This year the Christmas season seems to have barrelled down upon us. The stores barely had their Halloween décor stored away or their Turkeys & Pilgrims displayed before Rudolf & Santa made their first appearances. For me it doesn’t feel like Chrismas without my yearly ritural. I need to wait until we have at least exhausted the Thanksgiving leftovers so I can start baking a few batches of holiday cookies-have to make sure we have some for Santa! MMMM Sugar Cookie Holiday Lights with M&M® or Peanut Butter Blossoms and a nice cup of cocoa-now we’re talking! Then to really bring on the holiday spirit I need to sit in front of the twinkling Christmas tree with my family and watch National Lampoon’s A Christmas Vacation (the squirrel in the Christmas tree!) and A Christmas Story (You’ll shoot your eye out!)…now I’m feeling it! What goodies and movies get you in the holiday spirit?
M&M’s Sugar Cookie Holiday Lights Recipe (pictured above)
Prep Time: 10 min.
Bake Time: 45 min.
Yield: Makes 24 cookies.
2/3 cup flour
1 18 oz. roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1½ cups prepared vanilla frosting
3 cups M&M’S® Milk Chocolate Candies Holiday Blend
4 strands red licorice laces
Resealable plastic bags
Christmas light shaped cookie cutter (small)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Knead the flour into the cookie dough until smooth.
3. Roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. By hand, or using a Christmas light cookie cutter, cut out shapes.
4. With a spatula, gently transfer the cookies to a baking sheet. Using a drinking straw, press a hole at the top of each cookie.
5. Bake for 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
6. Separate different colors of M&M’S® Brand Minis Chocolate Candies, and set aside.
7. Spread vanilla frosting on top of each cookie. Arrange a solid color of M&M’S® Brand Minis Chocolate Candies on top of each cookie.
8. Let the cookies dry for 30 minutes. Run licorice laces through each hole, connecting the cookies into one continuous strand.
9. Tip for a quicker and lighter version: Tint frosting to match the M&M’S® Brand Minis Chocolate Candies. Frost the cookies and then decorate with color coordinated M&M’S® Brand Minis Chocolate Candies.
So the year is winding down and it is a time for reflection and remembrance. For many of us these memories are initiated by a ‘trigger’. A song on the radio, an old picture or a childhood favorite candy treat. For me, Bit O Honey, Mary Janes, Tootsie Rolls, Bazooka and Swedish Fish often bring back my childhood. They take me to a wonderful place when you got a good report card and the dollar you earned for it burned a hole in your pocket. I would bounce around like a rubber ball till my mom said I was free to go then I would hop on my bike and ride over to the corner store. There the counter was like a wonderland of sweet delights! You could get enough candy for you and all your neighborhood friends and still have enough money from your dollar for a drink, chips and come out with change! Then it was off to the local park with all of my friends on our bikes where we would munch on our sweets as we rode the merry-go-round till we were dizzy or rode through the streets of town till the street lights came on. Good times! What candy brings back fond memories for you?
Thank you to everyone that made our Candy Bouquet Contest a success! It ran through the month of June and 2 lucky Grand Prize winners, Jenny from California and Matt from right here in New Jersey, received the Grand Prizes and were very excited and happy with their bouquets! We appreciate the excellent response we received from our Facebook community and look forward to future contests and deals we can offer to our followers!
One of our winners, Jenny, all the way in California with her basket!
A beautiful Rainbow over a yummy cupcake
Twizzlers is a widely known locarice product, and as such it’s sparked some serious disagreements over its taste. It’s shocking to see how widely people’s opinions of this sweet ranges. In fact, for all you know, your best friend may not enjoy its flavor and you might not even know…
Horror scenes aside, this particular licorice, in this strawberry flavor, has probably been tried by everyone. These twists come at roughly six inches long per piece, and without the typical extreme thinness that often accompanies such large sweets. They are, however, hollow but don’t let that scare you off-there’s still plenty of licorice in a single piece. In fact, there’s an oddly popular practice among our youths to use these as edible straws, though I’m not exactly sure I would recommend this as a new standard for straws.
The taste itself would make any red-licorice lover content. It tastes as any licorice would, with an artificially added strawberry flavor, resulting in a mildly sweet and chewy candy that, as I not-so-subtly hinted at before, you’re bound to love or hate. If it’s the former, these make for a great snack which I highly recommend to those who have pleasant past experiences with licorice, or to those who have never tried the stuff before.
This product is Kosher OU.
Calories 240, Total fat 1 g, Sodium 150 g, Total Carbohydrate 56 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Protein 2 g.
Corn Syrup; Enriched Wheat Flour; Sugar; Cornstarch
Banana Laffy Taffys
Ever since my childhood, I’ve assumed that Banana Laffy Taffy’s were off limits. Don’t get me wrong, me and my friends all enjoyed Laffy Taffy in general, but the banana ones never seemed quite as appealing as its fellow flavors.
Recently, however, I stumbled upon a facebook page titled “Banana Laffy Taffy’s”. I was somewhat shocked to witness such a fan page, so I checked it out. What I found was astounding; a whole bunch of people posting on the page about how they thought they were the only ones who loved the bananas best. There were even 1,570 likes! While there were the few haters claiming it was the worst flavor, the majority of the people were raving about how they were addicted to these candies.
Suddenly, I felt like I had never given them a chance. I know we’re just talking about sweets here, but I’m the ultimate candy lover – how can I not treat them all fairly? So I opened up the little yellow guy and hesitantly took a bite only to taste… a splendor of delicious banana and sugar! Not too sweet, not too flavorful – it was simply the best flavor of Laffy Taffy I’ve ever tasted! I suppose the quote “don’t judge a book by its cover” would be apt here, especially when there’s a form of peer pressure involved. Don’t let the nay-Sayers keep you from tasting this delicious candy.
Jokes on every wrapper!
This product is Kosher OU.
Nerds have been around since the early 1980s, and most big kids (aka adults) recall their beloved Nerds lodged inside of a duplex box, coupling two flavors side by side. Now while this packaging is still widely available and tremendously popular, the Rainbow Nerds box contains 5 non-compartmentalized flavors: strawberry, grape, sour apple, lemonade, and orange. Our founding fathers, who preached about the possibilities of abundance, would probably have had the following input regarding such an event: “Why settle for two flavors, when you can have five?” While some (perhaps neurotic) people may prefer to concentrate on one flavor at a time, it appears that the majority of candy consumers like the chaotic spectrum that they find when pouring out a handful of uniquely shaped Nerds. Although the florescent colors of Nerds Rainbow candy can solely be found on the Las Vegas strip, one can still symbolically compare these little nuggets of joy to snowflakes: No two are alike and they feel great when they land on your tongue.
While most candy packages are about 3 times the size of their actual cargo, Nerds containers are packed almost all the way full. So you’re not just getting what you paid for…relatively speaking, you are probably getting even more. Rainbow Nerds are prevalently sold in a classic movie theater box with a convenient re-sealing tab on the side to keep the Nerds from spilling out and of course, to save some for later. The box itself is decked out with an attractive array of colors, stamped with the famous Wonka manufacturer logo, and intermittently decorated with little creatures closely resembling what a frog and platypus hybrid baby might look like. Next time you think “nerd,” instead of imagining the Steve Urkelcliché, think adorable brightly colored amphibian.
Similar to the carefully selected candy brand name Smarties, Nerds implya certain level of intelligence upheld by its consumers. So next time you need a sweet fix, don’t be a dummy – grab a tangy delicious generously filled box of Rainbow Nerds.
Ever get that craving for something sweet and you just can’t put your finger on exactly what it is you are looking for? Perhaps you want a hard candy…but at the same time, you feel like exercising that jaw and chewing on something. No, not chewing gum, that would be too much work without the super sweet return on all the effort. No caramel – too sticky. Someone offers you a Jolly Rancher and now you are really frustrated. You said you wanted something chewy! No, no, they say, it’s a Jolly Rancher Gummy. Ahh, sweet victory at last.
Jolly Rancher Company, originally founded 1949 in Golden, Colorado, was best known for their ice cream and chocolate sold primarily in the Denver area. In 1996, Hershey acquired Leaf North America, a company that had bought Jolly Rancher Company a little over a decade earlier. No doubt the product has morphed and evolved throughout the years, but what Jolly Rancher is most identified for today is their unique flavors of hard candy: Green apple, blue raspberry, cherry, grape and watermelon.
While Jolly Rancher Gummies flavors do not stray far from their predecessors, they gave blue raspberry the boot and introduced orange and lemon gummy flavors. This was a great move on the part of the manufacturer, since Jolly Ranchers all share a common citrusy taste. Even after transitioning into a gummy consistency, this form of Jolly Ranchers has not lost this distinguished, classic flavor for which they have become so well-known. Some other modifications include manufacturing this gummy candy in fun fruit shapes and flavors that other gummy manufacturers do not offer. You may frequently find fruit snacks made out to look like their fruity flavored counterparts, but gummy candies are typically found in the shape of a bear or a worm, which is kind of bizarre if you think about it, because what bear could possibly taste like a watermelon? Just saying.
These gummies in particular are very soft and are easy to chew, unlike some gummy candy that feels more like chewing gum. This is a great benefit for those of you prone to cavities because this candy doesn’t leave behind large chunks of itself. Awesome flavors, fun shapes, and a perfected gummy consistency… Jolly Rancher has succeeded in creating yet another great product.
The perfectly named popular and timeless candy, Smarties Candy Rolls are a tangy sweet sugary treat. Each compact roll holds 15 itty bitty bite sized candy tarts held together by the classic signature clear wrapper, stamped with the multicolored Smarties logo. Each roll holds 6 different flavors – most folks aren’t even aware of this fact: These flavors actually have names. They are not just pastel colored sugar cylinders. The white ones are an orange-cream flavor and they tend to dissolve faster than the rest. And while the orange-cream is abnormally white – a color you do not find most in most assorted fruity candies – the pastel orange Smarties are indeed the flavor orange. Unconventionally so, the pastel green Smarties are a strawberry flavor and if you really allow them to melt in your mouth, you can taste a hint of that tangy strawberry flavor. The other flavors are pineapple (yellow), cherry (pink), and grape (purple). All of the assorted Smarties wafers have such a subtle flavor that it’s almost impossible to tell which flavor is which, but strangely enough they do differ in the way they taste.
Besides the flavor, there is something magical about this long-standing famous candy roll. They seem to have a mysteriously addictive effect on people. Not just children, but adults too. You can never just eat a few and then put them away for a rainy day. A lot of folks mechanically untwist the wrapper and dump the whole 15 piece count into their mouth. Perhaps it’s the subtle flavor that makes our insatiable taste buds squirmand scream for more, or maybe it’s the unique gritty and creamy mixture of textures that pleases untouched sensory centers in our pre-programmed sugar loving brains. Whatever the reason, they are absolutely fabulous and continue to fly off the shelves.
Clever little Smarties.
Lifesavers brand was launched in 1912, and over the years has built a ring shaped candy empire that is best known for their three types of candy, all perfected over the past century: Lifesavers hard candy, Lifesavers gummy candy, and Lifesavers mints. A favorite among gummy consumers are the Lifesavers Gummies Wild Berries. They are a take on the classic Lifesavers Gummies, with a real twist. Unlike many other gummy candies, or just any other assorted multicolored candies for that matter, Lifesavers Gummies Wild Berries assure a distinct taste for each individual flavor. Each pouch contains a fair share of cherry-berry, strawberry, red raspberry, black raspberry, blackberry, and white grape.
The cherry-berry flavor has a very recognizable cherry candy taste, but does not leave an overly sweet aftertaste in your mouth.Both the black raspberry and red raspberry contain a perfect mixture of sweet and tangy flavor – if seeds were added, they would taste like the real thing. Same goes for the strawberry flavor, which even has that tart-like aftertaste that real strawberries leave behind. The blackberry lifesaver gummy, not to be confused with grape flavor by its deep purple color, has a subtle true-to-life berry flavor that is distinguished more so by its scent than by its actual taste. The white grape is the easiest flavor to differentiate in the bunch by its pale yellow color. Just remove the gummy consistency and it’s just like drinking white grape juice.
With six perfectly engineered flavors, only 130 calories per plentiful serving, and a century of accomplishment behind the product, Lifesavers Gummies Wild Berries will continue to be a top pick for gummy lovers everywhere.