New Products from Jelly Belly

April 9th, 2013 by Jessica Prokop

In the market for some magic beans? You’re in luck!

Fee – Fi – Fo – Fum

Beans have long outgrown the beanstalk fad and have even begun to take a stand against “bean bullying” tactics such as baking, refrying, slow-cooking, and buttering. They’ve moved on to new, exciting, and more diversified endeavors in the 21st century. At the forefront of innovation, Jelly Belly has long held the throne as champion of jelly-bean deliciousness. And as humble servants of jelly-filled royalty, CandyFavorites.com is here to champion the lastest thrilling new lines of Jelly Belly products.

Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy

Everyone knows the world’s most famous animated characters and their connection to great fun and memories. Now you can bring the Disney experience to any classroom, party, or less-expensive theme park with Mickey, Goofy, Minnie, and Donald Jelly Belly assortments. Each bag is emblazoned with the likeness of a Disney personality, and every flavor-and-color-packed bean assortment has just as much character as its quirky namesake.

Snapple, Sunkist, Cold Stone, Tabasco

Who likes to eat foods that are flavored to taste like other favorite foods? We do! Don’t you? Jelly Belly is famous condensing authentic, iconic flavors into bite-sized bursts. They’ve done it with great fruity beverages, the best citrus mix, our favorite ice cream. Now with new Tabasco Jelly Belly jelly beans, you can down your favorite daring hot sauce anywhere — no fried food, eggs, or pizza necessary!

The hardest thing about Jelly Bellies is choosing which ones you want. You can purchase by color, character, or fancy flavor. There are even sugar free jelly beans! But with Jelly Belly Bags, why decide at all?  Buy a whole mess of them to mix and match, share, and trade.

Red, White, Pink, Brown

Have an event coming up?  Need favors, snacks, or centerpieces?  Jelly Belly can help you out with some tasty color coordination.  Cheer on your favorite sports team with red Very Cherry bags, or brighten your white wedding with white Coconut. No Disney Princess party is complete without Cinderella Bubble Gum Jelly Bellies, just like a Star Wars themed party can’t go wrong with Chewbacca-colored Chocolatey treats.

Jelly Belly jelly bean bags are great for any occasion!

  • Give them as gifts or favors
  • Create Jelly Belly recipes by combining flavors
  • Hold a “Who can eat the most Tabasco Jelly Bellies?” contest
  • Hold a guess-the-flavor contest
  • Hold any type of contest! Jelly Bellies provide all-inclusive competition. They work as the game pieces and the prize!

Sweet on Mad Men

April 5th, 2013 by Jessica Prokop

This Sunday, Mad Men is coming back for season six. Whether you’re gathering with friends for the big show or snuggling up solo to view your guilty pleasure, there are preparations to be made. You’ve acquired a snazzy vest and equally dapper fedora. You’ve printed out all of the appropriate cocktail or mocktail recipes. You’ve listened to some Billy Page, Dusty Springfield, or Nancy Sinatra. And you’ve got the candy.

You did get all the right 1960’s retro candy, didn’t you?

Well, if you have not yet set yourself up with yummy, relevant, retro candy, then we have some treats for you. The first items you’ll want to stock up on are candy cigarettes. Now, you can join right along with the characters as their smoking their Lucky Strikes, but you won’t be coughing as much as they are. But, you know, this is a celebration, so you may want to enjoy a distinguished bubble gum cigar to kick off season 6.

Create A Happier Happy Hour

Some of the best Mad Men moments take place after work, at some of New York’s finest drinking establishments. Join Don Draper for a happy hour dirty martini. As he imbibes with olives on a swizzle stick, you can enjoy a rock candy swizzle stick (hold the olive) without ruining your Monday.

Get In Character

Sweetly fall into the gender roles of the 1960’s by providing the ladies of your premiere party with wax lips, and Sugar Daddy’s. You know, while the men talk business. You can even enjoy the exact same treats featured in the show! In a clip from season two, episode four, Draper is quoted saying that he enjoyed eating “ham and candy that tasted like violets.” Though many misheard the quote; thinking he said, “…candy that tasted like violence,” he was actually describing Choward’s Violet Mints. These mints, introduced in the 1930’s, have a refreshing floral flavor and fragrance – In case you were wondering what Don Draper’s breathe smelled like.

This Candy Will Take You Back

You might be wondering why we’re talking about Mad Men on our Candy blog. But these two things have a lot in common. What we all love about Mad Men is the insight into, or the reminiscence of a different time. The show brings folks together through entertainment and reminds us of a significant time in our cultural history. A part of that cultural history is the candy of the 1960’s. We’re an old-school candy company, and connecting people with nostalgic retro candies is the best part of our job. We like to think that, even though it’s a small part, these treats help bring people together over something delicious.

Roses are Red…

January 21st, 2013 by Jessica Prokop

Lots of things are red! Roses are also expensive and short lived, and they don’t taste very good. Let’s tackle these issues one at a time, shall we?

Price (Reality) Check

It’s common knowledge that the price of flowers skyrockets around Valentine’s Day… especially red roses. It doesn’t seem fair to take advantage of those who are trying to express some love to one another. Talk about hypocrisy! Candy doesn’t play dirty like that. Our prices are the same every day, no matter what time of the year you want candy or what color you’re looking for.

Life Expectency

When was it decided that presenting someone with a gift that dies quickly should ever be considered an acceptable symbol of love? Flowers have a life expectancy of – what? — maybe a week. Perhaps a little longer if you put the effort into all the recommended tricks of the trade to preserve them. If your beloved is a true klutz, they can end up killing them even faster while trying to extend their sentimental life.

Better to bestow a giant, 5-pound Hershey Bar and say (metaphorically) “My love is this big, and will last this long.” Consider the bunches of love implied by this Cherry Heart Lollipop Bouquet. Or the sappy sentiment of a big kiss. Any of these treats is sure to outlast any flower  (though the length of time they remain available is directly proportionate to your rate of consumption) and be fun to share. Shouldn’t sharing be part of everyone’s Valentine’s Day experience?

Sugar is Sweet

Candy Contest Winner
Just like your love! And it comes in many forms, suitable for the most hopeless romantics and the best of friends. There are as many ways to express your love through candy as there are types of love! Plus, let’s not forget that chocolate is the perfect mood booster. When it comes to chocolate, the more the merrier (literally)!

Still not convinced that Valentine’s Day just isn’t Valentine’s Day without the flowers to go along with that traditional heart-shaped box? We understand, and we’re here to help. So then why not make Valentine’s Day a 2-day event? Candy on the day of, and an encore of flowers the day after (when roses are often sold at a steep discount). Stretch out the celebration while keeping some money in your pocket (perhaps to put towards a future dinner date). 

You’ll get bonus points all around!

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

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!

Who can give away free candy?

December 5th, 2012 by Jessica Prokop

 

Candy Favorites can!

Experience the Joy of This...

Big, unruly mobs aren’t for everyone. But sometimes they’re impossible to avoid when it comes to holiday gift shopping. And nothing predicates pandemonium like when a candy company neatly tucks mysterious “yellow vouchers” inside of the carefully packed candies of unsuspecting (but oh-so-hopeful) consumers! Combine both of those situations and you run the risk of absolute mahem.

So what happens when you love gift-giving, candy contests, and the holidays, but don’t enjoy mahem?  Are you out of luck?  Of course not!

We have a solution for that…

We’ve devised the perfect way to deliver massive candy prizes in a way that (probably) won’t inspire anyone to employ rows and rows of round-the-clock unwrap-ers. It’s holiday shopping online with CandyFavorites before December 17th, 2012. Doing so will complete your last-minute shopping list AND make you eligible to win some monstrous candy prizes. There’s no extra effort! You won’t have to get up extra early and help your uncle with his shoes! The best part is that the prizes are due to arrive after holidays are over — when your guest rooms are vacant and it’s time to relax.

Add a personal touch with Handmade Christmas Chocolates

With None of This...

Our premium hand-crafted Swiss chocolates are sure to delight even the most discerning palate on your list . With various chocolates ranging from decadent treats to sure-to-please traditional favorites, these sweets are the best way to finish any holiday meal. When you order any of our handmade chocolates before December 17th, you’ll get a chance to win a big 5-pound box of assorted old-fashioned holiday chocolates.

Christmas is all about great memories.

The spirit of Christmas Past is ushered in style by classic Christmas candies such as filled hard candy, ever-familiar gum drops, and the old standard, Holiday M&M’s. Or maybe your family has a unique candy tradition all its own. We can help you commemorate this season in style with a huge 5-pound box of assorted holiday candies. Any order before December 17th makes you eligible.

A Candy Giveaway: The Straight Talk

And Only Just a Little of This.

The giveaway has two components:

  • Giveaway #1: Each order placed before December 17th that contains a Christmas Chocolate product will be eligible to win a 5-pound box of locally handmade Swiss chocolate Christmas candies with a retail value of over $100.
  • Giveaway #2: Each and every order placed before December 17th will be eligible to win a 5-pound box of classic Christmas candies.

For a chance to win, just place your order as usual!

One randomly chosen order will include a voucher to be redeemed for a box of classic traditional Christmas Candies, and one randomly chosen order that includes a Christmas Chocolate product will be shipped with a voucher to be redeemed for the Christmas Chocolate gift box. These special gifts will be sent out after the 1st of the year.

Act quickly.

The holidays are fast approaching. The time to order gifts is now! The chance to participate in the giveaway ends December 17th, 2012. Don’t miss this mayhem-free, memory-inspiring opportunity!

Weekend Contest Winners

December 3rd, 2012 by Jessica Prokop

Hello, friends!

A big THANK YOU goes out to everyone who submitted stories about holiday traditions that revolve around their favorite seasonal candies.

It’s amazing what an important role Ribbon Candy plays in American Christmas celebrations! Brach’s products feature prominently as well (of course). But though we received enough submissions to adorn quite a handsome tree, there are just two winners.

The winners of this particular contest are:

 

Dabean and Pam B.

A $25 Sweet Certificate will be delivered to each winner. If you’re a winner, you’ll also be notified by email.

Thanks again to everyone for sharing your fond holiday memories!

Have a Sweet Cyber Monday!

November 26th, 2012 by Jessica Prokop

If  you’ve been browsing deals online all day today, I’ll bet you wish you’d ordered some sweets in the time leading up to this shopping smorgasbord. Favorite candies (especially the seasonal ones) can brighten any day, but especially those filled with multitasking and hiding your non-work browser windows. If you’ve waited for Cyber Monday to order hard-to-find traditional candies, we’ve got something sweet in our online candy store for you.
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Get FREE CANDY, too!

TODAY ONLY (11/26/2012) use these coupon codes to get dollars off your order, FREE shipping, and FREE Arnold’s old-fashioned Peppermint Puffs. These nostalgic retro candies will bring back Christmas memories for young and old.

Don’t forget to enter the coupon code that corresponds with your order size!

The Surprising History of Candy Corn

October 12th, 2012 by Jessica Prokop

This candy history blog post is brought to you courtesy of guest blogger Esther of Why’d You Eat That?

These days, candy corn is a given when it comes to Halloween. You see it at every party, in every store window display, and eat it by the handful while driving home from a really depressing day at the office only to discover stray kernels months later.

What I’m saying is candy corn has become kind of commonplace. It’s become expected, really. But that hasn’t always been the case. Candy corn used to be an exciting innovation. I know, right? Candy corn an innovation. Crazy, right? Not so much. That tri-color technology was mind-blowing.

Courtesy of Wikipedia.org 

 

The lil’ nibbles were invented by George Renniger, an employee of the Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia. While Wunderlee is credited with being the first to sell commercially, the sale and production of candy corn is mostly attributed to Goelitz Confectionary Company. The candy corn business was started by the second generation of Goelitz candy makers in 1898. It kept the company afloat through the Great Depression and WWI and II. You may not have heard of Goelitz before. That’s because they changed their name to Jelly Belly.

Courtesy of Jelly Belly: The Goelitz Confectionery Company’s Midland Park plant.

 

At the beginning, candy corn was actually called “chicken feed.” This made sense considering in those days corn was chicken feed. People didn’t eat corn the way we do today, mainly cause it tasted icktastic. Chicken feed (the candy) had no association with Halloween or fall. It was, however, a seasonal candy due to the tedious nature of the work. Chicken feed was only available between March and November.

Courtesy of Jelly Belly

 

Candy corn was a type of “mellow cream.” A mellow cream (or mellocreme or mellowcream or mellowcreme) candy is made from corn syrup and sugar with marshmallow flavor. Goelitz originally called them butter cream candies. However, there was pressure to change the name in the 1950s since there wasn’t any actual butter in the recipe. False advertising, my friends. It shall not be tolerated.

The recipe for candy corn was simple: sugar, corn syrup, water, and other ingredients were put into massive kettles that could hold up to 45lbs of the mixture. It was cooked into a slurry and, once well blended, marshmallow and fondant were added to the kettles. This served to smooth out the texture and make the candy soft to the bite. The mixture was poured into buckets called “runners” and workers called “stringers” would walk backwards while they poured the mixture into large kernel-shaped, cornstarch molds. The workers passed over with the buckets three times, each time with a different color: white, orange, and yellow. Fun fact: candy corn is made from bottom to top. The yellow bit is the top and the white is the bottom.

Courtesy of Jelly Belly: Stringers pouring candy slurry into the kernel molds.

 

Once dry, the kernels were removed from the molds and packed into wooden boxes, tubs, and cartons and shipped by wagon or train. The treat was perishable so it couldn’t travel for long periods of time. The butter cream candies were sold out of barrels in bulk candy and drug stores and became so popular that other companies tried emulating them. Rival companies made turnips, four leaf clovers, chestnuts, and other natural shapes, but those were nothing compared to the revolutionary tri-color candy corn.

Courtesy of Jelly Belly: The Goelitz Chicago factory

 

In the 1940s, candy companies began making use of “family sized” clear cellophane bags, the better to keep candy fresh while still allowing consumers to see what was inside. It was important to continue showing off the three colors but now Goelitz could ship the candy farther than before. 

Courtesy of The Candy Professor

 

In the 1900s, the demand for the tiny treat increased so much that Goelitz had to actually turn down orders. They didn’t have the production capacity to keep up with its popularity. That changed over the years and in 1951, the Goelitz Company had 12 factories around the country making candy corn. After WWII, candy corn was advertised as a Halloween candy and since then you can’t have Halloween without the candy corn.

And there you have it. A short history of candy corn. Now go impress your co-workers at the company Halloween party.


 

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-”Fun Facts About Candy Corn – Candy and Chocolate – NCA.” NCA – National Confectioners Association. National Confectioners Association. Web. 28 Oct. 2011.

-”Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company, Inc. Fun Facts and FAQs.” Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company Home Page. Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company, 07 Mar. 2008. Web. 28 Oct. 2011.

-Huget, Jennifer L. “The Chemistry of Candy Corn.” The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines – The Washington Post. The Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2011. Web. 28 Oct. 2011.

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-Weston, Nicole. “The History Of… Candy Corn.” Slashfood.com. The Huffington Post, 30 Oct. 2006. Web. 29 Oct. 2011.

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-“Candy Corn.” 2011. The History Channel website. Oct 28 2011, 8:08.

The Top 20 Worst Halloween Treats

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

The Best Trick-Avoiding Halloween Treats

September 17th, 2012 by Jessica Prokop

When costumed critters are creeping about creating a multitude of midnight mischief, the best defense is a good offense. Send the naughtiest neighborhood knuckleheads smiling through the streets, shouting your praises.

The best way to keep the TP off your house, the post-its off your car, and your pumpkins in one piece is to earn a reputation for great treats. Sure, every Halloween brings new kinds of candy, and some of them are great. But we’ve compiled for you a list of always awesome, not-to-be-missed, change-your-costume-and-come-back-for-more candies that are tried, tested, and been proven to pass the test.