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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Candy for Road Trips

The prospect of taking a road trip is exciting for the whole family, and an abundance of sweet treats for all to enjoy during the journey helps enhance the pleasure and create pleasant memories. Along with beach items, sunglasses and insulated cups to keep beverages cool, do not forget to pack plenty of candy that resists melting as you prepare for a summer road trip. Winter traveling, on the other hand, calls for warm coats, gloves and hats, and along with other candies, you can include some chocolate bars or pieces if you keep them out of the sunshine and away from the heater vents in your vehicle. Dark chocolate can help ease emotional stress and give you some of the same great feelings you are missing with Winter’s shorter days and limited sunlight. Re-sealable packages help store candy conveniently after opening the bags, and if you’re worried that summertime heat may lower the quality of your favorite candy, store it in sealed bags in your cool ice chest.

Candy Games


Children can get fidgety and tired of riding after only a short time on the road unless you devise ways to amuse them and divert their attention from their complaints. When driving on less-traveled roads, you may ask each child to pull a random M&M or Skittle from a bag and watch for vehicles of that color. The child who spots his or her chosen color first wins another piece or a package of candy. On busier highways, the kids can look for specific numbers, letters, words or colors on billboards or on the sides of trucks with a candy reward to help prolong the game. You can invent other simple games to entertain your youngsters, and you will keep their interest longer when they receive prizes of candy.

Practicing Road Safety


On long journeys, candy can be useful for many reasons, and one of its most valuable benefits deals with safety. Driving for lengthy periods can cause drowsiness, and most people know that it is always best to stop and sleep for a few minutes or get out of the car and walk around for a while until they feel alert again. Unfortunately, many people ignore the warning signs of sluggishness and excessive yawning and just keep driving to arrive at their destinations more quickly. Always keep some candy in a spot easily accessible to the driver because chewing something like fruit-flavored, firm and soft Haribo Gummi Bears or Trolli Gummi Neon Squiggles can help you stay more attentive. Make a game of eating the candy by reaching into the bag without looking and guessing which flavor you will pop into your mouth next, and every time you guess right, reward yourself with another piece. Sucking on some Red Hots with their spicy, cinnamon taste or Atomic FireBalls with an even more intense cinnamon flavor may be just what you need to make you forget about being tired. The popping noise and mild crackling sensation you experience when eating Pop Rocks will startle your senses into alertness, but you may prefer long-lasting lollipops with bold flavors like those in Jolly Rancher Pops. Whatever your preference, keeping your mouth busy savoring the goodness of sweet treats can help sharpen your vigilance.

Create nostalgic memories of enjoyable road trips by always including several particular brands of candy that all family members or fellow travelers love, and hand the sweets out as special treats during every journey. Before long, your friends will remind you in advance of each expedition not to forget about bringing the “road trip” candy. You will find that seeing or tasting the special candy even years later will evoke fond memories of the delightful journeys shared with your family or companions.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Party Candy Ideas

Planning a party is fun, and it’s even better with delicious, new ideas. If your strategy is easy on the schedule and the budget, that just makes it sweeter. Come up with something that everyone will love, and the hostess in your heart starts to sing. All you need is the inspiration of irresistible candy.

Delicious DIY Fun

Children know that yummy candy puts pizazz in everything, so take a cue from the kids. Let sweet treats get your creative party juices flowing. Affordable packaged candy is easy to work with and comes in enticing flavors, colors and shapes. You don’t have to clean out the local grocery shelves to set a theme or fulfill your decorating dreams. From the love of lollipops to cravings for boxed chocolates, online shopping is a golden ticket to DIY fun. Buy all your favorites in bulk, and let your candy party planner go wild.

Candy Goes With Everything

It’s hard to imagine a party that isn’t better with sweet offerings, and it’s easy to entertain with special goodies that don’t keep you in the kitchen. Imagine a birthday bash that spreads the fun with little present boxes of delectable bites for each guest. Picture setting a beautiful reception scene with a fabulous full-table candy buffet. Throw a class reunion celebration around the retro charm of Blow Pops and Jelly Bellies. From baby showers to retirement parties, sweet treats add a tasty touch to every occasion.

Set a Sweet Theme

Popcorn is boring at binge TV parties and movie marathons. Instead, set a scrumptious stage with theater favorites like Boston Baked Beans, Swedish Fish and Milk Duds. Invite the gang over for an evening of board games, and break out the Skittles for a rainbow of edible playing pieces. You can have a fun, low stakes casino night by using M&Ms or Skittles for a poker game. Make any backyard get-together a real hit with swinging pinatas that spill delicious treasures of wrapped candy and yummy chews. Serve up colorful Royal Gumball cocktails in margarita glasses and champagne flutes at your next grownup party, and enjoy new levels of adult conversation.


Kick It Up With Candy

Once you catch the candy craze, easy ideas pop up like visions of sugar plums. Take fresh cookies warm from the oven, and gently button them with M&Ms for a mouthwatering chocolate crunch. Turn a pretty frosted cake into real eye candy by decorating it with bright layers of colorful Gummy Bears. Why serve plain vanilla ice cream? Crown that creamy dessert with Cella’s Chocolate Cherries for a gorgeous bowl of gourmet delight. Put flavorful fizz in soda with jumbo peppermint balls, and jazz up cupcakes with twisted Twizzler toppers.

When you open up a big bag of tasty treats, turn your sweet tooth into inspiration. It’s easy to come up with great party candy ideas and impress guests with original spins on old favorites. With a little imagination and a touch of candy creativity, your next occasion is destined to be deliciously special.