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LifeSavers – “A Hole Lot of Fun”

May 19, 2017 by

 “Sometimes memories sneak out of my eyes and roll down my cheeks.”

Did you ever wish you could have just one special day back from your childhood? A day where you could be in a certain place, with a specific person, at a particular time? A day you could freeze and thaw anytime you wanted? I think memories work like that.

I have many ”wish days” but there’s one that I’d love to relive. That certain place would be at our family store, Davidek’s Market, the specific person would be my dad, and that particular time would be after school.

When I was in junior high, the bus left me off 2 blocks from our little neighborhood store.  I’d walk there after school. Wednesdays were one of my favorite days to come through that swinging glass front door. I knew my dad would be waiting for me. In his crisp white starched apron, standing behind the wooden meat block cutting pork chops, probably for our next door neighbor’s dinner. I see him smile and hear him say, “There she is,” as I dropped my books near the black metal, manual adding machine.

Wednesday. It was the day our candy order was delivered. My dad knew to leave it for me to stock. It’s the day I got to open orange boxes of Clark Bars; brown and green boxes of Milky Ways; red, white and blue boxes of 3 Musketeers and cellophane wrapped boxes of Wrigley’s, Juicy Fruit, Double Mint and Teaberry gum. But my favorite candy treasure to open was the little packs of Life Savers.

Did you know LifeSavers were first made in 1912 by chocolate maker Clarence Crane because he wanted a sweet treat that wouldn’t melt in the summer heat? They got their name because they looked like life preservers.

Right in the middle of my dad’s long, white, porcelain meat counter sat a long metal LifeSavers holder. That holder held that same spot for as long as I could remember. I loved filling in each spot with the different colored rolls. I’d unwrap my favorite flavor first –Wild Cherry, which always seemed to be the first ones to go (hmmm . . . I think I had something to do with that). Then the multi-colored 5 Flavor rolls. The green Wint-O-Green. Next the blue Pep-O-Mint. Each little roll fitting snuggly in their designated spot.

Then when I was all through with my candy duties, I’d grab my roll of Wild Cherry LifeSavers, pull that little green string through the foil and plop one in my mouth. Just like it was yesterday, a burst of that sweet cherry delight swirling across my taste buds can bring it all back to me.

Memories of that one special day sneaking into my eyes. Just me and my dad, in the store after school, laughing and talking behind that white porcelain meat counter. With a roll of cherry LifeSavers in my pocket as I catch a tear rolling down my cheeks.

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 Memories, Candy News, Retro Candy

Just a Small Town Girl Sharing Her Sweet Memories…

April 7, 2017 by

 

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” Anais Nin

First of all, let me tell you that I am honored to be a blogger. My name is Mary Lynn Davidek Alpino. When I broke the news to my 20 year old daughter, Ashley, she was pleasantly surprised that her mom even had an inkling of an idea just what a blogger is and my 25 year old son, Ryan said quite simply, “That’s cool mom!”

And since this is a blog for CandyFavorites, it is my intention “to taste life twice.” Did you know memories can affect taste! Recalling a positive memory about eating a certain food will make a present experience with it more enjoyable (Health World). That’s what I want to focus on in my upcoming articles, recalling a memory, a feeling, a place, a moment in your life that you’ll never forget.

“Well I was born in a small town”

The song “Small Town” by John Mellencamp reminds me of where I grew up and who I am today. Brackenridge, Pennsylvania, is where I called home. A small town about 22 miles from Pittsburgh. The kind of town where you could walk to the bank, barber shop, post office, dry cleaners, town news, drug store, shoe store and church all in a matter of 2 long blocks. My father owned a neighborhood meat and grocery store, one of 4 in that 2 block area. A store that my grandfather started.

“Oh, those small communities”

My two brothers and one sister all grew up working in the store. And as I grew older, I realized our store kept us close as a family, taught us core values, and gave us tons of great memories. I started my “store career” in grade school when my dad taught me how to make change so I could wait on kids that came in for candy and pop after school. The prestigious job of sweeping the tile floor and washing the meat case windows was bestowed on me as I longed to be there helping my dad any way I could.

“Used to daydream in that small town”

My day dreams used to be of being a nurse just like my mom. But one day in my college English 101 class, Sister Teresa asked me if I ever thought of writing as my major. She said, “just think about it.” So I did and I decided to be a journalism major. The rest they say is history. I’ve worked in public relations and enjoy freelance writing for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

So come and taste life (and candy) twice with me for “nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.” –L.M. Montgomery

Bonne Vie!

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.

 

Candy News, Retro Candy

It’s Time to Sip Some Candy Flavored Coffee and Hot Chocolate

January 13, 2017 by

Heads Up, Candy Lovers! Candy Flavored Coffee and Hot Chocolate Is Coming To You

sugar babies hot chocolateWhen you think of CandyFavorites, we’re willing to bet that you probably think of us as straight up candy people. And, it makes sense. After all, we were founded on the principle of great, accessible candy. However, nothing maintains greatness like innovation. So, it should come as no surprise that, in this new year, we’ve got a few new tricks up our sleeves.

One such development involves candy flavored coffee and hot chocolate! You read that correctly. We’re excited to announce that we now carry a variety of candy flavored coffee and hot chocolate from 2 Rivers.

The flavors come in pods that have 12 to an order and are ready to go in your instant beverage machine, so you’re never far away from some great tasting drinks. But what exactly will you be getting yourself into?

andes creme de menthe coffeeSatisfy Your Endless Sweet Tooth Cravings

Well, if you’re a coffee lover, then Ande’s Crème de Menthe may be calling your name. Think: all the chocolate-minty goodness of Ande’s combined with the invigorating taste of coffee.

Or, if you’d rather something a little fruitier, Cella Chocolate Cherry Coffee might be right up your alley. After all, what could be better than chocolate covered cherries, in liquid form?

junior mints hot cocoaOh, but don’t worry hot chocolate fans. We didn’t forget about you! To get your own minty goodness, we’d recommend the Junior Mints Hot Chocolate. It’s the perfect combination of soothing and bright. And if you’re in the mood for something a little bit richer, then the Tootsie Rolls Hot Chocolate may be the one for you. Think chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.

But this is just the beginning! We have a vast and tasty selection of candy flavored coffee and hot chocolate. So, you’ll want to take a look around. Who knows? Your favorite candy may now become your favorite cup of Jo.

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth This Memorial Day!

May 23, 2016 by

Candy for Memorial Day!

No matter where you are in the country, Memorial Day always feels like the start of summer. There’s usually nice weather, great food, and good times spent with friends and family. What could be better than that, right?

Around here, we think quality time with your favorite people is one of the most important things in life. After all, you spend all day working—maybe with people you’d rather not be working with! When you do have the down time, you’ve really got to make the most of it and surround yourselves with the ones you love.

Especially on Memorial Day, we should take a moment to appreciate the loved ones we do have and the service of those who gave their lives so that we can continue to live in freedom.

And if you’re gathering your nearest and dearest together this Memorial Day, you may want to consider adding a bit of candy into the mix! Because after everyone has had their fill of burgers and hot dogs, you may want a little bit of sugary sweetness to pick things up.

Of course, you can eat any candy on any day of the year, but why not go for a patriotic theme? If that’s what you were thinking, then we’ve got just the candies for you.

Fancy something a little chewy? Our Red, White and Blue Gumballs are just what you need! These will look great on a buffet table, and even better when you use them to blow a giant bubble! And if Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, then blowing giant bubbles is the unofficial activity of the season.

Or, if you’d prefer something to satisfy your chocolate cravings, maybe our Patriotic Tootsie Rolls are what you need. These are all wrapped up in our nation’s greatest colors, and ready for your summertime enjoyment.

And if you’re more of a cookie person than a candy person, our Patriotic Cookie container is here for you.

So whether you’re having a large or small gathering this Memorial Day, don’t let you guests leave without dessert!

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Decking The Halls: 6 Candy Buffet Ideas For Your Holiday Party

December 4, 2015 by

holiday_ candy_ buffetTis the season to “Deck the Halls” and show your employees how much you appreciate all the hard work they bring into the office everyday. What better way to celebrate hard work, the successes of the past year, and get ready for challenges ahead than by throwing a memorable event for all the members of your staff?

Take your end of the year celebration to the next level by building a fun and tasty candy buffet to share with the members of your staff. The theme of your holiday party will dictate the color scheme and candy selection, so you’ll want to make sure you have your motif selected before you begin your candy-planning. Having trouble coming up with a plan? We’ve got a few ideas below to help you create the perfect candy buffet.

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?
When a fresh blanket of snow has fallen, usually snowmen are the first things that come to mind! Though the weather may not be ideal to build a snowman, these humanoid snow sculptures can still bring the perfect frosty feeling to any holiday gathering. Choose from our selection of bulk white candies, to create an aura of freshly fallen snow, or to fill festive snowman candy dishes. Finish off the theme by offering Gummy Snowmen, Peeps Marshmallow Snowmen, and Gummi Christmas Snowflakes.

Candy Cane Creations
Sticky and minty these red and white striped treats are a staple this time of year! If you’re looking for an easy color scheme, and an even easier selection of candy to feature, try pulling a little inspiration from a Christmas classic.

Build Your Own Gingerbread House Candy Buffet
For a festive and unique office party experience, invite your employees or coworkers to create their own take on a holiday favorite! Gather all the essentials like gum drops, M&M’s, and mini candy canes, with any new additions of your choosing, and see just how creative the group can be. The best part? There are sure to be leftovers to share!

You’re A Mean One, Mister Grinch
He’s lean. He’s mean. He’s…green? If you’re looking for a fun anti-theme to make your holiday bash stand out, Dr. Seuss fans’ favorite recluse, The Grinch, may offer just the inspiration you’re looking for. Fun bright greens and yellows could dominate your candy buffet. And don’t forget to add Brach’s peppermints and candy canes to give just a hint of classic Christmas treats!

Ugly Holiday Sweater
It wouldn’t be the holidays if there weren’t a few awkward sweaters making an appearance! Take the fun of the traditional ugly sweater and channel it into a holiday party that your coworkers are not soon to forget! Invite everyone to don their most atrocious sweater and add the finishing touches to your soirée with a candy buffet to match! Bulk colored candies offer the perfect opportunity to play with festive color combinations, and these Ugly Sweater Christmas Chocolates will fit right in, too!

Happy New Year!
5…4…3…2…It may be a little early to begin the countdown into 2016, but your office can still ring in the New Year with something sweet. Let the traditional blue and silver of the season guide your decoration and candy selections as you prepare to say goodbye to the old, and hello to the new!

With these themes, planning your office holiday party will be a cinch! Now send out those invites, don’t skimp on the decorations, and prepare to have yourself a holly jolly time!

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Unforgettable Fall Candy And Turkey Day Treats

October 29, 2015 by

Fall_CandyWith October winding down, we’re already thinking ahead to the next major holiday, Thanksgiving! The traditions, the focus on the good things in life, and of course the delicious food are some of our favorite things about this Fall holiday. Nothing brings families together quite like Thanksgiving does, and if you’re hosting guests this year, the pressure is on to impress them with terrific food and a fun atmosphere. Check out these delightful fall candy ideas that will make your Thanksgiving gathering one to remember for years to come – but make sure there’s not too much sweet snacking that goes on before the main event!

Oreo Turkeys

After your guests are stuffed with real turkey, put them into a food coma with these adorable fall candy turkeys. Doubling as festive decorations, you’ll need Oreos, Candy Corn, Reese’s Cups, Whoppers, chocolate icing, and yellow icing to create these turkeys.

Start by adding some chocolate frosting to the top of one Oreo and then attach five candy corns to it with the tips down. Next, add chocolate frosting onto another Oreo and attach it to the first Oreo so they make an L-shape. Attach the Reese’s Cup and the Whopper to the Oreo to create a turkey body and head. Finally, with yellow frosting, glue on the white tip of a candy corn to the Whopper for a beak, and then draw on eyes and feet. Your guests might think they’re too cute to gobble up!

Fall Candy Acorns

These fall candy acorns are the perfect edible decoration for this year’s Thanksgiving table. For each acorn, use icing or peanut butter to frost the bottom of a bite-sized Nutter Butter cookie. Next, stick on an unwrapped Hershey Chocolate Kiss candy. Finally, use icing to adhere a peanutbutter chip to the top to resemble a stem and you’re finished! Place them in a bowl for guests to snack on throughout the day.

Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year to show off your hostess skills. With these adorably festive fall candy decorations, you’ll have guests asking you to host Thanksgiving every year. Head over to our website and browse more Autumn and Fall Candy for all of your Thanksgiving needs and create your own recipes!

Candy News, Halloween Candy

Halloween Candy Tricks To Spook Your Trick-Or-Treaters

October 1, 2015 by

You know the drill. On or before the night of October 31st you’ll have gaggles of children in costumes knocking on your door shrieking the old adage “Trick-or-Treat” expecting candy in return.

Besides offering phenomenal candy, (and with the great Halloween selection from CandyFavorites.com, how could you offer anything less?) are there ways to make your Halloween candy stand out from the crowd this year? We believe the answer is a resounding, “yes!”. Simply follow a few of these tips to keep your candy bowl the spookiest, and the most fun this Halloween. And if you have creepy, goopy or fun ideas that we missed, share them in the comments below!

Re-Label Your Halloween Candy

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(Image courtesy of mudpiestudio.com)

What’s in a name? For Halloween this year, we challenge you to break away from boring old monikers like “jellybeans”, “M&M’s”, and “candy corn”, and try on something a little more festive! We love the ideas from mudpiestudio.com including, “Witches Warts”, “Ghost Poop”, “Monster Scabs”, and “Jack o’ Lantern Teeth”! First you’ll need to decide what Halloween candy you would like to distribute, and decide on a funny and festive name! Once you’ve got your labels designed and printed and your ziploc baggies handy, all that you’ll have left to do is distribute oodles of your favorite bulk candies into each of the designated bags. Staple your baggies closed with the label facing out and you’ll hear tons of giggles from your trick-or-treaters this Halloween!

Candy Wreath

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(Image courtesy of mytwocupcakes.blogspot.com)

Not going to be home for Halloween this year? You can still be part of the fun for the little ones with a creative candy display! Simply find a styrofoam wreath ring from a local craft store and get a giant bag of Dum Dum lollipops (or Chupa Chups). All you have to do is insert the lollipops one at a time into the styrofoam wreath. Complete your candy display with a little sign inviting children to take one and voila! Your house will be Halloween candy ready!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Think Outside The Bowl

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(Image courtesy of bystephanielynn.com)

Even if you’ll be in town while trick-or-treaters are ringing doorbells, nothing says you need to feel obligated to keep your Halloween candy housed in a boring old bowl! Re-think your candy container for a little spooky fun this Halloween! We personally love the idea of carving a wide mouth on a pumpkin and letting little ones pull their candy out from in between pumpkin teeth! How would you decorate yours?

Being the most interesting house on the block this Halloween isn’t JUST about the types and sizes of your Halloween candy. How will you let the spirit of the holiday inspire your candy-giving this year?

Candy News, Halloween Candy

Special Delivery: Halloween Savings

September 1, 2015 by

online_candy_ordersHalloween Pez Dispensers, Scary Skeletons, Candy Fangs, Reese’s Pumpkins  — we’ve got it all! CandyFavorites.com is proud to kick off the Halloween season with an amazing selection of Halloween Candy perfect for trick-or-treaters or even for seasonal snacking. Add to that selection our NEW lower shipping rates and improved time-in-transit and you have the perfect one-stop shop for all your Halloween Treat needs.

Long-term customers may be familiar with our previous shipping policy. Unlike other online stores who focus on shipping as a profit center, CandyFavorites.com has always been committed to providing customers with the fastest possible delivery at the lowest possible rates. However, because candy tends to be bulky and heavy, and is also perishable, shipping costs can quickly skyrocket. Now, after a strong year of sales and a careful negotiation process, we have taken our savings and extended them to our customers.

CandyFavorites.com is now able to offer a flat shipping rate of $8.95 to all customers, regardless of order size. For those interested in bulk ordering, orders over $57.95 will still be eligible for free shipping. In both instances, we’re offering the lowest rate threshold in the online candy industry. We believe that our new special shipping rates combined with our commitment to superior customer service truly helps us to reach our goal of enhancing the customer experience.

To better serve customers, all orders will be in transit for no more than three days. We are also offering deep discounts on expedited services allowing last minute shoppers to receive candy in a cost effective manner. So whether you’re buying Halloween candy ahead of time, or waiting until closer to the holiday, you can be sure that your candy will be at your door before your trick-or-treaters come knocking.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

We’re excited about this year’s Halloween Candy offerings. Whether you’re simply looking for a delicious treat, or you need something a little more whimsical to delight trick-or-treaters, CandyFavorites.com has just the sugar snacks you’re looking for. Halloween wouldn’t be right without favorites such as Brach’s Candy Corn, Caramels, and not to mention old time classics such as Wax Fangs!