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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.

Tips for Planning a Perfect Family Movie Night Complete with Candy and Snacks!

Looking for fun things to do at home with your family now that spring is here and summer is right around the corner? We previously talked about fun activities such as making S’mores and whipping up a batch or two of delicious Rice Krispies Treats using our new kits. Today, our sights are set on Movie Night!

Movies are a great way to bring the whole family together for an hour or two of wholesome entertainment. Here’s some tips for planning a movie night with your family:

  1. Pick the venue! You don’t need to get in your car for family movie night, have everyone vote on whether to screen the chosen movie either indoors or outdoors. Inflatable movie screens and projectors for outdoor viewing are readily available online and they’re not as expensive as you may think.
  2. Pick the movie! Will it be a comedy, mystery, thriller, or a classic like Mary Poppins? Let everyone pick one movie they would like to see, and then either vote or randomly pull a title out of a hat to choose the evening’s flick.
  3. Pick the snacks! We admit, this is our favorite part of planning for family movie night and there’s no shortage of recommendations, so let’s roll film on some great movie candy and snacks.

Popcorn
Nobody can watch a movie without snacking on popcorn, so having this snack on hand is considered a must. We like to make ours the old fashioned way, on the stove or in an popper, as opposed to the microwave.

 

Concession Stand Size Snacks
If you really want to get creative, you can setup a concession stand somewhere in your house where everyone can go and pick out a snack or two to take into the “theatre.” Of course, since this is movie night, skimpy size bags of candy won’t cut it. You need the big sizes just like they sell at your local theatre’s concession stand. We’ve got a huge selection of movie theatre size candy to choose from including all time favorites like Jujyfruits, Mike & Ike, and of course, Twizzlers.

Helpful Tip: Choose your candy wisely!  It’s warm out there this time of year, so choose candy that won’t melt during transit.  Gummy candy, licorice and other types that won’t melt are what we recommend so your audience isn’t disappointed by a melted mess of chocolate.

Theme Candy to the Movie
Now’s here where you can become the star of movie night. If you’re going to be watching the classic film JAWS, be sure to order a bag of gummy sharks!

Watching a Disney movie featuring Mickey Mouse and pals? Don’t forget to order some bags of Mickey and Minnie Mouse Jelly Belly jelly beans.

 

There’s so many different ways to pair candy with the type of movie your watching, so put your thinking cap on and use the search feature on our site to come with the perfect movie-candy pairing.

Cotton Candy
Cotton candy, or candy floss, isn’t just found at fairs and carnivals and you don’t need a machine at home to make it for your night at the movies. We have ready-to-eat cotton candy in a rainbow of flavors that makes it easy to add this sweet treat to your lineup.

Planning a family movie night isn’t hard and everyone can play a role in making it come to life. So pick your movie, order your candy and snacks, and get ready to yell… roll film!

Our Favorite Summertime Candy

There are so many things to like about summer, it’s hard to keep track! From relaxing outside in the warmth of the sun, to taking in a ball game, or having friends over for a backyard BBQ, summertime activities are abundant.

When it comes to summer candy favorites, well, we can narrow down not only ours, but our customer’s, top picks as well.

Big League Chew
Who can’t resist sitting in the stands watching a little league game while chewing our favorite bubble gum from the 80s, Big League Chew? This chewing gum was designed for ball games and it’s still a fan favorite. It’s sports-themed pouches contain big wads of shredded bubble gum to resemble the big leaguer’s chew. Since its introduction in the decade known for big hair and great music, Big League Chew remains a big seller all year round, especially during the summer.


Swedish Fish
Gummy candy is a year-round favorite, but there’s just something about Swedish Fish that bring back so many summer memories. Maybe it’s those walks down to the corner store when “penny candy” was still a thing and walking home with paper bags full of these delicious treats. Besides the original flavor of Swedish Fish, Blair Candy was able to bring back a long-forgotten flavor – grape! Yes, now you can have grape gummy fish along with the original.


Whirly Pops
No list of summertime candy favorites would be complete without including lollipops and we’ve included the big ones! Whirly Pops are huge 3” round lollipops in swirls of colors that kids just love. These big suckers remind us of beach days and walks on the boardwalk and bring back some great memories of summers spent at the shore.


 

Cotton Candy
From fairs to concession stands, cotton candy reigns as a summertime favorite. However, if you’re longing for some sugary satisfaction but can’t find any Cotton Candy nearby, don’t worry, it’s only a click away and it’s available in a whole bunch of delicious flavors.


Sunflower Seeds
While not a candy, Sunflower Seeds have to be on our list of summertime favorites because of their popularity. They are one of the all-time biggest snacks consumed at baseball and little league games and are a concession stand staple. Their salty taste and “chew and spit” way of enjoying them is almost a big part of summer as sunshine itself!

We hope you found some of your summertime candy favorites in our list. If not, thousands of sinfully delicious treats are waiting for you at our store, be sure to click here to visit and find some faves of your own.

Patriotic Red, White and Blue Candy for Your Spring and Summer Celebrations

Let’s hear it for the red, white and blue!  The most patriotic of colors are not only a symbol of our great nation, but they remind us of spring and summer holidays that all of us celebrate – Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.

With parades, neighborhood events, and backyard cookouts on the agenda to commemorate these events, you can sweeten the celebration by adding red, white and blue candy to the menu.  Of course, Blair Candy has a great selection of patriotic candy for you to choose from, including:

NEW! Patriotic Military Heroes Gummy Candy
We’re all familiar with the green Army men many of us played with as kids.  These gummy candies are a sweet take on that classic toy and a great way to add a patriotic flair to your event.  We sell these in a bulk 5lb bag which makes them perfect for including in a red, white and blue candy buffet, or putting in small gift bags to hand out at parades or even take to a VFW, Veterans home or hospital to give a tasty treat to one of our own military heroes.


Red, White and Blue Sour Patch Kids
For those who like a little sour with their sweet, Sour Patch Kids is the candy of choice!  This favorite gummy candy is available in a red, white and blue special edition that’s perfect for snacking on during your 4th of July cookout or while taking in the local Memorial Day parade.


Red, White and Blue Candy Corn
You don’t have to wait for Halloween for one of your favorite fall snacks!  We have red, white and blue Candy Corn in bulk 2.5lb bags that are also great for candy buffets and gift bags, or just for placing in a big bowl at your BBQ for all your guests to enjoy.  If you’re a Candy Corn fan, these are a great way to get your fix in before Halloween!


Red, White and Blue Chocolate Balls
No celebration would be complete without chocolate, so be sure to grab a 2lb bag of our Stars and Stripe themed chocolate balls that are all decked out in their patriotic best.  Each one is individually wrapped perfect for candy buffets and gift bags.  Each bag contains over 140 balls.


American Flag Wrapped Mints

Who doesn’t enjoy a mint after dinner?  We never say no to one, that’s for sure.  These individually American Flag wrapped mints are great not only for your own red, white and blue themed event, but for restaurants as well!  Each bag contains 56 delicious buttermints mints.


Red, White and Blue Sixlets
If your event is featuring a candy buffet, many of the candies we mentioned above are great additions, but don’t forget the Sixlets.  Available in red, white, and blue, these candy coated chocolate balls can be placed in candy dishes or on a tiered display that will definitely be a focal point of your celebration.


Whether you’re looking for cheap parade candy, candy for your candy buffet or summer picnic, let us help you choose the right selection that everyone will enjoy.  Feel free to contact one of our candy experts to help with your event.

Bulk Parade Candy for Big Crowds and Even Bigger Fun

For kids, the best part of a parade is catching the candy that is being tossed from the floats. For adults, there’s no doubt that tossing the candy is the highlight of the day!

If you’re organizing a parade or in charge of putting together your group’s float, don’t disappoint your spectators by forgetting to order the candy. While you may be tempted to head to your local grocery store and buy bag after bag of sweets, we’re here to tell you … don’t!

First, buying large numbers of individual bags of candy just isn’t cost-effective for the amount you’re going to need for your parade. Second, chances are even if you bought the entire stock on the store’s shelves you won’t have enough.

For decades we have been working with organizations around the country to supply them with individually wrapped parade candy in bulk. We have arrangements with the large candy manufacturers to offer candy in this manner that has literally been a “Life Saver” for many! (Did you catch that candy reference?)

Here are just a few examples of parade candy we have available in bulk packaging:

Double Bubble Bubble Gum
Gum is always a hit at parades and we have Double Bubble available in 300 count plastic tubs. What’s great about these is you can give each member of your float team a tub and have them toss out pieces by the handful. When it’s empty, just give them another – talk about convenience!

 

Jolly Rancher
Who can resist the sweet or sour flavor of a Jolly Rancher? These hard candies are strong enough to resist breaking when they hit the pavement and made an excellent choice for parade candy. What’s even better is that we have them available in a 378 piece, 5-pound bag.

Tootsie Frooties
Everyone loves a Tootsie Roll and these are among our best selling parade candies. Tootsie Frooties are the fruit-flavored cousin of the classic chocolate chew. We have Tootsie Frooties available in a huge 560 count, 4-pound bag.

AirHeads
How much do 1,000 pieces of mini AirHeads candy weigh? A whopping 25 pounds! This mega bulk box of candy is perfect if you’re expecting a big crowd. Available in the wildly popular Cherry flavor or Watermelon, your fans will love the chewy, tangy flavor of these treats that have been a favorite since the ’80s.

 

These are just a few of the many types of candy we have available in bulk for parades, concession stand sales, little league events, and more. If you need help in picking just the right candy for your event, feel free to contact us!

Create Your Own Backyard Candy Buffet with these Sweet Ingredients

Planning a summertime backyard BBQ is fun, but it also takes a lot of work. You have to put together your list, head to the grocery store, lug everything in the house only to realize you forgot the potato chips.. and then there’s the cooking and cleanup!

While it takes effort, it’s also a lot of fun. But you know what’s even more fun and takes a whole lot less work? Creating your own “Backyard Candy BBQ,” of course! That’s right, you can plan your own backyard candy buffet without ever having to light up the grill or cook Uncle Orville’s burger to the right temperature, with our summertime sweets.

Let’s go over the menu:


From the Grill

No BBQ would be complete without everyone’s favorite – hot dogs! Our Gummy Hot Dogs are what everyone will be craving and there won’t be any argument about whether ketchup or mustard belongs on one of these weiners!

You can’t have hot dogs without burgers, so we’ve got you covered! Mini Gummy Burgers are a big hit year-round, but even more so in the summer. These stackable gummy treats are great to eat whole or piece by piece!


From the Oven

Now we know there may be a few of your guests who don’t like hot dogs or burgers, so why not give them pizza! Gummy Pizza of course! You didn’t think we’d leave out this all-time classic, did you? These five-slice “pies” may just be better than the real thing.


Side Orders

You can’t have burgers and hot dogs without a side of fries, right? No need to get the deep fryer out for these! Gummy French Fries are both sweet and sour and absolutely a delicious addition to your summer soiree.


Dessert

No party is complete without dessert. Now you may be thinking, “after all this candy what could we possibly have for dessert?” More candy, of course! This time in the shape of Gummy Cupcakes. They come in wonderful flavors including orange, strawberry, pineapple, and banana and have a spongey vanilla center just like the real thing.


What do you think of this mouthwatering menu? If you’re looking to add even more delectable bites, be sure to check out our complete selection of backyard snacks for something that everyone on your invite list will enjoy.

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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