Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

February 14th, 2017 by Mary Lynn Davidek Alpino

 

Remembering Valentine’s Day and Chocolate

Remembering Valentine's Day and Chocolates

Remembering Valentine’s Day and Chocolates

More than 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold on Valentine’s Day. In 2012 half of Americans gifted chocolate or candy to their sweethearts, at an average cost of $21.47, or a total of $1.6 billion.

According to the National Confectioners Association, Americans spent over $700 million on chocolate in 2012. The National Confectioners Association says Valentine’s Day is the single largest sales day for boxed chocolate in the year and 75 percent of candy sold for Valentine’s Day is chocolate.

“Life is like a box of chocolates,” Forest Gump once said, and if you want to make a lasting impression on Valentine’s Day nothing says it like delicious chocolates packaged in a beautiful red box — even when you’re in the third grade.

The Original NECCO Conversation Hearts

The Original NECCO Conversation Hearts

Valentine’s Day. I remember finding Sweetheart candy boxes with sayings like, XOXO, Sweet Stuff, Kiss Me, Hello, True Love and Call Me in my school Valentine box, along with white envelopes full of valentines.

But even sweeter memories fill my mind every time I see a red heart shaped box of chocolates. That box always takes me back to a very special Valentine’s Day party in the third grade.

First, I’d hop in the front seat of our Chevrolet Impala with my dad and drive to G.C Murphy’s to pick out my box of valentines. You remember the ones with the little white envelopes inside, and one special big one for your teacher.

Then I’d rush into my house and go down the list of the kids in my class and pick out which ones I would send to whom. Cindy, my best friend got the “Best friends 4 ever. I picked out funny ones for Janie, Debby, Mary Beth and Carolyn. “Bee mine,” with a bumble bee on it, “I’m nuts for you” with a squirrel on the front, and “Owl be your friend forever.”

But then I had to pick out one for the boy I liked. I wasn’t sure if he even liked me. You know how it is in grade school. Your friends would try to find out for you. Haha! The one I picked couldn’t be anything too mushy like “You send me to the moon, Valentine!” Or “I really’dig’ you”! Gosh no! Way too mushy. Or being the chicken I was, I could always send the mushy one and not sign my name . . .  Hmmmm. I decide to send the one that says I  ♥  you!

Then I yell across the room and ask my mom for an old shoe box to decorate. I rummage under my bed hunting for an old Keds box, while she scours the bottom of her bedroom closet. She carefully searches through her beautiful high heeled shoes nestled in cardboard boxes. I pray she finds an empty one. As she opens each one, I love peeking at her green suede, red patent leather, and navy blue pointed toe ones wrapped in matching tissue paper.

Finally she finds an empty one and I scramble to the dining room table. I gather my silver scissors, role of red wrapping paper, white paper heart dollies, Elmer’s glue and Scotch tape. I work for more than an hour on my masterpiece. Lastly, I cut a long slit in the lid and print my name on a big construction paper heart. Perfect! I can hardly wait to bring it to school and set it on my desk.

Valentine's Day Chocolates

A box of Valentine’s Day chocolates…

Valentine’s Day arrives and it’s finally time for our afternoon party. Room mothers hand out cherry Kool-Aid and homemade heart shaped sugar cookies with pink, white and red icing as we excitedly pass out our valentines. Then we start to open them. One from Karen and Julie and Cindy and to my utter surprise I open 10 valentines from another boy that must like me. And a heart necklace. And a beautiful small heart shaped box of chocolates.

Oh my! These aren’t from what’s his name.

Needless to say, unrequited love at that age is tough to take. But not those delicious milk chocolate candies nestled in that beautiful shiny red valentine box! Forrest Gump was right; you never know what you’re going to get but mmm mmm mmm!!

It was almost enough of a chocolate fix to make me forget old what’s his name . . . !  XOXO.

Skinnygirl Chocolates: A 100 Calorie Guiltless Indulgence

January 30th, 2017 by Laurnie Wilson

When it comes to sweet treats, many people find themselves in a conundrum. While there are countless delicious options to choose from, they’re not always the most figure-friendly. So what’s a person to do?

In the past, your choices have been limited. You can either go with the candy that tastes good for you, but may not be good for you, or you can go with the candy that tastes just okay, but is probably better on your body.

Not a great place to be, right?

Well, we’re happy to say that those very limited days of candy choices are behind you. Now, thanks to the whole line of Skinnygirl products, you can actually enjoy your snack time, without worrying about the potentially unpronounceable ingredients or unhealthy quantities of sugar you’ve just consumed.

The Skinnygirl candies offer you a little something different for your sweet tooth. All of the candies are packed in 100-calorie bags, so you know just how much you’re eating, without any guesswork.

We have options like Belgian Milk Chocolate Truffles with Sea Salt Toffee, Belgian Dark Chocolate Bars with Pistachio Caramel, Belgian Milk Chocolate Bars with Almond Nougat and Belgian Dark Chocolate Truffles with Almonds.

The ingredients are all clear and easy to understand–like organic coconut milk and Belgian chocolate–so you never have to worry or wonder about what’s inside. And frankly, we doubt you’ll realize that they’re only 100 calories! These sweets taste just as good (if not better) than anything else you’ve eaten lately.

Add to that the fact there are no preservatives or trans fats in sight, and we think all of your candy lovers will be very happy campers.

So, if you’re looking for something a little different to add to your candy routine, then look no further! We’re excited to offer this new, delicious line to you. And, after one taste, we think you might be Skinnygirl converts, too.

Introducing Limited Edition Haribo Gold Gummi Bears

January 27th, 2017 by Laurnie Wilson

Get Them Before They’re Gone!

When you’re in the mood for a gummi bear, you have plenty of options to choose from. But, in order to really satisfy your sweet tooth, you don’t want to settle for any sub par treats, do you?

You deserve only the highest quality, first-rate gummies. You deserve candies that have been pleasing sweet tooth cravings for almost a century! You deserve Haribo.

If we’re on the same page with this Haribo appreciation, then there’s a chance you’re always on the lookout for the latest and greatest invention from one of the greatest candy companies of all time.

And if that’s the case, then you’ve come to the right place! Because we adore Haribo just as much as you, we’ve got your gummi needs covered with our new Haribo Gold Limited Edition Gummi Bears.

Apple, Cherry and Watermelon, Oh My!

A time-sensitive treat, our Haribo Gold Limited Edition Gummi Bears are exactly what you need to shake up your gummi routine. These bears have been released in three flavors—Apple, Cherry, and Watermelon—so whether you prefer something more traditional or something a little more out of the box, there’s sure to be a flavor you love.

While supplies last, you can order one flavor, or have all three in our Haribo Limited Edition Gold Gummi Bears Combo Box. This is a great idea for those of you who know you’d never be able to choose just one!

No matter which option you order, all are packed in 4 oz. bags, and in the combo box, are separated by flavor. We think these are going to be perfect for your next company or school event! And since they’re Haribo, you know they’re going to be a big success.

But remember, these are only available for a limited time. So once they’re gone, they’re gone! You may want to choose carefully and stock up. Although, after you’ve tasted these flavors, we don’t think we’ll have to tell you twice!

It’s Time to Sip Some Candy Flavored Coffee and Hot Chocolate

January 13th, 2017 by Laurnie Wilson

Heads Up, Candy Lovers! Candy Flavored Coffee and Hot Chocolate Is Coming To You

sugar babies hot chocolateWhen you think of CandyFavorites, we’re willing to bet that you probably think of us as straight up candy people. And, it makes sense. After all, we were founded on the principle of great, accessible candy. However, nothing maintains greatness like innovation. So, it should come as no surprise that, in this new year, we’ve got a few new tricks up our sleeves.

One such development involves candy flavored coffee and hot chocolate! You read that correctly. We’re excited to announce that we now carry a variety of candy flavored coffee and hot chocolate from 2 Rivers.

The flavors come in pods that have 12 to an order and are ready to go in your instant beverage machine, so you’re never far away from some great tasting drinks. But what exactly will you be getting yourself into?

andes creme de menthe coffeeSatisfy Your Endless Sweet Tooth Cravings

Well, if you’re a coffee lover, then Ande’s Crème de Menthe may be calling your name. Think: all the chocolate-minty goodness of Ande’s combined with the invigorating taste of coffee.

Or, if you’d rather something a little fruitier, Cella Chocolate Cherry Coffee might be right up your alley. After all, what could be better than chocolate covered cherries, in liquid form?

junior mints hot cocoaOh, but don’t worry hot chocolate fans. We didn’t forget about you! To get your own minty goodness, we’d recommend the Junior Mints Hot Chocolate. It’s the perfect combination of soothing and bright. And if you’re in the mood for something a little bit richer, then the Tootsie Rolls Hot Chocolate may be the one for you. Think chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.

But this is just the beginning! We have a vast and tasty selection of candy flavored coffee and hot chocolate. So, you’ll want to take a look around. Who knows? Your favorite candy may now become your favorite cup of Jo.

Christmas Candies In Your Kitchen

December 12th, 2016 by Laurnie Wilson

Christmas is on its way! And if you’re like many people, that means holiday baking is in full swing. There is something so magical about baking during the most wonderful time of the year. The sights and smells are just too good! And the temptation to eat everything before it gets out the door to your nearest and dearest is challenging, indeed.

While candy may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of holiday baking, it very well could be! After all, nothing takes a treat from good to great quite like the addition of a few candy pieces! Around here, we’re partial to the ones that have been gracing our tables for a few decades, and we have a feeling that you might be, too.

While the latest and greatest treats are fun for enjoying on their own, when it comes to holiday baking, we put our faith in only the most tried and tested candies we can get our hands on. What can we say? We’re big fans of tradition. And if that sounds like you, too, then you’ll want to keep reading. Because we’re about to serve up some of our favorite classic candies, and the many ways you can enjoy them, this holiday season.

candy canes.jpgA blog post about Christmas candy that did not mention the beloved candy cane should not be trusted! But, joking aside, this is one treat that has been gracing Christmas-loving taste buds for centuries. While you can always take the traditional route and hang them on your tree, we like to be a little more inventive.

You can crush them up into your peppermint bark, use them as a stirrer for your hot chocolate, or stick them into a cut lemon for a sweet and sour treat. The candy cane is one ingredient that keeps on giving, so get creative!

Because everyone knows and loves the power of the Hershey’s Kiss, it only makes sense to bring it out in full force during the holiday season. We especially enjoy using Hershey’s kisses in our cookies, for an added chocolatey boost. But, you can also use them to adorn your gingerbread houses, or melt them down into rich, homemade hot chocolate. The possibilities are endless!

And while we won’t recommend trying your hand at a fruitcake, we can highly recommend chocolate covered raisins, cranberry chocolate clusters, and chocolate cherry cordials, if you’re looking for a few chocolate-fruit combinations to satisfy your holiday sweet tooth.

So go ahead and fire up those ovens! We’re willing to bet that there’s a candy for every recipe on your list.

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

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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!