Friday, July 26, 2013

Candy Crate Introduces Cinnamon Flavored Toothpicks Mega Pack

New 200-count value sized pack available in a re-sealable plastic pocket pack

PR Newswire
HESPERIA, Calif., July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Candy Crate, one of the nation's leading online candy stores, introduces their new "Mega" value pack of Cinnamon Flavored Toothpicks. Sold under the brand Taste-T-Picks, the new 200 count pack size satisfies the demand by current consumers to have the cinnamon toothpicks available in a value sized, re-sealable plastic pocket pack. Because many people purchase this all natural, fat free and sugar free cinnamon chewing stick to help curb the urge to smoke and snack, there was a need for a larger pack to carry with them throughout the day.  The new "Mega" pack is also perfect to share or just indulge in the flavor and aroma of all natural cinnamon.  The new food grade package will also help to preserve its freshness and great flavor.
About Candy Crate Candy Crate is a three generation family owned company located in Hesperia, California. You can take a trip down memory lane with their line of products whose popularity date back to the 1880's. Candy Crate distributes fresh candy to every corner of the USA as well as many areas around the world including APO and Military Bases. Specializing in nostalgic sweets, they have the buying power to order direct from every major candy manufacturer, allowing them to provide the consumer with the best pricing and freshest product available online. For more information about Candy Crate, go to or call Randi Caporale at 1-800-849-0772.
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Did you know?!

All Tootsie products are peanut, tree nut and nut product free? Check out this and other fun facts about Tootsie products here:

Monday, July 22, 2013

Chocolate as Medicine?!

Candy Industry

New book looks at ‘Chocolate as Medicine’

Authors research medicinal uses of cocoa over the centuries.

July 17, 2013

While it may be easy to understand why ancient cultures thought chocolate
 could provide an energy boost, and cocoa butter was used to treat skin
disease, a new book also reveals that chocolate has been used as a
remedy for tuberculosis and even snake bites.
© The Royal Society of Chemistry
Chocolate as Medicine: A Quest over the Centuries, written by Philip K. Wilson
 and W. Jeffrey Hurst, looks at the different ways cocoa has been used for
medicinal purposes over time.
Wilson is a professor of humanities and the director of The Doctors of
Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine,
while Hurst is a principal scientist at Hershey Foods Technical Center and
an adjunct professor of comparative medicine at Penn State Milton S. Hershey
 Medical Center.
The two found each other through one of Wilson’s students, who first had done
 a research project on the topic.
Wilson says they were surprised to realize that there wasn’t any book, in any
language, dedicated entirely to the way chocolate has been used as a medicine
 for health, or in relation to diseases and disorders.
So, they found a publisher interested in the project, and spent about 18 months
 researching everything from old world folktales to current-day marketing
Chocolate as Medicine Book“It was surprising for me to find that over time chocolate has been
recommended for just about any ailment that we could think of,” Wilson says.
And while they did find some surprising uses — such as the snake bite remedy —
 they also found that many of the uses were the same ones we would think of
“Three of the most common reasons were to promote some kind of weight gain,
 to improve digestive capacities and to just stimulate some weak people,”
Wilson says. “An energy boost is one of the most sustainable reasons that
chocolate has been used. That was nice to find that continuity.”
The chapters are broken down by timeline.
“The last chapter is sort of a reprise of where it is in medicine right now,”
Hurst says. “[It] looked at the current research of cocoa.”
And while the book is filled with medical history, Wilson says it doesn’t have any
medical advice in it.
“It’s not a self-help book, it’s a historical coverage. I certainly didn’t want to give
any glimpses of false hope out there,” he explains.
Wilson says he’s already taught the book as part of a survey class on the history
 of medicine, and mid-way through the course, Hurst came over to talk to the
students as well.
Wilson thought the students might have some really good questions for Hurst
about the medicinal uses of cocoa, but of course, they really just wanted to know
 what it’s like to work for a candy company.
“He had a blast talking to them about things in his field,” Wilson says. “It’s been
 test-marketed for our class. They were excited to actually be in the class where
 the teachers had actually written the book, and vice versa. We were actually
really excited to hear their take.”
The book was released in October by the Royal Society of Chemistry,and was
 named Gourmand Magazine’s Best Book of 2012 in the category of Chocolate
 for books published in the United Kingdom, and second place in the same
category for books published throughout the world.
“We were pretty darned excited,” Wilson says. “This has been one of the most
 fun projects I’ve set myself to.”
The fun’s not over yet. Now the two are co-editing a book about chocolate and
 health that’s slated to come out in 2014.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Children rush into a candy store following the end of "sweets rationing" in 1953

Rationing came into force on 8 January 1940, a few months after the start of World War II.

All sorts of essential and non-essential foods were rationed, as well as clothing, furniture and petrol. Rationing of sweets and chocolate began on 26 July 1942.
The process of de-rationing began in 1948, but made slow progress until 1953. Then Food Minister Gwilym Lloyd-George made it a priority for his department.
As well as sweets, he took eggs, cream, butter, cheese, margarine and cooking fats off the ration books.
He de-rationed sugar in September 1953, partly as a result of pressure from sweet manufacturers, and finally ended rationing when meat was taken off the ration books in July1954.

'Children all over Britain have been emptying out their piggy-banks and heading straight for the nearest sweet-shop as the first unrationed sweets went on sale today.
Toffee apples were the biggest sellers, with sticks of nougat and liquorice strips also disappearing fast.
One firm in Clapham Common gave 800 children 150lbs of lollipops during their midday break from school; and a London factory opened its doors to hand out free sweets to all comers.
Adults joined in the sugar frenzy, with men in the City queuing up in their lunch breaks to buy boiled sweets and to enjoy the luxury of being able to buy 2lb boxes of chocolates to take home for the weekend.'

Can you imagine? What candy would you grab first if you were one of these children?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Dessert and Candy Buffet

One of our sweet customers teamed with Simply Cakes Etc Bakery in Riverside, CA to create this stunning Dessert and Candy Buffet. We love seeing our candies displayed so beautifully! Send us pictures of how you use your Candy Crate finds!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Health Benefits of Anise.

Like many herbs, Anise is not simply a flavoring but is considered beneficial as a natural remedy for common ailments. According to an article by Marchia Claesson, Anise- Health Benefits and Uses, Anise is said to benefit the liver, improve circulation, increase lactation, and relieve flatulence. It’s also known to have mild expectorant and antimicrobial qualities. 
The anise flavor is present in many candies such as these Old Fashioned Anise drops.
Old Fashioned Anise Candy is gluten free and made with natural anise oil and wrapped in red cellophane.

What is your favorite way to enjoy anise?