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Love ’em or Hate ’em: America’s Controversial Candies

January 22, 2018 by

What comes to mind when you think of the most controversial candies? Do you think of Circus Peanuts, Mary Janes, or Candy Corn? After much research, I have learned that the top three most controversial candies in America are those three. People think of circus peanuts as confections, not even candy, candy corn is one of those candies that you either love or hate, and as for Mary Janes, people say that peanut butter shouldn’t be chewy. But I think there are some really great aspects of these candies that consumers should stop overlooking, so let’s take a deeper look.

Candy cornCandy Corn is a small triangular candy split into 3 different colors: yellow, orange, and white. These bite size pieces really pack a flavor punch though. With their slightly bitter butter flavor, one is normally very intrigued by the sharpness or completely disgusted. It is claimed that a Pennsylvania candy company worker in the 1880s named George Renninger was the creator of the most debated candy in America. He must’ve been very proud of himself. These little nuggets of sweetness are the perfect Halloween treat, but can be eaten year round, and can be used to make some mean art projects.

  • Share-ability: 10
  • Denture Danger: 6
  • Convenience: 5
  • Novelty: 3
  • Overall: 7

Circus peanuts can be described a lot of ways. I’ve heard people say that it is like a hardened banana cotton candy, a puffed air taffy, and a taffy made of foam. These odd little marshmallows are banana flavored and very easily chewed. Circus peanuts started off in the 1800s as penny candies and the inventor is unknown. Although you’d think that because the candies are orange in color, they would be orange in flavor too- the candies are actually that sweet artificial banana flavor that I have always loved. These marshmallow treats are quick dissolving and fast to eat. They are also fat free and don’t leave you with a nasty aftertaste. With all that in mind, just remember that these strange little candies will always give you a lot to talk about.

  • Share-ability: 8
  • Denture Danger: 2
  • Convenience: 7
  • Novelty: 8
  • Overall: 6

Mary JaneMary Jane’s are small tan rectangles that are meant to be chewy, but are actually very difficult to eat. They have a peanut butter and molasses taste which is very evident once they eventually become soft. These little candies were created in 1914 by the Charles Miller company and they were named after the creator’s aunt. After trying these candies, I have really learned to appreciate them. At first I had a hard time getting used to the amount of work that it took to eat them, but after that, I found the flavor to be quite enjoyable. I have always been a peanut butter fan and on the inside there is a bit of the gooey food for consumers to love as well. These are now one of my favorite candies because they are very tasty and have a texture that doesn’t really exist within any other candies.

  • Share-ability: 7
  • Denture Danger: 10
  • Convenience: 8
  • Novelty: 9
  • Overall: 9

So now that you know a little more about these unique, controversial kinds of candies, I hope that you have found a new appreciation for them. Next time you look at Candy Corn, Mary Janes, or Circus Peanuts sitting on a shelf at a store, maybe you’ll pick up a bag and delve into some flavorful adventures. Or you can buy them right here at CandyFavorites.com

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Candy Canes Are Coming to Town

December 15, 2017 by
“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas . . . perhaps . . . means a little bit more!”   ― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

candy cane figurinesLast week I ran to our local supermarket to pick up milk, orange juice, lettuce, and whatever I can whip up for dinner on very short notice. On my way to the check out I noticed the stock boy opening a mountain of boxes in the front of the checkout lanes. Isn’t this the spot where all the Halloween candy just was? But somewhere along the way Halloween (and Thanksgiving) came and went and so did those bags of Milky Ways, Snickers, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and Kit Kats (as well as all those turkey day leftovers).

Now what did my wandering eyes did appear but box after box of colorful candy canes in every possible color and flavor imaginable!  Boxes of Peppermint, cherry, raspberry, blueberry, Lifesavers, and chocolate mint candy canes lined the aisle.  And oh, by gosh, by golly is it really only 4 weeks till Christmas?

candy canes

So while I was waiting in the “10 items or less” checkout line (and silently counting the number of items the lady in front of me kept taking out of her shopping cart) I was thinking that you can associate a certain candy with just about every holiday. A heart shaped box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. A big chocolate bunny at Easter. And of course those classic red and white striped candy canes always say, Christmas.

I remember they were the last thing we hung on our Christmas tree when I was little. Somehow the amount of candy canes that adorned our real tree on December 1st had somewhat diminished by the time Christmas Eve arrived.

Did you know that Bob McCormack started his own candy company in the 1920s in Albany, Georgia and made candy canes by hand? This was a tedious job and the breakage rate was high. Bob’s brother-in-law, Gregory Harding Keller, a Catholic priest invented the Keller Machine which twisted the candy and bent it into canes. Needless to say, this remarkable machine revolutionized the candy manufacturing business. Today, more than 1.7 billion candy canes are sold each year!

merry christmas candy canes

So how about adding candy canes to that “all I want for Christmas” list (along with those two front teeth)? Candy Favorites has wrapped Peppermint Candy Canes, Miniature Candy Canes, Candy Cane Peppermint Tootsie Pops, Candy Cane Pails and Hershey’s Candy Cane Candy Bars.

So it doesn’t matter if you’re naughty (Santa, it’s a long story) or nice, remember candy canes make great stocking stuffers and don’t forget to leave some peppermint sticks for that jolly old elf who will be coming down your chimney soon with a bound.

May your days be merry and bright. Merry Christmas!

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Sweet Love: A Race Around the World and a Very Special Button

December 12, 2017 by

Fun o Meter I have always been a sweet tooth. I was the girl who licked the icing off of cupcakes at friend’s birthday parties and ditched the cake below. I always picked the custard filled donuts, I trick or treated until I graduated high school and I would eat all the bread out of the lucky charms first, just so that I could have a few bites of pure marshmallow.

Jon Prince and his family of Js moved into the house next door when I was finishing up high school. I had no idea that my fantasy job moved in with them! I was incredulous when I found out that Jon owned a candy company and had free reign of every candy I had ever heard of, and more! Jon would roll up the driveway, jamming to the Grateful Dead, which drew me in. After a number of conversations where Jon schooled me on Jerry’s best years, he asked me if I wanted to write candy blogs for his company, Candyfavorites.com. Get paid to eat candy and write about it? Yes, please!

During my senior year of high school and freshman year of college, I received boxes of assorted candies from Jon. This made making new friends at college even easier since I, not only had tons of candy to share, but I had an interesting conversation builder, “Wait, what? You get paid to eat candy?!”

Becca Droz on the Amazing Race

Dream-life experiences were only beginning with the candy blogging gig. During those blogging years I was dreaming about my life goal of being a contestant on the reality show, The Amazing Race, where teams of two race around the world navigating, performing challenges and working as a team to move towards the finish line prize of $1 million. Seven years after I wrote my first candy blog and four years after my first application video, I stood in Grand Hope Park in L.A. among a group of 21 strangers at the starting line of Season 29 of The Amazing Race!

Sweet o Meter

One very important part of the race experience for me was having fun. While I am quite competitive and I wanted badly to win, I watched too many teams go through the race, bickering and fighting and not enjoying the experience AND not winning. I wanted to enjoy the experience AND win. In order to remind myself to have fun, I brought along a little button for myself and my teammate to wear. It was a generic Fun Meter that my uncle Jimmy gave me. I added my own “Amazing” customization to the pin. While I didn’t win the million, I did win the fans. When I returned home from the race, I was inspired by how much enjoyment the button had brought me on the race, as well as how inspiring the reminder of having fun was for the viewers, so, I spent months designing and creating my own Fun O Meter.

But why stop there?! This aesthetic meter button is evolving and one of the first customized meter buttons is CandyFavorites’ very own Sweet O Meter! These buttons allow us to convey a bit about ourselves without saying anything. These pins are identity builders, communicating devices, connection facilitators and plain fun! Are you feeling sour? Sweet? Blissful? This Christmas and beyond, you can finally communicate your sweet tooth state with the Sweet O Meter and use it as a tool to connect with those around you.  Here is how you can get one with a chance to win a $50 Sweet Certificate at CandyFavorites.com:

  1. Receive a FREE Sweet O Meter with any purchase over $39.95 from CandyFavorites.com with coupon code “SWEETOMETER”.
  2. Take a picture of yourself wearing the Sweet O Meter button.
  3. Post the picture on any of our social media sites with tag #candyfavorites for a chance to win!

Stay sweet, stay fun!

* Offer valid until 11:59PM December 31st, 2017.  Entries must be entered by 11:59PM January 19th, 2018.  Contest winner will be announced and notified January 26th, 2018.
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Pittsburgh Honey is Buzzing at CandyFavorites.com!

November 20, 2017 by

Pittsburgh HoneyPittsburgh Honey® is a family owned and operated “honey farm”. What began in the Fine family’s backyard in 1985 with only 6 beehives has grown to nearly 200 hives at the Monongahela homestead and several out-yards throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. They strive to provide pure and local honey varietals under the Pittsburgh Honey® label, as well as top quality beeswax and comb products straight from the hive to thousands of dedicated customers.

Al Fine’s interest in beekeeping began when he was just a young boy. One summer, a swarm of honey bees landed on a tree branch in the family’s back yard. A local beekeeper came out to hive the swarm, and there it stayed for some weeks. Al was fascinated watching the bees come and go. As a teen, he took up beekeeping as a hobby, producing enough honey for his friends and family. However, the hobby took a turn for the worst when tracheal mites infiltrated his hives, destroying them.

Honey Assortment

Many years passed, and, in 1985, Al decided to turn his passion for beekeeping into his full time occupation. He started back up with only a half dozen hives, slowly growing his numbers each year. These days, he and his family manages upwards of 200 colonies each summer and provides thousands of pounds of pure and local honey to customers all throughout the region.

First sold under the eponymous family label at various farmers markets and from the apiary, itself, it slowly became clear that other so-called beekeepers and honey producers defined “pure and local” broadly, often selling mislabeled, adulterated products to keep up with market demands. Worse yet, these suppliers turned to the bulk honey market in an effort to keep their Bottling tanks flowing, filling jars with product that originated in Asia and beyond—far, far from the Monongahela Valley and completely unworthy of the “local” moniker.

In an effort to set their hand-extracted 100% pure and local varietals apart from the posers, the Fine family re-branded their delicious varietals as “Pittsburgh Honey®,” in 2014, a brand now synonymous with purity, and, through its Honeycomb Bridge device, easily recognized as a truly local product.  CandyFavorites.com is proud to offer these limited edition products to anyone outside the Pittsburgh region!

Order some Pittsburgh Honey today!

Candy Memories, Halloween Candy

It’s All About the Halloween Candy

September 22, 2017 by

“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen. The moon laughs and whispers, ‘tis near Halloween.”  — 19th century postcard.

halloween ghost costumeBOOOOOO! Halloween! It’s my absolute favorite holiday. Yes, even more than Christmas! Now I know I’m no Morticia (from the Addams Family), or Endora, (from Bewitched) or even close to Glinda,(from The Wizard of Oz) but I just may have some tricks left up my sleeve this Halloween for our Trick or Treaters and a whole lot of delicious candy they’ll howl about!

You see I’m a child of the 60’s and lots of my childhood memories are tied to things that are Halloween. I grew up rooting for the good witch and booing the bad witch on the Wizard of Oz. What I would give to pop into a room like Endora or twitch my nose like Samantha Stevens did on Bewitched and my house would instantly clean itself!

I read Casper the Friendly Ghost and Wendy the Good Little Witch comic books. And let’s face it; it was always Halloween at The Munsters and the Addams Family’s houses. My brother and I were actually allowed to stay up late and watch those hilarious shows on Friday night.

I grooved to “The Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett, a number 1 hit in 1962, and  danced hundreds of times to “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. Yes those were the days my friends. You bet your candy corn!

halloween candy cornI remember my dad driving me and my younger brother to G. C. Murphy’s and picking out that year’s Halloween costume. The costume’s came in a cardboard box and I remember choosing a yellow Tweety bird costume one year and a black cat another year. My older sister Kathy would also make me costumes. One year she made a red and white striped clown costume complete with a huge ruffled white collar edged in red ric rac, a tall pointed hat with 3 red pom poms and a red yarn wig!

We’d go to a local farm and pick out our pumpkins and Indian corn. We’d bring the pumpkins home and spread newspaper on the kitchen floor. My dad would cut the top off and we’d scoop out the seeds with an ice cream scoop. Then we’d carve them into a funny or scary Jack O’ Lantern.

halloween butterfingersBut the very best part of Halloween was going trick or treating through our neighborhood. When we were younger my older sister would take me and my brother out as soon as it got dark. We’d grab a shopping bag or an orange plastic Halloween bag to help us collect all our treats. We’d walk up to the people’s front doors, ring their doorbells and yell “Trick or Treat!!” Then the neighbors would try and guess who we were as chocolate Hershey bars, Clark bars, popcorn balls, Milky Ways, 3 Musketeers, Pay Days, Oh Henrys, Snickers, Butterfingers, and Good n Plenty, were plopped into our bags.

halloween haribo sour vampire bats

When our bags got too heavy to carry, we’d head home to count our treasures. Then my brother and I would separate our candy into piles on our living room carpet and trade each other for the ones we liked the best!

Halloween is creeping around the corner, and it’s time to stock up on some of the long-standing favorites and try some of the new candies from Candy Favorites just out for Halloween.

There’s Twizzlers Caramel Apple Filled Twists, Wonka Halloween Fright Tins, Haribo Vampire Bats, Candy Fangs, RM Palmer Creepy Peepers Mix, and even Box of Boogers, but the kids in your neighborhood will wonder who filled their bags and pillow cases with all these wickedly good treats.

So dress up, throw a spooky party, decorate your yard, and be ready with bags of delicious candy when those costumed kids ring your doorbell and yell “Trick or Treat. Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat!”

I’ve shared some of my favorite Halloween candy memories, and I’d love to hang around for a spell, but now it’s your turn at bat. At the end of my blog, tell me your best Halloween candy memory and I will award my favorite a $50 Sweet Certificate to CandyFavorites.com.  Happy Haunting!

Candy in Pop Culture, Candy Memories, Candy News, Gummi Candy, Retro Candy

Lights, Camera . . . Candy!

July 21, 2017 by

“There’s an electrical thing about movies.”  — Oliver Stone

Grab your tub of buttered popcorn and your ice cold pop because we’re going to see what candy debuted in some famous movies and TV shows. So “Here’s looking at you kid,” as you find your seat, sit back and relax as the curtain opens to some blockbuster candy treats that made their name on the silver as well as the small screen.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Reese's Pieces“E.T. phone home” for some delicious Reese’s Pieces. You all remember the scene when Elliott lures E.T. with this orange, brown and yellow coated peanut butter candy. But did you know that Steven Spielberg originally approached Mars Inc. to use M&Ms in the movie? Unfortunately Mars Inc. declined and that’s when Hershey stepped in and Reese’s Pieces were chosen to star in this block-buster film. Sales of Reese’s Pieces rose 65% after the film was released in 1982. Another interesting fact: Foley Artist John Roesch said he used a wet T-shirt crammed with jello to simulate the noise of E.T.’s waddling walk.

Laffy Taffy Bulk CandyWreck-It Ralph

When Wreck-It Ralph came to the big screen in 2012, candy was seen in an entirely different light. The candy world, Sugar Rush, featured in the movie, was an island completely made of candy and had everything from Mentos stalactites to Diet Cola Mountain, to Laffy Taffy vines, to peppermint racing wheels and candy cane forests.

Early Films

Hershey's Chocolate Bar

  • In the 1927 film, Wings, there was a plug for Hershey’s chocolate.
  • Fritz Lang’s1931 film, M had a banner ad for Wrigley’s Chewing Gum.
  • In the Marx Brothers 1932 film, Horse Feathers, Thelma Todd’s character falls out of a canoe and yells for a “life saver.” Groucho Marx responds by tossing her a Life Savers candy.

gummi bears

Friends

One of my favorite episodes is when Jon Lovitz guest stars as Steve, a food critic and while waiting for Monica’s tartlets to be done, grabs a bag of Gummi Bears and hides them in his jacket. Monica grabs them and they fall into her soup. “Bears overboard, quick grab onto these Sugar O’s!” Steve yells.

Aside from his favorite sandwich, Joey likes Hershey Chocolate bars. Hey it’s Joey, He loves eating period.

Mike and Molly

“Nielsen called a scene in an episode of CBS’ Mike & Molly of Mike eating M&M’s in Carl’s apartment 2013’s best branded and opinion-shifting product integration in a scripted show.”

Seinfeld

junior mintIn season four, there was an episode called The Junior Mints. Jerry and Kramer witnessed the surgery of Elaine’s friend Roy. Jerry wouldn’t take Junior Mints from Kramer and somehow Kramer dropped them into the patient. The chocolate covered mints were also included in many conversations between the main characters. Kramer says “Who’s gonna turn down a Junior Mint? It’s chocolate, it’s peppermint: it’s delicious!”

So don’t be a Slo Poke, or Snicker as I Take 5 and go looking for Mr. Goodbar. Whether you’ll be sitting in front of the big screen or chillin’ as a coach potato, I wish you a Whopper of a good time and Zero days without candy!

“Life is short, make it sweet!”

Candy Memories, Candy News, Christmas Candy, Retro Candy

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like . . . Christmas (Candy)!!

July 6, 2017 by

“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”  –Roy L. Smith

Oh you better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout I’m telling you why -Christmas candy is coming to town in July. Ok, ok, don’t get your mistletoe in a twist! I haven’t lost all my marbles yet, but with Christmas just 6 months away I thought it would be jolly to think about the season in this sweltering heat.

chrsitmas in july hershey kiss

Red, Green and silver Hershey’s Kisses are a Yuletide favorite!

Oh what fun it is to imagine red and white striped candy canes on your tree, or white, green and red Hershey kisses in a bowl on your coffee table. Or how about them stuck in the middle of those Peanut Butter Blossom cookies? Mmmmmmmm . . . I can almost smell them coming out of my oven and plopping them into my mouth!

Here’s an idea: why not surprise your kids and have a Christmas in July day? Surprise them and hang up their stockings on July 24, then fill them with some special candy treats? Leave one little present by their bedroom door with a note that says “Only 153 days until Christmas, so be good for goodness sake!”

Whenever I think of Christmas candy I remember one Christmas in junior high, I made a gum drop wreath using multi colored gum drops. I bought a white foam ring and some double pointed tooth picks and filled the wreath with gum drops. Then I looped red ribbon around it and tied a big bow at the top. It always hung on a mirror on my dad’s big meat cooler every Christmas until New Years. I think I ate every 10th gum drop that came out of that big bag during that fun project! For another festive creation try all green gum drops with a few red ones for the berries. Decorating with candy is as endless as your imagination.

Christmas Gummi Bears in July?

Christmas Gummi Bears in July?

Candy Favorites has a sleigh full of Christmas candy for you to choose from. There are Gummi Christmas bears, trees and snowmen, Christmas Jelly Wreaths, Marshmallow Santas, Brach’s Peppermint and Spearmint Star Brite Mints and even Candy Cane Peppermint Tootsie Pops! I don’t know if I can wait till Christmas to sample them all!

But I think the candy most associated with Christmas has to be the candy cane. Did you know that candy canes go back about 350 years when candy makers were creating hard sugar sticks? Then in 1670, a choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany, bent the all white sugar sticks to resemble a shepherd’s staff during the long nativity services for the children.

christmas in july candy cane

It’s all about Candy Canes!

“The first historical reference to the candy cane in America was in 1847, when a German immigrant called August Imgard decorated the Christmas tree in his Wooster, Ohio home with candy canes. About fifty years later, the first red-and-white striped candy canes appeared. No one knows who exactly invented the stripes and Christmas cards prior to the year 1900 showed only all-white candy canes.” (The History of Candy Canes by Mary Bellis)

So Ho, Ho, Ho! Whatever your Christmas candy pleasures are, July is a great time to think about them . . . and order them . . .  and enjoy them early! Don’t forget to include them as you make out your Christmas list. They’re the sweetest addition to your holiday treats, decorating and gift giving.

Now if you’ll excuse me I need find my sunscreen, pop in my Christmas CDs, grab my iced tea, put on my Santa hat and soak up the sun on my deck as I sing my own version of the Twelve Days of Christmas . . . “On the fifth day of Christmas in July my true love gave to me, 5 Fort Knox Milk Chocolate Gold Coins, 4 Lindor Dark Chocolate Balls, 3 Reese’s Peanut Butter Christmas Trees, 2 Naughty or Nice Charms Sweet and Sour Pops and a 7 ounce chocolate Hershey Kiss!

(No worries about me quitting my day job! Haha!)

So have yourself a merry little, delicious, candy Christmas in July! It’s the (second) most wonderful time of the year!

Candy Memories, Candy News

But There Is a Sweet Candy Cure for the Summertime Blues

June 27, 2017 by

“Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about.”   –John Mayer

“I’m melting, melting, melting . . .” No it’s not the bad witch from the Wizard of Oz. It’s we chocolate bars! Come summer everyone is ready to ditch us because we melt in the heat. Hey, we get it! We do get gooey, lose our shape, stick to your fingers and aren’t too much fun when you find us flattened in your pocket or squished at the bottom of your purse.

We’re not happily packed in your beach bag, included on your summer picnic table, or thrown in your kid’s bat bag for a sweet tasty treat. No, we’re long forgotten. Or maybe if we’re really lucky, just chilled in your refrigerator. But it’s all good because we’re here to offer you some other alternative sweet treats for the Summertime Blues.

So let’s roll out “Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer” and enjoy candies like SweeTarts, which were created by Joseph Fish Smith, owner of Sunline Inc. in 1963 in response to parents wanting a less messy version of the well-liked Pixy Stix and Lik-M-Aid treats for their kids. The sweet and sour flavors were cherry, grape, lemon, lime and orange.

charms blow popsIf you’re hooked on some “Hot Fun in the Summertime” without the chocolate mess, try packing Smarties Lollies, or Charms Blow Pops as a treat for your kids. My dad always had a huge plastic container of Smarties Lollies on top of the meat counter at our neighborhood store. Kids came in after school and bought them for a nickel a piece.     (I’d bet a lot of lunch money went toward those purchases!) The Charms Blow Pops were made popular by The Charms Company and were the company’s best-selling product of all time. This first bubble gum filled lollipop was developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s by Ross Cameron, Walter Reid, and Vince Ciccone.

LemonHeadsWe’re into summer now so if you’re “Walkin on Sunshine” and looking for another melt-less confection, try sunny yellow, sweet and sour Lemonhead candy. Mmmmmm . . . I’d always buy a box of them at the matinee show at the Manos Theater when I was growing up. They were first introduced in 1962 by the Ferrara Candy Company.  Salvatore Ferrara’s grandson was a forceps baby and he thought his grandson’s head looked lemon-shaped. Hence his inspiration for their candy name. Whenever I see a yellow and blue box I remember how they made my mouth pucker with their delicious bursts of flavor.

atomic fireballsIf you want to put a hot blast in those “Summer Nights,” have the courage to try some Atomic FireBalls, another candy produced by the Ferrara Candy Company back in 1954. In 1963 the following quote from a grocer appeared in a newspaper article:  “They’re somewhat like jawbreakers . . . only hotter than &-$%!!”  The heat comes from the capsaicin (a chili pepper extract) added to the candy, not the cinnamon.

So what are you waiting for? “Summer’s here and the time is right for Dancin’ in the Street.”

All we need is candy  . . . sweet candy . . .


(Did you know the artists of the summertime songs throughout my article?)

Here they are:

“Summertime Blues,” 1958 by Eddie Cochran, then in 1967 by The Who.

“Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy, Days of Summer,” 1963 by Nat King Cole.

“Hot Fun in the Summertime,” 1969 by Sly and the Family Stone.

“Walkin on Sunshine,” 1985 by Katrina and the Waves.

“Summer Nights,” from Grease 1978 by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

“Dancin’ in the Street,” 1964 by Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, then David Bowie and Mick Jagger in 1985.

ROCK (Candy Swizzle Sticks) ON!

Candy News, Licorice, Wedding Candy

Why Not Propose a Candy Buffet for Your Special Day

June 9, 2017 by

“Life is the best party I’ve ever been invited to.”     — Arlene Francis

candy buffets are the life of the party!Dearly beloved . . . we are gathered here at the most popular month for weddings! Finally it’s your day. A day you’ve been dreaming about for so long. All the planning and preparation is over. Now it’s time to celebrate with family and friends. White dresses and black tuxedos. Beautiful flowers and great music. Delicious food, delectable cookies and you even remembered to include an eye-catching, colorful, candy buffet.

But hold the rice! Don’t toss your bouquet just yet!  Because candy buffets aren’t just for weddings you know!

On your wedding day, I’m sure you’ll hear the saying “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.” But for all those candy lovers not walking down the aisle this month, let’s “marry” that well-known quote to some unique candy buffets for any occasion.

Candy buffets

Candy Buffets are not just for weddings anymore…

How about Something old to create a Happy 60th or 70th birthday candy buffet using candy favorites from years ago like Kits Taffy, Butterfinger, Chuckles (we can all laugh about our age now, can’t we), Mr. Goodbar, Oh Henry and a product from my era, the 1950’s, M&Ms. Celebrating a high school class reunion is a great occasion to set up a candy buffet featuring your high school colors. Celebrating your hair style back in those days . . . hmmm . . . not so much!

necco wintergreen mints

A candy buffet adds a sweet touch to almost any event!

Something new has endless possibilities for your candy buffet. Did your new neighbors buy that house next to yours? Why not throw them a “welcome to your new home” party? If it’s spring time how about a candy buffet done in all pastel colors? Candy Favorites has pastel M&Ms, gumballs, Hershey Kisses and even licorice. Add some 5th Avenues and Milky Ways. What a great way to welcome them to your great neighborhood!

Did someone have a new baby? Pink and blue candy buffets will welcome in that bundle of joy. Fill candy jars with Baby Ruths and Pacifier Pops for some added laughs.

Learn how to add creative touches to any event!

Any special day should have a candy buffet!

Something borrowed brings to mind sleepovers! You get it . . . you’re actually borrowing your children’s friends for a fun filled night, where they stay up late, watch movies, play games and eat candy!  Tootsie Pops, Fun Dip, Gummie Bears and Dubble Bubble Bubblegum will keep the laughs going.

Once I walked down to our basement at one of my daughter’s sleepovers and saw every kid glued to their phone. “Ok, all phones off, everyone make two teams,” I laughed. Then I gave each of them a wooden stick and the first one in line got a Life Saver. “The first team to successfully pass the Life Saver from one person to the other by holding your wooden stick in your mouth wins a prize.”

See who can blow the biggest bubble with bubble gum. Ask them to guess how many Jelly Belly Jelly Beans are in a jar. Play Minute to Win It to see how many M&Ms each kid can suck up with a straw and transfer them in a bowl. It’s amazing how candy can be such fun!

nestle crunchAnd lastly, Something blue. Why not set up a blue candy buffet at your next Pitt, West Virginia, Penn State, North Carolina, Michigan, or Notre Dame football game? There’s blue Air Heads and Nestles Crunch. Whether it’s your high school team or your favorite pro sports team, the possibilities and color combinations are endless.

So celebrate life with candy. Whether it’s a birthday, new home, sleepover, tailgating with friends, or saying “I do” with the one you love, a candy buffet fits into any special occasion or reason for a party! So go on! Throw the rice! Blow out the candles! Giggle with your friends! Yell for your favorite team!

Life is about moments. Create them. Don’t wait for them. Life is sweet. Celebrate it!

Candy Memories, Nostalgic Candy Favorites

Claeys Old Fashioned Hard Candies, Nostalgic at it’s Finest

June 2, 2017 by

claeys cinnamon There are some times when you come across a candy that has been pleasing sweet tooth cravings for generations, and you have to pause for a moment to realize just how amazing it is that you are enjoying the same candy that people have enjoyed for decades and decades before you were born. At CandyFavorites.com, we love this feeling. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons we are so passionate about retro candies!

Having access to the same treats that our grandparents had is a small way of staying connected to the past and honoring the traditions that came before us. It’s nice to know that by eating a certain brand of candy, you are keeping the tradition alive for the next generation.

Claeys. Generations of Delicious.

This is the way we feel when we think about Claeys Candy. Founded in 1919 by Jerome C. Claeys, the company’s original name was J.C. Claeys Candy. It was in South Bend, Indiana that Claeys had its start, operating out of a garage until a larger building was acquired.

claeys horehound Interestingly enough, the company’s first candy was the Etabar. This was a caramel nut bar covered in icing. The cost? A whopping 5 cents. Boy, times have changed, huh? Since then, the company added a line of hard candies, which we’re proud to have on our shelves today!

Whether you’re craving Horehound, Lemon, Cinnamon, Cherry, or Root Beer, we have the Claeys hard candy that is sure to please. There’s a little bit of something for everyone, especially since these are fat free, gluten free, and made in the USA.

As a family-owned company, we are also glad to see that the current president of Claeys is the grandson of the original owner. Just another reason to enjoy these great treats, right? So what are you waiting for?

Around here, we love learning these little bits of history about the candies we stock. It makes the eating process so much more interesting when you can throw in a few fun facts, too. So, if you’re in the mood for a variety of sweet tooth satisfying hard candies, look no further than Claeys. After all, if they’ve been around from 1919, we’re willing to bet that there’s a pretty good reason! But don’t just take our word for it, go ahead and find out for yourself.