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Candy.com is proud to announce it’s Summer Candy Buffet Contest. Follow the link below to enter to win $500 to help you build the candy buffet of your dreams!

Candy.com Candy Buffet Contest Fourth July 4

In the spirit of Independence Day, we decided to give you a little patriotic inspiration to go along with the contest. Needless to say, to put this together we looked at a lot of red, white, and blue sweets!   As a whole, we decided to stick with items that hold up well in the heat, and we also found ourselves gravitating to fruit and berry flavored items that are sweet and refreshing at the same time. Take a look!

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Lets start with the centerpiece. We wanted a real eye catcher, so we picked  these blue and white Twister Pops. At one foot long, these lollipops can’t help but attract attention.  To present them, we found a great oblong metal bucket (meant for utensils) from HomeGoods, and filled its sections with Styrofoam. We planted the sticks in it, and they stood right up.  You can’t see, but we then covered the styrofoam with white sixlets to give it a cleaner look.

Twister Lollipop blue white unicorn pop swirl Fourth July 4 Independence Day Candy Buffet backyard party celebration patriotic

We filled the front of the bucket with Watermelon Cube Pops. These tasty  pops are a pretty juicy visual compared to a standard small round pop.

Watermelon Cubes lollipop pop Fourth July 4 Independence Day Candy Buffet backyard party celebration patriotic

Next we put a perennial favorite, rock candy sticks (Strawberry, White Sugar, and Raspberry), in a bed of white sixlets.  In hot weather, if a candy item has a stick option; go with it.  Sticky fingers do not a happy quest make.

Rock Candy Stick red white blue Fourth July 4 Independence Day Candy Buffet backyard party celebration patriotic

For single color candies, we wanted three simple candy staples that would present simple, large blocks of color. The red is the gummy, a delicious red raspberry gummy from Albanese…

Red Raspberry Gummies Albanese Fourth July 4 Independence Day Candy Buffet backyard party celebration patriotic

while the white  is Celebration Shimmer White Gumballs

Shimmer White Gum ball Fourth July 4 Independence Day Candy Buffet backyard party celebration patriotic

Lastly, these blueberry jelly jeans from Jelly Belly are about as blue as you can get and burst with flavor.

Blue Berry Jelly Bean Jelly Belly Fourth July 4 Independence Day Candy Buffet backyard party celebration patriotic

For one last element, we found this great three piece tower at HomeGoods (FYI you can find all the glass containers we use there!) We did a combo of blue raspberry pufflettes at the top and bottom and filled the middle with more red gummies.

Blue Raspberry Pufflettes red raspberry gummies Fourth July 4 Independence Day Candy Buffet backyard party celebration patriotic

For styling, we wanted to keep it traditional with a slight vintage American feel.  We labeled the candy containers with simple blue and red hangtags on twine.   We used the same tags for the signs, and added a band with red and white striped craft paper.

Hang tag decoration Fourth July 4 Independence Day Candy Buffet backyard party celebration patriotic

Blog0620_10BucketLabelFor the twist pops we put the sign on a large bamboo skewer and stuck in with them.

 Twister Pop Unicorn lollipop swirl sign Fourth July 4 Independence Day Candy Buffet backyard party celebration patriotic

Friends and family can take some candy home in red paper bags, and we put these and the candy scoop in small metal buckets decorated with the same striped craft paper and blue stars.

Buckets decoration Fourth July 4 Independence Day Candy Buffet backyard party celebration patriotic

For the streamers, we cut simple triangles using the the same red and white striped paper and blue paper that we used for the buckets, but we also cut white stars to add to the blue. We hung it on the same twine as the hangtags, and called it a styling day!

Flag streamers Fourth July 4 Independence Day Candy Buffet backyard party celebration patriotic

Thanks for reading! Please let us know what you think, or if you would like any more info about how we did it.  Happy Fourth, and don’t forget to enter the contest!

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Candy that is both “gross” and “large” has weird and wide appeal.

Case in point: The World’s Largest Gummy Brain is a 3.75-pound bubble gum-flavored blob. Sounds totally gross, but after seeing it, I find myself wanting to touch it and maybe even try a piece of the frontal lobe.


Or how about the World’s Largest Gummy Worm? Just looking at this 26-inch worm gives me the chills. Same chills I’d get if I saw a Garter snake in my lawn. Even so, I could see myself shipping one of these to the biggest gardener, fisherman, or worm in my life.

Then, there’s the World’s Largest Gummy Witch’s Tongue, Viper’s Tongue, and Joker’s Tongue. I’ll bite my tongue right now to avoid saying anything tasteless about these 1/4-pound blobs, which are perfect for Halloween 2012.

Tongue factoid: Stephen Taylor, the guy who holds the Guinness World Record for longest tongue, measures in at 3.86 inches. The World’s Largest Gummy Tongues are almost double the size of Stephen’s record breaker. I believe Gene Simmons is now weeping.


I’ll leave you with two more large and gross gummies: The World’s Largest Gummy Frog and World’s Largest Gummy Slug. I double dog dare you to leave the slug on the desk of the biggest slacker at your office.

World's Largest Gummy Frog and Slug

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19 Feb

Spring Candy! 0

Old man winter is about to go on spring break … and I’ll help the guy pack. If you’re also ready to put your sleds and ski polls in the attic, I put together a fresh dose of spring from Candy.com’s new Easter Candy collections.

I love these Gummy Butterflies and the Holland Egg Mints because they’re not typical Easter candy fare. They’ll also light up an Easter basket or candy dish lickety split.

Butterfly gummies Holland Mint Eggs

Bring on your parties! Candy.com’s Easter bulk candies and foiled chocolates will fill any vessels or color theme you’ve got in mind for a spring dessert table.

Easter Bulk Candy

For gift giving, adorable plush toys, Easter gift baskets and boxes, and snarky chocolate bars make spring a heck of a lot more fun.

Spring Candy Gifts

Here’s to pastel candy crafting, decorating, entertaining, and nibbling on bunny ears this green-grass season!

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The Marich Confectionery Company is the kind of candy company you want to buy from, work for, or—in my case—write about.

It’s a family-owned manufacturing business that was started in 1983 by the late Dutch candy maker Marinus van Dam. He was 57 at the time of launch. His two sons, Brad and Troy, now run the California-based company, but that was not by design (more in a minute).

Marinus’ candy career started in his early teens in Rotterdam, Netherlands, shortly after his father died in a German work camp during WWII. To support his family, he got a job at the DeHeer chocolate factory (now owned by The Baronie Group) scraping chocolate and other confections off the floor.

Over time, Marinus proved himself and was chosen to attend a candy technology school. Brad says his dad was a sponge and learned how to make every type of candy under the sun, including Marich Confectionery Company’s hallmark panned candies (candy with a coating or candy shell).

“My dad knew candy from a creative standpoint and by its molecular structure,” says Brad. “People in the industry would frequently call on him to troubleshoot process, technique, and formula issues.”

Marinus took his honed skills to the United States and went to work for a series of candy manufacturers, including Anthony-Thomas Chocolates, Herman Goelitz Candy Co. (now the Jelly Belly Candy Company), and Harmony Foods before opening his own operation in the early 1980s.

Family Matters
To keep his young confectionery company afloat, Marinus asked his son Brad, who, at the time, was 20, living on his own, and pursuing an engineering degree, if he would please come home and help with the business.

“My dad said, ‘I can’t afford to pay you, but you can live at home,’” says Brad who chuckles when he tells what it was like to move back to the nest. “My dad is old-school Dutch, so working for him was like going to the college of hard knocks.”

Brad and his younger brother Troy both rose to the occasion and started out making boxes, mopping floors, cleaning the bathroom, and other necessary evils. “For the first two years, we didn’t get paid,” says Brad.

When one of the candy makers left Marich for health reasons, Brad stepped up again. “I made more scrap than candy and got an earful.”

Flash-Forward to 2011
Brad and Troy are both master candy makers and are doing exactly what their dad was skillfully able to do with chocolate and sugar: read and respond to it.

“Chocolate and sugar have a mind of their own,” says Brad with a big laugh. He also mentions how the panning process brings its own unique set of challenges to the art of candy making.

“For what seems to be a simple process, you’d be amazed at the number of things that can go wrong. I equate it to bowling. You’ll get good at it, but you’re never going to bowl a 300 game every time,” he explains. “You can do everything the same way you did it the last time, and it won’t work. They key is staying ahead of the process so you have time to read and react to the product.”

Heart and Soul
Just like their father, Brad and Troy use Guittard Chocolate for their chocolate products and are very proud of that 27-year relationship.

As I’m talking to Brad about this longstanding partnership, he tells me a great story about Guittard’s now-retired sales director, Hank Spini.

“No matter where in the world Hank was on October 24, he would find my dad to have lunch with him. It was my dad’s birthday,” he explains. “This went on for decades. They were good friends.”

Hank eventually became Brad’s mentor and taught him how to buy cocoa and work with customers. Hank’s son Mark Spini followed in his own father’s footsteps and is a cornerstone at Guittard today.

How cool is that?

The Goods
The Marich Confectionery Company’s chocolate and non-chocolate products (almost too pretty to eat) are available at Candy.com and Marich.com as well as specialty retailers. Here is a tiny teaser to get you to check out the entire collection, which includes all-natural, organic, and sugar-free options. (Click on each image below for detailed product information.)

Best Seller! Pastel Chocolate Cherries

Valentine Jordan Almonds

Holland Mints

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