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PEZ Dispenser Collecting is as Popular as Ever

When talking about candy and someone mentions PEZ, chances are you think about the dispensers first and the candy second. After all, the unique PEZ dispensers are what makes this candy, that dates back to the 1920’s, still popular today.

Eduard Haas III invented PEZ back in 1927 as a peppermint candy in Austria. The name PEZ comes from the German name for peppermint, “PfeffErminZ.” We capitalized the P, E and Z so you can see just how the candy’s name came about.

Originally intended to be a substitute for smoking, these peppermint candies were first sold in tin boxes until 1949 when the dispenser that we know so well today was invented.

It wasn’t until 1952 that PEZ made its way to the United States and became an instant hit with kids, and later with collectors, clamoring to get the fun dispensers that featured heads of favorite comic book characters, cartoon favorites, and more.

Collecting PEZ dispensers turned into a hobby for people around the world with the first PEZ Convention in 1991. Some rare dispensers are worth quite a bit of money and turned out to be a pretty good investment!

PEZ continues to manufacture billions of candy pieces a year and along with special limited edition dispensers that sell out quickly. Over the years famous characters from Star Wars, Orange County Choppers, and everyone’s favorite – Mickey Mouse – have found their way on a PEZ dispenser.

Collectors turn to us when a limited release is coming out and here are some of the more popular ones that are available right now:

PEZ Harry Potter Collectable Gift Tin
The PEZ Harry Potter Gift Tin Features four Harry Potter PEZ Dispensers: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and gift tin exclusive Dumbledore. This is a perfect gift for any Harry Potter fan!


PEZ Crayola Gift Set
This may look like a traditional Crayola crayon box, but inside you’ll find four real crayons, a coloring sheet and four all new Crayola PEZ Dispensers in Blue, Green, Yellow and Red along with eight PEZ Candy refills.


Scooby Doo PEZ Dispensers
With the new Scooby Doo movie now available, these PEZ dispensers are selling faster than Scooby can eat a bag of Scooby snacks! Each pack may include all or some of these characters: Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, or Fred.


Peppa Pig PEZ Dispensers
The popular children’s cartoon character, Peppa Pig, is joined by a cavalcade of friends in their own PEZ collection. Each pack may include all or some of these characters: Peppa, George, Princess Peppa, or Pirate George.

Whether you’ve been collecting PEZ dispensers for decades, or just getting into it, you can count on us to have all the latest releases as they become available, plus a full collection of classics. Be sure to check out our complete selection today.

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.

Top 5 Candy Purchased on Cyber Monday

Like you, all of us at Blair Candy are busy buying gifts and getting ready for the holidays. Many of our team members here at our candy warehouse scooped up some great deals on Cyber Monday. But over lunch, someone asked, “what did we sell the most of?”

So we dug in and came up with a list of the Top 5 Biggest Selling Candy on Cyber Monday. (We filtered out Christmas Candy to come up with our list of traditional faves.)

#5 – Jumbo Rainbow Swirly Lollipops
Let’s admit it, we’re a sucker for these too! In fact, these are the first we think of whenever someone mentions the word lollipop. Colorful, big, and classic it’s no wonder these were one of our best selling items. We’re pretty sure there’s going to be plenty of smiles on kids’ faces when they find one of these in their stocking.

Rainbow Swirly Lollipop

Rainbow Swirly Lollipop

#4 – Junior Mints
Junior Mints are a favorite any time of the year but more so this time of year when their minty flavor evokes holiday memories. These creamy mints covered in delicious milk chocolate are the perfect candy to snack on while curling up next to the fire while watching some classic holiday movies.

Junior Mints

Junior Mints

#3 – Candy Cigarettes… or Candy Sticks
Whenever someone mentions nostalgic candy, this one always comes to mind. Think back to when you were a kid with a pocketful of change heading to the corner store – what did you buy? Penny candy and some Candy Cigarettes, of course! While these sugary treats can no longer be called Candy Cigarettes, fear not! Today’s Candy Sticks have the same flavor you remember as a youngster.

Candy Cigarettes

Candy Cigarettes

#2 – M & M’s Peanut
The candy that melts in your mouth, not in your hands made our list and it’s no surprise. A favorite of many, M & M’s are great for an afternoon snack, a lunchtime treat or anytime you want to get some of that great peanut and milk chocolate flavor you crave.

M & M Peanut

M & M Peanut

And here it is, the #1 selling candy on Cyber Monday was…

Candy Buttons
Another classic candy made our list and for good reason – everyone loves them! Candy Buttons have been around since the 1950’s and each year nearly a billion of these sweet treats are made. The lemon, lime, and cherry flavors of these candy dots have been a favorite for generations and it looks like they’ll be a favorite for many more.

Candy Buttons

Candy Buttons

 

There you have it!  Our list of the top-selling candy on Cyber Monday.  If you noticed that nostalgic candy made the list quite a bit, it’s no surprise.  We are the top destination for classic candy, so if you or someone you know is looking for hard-to-find nostalgic candy, just direct them to BlairCandy.com!

Relive Your Childhood with Nostalgic Candy

This spring we have seen an exciting release of new candy flavors from some of our favorite brands. M&M’s unveiled three new and exotic peanut flavors including Mexican Jalapeno and Thai Coconut. Reese’s came out with the thin version as well as two options that allow peanut butter lovers or chocolate lovers to have more of their favorite as the dominant flavor of each Reese’s cup. Peeps even got in on the action with new flavors like cotton candy as well as pancakes and syrup.

Classic Candy Buttons | BlairCandy.com

Our mouth is watering just reliving all the excitement; however, our main purpose here is not only to applaud the innovation but also to remember that there is no replacement for the classics.

Nostalgic candy such as Candy Buttons or Big Hunk will always have a special place in our heart, as will Cow Tails and Hot Tamales. We know that any flavor that made an impression during the formative years of childhood continues to stand out to those who enjoyed them. For this reason, we happily continue to carry as much nostalgic candy as we can to keep the flavors and the memories alive. 

Browse BlairCandy.com to find all your favorite candy classics and take trip down memory lane!

Wedding Candy to Match Your Wedding Theme

Guests at your wedding will appreciate a favor they can actually enjoy or use. Candy makes for a wonderful treat for anyone attending your special day. Display it as part of a candy bouquet, create candy favor bags, or put out bowls of wedding candy on each table for guests to nibble on – there are just so many ways to incorporate candy into your wedding plans!

Colorful wedding candy

But choosing the right wedding candy can be tricky. You want something that’ll please the crowd but still work with your wedding theme. At Blair Candy, we make it easy to shop for candies for your wedding by sorting our selection into categories so you can:

Shop by Candy Color: Match your candies to your table linens, bridesmaid dresses, flowers, or other wedding decor.

Shop for Wedding Candy Buffet Candy: Outfit your candy buffet for guests with ease by choosing sweets from this selection.

Shop for Nostalgic Candy: If your wedding has a retro-theme that you want to get guests into, consider serving up nostalgic wedding candy favorites.

We carry a wide variety of candy options to fit any occasion, so shop by the themes above or choose your and your future spouse’s favorites to adorn your tables or fill your favor bags!

Add Sweet Patriotic Touches to Independence Day with 4th of July Candy!

Patriotic Candy | BlairCandy.comMake your Independence Day even sweeter with patriotic treats from Blair Candy! We carry a selection of candies in red, white, and blue wrappers, along with candy that’s great for creating a festive buffet or goodie bags at your 4th of July party.

Add a star-spangled touch to your Independence Day barbecue with a candy buffet displaying red, white, and blue Sixlets, lollipops, M&M’s, and gumballs. Then, as a thank you to your guests, create goodie bags with fruit punch, blue raspberry, and cherry limeade Frooties along with mints in American Flag wrappers.

At the end of the day, pack a picnic basket before you head out to see the fireworks, and include some packs of America Mix Skittles to snack on while watching the show!

Blair Candy offers lots of ways for you to add sweet patriotic details to your day with 4th of July candy, so get creative with showing your USA pride!

Wedding Candy Can Make for Gorgeous Shower Centerpieces

Your special day is all about celebrating the sweetness of love and what better way to make your shower a little bit sweeter than with wedding candy? Wedding-themed candies can be a delicious way to add some color to your shower tables. Plus, they make for a sweet treat for your guests.wedding candy decorations | BlairCandy.com

Here are a few ways you can use wedding candy in your shower centerpieces:

Colorful Candy Jars: There’s something about glass canisters filled to the brim with candies that makes you feel like a kid again. Choose wedding candy to match your wedding colors and then fill several glass jars with them to place in the center of your tables. Choose jars of varying heights and sizes for a whimsical touch.

Candy Bouquets: If you’re feeling crafty, turn wedding candy into a bouquet by using non-toxic adhesive to fasten candies by the wrapper onto wooden dowels in fun flower shapes! Or, if you want something that’s even more edible, unwrap the candies and use a cake maker’s adhesive, which is completely edible. There are tons of tutorials out there to help you make a wedding candy bouquet using tissue paper, a mix of fresh or artificial flowers, or other ingredients! Place your bouquet into a vase and enjoy.

Lollipop Trees: Decorate a clay flower pot and use floral foam to create a base for your lollipop tree. Then, use a wooden dowel or decorative rod to make for the “trunk”. At the top of the dowell, place a round, foam flower ball. Stick individual lollipops into the flower ball – you can make patterns, alternate colors, add bows or rhinestones, and so much more!

After the shower ends, encourage your guests to fill up their goodie bags with the decorations as a sweet favor!

Did You Know These Facts About Chupa Chups?

Chupa Chups Lollipops in Bulk | BlairCandy.com Colorful, full of flavor, and tons of fun, Chupa Chups have been delighting lollipop lovers for ages! But how much do you know about these neat lollipops? Here is some of the history behind these super cool lollipops:

-Chupa Chups share the same birth year (1957) as many major stars: Madonna, Prince, The Smurfs, and Michael Jackson!

-They weren’t always called Chupa Chups. Originally, they were called GOL, then CHUPS, before a jingle gave them the final name, Chupa Chups.

-Only seven flavors were released when the lollipops hit candy stands. Strawberry, Orange, Lemon, Strawberry & Cream, Chocolate & Vanilla, Coffee & Cream, and Mint were the first flavors. Now, fans of Chupa Chups can find over 100 flavors!

-Famous artist Salvador Dali created the iconic logo. He made a simple sketch on the back of a newspaper!

-Chupa Chups were brought into space in 1994 and then had a species of sea sponge named after them in 1999.

Enjoy plenty of Chupa Chups lollipops in bulk today by visiting us at BlairCandy.com!

Spice Up Your Tastebuds with Cinnamon Jelly Beans!

Cinnamon Jelly Beans | BlairCandy.com Jelly beans are one of our absolute favorite movie treats. When you settle in with a big bowl of popcorn, it’s nice to compliment the crunch with something sweet. At Blair Candy, we carry a huge selection of jelly beans to wow anyone on movie night. From cinnamon jelly beans to fruity flavors you’ve come to love since childhood, you can find just about any jelly bean to satisfy your craving!

If you’re looking for a flavorful and unexpected treat, whip up a batch of our marshmallow jelly bean popcorn. It’s a real crowd pleaser that will delight everyone joining you for the film – even if they’re not a big movie fan!

Marshmallow Jelly Bean Popcorn

Start by popping 10 cups of popcorn (use an air popper or any other popping method you prefer) and placing it into a large bowl. Add a bit of salt.

Then, in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt 3 tablespoons of butter and add 3 cups of mini marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows have melted. Turn off the heat and pour ¾ of the marshmallow over the popcorn, folding together gently until the popcorn has been coated.

Pour the popcorn onto a prepared cookie sheet and drizzle with the remaining marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle on a handful of jelly beans (we love spicy cinnamon jelly beans for a little kick!) and allow for the popcorn to cool. Break apart to serve and enjoy!

Shop all jelly beans, movie candy and more at BlairCandy.com today!

What Can You Do With a Bag of Bulk Jelly Beans?

Assorted Bulk Jelly Beans | BlairCandy.comWhat is your favorite flavor of jelly bean? If you can’t choose a favorite and love jelly beans, then you’ll have to get one of these ten-pound bags of Jelly Belly beans! You can choose from a bag of sour flavors, smoothie fruit flavors, classic flavors, or even Cold Stone ice cream flavors. But what else can you do with jelly beans besides eat them by the handful?

Crafts: There are tons of crafts you can make with jelly beans! A popular craft, especially with kids, is jelly bean bracelets and necklaces. Also, there are plenty of ways to use jelly beans and candy in festive floral arrangements. See how to make the jelly bean jewelry here on the Mom Luck Blog and the floral arrangements on the Home is Where the Boat Is here.

Learning Activities for Kids: Aside from crafting, there are “science” experiments that you can do with jelly beans. Also, basic math, counting, and sorting activities are made more fun with jelly beans. For more information on the science experiments, see the blog Little Bins for Little Hands here.

Recipes: Obviously, you can put jelly beans into your favorite dessert recipes! From cookies to cupcakes, there are plenty of recipes that you can make with your any flavor of jelly beans. Check out 20 recipes that will satisfy any taste buds on the Shopper Strategy blog here.

Get your bag of bulk jelly beans today and get to crafting, learning, or cooking! Find plenty of jelly beans, gifts, and more at BlairCandy.com.

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