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Our Top 5 Baseball Candy Picks Sure to Score a Home Run!

We can agree on one thing here at BlairCandy: we’re all baseball fans. In fact, during the summer there’s nothing we like to do more than head over to see our hometown baseball team, the Altoona Curve.  There’s just something about heading to the ballpark, enjoying a hot dog, and snacking on some of our favorite baseball candy.

While we may not be baseball experts, we do know a thing or two about candy!  So we’re here to share our top 5 baseball candy picks that are great for taking along to the ballgame, whether it’s your local little league or major league game.

David Sunflower Seeds
The salted flavor of sunflower seeds just makes our mouth water, and hey, it beats eating a bag of chips, right? We love to pick up a handful of sunflower seeds, toss them in our mouth, and enjoy the great taste and crunch away. Plus, what baseball game would be complete without this snack with such a long-standing connection to the game?

Bacon on the Go
Who can resist bacon?  Now you can take it with you to the old ballgame with Bacon on the Go.  Individual slices of thick, delicious bacon will make all those around you wonder where you got this tasty snack.  Available in multiple flavors such as sweet, red curry, habanero, and more.

Jack Links Shredded Beef Jerky
Beef jerky is a baseball snack staple. The delicious meaty taste whets our appetite, and although we’ll probably eat a whole can by ourselves, this comes with a container of 36 cans, perfect for sharing or saving for yourself, as you’ll find it pretty irresistible!

Big League Chew Bubble Gum
Speaking of things that are shredded, no baseball game is complete without snacking on the original shredded bubble gum, Big League Chew!  The classic bubble gum flavor will take you back to your childhood and bring back some “sweet” memories while making new ones with your friends and family.

Slim Jim Pork Rinds
Whether you call them pork rinds or chicharrones, it doesn’t matter… just call them a delicious snack!  Leave the chips and pretzels at home and pack a few bags of these delicious snacks.  Plus, pork rinds have more protein and are regarded as being a healthier alternative to potato chips.

Slim Jim Pork Rinds

Watching a baseball game is so much more fun when snacking on some baseball candy. So be sure to check out all our snack foods and order up some of your favorites and be sure to root on your home team!

Cool Down And Turn Up The Fun With Summer Candy!

Ah, summertime. The sound of kids happily playing on the sidewalk, lawnmowers clipping the green grass, and plenty of sunshine and time spent outdoors! For parents, it also means having their little ones home on summer vacation, and the endless pursuit of searching for fun activities to ensure their kids aren’t a tad bored.

Summer Candy is a must to always have on hand in the summertime to keep your little ones far from the edge of boredom. Of course, you’ll want your children to also get their full of fruits and veggies, but a little sweet treat here and there certainly won’t hurt. Plus, it’s a simple snack when the neighborhood kids visit and are suddenly on the verge of famine!

We know you’re busy, so we’ve put together a few of our summer candy favorites for you and your kids!

Make It A Gummy Lunch
Gummy summer candy is so much fun. It’s so deliciously tasty, and Gummy PizzaGummy Mini Burgers, and Gummy Hot Dogs are just a delight to eat, and your kids will love how they resemble their favorite foods!

 

Summer Snack Bars
When the kids are hungry no ordinary snack will do, reach for a Reese’s Snack Bar!  These certainly will hit the spot and make for a great treat.  Each is packed with peanuts, peanut butter cream, and whole grain brown rice.

Serve Up Some Watermelon
Kids love watermelon, but it’s always so messy and such a hassle to clean up.  Treat your kids to a nostalgic summer candy favorite with a Giant Gummy Watermelon Slice It looks and tastes just like watermelon! You and your little ones will have a tasty snack without all that time-consuming watermelon clean-up!   Plus, these are GREAT birthday party favors.

 

Dip Into The Fun
What could be more fun than Fun Dip? Simply nothing! Fun Dip has been a summer candy favorite for ages, with both kids (and well, adults too), just having so much fun dipping that sweet candy stick into powdered sugar. Summer isn’t complete without enjoying some summer candy, so be sure you stock up on all the summer candy favorites for you and your kids!

Want more fun candy ideas?  Be sure to check out all our favorite road trip candy great for snacking on while heading to your next fun destination.

Fun Fair Foods You Can Have at Home

It’s time to head to the fair! Yes, it’s that time of the year and we can’t be more excited. Of course, one of the biggest reasons people visit fairs is for the food. After all, where can you get giant pieces of bacon on a stick or just about anything battered and deep-fried?

Along with food, fairs are famous for sweets, treats, and of course candy. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite fun fair treats that we stock and supply to many of the stands you may be visiting when you hit the fair.

Popcorn
No visit to a fair or carnival is complete without stopping for popcorn. But skip the plain variety and go for some of the more delicious (and weird) flavors that are offered. Some of our favorite types of flavored popcorn include milk chocolate and caramel sea salt and… believe it or not… dill pickle! Popcorn is perfect for snacking, so if you can’t make it to the fair, be sure to pick up a bag or two from our great selection.

 

Cotton Candy
If you asked us years ago if there would ever be cotton candy flavors such as bacon, beer, or churro, we’d give you a crazy look! But this is 2021 and not only are those flavors of cotton candy available but you’ll also find unique ones such as jalapeno, pizza, and once again… dill pickle! Just in case you can’t find all of these flavors at your county fair, we have them ready to ship right to your door including the standard flavors you grew up with.

 

Sunflower Seeds
While popular at little league baseball games, believe it or not, sunflower seeds are also a popular fair treat. Many vendors roast and salt them right before your eyes and serve them up still warm. Now that we have your mouth watering for this salty treat, you can grab a few bags of DAVID Sunflower Seeds in the original flavor, ranch and even BBQ! But guess what? We also have sunflower seeds in… dill pickle flavor!

 

Pickles!
You knew we couldn’t end this without having actual pickles to talk about! Many vendors at fairs have barrels and barrels of pickles in many different flavors besides your standard dill pickle. You don’t have to head to the fair to get your pickle fix. We have individually packaged pickles in traditional dill, hot, and Kosher garlic. Keep them nice and cold in the fridge and break them out for a healthy snack.

Of course, no visit to the fair would be complete without coming home without some vendor’s homemade candy, so be sure to support your local family-owned businesses and grab some fudge or taffy on the way out!

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!

Best Parade Candy 2021 Edition!

With COVID-19 restrictions easing up around the country, this summer is shaping up to be one full of fun, surprises, and plenty of outdoor activities. There’s one activity we’re all looking forward to – neighborhood festivals and bazaars! These events usually kick off with a big parade to get everyone hyped up and in a festive mood.

If you’re planning a parade for your fire company, church, neighborhood association, or other organization, you already know that engaging spectators along the parade route is a must. The sweetest way to do it is to toss candy into the crowd.

Think about how exciting it was for you, as a child, to try to catch a piece of bubble gum or a Tootsie Roll as they were thrown from fire engines. Of course, you always sought out the Mayor as he was the one who handed out giant lollipops!

Candy and parades go hand-in-hand and this year everyone in the neighborhood is even more deserving of a sweet treat, so we’re highlighting some of our favorite parade candy that you can purchase in bulk to toss on your route.

Tootsie Frooties
Here’s a giant 4lb bag of everyone’s favorite chewy candy. Just how many Tootsies are there? How about more than 550! This bag contains an assortment of the most popular flavors which include green apple, strawberry, grape, pink lemonade, passion fruit, blue raspberry, fruit punch and lemon lime.


 

 

Sweetarts Twists
It doesn’t get any bigger than this! 30 whopping pounds of Sweetarts are in this mega box that is perfect for tossing at your parade. In fact, one of our customers reviewed this item and said, “We bought these for a parade. They worked great. Good quality. It is amazing how heavy 30lb of Sweetarts are.” Now you can’t go wrong with a review like that!


Jolly Rancher
Nobody can resist the delicious flavors of Jolly Rancher hard candies and they’re perfect for parades. This 5lb bag contains more than 375 pieces in an assortment of flavors that include watermelon, apple, cherry, grape, and blue raspberry.


Double Bubble Bubble Gum
No article about parade candy would be complete without talking about bubble gum. Our favorite for parades is Double Bubble and we have it in a big tub that contains 300 pieces of gum in the original Double Bubble flavor as well as watermelon, apple, and grape.

Now here’s a hint when it comes to selecting parade candy. Chocolate melts! You’re going to want to avoid tossing out miniature candy bars or any type of candy that can melt in the heat. While our huge candy warehouse is climate controlled, once orders leave our warehouse they are transported in non-airconditioned delivery trucks. Chocolate and the summer heat aren’t really the best of friends. So choose your parade candy wisely and feel free to contact us for suggestions and how we can make your parade a huge success!

Cool Candy for Hot Summer Days

When summer turns on the heat, a sweet treat coupled with an ice cold glass of lemonade is perfect for an afternoon snack break. Because chocolate doesn’t do to well in hot weather, we have some go-to treats that are perfect for the summer and won’t melt.

Licorice
Black or red, what’s your favorite? While the debate rages on as to which is better, there’s one thing we all can agree on… everyone loves licorice! Whether it’s in the traditional rope form such as Twizzlers, or the nostalgic licorice wheels that bring back memories of the penny candy days and the corner candy store. Licorice is a perfect summer snack because it stands up to the heat, is easy to pack in a lunchbox, take along for a picnic, or enjoy at the beach.

Gum
From Big League Chew and Bazooka to Wrigley’s and everything in between, chewing gum keeps dry mouth at bay during the summer months and comes in so many different flavors. If you spend a lot of time outdoors whether working or playing, there’s a gum made especially for you! Quench Sports Gum is designed to do what it’s name implies – quench your thirst and it’s perfect for sports teams and little leagues.

Lollipops
Summer and lollipops go hand in hand. We bet you remember being a child walking around a county fair or an amusement park with a gigantic lollipop in hand! These sweet treats have been around for more than a century and are available in multiple flavors with or without a candy or bubblegum center. Tootsie Pops, Charms Blow Pops, and Whirly Pops are great for kids of all ages to enjoy all summer long.

Jelly Beans
Colorful, delicious, and available in so many unique flavors, jelly beans are one of our favorite summer sweets. For those who like a variety of flavors, Jelly Belly jelly beans won’t disappoint. They’re known for creating some very unique flavors as well as the classics such as a bag of all black licorice jelly beans. For those with special dietary needs, they also offer individual snack size bags of sugar free jelly beans.

When choosing summer candy, stay away from picking types that will melt. Chocolate, as you know, won’t hold up well in the heat so opt for sweets such as the ones we listed here so you won’t be disappointed.

Lucky Charms Marshmallows Snack and Treat Recipe Suggestions

The other day we shared the “Best Rice Krispies Treats Recipe” which if you didn’t whip up a batch yet, you should! Desserts and treats made with marshmallows are perfect for any time of the year, but are especially great for summer picnics and cookouts.

While dreaming about those delicious marshmallow krispies treats, we started thinking about adding a little twist to them by incorporating some of our colorful marshmallow bits into them! These mini marshmallows are the ingredient that everyone loves in Lucky Charms cereal, but not too many know that they’re available to purchase in bulk all by themselves.

Now that we have your attention, these charms marshmallow bits come in both an 8oz and 5lb bag and can be used in a variety of ways. Today, we’re going to share a few of them.

Marshmallows and Candy in Bulk | BlairCandy.com

First, let’s talk about those Rice Krispies Treats. You can go about this two different ways. If you want to keep these treats a little on the traditional side but with a splash of color, follow the original recipe and add in a handful or two of our charms marshmallow bits to the Rice Krispies cereal. These won’t melt as much as the regular marshmallows will, so they’ll retain their shape and texture.

If you want to go a different route and substitute Lucky Charms cereal for the Rice Krispies, you can do that as well! But since we all know there’s never enough marshmallow in Lucky Charms, we recommend adding some additional marshmallow bits to the recipe.

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats photo courtesy of showmetheyummy. 

Here’s a dessert or even a snack that you can make and take with you to a BBQ or picnic and it looks simply delicious! Lucky Charms Munch is a pretty simple recipe to make that has just a handful of ingredients – pretzels, M&Ms, white chocolate melts, Lucky Charms marshmallows, and some sprinkles to top it off.

Lucky Charms Munch

Lucky Charms Munch. Photo courtesy of deliciouslysprinkled.

The recipe for this eye-catching treat is simple, doesn’t require you to use the stove, and is ready in under a half-hour.

A third way to incorporate our marshmallow bits is the easiest and one to surely cool everyone down on a hot summer day. Grab your favorite flavor of ice cream, top it off with some chocolate syrup, sprinkles, whipped cream, and these marshmallows! How simple and delicious is that?

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Sundae

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Sundae. Photo courtesy tbsp.

By now you’re probably saying, “wow, I’m “lucky” I found this post!” We’re happy you did and we hope you enjoy some of our suggestions for enjoying a popular ingredient in cereal to make some fantastic snacks and desserts.

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.

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