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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

How to Use Leftover Halloween Candy in Thanksgiving Desserts

There’s no such thing as too much candy...unless you’re staring at a mountain of Halloween candy on November 1st right as you start making plans to get your house in order for the holidays! If your own kids didn’t gobble up all of their Halloween candy, or you purchased jumbo-size bags of candy for all the trick-or-treaters that never showed up at your door, not knowing what to do with uneaten Halloween candy can be frustrating. Fortunately, you won’t have to let all that candy go to waste. Read on to find some clever uses for leftover Halloween candy at Thanksgiving!

Ice Cream Toppings

After the turkey crash, we could all use a little sugar rush to help us gear up for Black Friday shopping. This year, add some color to the kids’ table and put your colorful candies to good use by setting up a make-your-own-sundae bar! You’ll just need vanilla ice cream and cups or bowls full of gummy worms, Smarties, M&Ms or any other bite-size candies you have left over from Halloween. Especially if you want to give your oven a break, or if you live in a warmer climate, a Thanksgiving sundae bar is sure to be a hit (and will help you find a happy home for all of your extra Halloween candy).

Cheesecake Fillings & Crusts

You’ve probably already seen recipes for candy-filled cakes and pies all over Pinterest and your favorite food blogs. And what cheesecake isn’t better when you mix chocolate or candy to the filling for a little variety and texture? Small chocolates like M&Ms or fruit-flavored candies like Skittles are easy to mix in, bringing in their own unique flavors and textures. Reese’s Pieces also provide a satisfying crunch and add a salty, peanutty flair to creamy cheesecake. Skip the crust entirely and roll the filling ingredients in small candy pieces or crushed cookies if you want to make a candy-covered cheesecake ball.

Filling isn’t the only part of a cheesecake that’s fun to get creative with. You can also crush up pretzels or graham crackers and mix them with melted Snickers bars for a one-of-a-kind cheesecake crust.

Candy Bowl in the Entryway

Individually-wrapped candies like Starlight mints and LifeSavers are perfect for the community candy bowl at the office. At home, you can set out a bowl of unwrapped candy for decoration or for family to enjoy.

Make Candy-Covered Popcorn Balls

If you’ve never made popcorn balls with your family before, just know that it’s sort of like making Rice Krispie treats, but with salty popcorn to balance out the sugary sweetness of the candy and marshmallows. Crunchy, colorful candies like M&M’s will work best, but you can get creative with any bite-size confections you have on-hand.

Send Guests Home With Treat Bags

Who doesn’t love going home from Thanksgiving dinner at mom and dad’s house with a to-go plate full of turkey and stuffing? This year, bring your leftover Halloween candy in gift-size bags to send your friends and family off with a sweet treat for the road.

Do you unload your leftover Halloween candy at Thanksgiving? Let us know how in the comments!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Hauntingly Creative Uses for Halloween Candy

Halloween is truly made for candy lovers, but it’s not just trick-or-treaters that get in on the goodies. If you’re hosting or attending a Halloween shindig this year and want to impress, check out our easy and delicious spooky Halloween candy treats!

Apple Peanut Butter Monster Faces with Crunchy M&M Eyeballs

These last-minute treats strike the right balance between a healthy after-school snack and a candy-coated indulgence. Use an apple slicer to make the apple wedges that form the base of the monster mouth. Next, spread a little bit of peanut butter on the apple skin. Just a little bit will do - the monster’s teeth will show better if you can see his lips! You can use jellybeans for the teeth, and an M&M on top of a marshmallow to make the eye. Have fun with the colors so you can create a red-eyed monster with green teeth, a brown-eyed monster with yellow teeth or any color combo you can think of! Cookie butter makes a gooey, fall-flavored alternative if there’s a guest in the haunted house who can’t have nuts.

You will need:
·       M&M’s
·       Apples of any flavor
·       Peanut butter (or cookie butter if going nut-free)
·       Marshmallows
·       Jellybeans

Worms In Dirt With Rice Krispie Headstones

Worms in dirt is a versatile Halloween favorite. You can make any base you want - pudding, flavored gelatin, chocolate cake - and serve it in cups or make a haunted tableau inside of a cake pan. Crush up lots of Oreos in a plastic bag with a rolling pin to make the top soil. Then, Rice Krispie treats covered in fondant or molding chocolate make perfect headstones. Squish, roll and form the Rice Krispie treats into different shaped headstones for a spooky graveyard feel. Drape them in fondant or cover in molding chocolate to complete the look. Spooky greys and black work great! Finally, cover your sweet and spooky scene with gummy worms or sour worms.

You will need:
·       Gummy Worms
·       Oreos
·       Cake, pudding or flavored gelatin
·       Rice Krispie treats
·       Fondant or molding chocolate

Candy Trifle

Maybe this last one is best for those couple of weeks between Halloween and Thanksgiving when you’re trying to make leftover Halloween candy disappear. Really, a layered candy trifle is appropriate for any time of year. This one is super simple: layer cubes of cake, whipped cream and candy in one big dish or in individual cups and dig in!

You will need:
·       Any leftover Halloween candy crushed or cut into bite-size pieces (or pick candies around a central theme like chocolate or fruit)
·       Any flavor of cake, cut into bite-size cubes
·       Whipped cream
·       Sprinkles or other fixins

The Wholesale Candy Shop has freaky good deals on Halloween candy for making scary and silly treats for all the little boils and ghouls. Shop our secure store all year or stock up on trick or treat candy a little early!

Summer Blockbuster Movie Theater Candy

Summer is made for candy. Whether you’re buying for a movie theater, selling candy for a summer fundraiser while school is out or just want to keep boxes of candy at home (your secret’s safe with us), The Wholesale Candy Shop has you covered. These movie theater candy brands are sure to be a smash this summer!

Wonka Candy in Bulk

You don’t have to be Violet Beauregarde or Veruca Salt to go crazy over Wonka candy. Colorful Gobstoppers (classic or chewy), fruit-shaped Runts and impossibly tiny Nerds are movie theater bestsellers. Laffy Taffy’s many flavors are just as bright and summery as the boxes they come in. These bright, fun to share candies pair well with family movies and peals of laughter. Next time you’re planning a family movie night, you could take them on a candy-eating Spree (see what we did there?).

Shareable Chocolate Treats

Fun Fact: Chocolate can’t melt in your hand if you eat it fast! Junior Mints offer a crisp, cooling burst of mint nestled in a shell of soft, sweet chocolate. For a crunchier chocolate treat that also has the added benefit of a cool refresher, you can’t go wrong with pouring M&M’s all over a bowl of ice cream. M&M’s also go great in cookies, blondies and other baked goodies for summer cookouts. Speaking of cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites are the perfect treat for your next girls’ night in. Enjoy all the sweet, gooey goodness of cookie dough without worrying about raw egg. The malted flavor of Sixlets is a childhood classic.

Sour Power

If you’ve never had a contest to see which of your kids (or your friends) can eat the most sour candy, you’re in for a hilarious challenge. Many people pucker up every time the name “Lemonheads” is even mentioned! Atomically flavor-packed Sour Warheads are sure to get a big reaction out of even the most seasoned sour candy connoisseur. And we’d be just plain silly not to include Sour Patch Kids in the mix. For an exciting twist on another popular summer family challenge, why not participate in a watermelon contest using Sour Patch Watermelon candy?

Gummy & Fruity

What could be better on a hot summer day than a juicy burst of fruit-flavored candy? The tropical flavors of Starburst and Dots give you a dose of an island vacation whether you’re cooling off in a movie theater or hanging out by the pool. Summer throwback Swedish Fish are available in assorted flavors. It’s a little-known fact that Twizzlers make great straws. Give it a try next time you’re at the movies this summer!

What are your favorite movie theater candies? Share your stories in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you!

Friday, May 1, 2015

How to Have Some Fun on May Day – and the Candy That Will Get You There

may day gift basket
Once a childhood staple, May Day is now one of the country’s most underrated holidays. We think that’s a shame; it’s the only holiday that allows you to get outdoors and brighten up your friends’ or neighbors’ days with surprise flowers, candy, or other tokens of appreciation! We’re here to help you embrace the holiday again with a few suggestions about celebrating May Day at any age.

Pick Some Wildflowers 

The best way to prep for May Day is to get outdoors and soak in the weather. Incidentally, this is a great excuse for a day trip if you have some time on your side! From Texas bluebells to East Coast mountain laurel, the odds are good that no matter where you’re located, you have some beautiful botany available. Is Spring arriving a little late for you this year, or do you live in a rainy climate like the Pacific Northwest? Get a little creative with your bouquets and substitute berries, ferns, and other lush greenery for the traditional flowers.

Put Together Your May Day Gifts: For Grownups

Pick a few of your friends, coworkers or neighbors and create small gift baskets. These can be as fancy or simple as your time and budget allows, but a few staples that are sure to please include:

  • Fruit or a small jar of homemade jam
  • Freshly-picked flowers; or pick up a few small, pre-potted plants or herbs from your local grocery store and substitute these instead. Fresh mint, basil or thyme – especially when it can continue growing on a kitchen windowsill – is cheap and always appreciated!
  • Fun or attractive candy – we recommend something individually wrapped so you can make the most of a bulk purchase while having a clean and easy way to include the candy. For equal parts beautiful and nostalgic, we love the decorative and delicious appeal of our old-fashioned hard candy sticks. These works of candy art come in an array of fun colors and flavors to match any style.
  • A small gift card – for the coffee fanantic in your life, a $5 gift card to the nearest coffee shop can go a long way in putting a smile on his or her face!

The key here is to be inexpensive and creative. These gifts should be fun and thoughtful, and designed to brighten someone’s day. That means just a little can go a long way.

Put Together Your May Day Gifts: For Children

There is nothing more fun for a child than cruising the neighborhood and leaving small gifts on the neighbors’ doorsteps. Personally, we feel this is an appropriate time to use the “ding dong dash” method of ringing the doorbell and sneaking away! Here are some simple, kid-friendly May Day gifts you can help your children put together:

  • Use dixie cups or generic paper coffee cups instead of baskets to keep it simple. The cups can still be full to the brim with fun items, but it’s an easy and affordable alternative to a gift basket. Kids can grab some markers and decorate the cups, or they can create their own cards to include with the gifts.
  • Add hand-picked flowers and fun found objects like shells or colorful rocks
  • If the recipients are other children, delight them with simple late-Spring fun like a box of chalk, a bag of water balloons, or a bottle of bubbles. Actually, even if the recipients are adults, you can still include these to appeal to the child-at-heart in all of us.
  • For candy options, aim for the bright, fun novelty candy that children naturally gravitate to. Options that are especially popular with kids include Gummi hotdogs, candy necklaces, and Fun Dips.

Pay It Forward

For the short on time, there’s one more tried-and-true May Day option: the Pay It Forward strategy. Buy coffee for the person in line behind you or lunch for the car behind you at the drive-thru. If you have a vending machine in your office, one method we love is to tape an envelope to the vending machine with a couple dollar bills in it. It’s guaranteed to make someone’s day.
Happy May Day, and have fun!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter Favorites – Beyond the Chocolate Bunny

After Halloween, Easter marks the second best-selling candy holiday in America. While Easter began as a religious celebration, today it is celebrated by the secular and non-secular alike. Since the early 20th century, when it became possible to produce candy on a massive scale, the demand for chocolate eggs, bunnies and other unique Easter candy has remained high every spring. From classic Easter chocolates to more modern, unique Easter candy, The Wholesale Candy Shop has the sweet treats you’ve been searching for:

Classic Easter Candy – It’s hard to even think about celebrating Easter without at least one chocolate bunny, some Cadbury Crème Eggs, some Peeps and a couple Jelly Belly Beans to top it all off. We’ve got you covered with classic Easter chocolates, in addition to the more unique Easter candies you’ve come to know and love.

Unique Easter Candy – For those who are looking to change things up this Easter, The Whole Sale Candy Shop has what you need to keep things spicy (or salty, or sweet)! We’ve come up with some new suggestions for you and your kids to try out this Easter:

Novelty Candy – When you’re looking to bring back a little nostalgia in your life, and maybe teach your kids a thing or two about what is truly good candy, search no further than our wide selection of Novelty Candy:
King Size Candy – Indulge in all your year-round favorites – king sized! From Skittles to Junior Mints to Whatchamacallits and beyond, we’ve got the candy you know and love available in sizes to die for.

Swedish Fish – Beloved around the world, Swedish Fish were originally created in Sweden and today come in classic red in addition to green, yellow, orange and blue. Once you start snacking on these little gummy fish, you might find it hard to stop! Order yours in bulk today to ensure there’s enough to go around.

Rock Candy
– Pure sugar! Rock Candy is composed of large sugar crystals and is consumed around the world. In China it is often used to sweeten tea. In India it is sometimes used as a mouth freshener after meals. In parts of the Netherlands, bits are broken off and baked into white bread. In America, they are typically simply eaten and enjoyed straight. Create a new tradition and make Rock Candy the newest addition to your Easter basket!

Bulk Easter Candy
– The great thing about buying Easter candy is that whatever candy you decide to buy, as long as you eat it on Easter, it’s Easter candy! The Wholesale Candy Shop has been providing a wide selection of the best-selling and unique candy in bulk for over three decades. From chocolate Easter eggs to gummy candies to cough drops, you can find the sweet treats you love most here.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Creative Ways to Display Your Candy

Few things are more intoxicating than obscenely huge chocolate bars, wall to wall assortments of gummies, and barrels of bulk candy so big that you could practically dive into them (who could blame you?) Whether you’re considering how to best set up your storefront or perhaps thinking of imaginative ways to place some sweet party favors for a wedding or baby shower, the candy itself is often enough of an attention grabber but you can really hit home with someone’s sweet tooth with a fun and creative display that houses your goodies! We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite creative display ideas for candy to help get you inspired:

Mason jars – Aside from being ideal for preserves, mason jars are a great way to display a bunch of different sweets. A cost effective option that is suitable for any style of space, you can usually buy mason jars in bulk and in a variety of different sizes ideal for holding gumballs, Skittles, Twizzlers, and even cotton candy. Stack them on shelves, arrange them around your candy counter, or even tie twine or a ribbon on individual jars to sell in store as a gift! Spray paint and saw several candlesticks to different lengths and glue them to the bottom of the jars to be used as pedestals to create a more unique candy display.

Magazine racks and files - Things that are already optimized for organization and storage, like magazine racks and files, make great storage containers for bulk wrapped candy. Slim enough to be displayed in tighter spaces, magazine files can be displayed individually or side by side with different candy in each. Spray paint the surface and add a candy scoop into each magazine file. A hanging magazine rack is also a great way to save space on the floor and doubles as décor for your walls.

Glass bottles – Instead of recycling all of those empty glass bottles lying around, upcycle them into a creative candy display! Clean out thoroughly, pour colorful candy inside (we love the way the colors of Skittles pop,) and top off with a crazy straw or cork to complete. Pour a single color of candy into each bottle to create a rainbow display or choose to color coordinate for a particular display. Finish off with a ribbon or customized label to make a great gift customers can purchase or a party favor that is sure to be a hit among candy lovers.

“Sweet Seat” –A large comfy chair is always inviting to passersby – even more so if it’s covered in candy! A great way to display a variety of your product, a candy coated chair can be placed within the store or displayed in the window of your store front to act as a draw for customers. Simply glue Sprees, gumballs, Laffy Taffy, Smarties and other favorites to the surface of the chair. Get creative and cover stools, tables, and even light fixtures completely in candy for a truly sweet aesthetic.

Now that you’re sufficiently inspired, mix the above suggestions with your own creative ideas in crafting your very own mouthwatering display. Color coordinate, create tiered displays, and use upcycled old furniture for endless possibilities in creating a colorful and appealing candy buffet. And don’t forget about the candy that will make it all happen – be sure to check out our huge stock of bulk candy at The Wholesale Candy Shop!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Candy that Goes the Extra Mile: Five Types of Candy that Double as Entertainment

Whether you’re stocking a store, run a school or summer camp, or just want something fun for the family, fewer things instill instant nostalgia in children than candy that performs double duty as a fun game or toy. We have fond memories of our own childhood favorites and can’t wait to introduce another generation to the memory-making power of some of these time-honored novelty brands. Below are our favorite old stand-bys along with some new classics:

1. e. Frutti Gummi Candy

This fun candy brand produces, among other things, the infamous Gummi Hamburgers, Gummi Pizzas, and Gummi Hotdogs. Kids love the adorable (and adorably sweet!) miniature versions of their favorite food items, and many a child has meticulously created their own way to take apart and eat these candy “toys.” Since each mini product is individually wrapped, children also love the process of purchasing their own candy for the cost of just a couple quarters.

2. Pop Rocks

Who doesn’t remember the first time they tried Pop Rocks? This strange, fun candy contains little carbon dioxide bubbles that “pop” on melting, which produces a crackling sensation in your mouth as you eat them. Children go nuts over the hilarity of a candy that plays this unusual trick, and will often rush to make their friends try it. We can attest to the fact that putting Pop Rocks into glasses of water or a can of Sprite to see what happens next is usually the natural evolution of the Pop Rocks experience.

3. Sour Warheads

Sour Warheads are another great “socializing” candy; once a child first tries this intensely sour, mouth-puckering candy, they’re sure to grab a couple of friends to start an impromptu competition. The Warheads line has since expanded to include an even better variety of fun, playful candy, including Warheads Sour Dippers, Warheads Sour Spray, and even liquid candy drops.

4. Candy Necklaces and Ring Pops

These two wearable classics are here to stay. Although candy necklaces and ring pops aren’t made by the same company (the former originated with Ce De Candy, Inc; the latter with Topps), the two often go hand-in-hand to create a set of candy jewelry fit for bourgeoning princesses everywhere. We love ring pops in particular for their bright, costume jewelry-like appearance.

5. Kidsmania Flash Pops

The Kidsmania brand, without a doubt, ranks highly among candy companies who double as purveyors of fun. Just consider their unique Flash pops, which light up into an array of bright colors with the push of a button. Kidsmania also created the popular soda can candy, the “quick blast” fire extinguisher, and the shape-projecting laser pops. These inventive candies are a hit as a party favor for kids and adults alike. So go ahead and have some fun! No matter how old you are, everyone deserves a little more whimsy in their life.