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Sweeten Your Star Wars Viewing Party

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 by Jonah Half

Official Rules For #RetroCandyCostume Photo Contest


DATES OF PROMOTION: (“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, 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.


  • 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 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. 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 by September 22, 2015.

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 This offer shall not be published without the written permission of the Sponsor.

Special Delivery: Halloween Savings

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 by Jonah Half

online_candy_ordersHalloween Pez Dispensers, Scary Skeletons, Candy Fangs, Reese’s Pumpkins  — we’ve got it all! 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, 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. 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, 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

Tuesday, 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.

(Image courtesy of Sharis Berries on Flicker)

Creative Ways for using Candy to decorate Cupcakes

Tuesday, 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!


Image courtesy of jamieanne at Flicker

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 You tell us – which candy has you ready to bake?

When Do Those Halloween Treats Turn Into Tricks?

Tuesday, 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 – 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.

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.

Candy 1 to 20 Contest – The Winners

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 by Jessica Prokop

We want to send a big “Thank You” out to everyone who submitted their candy stories during our Candy 1 to 20 Contest. We received stories that were funny, touching, nostalgic, and creative, all about learning with candy. It’s clear that candy certainly is a great motivator, and that the ways to use it are endless.

Check out the stories on the original post.

And the Winners Are…

  • Owen Brelsford
  • Candace Retka
  • P. Chatwin
  • Matthew Keller
  • Kasee Johnson


Each winner will win a signed copy of the book “Candy 1 to 20” from Chronicle Books.

Watch out in the coming weeks for our next contest. Sign up for our newsletter to receive chances to win, special deals, and new product announcements!

Candy 1 to 20 Contest

Thursday, October 6th, 2011 by Jessica Prokop

Candy Favorites is delighted to be partnering with Chronicle Books to announce the release of Candy 1 to 20. This colorful new board book, published by Chronicle Books, uses vibrant photos of classic candies to teach basic counting skills.

To celebrate Candy 1 to 20, we’ll be giving away 5 copies of the book. Each of them is signed by the author! To enter, just share your experience of candy as a teaching tool.

Did you learn probability through the colors of M&M’s? Are you a teacher who uses the squares of Hershey Bars to teach fractions? Or was your favorite candy used as a reward as you learned important life lessons?

Since candy is a powerful motivator and positive reinforcement for all ages, the possibilities are endless. Send us your most memorable candy-fueled learning experiences, and you’ll be entered to win one of 5 signed copies of Candy 1 to 20. You can email us or submit the form below.

Winners will be announced Friday, October 28.

Contest Terms & Conditions


Submit Your Story!

Share your SWEETEST MEMORY and enter our contest to win $150 worth of FREE CANDY!

Thursday, August 11th, 2011 by Jon Prince
Share with us your SWEETEST memory and you can win a $150 SWEETCERTIFICATE

Share with us your SWEETEST memory and you can win a $150 SWEETCERTIFICATE


Candy is as much a part of our American culture as hamburgers, jazz, and baseball. Since so many of our sweet memories include candy, we decided to pitch a contest to see to who has the best one to tell.

Do you remember the first time you had Pop Rocks? Did your grandmother make a bad day better with caramel creams? Did your toddler stash all the Marshmallow Peeps in her diaper to keep her siblings from getting any? We know you’ve got something worth sharing.

Give us your best candy story by Friday, August 19 and you could win a $150 Sweetcertificate to spend on Who else will reward you for reminiscing about candy?

Browse our huge candy selection to jog your memory and we bet you’ll be surprised how many happy scenes return to you. Enjoy, and we look forward to reading your story.

PS: To enter the contest, simply post your memory or story as a REPLY to this blog entry.  Good Luck!