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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.

Candy News

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.

Candy History, Candy Memories, Candy News, Retro Candy

Black Jack, Beemans and Clove Gum: A Story of Revival

August 29, 2018 by

Black Jack, Beemans and Clove Gum Set to Return This Fall

The lifespan of a candy is never known. What seems like a classic could be gone in an instant, leaving candy lovers wondering how to satisfy their sweet tooth cravings, and feeling that the candy world will never be the same again.

However, for some candies, there is a miraculous comeback story, a happy redemption that reminds us all just how unexpected and beautiful the industry can be. Today, we are glad to report that, long-time favorites Black Jack, Beemans and Clove Chewing Gum will be back on the market this fall.

Gerrit J. Verburg Co. signed the final contracts to take ownership of the three retro chewing gums this summer, a huge step forward in reviving a long-loved trio of gums that have been part of American candy fabric since the late 1800’s.

Three Gums, Three Stories

black jack gumBlack Jack was the first flavored gum in the United States, and the first to be sold in sticks. The gum’s creator, Thomas Adams, purchased chicle in the hopes of turning it into rubber. When that plan failed, he pursued gum instead, and in 1871 Black Jack was born.

beemans gum

Beeman’s was originally marketed as an aid to digestion, due to the fact that the original formula contained pepsin and chicle. It became part of the American Chicle Company in 1898. Known as the lucky gum of pilots, the gum grew in popularity due to its ability to settle stomach acid in flight.

clove gum

The youngest of the three gums, Clove was invented by the Thomas Adams company in 1914. Rumor has it that the strong-smelling gum may have been prized during prohibition for its ability to hide the smell of alcohol.

We Make Candy History Personal 

Each of these gums has a long and storied past, but perhaps the most interesting candy history is the one you bring to the table. Did you enjoy Black Jack, Beemans and Clove in your youth? What do you remember most about the gums? Share your memories of these iconic candies with us, and be sure to sign up so you’ll be notified when all three are re-launched this fall.

When you share a memory about Black Jack, Beemans and Clove gum, you will automatically be entered to win one box each of these iconic gum flavors when they become available.  Contest entries accepted until September 16th, 2018 and a winner will be contacted on September 21st, 2018.  Happy Sharing!

Candy Contests, Candy History, Candy News, Licorice

Giveaway: Enter to Win Our Last Bag of Licorice Snaps!

June 15, 2018 by

Black licorice. When it comes to candy, this may be one of the most polarizing topics out there. Licorice haters may always hate, but licorice lovers are some of the most die-hard fans we know. So if you love licorice, then you already know that Licorice Snaps were a household name for generations.

Licorice Snaps: The Holy Grail of Licorice

Licorice Snaps

In 1914, Martin Kretchmer founded the American Licorice Company in Chicago, Illinois. Back then, Black Licorice Twists were the focus, and when those caught on, the company began to expand their offerings. It wasn’t until the 1930’s, however, when The Original Snaps Chewy Classic Candy came onto the scene. This treat, with its chewy licorice center and pastel-colored candy coating, soon became a cult favorite amongst licorice lovers, nationwide.

Through the years, The Original Snaps Chewy Classic Candy offered countless moments of joy to candy lovers young and old alike. But, in recent years, the candy was discontinued, leaving many a licorice connoisseur to get their fix elsewhere. We are always sorry to see the end of a retro candy, especially one as iconic as The Original Snaps.

But then, we stumbled across something wonderful in our midst: one bag of The Original Snaps Chewy Classic Candy.

How this single gem escaped us before, we aren’t certain. But, we’ve decided to host a giveaway for our last remaining bag of Snaps. After all, it could be the last bag left in the country, so it only seems right to send it off with a bang.

original formula licorice snaps bagHere’s How to Enter

To enter the giveaway, make a strong case for yourself in the comments section below: why should we give you our final bag of Snaps? You could include a nostalgic memory, a funny event–anything that shows us not just how much you love and appreciate this special licorice treat, but why you’re deserving of the very last bite.

So, time to flex your creative muscle! We can’t wait to read your responses. 

Snaps Giveaway responses will be accepted until July 2nd, 2018. The winner will be chosen and notified via email on July 5th, 2018.

Candy News

The Wall Street Journal Speaks to CandyFavorites on the Possible End of NECCO

April 9, 2018 by

There are few things in life that gain enough attention to warrant a place on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. While politics, business, stocks and the economy are frequent flyers, changes in the candy world are not. That is, not unless it’s NECCO Wafer. That’s right. This morning, the NECCO Wafer and CandyFavorites are featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

necco

Jon Prince of CandyFavorites.com fielded hundreds of hectic calls over a recent weekend, with some buyers pleading to purchase his entire inventory of NECCO wafers.

CandyFavorites: A NECCO Authority

The article, which details the possible end of the NECCO Wafer and the public’s response, speaks directly with our President, Jon Prince, to get his perspective on the sudden surge in NECCO interest. As he explains in the article, fans of the long-time candy are “shocked and scared,” with some even attempting to buy out his entire NECCO Wafer inventory. And, as it turns out, he’s not alone in fielding frantic customer calls.

In fact, across the U.S., candy sellers have all been experiencing this high level of candy hysteria. And while this may be surprising, considering the notoriously chalky taste of the candy manufacturer’s signature sweet, if anything, it does go to show just how passionately people feel about their nostalgic, childhood treats.

After all, NECCO Wafers and their fellow NECCO products have had world-wide acclaim, showing up everywhere from military provisions (in the Civil War and World War II), to the upper reaches of the Arctic, and, of course, Valentine’s Day school parties. (What is Valentine’s Day without Sweethearts, after all?) Simply put, since 1847, this is one candy company that has truly earned its international appeal.

NECCO Sales Continue to Rise

And now, as customers and NECCO fans fear the worst, they’re buying up boxes of their beloved candies like never before. At CandyFavorites, we’ve increased the limit to four boxes per customer. And yet, for some, that still doesn’t feel like enough. Some estimates suggest that since fans heard of their impending loss, sales have risen 50%, indicating that if Necco does end up closing its doors, it will certainly do so with a bang.

If you haven’t already, you’ll want to check out the full article to really get a sense for the sugar-inspired chaos sweeping the nation. Then, of course, don’t forget to stock up on your favorite NECCO treats, while you still can and share with us your feelings about NECCO below.

Candy Bar Reviews, Candy Memories, Candy News, Hard To Find Candy, Nostalgic Candy Favorites, Retro Candy

Mars Bar and Forever Yours: Perennial Favorites Making A Comeback

March 28, 2018 by

Have you ever heard someone lament the fact that life just “isn’t like it used to be?” We know we’ve heard it many times before, but when it comes to candy, this sentiment seems to be especially true! It’s a common practice for candy manufacturers to change formulas over the years. So, even if a treat has been around for decades, it may not taste exactly the way it did when it first hit shelves.

Mars Bar — Back And Better Than Ever

mars barIf you’re a fan of Mars candy, then you may well know the famed history of the Mars Bar. A popular treat across the pond, the Mars Bar that debuted in America was slightly different from the one available elsewhere. Nevertheless, that “honest to goodness” chocolate nougat covered in milk chocolate and topped with a layer of caramel was hard to resist. In fact, it had quite the following until is suddenly disappeared from American shelves in 2002. Devastation set in, as Mars Bars fans had to find their sweet tooth fix elsewhere.

But, 16 years later, Mars Bars fans are in luck! Ethel M Chocolates, a subsidiary of Mars Inc. is bringing the original formula Mars Bars back. You read that right. Not only are you getting your favorite retro treat–albeit decked out in a new and improved wrapper–you’re getting the original formula, in a classic retro wrapper, beloved by Mars Bars fans around the world.

Oren Young, General Manager of Ethel M Chocolates explained, “The Mars Bar is a favorite among chocolate lovers everywhere…That’s why we wanted to bring back this nostalgic treat in its original form, by using the unique, hand-crafted touch that only Ethel M can offer.”

The relaunch of this international favorite took place in Las Vegas on September 7, 2017.  Young felt the location was the ideal place for the candy’s relaunch, saying, “This was the original Vegas Strip, and while it has a modern look, it still has that iconic feel, which is what we want to accomplish with the relaunch of the Mars Bar under the Ethel M brand.”

Forever Yours Can Be Yours Once More

forever yours barAs for fans of Forever Yours, Mars hasn’t forgotten about you, either! Way back in 1923, the Vanilla Milky Way first debuted, featuring vanilla nougat and dark chocolate–instead of the milk chocolate found in the traditional Milky Way. In 1936, the Vanilla Milky Way was renamed Forever Yours, capturing the hearts and taste buds of many for 43 years until it mysteriously disappeared from grocery stores and candy shelves in 1979.

Discontent over the discontinuation of the beloved Forever Yours inspired Mars to give it a comeback in 2017.   Now, with a new name and wrapper and the same beloved formula of yesteryear, Forever Yours is back on shelves. So if you’ve been craving that dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel combo, look no further.

We’ve Got Your Hard-To-Find Retro Treats

At CandyFavorites, we are proud to offer the original formula Mars Bars and the new and improved Forever Yours (AKA Milky Way Midnight) to our customers. After all, what could be better than getting your hands on a cult classic, in its original, delicious form? So whether you’ve been a long-time lover of Mars candies or are just now giving them a try, you are in luck. We’ve got exactly what you need, and more.

How are you feeling about the relaunch of Mars Bar and Forever Yours? Do these treats bring up any favorite memories from years gone by? Feel free to let us know in the comments.

Candy News

Is It Really Goodbye? NECCO May Close Its Doors

March 21, 2018 by

necco truck

If you were asked to think of a few of your favorite classic candies, what would come to mind  Well, if you are like many, then Banana Splits, Canada Mints, Candy Buttons, Conversation Hearts, Clark Bars, Coconut Crunch Peanut Butter Logs, Malted Milk Balls, Mary Janes, Mint Juleps, Peach Blossoms, Sky Bars, SlapstixNECCO Wafers and Wintergreen Lozenges may be some of your initial thoughts. But can you guess what all of these candies have in common? As it turns out, they’re all made by New England Confectionery Company, better known as NECCO.

A Company that Has Stood the Test of Time

necco wafers

The first of their products to hit the market was the NECCO Wafer. Way back in 1847,  Oliver Chase created a lozenge cutter that was to become the nation’s first candy machine–and the equipment that made the NECCO Wafer possible. Chase soon joined forces with his brothers to market their sweets across North America.

Despite two factory fires and the possibility of losing their business entirely, the brothers persisted, forming partnerships with companies local to the New England area. This dedication paid off, and in 1901, over 50 years after the first NECCO Wafer was produced, the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) was born.

Since that time, the company grew, adding in popular treats of all varieties and expanding its reach far beyond the borders of North America. In its 117 year history, NECCO has satisfied countless sweet tooth cravings, creating cult favorites  that candy lovers of all ages could not live without. Simply put, NECCO established itself not just as a candy company, but as an American Institution and household name for generations of candy lovers young and old. Few companies can boast of such a storied history or product line up!

This Candy Giant’s Future is Uncertain

retro necco ad

And yet, it seems the old saying might be true: all good things must come to an end. Recent buzz in the candy world indicates that NECCO could be going out of business, and taking its successful candies with it. Having represented so many great brands through its impressive history, the loss of NECCO would certainly be a major upset in the candy world.

After all, what would Valentine’s Day be without Conversation Hearts? And what could possibly replace the goodness and convenient variety of a Sky Bar? If the rumors are true, then fans of the company’s sweet treats may just have to find out.

We never like to be the bearers of bad news and know that this update may hit close to home. So as we consider the potential end of an era, will you join us in “keeping your fingers crossed” and reflecting on your favorite NECCO memories? Which candies have you cherished, and how has the company made your life a little sweeter?

Feel free to let us know in the comments below.

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.

Candy News, Holiday Candy

Patriotic Hershey’s Kisses and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

May 11, 2017 by

When summer rolls around, most people assume that themed candy is no longer relevant. After all, what could you need from May to September? Most of the major holidays that are associated with candy are in the winter months, after all. Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day–oh my! There really is a lot of sweet tooth satisfying going on. But if you’ve been thinking in that way, you’ve been overlooking the fact that summer, with its patriotic Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day, is a prime time for red, white, and blue candies!

Unfortunately, because this time of the year often gets overlooked, you may have found it difficult to adorn your patriotic tables with sweet treats that match the occasion. How disappointing, right? Well, not anymore! We’re especially excited about our very America-inspired Hershey’s Kisses and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Show Your Love of the Red, White and Blue

Everyone loves a good Hershey’s Kiss, and no one will ever pass up a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. So, when you dress them up in stars and stripes, they become even more irresistible, don’t they? We think so. And we think you will, too.

patriotic hershey's kissesEach of these candies are individually wrapped, so they’re ready for pot lucks and celebratory feasts. Every candy is either wrapped in red and white stripes or white stars on a blue background, so you know they’re going to fit right in. We’re selling them in 12 oz. bags and 2 lb bags, so you can choose the amount that’s right for you.

patriotic reese's peanut butter cupsAnd if you can’t decide whether you want Hershey’s Kisses or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, then don’t worry! We have an option to combine them, so you get the best of both worlds. Because no one should have to decide between the world’s most beloved treats.

These are ideal for your next red, white, and blue-themed event, but they’re also great in the “off season.” So don’t let too much time slip away before you make the smart choice and dig into these memorable treats. Trust us on this–you won’t be sorry!

And if you’re on the hunt for more great red, white, or blue candy, we have you covered with our Patriotic Candy section. So take a look around! And as always, we are happy to answer you candy questions. With almost 100 years in the business, we can guarantee that we’ve heard it all. Nothing is too large or small for us to handle, so should never hesitate to reach out. We’ve got your sweet tooth covered.

Candy History, Candy News

Welcome to the Future of CandyFavorites.com!

March 31, 2017 by

CandyFavorites.com Homepage

At CandyFavorites.com, we pride ourselves on offering exceptional customer service to everyone who visits our site. A key part of this means having a website that people actually enjoy using. After all, there is nothing more discouraging than visiting a website, only to find that it doesn’t offer you what you’re after.

Especially in this day and age, a smart, well-designed and functional website is a necessity for anyone who is serious about having an impactful web presence. As one of the leading online candy companies in the industry, we realize the importance of providing customers with the technology they need to better order the candy they crave. So, after a year of hard work, rewrites, tweaks, and overhauls, are are excited to announce the launch of our new website!

Redesigned, With You in Mind

So, what goes into creating a successful candy website, you might ask? As it turns out, quite a lot! The new site is fully re-designed, with a streamlined checkout process and pictures that are both bigger and brighter than they were before.  Now you can:

* Securely save credit card information for future purchases.
* Add multiple shipping and billing addresses.
* Easily re-order past purchases.
* Sign up for email notifications when out of stock items become available.
* Add and share your candy Wish List.

All of this means that you should have a more enjoyable, stress-free candy buying experience. But it doesn’t stop there! Because buying candy is only half of the fun, we’ve expanded our educational resources section as well. Now, not only can you purchase the candy you loved as a kid, you can learn a little more about it, too! Talk about a comprehensive experience, right?

We certainly aim to please. And nothing pleases us more than knowing that we’re providing exactly what people are after. So, take a look around! Many of the pictures we’ve included come from our personal archives–giving you an inside look into 90 years of our candy business.

As always, if you have any questions about what you see, do not hesitate to reach out! Our team is more than happy to talk candy with you, and we’ll do our best to see to it that you find exactly what you’re looking for.