Thursday, May 30, 2013

Celebrate Grads!

Everyone knows how chaotic a high school or college graduation can be, and part of the problem is figuring out the perfect gift for your graduate! Since graduating is a memorable event it’s only fair to find a gift that can match its excitement! Our selection of Graduation Gift Baskets includes both modern favorites and classic nostalgic candies, many of which have been manufactured for nearly one hundred years!

Our classic nostalgic retro boxes are perhaps the most popular graduation gift idea since they are specialized by decade, adding a personal touch to a great gift idea! For those graduating high school a 90’s decade box contains a delicious and exciting combination of both old and new favorites!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tasty Tuesday!

What flavor candies are your favorites? 
Some of our favorites are cinnamon, chocolate, and licorice.
At Candy Crate we are sure to have something to fulfill all your sweet cravings!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Throwback Thursday #tbt

Who remembers the Seven Up Bar?

Due to high manufacturing costs this item was discontinued in 1979 by the Pearson's Candy Company.

The closest candy now on the market is the Sky Bar by Necco.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Candy everywhere!

Who knew we could be surrounded by MORE candy than our huge warehouse?! For the next few days we're at the Sweets & Snacks Expo 2013 in Chicago. For those of you who don't know, we're located in Southern California so this is a sweet treat for us on all levels! Hope you're all having as amazing of a week as we are-keep your eyes peeled for candy updates after the show.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Dreaming of Chocolate...

Who doesn't do that? According to, dreaming of chocolate isn't just a sign of a sweet craving.

"To see chocolate in your dream signifies love, celebration and self-reward. It also suggests that you may be indulging in too many excesses and need to practice some restraint.
To eat chocolate in your dream indicates that you are embracing your own sensuality."

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Thirsty Thursday!

Airhead shooter
1 part peach schnapps 
1 part cranberry juice cocktail.... 

but watch out, too many of these may have an "airhead" effect! :)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Homemade Salt Water Taffy!

What you need:

    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1 cup light corn syrup
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 2 teaspoons butter or 2 teaspoons margarine
    • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint oil ( or any other flavor you like)
    • 7 drops red food coloring or 7 drops green food coloring

How to make:

*Butter the sides of a 2 qt saucepan.

*Add to the pan the sugar, corn syrup, water and salt.

*Cook over med heat, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved.

*Continue cooking to 265 degrees (hard-ball stage) without stirring (mixture should boil gently over entire surface).

*Remove from heat.

*Stir in butter or margarine, flavoring and color.

*Pour into a buttered 15x10x1 inch pan.

*Cool about 20 minutes or until easily handled.

*Butter hands and pull candy until difficult to pull.

*Cut into fourths.

*Pull each piece into a long strand about 1/2 inch thick.

*Cut taffy into bite size pieces using buttered scissors.

*Wrap each piece in clear plastic or plastic wrap with a Christmas design.

*Store overnight.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

If you dream about........Gummi Bears

To see or eat gummy bears in your dream implies that your tenacity and perseverance will pay off in the end. The dream may be telling you to be more flexible or yielding. It also symbolizes the sweet rewards in life. Consider the color of the gummi bear for additional significance.

To dream that gummi bears are coming to life indicates that something that may seem innocent or insignificant is suddenly becoming a problematic issue. Alternatively, the dream suggests that you need to be careful who you trust or who you believe.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Enter to win a sweet prize for Mom this Mother's Day!

To enter, simply comment below and tell us what makes your mom so sweet! Please include your email address in your post, as the winner will be contacted via email for Mom's shipping address. Winner will be announced Friday, 5/10/13!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Pearson's president talks about Bit-O-Honey acquisition

Keller plans to revitalize the 90-year-old brand.

May 1, 2013
As news got out Wednesday that Pearson Candy Co. had acquired theBit-O-Honey brand from Nestle USA, Inc., Michael Keller, Pearson’s president, said everyone who heard about it had this instant reaction, an “Oh! I used to eat that when I was growing up!” moment. 

“There’s not a single person that doesn’t know the brand,” he says. “Everybody’s aware of it. It’s not a small brand or a regional brand. It’s very big news for Pearson Candy and for Minnesota.”
And it’s that kind of awareness that makes him confident his company can revitalize the candy, which is more than 90 years old.
“It’s a great product, an iconic product,” he explains. “We have this great portfolio of classic, iconic candy brands and we’re getting good at breathing some new life into brands.”
Keller’s referring to the efforts Pearson’s has made to its brands since being sold to the Brynwood Partners in August of 2011. Since then, it has successfully worked to revamp Pearson's Salted Nut Roll, Pearson's Mint Patties, Pearson's Nut Goodies and Pearson's Bun.
Keller says that while Nestle saw Bit-O-Honey as a small brand, Pearson will treat it differently.
“It couldn’t possibly get the attention that it could get at Pearson’s,” he explains. “Sometimes larger companies, they will divest in small brands. And you can’t focus on everything, which leaves opportunities for small companies like us."
But with Pearsons, that will change. 
“In this case, we believe that with some focus on it — whether it's changes we make to packaging, new products, new packs — we can be successful. Our sales force will be super-focused on it,” Keller says.
The exact terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed, but the deal is finalized.
Pearson hopes to be manufacturing Bit-O-Honey within its facility, but it still exploring all its options.
He added that they’ll definitely be representing Bit-O-Honey at the upcoming Sweets and Snacks Expo as well as other upcoming shows.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Necco Wafers: Sweet, delicious and…good for you?

Manufactured by the New England Confectionary Company since 1847, Necco Wafers are fat and gluten free, contain no high fructose corn syrup, and are all natural. Several of the ingredients actually have powerful health benefits as well.
 Protect your body from heart disease and cancer with the red beet juice, which is high in antioxidants and used for color and flavor. This component also includes Vitamin B9, to encourage tissue growth; bataine, known to reduce inflammation; and beet fiber, which shields liver cells. In addition, ingesting beet juice is known to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Rich in vitamins such as C, B1, B2, B6, A and K, purple cabbage is added for flavor. It is also loaded with fiber and antioxidants, which help aid the body in fighting against cancer. Paprika is also included in this recipe. This ingredient boosts your immune system by being high in vitamin C. Paprika is also used to regulate blood pressure and reduce inflammation.
These wafers also include cocoa powder and turmeric both high in antioxidants. Cocoa powder also is high in calcium, magnesium, and potassium to help maintain healthy bones and cells. Turmeric, when ingested, can decrease the symptoms of arthritis and detoxify your liver.
With only 220 calories per full sized roll, Necco Wafers are too sweet to pass up!