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Margarita’s, Bassett Licorice Allsorts Story

Saturday, June 16th, 2012 by Jon Prince
Licorice Allsorts have been a classic for many generations!

Licorice Allsorts have been a classic for many generations!

We stumbled across this charming review on CandyFavorites.com and had to include it on the blog.
Being surrounded by candy, I often forget just how much joy our products can bring!
Here’s wishing candy lovers around the globe a happy, healthy holiday!
Cheers,
Jon H.PRINCE
President
AND NOW THE STORY ABOUT LICORICE ALLSORTS  SHARED WITH US BY ONE OF OUR LOYAL CUSTOMERS…
 
 I was a child refugee in England in 1937 from the revolution going on in Spain
At that time I was six years of age.
Two years later in 1939 England was at war with Germany and as the war progressed Food Rationing became a way of life.
A child’s ration book differed from the adult book and in my ration book I was entitled to two ounces of candy a month.
I discovered the English licorice that I had never seen or tasted in Spain
It proved to be a real winner for me because the Licorice was great and I would separate the little square one’s to make the candy last longer as Thirty days was a long time to wait for the next ration
 
My favorite was the pink and yellow round ones with the coconut on the outside and licorice center.
I was repatriated in 1948 and that was the end of my Bassett’s love affair, or so I thought…
I married an American in 1955 and discovered Bassett”s Licorice All Sorts once again, but always in small packetts.
My children know of my addiction to Bassetts and last year my daughter found your company and sent me a christmas gift of a package that had three 5 pound bags. I was speachless, two ounces to 15 pounds. WOW!
 
Yes, I still separate the little square ones.
 
Sincerely,
Margarita

Fudgie Wudgie Fudge is Back!

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 by Jon Prince

A few years ago, we were disappointed to learn that Fudgie Wudgie fudge would no longer be available. This line of creamy, decadent fudge had been a huge hit with our customers for as long as we’d been able to offer it.

Well, the good times are back again. We’re delighted to announce that Fudgie Wudgie Fudge is again available at CandyFavorites.com! The company is under new management, and their fudge is better than ever.

High Quality Small-Batch Fudge

Fudge Wudgie Fudge is manufactured in Pittsburgh, PA, and made to order using the finest all-natural ingredients.  The best part is that we get shipments on an “as needed” basis, allowing us to ship the freshest fudge directly to your door!

Fudgie Wudgie has been hand crafting premium fudge and chocolate since 1983. They prepare their recipes from scratch, using the freshest cream and butter from local creameries and ingredients that are not overly processed.

Order Online Today!

Click on the Fudgie Wudgie logo at the top of the page and browse our selection. It includes their best-selling flavors, as well as treats for those with the most discerning tastes. All varieties of Fudgie Wudgie Fudge ship in a solid one-pound block and are packaged in a beautiful gift box perfect for giving.

Share your SWEETEST MEMORY and enter our contest to win $150 worth of FREE CANDY!

Thursday, August 11th, 2011 by Jon Prince
Share with us your SWEETEST memory and you can win a $150 SWEETCERTIFICATE

Share with us your SWEETEST memory and you can win a $150 SWEETCERTIFICATE

 

Candy is as much a part of our American culture as hamburgers, jazz, and baseball. Since so many of our sweet memories include candy, we decided to pitch a contest to see to who has the best one to tell.

Do you remember the first time you had Pop Rocks? Did your grandmother make a bad day better with caramel creams? Did your toddler stash all the Marshmallow Peeps in her diaper to keep her siblings from getting any? We know you’ve got something worth sharing.

Give us your best candy story by Friday, August 19 and you could win a $150 Sweetcertificate to spend on CandyFavorites.com. Who else will reward you for reminiscing about candy?

Browse our huge candy selection to jog your memory and we bet you’ll be surprised how many happy scenes return to you. Enjoy, and we look forward to reading your story.

PS: To enter the contest, simply post your memory or story as a REPLY to this blog entry.  Good Luck!

 

Shopping by DECADES is a NEW way to shop for RETRO CANDY

Thursday, August 4th, 2011 by Jon Prince
Shopping by DECADES is a NEW way to shop for Old Fashioned Retro Candy!

Shopping by DECADES is a NEW way to shop for Old Fashioned Retro Candy and our Confectionary Timeline is a great place to learn about the history of candy!

 

There’s something about old fashioned candy that immediately transports everyone with a demanding sweet tooth back to the days of picking out their favorite treat at the corner store.

CandyFavorites.com specializes in reviving sweet memories with the internet’s largest selection of retro candy. In fact, browsing through our site is much like taking a quick lesson in the history of candy.

Most candy connoisseurs have a definite product in mind when they turn to the Internet to find their favorite candy. If that item falls under the retro candy genre, they might even have a specific timeframe in mind especially if they are looking for candy for an anniversary or special birthday!

Instead of forcing shoppers to waste valuable time browsing through page after page of random choices, we have organized our vintage sweets by the original date of manufacturer which we call our Shop by Decades Retro Candy Section.
 
If you’d like a more extensive look at how candy has evolved through the years, don’t forget to click on the confectionary timeline  as you will be amazed at how much candy has stayed the same and changed over the past hundred years!

Take a walk along the candy timeline today for a tasty reminder of your childhood or to introduce your kids to a sweet treat from a past era.

We have long believed that the future of candy is rooted in the past…..

How to safely ship your favorite candies in hot weather!

Friday, July 22nd, 2011 by Jon Prince
Shipping Candy in hot weather!
It’s beastly hot and below are a few tips for how you can enjoy candy in hot weather!

 

The past week has seen record hot temperatures throughout the United States and while few things are better than warm sunny weather, it can pose a challenge when shipping  perishable candies.

 We suggest that you purchase at least one ice pack for each candy purchased and you may want to invest in a protective thermo case to further safeguard and insulate your purchase.  Please note that the thermocase will not cool your product unless you add ice packs…

 
Ice packs will last about two days in extremly warm weather so you may also want to consider upgrading to a faster shipping option such as UPS 2nd Dair Air or faster.  We offer discounted shipping rates and if you would like more information, please do not hesitate to call.
 
Certain items such as chocolates and gummy candies are risky even if you follow the steps above. If possible, you might want to consider waiting until the weather cools before ordering.  We know it is hard to wait but sometimes it is the safest thing to do….
 
Of course, when Winter arrives on the East Coast, we will be yearning for the “Dog Days” of Summer but, until then, please take caution when ordering persishable candies and please know that we will do everything in our power to help you find the safest, most economical shipping methods!
 
Please click here to read a few of the Frequently Asked Questions about Hot Weather Shipping.
 
 
 
 

National Lollipop Day is July 20th!

Thursday, July 14th, 2011 by Jon Prince
National Lollipop Day is July 20th!

National Lollipop Day is July 20th!

 

The 4th of July, President’s Day and Labor Day fills the calendar and provides an extra day off for most workers but for sheer fun and entertainment, the favorite has to be National Lollipop Day which occurs yearly on the 20th of July.

 Why not have a Lollipop Party and treat all the kids to their choice of cool and fun lollipops. Start them out with Charms Blow Pops in the amazing Black Cherry flavor then introduce them to the sweet treat of heart shaped lollipops. Provide goody bags filled with nothing but lollipops, including the Gourmet Lollipops that we offer year round!  Ice cream may be popular for summer parties, but for National Lollipop Day, why not choose the Ice Cream Sundae lollipops.

 Surprise the little fellows in your life with Ford F-150 truck lollipops and little girls can take playing house to a whole new level with Glo Popcifier lollipops while NBL fans can enjoy baseball motif lollipops. Sports fans of all ages will get a kick out of the Sports Glo Popcifiers.

 Business owners can take full advantage of this annual Lollipop day to have some fun and spread some cheer. Cupcake lollipops are the perfect giveaway for bakeries while every florist should have some Daisy Pops on hand.

Theater owners can pick up some Dum Dum Shrek Pops to celebrate the sweetest of all holidays. Every Hispanic store or restaurant can delight people by giving away Jalapeno lollipops.

 There is no limit to the creativity that such a day inspires so forget about lemonade stands and celebrate the Lollipop with a lollipop stand!

 Be sure to pick up some Scorpion lollipops for those people in your life who truly appreciate the more interesting things in life and Slithering Snake Suckers are also a great choice for anyone who enjoys reptiles and amphibians.

 Are you going to be in Vegas for the big day? Take along some Sin City Dice lollipops in regular or Pina Colada flavors to delight everyone in your party. It’s true that the 4th of July has already passed, but the flag is popular every day of the year.

If your baby is expected to arrive around the 20th of July, have a few lollipops on hand to mark the occasion and to proudly announce the birth of your girl or boy so you can share the happy news.

However you choose to celebrate National Lollipop Day, why not browse our huge lollipop selection and stock on all your favorites.

CandyFavorites introduces a newly redesigned site!

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 by Jon Prince
Future of Candy is rooted in the past...

CandyFavorites is proud to announce the launch of our newly designed, state of the art, website!

 

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) 11 January 2011 –  CandyFavorites.com, the Internet’s oldest and largest online candy store, has launched a redesigned website incorporating advanced online ordering, live chat, a visual search engine and an enhanced retro design that pays tribute to American candy history.

 “We’re creating an online experience for candy lovers that goes beyond commerce,” says Jon H.Prince, President, “our goal is to provide a single destination for candy education, the purchase of everyone’s favorite candies and to pay tribute to an industry that has brought joy to candy lovers throughout many generations.”

 The newly designed site offers over 2800 varieties of candy, with an emphasis on bulk candy, Brachs Candy and hard to find old-fashioned and classic candy offerings. It also features an expanded candy history section as well as a blog featuring product reviews and an opportunity for unbiased consumer interaction.

 With an emphasis on customer service features and round the clock customer support, CandyFavorites aims to continue to provide the best customer service in the online candy industry.

 “Candy is what we deliver but service is what we sell,” says Jon Prince. “It has been this way for over eighty years and we see no reason to change a working formula.  Too many sites focus exclusively on selling and forget that the customer experience is what makes an online shopping experience memorable.”

 As the founder of McKeesport Candy Co, Ernest Prince, said in his 1955 Presidential keynote speech to the National Candy Wholesalers Association, “To continue progress, the candy wholesaler must find better ways to serve the mass work. Two very important ways in which he is better equipped is the quality of customer service and availability of merchandise.”   “I couldn’t have come up with a better strategy” says Jon Prince.

 

About McKeesport Candy Co. / CandyFavorites.com

 CandyFavorites.com is backed by one of the oldest candy wholesalers in North America, McKeesport Candy Company, based in Pennsylvania. It is one of the internet’s oldest candy stores and has over 2800 items in their candy warehouse. It was one of the first online stores to offer an educational section featuring pictures of retro candy advertisements as well as history and trivia of many of the candies offered.

Hershey Kisses… A Yummy Collection created by Zoe Raucher!

Thursday, August 19th, 2010 by Jon Prince

We are always looking for unusual candy websites and were really impressed with Zo Rauscher's collection of Limited Edtion Hershey's Kisses! Please click the photo to visit her site!

It started in 2005 on Halloween night when I saw that my trick-or-treat bucket was mainly filled up with Hershey kisses. I only knew of one flavor… the original milk chocolate. Then I started thinking of all of the flavors of kisses that the Hershey Company could make.

I discovered that there were Hershey’s kisses with different wrappers as I dug deeper down into my bucket. I had gotten about four kisses with different wrappers. I soon found out that the different wrapper colors stood for different flavors. I decided to start collecting them, so I went down the candy aisle every time I went to the store, and I still do that today.

This is how I now have 59 different varieties of kisses and a website (www.lauracarey.com/kisses) with a photo and information of every kiss I’ve gathered in my collection. I’ve gone from having no idea what different wrappers stood for to being recognized in articles from all around the world! I’ve been in newspaper articles from Israel to Dallas, and many from my hometown. People have emailed me about my website from nearly all over the world, even as far away as Australia!

It’s always a good time to start collecting Hershey’s Kisses because you can find candy from ‘The Sweetest Place on Earth’ almost anywhere in the world and because Hershey’s Corporation manufactures new kisses all the time. What you don’t want to do to start off your collection is run out to the store and buy a bag of every single different kiss you see.

That’s what I did and low and behold five years later I still see those same kisses in stores every day. There are six types of kisses that will probably never be discontinued. These kisses are the Original Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Hugs, Milk Chocolate with Almonds, Caramel, and Cherry Cordial.

The types of kisses you want to look out for are the ones for sale around the holidays. These are almost always Limited Edition and don’t always come back the next year. Here’s a list of the holiday Limited Edition kisses that I’ve seen in the past…

Christmas: Irish Crème, Hot Cocoa, Candy Cane

Halloween: Candy Corn, Pumpkin Spice, Caramel Apple

Birthdays: Champagne Truffles, Confetti

Easter: Butter Crème, Vanilla Yogurt Crème, Lemon Crème, Orange Crème, Vanilla Crème, Valentines Day: Raspberry Hugs

The best part of a Hershey Kiss collection is… if you get tired of it, you can always eat it! Yum!!! (I don’t recommend that, though

The Zero Bar is far from a Zero!

Thursday, July 15th, 2010 by Jon Prince
Vintage Zero Bar Wrapper

The Zero Bar is a candy with a long history as it was first introduced in the 1930's by Hollywood Candy Company but it now owned by Hershey Foods. This wrapper , circa early 1930's, is very rare as it shows a Polar Bear!

The Zero Bar is not your average candy bar as it is a candy with a history spanning over 70 years!

It was first introduced in the 1920′s by the now defunct Hollywood Brands Candy Company and is now owned by Hershey Foods although this transition took place over many years and included many owners in between.

 The candy bar is unique in that it consists of a delicious amalgamation of almonds, peanuts and caramel nougat covered, or shall we say , drenched, with delicious white fudge. This was even more controversial upon its release as most candy bars then, as now, are coated in milk chocolate.

As per the name, this has been the subject of candy lore as it was not touted as a reduced calorie candy bar – hence the name Zero – but rather because the white coating was supposed to give the impression of snow and, metaphorically speaking, “cool as zero degrees”

The original wrapper had a Polar Bear on it and upon it’s initial release,  was called Double Zero. It wasn’t until 1934 that it formally became known as the Zero Bar

The original Zero Bars were distributed in the summer as fudge has a much higher melting point than milk chocolate and, as there wasn’t air conditioning readily available when the bar was first released; retailers stored this in their refrigerators.

Yes, this candy bar like others will melt if exposed to high temperatures but there is something intriguing about this bar that makes it endure as a classic if only because it is delicious and holds true to it’s original formula and because it is over 70 years old!

PS: The vintage Zero Bar wrapper pictured above is VERY rare as it shows the Polar Bear!  This is circa early 1930′s

Milky Way Simply Caramel offers a totally Caramel experience

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 by Jon Prince
Milky Way Simply Caramel Candy Bar offers a truly Caramel experience

In 1923, the first chocolate candy bar with a filled center was introduced and it was called Milky Way. In 2010, this iconic candy bar has a new relative called Milky Way Simply Caramel which is a great tasting candy bar aimed at lovers of Caramel Candies...

Did you know that the first chocolate bar with a filled center was the beloved Milky Way bar, made by Mars, which was created by Frank Mars in 1923. However consistent this candy bar has remained for over 87 years, it is important to note that note all Milky Way bars are created equal. 

The Milky Way bar that is offered in the United States is a delicious amalgamation  of chocolate malt nougat topped with caramel and covered with rich milk chocolate BUT the Milky Way Bar offered on “distant shores” is not topped with caramel and is therefore similar to the American 3 Musketeers.

Confused? The Milky Ways sold in the United States is similar in taste to the Mars Bar sold in Europe.

Just when you think that you understand the subtle differences, Mars throws us a challenge with their new and delicious Milky Way Simply Caramel.

Unlike its siblings, this is identical throughout the world and, according to Masterfoods USA, it is “for consumers seeking a totally caramel experience” and is “tempting with rich, creamy caramel surrounded by real milk chocolate.”

It is a delicious new candy bar and there are few companies that can take a tried and tested classic and make it better as Masterfoods USA has done with Milky Way Simply Caramel