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Easter Chocolates: Not Just for Easter Breakfast

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 by benjamin

Little known fact: Easter candy consumed while no one is looking contains zero calories.When I was a kid my brother and I ate almost nothing but candy, especially the yummy Easter chocolates probably until about mid-afternoon when our mother made us put down the sweet stuff in exchange for a plate of ham or something. Really? Trade chocolate for ham? Who wants to do that? One thing I always wanted to see in my Easter basket was one of those giant chocolate bunnies like the woman in the photo has. I practically dreamt of devouring one of those, eating it feet first so it couldn’t hop away.

That would have been awesome. Maybe Mom will read this and know what to send me. Despite my age, I would still accept an Easter basket if anyone offered. Yes, that’s a hint. Maybe Jon will send me some candy.

Photo by Theresa Thompson.

Photo Friday: Easter Candy and Shoes

Friday, March 18th, 2011 by benjamin

I saw this photo in the Candy Favorites Flickr Group and was captivated by the colors. Beautiful job! I am a sucker for colors like this, as well as Easter candy. It all makes me wonder whether the shoes are as good as the jelly beans, marshmallow rope and candy-coated chocolates.

Is it lunch time yet? I am ready for a daily dose of sweet stuff!

Melissa

Candy Prehistoric Egg with Gummi Dinosaur Center by Jelly Belly

Thursday, March 17th, 2011 by benjamin

Gummi Dinosaur in Chocolate EggI can’t believe this is real. The Candy Favorites site is a great visual meal but nowhere near as good as actually having the candy in hand, or rather in mouth. I was excited to see this – a chocolate egg (perfect Easter theme, right?) with a gummi dinosaur center. I already knew Jelly Belly to be a leader in creativity in flavoring but didn’t know they made things like this, which combine two great candies into one package, yet keep them separate enough to be enjoyed independently of each other. I think it’s brilliant.

Are these making their way into Easter baskets at your place? Not at mine, simply because I graduated from a basket to a shopping bag, but these will definitely cross my pallet come easter morning!

Candy Favorites is offering a sweet contest to coincide with the release of the Warner Brothers Home Video movie, “Flipped”

Saturday, November 20th, 2010 by benjamin

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Candy Favorites is proud to offer a great contest to help promote the release of Warner Brother’s Home Video “Flipped”

The delightful family film Flipped, hits shelves November 23rd, just in time for the holidays.

The film features a fun-loving story adapted from Wendelin Van Draanens bestselling novel Flipped, and stars the up and coming young actress Madeline Carroll (Swing Vote) as well as John Mahoney (Frasier).  Flipped is a movie that everyone can relate to as it explores the innocence and simplicity of first love.

“The film is absolutely charming and deals with the nostalgia of childhood and growing up ,” says Jon H.Prince, President, ” a piece of nostalgic candy can easily bring back sweet memories so it seemed like a perfect fit to help Warner Brothers Home Video promote such a great film with such an endearing theme…and who doesn’t recall their “first love…”

“It’s a perfect film for the holidays and coupled with a great piece of candy, I can’t think of a nicer way to spend an evening.” says Tom Griffin, General Manager.

For a limited time, you can register to win a 32″ High Definition Television, A Blu-Ray DVD player and 20 copies of the DVD!

To enter the Sweepstakes and to watch a trailer of this charming film, please CLICK HERE

Hurry as the contest ends on December 3rd….

CandyFavorites expands its focus on candy history

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 by benjamin

May 6th, 2008


What is history? History is the study of the past that explains the future. There is nothing more bittersweet than candy history! Some of our favorites have been created by accident and many are now being produced in the millions of quantity every day. While other online candy companies focus exclusively on selling candy, CandyFavorites.com has finished a four month project aimed at expanding educational resources.

The categories on the website now contain trivia and information designed to educate and entertain visitors while also teaching them about candy and the history behind many retro candies that we offer.

Jon H. Prince, President of CandyFavorites.com, states, “In our eighty plus years of business, we have seen many candies come and go. Instead of focusing on making our website purely commercial, we wanted to include educational resources that can be enjoyed by consumers and educators and pay tribute to the products that have lead to our “sweet” history.”


Simran Grover, a senior at Carnegie Mellon University, was responsible for creating the engaging candy blurbs. A candy lover herself, thoroughly enjoyed learning about how her favorites came about and their unique manufacturing processes. She was quite impressed that Hershey’s makes 80 million kisses daily and are the 5th most popular chocolate in the United States. They are definitely one of chocolates of choice!

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 largest candy stores and contains 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.

How Sweet It Is: Building the Candy Buffet of Your Dreams

Sunday, July 22nd, 2007 by benjamin

(from Favor Ideas)

So — you’ve caught the candy buffet bug.

You’re not alone. More and more brides want to see a tower of sweets at their reception.

Motives differ: some like how buffets allow guests to hunt and pick according to their personal sweet tooth.

Others like the fairytale flavor. Candyland, Babes in Toyland, Willy Wonka: some of our earliest dreams of abbondanza involve forests where gumdrops hang from trees, chocolate runs in rivers and pillars are peppermint sticks.

But just as with Hansel and Gretel, there’s a catch to the candy buffet. Namely? Pulling off a successful one involves a touch of magic.And if that makes you nervous, rest assured you have company. Because a candy buffet isn’t free. Like any other “wow” aspect of a wedding, it’s part of your overall investment. And while the waitstaff might pass the hors d’oeuvres and the venue lay out the linens, you could be on your own when it’s time to design the candy buffet.

But not to worry: here are some tips from the pros for translating that bountiful delight in your head into a mouth-watering reality at your wedding.

The Secret to Sweetness

Scan all those photos of candy buffets throughout the web, and you’ll quickly spot two things.One, buffets are monstrously popular. And two, while some are a feast for the eyes, others seem to fall short of the heights their planners must have hoped for.

So what’s the secret?

Here’s number one: buying enough candy. Sounds simplistic, but it’s key.

“The first thing I tell brides — you really can’t do candy as a hard commodity. It’s more a decoration,” says Jon Prince, president of online candy giant CandyFavorites.com.

“I talk to hundreds of brides. They’ll say, ‘I’m having 200 guests, and I want to give each guest 3 ounces, so I guess I need about 37 pounds of candy.’ Sounds reasonable, and 3 ounces might be enough to actually satisfy your guests, but visually? It won’t be enough to make a presence.”

Prince suggests that instead of seeing candy by the numbers, brides take an aesthetic approach. “You choose the flowers because they’re beautiful,” he says. “The candy buffet should be too.”

And unlike flowers, Prince adds, candy serves double duty as an edible item. “Still, you have to budget the candy buffet into your wedding expenses. It doesn’t work well as an afterthought.”

But what about the wedding planners who suggest buying a pound of candy per person?

Prince says buffets work best when you plan by the eye, not the numbers.

“To make it look gorgeous, I’d start with the table, not the guest count. I’d take five to 10 types of candy, and buy 15 to 20 pounds each, whether you actually need that much or not.”

He adds, “When it comes to candy, the more the merrier. If you have a large table overflowing with candy, you have presence. The biggest disappointment I hear is that the candy buffet didn’t look substantial.”

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Like a Kid in a Candy Store? Here’s What to Buy

Okay, so now you have a handle on those numbers. But between the heaping bins at upscale food markets and the galaxies of candy choices online, which temptations do you choose?There aren’t any hard-and-fast rules, says Prince.

But are there any trends afoot? Any rush for a particular kind of candy?Not really, he says. Instead, it’s the season’s colors and themes that are driving brides’ choices.

To illustrate, Prince describes an all-white Miami wedding where the couple set up 20 to 30 pounds each of white candies, placing the unwrapped varieties in jars, martini glasses and other interesting containers, and piling custom-wrapped mint rolls in front. “It looked fantastic,” he says.

Then there was the bride with an Emilio Pucci theme, who ordered her candy in a stylish palette of brown, pink and green.

Mark Kingsdorf of The Queen of Hearts Wedding Consultants concurs: it’s the themes that shape candy buffets. “And like everything else in weddings, candy buffets are getting more and more personalized, with more and more variations.

“Of course, ‘Everything old is new again,’” he adds. “So you see things like retro candy buffets. At one wedding we did the candy bracelets and necklaces on the elastic cords; the little waxed bottles filled by sugar water.

“There are very few themes you can’t do with candy. Beach weddings are fun, with all those boardwalk choices: saltwater taffy, caramel apples, fudge, peanut brittle.”

“I like to focus,” explains Prince, “but the focus can be anything. Candies you personally like, or a theme, or a texture. If you’re having an all-white wedding, you’ll want an all-white candy buffet. If you’re having a destination wedding in an exotic location, you could choose dramatic, Caribbean types: Island Punch Jelly Belly beans.

“In the end, you want ‘presence.’ Mies van de Rohe once said ‘Less is more,’ but he definitely wasn’t talking about candy buffets.”


Fashion a Feast for the Eye

You’re set. You’ve narrowed down your choices… and you’ve got the goods. Now how do you add those visual touches that turn your buffet from “aww” to “jaw-dropping”? For starters: choose cool containers. “One of the more striking displays I’ve seen put the candy in William Yeoward and Baccarat,” says Prince.”Basically — and this is a good idea — the couple matched their candy containers to their floral vases.”

Don’t have quite that much fine crystal waiting in the wings? Here’s a budget-friendly alternative from Kingsdorf. “Find some interesting containers: different shapes, different heights. Personally, I’ve used a dozen different containers from Ikea, and the most expensive one was about $10.”

He adds that clear containers are best, to show off the contents, and that container mouths should be wide enough for the scoops.

“To make the whole look pop, raise some of those containers on the table.” Kingsdorf explains an old catering trick is to take a catering rack or a milk crate — “the kind that restaurants and supermarkets get their milk delivered in” — turn it upside down on the table, and cover with a cloth.

“A nice bunching fabric gives you spill and texture. Put some of your containers on top of that.”

The final touch? A floral arrangement. Or more cheaply, some complementary pillar candles in your wedding colors.

Kingsdorf adds that your most personal touch could be the candy bags. “At one of the weddings I did recently, the couple went to a dollar store and got a bunch of takeout containers in red, one of their colors.

“They personalized each container with a little sticker, which was inexpensive and very cute. Anyone could do the same thing: use a tag or little rubber stamp, or stickers.

“Just find a way to add that custom touch.”

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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (for Candy)

So why are candy buffets so sizzling hot these days, anyway?Simple: they’re a huge hit with guests. “Favors can be a tough choice,” points out Kingsdorf. “Depending on your guests, you might find yourself picking up a ton of personalized CDs or bottle stoppers at the end of the night. But when it’s edible, people eat it … or take it home. I think a lot of brides are cueing into that.”

Prince adds, “It’s just a trend people are enjoying right now.

“But when you really dig down,” he muses, “it’s not about the product at all. It’s about nostalgia.

“In a lot of weddings, two people are taking a major step toward adulthood. The candy buffet lets them connect back to any fond memories they have of childhood.

“Candy is powerfully reminiscent,” he concludes.

Confectionary Timeline

Sunday, July 22nd, 2007 by benjamin

Established in 1927, McKeesport Candy Co., has seen candy trends come and go and we are often asked about the history of candy.

Although it would be impossible to present an exact history, the timeline illustrates the pattern at which the candy industry developed.

An interesting piece of candy trivia is that sixty five (65) percent American candy bars have been around for longer than sixty (60) years.

To view a list of Discontinued Candies, gone but not forgotten, please click here.

1800s

  • 1854 The first packaged box of Whitman’s chocolate debuts thus being the advent of boxed chocolates as we know them today.
  • 1868 Richard Cadbury introduces the first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates.
  • 1880s Wunderle Candy Company creates candy corn. In 1898, Goelitz Confectionery Company began making candy corn and has made this Halloween favorite longer than any other company. It remains one of the best selling Halloween candies of all times.
  • 1893 William Wrigley, Jr. introduces Juicy Fruit Chewing Gum and Wrigley’s Spearmint Chewing Gum.
  • 1896 Tootsie Rolls debut, introduced by Leo Hirshfield of New York who named them after his daughter’s nickname, “Tootsie”.

1900s

  • 1900 Milton S. Hershey of Lancaster , PA introduces the first Hershey milk chocolate bar. As one of the oldest American candy bars still in existence, it deserves to be called “The Great American Chocolate Bar”
  • 1901 The King Leo pure peppermint stick candy was developed and trademarked.
  • 1901 Multicolored candy disks called “NECCO wafers” first appear named for the acronym of the New England Confectionery Company.
  • 1902 New England Confectionary Company (NECCO) makes the first conversation hearts which, to this day, continue to be a Valentine’s Day tradition.
  • 1905 The Squirrel Brand Company of Massachusetts creates the first peanut bar known as the Squirrel Nut Zipper. This candy bar was, sadly, discontinued in the late 1980’s
  • 1906 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses chocolates appear in their familiar silver foil wraps.

1910s

  • 1912 Life Savers, the candy named for its ring shape with the hole in the center is introduced in peppermint flavor. Twenty Two (22) years would pass before the popular five-flavor roll is introduced.
  • 1912 The Whitman’s Sampler box of chocolates is introduced and is the first box of chocolates to include an index allowing chocolate lovers to specifically choose the candy that they want to eat.
  • 1913 Goo Goo Clusters, a Southern favorite, was the first bar to combine milk chocolate, caramel, marshmallow and peanuts.

1920s

  • 1920 Fannie May Candies opens its first retail candy shop in Chicago .
  • 1920 The Baby Ruth candy bar is introduced and is named for President Grover Cleveland’s daughter not the famous baseball player.
  • 1921 Chuckles – colorful, sugared jelly candies are first made.
  • 1922 Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews, made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are introduced and take on a cult status amongst East Coast candy lovers.
  • 1923 The Mounds Chocolate Bar is offered which includes coconut filling encased in rich milk chocolate.
  • 1923 The Milky Way Candy Bar is introduced by the Mars family. The candy bar was designed to taste like Malted Milk.
  • 1925 Bit-O-Honey the honey-flavored taffy bar made with bits of almond is first introduced.
  • 1926 Milk Duds are introduced
  • 1927 McKeesport Candy Co. was established. Although not as important as the introduction of a new candy bar, we couldn’t resist including ourselves.
  • 1928 Heath Bars appear, offering chocolate covered toffee.
  • 1928 An important year for any candy lover as the beloved Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups is introduced. It remains one of the best selling candy bars of all times!

1930s

  • 1930 M&M Mars introduces the Snickers Bar which, to date, is the best selling candy bar of all time. It was named after one of the family’s beloved horses…
  • 1931 Tootsie Roll Pops are introduced and are consider by some to be the first “novelty candy” as they combined two candies in one.
  • 1931 A fortunate accident involving Marshmallow at the Sifer’s Candy Company lead to the creation of the Valomilk Candy Bar.
  • 1932 M&M Mars introduces the MARS Candy Bar which was renamed Snickers Almond Crunch in the late 1990’s. The formula remains the same with the only difference being the name!
  • 1932 Ferrara Pan Candy Company, located in Chicago , introduces Red Hot Cinnamon candy known as Red Hots.
  • 1932 M&M Mars debuts the 3 Musketeers Bar, made as a three-flavor bar featuring chocolate, vanilla and strawberry nougat. This flavor combination would last for thirteen (13) years.
  • 1936 In a break from tradition, William Luden, one of the creators of Cough Drops, introduces the 5 th Avenue Candy Bar.
  • 1939 Hershey’s Miniatures chocolate bars debut.

1940s

  • 1941M&M’s” Plain Chocolate Candies are introduced in response to depressed chocolate sales in summer. Fifty-nine years later, M&M Mars shortened the name to M&M’s.
  • 1942-1945 Working hard to maintain high wartime morale, female employees at Whitman’s Candy Company secretly slipped notes to soldiers in boxes of Whitman’s Chocolate Samplers destined for military shipment. The notes resulted in several long-term friendships and even a few marriages.
  • 1945 M&M Mars decides to change the formula in the 3 Musketeers Bar to All Chocolate
  • 1949 Junior Mints were introduced.
  • 1949 Smarties candy roll wafers are introduced. They are often referred to as “candy pills”.
  • 1949 El Bubble Bubble Gum Cigars are the first five-cent bubble gum.

1950s

  • 1954 Marshmallow Peeps are introduced by Just Born, Inc. in the shape of Easter chicks.
  • 1950 Bobs Candy Canes, sold under the Cris Cringle brand, are introduced.
  • 1958 Candy Necklaces, a retro candy classic, are introduced.

1960s

  • 1960 In an effort to create a healthy candy product, M&M Mars Starburst Fruit Chews are introduced and later fortified with Vitamin C.
  • 1960 Amurol confections introduce the first sugar free bubble gum called Blammo.
  • 1960 Ferrara Pan Candy Company introduces Lemonheads and later in the year, Apple Heads,Grape Heads and Orange Heads.
  • 1963 Sweetarts are introduced.

1970s

  • 1970 M&M Mars introduces the Snickers Munch Bar
  • 1976 Herman Goelitz Company introduces the first individually flavored Jelly Bean known as Jelly Bellies.
  • 1978 Fueled by the overwhelming success of Reese Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey’s introduces Reese Pieces.
  • 1979 M&M Mars introduces the Twix Caramel Cookie Candy Bar.

1980s

  • 1980 Herman Goelitz Company introduces the first American-made gummi bears and gummi worms. Traditionally, these candies were imported from Europe .
  • 1981 Fueled by their success in Europe, M&M Mars introduces Skittle Bite Size Candies.

1990s

As of writing, candy companies continue to offer new candy bars and other unique novelties but the classics, such as Reese Peanut Butter Cups and Snickers continue to please.

We would like to extend thanks to the National Confectioners Association for sharing information in the Confectionary Timeline. We recommend their site as it offers a wealth of candy related resources.

Thank You for Smoking

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 by benjamin

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In light of the Academy Awards last night, I got to thinking about some of the great movies released in the past year. Yes, it’s been a great year for The Departed and DreamGirls, but I was thinking of the smaller films – the “surprise” hits. One such surprise was Thank You for Smoking, starring Aaron Eckhart. As I was reflecting on how the movie so skillfully mocked the tobacco industry’s knack of denial and lack of responsibility, I realized that there was a candy solution to the smoking problem. Why continue to smoke when more and more states are taking steps to ban smoking in restaurants and bars, cancer research is becoming harder to ignore, and you can’t go up a flight of stairs without wheezing? Why not turn to fun and great-tasting alternatives, like chocolate and licorice?

I’m not talking about a bland over-the-counter chocolate bar or Twizzler. I’m suggesting the Cigarette Candy Chocolate and Licorice Pipes. No, I’m not naïve. I know there are components like nicotine that you won’t find in the original Cigarette Candy and Bubblegum Cigars. Let’s give your lungs a break, and turn instead to rejuvenating your tastebuds.
Try one, and we will thank you for smoking.

Bachelorette Blowout: Candy Makes It Dandy

Monday, February 26th, 2007 by benjamin

Last summer, I got roped in to throwing a bachelorette party for one of my good friends, and man, it’s difficult to find fun party favors and games! I drove to a bunch of different places, looking for some racy/fun stuff to give her or do at the party, but the pickings were slim. If only I’d known about all the great stuff that was out there!

Start off by soothing the stressful bride-to-be by giving her some Chai Latte, Tai Tea or Milk Chocolate Body Wash. It’ll help her chill out in the crazy pre-wedding days. If I were a bachelorette, I’d love to receive a full-size chocolate champagne bottle. There’s always enough booze at a wedding; there should always be more chocolate!
I’ve always been a huge fan of candy jewelry, so I was delighted to find a risque line of candy “clothing” completely appropriate to give at a bachelorette party. It would be fun to have each guests buy and give one item: there are candy bras, candy g-strings, candy garters, candy suspenders, and even a candy “posing pouch,” so your friends’ fiancee can get in on the fun. If hard candy’s not your taste, there’s also the option of outfitting your friend with some gummie panties and bras. Even if that’s not your scene, pick up some gummi handcuffs for the adventurous couple in your life. And with gummi handcuffs, you don’t even need a safe word! If you don’t like what’s going on, just gnaw on through to freedom.

Finally, there’s candy designed for the party as a whole. Grab some risque Candy Hearts, but try not to blush if they’re a little more, say, adventurous than the candy hearts you’re used to. There are also some cinnamon Hot Lips to share with your friends.

When you add your girlfriends, lots of chocolate and a bit of raciness, well, there’s no better recipe for a night out than that.

Cadbury Creme Eggs are Baaaack!

Saturday, February 24th, 2007 by benjamin

Cadbury Creme Eggs

Guess who’s back?
Back again.
Cadbury Crème Eggs Are Back.
Tell your friends!

What’s better than milk chocolate bars? Fun shaped milk chocolates! Not only are they egg-shaped, the crème filling is also colored in white and yellow to imitate the likeness of the egg yolk. An even more interesting thing about Cadbury Crème Eggs is that according to the manufacturer, Cadbury Schweppes, they’re made all year round but only sold from New Year’s Day to Easter. For those of you who don’t know, last Wednesday (Ash Wednesday) officially signaled the countdown to the Easter Holiday. Now that Lent has officially begun, it’s less than 40 days until Easter Sunday.

Cadbury Crème Eggs were as much a part of my childhood Easter preparations as egg dying. As I dipped an egg into the red or green egg dye, and stuck stickers for decoration, a Cadbury Crème Egg and a Marshmallow Peep would be within arm’s reach. I only associate good times with the fun eggs.

Since the next time you’ll be able to buy these yummy treats after April 8, 2007 is January 1, 2008, I suggest you stock up. If you’re as big of a fan of these tasty chocolate eggs as I am, I suggest you prepare a healthy stash and enjoy them year round with your family, friends, or just yourself.