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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! 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.

(Image courtesy of Sharis Berries on Flicker)

When Do Those Halloween Treats Turn Into Tricks?

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 by Jonah Half

We’ve all been there. Searching through the cupboards, looking for just the thing to satisfy that chocolate craving. Finally after minutes of intense searching, you find it – a leftover treat that’s been hiding since the last time trick-or-treaters came knocking on your door. That candy bar you found shoved in the back of the pantry was in the wrapper. It should be fine…right?

Situations like these raise the question, “Can my candy go bad?” Some of us may even be thinking of the candy-themed months ahead. Halloween is just around the corner, after all, and Christmas is right on its heels. So how early is TOO early to start stocking your candy bowl in preparation for the hordes of costumed candy bandits headed your way?

As any die-hard Halloween fan knows, it can take several weeks to set up the perfect haunted house, finalize an award winning costume, and stock up on the perfect treats for your candy dish. For all you avid Halloween enthusiasts concerned about jumping the gun, we have good news. It is safe to begin stocking up on the best treats in the neighborhood by ordering from CandyFavorites.com – your treats will still be fresh for the big day!

Not to get too scientific on you, but many candies and candy bars are high in sugar and low in moisture. If the packages stay closed, this combination lends itself to a long shelf life. Strictly speaking, pure chocolate can last up to two years or more without presenting any serious risks to consumer health. However, any ingredients like nuts and peanut butter can degrade more quickly than the actual chocolate.

In many cases, a candy’s shelf life is more about the quality of the treat, rather than any health risks associated with consuming it. After a significant amount of time has passed, many candies will begin to lose their color and flavor, and most chocolates will develop white splotches – but no need to worry! The appearance of these white spots (often known as “blooming”) is simply a product of the sugar or fat in your chocolate rising to the surface after a prolonged period of time. Though they are not the most appetizing, they are harmless.

If you’re ordering your Halloween candy now, as a general rule of thumb just remember to store it in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight. Or, for the best tasting candy no matter the time of year, take a peek at our handy Shelf Life Guide for more information.

Candy Blogs Holiday Edition: The ‘Stache Bash

Thursday, December 4th, 2014 by Becca Droz

 Trolli Santa & Elves Mustaches Gummi Candy

becca droz mustacheClassroom/movie Munchability: 5 (the fun is in the dress-up play!)

Melt Measure: 0

Novelty: 9

Sharability: 10

Trust me, it is as much a surprise to me as it is to you that the elves of Santa’s toy shop have the same type of mustaches that Santa has! I always imagined the elves as baby faced little characters running around childishly as they assembled toys for the undersides of all the Christmas trees of children. (Despite growing up Jewish, I have still had many daydream about Santa and his elves).

Perhaps the elves were not preparing Christmas gifts, and instead were growing and grooming each other’s mustaches. Perhaps these little elves look up to Santa and show their respectful admiration by mimicking his mustache, or lip brow, if you will.

With three flavors: Cherry, Cherry  & Lime, and Strawberry & Cherry, and three different ‘stache styles, this gummi provides adequate variables to balance with the consistency of the texture and chew density. Each gummi provides a substantial bite into the thickness of sweet delight.

Since I love to share, and I had more mustaches than I cared to try on, I offered to some of of these Christmas candies to my friends during a day of rock climbing in Connellsville, PA.

Here are some things that were said about the Mustaches:

Positive Constructive
“The flavor is not overpowering, it’s not in your face.” “Tastes just like an elf!”
“They are enjoyable… they are refreshing. Refreshing, that’s definitely a word that should be in there! I was chewing away, tasting some cherry and before I knew it I was wondering, is that lime I’m tasting? It totally was lime. Lime makes it refreshing!” “How’s the aroma?…I can smell them from here and my nose is stuffed…”
“You actually enjoyed it?”“Yes, and I’d have another one, and another one and another one. It might just be my new favorite candy.”
“I will remember them with pleasure.”

 

Have fun with wearing the Santa & Elves Mustaches. I challenge you to try to wear the mustache, say “Ho! Ho! Ho!” and eat the mustache all without using your hands! You might even get some candy aroma therapy from this game, as the sweet tastes trickle into your brainwaves through your nasal passage. Have fun and get a laugh outa this gummi candy!

Candy History: Candy Canes

Friday, December 20th, 2013 by Laurnie Wilson

The Origins of the Candy Cane

We’ve probably all heard the story of the German choirmaster who created white, sugary shepherd’s hooks to keep the children quiet during the services. But, there are almost as many candy cane creation stories as there are varieties of candy canes!

What’s certain is that these popular Christmas treats were originally all white. Many have attached a religious connection to them, saying that the white candy cane represented the sinlessness of the life of Jesus. As for the shape, many also claim that it’s meant to look like a shepherd’s hook, to remind children of the shepherds who visited the baby Jesus.

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Although they were probably created in 1670 in Germany, it wasn’t until 1844 that a recipe for straight candy sticks was published. And in the mid 1800s, candy canes were hung on Christmas trees for the first time. Back in the day, it was common to hang sweets and baked goods from the festive tree, so the candy canes were a perfect addition!

Candy Stripes

retro-nostalgic-candy-canesChristmas cards from before and after the 1900s reveal that it wasn’t until the turn of the century that candy canes earned their stripes. There’s lots of lore around the stripes as well, with some saying the thickest stripe represents Jesus, while the three smaller stripes represent the Holy Trinity.

Around the turn of the century, peppermint and wintergreen flavors were also added to the sweets, whose flavors could be distinguished by either a red or green stripe, for peppermint or wintergreen, respectively.

In the 1950s, a Catholic priest by the name of Gregory Keller invented an automated candy cane machine, to twist the candies into their popular shape. And since then, there’s been no looking back.

Today, candy canes are arguably the most popular holiday candy with the longest-standing history. And they’re not just peppermint and wintergreen anymore. Check out all of the canes we have to offer. You’re sure to find something for every candy-cane-craving sweet tooth.

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Source Material

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candy_cane
http://inventors.about.com/od/foodrelatedinventions/a/candy_canes.htm

Images

http://whydyoueatthat.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/day-6-candy-canes/
http://justalittlefurther.com/making-candy-canes/

What’s a Cordial Cherry, Anyway?

Thursday, December 12th, 2013 by Jessica Prokop

cherry-cordials-inventedA Cordial Past

Cordialed cherries have always been a huge hit around the holidays. They’re sweet and perfectly festive- a treat normally reserved for this time of year. But did you realize just how old the method of cordialing is? If not, let’s just say that it’s a little older than you may be expecting.

Cordials for the Heart

In fact, cordials started being made hundreds of years ago, during the Renaissance. They were originally made for medicinal purposes, as the strong flavor was thought to promote health. The meaning of the word itself betrays earlier thoughts that cordials were good for the heart, as “cor” means heart in Latin.

First produced in Italy, this heart-helping drink slowly spread its influence throughout all of Europe. And, over time, this purely medicinal beverage became something of a social-statement, as cordials evolved into what we know today as liquors.

Cordials and Candy

Liquors are often the perfect remedy to a cold winters night, so it’s no surprise that home cooks soon began soaking their fruits in the stuff! What could be more delicious and practical than liquor that you can both drink and make candy with? Our forefathers really knew what they were doing.

chocolate-covered-cherries-cordial-with-cream-2Generations of cordial recipes have been passed down over the years, and many families still make their own, today. Cherries tend to be the most popular cordialed fruit, as the cherry lends itself well to soaking and then being smothered in chocolate. But cordialing takes time- months in fact, to wait for the fruit to sufficiently imbibe itself with the delicious liquor it’s soaking in. And who wants to wait for that? So if waiting is not quite your thing, check out Brach’s Villa Cherries. They might be just what you need to remind yourself of holidays of old.

This year, treat yourself and your loved ones to a taste that has almost outlasted the test of time. Be sure to add cordialed cherries to your shopping list.

Image Sources:

  • http://www.icollector.com/VINTAGE-CHERRIES-IN-CORDIAL-1-CENT-CANDY-STORE-ADVERTISING-DISPLAY-BOX_i10454308
  • http://www.etsy.com/listing/84684087/antique-vintage-schraffts-chocolate

Sources:

  • http://www.historicfood.com/rosolio.htm
  • http://voices.yahoo.com/how-distill-cherry-cordials-home-637483.html?cat=22
  • http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-cherry-cordial.htm
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cordial_(medicine)

Candy History: Old Fashion Christmas Hard Candy

Thursday, November 21st, 2013 by Laurnie Wilson

old-fashioned-christmas-hard-candySpecial Occasion Candy

Few things are sweeter at Christmas time than a handful of candy. Everyone has a favorite holiday treat that they look forward to all year round. There’s just something especially nice about savoring a candy that only comes by for special occasions. And while we can’t imagine ringing in the Yule-tide feelings without a sugary treat or two, it wasn’t always this way.

Old Fashioned Sweetness

While people have been enjoying sweets for centuries, the first mention of Christmas candy came in the form of candy canes. In 1672, the choirmaster of the Cologne Cathedral created white, sugary sticks to keep the children quiet in his church. These boring white staffs morphed over the years into the hooked, red and white striped favorites we know today – and they still have the remarkable ability to hush any whiny mouth.

old-fashioned-christmas-ribbon-candyOver the years, the tradition of cut rock candy has remained a staple of Christmas festivities.  Decades of grandmothers have known the secrets behind whipping up the perfect batch of sugary confections: ribbons, bows, and disks, all dyed and pulled to perfection. It’s a tough job, but somebody had to do it!

Luckily, with our Old Fashioned Christmas Candy Mix, you never have to worry if your sugar has reached the proper boiling point. You can have all your favorite Christmas candies, with none of the sugar-burning disasters.

Old Fashioned, Not Outdated

candy-cane-figurinesThat said, not all homemade candy attempts end in failure. In fact, some of the most beloved candies started in home kitchens before rising to the greatness they have today.

And speaking of great candies, if you enjoy nostalgic confections, you should take a look at our Americana Penny Candy Mix. Chock-full of sweets you may remember as a kid, this is one mix that shouldn’t be missed.

Around the holidays, we celebrate the things we hold most dear: family, friends, and the candies we grew up loving as children. With our Old Fashioned Christmas Mix, you can help make Christmas traditions come true.

Sources:

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candy_cane
  • http://www.happywink.org/christmas-day/christmas-candy.html

Candy History: Christmas Candy in America

Thursday, November 14th, 2013 by Laurnie Wilson

Announcing a new Christmas Candy favorite!

Christmas-penny-candy-Americana-mixMost of our top-10 bestselling candies year after year are Brach’s candies like Butterscotch Disks, Villa Cherries, and Ice Blue Mint Coolers. But every year, there’s one candy mix — only sold at CandyFavorites.com — that manages to rank among those established favorites. Penny Candy Americana Mix delivers joy to everyone who encounters it by bringing back the tastes of childhood for all ages.

What better time for the wonderful magic of rediscovery than Christmas morning?

This year, we’re excited to introduce Christmas Candy Americana Mix!

A Mixed History

The history of Christmas candy in America is one that can bring back fond memories for almost anyone, as everyone seems to have their own personal Christmas candy history and experiences. Our love of Christmas candy in America stretches back many generations, linking families and taste buds for over a century.

Did you know that the first mention of candy canes in America was in 1847? A German immigrant by the name of August Imgard decorated his Christmas tree with them in that year, and they’ve been a perennial Christmas favorite in the U.S., ever since.

Traditionally Minded

In fact, Americans are pretty traditional when it comes to their candy favorites. Our Americana Penny Candy Mix pays tribute to some of the oldest and most revered candies in America.

Would you believe that most of the top-selling candies in America today were first introduced before World War II? It’s true, and for good reason. If you have a good thing, why bother changing it? And, in the early part of the 20th century, America was brimming with delicious, new chocolates and candies.

Twizzlers and Hershey Bars have been in production since 1845 and 1900, respectively.  These top candies are an ongoing testament that our appreciation of quintessentially Americana candy runs deep.

christmas-candy-spearmint-leavesAmericana for All

When it comes to Christmas candy, we Americans are devoted to our time-tested favorites. Everyone seems to love biting into a candy that reminds them of the magic of Christmases in their childhood. There’s something really sweet about revisiting those memories of a time when Spearmint Leaves cost a penny and Hershey bars went for only a nickel.

Our brand new Christmas Candy Americana Mix evokes all of the nostalgic thoughts of yesteryear, with a little bit of everything inside. So when you bite into one of these candies, you know you’re tasting some of the best that American Christmas candy has to offer.

Sources:

  • http://inventors.about.com/od/foodrelatedinventions/a/candy_canes.htm
  • http://www.candycanefacts.com/facts/
  • http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/10/1021_americas_25_top_selling_candies/26.htm
  • http://www.candyblog.net/blog/item/spearmint_leaves

Tonight You’ll Stuff Some Stockings Like It’s 2012

Monday, December 10th, 2012 by Jessica Prokop

The holidays are coming.  Budgets are tight. The members of our gift lists who are the most difficult to buy for tend to be the ones we spend the most money on. Then, those same people are the ones who are least likely to like what you got them! This year, don’t spend so much time, energy, and money on uncertain gifts that make you resent your loved ones.

There’s a simple solution that allows you to give a little of everything.

Who can’t help but appreciate a creative gift? (People who deserve to be on your naughty list and receive a lump of coal for the holidays. That’s who!)

Who doesn’t love candy?

Instead of fussing over picky recipients, jump into an imaginative frame of mind, and show up to your Christmas party with something you’re excited to hand off. All while keeping it simple!

Find yourself the appropriate vessel — a toolbox for the handyperson, a pair of oven mitts for the baker, or a basket or stocking for the more traditional ones in your life — and stuff, stuff, stuff!

A Sweet Surprise

Everyone has a favorite candy, even if it’s sugar free! Check out our Retro Candies section of nostalgic candies from each decade of the 20th century. Whether your loved one grew up in the 20’s or the 80’s, we’ve got the candies they remember from childhood — freshly made and in stock! There are cult favorites and the things of legend, in salty and sour, in every color of the rainbow.

For more grateful giftees, our stocking stuffers section offers something for everyone, from edible trinkets to timeless traditional classics. A toy dump truck is great, but what about one filled with tons of treats? Or a play purse that helps you save coins and stay sweet?  It’s never too soon to start those lessons in money management!

When you add the perfect candy (one of life’s simplest delights), any gift becomes more likely to go down in a blaze of glory instead of down in flames. And if you run out of candy-stuffing space, but want to give more (or be SURE they can’t complain), toss in an online shopping Sweet Certificate for good measure!

The Top 20 Worst Halloween Treats

Monday, September 24th, 2012 by Jessica Prokop

As candy specialists, we know a lot of things about a lot of candies, and Halloween candy is one of our specific specialties. There’s a lot you can do right when it comes to pleasing trick-or-treaters.

Unique treats, popping candies, sour powders, and candy-toy novelties are all a good bet. When in doubt, stick to the classic candy bars that are just plain yummy.

Despite good intentions, some treat-givers still manage to raise the ire of oodles of little ghouls each year. And take it from the experts – you best not mess with a gaggle of ghastly ghosts

To help you avoid troublesome tricksters, here is our list of the top 20 treats that are most likely to get your house put on the “trick” list.

  • Boxes of raisins
  • Popcorn balls
  • Black & white peanut butter kisses
  • Toothbrushes
  • Small boxes of cereal
  • Apples
  • Pennies
  • Circus peanuts
  • Nuts & pretzels
  • Tiny bags of chips
  • Leftovers from the bingo bake sale
  • Old magazines
  • Expired candy
  • Stale candy
  • Sugar-free candy
  • Fig newtons
  • Pencils & erasers
  • Plastic spider rings
  • Plastic & paper marble games
  • Mr. Goodbar – It means all the good ones were taken