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Hottest Selling Candy in 2011

Did you know that Americans consume an average of 24 pounds of candy individually each year?

It doesn’t look like that number will be declining anytime soon, either – the sales numbers for some of the nation’s hottest candies are real whoppers (No snickers from the peanut gallery, now) in 2011.

Without further ado, here are the three best-selling candy products of the year:

M&M's Theater BoxM&M’s were a clear frontrunner, with $673.2 million in sales. Maybe it’s because they’re colorful, or that they don’t melt in your hand, but candy lovers can’t seem to get enough of these chocolate-filled, candy-coated little morsels. The emerging trend of the candy buffet in wedding candy lends itself to multicolored and easily poured candy like M&M’s, which may be another contributing factor to their popularity. Candy.com’s bulk candy store carries M&M’s in a virtual rainbow of colors, including mini versions that are excellent for adding delicious flair to desserts.

Reese's Peanut Butter CupReese’s Peanut Butter Cups garnered $516.5 million in sales, bringing these sweet and savory snacks into a comfortable second place. New innovations like Reese’s minis and Reese’s Sticks – a Twix-like confection with crispy wafers in the center – may have helped bolster renewed interest and sales for this fan favorite. Our online candy store carries bulk wrapped, bulk unwrapped and packaged for resale versions of the entire Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups line.

Milk Chocolate Hershey's BarThe nostalgic sweetness of the Hershey’s bar continued to entice chocoholics, pulling in a tidy $475 million in sales in 2011. With traditional bars that are just right for S’mores making, miniature assortments that are a staple of Halloween stashes and indulgent options like the Special Dark, Hershey’s is synonymous with chocolate nationwide. Grab a bar (or several pounds of them) with just a click when you shop for candy online through Candy.com!

Chew on this: In addition to chocolate, gums like Orbit, Trident, 5, Stride, Extra, and Eclipse proved to be surprising powerhouses in the candy retail market. The success of these brands are undoubtedly driven by a cultural obsession with fresh breath and white teeth, a combination that – if commercials are to be believed, anyway – helps to land jobs, an attractive partner, fame and fortune. With new flavors emerging from their respective R&D labs continually, the American passion for gum shows no sign of slowing down in 2012 and beyond. Our bulk candy store carries all of these chewing gum brands and more, so be sure to take a look when you’re ordering candy online for your home or business.

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Have you ever known someone for a while, and later discovered one of their secret talents? Like, learning that a coworker sews amazing mens’ suits at night, or finding out that your retired neighbor happens to be a pool shark and travels to Vegas to compete. I love when this kind of stuff unfolds.

Last week at the Sweets & Snacks EXPO in Chicago, I came across a “Candy Never Goes Out of Style” exhibit. It was a display of couture dresses, jewelry, high-heeled pumps, and a Louis XVI chair all made out of candy wrappers and individual pieces of candy.

Exhibit A:


Turns out the dresses and accessories were created by Terese McDonald, owner of Candyality candy shops in Chicago, along with several of her staff members, siblings, and sister-in-law. The Louis XVI “sweet seat” was made by Beth Kimmerle, candy historian and author. Both Terese and Beth are friends of Candy.com, and neither came clean with their hidden talents until last week.

Terese says the “Skittles Riddles” dress (above) took her employee, Ashley Reinsmith, about 15 hours to make. (Skittles Riddles got lots of buzz at the Sweets & Snacks EXPO, winning the NCA’s Most Innovative New Product Award in the non-chocolate category.)

The matching Skittles Riddles high heels scream “Katy Perry!” …


Exhibit B:

According to Terese, the Jelly Belly Wedding Dress took the most amount of time to design and bring to life … about 50 hours. (That may have topped the time it took Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen to create Kate Middleton’s wedding dress!) The bodice and boning accents were made with Vanilla Jelly Belly jelly beans.

Terese says two of her team members worked diligently on the Jelly Belly dress in the middle of her new Water Tower Chicago store location, while customers watched the progress.


Exhibit C:

The vibrant Wm. Wrigley Jr. 5 Gum Dress was made by Terese’s sister-in-law. Terese comes from a family of seven children and says all of her siblings and her sister-in-law have creative and artistic backgrounds. The talent pool runs deep! Terese says she and two of her sisters caught the fashion design bug two years ago when they collaborated on their first candy wrapper dress.

“We constantly study all of the current fashion trends and fashionable people, and make an inspiration board to get us going. Each dress is different as it expresses the vision of the artist,” says Terese.


Exhibit D:

Inspiration by J.Lo? This M&M’s Dress features a boho chic hat and rows and rows of wrappers cut like petals.


Exhibit E:


The summery tangerine dress made with Goetze’s Classic Vanilla Cow Tale wrappers took Terese and her crew about 36 hours to craft. The neckline features unwrapped Goetze’s Caramel Creams. (Yum!)

When asked about what happens with all the candy that gets unwrapped, Terese says, “Most companies donate the wrappers for our dresses, but from time to time, we do end up with vats of unwrapped candy. We recycle that candy because we do so many art projects in our stores. We don’t like to throw anything away.”


Exhibit F:

Beth Kimmerle’s antique Louis XVI chair was covered in retro candies like Tootsie Rolls, red licorice wheels, candy dots, Necco Wafers, and Pez. It was, by far, the sweetest seat in the house.

To learn more about the dresses and accessories that debuted on the Sweets & Snacks Expo runway, as well as Candyality’s upcoming candy fashion events, click here.

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4 Jan

Fact or Fiction? Take This Candy Science Quiz 0

Take this short quiz to see how much you know about candy science.

1. If you put an M&M at the bottom of a beer bottle, the beer will fizz like crazy.

Fact or Fiction?

2. If you drop a few M&M’s into a bowl of warm water, the white M’s will eventually float to the surface.

Fact or Fiction?

3. If you chew Wint-O-Green Lifesavers in the dark, and watch your mouth in a mirror as you’re chewing, you’ll see flashes of blue-green light.

Fact or Fiction?

4. If you add six Mentos mints to a 2-liter bottle of Diet Coke, expect a geyser-like explosion.

Fact or Fiction?

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If you answered “fact” to all of the above, you are correct and probably did not have your mom or dad do your science projects for you.

Back in the 7th grade, my dad did make a “wet cell” for me, so I felt it necessary to do some double-checking on these experiments in my “lab” (a.k.a. kitchen counter) today. Here’s what I found …

Experiment #1
This past New Year’s Eve, a friend mentioned the trick about putting an M&M in a bottle of beer and watching the beer fizz. At the time, we didn’t waste a beer to test his scientific prowess. When I tried it this afternoon, my Bud Light was bubbling like fine French champagne:

Experiment #2
Immediately after my highly successful beer experiment, I plopped a few M&M’s into a bowl of warm water. Sure enough, the little M’s peeled off and floated up toward my camera:

Experiment #3
Unfortunately, I did not have Wint-O-Green Lifesavers on hand, but, according to CandyExperiments.com, “When you crunch the candy, electrons in the sugar combine with molecules to emit light. The wintergreen oil used for flavoring makes the light more visible.”  Sounds awfully scientific, so I’ll take their word for it. (BTW, this is a great site for science projects.)

Experiment #4
My kids have done the Mint Mentos trick with Diet Coke many times, so I can vouch for the reaction. If you visit eepybird.com, you’ll find some great Coke-Mentos experiment videos. Here’s my favorite:

Have you ever done any cool candy science experiments?

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I’m a bit late on this announcement (winner will still receive a 5% discount), but the winner of the “What would you do with a $25 Candy.com Gift Certificate” contest is Marie Jarriel Byd. Congratulations Marie!

On Facebook, Marie posted, “If I won a $25 Candy.com gift certificate I’d buy a box of Sugar Free Colbalt Gum for my three daughters. They’re always running out of gum. With the remainder I’d buy myself a Box of Salt Water Taffy. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!”

So sweet!

Marie, hope your girls enjoy Wrigley’s 5 gum, you get a big box of salt water taffy, and that your family also has a wonderful holiday season.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this contest and all of your comments. Candy.com fans are pretty amazing, thoughtful people.

Watch for another contest soon!

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