Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Want to know what really goes on at Candy Crate?

Take a tour with one of our friendly tour guides. Tours are available Tuesday-Friday, but must be booked in advance. Plan to spend one to two hours viewing our daily operations and learning the history our delicious wares. When booking your tour be sure to let us know if you do not wish us to provide samples to your group or if anyone in your group has allergies/diet restrictions.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Calling all teachers...

With all the fun to be had on the playground and after school it can be hard to keep your students focused on learning. You’ve heard it before and I’ll say it again, the trick is to make learning fun! What’s more fun than candy? I don’t know anyone who hasn’t had his or her mood lifted by sugary sweet Pixy Stix or Jolly Rancher. Here are some simple and fun ways to make sweets (and fun) part of the equation.
Nothing feels better than a job well done. By creating a reward system that allows a student to earn tickets for good behavior or scores you can build confidence and self-esteem, and set off a bit of friendly competition. We’ve all been in classroom with this kind of system; typically, the tickets are used to purchase goodies from the classroom store. Instead, try setting a goal number and allowing the first student to reach that goal earn a sweet treat to take home and enjoy alone or share with the class.

When teaching simple math, like counting, addition, and subtraction, actually seeing the action take place can speed recognition. Begin by passing out a small handful of assorted flavored candies to each student.
Step One: Have each student count his or her candies and write the total number of pieces on a sheet of paper. Step Two: Separate the sweets into categories by color. Count each color and write the number next to the color name beneath the total.
For example: I have 15 pieces of candy. I have 3 Red, 5 Blue, 2 Green, and 3 Yellow.
Now instruct your students to trade (not eat) their candies with their neighbors to get the combination of flavors they like best. Set a time limit for this portion.
Once they have done so repeat steps one and two. Compare the numbers. What math had to occur to get from the number blue candies in step two to the number of blue candies they have now?
Who said learning wasn’t fun??

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Feeling lucky?

Head on over to our Facebook page for some giveaways/contests this week!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Hold the sugar!

Check out our selection of sugar free candies. Sugar free does not have to mean flavor free. We carry sugar free peeps for every season, from peppermint stars for Christmas, to red hearts for Valentines Day, pumpkins for Fall and of course the traditional yellow chick for Easter. Just because sugar isn’t a viable part of your diet doesn’t mean you should miss out on the classics.
Visit to see our wide selection of delicious treats. Featuring favorites like Hot Cinnamon Toothpicks, Twinkle Pops, Haribo Gummi Bears, Fruit Stripe Gum and Pop Rocks you won’t be disappointed. 

Friday, March 9, 2012

What? No Free Shipping?

A common question encountered in the world of online shopping is, what makes shipping charges so expensive? This query is often immediately followed by, how can I get free shipping? Unfortunately, free shipping can be a touchy subject for the small business. First things first, no carrier ever offers free shipping. Meaning, even if the consumer does not pay shipping costs they still must be paid. When there is marginal markup on a product the room for profit is slimmer, in that instance a business cannot afford to close the margin further by raising their own out of pocket expenses.

Would you expect your babysitter to pay you to watch your children? After all without you she wouldn’t have a job, that cozy couch to lounge on, your fabulous Direct TV to watch and so on. To most people, the very idea is preposterous. For the small business, free shipping is the same. Although, we thrive on your word of mouth, your patronage, and your feedback we cannot afford to pay you to consume our product. All we can do is give you our best shipping rates, quality product, and friendly customer service in hopes that that will bring you back time and time again.

Shipping charges are based on the weight of an order and the destination to which it is shipping. Your destination in relation to the original pickup will affect your shipping rates. The less energy expended to get your package to you, the lower the charges it will incur. The difference between Fed Ex and UPS rates and ship times can vary based on the location. If there happens to be a hub near you, you are more likely to receive your package earlier in the day and in some cases a day earlier. From anywhere in the United States to any other location in the United States transit time for ground shipping should be no more than five business days. Need items for an event, plan ahead. Always order your items at least ten to fourteen days before you need them. Not only will this give companies’ time to process your order, but also it will save you the air shipping costs it will take to get your items there in time.

We all know that lighter vehicles get better gas mileage. If you load the back of your pickup truck with heavy furniture and drive it across town, you are likely to exhaust more fuel than your typical daily driving. This leads to reason that a heavier order would expend more resources to ship than a lighter one. In the same sense, carriers charge more for items that must ship in larger boxes. The more room an order takes up, the less room it leaves for other orders and potentially more business for the carrier.

            Another common question results from the popular United States Postal Service commercials recommending their efficient flat rate shipping. Consumers want to know why they are paying $8-9 for shipping when there is an advertized box starting at only $4.95. While we love to utilize this option whenever available, there are times when it is just not feasible. This particular box is roughly the size of an old-fashioned VHS tape box. Fitting five to ten pounds of candy in the box would be impossible. On the other hand if you are going to order something smaller, a Hot Cinnamon Toothpicks Twin Pack for example try selecting the USPS shipping option before submitting your order.

            Before submitting any online order, you should always check the different shipping options. Our shopping cart allows you to update it with each shipping option to see the various costs. Sometimes shipping to a rural area is going to be more expensive via traditional ground shipping than it would be to simply ship the items to your PO BOX address via USPS. While USPS does not guarantee a ship date like UPS or Fed Ex would, they do typically arrive within two to three business days which is can be much quicker. Your best bet is to be aware of your options. Please note that no other carrier ships to a PO BOX but USPS, if you are shipping to a PO BOX the USPS shipping option must be selected.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Fellow Pinners!!

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Friday, March 2, 2012

What the Bleep?!

The once discontinued BLEEP candies are back! It's been a while since we've enjoyed the sugary goodness of this Concord brand confection. Bleeps are large round candies similar to Sweetarts. Don't let those other pressed candy balls fool you, authentic Bleeps have an extra raised belt around their midsection.
Join our Candy Crate Crew in sugar oblivion with a 5lb bag (approx 214 pieces!) for just $24.95!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons.
It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”-The Grinch

Here at Candy Crate we spend our entire year working towards one main goal-Christmas! So it's easy to see why 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' is our favorite. Which Dr. Seuss story is your favorite??