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Vintage Gourmet Easter Chocolates

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 by Jessica Prokop

When I was growing up, the one thing that outlasted anything else from my Easter basket was that one bunny. It was always the biggest, most solid bunny, and it always had round, sugary eyes. Most of the time, there was even an element of colored chocolate. Weeks after Easter, I’d finally start pulling that guy out of the freezer.

First I’d break off the ears (and the eyes, of course). Next time, I’d hit it on the counter or drop it on the floor, hoping the base would break off. Then the middle part would provide two or three more moments of chocolatey bliss. This ritual somehow managed to extend the Easter experience (an underdog of a holiday if there ever was one) beyond the duration of more candy-centric holidays like Halloween.

Back in the Day…

My chocolate Easter bunnies came from the 80’s, and I totally enjoyed them. But it turns out that history has brought us bunnies and peeps that were even more special — vintage ones. In  the 50’s and 60’s, Easter centerpieces were veritable sculptures made from intricately detailed high-quality chocolate. These treats were enjoyed by the whole family. People made memories about and around them. And the natural ingredients were as beautiful as the final product. I’m willing to bet that some families even admired their chocolate bunnies for so long that their ears turned white (the bunnies’, not the families’).

Great Easter Presents — in the Present

This Spring, CandyFavorites.com brings you a line of Easter chocolates that has all the goodness of old-fashioned favorites. Great chocolates of the past had two things going for them in the quality department — form and formula. Our gourmet Easter treats deliver both of these.

They’re all created for us by a local chocolatier that uses only traditional methods for making chocolate. The finest natural ingredients are hand-poured into authentic vintage chocolate molds from the 1950’s. These incredible confections will give you the chance this Easter season to enjoy the simpler things in life.

Bring back memories or create new ones with our hand-crafted vintage chocolates. They’ll give everyone in your family a chance to savor a piece of that bunny…or hen…or rooster…or cowboy.

Brach’s Puts the Happy in Your Easter

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 by Jessica Prokop

We know. It’s early. But we have the most interesting and scrumptious-looking array of Easter Candy, and we figured you might as well have dibs on it! I keep walking past the stack of Reese’s Peanut Butter Bunnies and thinking, “Who wouldn’t want one of those?!” But there’s some specific candy in particular that I want you to know about.

What would Easter be without Brach’s?

After all they’re the ones who taught the world about the circle of chocolatey-marshmallow life. You know the story. In magical springtime moments, marshmallow chickens sometimes fall into chocolate puddles. Then they lay chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs. When those eggs don’t get gobbled up fast enough, they hatch into chocolate-covered marshmallow rabbits. If the Easter Bunny didn’t spread these yummy goodies across the globe, they’d take over the Earth!

For the past several holidays, we’ve received tons calls and emails asking us where to find all kinds of Brach’s candy. Evidently, certain classic favorites, especially those popularly used for baking and crafts, have been impossible to track down. Well, we’ve got the real deal.

Brach’s Easter Candy

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Hard-to-Find Classic Brach’s Candies

While we’re at it, it’s worth mentioning that classic Brach’s candies are available at CandyFavorites year round. Why go searching from store to store when you can stock up and (probably) get free shipping? Now you can bake just like grandma without leaving the comfort of your own home! Or if you’re less domestically inclined, you can at least make your house her favorite place to snack.

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Get Creative with Candy this Valentine’s Day

Thursday, January 19th, 2012 by Jessica Prokop

Candy for Valentines Day 2012Valentine’s Day is kind of a polarizing holiday. Young lovers love it, and lonely curmudgeons hate it. And so do a lot of normal people. The legendary stories that inspired the celebration vary widely, and the only really clear thing is that people have been getting romantic once a year for centuries. But a holiday about love in the middle of winter makes sense. Celebrating loved ones might be the best thing to do when you’ve been stuck inside with them for months. Just imagine what it would be like if you shared a hovel with them. Or a Conestoga wagon. These days, we’ve got it easy, so let’s stop grumbling and focus on showing people some love.

When you think about candy all the time, Valentine’s Day is super fun. It’s a time for surprises and the joy of delighting people you love. As a relatively “small holiday,” there aren’t that many gifts to choose from — it’s candy, flowers, jewelry, or a mix tape.  And anything that’s not candy goes better with candy. But there are plenty of ways to mix it up and get creative. You can find out your crush’s favorite candy from childhood, then shock them with a whole box. If you’re ambitious, you could even fill a locker or a car with candy.

We’ve got all the traditional candies, like all kinds of conversation hearts and hand-poured mixed chocolates. Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate true love, or friendship, or family. Just find your favorite way to make someone feel special. Here are some interesting options, and you’ll find lots more in our Valentines Candy section.

Valentine’s Day Favorites

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A Candy Christmas Wish Come True

Thursday, January 5th, 2012 by Jessica Prokop

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Being in the candy business is a lot of fun. We often get to connect people with candies they’ve loved and lost. Each holiday brings a wave of exhilaration at being part of something joyful. But every once in a while, we’re fortunate that our work allows us to do something really cool. Just before Christmas this year, an email from a drowsy dad gave us just that kind of opportunity.

Nearly every young child has their favorite thing — some item they hold on to for comfort throughout their early years. For one boy, it was a soft yellow M&M’s pillow. He’d slept soundly with it every night, beginning with his first night home from the hospital after being born. On a recent vacation, that M&M’s pillow went missing and sleepless nights began.

After searching desperately (without any luck) for a replacement, the boy’s father wrote to Candy Favorites. The pillows were long gone from our inventory, but he hoped that just maybe we could connect him with one yellow pillow. It just happened that our President,
Jon Prince, had set a few collectible pillows aside, thinking they were interesting novelty items. He went searching, and sure enough, a yellow M&M’s pillow was among them. Jon was delighted to send it off just in time for Christmas.

We are so grateful to this family for sharing their Christmas with us. Like anything else, the candy business has its ups and downs. But these are the moments that make it all worthwhile.

Candy: Making Christmas More Cheerful

Thursday, December 1st, 2011 by Jessica Prokop

Entertaining guests is an integral part of the holiday season. Whether you plan elaborate get-togethers or get caught off guard by spontaneous drop-ins, your unused chairs and “nice” dishes are bound to get some play before the end of the year. I recently discovered a time-tested strategy for making all this visiting easier — one that seems to have been forgotten along the way by generation X.

Pam Knows What's Up

It’s very simple. Put candy all over your house.

I’m not kidding. As an eater of salad in lieu of dessert, I am the last person who ever expected to say this. Sure, I celebrate individual candies as their own independent holidays. But scattered candy previously meant nothing to me aside from an abundance of temptation.

I’ve finally found what receptionists and bank tellers have known for years. Candy makes people feel better. It makes them calm down! Even when they’re being told bad news, like, “No, Michael’s not here” or “No, you can’t make a withdrawal. We actually want you to pay us before we’ll let you leave.”If little bits of sugary sweetness can brighten those moments, imagine what they can do for your too-small apartment when your great aunts, who don’t like your boyfriend, suddenly feel the urge to spend unending amounts of time with you.

With a little forethought and very little expense, you can make your home an exciting place to be — for you, your guests, and for the children they drag along with them. Placing candy within reach has the incredible and immediate impact of making guests feel more at home. Elevate your freinds’ enjoyment of your company by giving them something sweet to eat.

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Celebrate the Season

The fun part of holiday candy is that it’s socially acceptable to put it literally everywhere. Red-and-white-striped candy is the perfect complement to sprigs of evergreen. So hang candy canes on your tree and place peppermint sticks throughout your garland.

It’s super adorable to dress up vintage jars or modern glass vessels for Christmas. Just fill them with different candies and slap on some homemade labels to give your guests a variety of beautiful things to snack on and talk about. So showcase your sweet tooth and brighten up your space at the same time. It’s the one step of holiday decorating that will be painless (and might even make trimming the tree go more smoothly)

Share the Love

Putting candy around the house is a really suave way of getting people to try things that you love. We all want to share things we enjoy, but it can be next to impossible to get friends to take the leap on their own. Instead of giving treats as gifts — and having to wrap them and send them — you can encourage your guests to indulge while keeping you company. It’s the perfect way to change minds and get first dibs on the leftovers.

Keep the Kiddies Busy

We all grow up with our favorite houses to visit — and those we dread. Candy is the best way to swing your friends’ kids’ opinions in your favor. Did you throw away the box of toys your cousin Hannah gave you for occasions like this? Distract with chocolate covered cherries. Have a tendency to snap when someone sets a little foot in your parlor? Grab some gummi bears. When kids have off from school, candy is the prime currency for buying time with your adult friends. The more rooms you decorate with it, the greater the scavenger hunt you can send them on. And the best part is, they’ll love you for it!

There’s no use fighting — embrace the season! String up popcorn with your holly and pair peppermint with your poinsettias. And maybe you’ll make the holidays just a little bit sweeter for your self and everyone who visits you.

Belsnickel or There’s Candy in My Shoes

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 by Jessica Prokop

Interested in celebrating yet another holiday between Thanksgiving and Christmas? Need a distraction from your kids’ constant countdown? Belsnickel Day is the perfect opportunity to practice your early-morning home-videography skills and encourage children to keep the pre-holiday tantrums to a minimum.

Christmas…Before Christmas

A few of us graced with the good fortune of growing up in rural German Pennsylvania towns know the joy of a little early Christmas visit. On the evening of December 6th, we put our shoes (one pair apiece, of course) next to the front door. In the morning, they’d most likely be full of candy treats and small gifts. This was, however, the only occasion on which we really ever saw lumps of coal. After all, it was Belsnickel’s job to let Santa know whether we’d been behaving our P’s and Q’s.

A Sometimes Troubling Tradition

The tradition of Der Belsnickel was brought to America by German immigrants and was soon adopted by other settlers. The name translates roughly to “Niklos in furs,” and the character is traditionally covered in, well, furs. In some traditions, he’ll even wear masks or be painted to look pretty terrifying. The job of Belsnickel is to reward good children and punish those who’d misbehaved.

The Belsnickel I believed in was a far cry from the mythical being who scared the Bejeezus out of kids (and probably their parents). In my own view, Belsnickel was more or less Santa’s brother or cousin popping in to make sure things were as they should be as Christmas approached. Though I never stayed up to try and catch a glimpse, had I known the real legend, I imagine I’d have refused to sleep — or maybe even to leave school. As it turned out, I stayed blissfully unaware and reveled in the fact that I got to enjoy the gifts of an “extra” jolly gentleman who passed by the homes of my classmates.

Keeping a Classic

The Pennsylvania Dutch tradition of Belsnickle started fading in the 1920’s. It’s for that reason that I’d really like to keep it alive. It’s one of those opportunities to celebrate a fading cultural practice and develop a yearly tradition at the same time. Just like I feed my friends saurkraut on New Year’s Day, I plan to add a shoe-Santa moment to my pre-Christmas ugly sweater party. What better way to add a dash of unexpected magic to the holiday season?

Mark your calendar for December 6th and check out our naughty-and-nice stocking stuffers for the perfect Belsnickle treats!

Sources:
Der Belsnickel of the Pennsylvania Dutch
Belsnickel on Wikipedia

2011 Christmas Candy Stocking Stuffers

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 by Jessica Prokop

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It’s 2011, folks, and preparing for the holidays isn’t what it used to be. Black Friday is starting on Thursday, and stores explode into Christmas mode as they take down their Halloween decor. Thankfully, online shopping has become much simpler and more secure, so you don’t even have to set foot in a mall. (Speaking of which, you can sign up for our email newsletter to make sure you receive our Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!)

Each year, stocking stuffer options get more interesting and impressive. Stockings provide a great opportunity to impress your loved ones when they least expect it. Especially in these uncertain economic times, small gifts are a great way to spread holiday joy without breaking the bank. Give some extra thought to your stocking stuffers and gift toppers to make the most of Christmas this year.

Giant Lollipops

When I was a kid, giant lollipops were a spectacle that could only be found at amusement parks. There were two kinds — the big, round, flat lollipop and the long, twisty swirl. I thought the flat ones got you the most candy, but my sister stuck with the twist. Either way, they made special occasions more memorable. These Giant Christmas Lollipops bring this type of fun to the holidays. Whether kids get to savor them individually or shatter them to share, they’ll make little ones feel a little extra special.

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Candy + Toy Novelties

Companies like Hilco have upped the stocking-stuffer ante by combining holiday candy with toys. These novelty candy-and-toy combinations give kids something to snack on, as well as something to keep and play with long after the candy is gone. Many of them can be refilled, which extends the value of each treat over time. These seasonal exclusives really make a big impression with younger children.

 

Lindor Truffles

The holidays are the time for savoring the moments, sights, and sounds we love. The flavors we cherish are center stage, and that makes this the best time of year for Truffles. Lindt Lindor Truffle Balls are the grown-up stocking stuffer your friends will go crazy for. We’ve got the flavors below, plus just about every other flavor you can think of — raspberry, hazelnut, peanut butter, and extra-dark chocolate for the most refined palettes. Unlike most online stores, we won’t make you buy 120. Mix and match our 60-count boxes to offer your holiday guests a variety of indulgences.

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DIY Gift Boxes

These “Make It Yourself Kits” take the toy-plus-candy novelty treat to a whole new level! Each DIY kit contains an adventure that older kids or even adults can enjoy. One of these gift boxes can enhance a party twice — once when you give it, and again when your giftee uses it. Each one includes everything you need to create a homemade batch of goodies that most people have never thought of making at home before!

Candy Canes – 2011 Edition

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 by Jessica Prokop

I know that I’m about to give everyone whiplash, but it’s true. The moment you finish off your Halloween candy, you run smack into the Christmas season. Well, Halloween has come and gone, and we’re seeing far fewer hours of daylight. It’s time to think about hibernation.

There’s one little Christmas detail you can take care of now to brighten the holidays. As you stock up for the next snowpocalypse, take a moment and order your Candy Canes.

A Candy Cane Craze

Each year, the holidays creep in earlier and earlier. Before I worked at a candy company, I did not believe that anyone would buy Candy Canes in October. But now I hear those calls coming in, and it’s true! They’re flying off the shelves! The time to secure your Candy Canes (especially if you need lots of them) is now. 1.76 Billion of these puppies will be made this year, so whether there are 6 Billion or 7 Billion humans on the Earth, there’s no excuse for not getting a few peppermint sticks of your own.

Don’t Be Left Out in the Cold

When you shop with Candy Favorites, you can order candy canes (or stocking stuffers, or bulk candy) and schedule delivery for closer to Christmas. When you’re pummeled with last-minute details, your future self will be so grateful that you had the foresight to plan ahead. All you’ll have to do will be to accept the package and go back to basting your Christmas goose.

Classic Candy Canes

The thing about traditional Candy Canes is, people are expecting them. After all, kids have been enjoying them for 350 years. A Christmas without Candy Canes is like a breakfast without bacon — ridiculous! Classic versions are the most in demand, so here’s a variety of options. We’ve got you covered with tiny ones, normal ones, and totally giant Candy Canes.

Novelty Candy Canes

Novelty Candy Canes make a great stocking-stuffing supplement to traditional versions. They take the candies you know and love a step further with crazy flavors, interesting textures, and even gum. While we don’t advise that you totally forgo the classics, we have a variety of newfangled Candy Canes to keep your tastebuds on their toes.

Brach’s Christmas Nougats

Friday, November 4th, 2011 by Jessica Prokop

They say that variety is the spice of life. Well, Brach’s is delivering a variety of spices with its new lineup of holiday nougats.

Okay…so they’re mostly mints. But you get the idea. You might remember Christmas Nougats from going “treeing” at other people’s houses. They have these tiny little trees in the middle, and you can’t help but try and bite around the candy just so, in an effort to free the tree from a forest of nougat. And then, when you fail, you can’t help but try again. Over the years, I wiled away many hours this way, waiting for adults to finish talking. These candies, for many of us, are a signal that the holidays are really here.

Classic Peppermint Christmas Nougats

It all started with the Brach’s Peppermint Christmas Nougat. This red-and-white variety  is the classic soft candy of Christmas, but as a kid I shied away from them. But as an adult, curiosity struck. What I found is that these are actually quite addictive.

The texture seems to be hard before you open them. But the nougat softens as you chew, giving way to one of the cleanest and smoothest candy textures I’ve experienced. They’re really nice after dinner (and after dessert) to make your mouth all fresh and tingly. They’re more peppermint than sweet, so you feel like you’ve eaten a mint rather than a candy.

Wintergreen Christmas Nougats

Somewhere over the years, Brach’s decided to mix it up. So now those more inclined to eat Canada Mints can have a Christmas candy, too. Wintergreen is one of those bizarre flavors that you don’t think you want to eat on purpose. Pepto Bismol might have done that to us. But one bite of something Wintergreen that’s actually yummy, and you can’t stop eating it.

Brach’s Wintergreen Christmas Nougats are no exception. They have the exact same wonderful texture and festive design as the Peppermint nougat, but the base color is light green instead of white. These leave you with a distinct cool feeling in your mouth.

Cinnamon Christmas Nougats

Cinnamon might be the best variety for children new to the world of Brach’s Christmas Nougats. These also have the little tree design, but the main color is pink. When you open an individually wrapped piece, you’re immediately hit with a jolt of cinnamon fragrance. These are just remarkably pleasant, because they have potent cinnamon flavor without overwhelming you with a burst of heat.

Cinnamon Christmas Nougats give you all the texture of classic nougats, plus a cinnamonny experience without the annoying loss of flavor you get from chewing gum. Unlike the mint varieties, this one leaves your mouth feeling warm and toasty.

Chocolate Mint Christmas Nougats

And then there’s one more — the fun one. Brach’s Chocolate Mint Christmas Nougats take things outside the box. They abandon the classic tree design for a basic but totally cute irregular swirl. This makes them fun to smash, so kids — or you — might end up playing with them more than the others. The chocolate and mint layers are made from two distinct flavors of nougat. The chocolate is a really nice surprise. It has none of that essence-of-fake-chocolate taste, but rather adds a subtle chocolate tone to the distinct mint flavor.

I carefully nibbled at the mint layer of several of these, trying to decide what kind of mint it was. I gave up. It has the light green hue of wintergreen but the freshness of peppermint. And seems too much like a Peppermint Patty to be Wintergreen. Either way, when you eat the layers together, you still get that very consistent, smooth nougat texture, with a refreshing flavor that leaves behind notes of mint.

A Christmas Candy Tradition

The nutrition facts on these puppies makes them an indulgence that’s worth it. The stats are pretty similar for all varieties, so 5 pieces have around 160 calories and 3 grams of fat. That’s not bad at all for candy in any season. Stick with Brach’s to revive old traditions or start new ones. These candies are so unique, they won’t be forgotten.

Arrrr! It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Monday, September 19th, 2011 by Jessica Prokop

Avast there, matey! It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Nay better way t’ celebrate than wi’ The Mariner’s Revenge Song (The video! Press Play!).

By command of Ye Olde Gangsta Name Generator, Candy Favorites be answerin’ to the name Cap’n Pete Bluebeard fer a day. If ye’ be lookin’ fer pirate booty on these high seas, ye be weildin’ yer keyboard smartly!

Cap’n Pete’s got no rum to spare fer yellow-bellied bilge-rats like you. We pick our crew by the cut of their jib! The decks need swabbin’, so start loadin’ up this loot befittin’ of a pox-faced landlubber.

talk like a pirate dayChocolate Gold Coins – So many pieces o’ eight! Stuff yer pantaloons with em’ before you walk the plank.

Licorice Pontefract Cakes – Black gold pillaged from a castle!

Wax Mustaches – Every pirate needs a mustache! It’s the only way to muffle yer voice while you get yer sea legs.

Pirate Flash Pops – Light the way, yarr larcenous, sea-drinking sea serpent!

Orange Slices – Keep the crew from gettin’ the scurvy!

Ye might be too late fer dressin’ up all piratey-like this year. But keep Cap’n Pete Bluebeard in mind fer all yer pirate-theme-party loot next year. International Talk Like a Pirate Day be the best day of the year fer celebratin’!