Step Right Up to the Candy Carnival!

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Come one, come all, to the great Candy Carnival! Step right up and try your luck with our sweet summer delights! Our Ringmaster recommends the gummy rings, of course, but we’ve got plenty more where that came from. Check out this fine festival selection!

Like any good three ring circus, our Candy Carnival has lots of variety to suit even the most eclectic of tastes! Cotton Candy Pop Rocks offer a whole new palate experience by combining the taste of the sweet fluffy stuff with the tongue-tingling pop of the crackling candy. And these Circus Peanuts are actually chewy and delightful marshmallow — an old-fashioned favorite!

For a real cirque-flair, remember to include some circus animals (though we typically opt for the lollipop variety over real ones… for safety reasons, of course). Feel free to dazzle and amaze your friends with hypnotist-approved Hypno Pops! And don’t forget the popcorn — we personally prefer Cracker Jacks and Jelly Belly’s Butter Popcorn Jelly Beans over anything else.

For more Big Top fun, check out all our Festival Candy here!

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Don’t Go Bacon Our Hearts!

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There are only two kinds of people in this world: those who love bacon, and those who love bacon but won’t admit it. And no matter which side you fall on, this much is clear — when bacon and candy collide, magic happens. So go ahead and bring home the bacon… check out some of our sweet favorites!

Didn’t expect to find real bacon on a candy website? Well, we’re in the business of happy bacon-jelly-beans-131785-emsurprises! These Bacon Bark Chocolates are made with real hickory smoked bacon, slathered with delicious milk chocolate. It’s a sweet and savory delight that won’t go bacon your heart.

Or go ahead and get adventurous with bacon-flavored sweets! These Bacon Jelly Beans are like chewy versions of your favorite breakfast food, while Bacon Hard Candy Sticks are a strip of savory sucker delight. For the most audacious meat-lovers, we even have Bacon-Flavored Crickets! These crunchy, crispy insects pair bacon-suckers-133365-emalmost as nicely with eggs as the real thing.

Look, since we’re equal opportunity sort of people, we even have bacon that vegetarians can enjoy! These Bacon Shaped Lollipops are flavored delightfully of mixed fruit. There’s not a lick of bacon in sight, but feel free to lick their bacon-y shapes to your heart’s content.

Are we bacon you crazy? Check out more of our silliest sweets here!

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Cake Tiling with Starburst Minis

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Hi! I’m Sue Gillerlain, and I am stopping in to guest post. I have been writing about candy for more than a decade in print and digital formats, so I know a little bit about the sweet stuff. Actually, I’m sort of obsessed with it. :)

I am also the founder and editor of Sweeterville.com, which is a new blog devoted to all things sweet: sweet recipes, sweet party ideas, sweet new candies, sweet shops, and creative people who are making the world a sweeter place … one chocolate chip at a time.

Today, I’m delighted to bring you this fun and easy cake-decorating project just in time for summer!

Cake Tiling with Starburst Minis

While surfing Pinterest over the last few years, I have seen so many beautiful cakes dressed in vibrant candies like Sixlets, M&M’s, Skittles, Necco Wafers, candy pearls, rock candy, and more.

Every time I see one, I think, “I should try that,” and then my ambitious thought floats into Neverland.

Neverland no more! It’s summertime, and my “Big Sky” list bullet-pointing everything I want to try this summer is set. Bring on the candy cakes!

With no time to waste, I quickly baked a simple yellow box cake (I used two 8-inch cake pans) and covered it with canned white frosting. Don’t gasp. Based on my gingerbread house decorating experiences over the years, I know I can trust a canned frosting’s stick factor. The stuff has serious tack.

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Since I am oddly fascinated with tile, and spent weeks agonizing over a tile pattern for my own kitchen, I had to try my hand at “tiling” a cake. The perfect medium? Starburst Minis.

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I love the colors of Starburst Minis: sunny yellow, bright orange, hot pink, and muted rose. So, away I went, tiling row by row, using up one 8-oz. bag of Starburst Minis. I found the process to be highly therapeutic, so I highly recommend!

For a finishing touch, I got out my needle and pink thread and sewed (literally) pieces of candy together to create a cake bunting. Using an edible black pen, I wrote out a birthday message on the stitched tiles, and hung them between two wooden BBQ skewers. I tidied up each end with a yellow ribbon.

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So simple and so fun for kids of all ages to try!

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P.S. - Starburst FaveREDS Minis will be rolling out in 2015! Each 8-oz. resealable pouch will include four different fruit flavors (fruit punch, watermelon, cherry, strawberry) in four shades of red. I feel an ombre cake tiling project coming on!

 

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Feelin’ Those Sweet Summer Blues?

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Feeling blue? Well, here’s what to do: scoop up some sapphire and party with periwinkle, because it’s time to stock up on cerulean sweets! From baby showers to bridal showers, birthdays and bar mitzvahs, there’s never a wrong occasion to decorate with buffets of blue!

We’ve got hues ranging from the lightest baby blue to the deepest navy (and everything in between!). Fill some jars with candy classics, such as Dark Blue M&Ms, Navy Jordan Almonds, and Blue Raspberry Gummy Bears. Tasty Puffy Poles and Pufflettes Gummy Bites in hues of azure also help to round out any display nicely.

Remember the lollies, of course! Pastel Hypno Pops add mesmerizing swirls of cerulean to the mix, while Tesla’s Tiny Twist Pops in turquoise fill vases quite tantalizingly. And since no good buffet can survive without its accessories, remember to include scoops of sapphire and bags and boxes of royal blue!

We could talk about these cobalt candies ’til we’re blue in the face, but why not just let you explore the rest of our selection for yourself?

Check out our entire Blue Candy Collection here!

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The Hottest Summertime Hues — Candy Style!

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Coral is so much more than just a colorful invertebrate living under the sea. In fact, coral happens to be the season’s hottest hue! Perfect for everything from interior design to nail polish, this color is everywhere this summer. So why not dive in and invite it to your next party?

Known for portraying positive energy, relaxation, and adding an oceanic ambiance to events, coral can spice up any room, outfit, or festive occasion! It adds a dash of peppiness to décor without overloading it with the intensity of most warm colors. Because it’s created from a mix of yellow, pink, red, and orange, shades of coral can vary widely, making it extremely versatile! Different versions of coral are compatible with nearly any other color with which you may desire to pair them.

As for candy, we’ve got plenty to suit your color-specific needs! If you’re leaning towards a more pinkish coral hue, Jelly Belly jelly beans in Cotton Candy and Bubble Gum are sure to impress. As well, these Pink Grapefruit Gummy Bears are beary sweet additions to the candy bowl, and chewy Bumplettes Beaded Gumdrops will hit the spot — in both your décor and your belly!

You can find redder versions of coral colors in many watermelon flavored sweets. These Fruity Hard Candies should fill out a display nicely, and Kenny’s Juicy Licorice Twists are a sure-fire win with colored candy connoisseurs. For those with a taste for the tangy, Sour Spanks Chewy Candies will round out your buffet with ease.

And if you’re searching for lighter orange shades of the color, look no further than our Peach Salt Water Taffy and Candy Covered Milk Chocolate Lentils!

So be sure to get your summer shindigs into shape with the shades of the season! For more coral confections, check out this list below. Happy buffet building, candy lovers!

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Make it a Patriot Party with Stars, Stripes, and Sweets!

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Now all that’s missing is the red, white, and blue décor! If you know us at all, you know we prefer to decorate with candy. So hang some streamers, wave some flags, and get ready to party patriot-style with some star-spangled sweets, all made right here in the US of A!

All of these delicious options are proudly made in America, so if you’re looking for a bit of flag flair, try some Patriotic Tootsie Rolls or USA Buttermints, all dressed up in stars blue-gummy-fish-school-of-fish-132226-emand stripes like Old Glory’s sweet cousins! Or enjoy red, white, and blue treats in the style of your choice: we’ve got everything from jelly beans and gummy bears to lollipops and rock candy! For the history buffs out there, why not include some Patriotic PEZ Heads, bearing the faces of our forefathers and filled with tasty candy! Or celebrate this grand country with a taste of all-American Gummy Fish!

Shop the rest of our Patriotic Candy for even more ideas!

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Pops for Your Pop! (And Other Candy, too!)

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Stumped as to what to get your old man for Daddy’s Day? Well, let us let you in on a little secret… Real men love candy. Heck, everyone loves candy! So do your dad a solid and get him something he’ll really love this year… because it’s not always just the thought that counts, but you can never go wrong with his favorite sweets!

Whether he rocks a ‘stach or fancies the clean-shaven look, our mustache candies are always a favorite. Or get some pops for your inset-126923Pops! We’ve got plenty of options to suit his tastes, from Beard-Shaped Pops to Bow Tie Pops to Giant Caramel Sugar Daddies! So go ahead, surprise him with some manly sweets and macho treats, like a pile of his favorite candy! Great for Pops, Grandpops, Great Grandpops, or any grand man in your life.

Shop the rest of our Father’s Day Candy here!

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Throw a Beach-in’ Party!

catch+a+wavePlanning a summer beach party? Well you shore-ly can’t spend all your time picking out appropriate candy for the event —you’ve got much bigger fish to fry! (Perhaps quite literally.) So allow us to help: rainbow-hued treats make a fantastic addition to any tropical theme, and we’ve got more than enough nautically inclined candies to spruce up any beachy buffet!

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A party is no time to be shellfish, so be sure to give out some superb shell-shaped candies! Plus we’ve got plenty of palm treats, sweet sea stars and flavorsome flip flops! Whether you decide to go for a bucket-full or a whole boat load of candy, your party will be seaworthy in no time!

Check out the rest of our Beach and Luau sweets here!

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Commencement Candy and Graduation Goodies!

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graduation-hat-pinata-133234-emDo your graduation party plans seem to be lacking in the decorative department? Need a little more pomp to go with all that circumstance? Well we’ve got just the thing! Set up an entire buffet based around your school’s colors with our sweet Shop by Color section, and then pepper your party with some of these cool grad-themed candies!

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Graduation is an event made up of a million emotions all rolled into one day. Why not sweeten the deal and soothe those jitters with a bit of candy?

Check out the rest of our Graduation Candy here!

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Praise-Worthy Party Accessories for the Discerning Dessert Display!

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designer-tongs-im-131614The candy buffet: a decorative and delectable masterpiece. The candy is the star of the show, of course, but where would any good production be without its supporting cast and crew? Well, in this case, in a large pile in the middle of a table…

That’s why we’d like to take the time to shine the spotlight on the very wonderful, and often neglected, supporting members of the dessert display: scoops, tongs, bowls, and bags, you guys are real gems! And we’ve got more than enough variety to keep things exciting — check it out!

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Hey, there’s more where that came from. We’ve got plenty of party provisions for more fabulous decorating ideas!

Check out all our Buffet Supplies here!

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