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Saturday, February 11, 2017

 Brach's cinnamon hearts are a favorite Valentine Candy. If you are a cinnamon lover these are very hard to resist. These are one of those Valentine candies that have been around forever and are a must have for many year after year.

If you have never tried this I suggest you do. You get a soft jelly heart shape candy with a cinnamon flavor then covered in sugar.  You get a spicy and sweet taste all in one bite. These hearts have just the right amount of cinnamon, nothing over bearing.

Not only are these fun to just eat out of the bag or to put in  your candy dish, but they are also perfect for your Valentine treats.

Buy your Brach's cinnamon hearts today, as these are strictly a Valentine Candy, once they are sold out for the year they are gone until next Valentine's day.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Necco tiny conversation hearts in the original flavors are still available , but very hard to find.  For some strange reason after many of years Necco decided it was time to change the flavors from the classics to new flavors. This change was made a few years ago and many have been very unhappy with this change.

Necco only sells the classic flavor conversation hearts in bulk boxes, so they do need to be repackaged. Let's face it , no matter how much you enjoy the original flavors, a 50 pound box
is just way to many hearts to eat.

We were lucky enough to find a company that purchases these conversation hearts  and repackages them under their own brand name.  Heck who cares what the name is on the package as long  as they are the Necco original flavors right ?

Banana, Lime, Grape, Cherry, Orange and Wintergreen are the original flavors.  None of the lemon, green apple or blue raspberry flavors in the original bags. If you are unsure if you are buying original flavors or the new ones, check the bags, if they have blue hearts in them, it's the newer flavors.

Why after all these years would they change the flavors so many of our customers ask us . Not knowing the really answer all we can figure is like many candies, the manufactures figure it is kids
that eat candy. They are always changing the flavors to appeal to the kids. Hey what about us adults that enjoy the candy from the good old days ? 

So if you are looking to buy Necco original conversation hearts your search is over.  Make sure to buy a few extra bags, the shelf life is pretty long. We always hold our breath every year never knowing from one year to the next if they will be totally gone.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Let's face it candy canes are a huge part of Christmas, but now that Christmas is over you have all these candy canes that are left. You are getting a bit tired of eating them and looking them so what do you do with them ?

  1.  Of course if you are a coffee, tea or hot chocolate drinker peppermint candy canes make great stirrers. Plus they will give your hot beverage a great minty taste.
  2. Crush them up and use them for ice cream toppers. A scoop of vanilla ice cream and the Hershey's chocolate mint candy canes are a delicious combination.
  3. Have you ever tried crushed up candy canes in brownies ? These are a very tasty treat. I didn't think I would care for them, but once I tried them I was hooked.
  4. I have had a few of my customers say that they melt them down and put them in a small glass mason jar.  Then they will put the jar on the stove or on a candle burner and warm them up giving the house a great minty smell. If you try this just be careful and don't keep it on the burner to long as sometimes the jars may crack.
  5. For anyone who makes their own soaps or body scrubs crush up some candy canes extremely fine and add them to you soaps.  I bought a face scrub at a craft fair only because I was curious about the candy cane in them, being a candy lady and all.  I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked it.  The added peppermint pieces not only have it a cool minty feeling but also the tiny pieces exfoliated my skin.  Only problem was I could not keep my dogs from wanting to lick my face.

Did you know if candy canes are tightly wrapped sort of like shrink wrapped they last a long time. Now of course I  am not saying that you should eat them the next year but they still have a use.  Now winter is hear,  it's could outside,  kids are getting antsy.   Hey bring out those left over candy canes, pipe cleans, ribbons, googly eyes and what ever other craft supplies you have on hand and get a jump start on some crafty Christmas ornaments and gift for next year and keep the kids busy at the same time.

Here are a few fun and fairly easy crafts we found looking online and I am sure you can find many more with a little research.

 How about a reindeer ornament. Just a little dab a glue to hold them together. Then wrap in yarn, add eyes , a pom pom and some ribbon you're done. How cute would these be to hang on your Christmas tree ?

Here is another reindeer that is easier to make with smaller children.
Very simple and fun to make. These also are really cute when  you make them with flavored candy canes that are different colors.

Get some thin twine and wrap them around the canes putting a dab of clue here and there. Then add a bow to the top and anything else you might want to add and a hanger. I made some like this a few years ago by wrapping them in twine it gave them a county look. They were so cute on my tree.

Candy cane wreaths are fun to make and you can let you imagination run wild. Use full size or mini canes depending on the size of the wreath you want to make.  You can add all sorts of embellishments to make them as fancy as you want.  My girlfriend made these a couple of years ago in in the center she put a picture of her kids and gave them out for Christmas to the grandparents, aunts and uncles. Everyone loved them.

Or with Valentines day right around the corner you can make some candy cane hearts. If you really want to dress them up melt down some chocolate white or dark chocolate and fill the centers for a tasty Valentine treat.

So here are some idea's of what to do with all those left over candy canes or you could just throw them out if you are really sick of looking at them.  I really want to make some of the candy cane hearts, melt down some chocolate to fill the centers and turn them in to suckers. So stay tuned if they turn out we will be sure to post some pictures.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Brach's Christmas Nougats are a classic Christmas candy. They are a disk shaped nougat candy wrapped in cellophane. These are most recognizable by the little Christmas tree in the center. 
These are a very popular candy for the holidays and come in a variety of flavors.

Peppermint nougats are the most popular flavor.  If you like peppermint you will be please with the cool minty flavor of

For those not fond of peppermint, you can also get nougat in a cool Wintergreen flavor nougats.  These are not as easily found as the peppermint.

Now for those of you that like all the flavors of nougats there is a Christmas mix bag. You can get an assorted bag of peppermint, wintergreen and cinnamon flavored nougats.

At one time you could get a bag of just cinnamon flavor nougats, however  cinnamon was not very popular and for a while they were discontinued.  Due to a small demand they were brought back, but they are only available in the Christmas mix bag.

Brach's made it very easy to tell what flavor you are getting by the colors. All of them have the red stripes around the edges. The ones with the white centers are peppermint, the green centers are wintergreen and the red / pink centers are cinnamon.

 Brach's Christmas Nougats are a tasty treat to fill your candy dishes with. For many it is a tradition to have these every year.  I am amazed at how many kids actually like these nougats. I am not sure if it is for the taste or the cute little trees in the center.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Old fashion hard candy is a must have candy for Christmas. For many it is not just the candy they have to have , but it is the memories it provides.  I think everyone remembers eating this candy as a kid at grandma's house. So it's quickly becoming a tradition that is carried on from past generations.

One of the most popular candy is the old time hard candy and the filled candy.  The come in an assorted mix in a resealable canister. This is perfect for filling your candy dish or just eating right
out of the can.

Then there is the ribbon candy.  It is available in either thin ribbon or baby ribbon.  Fruity very thin candy shaped like a ribbon or baby ribbon which is a more chunkier piece of ribbon candy.

I can't forget to mention my all time favorite and that is cut rock candy. I love the fruit and spice flavors, but what appeals most to me is the design in the middle.

No matter which of the old fashion Christmas candy is  your favorite  mix them all together in your candy dish and they just look almost to pretty to eat.

Here is a cute story I  would like to share with you, that one of my customers told me a few years ago.  When her grandmother passed away, she inherited the Christmas candy dish. So every year she buys 2 cans of hard candy and 2 cans of the filled to put in her candy dish so it feels like grandma is sharing Christmas with her family.  The part that I found really cute was that her kids do not like this candy , which most kids don't.  So after the first of the  year she ends up throwing away  most of the candy that was placed in the dish.  Yet year after year she buys the candy that reminder her so much of her grandma, without it she said Christmas would not be the same.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas stocking filled with candy are a Christmas tradition. However you might be surprised to know that adults enjoy getting candy filled stockings as much as kids do.

We have come up with a cute little stocking filled with retro and nostalgic candies that are perfect for kids, teens and adults.  These are very popular for corporate events, holiday parties and even Santa has been known to give a few of these away.

What is so special about these stockings you ask? Let me tell you.  While they are only about 8 inches from the toe to the top of the header, they are chucked full of candy and cost less then $4.00.

They are other stockings out there that cost less, but usually they have a few pieces of  penny candy.
We make up our stockings as the orders come in so the candy is always fresh and delicious.

We have picked out a good selection of the oldies, but goodies for our stockings.  What is really cool is that while the adults will remember eating these candies as kids, they will be new candies for the most part for today's youth.

You will get 15 pieces of candy which do vary. Some of the candies are  Frooties, Charms Sour Balls, Mary Jane, Slo Poke, Black Cow, Sweet Tarts, Smarties, Root Beer Barrels, Candy Sticks, Wax Bottles, Chick O Sticks, Razzles and the list goes on.

I think the only thing what would make these Christmas stockings a little more old fashioned would be if we could get the cute little red mesh ones, however I think those are a thing of the past.

So if you are looking to buy Christmas stockings for parties, or hand outs or gifts, these are perfect.
You can buy just one or 101 whatever you need.

Say Merry Christmas with a little piece of the past.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Candy canes aren't just peppermint anymore.  There are so many different flavors to choose from now when it comes to candy canes.  Did you know many many years when they first came out they weren't even canes. Nope the were just sticks , while they were still peppermint in flavor the color was just white. My how times have changed.

There is just about every flavor of Candy cane you can imagine. From sour , sweet, chocolate, candy canes that taste like soda pop and even spicy ones. What ever your taste buds are craving I am sure there will be a candy cane to please it.

If sour candy canes are what you like  then Sour Patch or Warheads  candy canes are the best to go for.  These are extremely popular with the kids. But even adults like sour so these two are your best choices.  These will definitely  make your taste buds stand up and take notice.

Now if you are looking for something on the sweet side. Pixy sticks  or lifesaver candy canes are the way to go.   The lifesaver ones are more sweet. Pixy Stick candy canes are actually filled with sugar so they are a bit tangy on the inside , sweeter on the outside.

Now for those chocolate lovers Hershey candy canes are the way to go. Not only to they have that Hershey chocolate flavor everyone loves. They also have a mint flavor. A great combination of chocolate and mint.

Soda pop flavored candy canes come in A&W Root-beer,  Orange Crush and Dr. Pepper flavors. Now this are a big hit with kids of course, but due to the old time flavors they are very popular with adults as well.

For those who like things a little spicy , you need to try the
Red Hots Candy canes. These have a nice cinnamon flavor.
Nothing that will burn your mouth,  enough cinnamon to give
you a little zing.

There are way more flavors and brands to choose from, but these seem to be the most popular flavors of candy canes.  Of course there are still the classics peppermint or spearmint flavors as well.  If you still can't decide which candy canes to get, buy the all.

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