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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.

m&m's mexican jalapeno peanut chocolate candies
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!

Candy History, Candy Memories, Candy News, Retro Candy, Valentine's Candy

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.

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CandyFavorites.com Partners with Arnold’s Candies for Wholesale

December 20, 2018 by

arnold's candies gift boxHere at CandyFavorites.com, 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.

arnold's candies peppermint puffs

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 CandyFavorites.com, 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!

arnold's candies peanut brittle

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 CandyFavorites.com, 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.

Candy Contests, Candy News

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.

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 History, Candy News, Candy Reviews

Laffy Taffy and Snickers: Something Funny Going on Here

May 10, 2018 by

I have always said that laughter is the key to anyone’s heart, but is it the key to their stomachs as well? The Willy Wonka Candy Company and Mars Incorporated may have something to say when it comes to that topic. With the creations of Laffy Taffy and Snickers bars, their candies are sure to keep their consumers happy. Although the two candies are completely different, they both offer unique twists on classic candies. So let’s dig in to some flavorful facts.

laffy taffy assortedTaffy or Toffee, depending on where you live, was first brought into light in 1817 when the word was added to the Oxford Dictionary. The place of creation is unknown, but it is somewhere in Europe. By the time the 1870s came around, taffy was in its heyday and people loved it so much that they went as far as to throw taffy pulling parties. Although salt water taffy and Laffy Taffy are fairly soft, it is not the same in Scotland. In Scotland, toffee (known as tablet there) is so hard that it comes with a little metal hammer that is used to break the candies into smaller bits.

Laffy Taffy was first invented in 1971 to accompany the release of the Gene Wilder movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Originally Laffy Taffy was made by the Breaker Confections company until they changed their name to Willy Wonka Brands in 1980. The candies were packaged with bright colored wrappers that always included a joke inside. This was to reinforce the movie’s slightly psychedelic themes. The candy’s name comes simply from its texture and the jokes inside. The company was renamed again in 1993 after becoming a part of the Nestle company, and is now known as the Willy Wonka Candy Company. This reinforces the importance of the imaginary candy factory and its colorful creator, Mr. Wonka himself. The candies started off as a small thick square shape, but over the years developed into the longer thinner rectangles that we know and love today.

laffy taffy strawberryAlthough I had eaten them many times before, I went ahead and ate some of the little candies again in order to help me more accurately describe them. I started off with the Strawberry flavor which came in a bright pink wrapper. First I read the jokes provided to me. I am a sucker for some cheesy jokes, so I really enjoyed this one: What is a Buccaneer? Wait for it… expensive corn! *Crickets*. Anyway, after reading the jokes, I went on to smell my taffy. I like to see if it tastes like it smells, which food and candies often do, but not always. I decided that the Strawberry Laffy Taffy would make a nice candle. After sniffing the candy, I ate it. The Strawberry flavor was especially hard to chew. Otherwise, it tasted like it smelled. It was a bit sour and had a hint of the real strawberry flavor.

laffy taffy bananaThe next one that I tried was banana, which was wrapped nicely in  yellow packaging. As we are all aware, artificial banana flavor is in no way like real bananas. Thinking back to the circus peanuts reviewed in my first blog and the chicks and rabbits reviewed in my Easter blog, we discovered that artificial banana is a hit or miss every time that it is added to a candy. The banana taffy’s smell was a bit overpowering and it came with small hints of vanilla for some unexplained reason. When it comes to Laffy Taffy, the flavor is very similar to that of banana runts, which are also made by the Willy Wonka Candy Company. The banana taffy was a lot easier to chew than the strawberry and it was very smooth. It also just kind of tastes like the color yellow. What is a parasite? This one is pretty obvious… something you see in Paris.

laffy taffy grapeThe third taffy flavor that I tasted was grape and it came in a purple wrapper. Grape has never been one of my favorite flavors, but I am actually okay with it in Laffy Taffy form. When the packaging is first opened, there is a very strong scent that immediately reminded me of Fun Dip, another one of the Wonka company’s creations. The grape flavor was kind of sour, but not too strong in that regard, yet the overall flavor was very bold. Luckily the taffy’s texture was just right in the grape flavor, not to soft and not too hard.

laffy taffy sour appleThe last flavor that I tried was the sour apple flavor in a green package. For some odd reason, I had trouble smelling this flavor. Maybe my nose had too many scents inside of it from the previous flavors, or maybe it just didn’t have a smell. When I put the taffy in my mouth, I found that it was very soft compared to all of the other flavors. Although it was sour apple, the sour part didn’t hit me until later on in my tasting of the candy. When I am eating a sour candy, I like to really experience the sourness- getting that twitching in my eyes and the pucker in my lips. The taffy tasted good anyway though.

Even though each taffy flavor individually tasted great, all the flavors were kind of overpowering, especially when eaten one after another. I would definitely recommend trying Laffy Taffy if you haven’t done so yet. It’s not just a candy that can get stuck in your teeth, it’ll also provide you with some sweet jokes.

  • Shareability: 1               
  • Denture Danger: 10       
  • Convenience: 8        
  • Novelty: 3       
  • Overall: 8

Another silly candy is the Snickers bar. With a slogan like “curb your hunger before your hunger curbs you,” we’ve all been left to wonder what makes this candy so funny. So let’s find out. Snickers bars were created in 1930 by Frank Mars who founded the Mars candy company. He named the flavorful candy after one of his family’s horses. That horse must’ve had a pretty great sense of humor. The candies used to be called “Marathon Bars” in the United Kingdom (not to be confused with the Marathon Bar sold in America from 1973-1981, also by the Mars Company), but since have become known as Snickers all over the world. Currently they are the best selling candy in the world as well as one of the most highly produced, with the Mars company producing about 15 million bars per day. So what makes a Snickers bar so good? Could it be the chocolate, the peanuts, the caramel, or the nougat? Let’s delve into the tasty snack.

Snickers bars have always been a favorite candy of mine, so I was very excited to finally do something with my love for the layered goodness. Of course I started out by smelling the candy, which caused some strange looks from the people around me, but I didn’t mind. The bar had a very strong peanut smell, outshining all of the other ingredients trying to spend some time in the “limelight”. I guess if they wanted to do that they could go join in on the fun in a Jelly Belly bag, which can be found right here.  Anyway, after taking in the scent of the candy, I tasted it, just like the taffy. The candy was very sweet, and much more chocolatey than the smell suggested. It was both crunchy and chewy at the same time, and luckily not too hard even though there were peanuts in the bar. With much concentration, I was able to detect a faint nougat taste, but it would have gone unnoticed had I not been looking for it. I enjoyed the candy anyway, like I always do. All in all, there was a lot going on in the fantastic candies.

  • Shareability: 2               
  • Denture Danger: 8       
  • Convenience: 8       
  • Novelty: 2       
  • Overall: 9

What did one penny say to the other penny? This is a good one… just wait. “Let’s get together and make some sense!” So we can do that too. Laffy Taffy and Snickers bars have one wonderful connection and that is the fact that they are known to provide people with long lasting smiles. With very sweet overpowering flavors, the candies are sure to give both your mouth and your stomach an explosion of joy. In all seriousness though, if you enjoy life and love to laugh, you should check out Laffy Taffy and Snickers right here at candyfavorites.com.

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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.