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Down. Set. Bite! Prepping Your Candy Snacks For Game Day

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 by Jonah Half

Football_Candy_Snacks_SnickersFrom football themed birthday parties to the once-a-year Super Bowl Bash you throw, football season offers a variety of ways to celebrate your favorite team’s triumphs and mourn their losses. No matter the outcome of the game, is here to join in the celebration! We’re here to help you score a touchdown with your game day candy snacks, so step away from the chips and dip and prepare to make your house game day headquarters with a few of these fun and fast ideas!

Chocolate Footballs

Reese's_Football_Candy_SnacksThe perfect candy snack for any armchair quarterback, the rich chocolate in these football shaped treats is the perfect bite-sized indulgence to munch during particularly nail-biting moments. If you want to watch the crowd go wild for a chocolatey snack, consider building a few Game Day Peanut Butter Cups! There’s no need to labor over cookies cut into football shapes, or meticulously frost a cake to look like a football field! Simply gather a few chocolate footballs, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and a little green frosting. Dab a little of the frosting onto the top of an unwrapped Reese’s Cup, top with a chocolate football and you’ll be ready for kickoff in no time!

Football Truffles
Chocolate_Football_TrufflesLooking for something a little more rich to satisfy your guests? This recipe for Football Truffles from House of Yum, is a little more time intensive, however, the treat is worth the wait! All you need to get started are Oreos, cream cheese, dark chocolate and white chocolate. Grind up the Oreos into a fine powder and mix with the cream cheese to create a thick cookie mixture. Then, take about a tablespoon of the cookie mixture and shape it into football shapes. Set them on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper and set them in them in the refrigerator for about ten minutes to solidify. Melt the dark chocolate, and dip each football in the chocolate and then place back on the waxed paper to cool. Finish each football by melting the white chocolate and “frosting” laces onto the footballs. Score!

Build A Candy Buffet

What better way to show your support for a team than by wearing their colors? Add an extra hint of team pride to your living room during the game by creating an easy, color-coordinated candy spread. All you need is a table and a little creativity and you’re well on your way to throwing a football bash your friends and family won’t forget!

Who doesn’t love to celebrate a good football game? Whether you’re a diehard football fan, or you just like to get together with friends and family, your snacks for game day will be sure to put smiles on your guests faces – even if the score at the end of the game doesn’t! Now there’s just one question to ask yourself – Are YOU ready for some football?

Unforgettable Fall Candy And Turkey Day Treats

Thursday, October 29th, 2015 by Jonah Half

Fall_CandyWith October winding down, we’re already thinking ahead to the next major holiday, Thanksgiving! The traditions, the focus on the good things in life, and of course the delicious food are some of our favorite things about this Fall holiday. Nothing brings families together quite like Thanksgiving does, and if you’re hosting guests this year, the pressure is on to impress them with terrific food and a fun atmosphere. Check out these delightful fall candy ideas that will make your Thanksgiving gathering one to remember for years to come – but make sure there’s not too much sweet snacking that goes on before the main event!

Oreo Turkeys

After your guests are stuffed with real turkey, put them into a food coma with these adorable fall candy turkeys. Doubling as festive decorations, you’ll need Oreos, Candy Corn, Reese’s Cups, Whoppers, chocolate icing, and yellow icing to create these turkeys.

Start by adding some chocolate frosting to the top of one Oreo and then attach five candy corns to it with the tips down. Next, add chocolate frosting onto another Oreo and attach it to the first Oreo so they make an L-shape. Attach the Reese’s Cup and the Whopper to the Oreo to create a turkey body and head. Finally, with yellow frosting, glue on the white tip of a candy corn to the Whopper for a beak, and then draw on eyes and feet. Your guests might think they’re too cute to gobble up!

Fall Candy Acorns

These fall candy acorns are the perfect edible decoration for this year’s Thanksgiving table. For each acorn, use icing or peanut butter to frost the bottom of a bite-sized Nutter Butter cookie. Next, stick on an unwrapped Hershey Chocolate Kiss candy. Finally, use icing to adhere a peanutbutter chip to the top to resemble a stem and you’re finished! Place them in a bowl for guests to snack on throughout the day.

Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year to show off your hostess skills. With these adorably festive fall candy decorations, you’ll have guests asking you to host Thanksgiving every year. Head over to our website and browse more Autumn and Fall Candy for all of your Thanksgiving needs and create your own recipes!

Take Your Candy Colors Beyond Orange & Black

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 by Jonah Half

bulk_candy_colorsWhen you think of Halloween, chances are the first colors that pop into your mind are orange and black. After all, orange is the color of pumpkins, bonfires, and changing leaves, and black represents death, darkness, bats, black cats, and cauldrons – all of which are popular Halloween themes and symbols. However, your Halloween candy color options are not limited to just orange and black. Blood red, deep purple, lime green, and ghostly white are a few of our favorite underrated Halloween colors. Combining bulk candy in these colors can take the ghoulish theme of your Halloween decorations, and Halloween candy, to a whole new level this season!


What says spooky more than green skinned monsters, witches’ brews, and slime? Add eerie green to your Halloween decorations this year with our selection of green bulk candy. Channel the wicked witch of the west with a bowl of dark green M&M’s or add shimmer lime green sixlets to a cauldron bowl for a deliciously creepy potion.


There’s no denying that Halloween is a gory holiday — bloodthirsty vampires and crazed zombies are just two of the not-so-nice characters that we see a lot of this time of the year. Draw inspiration for your candy colors from the scary side of Halloween! A bowl of our Red Cherry Licorice Bites will look like it belongs next to a Vampire’s coffin.


Purple has always been associated with the night, mysticism, and witches’ hats, making it a magical addition to your Halloween theme this year. Create a sense of mystery with some of our purple candy by topping off your Halloween party punch with Grape Pop Rocks or decorating cupcakes with Grape Rock Candy.


It wouldn’t be Halloween without ghosts — they’re one of Halloween’s spookiest characters after all (except for Casper the Friendly Ghost, of course). Because of this staple Halloween character, we think white is a great color to incorporate into your decorations this year. Our ghostly white gumballs are perfect for the job! Dum Dums lollipops can easily be covered with white fabric and tied to create adorable ghosts for all of your trick-or-treaters.

Add some diversity to your Halloween candy colors this year with some of these underrated choices. We have a huge selection of colorful candy for you to choose from, so you’ll be the sweetest house on the block!

Halloween Candy Tricks To Spook Your Trick-Or-Treaters

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 by Jonah Half

You know the drill. On or before the night of October 31st you’ll have gaggles of children in costumes knocking on your door shrieking the old adage “Trick-or-Treat” expecting candy in return.

Besides offering phenomenal candy, (and with the great Halloween selection from, how could you offer anything less?) are there ways to make your Halloween candy stand out from the crowd this year? We believe the answer is a resounding, “yes!”. Simply follow a few of these tips to keep your candy bowl the spookiest, and the most fun this Halloween. And if you have creepy, goopy or fun ideas that we missed, share them in the comments below!

Re-Label Your Halloween Candy


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What’s in a name? For Halloween this year, we challenge you to break away from boring old monikers like “jellybeans”, “M&M’s”, and “candy corn”, and try on something a little more festive! We love the ideas from including, “Witches Warts”, “Ghost Poop”, “Monster Scabs”, and “Jack o’ Lantern Teeth”! First you’ll need to decide what Halloween candy you would like to distribute, and decide on a funny and festive name! Once you’ve got your labels designed and printed and your ziploc baggies handy, all that you’ll have left to do is distribute oodles of your favorite bulk candies into each of the designated bags. Staple your baggies closed with the label facing out and you’ll hear tons of giggles from your trick-or-treaters this Halloween!

Candy Wreath


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Not going to be home for Halloween this year? You can still be part of the fun for the little ones with a creative candy display! Simply find a styrofoam wreath ring from a local craft store and get a giant bag of Dum Dum lollipops (or Chupa Chups). All you have to do is insert the lollipops one at a time into the styrofoam wreath. Complete your candy display with a little sign inviting children to take one and voila! Your house will be Halloween candy ready!







Think Outside The Bowl


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Even if you’ll be in town while trick-or-treaters are ringing doorbells, nothing says you need to feel obligated to keep your Halloween candy housed in a boring old bowl! Re-think your candy container for a little spooky fun this Halloween! We personally love the idea of carving a wide mouth on a pumpkin and letting little ones pull their candy out from in between pumpkin teeth! How would you decorate yours?

Being the most interesting house on the block this Halloween isn’t JUST about the types and sizes of your Halloween candy. How will you let the spirit of the holiday inspire your candy-giving this year?

America’s Favorite Halloween Candies

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 by Jonah Half

Though it may be a bit soon to start decorating, we’re sure there are more than a few of you who have already started planning your Halloween costumes for this year. But are you prepared to impress the little ghouls that come knocking on your door looking for their favorite Halloween Candies??

For most children, the best part about trick-or-treating is coming home and dumping their candy on the floor to evaluate the night’s haul. This ritual often involves dividing the best candy from the worst to decide which to devour and which to trade. In 2013, Chicago-based market research firm, IRi, completed a study to determine America’s favorite Halloween Candies. Based on the results of this study, we’ve created a list of the top 5 treats to keep your trick-or-treaters munching instead of bargaining with one another!

Reeses_Halloween_CandyReese’s Peanut Butter Cups are the most sought-after Halloween candy. Introduced in 1928, this candy is a delicious combination of milk chocolate and smooth and creamy peanut butter, so it’s no wonder kids everywhere love them. Reese’s come in various forms, from mini to pumpkin-shaped, making them the perfect treat to handout to all of your eager trick-or-treaters this year.


Halloween_CandyM&M candy was first produced in 1941 and handed out to soldiers during the war. Today, they are a trick-or-treat favorite! Check out our fun-size M&M’s assortment, which includes classic M&M’s Plain and M&M’s Peanut, for a treat that’s a Halloween sure-bet.





Snickers_Halloween_CandySnickers has been around since 1930 and has been a favorite candy around the world for years. A great treat that will ward off tricks this Halloween season, these Mini Snickers Bars will have children flocking to your front door for Halloween candy.




Hesheys_ChocolateAnother classic candy, Hershey has been making Hershey’s branded milk chocolate bars since 1900. There isn’t a kid out there that doesn’t know what a Hershey’s chocolate bar is, so satisfy their tastebuds this Halloween with these miniature-sized ones.



Kit Kat
KitKat_Halloween_CandyA delicious combination of smooth milk chocolate and light crisp wafers, the Kit Kat has been Halloween candy-lovers’ favorite since 1935. These Halloween Kit Kats feature bat wings on the wrapper, but kids won’t know which designs they’ve got until they peel back the wrapper.  

If you’re wondering what to stock your Halloween  bowl with this year, this selection of America’s Favorite Halloween Candies are sure to make for happy trick-or-treaters. If you need a few more ideas, you’re just a few clicks away from finding more seasonal favorites right here!

Want To Learn Why We Give Out Halloween Candy?

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 by Jonah Half

Halloween_CandyColorful and imaginative costumes, ringing doorbells and little hands grabbing handfuls of candy out of a brimming candy dish – we think it’s safe to say that there’s no holiday quite like Halloween. But where did our traditions originate? After all, you have to admit that dressing up as your favorite character and asking virtual strangers for Halloween Candy is a bit strange.

Though many believe that trick-or-treating is just another one of those traditions cooked up by candy companies in order to generate revenue, the truth is that these traditions are rooted in history. The exact forerunners of today’s trick-or-treating habits – where children dress up, knock on neighbors’ doors and collect bucketfuls of candy – may be a bit hazy but here are a few contenders for potential influencers. Which do you think is the real inspiration for Halloween celebrations?

During the ninth century in England, November 2nd was designated “All Souls Day”, which was a time for honoring relatives and ancestors who had passed on. To celebrate, townsfolk would participate in bonfires and masquerades. In addition to festive parties, poor people would visit the houses of richer families and beg for “soul cakes” in exchange for promises to pray for the souls of the homeowners’ deceased relatives. The tradition was later taken up by children who would go door-to-door asking for gifts like food or money.

Also during the ninth century in Scotland and Ireland, young people took part in a tradition called “guising” wherein they dressed up in costumes and accepted offerings from various households. In exchange for the gifts they received, these youngsters would sing a song, recite a poem, tell a joke or perform another form of “trick”. Could this possibly be where the phrase “Trick-or-treat” came from?

In the early 20th century, many immigrants to the United States had begun to revive the traditions of “Souling” and “Guising”. However, by the 1920’s many of these traditions had devolved into pranks and vandalism rather than harmless door-to-door visits and begging. When the Great Depression struck, the issues surrounding Halloween pranking and damage became much worse. Some sources theorize that it was this costly vandalism issue that led to the organization of community-based trick-or-treating events to deter these activities.

Regardless of where these traditions came from, one thing is certain – Halloween is still the best night of the year to show off frightening costumes and gather gobs of delicious candy! But before you can indulge on the busiest candy-eating night of the year, you need to stock up! Visit and peruse our selection of tasty, sweet, cute and spooky Halloween Candy. We’re sure you’ll find just the treats you’ve been looking for!

Sweeten Your Star Wars Viewing Party

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 by Jonah Half

star wars machine bigStar Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh installment in the main Star Wars film series set approximately 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, doesn’t open in theaters until December 18th. That might seem like a long time to wait for the next installment of this epic space saga, but it also means you have plenty of time to enjoy all six previous Star Wars movies before ‘The Force Awakens’ hits theaters! Sounds like the perfect opportunity to invite your fellow Star Wars fans over for a viewing party complete with themed Star Wars snacks, decorations, and costumes! We’ve got just a few ideas to get you started. What else will you come up with?

Costume Contest

Who’s your favorite Star Wars character? Is it Princess Leia, Yoda, R2-D2, or Chewbacca? Whoever it may be, let your creativity go wild and craft a character costume for yourself and invite your guests to do the same. Then, at the end of the viewing party, have everyone vote on the best costume. Reward your best-dressed guest with a fun Star Wars party favor — our Star Wars Clone Wars Pez Dispensers could be just the droids you’re looking for!

Clone Trooper Cupcakes

Satisfy guests with Star Wars-themed desserts. One simple yet creative option is to top white iced cupcakes with jumbo marshmallows. Then, simply take a black food-safe markers and draw clone trooper or stormtrooper helmet markings to each marshmallow. And there you have it, cupcakes fit for the dark side!

Star Wars Candy  

From a galaxy far far away, Candy Favorites brings you the Jelly Belly Star Wars Bean Machine. This bean dispenser is the perfect decorative piece for your Star Wars movie viewing party. Served by a stormtrooper, your guests will love snacking on their favorite jelly beans as they watch classic action-packed lightsaber battles. And when they’re done snacking on jelly beans, satisfy the dark side of your guests’ candy cravings with the Star Wars Taffy Swirl Pops. Just like the movies, these character-themed lollipops span generations with their out-of-this-world taste. Hand them out as party favors and enjoy them as you recall your favorite Star Wars scenes.

If even the thought of a new Star Wars movie gives you goosebumps or if you’re finding it hard to wait until December to see it in theaters, round up your fellow Star Wars and brush up on your favorite films from the saga. And with our tips for hosting a viewing party, you’ll have the best bash in the galaxy! Check out our full inventory of Star Wars themed candy here.

#RetroCandyCostume Photo Contest

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 by Jonah Half

Official Rules For #RetroCandyCostume Photo Contest


DATES OF PROMOTION: (“Sponsors”) #RetroCandyCostume Photo Contest the “Promotion” begins at 12:00pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 and ends at 11:59 am Eastern Time on Monday September 14, 2015 (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, 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.


  • Follow @4candyfavorites on Instagram
  • Upload a photo on Instagram of any objects/people that depict a favorite Halloween costume from your childhood that you, or a family member, wore and tag #RetroCandyCostume

Limit one photo per entry, multiple entries allowed. Winner(s) will be selected randomly on September 14, 2015 at 5:00pm (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 email account is registered. Entries will be deemed made by the authorized holder of the Instagram account that posted the photo. Make sure to follow @4candyfavorites on Instagram so we can send you a direct message if you win.

WINNING & NOTIFICATION: Four (4) winners will be randomly selected by from a pool of eligible entries on September 14, 2015 at 5:00pm (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 winner has one (1) week to claim their PRIZE. will contact winner via Instagram Direct message to the Instagram account that uploaded the photo entered in the Promotion. In the event that the winner does not claim his or her prize by September 22, 2015 5:00pm (EST) one week after received notification, a new winner will be selected based on the criteria outlined above.

PRIZE: Four (4) winners will each receive one (1) Americana Mix Candy Jar. Americana Mix Candy Jar valued at $19.99. No prize substitutions except at Sponsor’s sole discretion or as otherwise provided herein. The value of the prize may be taxable as income and Winners are solely responsible for any taxes on the prize, including, but not limited to all applicable federal, state and local taxes if applicable. No more than the number of prizes set forth in these Official Rules will be awarded (1).

PRIVACY STATEMENT: Entering the Promotion constitutes permission for the Sponsor and its agencies to use participants’ photos, captions, any accompanying materials, and names (first name and last initial) for the purpose of advertising or promotion via consumer newsletter and social media channels (Instagram/Twitter/Facebook/Google+/Pinterest) without compensation, unless prohibited by law. Should the company choose to use this content for promotional purposes, entrant is not entitled to compensation or credit.

NO LIABILITY: By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor, Instagram and Promotion Entities and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from and against any claims made by winners, entrants, or any other third parties, related in any way to the operation of this Promotion as well as any other claims, damages or liability due to any injuries, damages or loss to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse of any PRIZE or participation in any Promotion-related activity or participation in this Promotion.

FURTHER INFORMATION & WINNERS LIST REQUEST: Participants can have further information about the Promotion and receive notice of the PRIZE winner by contacting by September 22, 2015.

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Special Delivery: Halloween Savings

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 by Jonah Half

online_candy_ordersHalloween Pez Dispensers, Scary Skeletons, Candy Fangs, Reese’s Pumpkins  — we’ve got it all! is proud to kick off the Halloween season with an amazing selection of Halloween Candy perfect for trick-or-treaters or even for seasonal snacking. Add to that selection our NEW lower shipping rates and improved time-in-transit and you have the perfect one-stop shop for all your Halloween Treat needs.

Long-term customers may be familiar with our previous shipping policy. Unlike other online stores who focus on shipping as a profit center, has always been committed to providing customers with the fastest possible delivery at the lowest possible rates. However, because candy tends to be bulky and heavy, and is also perishable, shipping costs can quickly skyrocket. Now, after a strong year of sales and a careful negotiation process, we have taken our savings and extended them to our customers. is now able to offer a flat shipping rate of $8.95 to all customers, regardless of order size. For those interested in bulk ordering, orders over $57.95 will still be eligible for free shipping. In both instances, we’re offering the lowest rate threshold in the online candy industry. We believe that our new special shipping rates combined with our commitment to superior customer service truly helps us to reach our goal of enhancing the customer experience.

To better serve customers, all orders will be in transit for no more than three days. We are also offering deep discounts on expedited services allowing last minute shoppers to receive candy in a cost effective manner. So whether you’re buying Halloween candy ahead of time, or waiting until closer to the holiday, you can be sure that your candy will be at your door before your trick-or-treaters come knocking.

We’re excited about this year’s Halloween Candy offerings. Whether you’re simply looking for a delicious treat, or you need something a little more whimsical to delight trick-or-treaters, has just the sugar snacks you’re looking for. Halloween wouldn’t be right without favorites such as Brach’s Candy Corn, Caramels, and not to mention old time classics such as Wax Fangs!

Candy Corn Craze

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 by Jonah Half

It’s that time of the year again — kids are headed back to school and the start of the football season is on the horizon. This means that Fall is officially upon us. With the cool air and changing leaves comes a classic seasonal candy — Candy Corn! Every fall, party-hosts, party-goers, and trick-or-treaters alike seek out this iconic tri-colored treat. With a legacy that goes back more than a century, Candy Corn has established itself as a Fall staple.

In the 1880s, George Renninger, a candymaker at the Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia, invented Candy Corn. However, it wasn’t until the beginning of the 20th century that the Goelitz Confectionery Company (now known as the Jelly Belly Candy Co.) sold the yellow, orange, and white morsels to the public. Since then, Candy Corn has become a must-have in homes during the fall season. Whether you can’t get enough of the way it tastes or just love how it looks, the following recipes offer unique ways to enjoy this treat as the weather gets colder.

Candy Corn Bark

How can you take candy corn to the next level? Just add chocolate! Candy Corn bark is simple to make and is the perfect sweet treat to get you in a spooky mood for Halloween. Simply pour a layer of melted white chocolate or milk chocolate (or both) onto a baking sheet and add Brach’s Candy Corn. You don’t have to stop there, either! Feel free to add pecans, peanuts, pretzels, cranberries, or sprinkles for more flavor. Once you’ve let the bark cool, cut it into squares and put it in clear plastic bags to create the perfect party favor or handout for trick-or-treaters!

Candy Corn Cookies

Want to stand out at all of your fall parties this year? Try a new twist on a classic by combining sweet Candy Corn kernels and white chocolate chips with your favorite buttery cookie dough. This unique candy combo will result in a delicious cookie that will undoubtedly become a favorite in your house for seasons to come.

Candy Corn Garland

For those that don’t necessarily love the taste of Candy Corn, you can still use it to accentuate the Fall atmosphere in your home! Thread monofilament fishing line (find it at your local hardware store) through a needle and poke it through candy corn. Just be careful that you don’t thread it where the yellow, orange, and white colors meet — the candies break apart easily at these points. Hang the garland out of the reach of your pets and small children for a festive look.

For millions, it wouldn’t be Fall without Candy Corn. So for all of your candy needs (Candy Corn included), check out our website for a full selection of Fall’s favorite candy.

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