Want To Learn Why We Give Out Halloween Candy?

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!

Sweeten Your Star Wars Viewing Party

September 9th, 2015 by Jonah Half

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

Costume Contest

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

Clone Trooper Cupcakes

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

Star Wars Candy  

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

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

#RetroCandyCostume Photo Contest

September 8th, 2015 by Jonah Half

Official Rules For #RetroCandyCostume Photo Contest

retro_candy_costumeNO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

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

ELIGIBILITY: The Promotion is open to any legal U.S. residents residing in any of the 50 United States, who are 18 years of age or older. Employees and their immediate family members (parents, children, siblings or spouse, regardless of where they live, or persons living in the same household, whether related or not) of CandyFavorites.com, 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:

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

Limit one photo per entry, multiple entries allowed. Winner(s) will be selected randomly on September 14, 2015 at 5:00pm (EST). Photos posted after the end of the Promotional Period will not be eligible to win. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an entry, the entry will be deemed submitted by the person in whose name the email account is registered. Entries will be deemed made by the authorized holder of the Instagram account that posted the photo. Make sure to follow @4candyfavorites on Instagram so we can send you a direct message if you win.

WINNING & NOTIFICATION: Four (4) winners will be randomly selected by CandyFavorites.com from a pool of eligible entries on September 14, 2015 at 5:00pm (EST). By participating in this Promotion, account holder certifies that his/her post is original, has not been previously published or won any other promotion, and does not contain any material that would violate or infringe on the rights of any third party, including copyrights, trademarks, or rights of privacy/publicity. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and unfettered discretion to disqualify any entry that it believes contains obscene, offensive or inappropriate content, that does not comply with these official rules or that is not consistent with the spirit or theme of the contest. The decision of the Sponsor is final and binding on all matters related to the Contest. The selected winner has one (1) week to claim their PRIZE. CandyFavorites.com will contact winner via Instagram Direct message to the Instagram account that uploaded the photo entered in the Promotion. In the event that the winner does not claim his or her prize by September 22, 2015 5:00pm (EST) one week after received notification, a new winner will be selected based on the criteria outlined above.

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

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

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

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

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

Special Delivery: Halloween Savings

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

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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Creative Ways for using Candy to decorate Cupcakes

August 18th, 2015 by Jonah Half

It’s no secret that cupcakes are a party favorite – who doesn’t love bite-sized cake, after all? In a sea of plain cupcakes, set yours apart from the pack by adding fun candy decorations. Check out some of the ideas below for inspiration and then let your imagination run wild – the possibilities are endless!

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Over the Rainbow

Perfect for fun kids’ parties, these rainbow cupcakes are sure to brighten anyone’s day. To start, create blue skies by stirring a few drops of blue food coloring into your favorite frosting until it reaches your desired shade of blue. After spreading the icing onto your cupcake, fold a candy Airheads Xtremes Rainbow Berry Belt into an arc and stick both ends into the cupcake. Add two dollops of white icing at either end of the rainbow candy and voilà, you have a delicious treat that is sure to turn frowns upside down.

Cute as a Bug

Image courtesy of everystockphoto

Image courtesy of everystockphoto

Who wouldn’t smile upon seeing these fun little treats sitting on the kitchen table? To achieve this decoration, you’ll need lots of M&Ms, green icing, and a black food marker (try Americolor Gourmet Writer). Use the food marker to draw a semicircle at one end, a stripe down the center and polka dots on a red M&M to create a ladybug. Then, on a yellow M&M, draw a semicircle at one end and add stripes to create a bumblebee. Carefully place the M&Ms on your green icing and you’re done – simple as that!

 

Make a Splash

Image courtesy of Wikimedia

Image courtesy of Wikimedia

Send your Teddy Grahams for a swim with this fun, summer-inspired cupcake decoration. Turn your favorite icing blue with just a few drops of food coloring and apply it to your cupcake with wave-like motions. For the finishing touch, place your Gummi Peach Ring on top of your icing, and press a Teddy Graham into the center. And there you have it, an adorable cupcake perfect for your next party. 
It’s simple to transform any plain cupcake into a work of art with these ideas, and this is just the beginning! Turn your cupcakes into showstoppers by drawing inspiration from the variety of candy available on candyfavorites.com. You tell us – which candy has you ready to bake?

When Do Those Halloween Treats Turn Into Tricks?

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.

Novelty Candy from Kidsmania to Play with and Eat

July 8th, 2015 by Charlotte Hopkins

kidsmania-cut-the-rope-largThe best thing about summer fun and candy is when you combine the two; which is what Kidsmania Novelty Candy has done in the most delicious way!

Their mouthwatering novelty candy includes a keepsake toy or action filled game and with so many to choose you may not be able to pick a favorite.  But never fear, our multi-count boxes makes it easy for candy lovers to collect them all.

Topping the list of our new Kidsmania novelty candy line is the Cut the Rope Feed Om Nom Candy.  You will get lost in time trying to feed Om Nom; all while you munch on the bite sized candy pieces!  Cut the Rope was a simple app that took the world by storm.

kidsmania-fan-pops-product-Show off your monkey love with the Wacky Monkey Lollipops!  March to the beat of your monkey’s tambourine while you enjoy your candy!  And if things get too hot, just cool down with the Kidsmania Fan Pop!  Savor the sweet lollipop nestled on the end of a super cool hand fan!

football-helmets-kidsmania-If it’s SOUR that you crave then you will be pleasantly surprised with the Sucker Punch Candy Lollipop and the Touchdown Sour Jawbreakers Candy.  A sweet treat that brings together sports fans and candy lovers!  Give a boost to your summer events and birthday parties with Kidsmania Candy!

New Candy Products for National Candy Month

June 22nd, 2015 by Charlotte Hopkins

star wars machine bigCANDY MONTH is still going strong and we have a super sweet line-up of new products! Shake up your Star Wars memories with the new Star Wars Jelly Belly Bean Machine ~ and create new memories with the LIMITED EDITION Milky Way Marshmallow (with caramel) candy bars!

Got the Monday blues?  Well, we have a cure for that!  Reconnect with the comforts of home and Saturday morning breakfast with Jelly Belly Pancake and Maple Syrup Jelly Beans!

We have 3 amazing offers for kids to celebrate Candy Month with us!  The classic Smarties candy now comes filled in a squeeze tube, a fun candy favorite for a new generation of candy lovers!

limited edition toxic waste color drumsSpeaking of fun new twists to our favorite candies – have you seen our new Spring Pops?  A sweet lollipop attached to a spring, instead of the lollipop stick!  They are fun to crunch and wear!  A new addition to the lollipop ring family!  And how adorable they are sitting atop a frosted cupcake!

A CANDY MONTH (and, for that matter, year round) favorite is our Toxic Waste Color Drums, a fruit flavored candy with a hint of sour to each bite-sized piece!

As Candy Month continues, be sure to check back next week for a spotlight on even more of our new candy surprises!

Gumballs Top 10 List

May 12th, 2015 by Charlotte Hopkins

shimmer-yellow-gumballs1)  Bubble Gum Necklaces: Put a twist on the cherished candy necklace by creating a Gumball necklace!  Poke a hole on both sides of the gumball (a fork prong is good for that) and lace your necklace with a ribbon or string of black cord.  Fun to make – and just as fun to bite off – piece by piece!

2)  Decorate a Snowman:  Gumballs are great for the winter to decorate your snowman!  When it’s time to bring down your snowman, break the gumball into pieces and make a bowl of snow ice cream (mixed with your tasty gumball pieces, of course)!

3)  Teaching Aid:  Gumballs are great for teaching colors, counting and even matching!  For a fun matching game with preschoolers, gather your favorite gumballs and an egg carton.  In one row put a different colored gumball.  Have your child pick a gumball from a bowl and place it in the empty row next to the matching color.  Congratulate your little learner with a couple gumballs of their own!

4)  Super Fun Fizzy Drinks:  Fill a glass with a clear carbonated beverage, (7Up or Sprite) and then drop your favorite gumball into each glass.  Use clear cups/containers to make your drinks so you can watch the color change to the color of your gumball!  The gumball will become white and your Fizzy Drink will transfer to the sweet drink of your favorite color gumball.

5)  Gumball Wreath:  Gather a big bag of gumballs, along with a hot glue gun, a foam wreath and a long ribbon.  Glue each gumball to your wreath and wrap the ribbon around the top to create a hanger – voila!  A gumball wreath!

6)  Gumball Garland will add a splash of color to your spring decorations or even to your Christmas tree!  Sort of like the gumball necklace but with a much longer piece of cord.  The fun part of a gumball garland is using different sized gumballs for this creation.

7)  Decorating with gumballs can be fun for any occasion – parties, special events, sleep over treats, and even your kitchen décor.  Stop by any craft supply store for clear plastic tubes that you can fill up with gumballs for school parties, community events and sleep overs.  They are also great for birthday parties and trick-or-treaters on Halloween.  Fill up baby food jars and baby bottles for guests at your baby shower.  Add an array of color to your kitchen decorations by filling a glass bottle with gumballs.

8)  Health Benefits:  Did you know that there are some health benefits to gumballs?  It’s true!  Chewing gumballs increases saliva in your mouth which helps remove plaque and freshen your breath.  Chewing gumballs enhances your concentration and memory and increases your metabolism.  Studies have shown that when you chew gumballs while you study for a test, and then chew that same flavor gumball during the test it helps you remember everything that you went over during your study session.

9)  Cakes and Cupcakes:  Decorating cakes and cupcakes with gumballs makes it extra special!  Whether you cover your cake with gumballs or top off your frosted cupcake with a colored gumball, these are sure to be a crowd pleaser for any event.  It’s always extra sweet when you use gumballs to spell out a word, a letter, or a number (great for birthday parties and anniversaries)!

A Gumball Surprise Cake is a must-have for parties and holidays and easy to make too.  Bake a 2-layered cake.  Place the first layer down, dig a hole out of the center, but not all the way through.  Now do the same to the top layer but cut all the way through.  Ice inside and bottom of the holes. Place top layer back on and pour your gumballs inside the hole.  Trim the top piece (if necessary to fit) and replace it on top of the cake.  Ice the cake as you normally would.  There you have it – a Gumball Surprise Cake!

10)   Chew it!  Keep it with you for road trips and days at the park.  With such a wide selection of gumballs at Candy Favorites there is a different color for every day of the week.  Have a certain interest in mind, then color coordinate baggies of gumballs – Orange Gumballs for basketball games, White Gumballs for Miniature Golf and even Black Gumballs for Halloween (and you can call these gumballs – vampire eyes!).

Always keeping your best interest at heart, Candy Favorites also carries sugar free gumballs.  And add some giggles to your bowl of gumballs by including our Nerds-Filled Gumballs!