A Gingerbread Home For the Holidays

December 9th, 2016 by Laurnie Wilson

gingerbread houseWhen Christmas time rolls around, there’s one major food-related item that’s always on our minds. Have any guesses? We’ll give you some hints. It’s spicy, sweet, and although it is completely edible, we don’t usually end up eating it. Have a hunch? Well, if you thought ‘gingerbread houses’ then you’re entirely correct!

This time of year, families and friends come together to decorate adorable and tantalizing gingerbread homes for the holidays. Whether they’re big or small, they’re always a fun way to occupy a few hours and fill the house with lots of holiday cheer.

But this tradition didn’t just pop up overnight. On the contrary, it’s been around for quite a while. Food history is always a treasure trove of information, as most food traditions have some winding and unexpected pasts. If you’re looking to uncover the very beginning of gingerbread, you’ll have to go back quite a few years.

Gingerbread was baked in Europe for the first time in the 11th century. However, the crusaders, who brought the idea back with them, first came across this treat in the Middle East, where it is said to have been enjoyed, long before the Crusaders arrived.

Luckily, we don’t need to go back quite so far to understand the origins of the gingerbread house. This confection came onto the holiday scene in Germany in the early 1800’s. Many food historians agree that the gingerbread house was inspired by Hansel and Gretel; the famed fairy tale from the Brother’s Grimm, where two children stumble upon an abandoned candy house.

Now all of those candies we use to decorate our ginger bread houses make sense, right? And if you’re decorating an edible home for the holidays, you’ll want to make sure you bring only the best of the best.

Luckily, we’re here to make sure all of your gingerbread house-decorating needs are satisfied.

If you’re anything like us, then you know that a bulk order is the only way you’re going to have enough candy for everyone and their gingerbread houses, too! Fruit slices will add a pop of color, while cinnamon imperials will turn up the heat! And everyone knows that a gingerbread house wouldn’t be complete without gum drops, right? M&Ms are always a welcome addition. And Nonpareils are a great way to add a little more glitz to your edible home.

We have all of your favorite festive candies to help make this year’s gingerbread house even more attractive and delicious than last year’s! So what are you waiting for? When you check out our bulk section, you can see for yourself.

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving With Your Favorite Retro Candy

November 11th, 2016 by Laurnie Wilson

When Thanksgiving comes around, there’s bound to be plenty of discussion about food. Especially if you’re the one tasked with hosting the event, we’re willing to bet that you are already up to your ears with ingredient lists and potential food ideas that will please the many varied taste buds that you’ll be welcoming around the dinner table.

While most people tend to stop their checklists at dessert, we feel that isn’t quite fair to the most important food group: candy, of course. Sure, pumpkin pie and turkey are Thanksgiving staples, but has anyone ever complained about a little bit of candy on the side? We don’t think so. And, if you’re as much of a candy lover as we are, then we would definitely support your motion to bring candy to the Thanksgiving table.

In fact, we’re so enthusiastic about this that we want to help you celebrate with your favorite retro candies. Sound like a plan? Then read on!

cherry-slices-unwrappedIf you fancy something that’s fruity and gummi, we highly recommend our Cherry Jelly Slices. These treats will give you a little taste of yesteryear with their endearing cherry flavor and their irresistible chewy-ness.

Your relatives may remember when these came onto the scene in the 1950’s, which will add an extra nostalgic boost. But even the ones too young to remember will definitely be able to satisfy their sweet tooth.

candy-buttons-neccoFor something a little more interactive, we’d recommend our Necco Candy House Candy Buttons. Once you get going on these, they can be quite addicting!

So whether you favor the pink or the blue buttons, we think everyone will agree that these are a great addition to your Thanksgiving table. The fact that they’re share-able makes them just that much better. Talk about a candy that gets the spirit of the holiday, right?

milkmaidcaramelsforwebOr, for a more classic taste, our Brach’s Milk Maid Caramels will go perfectly with your other holiday flavors. Plus, since they come in bulk, you really will have more than enough to go around.

These are just a few delicious retro treats that would be a welcome addition to your Thanksgiving spread. We have plenty of candies from days gone by, so feel free to take a look around! When you bring one of these sweet treats with you to Thanksgiving, you’ll have just one more reason to be thankful.

Halloween Costumes Inspired By Our Favorite Retro Candies

October 24th, 2016 by Laurnie Wilson

Nothing says “it’s time to eat candy” quite like Halloween. While we tend to think that any time of year is a good time for a sweet treat, the celebration of Halloween practically requires it! After all, the night would just not be as fun if it didn’t end with a sugar high!

But before you can even begin the trick-or-treating, you’ll have to decide on a costume, right? That is definitely the most important part. And, as a result, there’s a chance you may be at a loss for what to do.

Around here, when we have a question we can’t seem to answer, we get inspiration from our favorite retro candies! And you can, too.

A vintage Baby Ruth Candy Bar advertisement from when the company was owned by Curtis Candy Company

Try Baby Ruth on For Size

One of the most popular candy bars over the years has always been Baby Ruth. The origin of the name is a little bit disputed, which means that it may inspire more costume options! While some claim that the bar was named after the famed baseball star, Babe Ruth, others claim that it was named after the daughter of President Grover Cleveland.

So whether you like sports or children, this may give you just the boost of inspiration that you need! And it will certainly make for a great option to hand out to all of your trick or treaters.

No One Can Resist a Gummy Bear

Another fantastic retro Halloween candy is the Haribo Gummy Bear! These little cuties were first invented all the way back in 1920! Thanks to their convenient gummy nature, they won’t melt if your Halloween happens to be a little hotter or rainier than expected.

As for costume inspiration, there’s really nothing cuter than a toddler dressed as a bear, right? It’s a look that’s sure to get lots of oohs and ahhs as you go door-to-door, calling, “trick or treat!”

And, Of Course, Candy Corn

It would be remiss of us to write about Halloween without mentioning candy corn! Easily the most beloved and polarizing candy of the holiday, candy corn is a staple of October 31st, and has been for quite some time!

This sweet tooth satisfier first came into existence in the 1880’s! So if that’s not a retro candy, we don’t know what is.

We also appreciate the fact that candy corn can be so easily transformed into a cute and recognizable costume for all ages! So whether it’s your first year out on the trick or treating trail, or your 75th, you’ll be well received by everyone on your path.

So, as Halloween draws near and the scent of candy fills the air, we recommend looking to a few of your favorite retro treats to get you in the costume-making mood!

CandyFavorites #CFTrickOrTreat Contest – Official Rules

September 22nd, 2016 by Jonah Half

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

Favorite Halloween Candy (2)DATES OF PROMOTION: Candy Favorites (“Sponsors”) #CFTrickOrTreat the “Promotion” begins at 12:00pm Eastern Time on Friday, September 23, 2016 and ends at 11:59 am Eastern Time on Sunday October 23, 2016 (the “Promotion Period”).

ELIGIBILITY: The Promotion is open to any legal U.S. residents residing in any of the 50 United States, who are 18 years of age or older. Employees and their immediate family members (parents, children, siblings or spouse, regardless of where they live, or persons living in the same household, whether related or not) of Candy Favorites, its divisions, affiliates, contractors, subsidiaries, distributors, sales representatives, retailers, advertising and promotion agencies, and any others engaged in the development, production, execution or distribution of this Promotion are not eligible.

HOW TO ENTER:

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Limit one review per entry, multiple entries allowed. Winner(s) will be selected randomly on Monday October 24, 2016 at 11am (EST). Photos posted after the end of the Promotional Period will not be eligible to win. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an entry, the entry will be deemed submitted by the person in whose name the social profile is registered. Entries will be deemed made by the authorized holder of the social profile that posted the photo.

WINNING & NOTIFICATION: One (1) Grand Prize Winner will be randomly selected by Candy Favorites from a pool of eligible entries on Monday October 24, 2016 at 11am (EST). By participating in this Promotion, account holder certifies that his/her post is original, has not been previously published or won any other promotion, and does not contain any material that would violate or infringe on the rights of any third party, including copyrights, trademarks, or rights of privacy/publicity. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and unfettered discretion to disqualify any entry that it believes contains obscene, offensive or inappropriate content, that does not comply with these official rules or that is not consistent with the spirit or theme of the contest. The decision of the Sponsor is final and binding on all matters related to the Contest. The selected winners has one (1) week to claim their PRIZE. Candy Favorites will contact winners via the social profile that uploaded the photo entered in the Promotion. In the event that the winner does not claim his or her prize by Monday October 31, 2016 at 11am (EST), one week after received notification, a new winner will be selected based on the criteria outlined above.

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Candies from the 80’s That Are Still Going Strong

September 21st, 2016 by Laurnie Wilson

It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter and cooler, the leaves are beginning to fall, and football season is back! And if there’s one thing that goes hand-in-hand with football season, it’s tailgating.

From a food perspective, some of the greatest tailgating took place in the 80’s, when sloppy joes and pasta salad reigned supreme. But, of course, no sports-watching experience would be complete without a sweet treat to finish things off.

Luckily, the 80’s were full of great candy debuts that we still love today! So while Waldorf Salad and dips in bread bowls may not be quite as much of a hit as they used to be, you can rest assured that the candies from the 80’s have not even begun to lose their charm.

cow-tails-bulk1Classic Cow Tales

Like something that’s all sweet and all fun to eat? Then Cow Tales may be your go-to, blast from the past snack. Created by Goetze’s Candy Company, this perennial favorite was launched in 1984.

The cream center is covered in chewy caramel, so you get just the right amount of creaminess and caramel goodness in each bite.

skittlesTaste the Rainbow with Skittles

But maybe Cow Tales aren’t quite your cup of tea? If that’s the case, then we think that Skittles are another great tailgating snack that we can thank the 80’s for providing! Although technically introduced to the US in 1979, it wasn’t until 1982 that we started producing these sugary treats on our own soil. But as soon as we did, they took off!

They’re the perfect size for throwing in a big bowl and eating by the handful! And since we have a variety of flavors from which you can choose, there’s bound to be at least a few that strike your fancy, and sound like a nice way to finish off that saucy, heavy, and oh-so delicious tailgating meal.

sour-patch-kids-bulkSour Patch Kids for the Win

 If you want something to make your lips pucker, however, Sour Patch Kids are the 80’s treats you’ll want to get ahold of.

Another late 70’s creation, these gems didn’t really catch on until the mid 80’s when they were re-named as a result of the popular Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, whose popularity was sweeping the country during that decade.

These gummy treats are the perfect size for snacking all through the big game, and will leave you reaching back for “just one more,” when overtime comes around. So you’ll want to make sure you have plenty on hand.

The 80’s:  A Decade of Delicious

As it turns out, the treats of the 80’s are alive and well around here! We have countless snacks to make your game day a whole lot sweeter. So if these options didn’t tempt you, feel free to take a look at everything we have to offer!

Reese’s Gives You the Best of Both Worlds

August 25th, 2016 by Laurnie Wilson

Enjoy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Pieces Together!

reeses-pieces-inside-reeses_1_2It’s that time of the summer, when the days are long and hot, and all you want to do is park yourself by the nearest fan or air conditioner. Sound about right? We know how it is!

There’s something about the summer heat that really makes us want to do, well, nothing at all! Staying cool and comfortable is usually our main focus. But sometimes we just aren’t satisfied with staying in the house.

So what’s the best alternative? Well, when the parks and swimming pools are just too hot to be any fun, we turn to the movie theaters! And if you’re anything like us, when you think of movie theaters, you probably think of all of the candy involved!

Sure, you can—and probably are supposed to—buy the candy they sell there, but let’s be honest. That theater selection sometimes just won’t cut it. Luckily, we’re here to help.

If your favorite cinema snack happened to involve peanut butter and chocolate, then we are here for you. Or, should we say, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with Reese’s Pieces are here for you. These gems are exactly what they sound like. Think: your favorite Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, filled to the brim with Reese’s Pieces.

These sweets are just about the best thing since, well, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! And since you’ll be eating them inside the theater—which always seems to be just a little bit colder than you wanted—you won’t have to worry about melting chocolate or messy fingers. Sounds like a win-win to us!

This is the perfect snack for people who never can seem to decide between Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and the very adorable Pieces. Because really, who can ever decide these things? Now you don’t have to. You’re welcome.

So go ahead! Be a rebel and bring your own candy to the movie theater this time! We have a feeling it will make your cinema experience much more enjoyable.

Celebrate National Peach Month with Gummi Peaches

August 11th, 2016 by Laurnie Wilson

A Peachy Treat to Beat the Summer Heat!

It’s that time of year again that is so fondly referred to as the ‘dog days of summer.’ With temperatures rising and the sun hanging high in the sky well into the night, it’s a great time to be outside. Whether you’re spending time with your family or with your friends, this is the time of year that calls for late-night get-togethers and summer soirees.

And if you’re anything like us, then chances are that your garden parties are not complete without a little bit of sweetness. We understand. After all of the grilling and summery goodness of the evening, there’s nothing better than kicking back and relaxing with a sugary treat or two.

While there are plenty of candies that could sway your sweet tooth, we’d like to recommend our Haribo Gummi Peaches. These gems are a mouthful of deliciousness that will make peach fans swoon with delight.

Think of a ripe, juicy peach, fresh from the branch and multiply that to the nth degree. That’s the powerful flavor experience you’ll have when you take a bite of one of these guys. We highly recommend them. After all, what could be better than enjoying the peachiest candy of the season, during national peach month?

These sweet gems will make your backyard barbeque, pool party, or potluck a whole lot tastier. So you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the night, without worrying about making sure everyone’s sweet tooth cravings are satisfied.

So what are you waiting for? These lazy days of summer are the perfect opportunity to take care of your candy needs. So before you plan that next event, make sure you have prepared for your snack time. You’ll thank us later!

Emojeez Gummies are the Best Thing Since Emojis

July 21st, 2016 by Laurnie Wilson

 

Emojeez Let You Chew on the Hottest Worldwide Trend

emojeez-sunglassesThese days, it seems that everyone is texting. Admittedly, texting is one of the simplest and quickest ways to get in touch with another person, so we can’t really blame the world for latching on to this easier way of doing things.

Communicating with texts has brought a whole new language into being, one of extreme abbreviations and hundreds of pictures to convey our emotions. There’s never a text that cannot be sped up by using an abbreviation or enhanced by using a smiley or frowny face.

Emojis, as these faces are called, are now, for better or worse, a vital part of our culture. But did you ever wonder where they came from?

emojeez-laughing-cryingAs a matter of fact, the first emoticon, the grandfather of the emoji, was invented by Scott Fahlman, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, all the way back in 1982.

Since then, a lot has changed. But one thing that stays consistent is people’s love of these little faces.

If you are as big of a fan of emojis as we are, then we have a candy that is perfect for you. Our Emojeez gummies are just about the best thing since, well, actual emojis!

In Heart Eyes, Sunglasses and Laughing/Crying boxes, the Emojeez gummies allow you to show your emotions in a whole new way! These candies are chewy, sweet, and a fantastic reminder of how great emojis always have been.

emojeez-heart-eyesWhen you place your order, you’ll get Thumbs Up, Sunglasses, Fist Bump, Laughing/Crying, Hearts and Heart Eyes gummies in green apple, orange, fruit punch, lemon, cherry, and blue raspberry flavors.

These treats are bound to delight both the young and the young at heart, so we highly recommend sharing them with all of your favorite people.

And when you do, now you can bring a little bit of candy history trivia with you as well! Sounds like a win-win to us. So what are you waiting for? Celebrate the technologically-minded world we live in with these great candies, today!

Candy Favorites for Your Favorite Dad

June 14th, 2016 by Laurnie Wilson

dads-root-beer-barrelsDad’s Deserve Something Sweet!

When Father’s Day rolls around, do you find yourself running into the same old situation? You ask Dad what he wants, only for him to tell you that he has everything he needs, or that his children are the best gift he could ask for? We hear ya.

As nice as it is for Dad to not want to burden us with finding a gift, it seems that this inability to decide leaves us with the task of making even more decisions than before! Do you buy another tie? Another shirt for his favorite sports team? Another gift hard to Home Depot?

No, friends. You do not. You know why? Because we have the secret to making your dad’s day the best day of the year. And can you guess what that secret is? Candy! Surprising, we know.

Candy is just about the best thing for Dad on Father’s Day because it will probably be the last thing that he is expecting. After all, often the best gifts are the ones that come as the biggest surprise. And when it’s a sweet surprise, you know he won’t be disappointed.

Lest you think that we have nothing your dad will like, allow us to reassure you. We have Jelly Belly Draft Beer Jelly Beans that taste so much like the real thing, you may even impress Dad with your beer know-how.

Luckily for everyone in the family, these beans are completely alcohol free, so everyone can enjoy! (If Dad decides to share, that is).

But maybe your dad is more interested in root beer than beer-beer. If that’s the case, never fear! We have Dad’s Root Beer Barrels as well. Full of that classic root beer taste, they’re pretty irresistible, if we do say so ourselves.

And we would be remiss were we not to mention our sport’s candy section—the perfect place to find just the treat for any tried and true sport’s fan.

Clearly, there’s a lot going on over here for Father’s Day. So don’t let your dad miss out on these treats! We have a feeling that this is going to be the most memorable Father’s Day yet.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth This Memorial Day!

May 23rd, 2016 by Laurnie Wilson

Candy for Memorial Day!

No matter where you are in the country, Memorial Day always feels like the start of summer. There’s usually nice weather, great food, and good times spent with friends and family. What could be better than that, right?

Around here, we think quality time with your favorite people is one of the most important things in life. After all, you spend all day working—maybe with people you’d rather not be working with! When you do have the down time, you’ve really got to make the most of it and surround yourselves with the ones you love.

Especially on Memorial Day, we should take a moment to appreciate the loved ones we do have and the service of those who gave their lives so that we can continue to live in freedom.

And if you’re gathering your nearest and dearest together this Memorial Day, you may want to consider adding a bit of candy into the mix! Because after everyone has had their fill of burgers and hot dogs, you may want a little bit of sugary sweetness to pick things up.

Of course, you can eat any candy on any day of the year, but why not go for a patriotic theme? If that’s what you were thinking, then we’ve got just the candies for you.

Fancy something a little chewy? Our Red, White and Blue Gumballs are just what you need! These will look great on a buffet table, and even better when you use them to blow a giant bubble! And if Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, then blowing giant bubbles is the unofficial activity of the season.

Or, if you’d prefer something to satisfy your chocolate cravings, maybe our Patriotic Tootsie Rolls are what you need. These are all wrapped up in our nation’s greatest colors, and ready for your summertime enjoyment.

And if you’re more of a cookie person than a candy person, our Patriotic Cookie container is here for you.

So whether you’re having a large or small gathering this Memorial Day, don’t let you guests leave without dessert!