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Our Favorite Snacks for Summertime Road Trips

If you had a vacation planned in 2020, chances are it was canceled and you’re itching to get away. We know we are! We’re all ready to hit the road, take to the skies, sail on the sea, or take us to wherever adventure beckons whether for a week or just a quick weekend getaway.

Whatever your vacation plans are, don’t leave without the snacks and we’re serving up some of our all-time favorite road trip treats and snacks. So buckle up, sit back, and let’s see what we’re tucking away in our goodie bags:

Welch’s Fruit Snacks
Like a best friend, Welch’s Fruit Snacks are ALWAYS there when you need them! Whether packed with your lunch, tucked in your backpack for an afternoon snack, or in your top left-hand desk drawer, these go-to fruity treats are a must-have for your road trip. Kids love them, adults love them, and there’s no mess to clean up if you hit a pothole!


Beef Jerky Snacks
For bigger snack cravings, nothing hits the spot like some flavorful beef jerky. Bring along a box of Slim Jims, a bag of Jack Link’s Jerky, or some Buffalo Bill’s Beef Sticks. There are so many different flavors of these beef treats, you’ll keep everyone in the family happy and full until it’s time for dinner.


Lance Peanut Butter Crackers
Here’s a classic snack that comes along with a side of nostalgia. You grew up snacking on Lance crackers, so keep the tradition going by taking along some of these peanut butter crackers that definitely hit the spot and will crush the hunger pangs. Made with real peanut butter!


Theatre Size Candy
Extra long road trips call for extra big snacks! So don’t settle for regular packs of your favorite treats like M&Ms, Swedish Fish, Mike & Ike, and Junior Mints… go for the movie theatre size boxes of these favorites and more. Yes, these are the exact same size boxes you get at the theatre concession stand, so you know they’re packed with scrumptious sweets.

Starburst Zero Sugar Drink Mix
Why settle for plain old water when you can give it a “burst” of flavor? Starburst Zero Sugar Drink Mix packs are designed to be mixed into a standard bottle of water. Just pour in the mix, give the bottle a good shake, and volia! You have the delicious taste of Starburst fruit candy in liquid form.

Nobody wants to be cranky during a road trip, so be sure you stock up on all your favorite snacks before hitting the road. Check out more of our recommendations to make your trip hunger pain-free.

 

Make Summer Fun with these Candy Drinks, Games, and More!

Summer is almost here and it’s time to start thinking about keeping cool, keeping the kids busy, planning some fun family activities, and for parents – surviving until school starts again! But fear not – we’ve come up with some sweet ways to accomplish all those goals and have some fun along the way.

Let’s start off with one of our favorite ways to cool off on a hot summer day. Whether you’re hanging out at the pool, kicking back on the front porch, or staying inside with the air conditioning, nothing refreshes more than an ice-cold glass of Jolly Rancher Lemonade.

To make this cool summer beverage all you need is Jolly Rancher candies and your favorite fresh-squeezed or store-bought lemonade. Take a few Jolly Ranchers, approximately two or three for each cup of lemonade, and place them unwrapped in a microwave-safe glass measuring cup.

Fill the cup with just enough lemonade to cover the candies and microwave on high for 60 – 90 seconds. When the cycle is complete, give them a stir. If the candies didn’t fully dissolve, give them more time in the microwave until they do. Just make sure you stir them up after each heating.

Once they are fully dissolved, transfer them to your favorite glass, add additional lemonade and serve chilled or on ice. Experiment with different flavors of Jolly Ranchers to make a unique flavored lemonade each time!

If the kids are looking for a game to play, we’ve got one that’s fun to play and can be eaten when they’re all played out.

To make a Candy Tic-Tac-Toe game, start off with everyone’s favorite licorice treat, TWIZZLERS. Cut the TWIZZLERS Twists into equal lengths and arrange them into a tic-tac-toe grid.

Then give each player five HERSHEYS KISSES of the same color. Players take turns putting their candy KISSES on the grid until one gets three in a row and is declared the winner. By the way, this is a perfect game for birthday parties!

One of our favorite things to do on a summer night is to sit around a fire and make S’mores! These three-ingredient bites of bliss are so simple to make and are so sinfully delicious. To make smores, gather up graham crackers, marshmallows, and HERSHEYS Chocolate Bars.

To make S’mores, simply place a marshmallow on the end of a stick and heat it over the fire until it’s golden brown. Place the marshmallow between two pieces of graham cracker with a piece of HERSHEYS chocolate. The heat from the marshmallow will melt the chocolate just enough to make it soft.

If you want to make this treat even more delicious, skip the graham cracker and just sandwich the marshmallow between two pieces of chocolate!

Now, one final note! If you’re sending the kids off to summer camp, you’ll want to make sure they have everything they will need to survive their adventure. Socks, underwear, plenty of shirts and shorts, and… candy!

No good explorer ever discovered anything without having a supply of snacks and sweets to get the adventure started. Our Camp Survival Kit is packed with more than 50 pieces of candy and snacks that will satisfy when the craving hits and a convenience store is an hour away!

DAVID Sunflower Seeds Summer’s Salty Snack We All Love

One of our favorite summertime snacks, and one we love to take to the ballpark, is sunflower seeds. These salty treats have long been associated with summer sports and one brand in particular – DAVID Seeds – is known as the “official brand of baseball and softball.”

Believe it or not, DAVID Sunflower Seeds were first introduced way back in 1926 inside a California grocery store. The roasted then seasoned seeds became such a hit that nearly a hundred years later they’re still as popular as ever.

DAVID Sunflower Seeds are American-grown and still made the old-fashioned way. While the original flavor is still the most popular, the line has evolved to include some tasty flavors that you may want to experience yourself. So let’s dive into the different flavors of summer’s favorite seed:

DAVID Original Flavor Sunflower Seeds
This is the one that started it all nearly a century ago. Roasted in the shell, these seeds have the salty taste you’re familiar with and are a staple item at concession stands and snack bars at ballparks. Even if you’re not at the ball game, grab a bag and take them along to work with you as a great afternoon snack.


DAVID BBQ Flavor Sunflower Seeds
Summer and bar-b-que go hand in hand so there’s no better pairing than DAVID sunflower seeds and the flavor of tangy BBQ seasoning. Whether you’re selling these at your snack bar or picking up a box or two for snacks during a cookout, you can’t go wrong!


DAVID Ranch Flavor Sunflower Seeds
We knew ranch dressing wasn’t meant just for salads when people started dipping slices of pizza and french fries in this creamy condiment. If you’re a ranch now is the time for you to sample something a bit different – ranch-flavored sunflower seeds! We’ll admit we were a bit skeptical at first, but we’re sold on this unique flavor on one of our favorite summer snacks.


Now that we have your mouth watering and your taste buds craving some of the delicious flavors of sunflower seeds, we bet you’re having a hard time deciding which one to buy. Have no fear, we can solve the dilemma! Instead of buying a whole box of one flavor, we also can mix and match the three different flavors so you can sample them all. Just click here to purchase individual bags of each.

 

If you’re looking to add DAVID Sunflower Seeds to your little league or sports team’s concession stand, be sure to check out our wholesale program for resellers, or contact us for more information.

Bedford Candies Popcorn a Delicious Handmade Treat

Who doesn’t love popcorn? It’s one of those snacks that’s hard to pass up. Whether you’re grabbing a bucket before heading into the movie theatre, munching on handfuls while walking through an amusement park, or popping some at home or work for a quick snack, there’s no doubting its popularity.

While buttery popcorn is pretty much everyone’s go-to, there are times when you want popcorn that’s kicked up a bit and that’s where we can help.

Introducing Bedford Candies Popcorn! Just like us, they are a family-owned company based right down the road from us with locations in Bedford and Altoona, PA. They’ve been in the candy business since 1929 and we’re excited to partner with them to get their delicious homemade popcorn in the hands of snack lovers around the country.

Some of the flavored popcorn we now have in stock include:

Bedford Candies Chocolate Pretzel Spider Popcorn
If you’re a fan of chocolate and peanut butter, this is the snack for you! A delicious mix of caramel corn, pretzels, milk chocolate and a peanut butter drizzle.


Bedford Candies Meltie Kettle Corn
Kettle corn is known for a sweet and salty flavor, but this version takes it to the next level by drizzling the kernels with delicious milk chocolate and rich peanut butter.


Bedford Candies Pickle Popcorn
Yes, you read that correctly! Pickles have found their way to popcorn in this salty, dill flavored treat that will make your mouth water and keep you coming back for more.

These are just a few of the delicious flavors we now have in stock, in addition to cheddar, caramel, buffalo ranch, and more.

With the holidays upon us, we also have popcorn tins that feature an assortment of flavors and make the perfect gift to send to loved ones, business associates, and customers.

Be sure to check out all the varieties of Bedford Candies Popcorn by clicking here.

Delicious Chocolate & Yogurt Covered Pretzels for Fall

“These pretzels are making me thirsty!” You may remember that line from an episode of the wildly popular television show, Seinfeld. One of the show’s zany characters, Kramer, got a role in a movie and that was his one and only line.

We can’t help but remember that line every time we walk by all the different types of pretzel snacks we have in our huge candy warehouse. Just the other day, we received some new pretzel treats and one of our team members shouted, “these pretzels look delicious!”

The excitement in his voice caused a few of us to go running to see what came in. Well, needless to say, we opened up a box because… well… product testing you know!

Fresh for fall, two different types of delicious pretzels arrived. The first is a 15 pound box of yogurt covered pretzels that have a dash of sweet drizzled on them in festive fall colors.

 

The second box we opened is another 15 pounder, this time packed with chocolate covered pretzels with an orange drizzle.

If you’re planning a Halloween party, fall get together, movie night, or any special occasion that requires bulk candy and snacks, these are sure to be a hit.

Besides snacks like these chocolate and yogurt covered pretzels, we have plenty of candy available in bulk that’s perfect for candy buffets, parades, parties, and even for putting together your own holiday gift baskets. The possibilities are endless.

If these pretzels made you hungry, it’s time to pick up a box and start snacking!

Popcorn Balls – A Sought After Halloween Treat

Popcorn! You can’t sit through a movie without some or go to an amusement park without ordering a bucket. If you checked your cupboards, you probably have some just waiting to be popped when the urge for a snack hits.

Popcorn has been a popular snack for over a century, but things changed in 1982 when Pillsbury introduced a new way to whip up a batch of this buttery, salty snack thanks to a new kitchen appliance that became popular in the 70’s – the microwave.

While debate rages over whether microwave popcorn is better than stove popped corn, there’s no arguing over the fact that popcorn balls are the ultimate popcorn treat! In fact, these sugary balls of deliciousness are so popular that fans wait for them to be produced and gobble them up quickly.

The largest manufacturer of popcorn balls is Kathy Kaye Foods based in South Dakota. They produce thousands of these sought after treats seasonally with the biggest being fall / Halloween time.

Every year, our loyal customers email us asking when our shelves will be stocked with fresh Kathy Kay Halloween Popcorn Balls so they can order a supply before they’re sold out. This year is no exception!

While we recently told you that there will be no Halloween PEEPS produced this year due to COVID-19, we’re happy to say the popcorn balls are in stock, fresh, and ready for you to enjoy or hand out to all your trick-or-treaters.

Speaking of trick-or-treat, one review of these popcorn balls on our website from a customer says, “Every year the kids ask the “Popcorn Ball Lady” if she has popcorn balls. I found these last year, so ordered more for this year and can’t wait to see their little faces light up!”

If you want to be the house the kids seek out this Halloween, popcorn balls should be on the top of your list along with some of our most popular Halloween candy.

The next time popcorn balls will be available will be for Christmas, so stay tuned!

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!

S’mores Family Kits and Other Seasonal Snacks

No matter the time of year, there’s nothing better than sitting around a fire, toasting marshmallows and making that delicious treat known as s’mores.

There’s so much to love about s’mores it’s hard to not be a fan. The smell of marshmallow as it starts to glow from the heat, the aroma of melting chocolate… are you craving one now?

If you’re like us, there’s times when we’re craving s’mores but don’t have all the ingredients available and it’s too late to go to the grocery store. Well, that problem has been solved!

We now offer a family size DIY s’mores kit that has everything you need to make delicious s’mores. Our kits contain marshmallows, delicious chocolate, and graham crackers. All you need to do is round everyone up and start making them. Each kit makes six nice-size s’mores that everyone will love.

S'mores Family Kits

The best part about these kits is that everything is individually sealed so they remain fresh. That means you can order a few kits, use one tonight, save a few for the weekend or for that upcoming camping trip at the lake.

We can’t think of a better way to spend the evening as a family than making s’mores!

And speaking of camping trips, we have some great snacks to take along on your adventure. Besides beef snacks that come in a variety of types and flavors, we have delicious snacks that are easy to pack up and take along.

Energizer Trail Mix is a great choice to take with you on a hike, a trip to the beach, or even to work for that afternoon pick up you need. Packed with peanuts, raisins, chocolate bits, and nuts, this snack mix is low sodium and gluten free.

If you’re looking for a fruit snack to take along, how can we not recommend Welch’s Fruit Snacks? These gummy fruit snacks are a great healthy snack that not only is delicious but provides 100% of the day’s requirement of Vitamin C. Plus, kids love them!

From s’mores to healthy snacks and everything in between, we have just what you’re looking for snacking year round!

Beefy Snacks for Big Appetites

Whether you’re planning on what to stock at your concession stand or looking for some savory snacks to pack along on a weekend family adventure, candy is dandy but beef is better!

Not only are beef snacks like jerky, sticks, and sausages popular and easy to take along, they’re also a great source of protein and makes for a great boost when hunger strikes.

One of the most popular beef snacks of all time is one we’re sure you’re familiar with – Slim Jim. These beef sticks are perfect for concession stands and make a great add-on item at convenience store checkouts. The Giant Slim Jim not only is eye catching, it’s delicious and is a true fan favorite.

Another best selling beef snack is one that has really gained popularity over the years – Jack Link’s. These beef jerky snacks are made from premium cuts of beef that are slow cooked and delectably flavored. Not only are they great for selling at concession stands, but they’re great to keep on hand at home for a quick snack that has a minimum of 14 grams of protein. Available in original mesquite, teriyaki and peppered flavors.

 

 

Looking for a little charcuterie to-go? We have two items from Duke’s that are great tag-along snacks. Both feature delicious Duke’s Shorty sausages paired with either cheddar or asiago crisps. Conveniently packaged, these are perfect to take with you on a trip, pack in lunches, or sell with a cold refreshing soft drink at your concession stand.

 

Adding beef jerky snacks to your concession stand is a sure bet. They’re always a hot seller at convenience stores and as last-minute pick-up items at checkouts. They’re guaranteed to be money makers at your event stand as well.

In addition to some of the items we featured above, we also have beef jerky snacks available from Amish Smokehouse and Buffalo Bills that are available in a very wide variety of flavors. Unlike perishable snacks or ones that may melt on a hot day, beef jerky has a longer shelf life and is packaged to maintain freshness.

If you have questions about what to stock at your concession stand this season, feel free to contact us as we’ve been helping little leagues and non-profits ring up profits for decades and can help you choose the right products for your fans.

Our Favorite Summertime Snacks

Summer is almost here and we can hardly wait! We’re counting down the days until we can head to the ball game, go boating on the lake, and fire up the BBQ for a weekend cookout. As we look ahead, we’re also thinking about our favorite summertime snacks that are the perfect companion to all your outdoor adventures!

Cotton Candy
Cotton Candy just screams “summertime!” A favorite snack that sold at little league concession stands, outdoor carnivals, and state fairs, cotton candy is also available in convenient packages for you to enjoy at home or on-the-go. Our delicious cotton candy, or candy floss as some call it, comes in a dozen different flavors packaged in a convenient 32oz tub.

Pickles
Pickles aren’t just for putting on top of your cheeseburger! They’re also great for tossing in a cooler and enjoying while boating, hiking, or just chilling in the backyard. We can’t think of a better low-calorie, healthy snack to have during the summer. Van Holten’s pickles are available in Dill, Kosher Garlic and the ever-popular flavor – Hot!

Sunflower Seeds
What’s our favorite salty snack? Sunflower seeds of course! These treats are pretty much the official snack of summer and are perfect for taking along to a little league game or buying at the baseball concession stand. David Sunflower Seeds are one of our most popular snack items and besides the original flavor we all know and love, they’re also available in BBQ and Ranch.

Beef Jerky
While a great snack year-round, Beef Jerky is especially popular during the summer because it’s easy to grab a bag, toss it in with the rest of your outdoor gear, and enjoy it as a protein-packed pick-me-up. We have a great selection of Amish Smokehouse Beef Jerky in nearly a dozen unique flavors as well as a great assortment of meats from Buffalo Bill’s.

Snack Mix
Whether you’re out hiking, biking or just walking around the block, when you get the urge for a snack, reach for a healthy one! Snax Club snack mixes are the perfect tag-along. Packed with nuts, raisins, candy, and other delicious bits. Some varieties are even gluten-free and contain ingredients to help give you an extra boost.

Of course, this is just a small sampling of all the delicious snack foods we have available in addition to our huge selection of candy. Be sure to check out our snack food page to see what else is available and stock up for all your summertime adventures.

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