Candy Blog - CandyFavorites.com http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog From America's Oldest Wholesale Candy Company Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:12:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Mentos: The fresh (and fruity) maker http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/mentos-fresh-fruity-maker/ http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/mentos-fresh-fruity-maker/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:12:45 +0000 http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/?p=4203 Allow me to go ahead and answer your first question: What is the difference between Mentos Rainbow and Mentos Fruit? The newer product, Mentos Rainbow, features seven flavors, five of which are distinct from the original fruit flavors: pineapple, raspberry, apple, watermelon, grape and the old school orange and strawberry. Mentos fruit keeps it simple […]

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Mentos Rainbow


Allow me to go ahead and answer your first question: What is the difference between Mentos Rainbow and Mentos Fruit? The newer product, Mentos Rainbow, features seven flavors, five of which are distinct from the original fruit flavors: pineapple, raspberry, apple, watermelon, grape and the old school orange and strawberry. Mentos fruit keeps it simple with the trio of flavors: strawberry, orange and lemon. Either way, you’ll find 14 pieces of fruity chew balls in each package.

My favorite Mentos flavor has always been the pink strawberry. I used to buy rolls of Mentos, pick out all of the pink ones and give the rest to my brothers.

Most people are probably more familiar with the minty version of Mentos. Pierre Van Melle conceived the idea of the Mentos in the Netherlands in 1932. In 1973 new flavors were introduced, cinnamon to the U.S. and fruit flavors to Europe. (I would love to try cinnamon Mentos! Where did that brilliant idea go?) In 1990, the Freshmaker campaign took sales of Mentos on a soaring current of success.

Regardless of which flavor is the best, flavor isn’t even half the fun of the Mentos experience! What makes a Mentos a Mentos is the “secret” structure. Chewy center. Crunchy layer. Fresh coating. Could it be better balanced?!

Mentos are considered dragée candies, which means that they have a hard outer shell. Another example of a dragée candy is the Jordan Almond (see the blog here: http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/jordan-almond-i-now-pronounce-you-man-and-wife/). Break through the shell into the soft chewy center and let the Mentos dragée take its time and run its course.

 

“I like Mentos, but I don’t like what they break down to.”

“You don’t like the chew?”

“No, I just don’t like that it’s still in my teeth.”

 

Sources:

http://www.mentos.com/

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Candy Bucket Challenge http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/candy-bucket-challenge/ http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/candy-bucket-challenge/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:12:41 +0000 http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/?p=4215 Take the ‪#‎CandyBucketChallenge‬ to help fight ALS. For the next 24 hours, $3 will be donated for every order placed at CandyFavorites.com. You can also win the Bucket of Candy by making the best guess for the number of candy pieces dumped in the video! Please share with your friends to make this fundraising effort a sweet […]

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Take the ‪#‎CandyBucketChallenge‬ to help fight ALS. For the next 24 hours, $3 will be donated for every order placed at CandyFavorites.com. You can also win the Bucket of Candy by making the best guess for the number of candy pieces dumped in the video! Please share with your friends to make this fundraising effort a sweet success! Place your order NOW!

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Krackel: The old school crunch in a new school size http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/krackel-old-school-crunch-new-school-size/ http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/krackel-old-school-crunch-new-school-size/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:50:41 +0000 http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/?p=4198   Classroom/Movie Munchability: 8 Melt Measure: 8 Novelty: 6 Sharability: 7 It might not be the simplest candy to spell correctly, but this Hershey’s bar shows simplicity with style. It is the classic milk chocolate bar with a little crisped rice crunch to keep you paying attention. When Krackels was originally introduced in 1938 as […]

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“Krackel is dope, it has an old school kind of crunch.”

Classroom/Movie Munchability: 8

Melt Measure: 8

Novelty: 6

Sharability: 7

It might not be the simplest candy to spell correctly, but this Hershey’s bar shows simplicity with style. It is the classic milk chocolate bar with a little crisped rice crunch to keep you paying attention.

When Krackels was originally introduced in 1938 as a full size candy bar, it had almonds and crisped rice in the formula. Soon after, peanuts were added to the party. In 1941, while war was at large on the other side of the globe, Krackel became a crisped rice, and crisped rice only, chocolate bar. In the late 90s, Krackel availability shrunk, in physical size. For almost 20 years, the Krackel bar has only been available in the miniature fun size bar, and now, the bar the people have been asking for is back. Catch up with the Krackel full size! It’s a blast from the past, the old school krunch in its old school/new school size!

Sources:

http://chocolate.wikia.com/wiki/Krackel

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What resides in the center of your Milky Way? Simply Caramel http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/resides-center-milky-way-simply-caramel/ http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/resides-center-milky-way-simply-caramel/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:56:27 +0000 http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/?p=4190   Classroom/Movie Munchability: 8 Melt Measure: 8 Novelty: 7 Sharability: 3   “I’m not a huge caramel fan, so my experience is jaded, but honestly it’s good” “It’s like a Caramello log!” It’s no surprise that Mars created the MilkyWay candy; this candy bar is out of this world! If you really try, you might […]

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A Milky Way bar for those who can’t get enough caramel!

Classroom/Movie Munchability: 8

Melt Measure: 8

Novelty: 7

Sharability: 3

 

“I’m not a huge caramel fan, so my experience is jaded, but honestly it’s good”

“It’s like a Caramello log!”

It’s no surprise that Mars created the MilkyWay candy; this candy bar is out of this world! If you really try, you might even be able to find a resemblance between the evolution of the MilkyWay bar from the nougat-caramel combo to caramel-solo and the dynamic Milky Way galaxy.

  Milk Way Galaxy

Milk Way Galaxy

Between 100 and 400 billion stars paint what we see of the Milky Way galaxy and they say that there is at least one planet for every star! I have no idea how they create number estimates like these; who is counting how many of the hundreds of billions of stars?! It’s absolutely mind blowing, just like the Milky Way Simply Caramel!

In the center of this Milky Way is a thick and gooey, soft and satisfying caramel core, slightly less chaotic than the supermassive black hole that is theorized to reside in the center of our Milky Way galaxy. It is supposedly a hole that is four million times the mass of the sun (over a million earths fit inside the sun) where stars zoom around like leaking balloons in formation. If you close your eyes, you can let this caramel delight, take you on a flight into the supermassive black hole of the MilkyWay Simpy Caramel.

 Sources:

  • www.universetoday.com
  • www.milkywaybar.com

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Resident Candy Blog Aficionado Update http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/resident-candy-blog-aficionado-update/ http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/resident-candy-blog-aficionado-update/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:34:05 +0000 http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/?p=4186   After reading the “a bit about Becca our resident candy blogger” bio for the first time in five years, I felt a little embarrassed that that’s what is informing the current candy lovers about their resident blogger. Allow me to quickly catch you up on what I was doing during the five years that […]

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becca-drozAfter reading the “a bit about Becca our resident candy blogger” bio for the first time in five years, I felt a little embarrassed that that’s what is informing the current candy lovers about their resident blogger. Allow me to quickly catch you up on what I was doing during the five years that I was not writing candy blogs.

Last you heard, I was a sophomore at the University of Colorado in Boulder, beginning to discover myself. Since then, I took two years off of school. I lived in an intentionally community on a small farm in Israel, learning permaculture/small scale farming and sustainable living practices. I served people food in Pittsburgh and in Boulder. I harvested vegetables on an organic farm. I got involved with community initiatives regarding food, gardening, music and open mics along the way, all the meanwhile rock climbing every chance I could get. I transferred to Warren Wilson College near Asheville, NC in 2012 and graduated with a B.A. degree in Outdoor Leadership last May (2014). I just finished my first out-of-college summer job as a field instructor for a wilderness therapy program in North Carolina. I am currently funemployed with infinite worlds of adventure at the tips of my toes.

Candy blogs are a good way for me to remain engaged with consistency while I decide on my next steps, be they in wilderness therapy, urban gardening education, rock climbing, skiing, beatboxing or something else.

I hope you all enjoy reading my blogs, because I enjoy writing them. Take my thoughts, ideas and opinions with a grain of sugar and try the candies for yourself. I hope you find places you agree with me and places that you disagree, and I’m happy to hear about both.

I’ll leave you candy lovers with a quote from the book I am currently reading. He is describing a large arch rock formation in the desert of Utah:

“The Delicate Arch explains nothing, for each thing in its own way, when true to its own character, is equally beautiful… If Delicate Arch has any significance, it lies, I will venture, in the power of the odd and unexpected to startle the senses and surprise the mind out of their ruts of habit, to compel us into a reawakened awareness of the wonderful—that which is full of wonder.”

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Hear them Shqueep: Peeps Minis: Chocolate Crème http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/hear-them-shqueep-peeps-minis-chocolate-creme/ http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/hear-them-shqueep-peeps-minis-chocolate-creme/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:12:22 +0000 http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/?p=4162 These peeps are of an unfamiliar sort. All cramped up inside the bag, 24 to a room, it’s the factory farming of peeps. They took them out of their bag free, free-range boxes and stuck them into a bag. After yesterday’s “Peepa” march against bagged peeps, I decided to get a bag to see what […]

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Peeps Minis Chocolate Creme

Peeps Minis Chocolate Creme

These peeps are of an unfamiliar sort. All cramped up inside the bag, 24 to a room, it’s the factory farming of peeps. They took them out of their bag free, free-range boxes and stuck them into a bag. After yesterday’s “Peepa” march against bagged peeps, I decided to get a bag to see what the disturbance was about.

I rip off the seal and unzip the dark cave where the peeps reside. My hand reaches down and the bag crinkles. It’s warm and soft, I just grab something because I’m not sure where each one starts and ends. I pull it out of the bag and it looks just like I’d expect any bagged peep to look after transport. Squished; no structural stability whatsoever, I can see the sadness in its eyes, it knows that life wasn’t supposed to be like this, it dreams of what else could be out there, but it knows of nothing else but the bagged life. He has heard stories of the strong, brightly colored peeps with a whole box of room shared with only four others, where they were able to grow strong and stand up on their own. But those stories are as good as myth to this cramped marshmallow creature.

These mini peeps are a soft, melt-in-your-mouth style gooey substance, not quite the feeling of a typical marshmallow. (My guess is that they must have been affected by the inhumane culture of the bag). This gooey substance is the tar of a hot-chocolate-packet-tasting feather.

Satisfying and highly sharable, but these peeps lack the structural soundness of that classic peep that holds the memories and taste of Spring.

Hot chocolaty squished peeps… hear them shqueep.

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Becca’s Brilliant Candy Blogs, Round 2: Begin http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/beccas-brilliant-candy-blogs-2/ http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/beccas-brilliant-candy-blogs-2/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:05:49 +0000 http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/?p=4156 The world of candy blogging has called me back. Maybe it is the expanded appreciation I have now for sweets; working in wilderness therapy, a treat of sugar at night, when all the students are zipped into their sleeping bags, brings a moment of absolute solitude and bliss. Nothing can interrupt the sweet serenity of […]

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The world of candy blogging has called me back. Maybe it is the expanded appreciation I have now for sweets; working in wilderness therapy, a treat of sugar at night, when all the students are zipped into their sleeping bags, brings a moment of absolute solitude and bliss. Nothing can interrupt the sweet serenity of a well-earned bit of melting chocolate on the tongue. Maybe I am back because it would be selfish and rude to pass up the candy blogging opportunity that every child dreams of… The reasoning is less important than the result, which is that Becca is back, which means the creative blogs that you’ve been waiting to see more of are back too!

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Discontinued Candy Therapy Blog http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/discontinued-candy-therapy/ http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/discontinued-candy-therapy/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:17 +0000 http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/?p=3835 If you have reached this page, chances are, you searched for a candy that has been discontinued… Discovering that a favorite candy is being discontinued is akin to loosing someone close to you.   You’ve shared lots of very special memories that will always be cherished.   It has comforted you in times of need, […]

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clipart-crying-smiley-emoticon-512x512-0f4f copyIf you have reached this page, chances are, you searched for a candy that has been discontinued…

Discovering that a favorite candy is being discontinued is akin to loosing someone close to you.   You’ve shared lots of very special memories that will always be cherished.   It has comforted you in times of need, or helped celebrate a special occasion.  At CandyFavorites.com, we feel your pain and would like to assist in your candy therapy.

It is never easy to let go, but we hope that by sharing your memories on our blog, you can memorialize that sweet treat with the respect it deserves.  Many candy manufacturers read our site, so there is a possibility of resurrecting your lost candy if enough comments are generated .

Since our company was founded in 1927, many of your favorite sweets have come and gone through our doors and we have provided a list of them here.  Please let us know if we have missed any and share your special memories with friends who understand.

You can reminisce about past candies, or click here to shop the thousands of candies we do have.

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Another Candy Case Giveaway! http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/case-full-of-candy-giveaway-take-two/ http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/case-full-of-candy-giveaway-take-two/#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:55:11 +0000 http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/?p=3512 Join our delicious email list! A few months ago, we gave away a briefcase packed with candy. Now there’s another one up for grabs! We already know it holds almost 400 pieces of candy, so we’ll be doing this a little differently. This time, we’ll just draw a name from our mailing list. All you […]

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A few months ago, we gave away a briefcase packed with candy.

Now there’s another one up for grabs!

We already know it holds almost 400 pieces of candy, so we’ll be doing this a little differently. This time, we’ll just draw a name from our mailing list. All you have to do for a chance to win is be on the list. If you’re already on the list, you’re already in the running. If not, sign up!

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Things we email about:

  • Coupon Codes & Flash Sales
  • Discontinued Candy Alerts
  • Contests (like this one)
  • Exclusive Discounts
  • Rare & Hard-to-Find Candies

It’s only the awesomest of awesome! We’ll draw a winner on Friday, February 28th!

*No purchase necessary to enter or win. Winners will be notified via the email address used to sign up for our mailing list. If no reply is received within 48 hours, another name will be drawn. This will be repeated until the prize has been claimed.

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Bit-O-Honey – A Nostalgic Taffy History http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/bit-o-honey-taffy-history-nostalgic-candy/ http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/bit-o-honey-taffy-history-nostalgic-candy/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:22:31 +0000 http://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/?p=3764 Bit-O-History There’s something great about the sweet stick-to-your teeth Bit-O-Honey that everybody knows and loves. It’s a nostalgic treat that’s been around for what feels like an eternity. But did you know all the chewy details of its past? Bit-O-Honey first took the stage in 1924. In that year, Schutter-Johnson Company, based in Chicago, Illinois, […]

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retro-bit-o-honey-candy-wrapperBit-O-History

There’s something great about the sweet stick-to-your teeth Bit-O-Honey that everybody knows and loves. It’s a nostalgic treat that’s been around for what feels like an eternity. But did you know all the chewy details of its past?

Bit-O-Honey first took the stage in 1924. In that year, Schutter-Johnson Company, based in Chicago, Illinois, created a new kind of candy bar. A bar made of almond bits in a honey-flavored taffy; Bit-O-Honey was a far cry from popular chocolate bars at the time.

Made with egg white for extra chew, the six pieces of taffy wrapped in wax paper were a huge success. People were craving that taffy from the minute it was on the market!

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Then in 1969, Schutter-Johnson Company merged with NYC’s Ward Company, the makers of Chunky, Oh Henry! and Raisinets. It was during the time of this merger that a chocolate version of the treat, aptly named, Bit-O-Chocolate was made. However, something about the chocolate variety didn’t catch on, and the product was later discontinued.

Other flavors like Bit-O-Licorice and Bit-O-Peanut Butter were also made, but, once again, failed to find wide approval. Clearly, when it comes to Bit-O-Honey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Bit-O-Bee

Although the different flavors didn’t work out so well, there was an addition from the late 70’s that did manage to stick around. Can you guess what it is? The Bit-O-Honey bumblebee, of course!

This guy has been adorning Bit-O-Honey wrappers for over 30 years! And, just like the original flavor, he doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

bit-o-honey-modern-wrapperBit-O-Quality

Nestle bought the Bit-O-Honey brand in 1984, and just last year, Pearson’s Candy Company purchased Bit-O-Honey from Nestle. But while this classic treat has been shuffled around quite a bit in its day, you can bet that the Bit-O-Honey you bite into now is just as good as the original.

Text Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bit-O-Honey

http://www.candyblog.net/blog/item/bit_o_honey

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/01/ct-pearson-bitohoney-idUSnPNNY04841+1e0+PRN20130501

http://pearsonscandy.com/candy/bit-o-honey

Image Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bit-O-Honey

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bit-O-Honey-Bar.jpg

http://tgm123.com/bit-o-honey-singles-10x36x1-7oz/

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