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Christmas Candies In Your Kitchen

Monday, 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

Friday, 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.

Halloween Costumes Inspired By Our Favorite Retro Candies

Monday, 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

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by Jonah Half

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

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

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

HOW TO ENTER:

  • Snap a photo of your favorite candy to find in your Halloween Bag
  • Share it on one of our social profiles using the hashtag #CFTrickOrTreat
  • Keep an eye out for a message from us to see if you’re our winner!

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

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

PRIZE: One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive one (1) $50.00 Sweet Certificate. PRIZE valued at $50.00. 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).

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NO LIABILITY: By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor 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 jonah@candyfavorites.com by Tuesday November 1, 2016.

SPONSOR: Candy Favorites, 1101 Fifth Avenue McKeesport, PA 15132. This offer shall not be published without the written permission of the Sponsor.

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!

Green

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.

Red

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

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.

White

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 CandyFavorites.com, 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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(Image courtesy of mudpiestudio.com)

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 mudpiestudio.com 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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(Image courtesy of mytwocupcakes.blogspot.com)

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!

Reese’s
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.

 

M&M’s
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
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.

 

 

 

Hershey’s
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?

“Souling”
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.

“Guising”
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?

Trick-Or-Treating
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 candyfavorites.com 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!

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! CandyFavorites.com 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, CandyFavorites.com 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.

CandyFavorites.com 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, CandyFavorites.com 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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