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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.

It’s Candy-Corn Season!

Friday, September 16th, 2011 by Jessica Prokop

It’s amazing that, at the same time, we’re enjoying the final luscious corn cobs of summer and gearing up for Halloween. We know — you don’t want to talk about the end of summer. But Halloween is a guilty pleasure of a holiday that marks the kickoff of celebration season. And to better prepare you for stocking up on the “fruitcake of Halloween,” we offer our guide to classic and contemporary candy corns.

brachs candy cornTraditional Brach’s Candy Corn

Brach’s is the only classic candy-corn flavor that’s true to tradition. This is the kind of corn you remember from your childhood (you know, when you liked to break apart the flavors)! It’s the most popular candy corn in the world.

brachs indian cornBrach’s Indian Corn

Make a subtle twist with classic candy-corn that has a chocolaty burst at the end. Brach’s Indian Corn is a simple way to add some color and flavor (or even flair) to your Halloween treats. Use the leftovers to round out your festive Thanksgiving decor.

brachs caramel corn candy cornBrach’s Caramel Corn

This tasty twist on candy corn is best eaten in one bite. Its popcorn flavor is shockingly close to the real thing! These Milk Maid Caramel candy corns are a great way to please adults and less-conventional candy eaters this Halloween.

brachs chocolate caramel candy cornBrach’s Milk Maid Chocolate Caramel Candy Corn

Even chocoholics can enjoy candy corn this Halloween! This chocolate-and-caramel corn will add color and excitement to your treats. And with just 140 calories and zero fat per 19-piece serving, they provide guilt-free chocolaty goodness!

brachs caramel apple candy cornBrach’s Caramel Apple Candy Corn

A pretty exciting addition to the candy-corn universe, Brach’s Caramel Apple Candy Corn has a satisfyingly tart apple flavor (reminiscent of Caramel Apple Cow Tales) combined with a caramel-corn base. Eat the whole piece for a bursting blend of flavors, or separate the top and bottom to savor each of them separately.

juju gummy candy cornJuju Candy Corn

Don’t let the name fool you — these soft candy corns won’t stick to your teeth. This twist on candy corn packs robust classic flavor into a melt-in-your-mouth gummy candy! They taste just like the real thing, but they’re more fun to eat. Make your Halloween and Thanksgiving treats more exciting and little-kid friendly with gummy kernels of candy corn.

So stock up on the basics. Buy in bulk. Don’t miss out on the million things you can do with candy corn, whether you eat it or not. Personally, I’m working on a candy-corn mural. If you do something interesting with yours, let us know. We might just feature you on our site.

How to Buy Happiness with Brachs Mellowcreme Pumpkins

Friday, September 2nd, 2011 by Jessica Prokop

It’s Mellowcreme Pumpkin season. The stampede commenceth!

Not since the (now long past) beginning of Cadbury Mini Egg Season have specific-seasonal-candy fanatics been faced with such great opportunity. But with great potential for joy comes the threat of another year of strife! The time for Brachs Mellowcreme Pumpkin aficionados to act is now.

Thanks to CandyFavorites, you can stock up on Brachs Mellowcreme Pumpkins now. You can have them delivered to your door or directly to the person who hides secret deliveries for you. And you can receive them in a rare and profoundly satisfying 5-lb shipment. Don’t count on grocery or drug stores. Other people are staking out the truck-arrival times! (You work during the truck arrival times!) Get your Mellowcreme Pumpkins now, and not only will you have all the Mellowcreme-y goodness you could ever need. You’ll also be master of your domain.

As with any passion, we bond over our love of Brachs Mellowcreme Pumpkins. Over our frustration with Harvest Mix, over whether to cream them, over whether they actually contain fat. These passions cause us to lose friends, too. (But, you know, more Pumpkins for you when that happens.) But if applied correctly, Mellowcreme Pumpkins can be transformed into first-rate social currency. Here’s how to have happiness (not just, “Ooooh, I have so many Mellowcremes happiness.” That, plus real, legit, all-of-life happiness).

How to make Brachs Mellowcreme Pumpkins = Happiness:

  • Order our 5 lb. bag of Brachs Mellowcreme Pumpkins. < (Just click this link!)
  • Hide roughly half of them from yourself. This should be fairly simple, as you just have to entrust them to a friend who genuinely couldn’t care less.
  • Enjoy your roughly 2.5-pound personal stash.
  • Talk incessantly to your Brachs-Mellowcreme-Pumpkin-loving friends about how much you’re enjoying said stash.
  • Wait until they’re impossible to find in stores. This may involve waiting through about 1 hour of post-Halloween candy-clearance time. Encourage your friends to have unflagging determination to find a treasure trove of clearance Pumpkins. Also reinforce the absolute truth that only Brachs Mellowcreme Pumpkins are actually Mellowcreme Pumpkins and that no generic substitute could ever sate their ever-growing need for the real deal.
  • Recover your hidden 2.5 pounds of Pumpkins from your patient, if befuddled, friend, mentioned in step 2.
  • Determine whether you can part with some of your stashed Pumpkins, or if you need to buy another 5 lb. bag from Candy Favorites.
  • Portion out whatever quantity of Mellowcreme Pumpkins you’re willing to share. (These don’t have to be equal, and portion sizes can certainly be in proportion to the amount that you care for and enjoy the company of each friend. Don’t forget to include a portion for yourself for the middle of summer.)
  • Surprise your friends with delightful deliveries. Don’t just say, “Of course I’ll share my Mellowcreme Pumpkins with you, my dear friend.” Make it a big deal. Because it is a big deal. We’re talking about giving away your rations of life-sustaining goodness!
  • Receive whatever you want most in life — love, glory, honor, accolades, forgiveness, peace, and the end of hunger in your lifetime (only amongst your friends, of course, and with regard to the very specific hunger for Brachs Mellowcreme Pumpkins.)

If this doesn’t work, make new friends. They’ve clearly been deceiving you with a false, less-than-all-in sort of love for Mellowcreme Pumpkins. And when someone does that, you’ve no use for them. You, after all, are a person who will share your favorite hard-to-find thing out of the goodness of your heart ;-)

A Trail of Candy

Friday, May 6th, 2011 by benjamin

I love this photo. Other than being appealing simply because it is delicious fruity jelly candy, it has a shallow depth of field and enough in the foreground to give context to the main image.It also uses the rule of thirds, just like last week’s photo. In addition, the human element is what makes this photo great. It gives us a sense of what it might be like to eat a long trail of candy like the guy in the picture is doing.

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All we are saying is Give Brachs Lemon Drops a chance

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 by Jon
Gourmet Brachs Lemon Drops Candy

We offer many varieties of Lemon Drops including the hard to find ones made by Brachs. Whatever you choose, you are sure to find the tart flavor refreshing!

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 8 (unless you can resist the chew)

Convenience: 3

Novelty: 5

Overall: 7.5

I have had a strange experience with this Brach’s Lemon Drop. When I first began tasting the sandpaper texture across my tongue I couldn’t wait to begin a rant about bashing that you will see in a later blog on a candy that deserves it.

As I patiently gave the candy another chance, my opinion changed drastically. I no longer wanted to bash this Lemon Drop, I wanted to rep’ it. The texture is like no other and some people are even bound to think it is the best Lemon Drop candy they have ever tasted!

When the slight tang that is brought by the sandpaper around the outside of this egg shaped yellow candy wears away, the lemon comes on smooth in a sweet mild flavor.

Yellow, lemon shaped, sour, sweet; there aren’t many more adjectives that describe this simple Lemon Drop candy.

Everything is Better When It’s Covered in Chocolate: Brach’s Bridge Mix

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 by Jon
Everything is better when covered in chocolate especially Brach's Chocolate Covered Bridge Mix

Everything is better when covered in chocolate especially Brach's Chocolate Covered Bridge Mix

Sharability: 9

Denture Danger: 7

Convenience: 9

Novelty: 6

Overall: 10

    This isn’t your normal bag of chocolate covered peanuts. When you reach your hand into this bag of chocolate pieces you better anticipate a surprise. The chocolates come in different shapes, sizes, and shades of brown. Round pieces, oblong pieces, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, small pieces, and large clumps make up Brach’s Bridge Mix 

What lies within the chocolate shell remains a mystery until you take the daring first bite. It might be a chocolate covered brazil nut, toffee, a peanut, a raisin, a malted milk ball, or some other sweet, chewy, or crunchy candy or nut.
   
Trying to decide between chocolate covered peanuts, chocolate covered raisons, and malted milk balls can be quite stressful and overwhelming. I like the crunch of the malted milk, but the sweet chewiness of the raisin, and the nuttyness of the peanuts… what to choose?

How convenient that there is a mix in which you can satisfy all of these desires and more! And what is more fun than a pleasant surprise? It is quite doubtful that you will be disappointed by any of the sweet and nutty tastes (granted you aren’t allergic to peanuts). Let’s be honest, if it’s covered in chocolate, it’s going to be good, and if you have a variety of things covered in chocolate, it’s going to be great.

Brachs Cherry Cordials Do Not Fail to Impress and they give Brachs Villa Cherries a run for their money

Monday, September 28th, 2009 by Jon
If you loved Brach's Villa Cherries, discontinued in 2003,  you will love their new replacment!

If you loved Brach's Villa Cherries, discontinued in 2003, you will love their new replacment!

Sharability: 6

Denture Danger: 4

Convenience: 4

Novelty: 5

Overall: 8

I have to admit I’m usually not a fan of fruit inside my chocolates. And when I say I’m not a fan, every time I bite into a chocolate with fruit flavored filling, it usually ends up in a gross, slobbery mess inside of a napkin.

I tentatively took my first bite of the cherry cordial expecting the same sickly sweet fruity flavor of most fruit fillings, but I was quite pleasantly surprised. Within the chocolate shell, surrounding the maraschino cherry, is a sweet goopy filling. It has the same consistency of the stretchy, soft caramel in Caramello chocolates. I’m not sure what exactly the filling is, some sort of deliciously sweet, milky substance. Whatever it is, it makes this candy what it is. The milk chocolate blend, with the goopy sweetness, and the fruity cherry creates a perfect trifecta of flavors. This candy is classy too. Place them around the edges of a plate filled with fruit and you can serve that for dessert to Obama at his grand table in the white house. 

You might remember Brach’s Christmas time Villa Cherries (I’ll admit that I don’t), which were discontinued in 2003. These may not be the original Villa Cherries that you all knew and loved, but they are new and improved. Whatever those Villa Cherries may have tasted like, I can tell you that these Brach’s Milk Chocolate Covered  Cherry Cordials  taste even better.

So whether you are going to the Obama’s for dinner, or it’s Christmas(/Chanukah) time,  or it’s right now, the cherry cordials’ trifecta of sweetness will leave you with your eyes closed and absentmindedly expressing your satisfaction through the universal “mmmmmm…”

Brach’s Not-So-Salty Salt Water Taffy

Thursday, July 9th, 2009 by Jon

 

Salt Water Taffy is a summer favorite!

Salt Water Taffy is a summer favorite!

 

Sharability: 5

Denture Danger: 10

Convenience: 8

Novelty: 9

Overall: 10

 Do not be disgusted by the name of this candy because salt water is only in the name and not in the list of ingredients.

Though no one is sure where the name originated, the most popular story is of a man named David Bradley who had a store on the Atlantic City boardwalk in 1883.

One day a tidal wave rushed over his store soaking everything he had with salt water. The next day a girl walked into his store asking for some taffy. He sarcastically mentioned he had some “salt water taffy” which the girl bought and enjoyed.

Bradley’s mother thought that the name had a nice ring to it, so she convinced Bradley to rename his taffy to salt water taffy.  He never trademarked the name, so it was not long before other people started marketing their taffy with that new catchy name.

A man named Joeseph Fralinger started to really market this candy by selling the thin logs of taffy in boxes as Atlantic City souvenirs. Another man named Enoch James came around to add some competition to this new marketing scheme by slightly changing the recipe making the candy less sticky and by selling it as bite-sized pieces.

Fralinger and James are still two of the biggest suppliers of salt water taffy on the Jersey Shore over 100 years after the competition began.

The salt water taffy experience begins by searching through the bag for the colors that seem to correspond with a flavor you might most enjoy. You then pull the ends of the wax paper wrapper and watch the candy spin open.

A lot of times the candy sticks to the wrapper so that you have an excuse to put the wrapper in your mouth and scrape the stuck taffy off with your teeth. A lot of the taffys have mixed flavors in which you can mix together in one bite or eat separately by biting along the lines.

Salt water taffy has such a great soft and chewy consistency and such a variety of flavors that eating one more never seems like such a bad idea.

Brachs Candy acquired by Farley & Sathers

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006 by benjamin
We have been getting many inquiries per the recent sale of Brach’s candy and below is a Press Released, received on November 16th as to the official party line

To our knowledge, we will continue to offer a full line of Brach’s Candy and have not heard any news per products being discontinued, et al

McKeesport Candy co., has been selling Brachs for over 70 years and hopes to continue doing so!

ROUND LAKE, MN, November 14, 2007 – Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company, Inc. announced today the acquisition of Brach’s Confections from Barry Callebaut, AG. Included in the Brach’s business and asset purchase are three factories located in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Winona, Minnesota; and Linares, Mexico. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Dennis Nemeth, President of Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company, stated, “We are very excited about the addition of Brach’s to Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company. Brach’s brands and products are highly regarded and well established. The long traditions of quality and established brands clearly mark our continued committment to the candy business ad fits with our long-term strategy. In addition to broadening our current portfolio of brands, this acquisition provides opportunities for growth and expansion in our manufacturing and operations”.

Headquarted in Round Lake, Minnesota, Farley’s & Sathers candy Company, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of quality confectionary and gum products, offering full line, full service opportunities to all classes of the trade in the United States. The company’s success in the industry, experience with acquisitions, and significant capital resources established Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company, Inc. as a leader in the confection industry. Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company has developed its business both through internal growth and through the acquisitions of famous confectionary brands, including FARLEY’S, SATHERS, JUJYFRUITS, NOW AND LATER, BOBS SWEET STRIPES, SUPER BUBBLE, FRUIT STRIPE, RAIN-BLO, TROLLI, and CHUCKLES.

Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company, Inc. is a portfolio company of Catterton Partners. Catterton Partners is one of the largest private equity firms in the U.S., focusing on providing growth equity capital in consumer industries. For more information regarding Catterton Partners, please visit www.cpequity.com. For more information on Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company, Inc., please visit www.farleysandsathers.com.