and Pork Rinds!

Here at Blair Candy, we’re more than just candy – we’re a great place to pick up all your favorite snacks. Whether you’re looking for beef jerky and garlic pickles or sunflower seeds and Lance crackers, we’ve got what it takes to calm your snack cravings.

While Dunkin’ Donuts may have won the Internet over when they announced they are now selling bags of bacon along with your favorite coffee drink, we have some news on the pork front as well!

Our warehouse was all abuzz the other day when a shipment of some new snacks arrived. Why? Because we now have chocolate-covered bacon! You read that right, we have chocolate-covered bacon and it’s ridiculously good.

Oinks Chocolate Covered Bacon is now available in two delicious flavors, with each being gluten-free and only 90 calories. They’re great for an afternoon snack or whenever you’re craving a sweet and salty treat.

Each thick cut of applewood smoked bacon is covered in rich dark chocolate, then either drizzled with white chocolate or spicy jalapeno for an extra kick!

Oinks Chocolate Covered Bacon

Oinks Chocolate Covered Bacon

While we’re on the subject of pork, let’s talk about chicharrones, or as they are more commonly called – pork rinds.

Slim Jim Pork Rinds are now available and ready to answer the call from a squealing stomach aching for a snack. These fried pork rinds contain only 1 gram of carbs per serving which makes them a perfect low-carb treat that will keep your appetite from crying wee wee wee all the way home!

Available in Squealin’ Hot, for those who like their pork rinds with an extra kick, or Hog Wild BBQ that adds a smoky flavor that takes these fried treats to a whole new level.

Slim Jim Pork Rinds

Slim Jim Pork Rinds

We expect Oinks Chocolate Covered Bacon and Slim Jim Pork Rinds to be very popular snack items, so be sure to order today and pop some in your lunch box. For a complete selection of all our snack foods, click here.

Introducing Your New Candy Crush – Crush Soda Flavor Inspired Candy!

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and guess what? We have your new, favorite candy crush right here at Blair Candy!

No, it’s not who you’re thinking. It’s two of your favorite chewy treats featuring the fruity favorites of Crush Soda!

Now, we’re not afraid to admit that we’re a little partial to Orange Crush, but we’re also a fan of strawberry, grape, and pineapple.  If you are too, you’re going to fall in love with these two new candies.

First up, Swedish Fish Minis. The fish that everyone loves to eat is now available in a bag of assorted Crush Soda flavors. If you’re partial to the classic Red Swedish Fish, have no fear, they’re still available. Plus, we are one of the few places online that you can get the rare grape-flavored Nordic Fish that made a swim back to the United States after spending some time upstream.

Now get ready for this! Say hello to your new favorite sweet and sour candy – Sour Patch Kids Crush. The same fruity flavors bring new a new taste sensation to this gummy treat.

Both of these Crush Soda flavors inspired candies were teased at the Spring 2019 Sweets and Snacks Expo and we just couldn’t want to get some in stock. Now they’re here, so be sure to order some and make them your first new crush of 2020.

Looking for other new additions that arrived recently at our huge candy warehouse?  Click here!

Jim Beam Homemade Fudge – Made with Bourbon Whiskey

Calling all fudge lovers!  We have a real unique treat for you – Jim Beam Homemade Fudge.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Gardiners of Scotland have taken their famous fudge recipe, that’s been handed down for three generations, and created a delicious fudge made with Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey.

Gardiners makes all of their fudge in Scotland by hand in small batches using traditional methods that have made it one of the most sought after treats around the world.

Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey is carefully infused in the fudge to retain the unique flavor and vanilla and honey aroma of the whiskey that has been around for over 200 years.

The rich, delicious fudge is perfect as a snack, with an after-dinner coffee, or for enjoying along with a bit of Jim Beam, of course.

Each piece of fudge is individually wrapped and comes in a decorative tin that’s perfect as a gift for any fudge or whiskey lover.  Contains no hydrogenated oils or fats.

Looking for a more traditional type of fudge?  Have no fear!  We have a whopping 6-pound box of old fashioned homemade fudge that is fresh and delicious.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All Pink Starburst Now Available!

When it comes to candy, we all have our favorites.  From a classic nostalgic candy like Black Jack Gum or Candy Cigarettes to timeless favorites like the original Swedish Fish we all have that one treat that is our go-to.

The other day a debate raged in our candy warehouse about which flavor of a particular candy was everyone’s favorite.  Yes, someone started the great Starbust flavor debate! We’re pretty sure that from the day Starburst was introduced back in 1960 spirited discussions were had based on which one of the four flavors is best.

If you pick up a pack of Starburst Originals, you’ll find an assortment of lemon, orange, cherry, and strawberry soft fruit chews.  You may search for a cherry one first, or go straight to a juicy blast of tart lemon to begin your adventure.  

But which of the four is the most popular Starburst flavor?

If you happened to say Strawberry, you’re right!  The pink jewel wrapped in that sometimes hard to open wax paper wrapper is so popular that the flavor is now available all by itself!

No longer do you need to pick up a pack of Starburst Originals and take out all the pink ones and leave the rest for those who think cherry or lime is much better.  Starburst All Pink is just that, a package bursting with just one flavor – strawberry.

So if you’re looking for some all pink Starburst for yourself or someone else, be sure to pick up a box and get ready to be in candy heaven.

If you’re looking for some all red, you’ll just have to hang in there or pick up the ones left from your strawberry loving friends!

Just In! Even More Healthy Candy and Snack Options

We have some new sweet treats to show off in today’s blog post – and we’re pretty excited about them! Our customers are already raving about the new line of organic Christmas candy from YumEarth and today we’re happy to showcase even more healthier choices.

First up are new Smart Sweets gummies. Available in gummy fruit bears, peach rings, red fish, and sour gummy buddies, these gummy treats contain only 3g of sugar, are non-GMO, gluten-free, as well as soy, dairy and lactose free. Plus they contain no artificial flavors or sweeteners.

Smart Sweets Gummy Fish

Smart Sweets Sour Gummy Buddies

Smart Sweets Peach Rings

Smart Sweets Gummy Bears

So how do they taste? Well, let’s just say they were a big hit when we blind taste tested them around our office when they arrived at our candy warehouse. If you’re looking for a healthier gummy treat, look no further than the new lineup of Smart Sweets.

A new sugar-free version of everyone’s favorite caramel candy – Werther’s Original – is now available! The sugar-free Werther’s Original satisfies everyone’s craving while maintaining that rich caramel taste that these hard candies are famous for.

Sugar-Free Werther’s Original

Finally, if you’re looking for some healthy snacks to pop in the kid’s lunch boxes or take along to work with you for when you need an afternoon pick-up, check out these new items from Nature Valley.

Nature’s Valley Oats and Chocolate Snack Mix contains a mix of chocolate drizzled pretzels, chocolate covered peanuts, and oak clusters.

Nature’s Valley Oats and Chocolate Snack Mix

Nature’s Valley Oats and Peanut Butter Snack Mix has a delicious mix of honey drizzled oats, and peanut butter covered peanuts and pretzels.

Nature’s Valley Oats and Peanut Butter Snack Mix

Finally, one new snack that we can’t get enough of is Nature’s Valley Crispy Creamy Wafer Bars. These wafer snacks are layered with rich chocolate and creamy peanut butter and are naturally flavored.

Nature’s Valley Crispy Creamy Wafer Bars

We’re always on the lookout to bring you healthy candy and snack options, so be sure to check out our blog, Facebook page and website frequently to find out what’s new.

Necco Candy Wafers Return January 2020!

The holidays are rapidly approaching and the new year will be here before you know it.  As we turn the calendar and begin to look forward to 2020, there’s one thing all of us here are excited about.

If you’re a nostalgic candy fan, you probably heard the sad news several months ago about the closing of the 170-year old New England Confectionary Company.  Who’s that? Well, they’re more commonly known as Necco – the makers of the “original candy wafer” a classic candy that’s been around since 1847.

These hard wafer candies have a cult following and, well, you either love them or hate them!  Either way, when production ceased in 2018, Necco Wafer lovers around the world stocked up on their favorite sweet treat.

But hang on!

The Necco Wafer is coming back!  Yes, it’s true. The Spangler Candy Company purchased the original recipe and began producing what is perhaps the quintessential classic candy of all time.

By now you probably know what we’re most excited about in the new year!  That’s right, the return of the Necco Wafer.

The old fashioned candy treat will be available once again in January 2020 and we’re going to be one of the first nostalgic candy stores to have them in stock.  We expect demand to be high, so we’re encouraging all our fans to click here and enter your email address to be notified the second they arrive in stock and are available to order.

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