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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.

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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!”

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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.

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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!

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Skinnygirl Chocolates: A 100 Calorie Guiltless Indulgence

January 30, 2017 by

When it comes to sweet treats, many people find themselves in a conundrum. While there are countless delicious options to choose from, they’re not always the most figure-friendly. So what’s a person to do?

In the past, your choices have been limited. You can either go with the candy that tastes good for you, but may not be good for you, or you can go with the candy that tastes just okay, but is probably better on your body.

Not a great place to be, right?

Well, we’re happy to say that those very limited days of candy choices are behind you. Now, thanks to the whole line of Skinnygirl products, you can actually enjoy your snack time, without worrying about the potentially unpronounceable ingredients or unhealthy quantities of sugar you’ve just consumed.

The Skinnygirl candies offer you a little something different for your sweet tooth. All of the candies are packed in 100-calorie bags, so you know just how much you’re eating, without any guesswork.

We have options like Belgian Milk Chocolate Truffles with Sea Salt Toffee, Belgian Dark Chocolate Bars with Pistachio Caramel, Belgian Milk Chocolate Bars with Almond Nougat and Belgian Dark Chocolate Truffles with Almonds.

The ingredients are all clear and easy to understand–like organic coconut milk and Belgian chocolate–so you never have to worry or wonder about what’s inside. And frankly, we doubt you’ll realize that they’re only 100 calories! These sweets taste just as good (if not better) than anything else you’ve eaten lately.

Add to that the fact there are no preservatives or trans fats in sight, and we think all of your candy lovers will be very happy campers.

So, if you’re looking for something a little different to add to your candy routine, then look no further! We’re excited to offer this new, delicious line to you. And, after one taste, we think you might be Skinnygirl converts, too.

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Reese’s Gives You the Best of Both Worlds

August 25, 2016 by

Enjoy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Pieces Together!

reeses-pieces-inside-reeses_1_2It’s that time of the summer, when the days are long and hot, and all you want to do is park yourself by the nearest fan or air conditioner. Sound about right? We know how it is!

There’s something about the summer heat that really makes us want to do, well, nothing at all! Staying cool and comfortable is usually our main focus. But sometimes we just aren’t satisfied with staying in the house.

So what’s the best alternative? Well, when the parks and swimming pools are just too hot to be any fun, we turn to the movie theaters! And if you’re anything like us, when you think of movie theaters, you probably think of all of the candy involved!

Sure, you can—and probably are supposed to—buy the candy they sell there, but let’s be honest. That theater selection sometimes just won’t cut it. Luckily, we’re here to help.

If your favorite cinema snack happened to involve peanut butter and chocolate, then we are here for you. Or, should we say, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with Reese’s Pieces are here for you. These gems are exactly what they sound like. Think: your favorite Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, filled to the brim with Reese’s Pieces.

These sweets are just about the best thing since, well, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! And since you’ll be eating them inside the theater—which always seems to be just a little bit colder than you wanted—you won’t have to worry about melting chocolate or messy fingers. Sounds like a win-win to us!

This is the perfect snack for people who never can seem to decide between Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and the very adorable Pieces. Because really, who can ever decide these things? Now you don’t have to. You’re welcome.

So go ahead! Be a rebel and bring your own candy to the movie theater this time! We have a feeling it will make your cinema experience much more enjoyable.

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Celebrate National Peach Month with Gummi Peaches

August 11, 2016 by

A Peachy Treat to Beat the Summer Heat!

It’s that time of year again that is so fondly referred to as the ‘dog days of summer.’ With temperatures rising and the sun hanging high in the sky well into the night, it’s a great time to be outside. Whether you’re spending time with your family or with your friends, this is the time of year that calls for late-night get-togethers and summer soirees.

And if you’re anything like us, then chances are that your garden parties are not complete without a little bit of sweetness. We understand. After all of the grilling and summery goodness of the evening, there’s nothing better than kicking back and relaxing with a sugary treat or two.

While there are plenty of candies that could sway your sweet tooth, we’d like to recommend our Haribo Gummi Peaches. These gems are a mouthful of deliciousness that will make peach fans swoon with delight.

Think of a ripe, juicy peach, fresh from the branch and multiply that to the nth degree. That’s the powerful flavor experience you’ll have when you take a bite of one of these guys. We highly recommend them. After all, what could be better than enjoying the peachiest candy of the season, during national peach month?

These sweet gems will make your backyard barbeque, pool party, or potluck a whole lot tastier. So you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the night, without worrying about making sure everyone’s sweet tooth cravings are satisfied.

So what are you waiting for? These lazy days of summer are the perfect opportunity to take care of your candy needs. So before you plan that next event, make sure you have prepared for your snack time. You’ll thank us later!

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Emojeez Gummies are the Best Thing Since Emojis

July 21, 2016 by

 

Emojeez Let You Chew on the Hottest Worldwide Trend

emojeez-sunglassesThese days, it seems that everyone is texting. Admittedly, texting is one of the simplest and quickest ways to get in touch with another person, so we can’t really blame the world for latching on to this easier way of doing things.

Communicating with texts has brought a whole new language into being, one of extreme abbreviations and hundreds of pictures to convey our emotions. There’s never a text that cannot be sped up by using an abbreviation or enhanced by using a smiley or frowny face.

Emojis, as these faces are called, are now, for better or worse, a vital part of our culture. But did you ever wonder where they came from?

emojeez-laughing-cryingAs a matter of fact, the first emoticon, the grandfather of the emoji, was invented by Scott Fahlman, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, all the way back in 1982.

Since then, a lot has changed. But one thing that stays consistent is people’s love of these little faces.

If you are as big of a fan of emojis as we are, then we have a candy that is perfect for you. Our Emojeez gummies are just about the best thing since, well, actual emojis!

In Heart Eyes, Sunglasses and Laughing/Crying boxes, the Emojeez gummies allow you to show your emotions in a whole new way! These candies are chewy, sweet, and a fantastic reminder of how great emojis always have been.

emojeez-heart-eyesWhen you place your order, you’ll get Thumbs Up, Sunglasses, Fist Bump, Laughing/Crying, Hearts and Heart Eyes gummies in green apple, orange, fruit punch, lemon, cherry, and blue raspberry flavors.

These treats are bound to delight both the young and the young at heart, so we highly recommend sharing them with all of your favorite people.

And when you do, now you can bring a little bit of candy history trivia with you as well! Sounds like a win-win to us. So what are you waiting for? Celebrate the technologically-minded world we live in with these great candies, today!

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Candy Blogs Holiday Edition: The ‘Stache Bash

December 4, 2014 by

 Trolli Santa & Elves Mustaches Gummi Candy

becca droz mustacheClassroom/movie Munchability: 5 (the fun is in the dress-up play!)

Melt Measure: 0

Novelty: 9

Sharability: 10

Trust me, it is as much a surprise to me as it is to you that the elves of Santa’s toy shop have the same type of mustaches that Santa has! I always imagined the elves as baby faced little characters running around childishly as they assembled toys for the undersides of all the Christmas trees of children. (Despite growing up Jewish, I have still had many daydream about Santa and his elves).

Perhaps the elves were not preparing Christmas gifts, and instead were growing and grooming each other’s mustaches. Perhaps these little elves look up to Santa and show their respectful admiration by mimicking his mustache, or lip brow, if you will.

With three flavors: Cherry, Cherry  & Lime, and Strawberry & Cherry, and three different ‘stache styles, this gummi provides adequate variables to balance with the consistency of the texture and chew density. Each gummi provides a substantial bite into the thickness of sweet delight.

Since I love to share, and I had more mustaches than I cared to try on, I offered to some of of these Christmas candies to my friends during a day of rock climbing in Connellsville, PA.

Here are some things that were said about the Mustaches:

Positive Constructive
“The flavor is not overpowering, it’s not in your face.” “Tastes just like an elf!”
“They are enjoyable… they are refreshing. Refreshing, that’s definitely a word that should be in there! I was chewing away, tasting some cherry and before I knew it I was wondering, is that lime I’m tasting? It totally was lime. Lime makes it refreshing!” “How’s the aroma?…I can smell them from here and my nose is stuffed…”
“You actually enjoyed it?”“Yes, and I’d have another one, and another one and another one. It might just be my new favorite candy.”
“I will remember them with pleasure.”

 

Have fun with wearing the Santa & Elves Mustaches. I challenge you to try to wear the mustache, say “Ho! Ho! Ho!” and eat the mustache all without using your hands! You might even get some candy aroma therapy from this game, as the sweet tastes trickle into your brainwaves through your nasal passage. Have fun and get a laugh outa this gummi candy!

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Mentos: The fresh (and fruity) maker

August 25, 2014 by

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Mentos Rainbow


Allow me to go ahead and answer your first question: What is the difference between Mentos Rainbow and Mentos Fruit? The newer product, Mentos Rainbow, features seven flavors, five of which are distinct from the original fruit flavors: pineapple, raspberry, apple, watermelon, grape and the old school orange and strawberry. Mentos fruit keeps it simple with the trio of flavors: strawberry, orange and lemon. Either way, you’ll find 14 pieces of fruity chew balls in each package.

My favorite Mentos flavor has always been the pink strawberry. I used to buy rolls of Mentos, pick out all of the pink ones and give the rest to my brothers.

Most people are probably more familiar with the minty version of Mentos. Pierre Van Melle conceived the idea of the Mentos in the Netherlands in 1932. In 1973 new flavors were introduced, cinnamon to the U.S. and fruit flavors to Europe. (I would love to try cinnamon Mentos! Where did that brilliant idea go?) In 1990, the Freshmaker campaign took sales of Mentos on a soaring current of success.

Regardless of which flavor is the best, flavor isn’t even half the fun of the Mentos experience! What makes a Mentos a Mentos is the “secret” structure. Chewy center. Crunchy layer. Fresh coating. Could it be better balanced?!

Mentos are considered dragée candies, which means that they have a hard outer shell. Another example of a dragée candy is the Jordan Almond (see the blog here: https://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/jordan-almond-i-now-pronounce-you-man-and-wife/). Break through the shell into the soft chewy center and let the Mentos dragée take its time and run its course.

 

“I like Mentos, but I don’t like what they break down to.”

“You don’t like the chew?”

“No, I just don’t like that it’s still in my teeth.”

 

Sources:

http://www.mentos.com/

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Krackel: The old school crunch in a new school size

August 15, 2014 by

 

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“Krackel is dope, it has an old school kind of crunch.”

Classroom/Movie Munchability: 8

Melt Measure: 8

Novelty: 6

Sharability: 7

It might not be the simplest candy to spell correctly, but this Hershey’s bar shows simplicity with style. It is the classic milk chocolate bar with a little crisped rice crunch to keep you paying attention.

When Krackels was originally introduced in 1938 as a full size candy bar, it had almonds and crisped rice in the formula. Soon after, peanuts were added to the party. In 1941, while war was at large on the other side of the globe, Krackel became a crisped rice, and crisped rice only, chocolate bar. In the late 90s, Krackel availability shrunk, in physical size. For almost 20 years, the Krackel bar has only been available in the miniature fun size bar, and now, the bar the people have been asking for is back. Catch up with the Krackel full size! It’s a blast from the past, the old school krunch in its old school/new school size!

Sources:

http://chocolate.wikia.com/wiki/Krackel

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Hear them Shqueep: Peeps Minis: Chocolate Crème

July 25, 2014 by

Peeps Minis Chocolate Creme

Peeps Minis Chocolate Creme

These peeps are of an unfamiliar sort. All cramped up inside the bag, 24 to a room, it’s the factory farming of peeps. They took them out of their bag free, free-range boxes and stuck them into a bag. After yesterday’s “Peepa” march against bagged peeps, I decided to get a bag to see what the disturbance was about.

I rip off the seal and unzip the dark cave where the peeps reside. My hand reaches down and the bag crinkles. It’s warm and soft, I just grab something because I’m not sure where each one starts and ends. I pull it out of the bag and it looks just like I’d expect any bagged peep to look after transport. Squished; no structural stability whatsoever, I can see the sadness in its eyes, it knows that life wasn’t supposed to be like this, it dreams of what else could be out there, but it knows of nothing else but the bagged life. He has heard stories of the strong, brightly colored peeps with a whole box of room shared with only four others, where they were able to grow strong and stand up on their own. But those stories are as good as myth to this cramped marshmallow creature.

These mini peeps are a soft, melt-in-your-mouth style gooey substance, not quite the feeling of a typical marshmallow. (My guess is that they must have been affected by the inhumane culture of the bag). This gooey substance is the tar of a hot-chocolate-packet-tasting feather.

Satisfying and highly sharable, but these peeps lack the structural soundness of that classic peep that holds the memories and taste of Spring.

Hot chocolaty squished peeps… hear them shqueep.