Surprise eggs, as usual, are in style.

Whether it’s Kinder Egg unboxing videos –one of the more popular YouTube topics- or figuring out how to get around the legal system to buy them in an area near you, the controversial Kinder Eggs have always been at the forefront of the candy frontier.

But the history of the Kinder egg owes its success in large part to the invention of Nutella.

Who would’ve thought of that?

Yes, Michele Ferrero, the pioneer and entrepreneur of the famous Nutella brand, was the arbiter of the Kinder egg—otherwise known as the surprise egg. Even after the quintessential candyman’s death in February of last year, the infamy of his brands have lived on with popular candies by the likes of  Tic Tacs, Nutella spread and Ferrero Rocher Chocolates (which is another phrase for Kinder eggs).

In fact, the Ferrero family was instrumental in the core ingredients of Nutella, too. His father, Pietro, came up with the ingredients for the touted product  when he began to mix other ingredients with a popular chocolate flavor in Italy called Giandujot—a rich-tasting chocolate flavor that combines cocoa and hazelnuts.

So, what was Pietro Ferrero’s contribution other than his great legacy?

Answer: Creativity with a little bit of intuition.

In a moment of an arbitrary instance of whimsical fashion, Ferrero added more hazelnuts to the ingredient list, as chocolate was in lack of supply due to the deprived food rationing during World War II in 1946. During this time, Pasta Giandujot was then coined in order to sell the product.

But true success wasn’t found until a more creamy variation was sequentially invented called “Supercrema” in 1951. However, the Nutella brand wasn’t coined until 1963, when the candy became a popular centerpiece on a worldwide scale.

Unlike its predecessors, the Kinder brand did not become a phenomenon until 1974 when it was known as “Kinder Sopresa” in Italy. Since then, the candy has been sold worldwide in many eccentric areas such as Russian deli stores or sparse regions in Europe.

The Kinder -which means “children” in German- Sopresa -meaning “surprise” in Italian- Egg’s history can be largely designated between the pre-2004 and post-2004 eras. To the former, all Kinder toys were made by Ferrero until after 2004 when a company called Magic Production Group (MPG) took priority over the virtual entirety of the toy production.

More recently, the Kinder Egg has been increasingly difficult to acquire than in the past due to a ban on foods with toys in them across the United States in 1938.

However, while the Kinder Egg is only sold in select stores worldwide, we sell a delicious, legal variation of these eggs on our website, which you can find here. Make sure to stop on by to enjoy these delectable treats!

 

 

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Amezaiku is the Japanese art of candy sculpting, and if you haven’t heard of it before, you’re in for a treat! In this video, an amezaiku artist is interviewed about her craft, and we learn about the creative process that brings these little wonders to life. But first, a little background on the art.

“Ame” means candy, while “saiku” means a craft or piece of handiwork, hence the name Amezaiku, or candy sculpture. These clever crafts are often found at Japanese festivals, and are are a popular novelty food item! People can put in an order for a specific candy sculpture and then watch with the rest of the crowd as the artist brings the little figurine to life. Animals are still the most common requests, but characters such as Pokémon are quickly gaining popularity.

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The process is a complex one, starting with a very precise recipe for the candy itself.  If you’re one of the lucky artists to know the recipe, then your practice perfecting your craft begins. The artists have to quickly mold and shape the hot candy before it hardens into its final shape. They use simple tools such as tweezers or scissors to pull the candy base into the shape they need it to be, but they also use their fingers which means that they must become used to working with very hot sugar without burning themselves. Finally, the sculpture can be painted using an edible food coloring paint, or coloring can be added to the sugar base itself before the sculpting process.

These crystalline candy creations are as sweet as they are beautiful, since these detailed works of art are meant to be eaten! Doesn’t it make you want to collect a candy sculpture of each of the Pokémon you’ve caught so far on Pokémon Go? We definitely want to. Would you ever try taking up the art of Amezaiku? Let us know in the comments!

Gummi candies originated in 1920, in Germany, by founder Hans Riegal Sr. of Haribo.  On July 15, 1981 (the 60th anniversary of Gummi Bears) Gummi Worms got their start!  Trolli candy created and advertised them as 5 cm long.  They were dual colored and flavored, and mixed in the center of the worm.  Since then, other brands have created an even longer worm.  They vary from 10-25 cm, have more than 2 colors, flavors and coatings such as sour with a sugar topping.

My favorite memory of Gummi Worms is when my mom made me a dirt cake for one of my birthdays growing up. “Dirt cake?”  You say?  Yes!  Dirt Cake!  It has vanilla pudding, whipped cream and Oreo cookie crumbles on top.  She puts it in a terracotta pot, sticks a fake flower in it and places the Gummi worms inside to poke out of the “dirt” (Oreo crumbles) and it is the cutest cake ever!

Candy can be extremely nostalgic and Gummi Worms are just that for me.  Go grab some today and celebrate National Gummi Worm Day!

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It’s that time of year again! The holidays seem to sneak up every year. Although, we do get warnings when we see Halloween and Christmas decorations in stores long before their time, they still manage to come so quickly. If you aren’t prepared, it can be a scary last minute ordeal that ends with you wanting to tear your hair out. We’re here to help you avoid that end point.😉 And we’re also here to help you save! With our Black Friday through Cyber Monday Special, you can get 10% off or Free shipping on any order over $150. At Checkout, use coupon code “BLACKFRIDAY10” for 10% off or “BLACKFRIDAYSHIP” for free shipping at www.candypros.com.

Everyone loves to get candy any time of year–especially those hard to find nostalgic candies that some of your loved ones crave–so why not give them what they want for the holidays? We’re certain that you’ll find the perfect sweet treat for your friends and family this holiday season whether it be Pop Rocks, Razzles, Sixlets, Zotz, Wack-O-Wax Lips, Old Fashioned Candy Sticks, Chick-O-Sticks, Nik-L-Nip, Flicks, Honees, McCraws Old Fashioned Taffy, Abba Zaba, Bit-O-Honey, or any other hard to find candies, we’re the best source to find them!

Considering doing a holiday themed Candy Buffet Bar this Christmas? We’ve got you covered. This is a great way to impress your holiday guests this year. We have a wide selection of red candy, green candy, gold candy, silver candy and white candy to meet any Christmas candy buffet bar’s need. If you don’t want to go with the traditional Christmas colors, we also have each candy color categorized on our website so that you can put together any combination you desire–including if you plan to do a Kwanza or Hanukkah themed party.

If you’re having trouble visualizing what candies you would like to use in a holiday themed candy buffet bar, please visit a board we created on Pinterest combining bulk candy in Christmas colors: Candy Buffet Bar Christmas. Don’t forget, if you shop until Cyber Monday (11/28/11) you can get 10% off or free shipping on any order $150 or more. It’s a great deal considering we have the most competitive prices for bulk candy on the web! Happy Shopping Candy Lovers! =)

Hello Fellow Candy Lovers!

So, being in the candy industry, we are surrounded by many creative ideas for weddings, events, and parties. As everyone knows, the new trend is to have a candy buffet bar at your wedding or event. Candy buffet bars can range from fun and festive to elegant and classy. The possibilities for this new fad seem endless as it has become an artistic centerpiece, and we’re always excited to see what our customers come up with.

Meant to Bee by Bridal Gown Blog Spot

We have one particular customer that has created an idea so adorable that we really want to share it with all of our customers also. Her blog is full of many fun, creative ideas, but we were particularly impressed with her “Meant to Bee” theme–her posts for this begin on September 29, 2011. We recommend reading through her blog for other fun, cost effective ideas. Bridal Gown Blogspot showcases many creative ideas and she is constantly having special giveaways for her followers–so get involved, and get inspired.🙂

Bloomingdale’s Candy Display by Love Candy Tables

We also want to congratulate Love Candy Tables for being featured in Bloomingdale’s at Fashion Valley in San Diego, CA. We remember the day she was in our warehouse selecting the candy for her Bloomingdale’s candy display with so much excitement. She has also been featured on MTV’s Quiero Mis Quince. We love being involved in the process, and want to make sure to recognize our customer’s talents and achievements. Love Candy Tables creative designer, Nema Hallak, has a brilliant eye for creating beautiful candy displays–we recommend visiting her website and contacting her for a free quote!

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We have seen an influx of special requests here at Candy Pros. Whether it is questions regarding candy ingredients or asking for a list of candies that are gluten free. Whether it be celiac disease or religious guidelines, we spent much of the day here at Candy Pros sorting our candies in to diet categories for you.

 Halal Candy

Halal is an Islamic law, that is broken when animals are improperly slaughtered; alcoholic drinks are consumed improperly and any food contaminated with any of these products is eaten. Certified Halal candies will have a pork free gelatin and not contain any traces of beef or alcohol. Jelly Belly is a Halal candy company because they use no meat products and instead use soy gelatin in their manufacturing process.

Kosher Candy

Kosher foods are those that conform to the regulations of the Jewish Halakhic law framework, kosher meaning fit or allowed to be eaten. Kosher candies go through a rigorous test to make sure that no pork is included in the manufacturing process. The accreditation Kosher also signifies that the food was prepared in a Kosher way.

Gluten Free Candy

Gluten free candy has become a “craze” as of late, according to The Globe and Mail, “In less than five years, sales of gluten-free products have nearly tripled, rising in tandem with the increasing number of new gluten-free goods. Beyond crackers, breads and pastas, it’s now possible to buy everything from gourmet gluten-free cookies at independent bakeries to gluten-free pizzas.” However, despite the craze the need for gluten free food is born out of celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that has life threatening consequences on individuals that eat wheat and gluten products.  Luckily, there are a wide variety of gluten free candies for people to enjoy, from Airheads to Starburst!

So we are a few weeks away from one of the most exciting events in the candy industry. The International Sweets and Biscuits Fair, also known as the ISM candy show in Cologne, Germany runs from January 30th-Feb 2nd. It is the mega-show of mega-shows made for manufacturers, wholesalers, and candy lovers abroad; this event brings every candy lover together under one roof.

According to the ISM trade booklet, “ISM is the largest and most important sweets and biscuits fair in the world. Every year the international sector meets to introduce, discover and discuss the latest trends, the newest products and the most up-to-dates perspectives. The entire global market is reflected an ISM’s range of products, which is broader than that of any other comparable trade fair. All of the relevant target groups in the world of confectionery are brought together here. Small, medium-sized and market-leading suppliers make direct contact with the global trade to fulfill the needs of tomorrow’s customers with innovative ideas, creations and concepts.“

If you can brave the freezing Germany winter, this mammoth candy expo will surely not disappoint. The ISM show spans 159,329 Square Meters of candy showcases, so put on your walking shoes because you will be grazing beautiful new product showcases, food technology shows, and special “sweet seasons” shows, to name a few.

So if you are lucky enough to be around Cologne the end of January check out the beautiful candy expo. But if you are sticking around San Diego this year and still looking for an online wholesale candy San Diego expo, checkout candy pros!

On Monday, December 6th Candy Pros was featured on Channel 6’s San Diego Living. The video is below:

On top of our feature, Chef Katherine came in to our warehouse last week, and we started gathering supplies for her candy creations.

She really turned candy in to an amazing snack with her creations. Here is her delicious Mexican Candy Apple recipe:

1 Granny Smith Apple

5 pieces of El Azteca Pica-Bola

Use as you like-Dulces Moreliates

Roll 5 Pico Bola candies in to one flat piece. Heat the Pica-Bola in the microwave for 15 seconds in plastic wrap.  Then, cover the granny smith apple with the softened El Azteca Pica Bola candy coating. Place assorted Dulce Moreliates decorations and spices as you please. Enjoy! Thanks Chef Katherine!

Jelly Belly is releasing a new product line next month called Jelly Belly Dips. Jelly Belly is putting a new spin on their traditional Jelly Bean by dipping some of our favorite flavors in chocolate. One the many perks of working at a wholesale candy company is that sometimes we get the pleasure of testing the products before they are released. Luckily, Jelly Belly Dips did not disappoint us!

The Dips come in 5 extraordinary flavors: Very Cherry, Orange, Raspberry, Coconut, and Strawberry enclosed in rich, dark chocolate. After sampling the Dips, I feel that they definitely could be a hit with candy lovers everywhere. They are light enough for snacking and surprisingly, the chocolate enhances the sweet Jelly Belly flavor. The Raspberry and Strawberry were my favorite by far, because the flavors are naturally complementary.

These little kosher candy snacks come in at around 4 calories and will be a great way to celebrate the holidays. Scheduled for a December 1st release date, so mark your calendars and check back at Candy Pros to order your Jelly Belly Dips.

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