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About the Goose that laid the Golden (Brach’s Marshmallow Easter Hunt) Egg

March 15, 2019 by

It may not be laid by a mythical Golden Goose, but Brach’s Marshmallow Easter Hunt Eggs are pretty much the proverbial “golden egg” when it comes to Easter candy even if they only come in soft pastel shades. They are also among the hardest to find.  So, why are these eggs so special?

brach's marshmallow hunt eggs
Brach’s Marshmallow Hunt Eggs have longer been a must in any well stocked basket.

For over 50 years, our wholesale division has been selling these colorful oversized sugar laden eggs, and they have changed little over the years.   The size has gotten smaller – name us a candy which hasn’t – but the colors and taste have remained consistent with the hard candy outer shell covering soft marshmallow. Flavors combinations don’t often get better.  

Like many “cult” candies, they can be divisive.  Some claim that they taste better when they are soft to the touch while others claim “Hunt eggs” are better when slightly hard. This argument applies to another marshmallow based Easter candy, Peeps.  There may not be an answer to this esoteric question, but there is no doubt that they are one, if not the, most sought after Easter candy that we offer.  (for the record, we prefer them slightly crunchy)

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Did you know that we are one of the oldest Brach’s Candy distributors in the nation!

Since Day One, whenever that may have been, each bag contained a rainbow of colors and flavors.  In 2019, the color assortment features Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, and White with delightful tastes such as Grape, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Raspberry, Strawberry, and Vanilla.  Each piece is individually wrapped making them perfect for Easter Egg Hunts hence their name.   

We have a customer who dropped them out of a helicopter, another who tossed them from the top of a Ferris Wheel and one who scattered them over a nine-hole golf course!   Of course, you don’t have to go to lengths to enjoy them. They taste just as good when included in an Easter Basket or put in a colleagues candy jar or retrieved from your briefcase or purse or found a few months later in a desk drawer.

Although increasingly hard to find, these delightful Easter Candy have brought joy to many generations, and we hope this continues as Easter wouldn’t be the same without a colorful Brach’s Marshmallow Egg.  Let’s hope we don’t lose the Goose who laid them!

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Boyer Clark Cups are “Back in the ‘Burgh”

March 7, 2019 by

A childhood song goes, “make a new friend but don’t forget the old. One is silver, and the other is gold.” It’s sage advice and inevitably comes to mind when enjoying the delicious new taste of Boyer Clark Cups.   They may not be the exact taste, nor look, of Clark Bars from yesteryear, but they are a delightful tribute to one of the most famous candy bars first invented in McKeesport, PA., only blocks from our warehouse on the outskirts of Pittsburgh. Note to the reader; they weren’t exactly “born in the Burgh” as the label reads, but pretty darn close

Boyer Clark Cups
Clark Cups, made by Boyer Candy, keep the Pittsburgh tradition of Clark Bars alive!

Purists might argue that Boyer Clark Cups don’t taste like what they recall and they are correct, but this applies to so many retro candy bars that have withstood the test of time and survived corporate consolidation.  A Clark Cup is NOT a Clark Bar but is the closest you will get to the original formula, and it does save the Clark Bar from extinction.

Years ago, NECCO decided to switch the formulation of the Original Clark Bar to an organic formula made with Beet Sugar. Much like changing the original taste of Coca Cola, this change was not well received or, as the saying goes, “ no good deed goes unpunished.”   Boyer Candy, on the other hand, paid tribute to the unique formula retaining it’s crunchy peanut butter and toffee center but enhanced it by changing its shape to mimic that of their other products such as the Mallo Cup.   They have also, for lack of a better word, improved the flavor by turning up the peanut butter volume.  

So many favorite candies disappeared in the past few years especially after the closure of New England Confectionary Company.  Other companies purchased the rights to many of their brands – Spangler bought the rights to Conversation Hearts and a company out of Chicago hopes to revive the Sky Bar. We couldn’t be happier that a company with Pittsburgh roots decided to keep this tradition alive and bring a member of the Clark Bar family back where it belongs.   One shouldn’t overlook the irony that one of Pittsburgh’s best-known candy bars hasn’t been manufactured in this city for decades but will soon be returning home.

Welcome back to the ‘Burgh Clark Cups, and we hope our readers will give this delicious reincarnation a chance.  Yes, it tastes slightly different, but it’s delicious. 

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Employee Appreciation Day Giveaway

March 1, 2019 by

Anyone who has been in the workforce has a special memory of a favorite employee or employer who had a cache of candy ready for good times or bad.  Perhaps it was a secretary whose candy supply seemed leftover from when the company was founded or maybe it was a boss who, despite a sometimes cranky demeanor,had a ready amount of Hershey’s Kisses on hand.

Perhaps it was a candy bowl in the lunchroom in which the chocolates mysteriously disappeared or a colleague who chewed gum a little too loudly. Whatever your story may be, let us know!

March 1st is Employee Appreciation Day, and we thought it would be fun to broaden the spectrum and open it to employees and employers with a contest in which three lucky winners will win a $25 Sweet Certificate to replenish your office – or maybe personal, we are not judging – candy supply.

Never one to resist a candy-related pun here’s the scoop –  

Share with us your sweetest memory about a colleague whose affinity for candy enlightened your day – or maybe ruined your diet – and the best three entries will be awash in candy for at least a few weeks.

Combining appreciation for candy and colleagues is a fun way to pay tribute to all of the parts that keep the workforce gears moving, and we look forward to hearing your story, the more outlandish, the better!

Entries must be submitted by Friday, March 7th 2019. Winners will be contacted via email on Monday, March 10th 2019. Sweet Certificate only redeemable at

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Why does my favorite candy taste different?

February 28, 2019 by

We all know how exciting it can be to find a long-lost candy favorite after years of thinking you might never be able to enjoy it again. And yet, sometimes, my favorite candy tatses different than you may have remembered. When this happens, it can be disconcerting.  We understand as we have been “selling retro candy long before it was considered retro,” and have many candies change, or worse, disappear,  over our 90 plus year history!

The tricky thing about taste is that it is highly subjective. Many candies, especially those that have been around for decades, are susceptible to undergoing a formula change that could slightly alter the flavor. However, there are countless other reasons why you may experience your favorite treat differently than you did when you were young, and we have compiled a page devoted to help to make your candy purchase meet your expectations

At, we love connecting customers with the sweets they enjoyed in their youth and strive to provide updates when a new formula or variation is released. However, as you seek out the candy favorites of your past, it can be helpful to remember that nothing in life stays the same–sometimes, even your favorite sweet treats! And while a slightly updated candy may not be as you remember, we hope you might enjoy making new memories with a more original version of a classic.

We would love to hear your opinion or stories, especially if related to a particular memory,  about a candy that may be different than you recall.  As manufacturers often read our blog pages, this could prove insightful to them too!

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M&M’s Introduce 3 International Candy Flavors – English Toffee, Mexican Peanut, and Thai Coconut!

February 21, 2019 by

We love candy, and as most candy lovers would attest, M&M’s Chocolate Candies are tried and true. Few sweets replicate the delicious taste of a thin candy shell encasing rich milk chocolate or chocolate covered peanut. It is one of those elusive products that exemplify the maxim, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

M&M's Thai Coconut Peanut Chocolate Candies
M&M’s Thai Coconut Chocolate Candies

We admit that we are skeptical when a new flavor or limited edition cross our path. More often than not, the new flavors are a “flash in the pan” novelty that won’t withstand the test of time. This skepticism occurred when we received three new M&M flavors that are part of their FLAVOR VOTE 2019 SWEEPSTAKES.

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M&M’s Jalapeno Mexican Chocolate Candies

Each flavor offers an international flair and pays tribute to a country, its culinary tradition and associated colors!     For England, it is English Toffee Peanut, for Mexico, it is Jalapeno Peanut, and for Thailand, it is Thai Coconut Peanut.  We couldn’t think of anything more ideal for a contest in which a lucky winner wins an all-expense paid jaunt around the globe.

Be forewarned that these are not your average candies. 

M&M’s English Toffee Chocolate Candies

The flavor combinations are intense and while our preference was for Thai Coconut Peanut  – yes, it tastes like Thai Food  – others preferred the subtly of English Toffee Peanut which tasted a bit like a Heath Bar on steroids.  The Mexican Jalapeno Peanut is the most intense of the three, and it too is a flavor combination not to be missed.  Kudos to whoever thought up these unique combinations!

Although we are not sure what your chances are of winning the Sweepstakes, we are sure that these new flavors are worth the effort to find.  They are a limited edition and may not be around forever, but their delicious taste will surely leave a lasting memory.

Feel free to share your impression with us below and don’t forget to VOTE by texting VOTE to 84444!

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Ode to the Conversation Heart

February 5, 2019 by
NECCO Conversation Hearts

For generations, Valentine’s Day has not been complete without at least one box of Conversation Hearts. You know them when you see them. Also known as Sweethearts, they’re the super sweet, heart-shaped treats with phrases like, ‘Be Mine’ and ‘Kiss Me’ emblazoned on the front. A staple of school parties and a beloved addition to candy drawers everywhere, Conversation Hearts have truly been a cornerstone of the sweetest holiday of the year for generations. 

Unfortunately, all those days spent loving (or loving to hate) Conversation Hearts will soon become just a memory. NECCO, the original manufacturer of Conversation Hearts went out of business last year, leaving fans of the candy wondering what would happen to this time-tested favorite.

NECCO conversation hearts

This news has left a bitter taste in the candy world. While the fate of this treat hangs in the balance, we are all left wondering how to get our fill of our favorite sweets this February 14th. Whether Conversation Hearts were always your first pick, or if they were the candy you ended up eating after your chocolate stash ran out, they were always there, consistently sweetening up even the dreariest February days.

Spangler Candy Company currently owns the Sweethearts brand, but, having only acquired the brand in September, the company has reported that they did not have time to produce this perennial treat in time for Valentine’s Day. Although Spangler has intentions of bringing the candy back in 2020, there’s no guarantee that we’ll get our beloved Conversation Hearts next year either.

Have any special Sweethearts memories you’d like to share? We’d love to hear! WANT TO WIN OUR LAST 1 POUND BAG OF NECCO CONVERSATION HEARTS? Simply tell us your most memorable Sweethearts moments in the comments below to enter. Keep the spirit of the Conversation Heart alive as we wait to see what next year will bring.

And while you may try to fill the void with other seasonal favorites, there is truly nothing else quite as special as a Conversation Heart.

Candy News Partners with Arnold’s Candies for Wholesale

December 20, 2018 by

arnold's candies gift boxHere at, we believe that candy is better when eaten together. We also strive to support small businesses at every opportunity. We’ve kept things largely in the family here, and we know what it takes to be successful in this industry! As a result, we enjoy partnering with companies who align with our values. One such company is Arnold’s Candies.

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For the past 65 years, Arnold’s Candies has manufactured all of their candies, by hand, in Akron, Ohio–just a stone’s throw away from our home base in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. You could say we’re practically neighbors. Before we became, McKeesport Candy Co. was one of the first wholesalers to sell these delicious, sweet-tooth satisfying treats. Suffice it to say, we know a good candy when we see it!

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What sets Arnold’s apart is their dedication to high quality ingredients, no added preservatives, and clear love of spreading sweetness. That is why we are proud to announce that we are partnering with Arnold’s Candies to handle all of their wholesale orders. Now, you can purchase wholesale orders of your favorite Arnold’s Candies through, and we’ll make sure you have only the freshest, most delicious treats you can find.

We hope this will make it even easier for you to enjoy Arnold’s Candies whenever you need them. So, before your next corporate event or large-scale gathering, make sure you have your guests’ sweet tooth cravings covered.

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Cotton Candy Flavors for Every Occasion

December 17, 2018 by

Cupcake Cotton CandyRemember when cotton candy was a treat reserved for carnivals and trips to the ballpark? As adults, it’s easy to see why our parents may have been less than enthusiastic about this sugary treat being more than an occasional indulgence (read: sugar rush + sugar crash), but in some ways, that made the rare cotton candy event even more fulfilling!

Bacon Cotton CandyThe good news is that as an adult, you can eat cotton candy whenever you want, and the better news is that you don’t have to wait for an annual outing to get your fix. So to help you with your cotton candy consumption, we want to make sure you know that we have all of your cotton candy cravings covered.

If you’re anything like us, then you probably grew up with relatively average cotton candy flavors. The taste was nothing out-of-the-ordinary, but it was great for satisfying a sugar tooth craving. Well, gone are the days of boring cotton candy! Now you can not only get your sugar fix, but you can have it in almost any flavor you like.

A Flavor for Every Fan  

Whether you lean sweet or savory, prefer a classic or run towards the wild side, our cotton candy is here for you. Fans of a sweet cotton candy profile will love:

Birthday Cake Cotton Candy

  • Birthday Cake
  • Cupcake
  • Pancakes and Maple Syrup
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly


Those who find themselves counting down to happy hour should head straight for:

Margarita Cotton Candy

  • Rosé Wine
  • Margarita
  • Champagne
  • Beer

Trump Hair Cotton Candy

Morning birds will love both the Coffee and Bacon flavors, while heat seekers will meet their match with Jalapeno. And then there is Trump Hair. Yep, it’s a flavor. And regardless of where you stand politically, we think it’s worth a try!

No matter which flavor you choose, you can rest assured that it’s been hand-packed for freshness, and, if sealed properly, will have a decent shelf life, so you can enjoy at your leisure, or eat it all in one go. No judgment from us, either way.

Convinced yet? We thought so. Don’t wait around to get your hands on this treat. We have a hunch that this sugary, sticky sensation won’t stick around for very long.

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Popular Pickle Flavored Treats + A Pickle-Inspired Contest

December 3, 2018 by

Pickle Cotton Candy When you think of fun and interesting candy flavors, you know, the kind you love and can’t seem to resist, which flavors come to mind? Maybe it’s chocolate, or something more exotic and fruity? While we don’t know exactly what you thought of, we’re willing to guess it wasn’t pickle!

Pickle Candy Canes

For most of us at least, pickles are a briny, crunchy, not-at-all-remotely-related-to-candy item, best enjoyed in a moment of savory snacking. But what if pickle flavors could transcend the sweet versus savory binary, to become something more wonderful, more delicious than you ever thought possible?

The truth is, it can! And it has. Our pickle flavored candy category is already a wild success. And if you haven’t had a chance to give it a try, now is your opportunity! We have a range of pickle-flavored items available, so you can satisfy your savory tooth in fun, new and interesting ways.

Pickle Candy for Every Occasion

Pickle Mints

For an after-dinner refresher, you might consider our Dill Pickle Mints. Or for the upcoming holiday season, perhaps some Pickle Candy Canes? Planning a movie night? Our Dill Pickle Cotton Candy could be the perfect addition. And the best part is, pickle lovers, that this is just the beginning.

We get it. Pickle-flavored candy may sound a little strange, but we have a feeling that once you give it a try, you’ll be suspiciously hooked on this unexpected flavor delight! At least, we know we were. And in the spirit of all things pickle-inspired, we’re hosting a contest!

 Enjoying Your Pickle Candy? Enter to Win!

Simply share your opinion on our pickle flavored candy by leaving a review of the product. Everyone who leaves a review on a pickle flavored candy will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate, so you can keep your snack drawer filled to the brim with your pickle-flavored favorites.

So what are you waiting for? Get tasting and typing–you could just be that lucky winner.

Contest entries will be accepted until December 31, 2018.

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Smith Brothers Cough Drops Are Back!

September 17, 2018 by

Smith Brothers Cough Drops

Your favorite childhood cough drops are back!

We all know how comforting it can be to soothe a sore throat with a cough drop. But, did you know the history of everyone’s favorite sick day remedy?

A Humble Beginning

Legend has it that the first cough drop in America came from a small-batch, family-owned candy store in 1847 and continued to comfort sore throats and coughs with a classic, soothing relief, for generations to come. As you probably guessed, the family name was Smith and the store was owned by two brothers hence how Smith Brothers Cough Drops got their name and came into being!

smith brothers honey lemonCreated from a traveling peddler’s formula for cough abatement, Smith Brothers cough drops birthed more than a delicious remedy; they changed how people would care for sore throats and colds for more than a century. Without the candy-making expertise of James Smith and his sons, Sly Hawkins’ secret recipe could have been lost forever.

smith brothers wild cherry

A Commitment to Tradition

In 2016, Lanes Brands—another family business—acquired The Smith Brothers. Today, the company is proud to continue its legacy of quality and historical significance with America’s first cough drop!

Now, the cough drops you know and love are back with three amazing flavors: Warm Apple Pie, Wild Cherry, and Honey Lemon! So whether you grew up on The Smith Brothers or are just discovering this American classic, you won’t want to miss out.

smith brothers warm apple pie

Tell Us Your Story

We know that part of what makes a timeless candy so delicious are the memories you create while enjoying them with friends and family. Share your best memories with us and you’ll be entered to win a free case of Smith Brothers Cough Drops!

You may not look forward to a sick day, but at least you’ll know you can always rely on Smith Brothers.