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Sweets That Defined The 80s

Sweets That Defined The 80s

Of all the decades, the 1980s were probably the most eclectic. Big hair, incredible movies and fantastic music are just some things that make the 80s stand out. But let’s not forget that the decade was huge for food too. 

In this post, we’ll look at sweets that defined the 1980s and see how many are still around today. 

Opal Fruits 

For those born before 1998, Opal Fruits were a favourite sweet choice at the local shop. The chewy sweets each had a distinct fruity flavour, and they were great for sharing with friends - if you could bring yourself to. 

Then, in 1998 for some unknown reason, the company announced that Opal Fruits would become Starburst. The manufacturers wanted to match the UK name with the USA, and while Starburst is still popular, we miss the retro appeal of Opal Fruits. 

Chewits 

Often thought of as Opal Fruits/Starburst competitors, Chewits have stood the test of time and are just as popular today as they were in the 80s. With more unique flavours than Starburst, it’s hard to forget them - especially the adverts with the Godzilla style monster! 

5,4,3,2,1 

You might remember this chocolate bar, although it was discontinued in 1989. The chocolate bar had a lot going on with five distinct flavours, including milk chocolate, caramel, crispies, wafer and fondant. 

Surprisingly, it didn’t last past the 80s, but the unique flavour and catchy advert mean we can’t leave it off this list. 

Toffo 

Only the strong could manage to enjoy Toffo sweets because most of us had a fear that they’d pull our teeth out. There were so many flavours to choose from, including traditional toffee, mint toffee and even a selection of fruit chews. 

While you can still find Toffo sweets in some places, they’re no longer on the shelves of your local shop or supermarket. 

Fizz Wiz 

Fizz Wiz is one of those brands that you either know and love, or you’ve never heard of it. Surprisingly, the popping candy treat is still available now and comes in a range of flavours. 

The most popular is the strawberry, but there are plenty to choose from. Traditional Fizz Wiz sweets inspired many other brands to make their popping candy, so it seems their endless appeal will continue for years to come. 

Fruit Salad 

Fruit Salad sweets were so good, and they still are! One of the few sweets that everyone will remember, you’d usually combine fruit salads with drumsticks and blackjacks for a sleepover with your favourite friends. 

It’s impressive that Fruit Salad sweets are still so popular today, but they stand the test of time as one of the most delicious examples of confectionery we’ve had the pleasure of tasting. It’s easy to see why so many people still buy fruit salad sweets

Cadbury’s Taz 

Every kid born in the 1980s will remember the joys of choosing between a 10p Freddo or Taz bar after school. 

The caramel filled treats were a firm favourite, but then Cadbury decided to replace Taz with Freddo. 

The caramel Freddo bar tastes the same, but we still miss Taz! 

Jelly Tots

Who doesn’t remember the fruity flavour of Jelly Tots? The sweets have been around for years, and it’s no wonder why they’re still a favourite. Since the 1980s, there have been some distinct changes to Jelly Tots, including new packaging and larger size, but they’ve still retained their famous flavour. 

Whether you’re a child or an adult, nobody can deny that Jelly Tots are hard to resist. We think (and hope) they’ll be around for years to come. 

Refreshers 

Refreshers are similar to Love Hearts, but they have a tangier flavour and no sentimental message, making them more popular. The fizzy, fruity sweets are a fan favourite, and while the packaging is different today, the flavour is still the same. 

Parma Violets 

Parma Violets are like the Marmite of the sweets world. You either love their flavour, or you hate it. They’re still popular today, partly due to the unique violet infused taste and also because of the low price. 

Candy Necklaces 

The elasticated string and the delicious sweets made these necklaces a favourite for girls. They were regularly seen in your local sweet shop, and a party bag wasn’t a party bag unless you had a candy necklace. 

Candy Necklaces are still around - but they don’t have the appeal they once did, perhaps because it was more straightforward in the 80s and 90s when they were most popular. 

Wham Bars 

Wham Bars were chewy bars with a sour filling that would often cause you to screw your face up. Most people snuck them into their school bags or made sure they had enough lunch money left over to buy a bar from their local shop, so, surprisingly, Wham Bars are no longer around. 

As Drumsticks, Fruit Salad, Refreshers and Black Jacks began to expand their range, people forgot about Wham Bars, but we have fond memories of them. 

Dib Dabs 

Another retro classic, Dib Dabs, combine a hard candy lolly with tangy sherbert for the ultimate treat. You might remember the old fashioned rectangular lolly, which is now a circle but Dib Dabs are still around. 

Sherbet Fountain 

It’s fantastic that Sherbet Fountains are still around -especially since they’re older than your grandparents! Yes, these delicious treats from Barratt made their way onto the shelves in 1925 - before the Second World War.

The tasty liquorice stick and tangy powder make Sherbet Fountains a favourite for children, and their low price only adds to the appeal. 

Candy Whistles 

We can’t forget candy whistles. Not only did they provide us with a tasty treat, but they were also fun to play with too. While candy whistles aren’t as popular as they once were, they’re still around. 

If you enjoyed our post on sweets that defined the 80s, stay tuned for more candy related tips, news and surprises. The Appleton Sweets blog is packed to the brim of great posts, so don’t miss out. Click here to see our latest posts.
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What is it Like to Work at a Chocolate Factory?

What is it Like to Work at a Chocolate Factory?

There could be worse things than working in a chocolate factory. We all love the delicious treat, and it's responsible for bringing people joy, warm feelings and expanding waistlines (when consumed in excess).

In this post, we're going to remove the mystery of life on the front lines of a chocolate factory by looking at what it's really like. From the sweet stuff to bitter moments, let's dive in so you can see if your dream job lives up to its expectations. 

The Job Description 

To get a good idea of what it's like to work in a chocolate factory, it's important to see the job description. Unfortunately, while the common conception is that the factory is as fun as Willy Wonka's exciting workplace, the movie doesn't paint a realistic image of the average chocolate factory. 

A chocolate factory is similar to other manufacturing workplaces with one significant difference; you make chocolate treats for people. As a result, there are many responsibilities, depending on the job role, so let's look at them. 

Working with machinery

Machinery is vital for factories to thrive because it simplifies the manufacturing process. Without machines, people would have to do the work by hand, which would take a lot longer to complete. 

While machines do the heavy lifting, people need to operate them, so any job in a chocolate factory requires that you understand how to use machines safely and get the best results by adopting vital health and safety practices. 

Cleaning work areas 

In many chocolate factories, people are responsible for their work area. Cleanliness is essential when working with food products, so a lot of the job revolves around wiping down machines and ensuring the site is free of germs. 

Food preparation environments also have strict rules regarding personal hygiene, such as regular hand washing and wearing hairnets. 

Packing products 

Once the manufacturing process is complete, employees will have to pack the chocolate for shipping. This is a relatively simple job, but it can begin to feel a bit monotonous when you have to do it every day.

Quality Control

One of the most important aspects of working in a chocolate factory is ensuring everything you produce can pass quality control regulations. Most of the time, manufacturers have strict rules about what they can sell, so even something as small as the shape of your chocolate can mean it's unsuitable for retailers. 

If any products are unsuitable for selling, the factory will have to record the fault and ensure it doesn't happen again. 

Health & Safety 

Working in a factory environment can be dangerous, especially with all of the machinery. Accidents can happen, but health and safety procedures are in place to minimise the risk of work-based incidents occurring. 

For example, knowing how to operate machinery will protect people from potential accidents, and training is an essential part of factory work. 

Once people receive the proper training, it's their job to ensure they meet all health and safety regulations. 

What Skills Do You Need?

There are many skills you need to be a chocolate factory employee, and it's not an ideal job for everyone. So let's take a look at the personality traits and skills successful factory workers have. 

Drive 

Most people know that factory work isn't mentally stimulating. It often involves following a set of processes and working with the same machines every day. As a result, factory workers can get incredibly bored, and they lose focus on what they're doing. 

Drive is essential because you have to get up every day and do the same thing. But, while some people enjoy routine and would rather know exactly what they'll be doing, others often find that the nature of factory work leaves them disappointed. 

Restraint 

Yep, we can't rule out restraint. It is a chocolate factory, after all! While it would be nice to think that a perk of this job involves eating all the chocolate you can get your hands on, it's not true. 

The fact is, your job is to make sure chocolates are produced, packaged and shipped to retailers - not to indulge in as much of the sweet stuff as possible. If you're a chocoholic, then factory work might not be ideal for you, and you should look into becoming a chocolate taster (yes, some people get paid to eat chocolate every day). 

However, if you're confident that you can resist rows upon rows of chocolate, then you might find this job is ideal for you. 

Attention to Detail 

Surprisingly, while chocolate factories do use machines, some of the work is done by hand. That means you should have exceptional attention to detail at all times and be ready to spot any inconsistencies. 

Imagine all of the times you've bought your favourite chocolate. Did it look different each time? Probably not. That's because the factory that produced it has strict quality control procedures to ensure that each chocolate they make looks precisely the same. 

What Are The Alternatives?

So if working in a chocolate factory isn't for you, how can you enjoy your favourite pastime and turn it into a career? Well, we've discussed becoming a chocolate taster, but those jobs are few and far between. 

Let's face it, lots of people would jump at the chance to get paid to eat chocolate, so while the jobs do exist, it's unlikely you'll find one browsing through Indeed. 

Opening a Sweet Shop 

The internet has given us many excellent opportunities, but the one that stands out most is the ability to start a shop without worrying about a physical location. E-commerce is one of the most popular careers, and confectionery offers plenty of opportunities for people. 

You'll need a name, a website, and a wholesale chocolate provider, but compared to the difficulty of starting other businesses, selling chocolate is relatively easy. But, of course, let's not forget that there's always the opportunity of eating your stock too! 

For everything sweet related, tune in to Appleton's blog. We look forward to seeing you there.
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What are the Best Business Ideas in 2021?

Are you sick of working for others? Is the morning commute getting you down? Do you look at those glamorous Instagram photos of people sitting on a Thailand beach with their laptop? It’s time for a change, so why not think about a future that you’re in charge of? 

Setting up a business is scary, but it can also be so rewarding. The best thing is, we all have a unique talent and skillset, so put it to good use. 

Still wondering what are the best business ideas in 2021? Well, here they are.

Print On Demand 

Print on demand is one of the most popular business ideas because it’s ideal for people of all ages to try. The idea of print on demand is to create your designs and use a third-party distributor to sell them. 

Not only is this idea perfect for artistic people, modern editing and graphic design software such as Canva makes it simple for anyone to create their own designs. 

From t-shirts and mugs to combining logo design with corporate print on demand, you can make a decent side income. 

Reselling 

Some people say there’s no profit in reselling, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Apps such as Vinted make it easy for people to get rid of their old clothes, and eBay is an excellent option for reselling your other items. 

Many people start off selling their old clothes and then searching through charity shops and car boot sales. Second-hand businesses often offer home clearance services, so they can acquire goods to sell on. 

You could even progress to creating a reselling website. The trick with reselling is a passion for recycling and advertising goods. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time trying to source items, you probably won’t get much out of the business. 

If you are willing to put time and effort in, you could end up with a full-time business that makes a sizable profit. 

Self Employed Cleaner 

If you ask people what’s the one thing they hate, we guarantee there will be plenty that say cleaning. It’s one of those chores that nobody wants to do, but we all have to. If you’re one of those rare people that enjoy getting the mop and duster out, then plenty of people will be willing to pay for your services. 

On average, cleaners can charge between £10 - £20 an hour, with higher rates in large cities such as London. 

It would help if you had a strong eye for detail, a sense of responsibility and a willingness to do a good job. Cleaning experience can lead to the opportunity to start your own business and scale out. 

Online Sweet Shop 

One thing is for sure; we love a sugary treat - and there’s nothing quite like sweets, is there? People are spoilt for choice, from traditional hard-boiled offerings such as lemon sherbert and pear drops to gummy delights, including Haribo Starmix and Gold-Bears. 

Today, there are plenty of sweet shops around, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start your own business. People actively seek out healthier options, so sugar-free confectionery is a business with lots of potential. 

You could also become a vegan sweet supplier, which will provide plenty of customers. Overall, you can do a lot, so it’s crucial to find the right supplier to fill a range of dietary preferences. 

Appleton’s Sweets offers a vast selection of wholesale confectionery, including gummies, traditional sweets and dietary candy. 

Freelancing 

Freelancing offers many opportunities, and many might start with a side hustle and progress into becoming fully self-employed. Imagine no commute, zero office politics and being able to work in your pyjamas every day! 

The trick to becoming a successful freelancer is to think about where your skills are and amplify them. For example, talented writers can make a good living blogging while maths whizzes can offer accounting services. 

There’s so much you can do, and while freelancing isn’t exactly a business, you could move into becoming a business owner with your team of freelancers. 

Meal Prep Business

Many of us want a healthy lunch every day, but few achieve that vision. If you’re a keen cook, then why not use your skills to feed others? Meal prep companies continue to grow because people don’t have the time to cook dinner every night. 

Instead of ordering takeaways, people are willing to pay for a meal prep service - as long as the food is of high quality. If you can offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals, you’ll probably attract a lot of customers. 

Pet Sitting 

For animal lovers, pet sitting offers plenty of opportunities to do something they genuinely enjoy. Pet sitting means you can spend long days with your furry friends and get paid for it. Most people start on a self.-employed basis, then progress into starting their own business when there are too many pets for them to handle. 

You should be willing to walk other people's dogs in all weather and be committed to promoting the safety and wellbeing of animals at all times. Most people will only trust you with their pets if you have insurance too. 

The Takeaway 

It’s vital that you think about the things you want to achieve with your small business, and don’t settle for the first idea you see. Passion and commitment to succeed are two essential component for self-employment. 

Just because something is more profitable, it doesn’t mean you’ll enjoy it. Think about the things you enjoy, where your experience lies and what type of business you want to create. 

For example, starting a digital marketing business will offer the most profit potential. But if you know nothing about marketing and lack creative or technical skills, then it’s unlikely you’ll turn the business into a success, unless you’re willing to put the work in. 

Most importantly, you should have fun, use this as a learning experience and enjoy the freedoms that being an owner instead of employee affords you.

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Why Is Storing Chocolate In The Fridge Bad?

Why Is Storing Chocolate In The Fridge Bad?

It’s no secret that we’re a nation of chocolate lovers. We're spoiled for choice from old favourites such as Dairy Milk and Nestle to Green & Black’s and luxury Belgian chocolates. Whether you’re old or young, male or female, vegan or flexitarian, one thing's for sure; you probably like chocolate. 

If you’re one of those people that can enjoy a few squares of chocolate and save the rest for later (you have our full respect), then storing your chocolate can bring up some questions. 

Should you store it in the cupboard? Wrap it in clingfilm? How about putting it in the fridge? 

There’s a common misconception that storing chocolate in the fridge will keep it fresh and make it last longer. But in this post, we’re going to reveal why that’s the last thing you should do. 

The Cons of Storing Chocolate in the Fridge

The most common reason people store chocolate in the fridge is summer. The season is renowned for melting our favourite treats, so it’s only natural that people decide to keep it in the refrigerator. 

Unfortunately, not only does the fridge alter the texture of your chocolate, but it can also change the taste. Let’s take a look at what happens when you chill your favourite bar of candy. 

Texture Issues 

Creamy, silky, deliciously indulgent; chocolate is so much more than a taste sensation. If you’ve sampled Galaxy, you’ll be aware of a smooth texture, while Green & Blacks have a rich, yet delicate surface. 

Melted chocolate tastes delicious, especially when it’s combined with marshmallows or strawberries. But when it melts naturally, you can’t control the consistency, and many people often end up with a half melted mess. 

Storing it in the fridge might seem like the ideal option, but doing this means your chocolate can develop something known as a sugar bloom. 

When your chilled chocolate comes out of the fridge, the warmer temperature will cause the sugar to crystalise, which often leaves a white surface 

The biggest problem with crystalised chocolate is that it loses its silky texture and becomes grainy or brittle. 

Taste Issues 

Let’s face it, we buy chocolate for its taste, so many people would hate to lose that aspect due to putting their favourite bar in the fridge. While some think only the texture changes, there are almost certainly going to be problems with the taste. 

Cocoa butter is known to absorb odours and flavours, so when you store your chocolate in the fridge, it can end up tasting like your leftovers! The last thing anyone wants is grab a chunk of their favourite candy and find it tastes of broccoli. 

Chilling your chocolate can also stop it from releasing the flavours, so as you can imagine - you’re basically throwing your money away. 

What Can You Do?

It’s clear that storing your chocolate in the fridge isn’t a good idea, so how can you enjoy your favourite candy at any time of the year? Here are some fantastic tips for storing your chocolate and keeping it tasting delicious. 

To ensure your chocolate stays in tact, you should aim to store it at a temperature of between 10℃ to 20℃. The best place is usually in a cool cupboard or a cellar because the sun doesn’t affect those areas. 

In some rare cases, you might need to store your chocolate in the fridge - especially if we’re in a Great British heat wave (well, we can dream). 

Use an Airtight Container 

Your best option to preserve your chocolate is to use an airtight container. They’re excellent for storing food because the containers don’t allow any air to enter, and they can protect your chocolate from absorbing other flavours. 

There are plenty of containers around, but we recommend one with locking handles. Most people use them for meal prep because they keep vegetables and fruit fresh. 

Consuming Your Chocolate 

When you decide to eat your chocolate, you’ll need to remove it from the fridge at least 30 minutes before bringing it to room temperature. Don’t place the chocolate directly in the sun because you should gradually let it return to its normal state. 

Leave the chocolate in the container, and let it warm up before you serve it. Your candy will taste delicious, and you won’t have to worry about a grainy texture. 

Now you know that chocolate can be stored in the fridge; as long as you follow the proper steps, you can take advantage of the lower prices associated with wholesale chocolate

Things to Consider

In some cases, refrigerating your chocolate is necessary. For example, if you’re making chocolate covered strawberries, then you’ll need to melt it down, cover the strawberries with your chocolate and refrigerate the dessert. 

If you do decide to cook with chocolate, it’s best to use chocolate chips. They’re easier to manage, and most brands are designed for melting. You won’t have to temper the chocolate chips, and you’ll get the best results. 

Tempering is the process of slowly heating and cooling the chocolate, so it doesn’t crystalise. It’s incredibly complicated with everyday brands, but chocolate chips will give you a uniform finish without compromising taste or texture. 

The Bottom Line 

Chocolate is a delicious treat, and nobody should have to go without it. It’s one of the nations favourite indulgences, and if you do have the self control to save your candy for later, you can store it in the fridge. 

Appleton’s has a range of wholesale chocolate and confectionery available. Whether you’re a retailer, small sweet shop owner or just really love chocolate, we have some fantastic deals on big brands such as Cadbury and Nestle to craft chocolates from unique manufacturers. 

If USA candy is your thing, check out our range of Hershey’s and Reese’s pieces. The two brands are much loved worldwide, and Reese’s are packed with peanut butter for maximum flavour. 

We also have a selection of dietary sweets. Whether you’re vegan, diabetic or just on a diet, you can choose from chocolates, gummy candies and traditional boiled options. Shop today for our special offers.

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Lockdown Gift Buying Tips and Guide

Lockdown Gift Buying Tips and Guide

The Coronavirus pandemic changed our lives, and nobody foresaw the impact it would have. We live in a world full of advanced technology, so it came as quite a surprise when everything shut down. 

Families were separated, lovers were torn apart, and our whole lives depended on online technology. While things are easing up, there are still restrictions that make it difficult for people to meet and enjoy time together. 

So if you're wondering how to show someone you care during the lockdown, here are some excellent tips for buying gifts. 

You don't need to see someone to show them what they mean to you, so sit back, relax and find out how to buy some incredible gifts for your loved ones.

Gift Giving is More Important Now Than Ever 

There's no doubt about it; times have been hard for everyone. Lockdown caused most of us to feel isolated, but mobile phones, video chat, and conferencing software mean many can enjoy keeping in touch with their loved ones. 

Gift-giving is about much more than sending someone a present. It shows someone you care, and that you're thinking of them. While some believe they have to spend a lot of money on their loved one, others understand that it's more about the gesture than anything else. 

When feeling low and isolated, it's common for depression to occur. But even something as small as a gift could make a significant impact. 

The Birthday Drink 



When you don't know what to get a friend, you take them for a birthday drink, right? One of the most felt impacts of lockdown was the pubs closing. While some of them are opening again, there's still a great deal of uncertainty about how long we can expect to have some freedom. 

Many people are still confined to their local area, and the government hasn't ruled out town lockdowns as a means to curb the virus spread. 

A great solution to the traditional birthday drink is to send your loved one a bottle of their favourite alcohol. 

Whether it's wine or alcohol, there are some fantastic options around. If you're feeling really generous, you can treat them to a craft beer or whisky subscription. 

Send Them Flowers

Flowers are a sure-fire way to add some sunshine to someone's life. Initially, they were more of a gift for women, but men can enjoy them too. It's no longer thought of as a feminine gesture, so if you're struggling to find the ideal Father's day or birthday gift for the man in your life - don't immediately rule out flowers. 

Due to their popularity, online florists have updated their services to cater for a new audience. There are plenty of options available, from large bouquets to packages that fit through a letterbox. You can find the perfect flowers for your needs. 

Most online florists also offer personalised messages and a choice of extra gifts such as chocolate or a teddy. 

A Sweet Surprise 



Of all the food groups out there, none bring the joy that sweets offer. Delicious, hearty, and full of nostalgic value, sweets truly do remind us of better times. So while you may not be able to cheer your loved one up in person, you can send them their favourite candy. 

Depending on their taste preferences, you can put together a small hamper or jar full of delightful favourites. Here are some sweets that everyone will enjoy. 

Traditional Favourites

Boiled sweets are always popular, and they've been around for longer than you've probably been alive! There are so many to choose from, including lemon sherberts, clove drops, strawberry and cream rose creams and violet creams. 

You can also mix it up with some bubblegum pips and chilli sweets to get the pulse racing. 

Haribo 

Haribo never gets old. It doesn't matter if you're an adult or child; those little gummy sweets are almost impossible to refuse. Traditionalists love Gold-Bears, while Starmix is the modern-day favourite. 

If your loved one enjoys dramatic flavours, then Tangfastics will deliver on all fronts. Let's not forget individual packs of those foam eggs everyone goes crazy for too. 

Back in the '80s

Ah, the 80's. It was a decade of great movies, big hair and Madonna. But let's not forget that it also produced some delicious sweets. From liquorice infused blackjacks to chewy fruit salads, you can choose some sweets for your loved ones. 

Let's not forget drumsticks and sherbet dips, which are unmissable for a retro sweets bag. Appleton Sweets provide a range of confectionery for all occasions at low prices. 

USA Delights 

The USA is a country that many of us would love to be a part of, especially when enjoying their sweet treats. One of the most favourite US confectioners is Reese's company. 

Imagine milk chocolate packed with gooey peanut butter, and you'll understand why this gift always goes down a treat. 

Things to Consider 

While people love receiving gifts, you shouldn't ever forget the card or special message. It's what your recipient will expect to see, and a gift without a card can seem somewhat meaningless. 

You don't have to pour your heart out, and for many people, it's the thought that counts. A simple 'thinking of you' message goes a long way. 

Shipping considerations are also important. While most companies offer a flat rate for UK delivery, you should always know what you'll spend before buying an item. 

If your loved ones live overseas, then you should try to send a package a few weeks in advance to avoid delay times. 

The Bottom Line 

Hopefully, our short lockdown gift buying tips and guidepost will help you choose meaningful presents for loved ones during this difficult time. It's no secret that lockdown has left many feeling miserable, but a bag of their favourite sweets might do the trick. 

Ultimately, it's the thought that counts. Whatever your budget is, we're sure that the people in your life will be appreciative that you took the time to consider them. 

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Personalised Father Day Gifts

Personalised Father Day Gifts

Father's Day is fast approaching, and on the 20th of June, we'll all be showing the main man in our lives what he means to us. For some people, choosing a Father's Day gift is easy, but others might struggle. Men can be difficult to buy for, and if you've got a picky dad, you're probably dreading what to get him. 

Have no fear, because we've got a range of personalised Fathers Day gift ideas that are sure to please. Better still, some of them are inexpensive but offer a lot of meaning. Let's dive in. 

The Meaning of Father's Day

Fathers have always played an essential role in our life, and the tradition can be traced back to the middle ages. Traditionally Father's Day was held on St Joseph's day, but in the USA, it began due to one woman's mission to celebrate the importance of Father's in our lives. 

After her father died in a mining accident in 1908, American woman Grace Golden Clayton petitioned for a day to remember lost dads and their impact on their children's lives. 

In 1972, the USA made Father's Day a national day, perhaps to honour men that lost their lives fighting for their country. 

Today, we still celebrate the special day, and it's the opportunity for people to come together and show appreciation for their loved ones. 

The idea of Father's Day is for families to spend it together and offer gifts to the main man in their life. Most people celebrate with dinner, and it's similar to Mother's Day. 

If you're wondering what gifts you should buy, there are a range of options. The most important thing to remember is you don't have to spend a fortune on expensive gifts because it's the thought that counts. 

Here are some personal gifts that any man is sure to love. 

Simple But Sweet

Some people worry about what to get men, but there's no need. Sometimes all you need is your favourite bar of chocolate, and your dad is the same! If Cadbury's is his thing, then keep it simple with a personalised bar of Dairy Milk. 

It's one of the oldest chocolate bars around, but the creamy texture and delicious taste are why we still enjoy it. You can order a unique 850g bar with his name on it, and that's a great way to show you care. 

Not to mention, he won't be short of chocolate for a long time to come. 

Cake & Chocolate Set 

Cakes and chocolate; now those are two things no mere mortal can resist. So imagine combining the two for the ultimate Father's Day gift. Whether you make the cake yourself or buy it, he'll love it. 

Choose his favourite cake, and make sure you include a personalised message. Now for the fun part; selecting the sweets. 

You can mix it up with chocolate, such as Yorkie and Mars bars, or stick to traditional boiled sweets. Place the cake in a box, and put his favourite candy on top of the cake. 

Not only does this taste great, but it also shows how much you care. 

The Football Lover

FINALLY, after waiting for a long time, we're getting ready to watch England in the Euro's. The pandemic means the event had to be delayed, but this year is the perfect time to celebrate, making it through challenging times. 

Head to your local sports shop and pick up this year's England football shirt. If you want to go all out, you can even get it personalised with his name on the back. Once you have the shirt, you can get a round container, decorate it to resemble a football and fill it with his favourite sweets. 

Some great choices include chocolate footballs and traditional pick n mix sweets to enjoy watching the game. 

Retro Sweet Jar 

A long time favourite and sure to please, the retro sweet jar is a nostalgic surprise that takes people back to their childhood, from fan favourites such as lemon sherberts and humbugs to clove sweets, violet creams and chilli strawberries. 

You can choose any sweets you want and fill the jar to the brim. Add your dad's name to make it more personal, and we guarantee he'll love the gesture. 

Haribo Sweet Jar 

As the company says themselves, 'Kids and grown-ups love it so, the happy world of Haribo.' Everyone loves the gummy sweets that come in a range of flavours, so regardless of how old your father is, we guarantee he'll be happy with the surprise. 

Here are some of the most popular Haribo options: 

Gold bears: One of the oldest offerings from Haribo, these small jelly bears pack a whole lot of flavour in each mouthful. 

Starmix: The most popular Haribo choice, Starmix has a range of jelly sweets, including foam eggs and hearts. 

Tangfastic: Like Starmix but with one significant difference - Tangfastics are sour sweets with a huge flavour. 

The Hobbyist 

If your parent enjoys a particular hobby, then the best way to celebrate Father's Day is to show him that you do notice he's a human being too. Gwynedd Confectioners stock a range of themed gift sets, including a chocolate football box. 

We particularly like their golf set, which features chocolate clubs and a golfer. You can keep it simple by choosing a gift related to your dad's favourite hobby and adding some of your favourite sweets too. 

Whatever you choose, there are some excellent chocolate gift sets that won't break the bank and will be sure to please him. 

The Wrap Up

Father's Day is a cause for celebration, and while the day symbolises much more than gifts, it's always a good idea to get something special. Money isn't important, but small gestures often show how much you care, and it's the thought that counts. 

With so many gifts to choose from, it's crucial to think about what you can afford and the meaning behind the present you select. Appleton's has a range of candy for all tastes, and with our speedy delivery times, you can show your dad how much he means to you.

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What are the Most Creative Ways to Wrap a Present?

What are the Most Creative Ways to Wrap a Present?

We all love giving and receiving gifts, but did you know that the way you wrap items says a lot about your personality and how you value the other person? 

In 1992, a psychologist named Daniel Howard decided to conduct an experiment measuring the sentimental impact of gift wrapping. He found that participants receiving a gift-wrapped item gave a more favourable rating than those that received the same gift in a plastic bag. 

It's clear that the way you offer a gift is important, so in this post, we're going to reveal some of the most creative ways to wrap a present. 

Use Crayons or Paint 

Let's face it; wrapping paper can get kind of boring. To mix things up, focus on using plain paper or brown paper and use your creative abilities to put a personal stamp on it. Here are some of our favourite ideas. 

Hobbies & Interests: We all have our hobbies and interests. Show your recipient you care by decorating the paper with theirs. For example, if they love animals, add cats, dogs and other wildlife to the paper. 

Children's Gifts: Kids love anything unique and colourful, so get your little ones to design their wrapping paper for birthday parties. With the average person spending around £630 per year on gifts (Your Money), households with children often end up having to budget to accommodate buying for birthday parties. 

Special Messages: Gifts should have meaning, so instead of buying some fancy wrapping paper, focus on writing your own messages and show that special someone how much you care. 

Edible Wrapping 

Edible wrapping is an excellent option - especially if you're combining it with some delicious sweets. Instead of putting all the sweets in a box, attach them to the paper. Your recipient will love the gesture. 

We recommend love hearts, bubblegum and other confectionery that comes in a wrapper. There are plenty of wholesale sweet options, so you'll have no problem finding the right ones. 

Confetti Dip 

gift-wrapping-and-confetti

This idea is so simple, but it stands out. Glitter is renowned for creating a lot of mess and staying on your clothes for weeks. But confetti is a great alternative, and it's less likely to fall off the present than glitter. 

Wrap your gift in plain paper and cover a section with glue. Dip it in a pot of confetti, and you'll have a lollipop effect. Essentially, it should resemble a Fab Lolly, with a combination of neutrals and a burst of colour. 

The Chalkboard Effect 

Another simple but effective wrapping technique involves taking a sophisticated approach to wrapping. Use black paper to wrap the gift, then write a special message in white pen, paint or chalk (depending on the paper you use). 

You can tailor the message to the recipient, and it's also a great way to get the whole family involved. Each member can add a unique message, which is a lovely gesture. 

If you decide on glossy black paper, then it's best to steer clear of chalk. Other types of paper combined with white chalk will create a retro look. 

Zero Wrapping Paper Techniques 

For some people, wrapping gifts is an opportunity to get creative. A minority might even dedicate an entire room of their house to gift wrapping. Others - however - end up with a present that looks like a five-year-old was let loose. 

If you can't get to grips with traditional wrapping paper and sellotape, then here are some creative ways to wrap a present without the fiddly stuff. 

Use Fabric 

The likelihood is, you've got an old t-shirt at home that you no longer want. If you're wrapping a relatively small gift, you can cut the shirt and use it to cover the gift. 

  1. Cut your t-shirt into a square, making sure you leave plenty of room to cover the item. 
  1. If your gift doesn't come with a box, it's probably best to use one. But if it has a flat surface, you should be fine. 
  1. Place the fabric on your item/box base and wrap it over the item. 
  1. Tie a knot at the top, or cut the fabric to make a bow. You can trim the ends to make it neater when you're finished. 

This method works with blouses, swatches and even denim. Just make sure you don't want to keep the clothing, and always use more than you think you need.

It's easy to cut the ends once you're finished, but using too little fabric means you're going to get through a lot of t-shirts. 

Glitter Boxes 

Glitter boxes are straightforward to make, and any arts and crafts novice can create something unique. Try to find a plain cardboard box and match it to the size of the item. You don't want a giant box for a piece of jewellery! 

Glue and glitter are the only things you'll need, and the process is incredibly simple. 

  1. Cover your box with glue
  2. Add the glitter. 

Seriously - it's that simple. You can go for one colour or opt for a rainbow of glitter. The gift looks impressive, and it's also a fantastic way to get the kids involved in arts and crafts. 

Use Gift Bags 

gift bag

Ok, not the most creative wrapping technique on the list, but it's still worth mentioning. Bags are handy and mean you don't have to spend any time wrapping your gifts, but they'll still look fantastic. 

If you're sending sweets, then you can find retro-style bags that have personalisation features. Write your recipient's name on the front, and you'll have a cheap and cheerful gift with plenty of nostalgic appeal. 

The Bottom Line 

There are so many ways you can wrap presents, so don't be afraid to get creative. Remember, plain brown paper is often recycled, so you can contribute to the environment while not losing the aesthetic appeal traditional wrapping paper provides. 

Get the kids involved, be daring and make any sweet gift stand out. Don't forget to check out our other posts, including Creative Gift Ideas For Friends.
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Is Gum Considered a Candy?

Is Gum Considered a Candy?

We live in an age of endless opportunities and innovation. From technological advancements to a variety of foods to choose from, we're fortunate. People have so much choice; they don't question where their favourite treats come from and how they're made. 

One such treat is gum. Whether you prefer chewing gum or bubble gum, you probably don't know where it comes from, how it's made and if it's even considered a candy. 

In this post, we're going to answer all of those questions and tell you everything you need to know about gum. 

The History of Chewing Gum 

Believe it or not, the concept of chewing gum has been with us since the stone age. The sap of a Sapodilla tree produced a gum-like substance called chicle gum. Although we use synthetic alternatives today, the consistency is very similar to chicle gum. 

Types of Gum 

When it comes to gum, there are plenty of options available for all taste preferences. From traditional bubblegum to fruity flavours and even fiery cinnamon, you'll find a brand you love. But what about the types of gum? 

Pieces: Gum pieces are pretty small and have a hard coating. 

Sticks: Longer pieces of chewing gum without the harder coating. 

Bubblegum Balls: Traditional confectionery, similar to chewing gum pieces, but the balls are often coated in bright colours. 

Liquid Centre: A relatively new addition to the gum family, liquid centres are full of flavour and continue to grow in popularity. 

How Do Manufacturers Make Gum? 

chewing gum with a leaf of spearmint

The chewing gum manufacturing process is relatively standard across the world. It involves a series of essential steps to achieving the right taste, texture and consistency. 

Let's take a look at the step by step process. 

Chicle Preparation

While many manufacturers use synthetic latex to create gum, some still prefer the traditional chicle route. Producers score a chicle tree with large crosses and let the liquid run into a container. 

Once there's enough chicle, the producers heat it until it reduces in volume. The chicle is poured into moulds and left to set. 

The natural chicle or artificial latex goes through an intensive grinding process to make sure it maintains consistency. 

Next is the drying process. Once the blend is mixed enough, it dries in a room for up to two days. 

Cooking and Mixing

The cooking process involves heating the gum base at 116 degrees celsius. Once a syrup forms, the manufacturers will continue to filter the mixture to achieve the right consistency. 

Additives such as corn syrup and flavours are mixed into the gum base, and a fine sugar gives the mixture a sweet taste. 

When the mixture reaches a cool temperature, it goes onto belts to continue the cooling process. 

Kneading, Cutting & Packaging 

Machines take care of the kneading process, which smooths the gum to the right consistency. It's then rolled, cut into strips and wrapped in foil or wax paper. 

The manufacturers can then add the branding to the gum and send it off to the retailers. 

While there are various gum types, the basic manufacturing process is the same; there are just a few minor differences. 

Gumballs and Candy Coated Gum 

Gumballs are popular among young people, and they're made by scoring a cylinder of gum to create ball shapes. 

Once they harden, the balls are covered with colouring and flavour, giving each ball a unique taste. 

The balls are dried with warm air and then rolled in wax to create a shiny finish. Candy-coated gums are made similarly, but they're packaged in boxes instead of plastic containers. 

Drawbacks of Gum 

There are so many unique gum flavours around, and sugar-free versions are prevalent. Chewing gum has many advantages, including its ability to aid in healthy teeth, and a lot of people find it helps them stop snacking or smoking. 

With a strict manufacturing process, there's very little wrong with gum - apart from the flavour. The average piece of chewing or bubble gum retains its distinctive taste for approximately five minutes. 

There have been so many technological advancements, but manufacturers are yet to discover how to make gum retain its flavour. 

Most people find that while they enjoy chewing gum, the mint flavours tend to last a lot longer than others. 

So, Is Gum a Candy?

The short answer to this question is yes, but there are many conflicting opinions about whether or not gum is candy. 

What do people think?

Interestingly, more people consider bubblegum to be candy rather than chewing gum. 

Bubblegum often comes in traditional fruity flavours that are popular with children. Chewing gum has a variety of flavours too - but the most popular are peppermint and spearmint. 

Most think chewing gum is the adult alternative, so it's easy to understand why bubblegum is considered more of a candy. 

Businesses Views on Gum 

For most businesses, gum falls under the confectionery category. It's often made with sugar or sugar substitutes to give it a sweet taste which is why many class it as a candy. 

Wholesalers and retailers often advertise their gum in the confectionery section along with the chocolates and sweets, so it makes sense that many agree that the sweet taste and flavours mean gum is a sweet type. 

In a way, gum is similar to tomatoes in its categorisation. You can't (or shouldn't at least) swallow chewing or bubblegum, so technically, it's different to most types of candy. 

Tomatoes are fruit, but most people class them as vegetables because a tomato lacks the characteristic sweet flavours that other fruits have. 

The Bottom Line 

Chewing and bubble gum will always be popular, but they can't beat the traditional British sweet for some people. While gum is a great way to help you stay on top of a diet or quit smoking, most prefer actual sweets. 

Popular choices include jelly beans, Haribo sweets and wine gums. Whatever you choose, make sure you're getting the best value for your money and consider buying wholesale. 

If you found this post useful, check out our guide on whether chocolate goes bad here.
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What Are Some Creative Gift Ideas?

What Are Some Creative Gift Ideas?

We all enjoy giving gifts and love receiving them. But one of the most common worries for people is someone not appreciating the present. 

According to the BBC, giving someone the wrong gift can damage your relationship, so, understandably, you might worry that your presents are boring. 

Luckily, sentimental presents matter more than how much money you spend because people prefer something more personal. 

In this post, we'll look at some of the best creative gift ideas that are sure to please anyone. 

DIY Candy Bouquet

Candy bouquet

Candy and flowers are two ways to a woman's heart - so why not combine them? While some people choose to send an expensive bouquet and a box of chocolates, this post is all about getting creative. 

This DIY candy bouquet is ideal for people with a sweet tooth, and you can customise it to suit people of all ages. 

Here's what you'll need: 

  • A selection of candies, including rectangular boxes if possible. 
  • Glue gun 
  • Tissue Paper (various colours) 
  • Ribbon and other decorative features 

  • Take your four boxes of candy and arrange them into a square. You should glue the edges to form a base. If you don't have candy boxes, you can use matchboxes or other materials - just make sure they're all the same size. 
  • Take your wood skewers and glue them to the back of each candy bar or box. If you include heavy items such as Snickers or Mars Bars, you should glue two sticks to each one for added stability. 
  • Add foam to the bottom of the vase to form a base, and add your tissue paper to the bottom. It should spill over the sides to create a bouquet. 
  • Take some smaller pieces of paper and poke each skewer through it. You can then move the paper up to form a flower. 
  • Arrange the candy inside the vase and add decorations such as ribbons and glitter. 

The piece of foam in the bottom of your vase should fit perfectly, but if it doesn't, you can    glue a piece of cardboard underneath it to keep everything stable. 

For The Green Fingered Person 

watering can with candies

Did you know that gardening is the hobby at the moment? People of all ages enjoy the lifestyle benefits of growing their own vegetables and planting flowers, so why not give them a green-fingered gift? 

If you're going all out, then a wheelbarrow full of candy would undoubtedly make a statement. But for the more budget-conscious person, a watering can will be more than enough. 

All you need to do is buy a nice can, fill it with candy treats and add a few decorations. It's cost-effective, tasteful and shows you genuinely care about the recipient. 

Top Tip: The best thing about this impactive but straightforward gift is you can switch out the theme to suit your recipients personality. For example, you could fill a makeup bag with treats or a large coffee mug. 

Message in a Jar 

If you're not the sentimental type but want to show someone you care, then a message in a jar is the perfect way to do that. For example, a thank you message to someone who's supported you in difficult times or a loving message to your other half will pair perfectly with a selection of sweets. 

You can choose from a range of candy choices, including traditional boiled sweets, jellies and chocolate. 

Make sure you use bold writing, so your message is readable and laminate it if possible. 

DIY Chocolate Selection Box

chocolate box

One of the worst things about boxes of chocolate is they often come in one flavour or a selection of traditional flavours that not everyone enjoys.

If your recipient prefers creams over caramels, why not buy multiple chocolate boxes and create a bespoke selection for them? 

This creative idea is excellent if you're buying for lots of people at Christmas because you can save money while offering meaningful gifts. 

Beech's creams come in a range of flavours, but people often choose one box to save money. You can mix the creams to form selection boxes and include your recipients favourite flavours. 

Make the gift more personal by covering the box with custom made paper and adding people's names. They'll appreciate the gesture and this kind of present shows that you genuinely care about others and listen to them. 

Sweet Treasure Chest

chest

Kids love surprises, and you can't get more creative than giving them a treasure chest full of delicious sweets. You can buy a chest or save money by using cardboard that you probably have at home. 

There's a great how-to guide on Pinterest, so if you plan on going for the DIY approach, it's worth a read. You can access it here

Once you've finished your treasure chest, you can choose which sweets to include. There are plenty of sweet boxes to choose from. 

Some of our favourites include: 

  • Airheads 
  • Blackjacks 
  • Fruit Salad
  • Catherine Wheels 
  • Dib Dab
  • Milk Bottles and Teeth 
  • Flumps 
  • Brain Busters 

The Candy Card 

Cards aren't the most exciting part of a gift, but we use them because it allows us to include a thoughtful message. If you're feeling creative, a candy card is a perfect way to brighten up someone's day. 

You can make a giant card and attach pieces of candy to it. If possible, you can swap the candy for words. 

For example: 

You're as cute as a button - swap the word button for a bag of Cadbury's buttons. 

Wishing you millions of happy years - swap millions for a bag of M&M's 

You get the idea! 

What we love most about this gift idea is it's so cost-effective but combines the three aspects of presents that people look for: 

  • A card with a thoughtful message 
  • Gifts that they'll enjoy 
  • Personalisation 

The Wrap Up 

Gift giving is a centuries-old tradition, and while trends have changed - the sentiments the same. If you own a candy store, then it's essential that you provide a broad selection of sweets so you can cater to your audience. 

Appleton's supplies a range of wholesale sweets at cost-effective prices. With speedy delivery and a strong reputation, we're proud to be the go-to place for quality confectionery at low UK prices.

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The History of Father's Day: All You Need to Know

The History of Father's Day: All You Need to Know

For one day every year, people dedicate a day to the most important man in their lives. Father's Day is about giving your father, granddad or stepfather gifts and letting them know how appreciated they are. 

While many people celebrate Father's Day, few know where the idea originated. In this post, we're going to reveal the history of Father's Day and what it means to other countries. 

The Origins 

If you think Father's Day is the same as Mother's Day, then you couldn't be more wrong. While Mother's Day is recognised as a Christian day, Father's Day is not. 

We can trace Mothering Sunday back to the 1600s, but people didn't celebrate their fathers until the USA set the trend, and we followed. 

In 1908 362 men were killed in tragic circumstances. The mining event that led to their deaths caused upset in a West Virginian town, and people gathered to mourn their loss. 

The parishioners shared wine, gifts, and food to commemorate those men's memory and show appreciation for the role their father's played in their lives. 

Sonora Smart Dodd

While the event had a significant impact on the attendees, nobody planned to celebrate it again. The church saw it as a way to commemorate the memories of parishioners loved ones and didn't think it could become a yearly event. 

But a young woman named Sonora Smart Dodd set out to make sure Father's Day would happen each year. 

She was upset that people celebrated their mothers, but nobody seemed to care about the role a father plays in a child's life. 

In 1909, Sonora began her campaign to get the local government to set aside a day each year to remember fathers. 

Initially, she wanted it to fall on her father's birthday, but the state of Washington decided to celebrate its first Father's Day in June 2010. 

World War II 

Initially, people didn't show much enthusiasm for Father's Day, which is attributable to the fact that women are regarded as more emotional and appreciative of gifts. But World War II would change the way society viewed Father's Day forever. 

The majority of men would fight for their country, with many losing their lives. Advertisers were determined to cash in on the war's emotional impact and decided to use the very unpopular Father's Day to make money. 

People were more responsive this time because the war meant many were without their parents, and it became so popular, people would even insist on merging it with Mother's Day. 

Advertisers and corporations won the battle and were able to continue to capitalise on both days. 

Father's Day Today

world map

Today, Father's Day is celebrated every year, and it's common for people to buy gifts for the main man in their lives. 

In the UK and USA, the days are celebrated with gift-giving and meals out. There are few similarities between the two - but perhaps the Americans are more sentimental than people in the UK. 

What about other countries? How do they celebrate Father's Day? 

It's important to remember that the dates differ worldwide, but we're going to concentrate on gift-giving and the sentimental elements. 

Portugal, Italy and Spain

Countries like Portugal, Italy and Spain are predominantly Roman Catholic, so Father's Day involves church services. There's also the chance to give gifts and enjoy food together, but these countries tend to focus on the religious aspects. 

New Zealand & Australia

In New Zealand and Australia, their summer occurs during the UK's winter - so their Father's Day takes place in September. Other than the date, it's pretty similar to how the UK and USA celebrate. 

Thailand 

Father's Day in Thailand takes place in December, and it usually involves a speech by the ruling King at the time. The children also give Canna lilies to their granddads and fathers. 

Russia 

Russia is known as an extremely proud country, and they love Father's Day. It's an excuse for the men to take part in a parade, and the government calls it Defender of the Fatherland Day. 

It's Not All About the Gifts...But They Help

Gifts aren't everything, but a small token of your love is always appreciated. Many think that chocolate is more for women, but according to Statista, plenty of men enjoy their candy fix too. 

While women have the edge over men when it comes to chocolate consumption, they still enjoy indulging. 

Here are some excellent candy choices for men.

USA Sweets 

One solution to the problem of what men want is to give them something different. Candy from the USA is perfect if you're struggling - especially Reese's. 

The peanut butter-based treats are a fan favourite, so you can be sure most men will appreciate sampling them. 

Other popular choices are Hershey's, Jelly Belly and Haribo sweets. 

Chocolate Gift Sets 

It isn't easy to buy chocolate for men, and most people don't want to go the traditional route of a Milk Tray box. 

One solution to this issue is to focus on hobbies and interests. Chocolate gift sets are ideal because they often have a theme. 

We love the football gift from Gwynedd Confectioners, which includes luxury Belgian chocolate. The company also makes a golf set for the more distinguished gentleman. 

There are plenty of excellent chocolate gift boxes to choose from, so you won't have a problem finding something for everyone's preferences. 

Traditional Chocolates 

Father's Day is for all men, and many people also choose to honour their grandparents. Luckily, there are some ideal chocolate gifts for older men, and many have a nostalgic appeal. 

Top choices include:

  • Chocolate Stem Ginger 
  • Choc Nibbles 
  • Toffee Crumble 
  • Chocolate Fruit & Nuts 
  • Walnut Whips 
  • Chocolate Turkish Delight

You can also opt for traditional chocolate creams that come in a range of flavours, including: 

  • Beech's Fruit Creams 
  • Beech's Coffee Creams 
  • Whitakers Coffee Collection 
  • Whitakers Mint Creams 

The Takeaway 

Small tokens of appreciation can go a long way, so make sure you think about what people will enjoy rather than expensive gifts. With such a wide selection available, we have something for everyone. 

Whether you're stocking your shelves or shopping for personal purposes, Appleton's can help you to find the right confectionery that nobody can resist.

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Creative Gift Ideas For Friends

Creative Gift Ideas For Friends

Real friends stick by your side through hard times and will be there regardless of the distance between you. One thing Covid-19 has taught us is who our real friends are. While some people have lost touch during the pandemic, others grow closer and use the internet to check in with each other regularly. 

If you want to show a special friend how much you appreciate them, there are plenty of ways to spoil them. Whether you have a budget of £5 or £100, we've put together some creative gift ideas for friends. 

But first, we'll talk about the meaning of gift-giving and how it can strengthen friendships. 

Why Is Gift Giving Important?

When people want to show each other that they care, they offer gifts. It's an ancient tradition dating back to cave dwellers, and while gifting is more elaborate today, it still has the same meaning behind it. 

As social beings, we have an instinctive need to seek friendships and relationships with others. According to an article published by The Independent, seven in ten people feel they don't have enough friends, which means the friendships we do have are essential to nurture and maintain. 

Gifts Build Friendships

When someone gives you a gift, it shows they've thought of you. That feeling makes you want to be a better friend, right? Sharing gifts builds relationships, but it's more about the thought than the cost. 

You don't need to spend a fortune on your friends to let them know you're thinking of them because they'll appreciate the thought you put into the gift more than anything. 

Emotional Impact 

While many believe that human beings are selfish creatures, the fact is gift-giving makes us feel good. It's a selfless act because you expect nothing in return, and the emotional benefit is making others happy. 

A classic example is the gifts people buy for their pets. A cat or dog can't buy a gift in return, but by just offering us company and affection, we feel compelled to show our furry friends how much we love them with toys and treats. 

The Best Gift Ideas For Friends 

So, now you know why gift-giving is important, it's time to reveal our top picks to show your friends you appreciate them. There's something for everyone on this list, so sit back and let's get shopping. 

Incense Set

Smoking incense sticks and two cooper jars

Candles are a classic gift, and most people can't say no to a scented candle. But incense has such a unique appeal because there's a large assortment of scents available. Anyone can use incense to make their home smell nicer and enjoy the relaxing aroma. 

Incense can promote better sleep quality, purify the air and help people that suffer from regular stress to wind down and learn to relax. There are scents to suit every mood, including forest smells, Christmas incense and much more. 

For the ultimate relaxation gift, include some chocolates. We recommend Beech's creams because they come in a wide range of flavours. Popular options include ginger, strawberry, rose, mint and orange creams. 

Personalised Pet Portrait 

We all love our pets, and the chances are your friend thinks their furry friend is the best in the world. Show them you agree with a personalised portrait of their pet. It's a great way to share a personal gift, and anyone would appreciate the gesture.

You could even include some dog or cat treats as well as some sweets for your friend. Love hearts and parma violets are popular options for women because they offer nostalgic appeal. Guys will appreciate Haribo or a selection of retro Nerds. 

The Chocoholics Delight

Chocolate box

For some people, chocolate isn't just an occasional treat; it's a way of life. If your friend is a chocoholic, then they'll appreciate a gift that celebrates the decadent treat. With so many options to choose from, it's hard to know where to start. Here are some ideas for chocolate that is sure to please. 

Beech's are a favourite among the British public because they combine rich chocolate with a range of flavoured cream fillings. But if your friend prefers intense and unique flavours, then we'd recommend Whittakers. 

The company offers chocolate flavours that include: 

  • Violet Creams 
  • Salted Caramel Creams
  • Coffee Creams
  • Dark Mint Crisps
  • Black Cherry Creams 

You can buy individual boxes of chocolate or choose to purchase wholesale and put together chocolate gift boxes that feature a selection of flavours. 

Salute to the USA 

The USA is known for doing it bigger and better than any other country, so as you can imagine, they have an expansive collection of sweet treats to choose from. If your friend is a fan of everything starred and striped, then you can put together a USA themed treat hamper. 

Famous chocolate from the USA includes Reese's pieces, cookie dough bites, Hershey's, Charleston Chews and Milk Duds. You can combine some chocolate with candy, including Jelly Belly beans which come in flavours such as popcorn, watermelon and cherry. Jolly Rancher Gummies are also a popular option, as is Marshmallow Fluff. 

Decorate your hamper and add some American soda such as Mug Root Beer and the country's selection of Fanta drinks. 

The Night In Hamper

Relaxing fragrance - bunch of cinnamon, bath bombs

Who doesn't love to pamper themselves while enjoying a relaxing evening? Show your friend how much they mean to you by putting together a unique pamper hamper. You can include a mini bottle of Prosecco, bath bombs, incense and some luxury confectionery. 

Truffles and Belgian chocolates are popular options, but we love the idea of including fudge and toffee in the hamper. Fudge is a decadent treat, and there are plenty of unique flavours, including: 

  • Vanilla
  • Salted Caramel
  • Rum and Raisin
  • Chocolate
  • Nougat 
  • Banoffee
  • After 8 

Whatever you decide to include in the hamper, it's a wonderful way to promote relaxation in difficult times, and you can customise it for male friends by swapping bath bombs and Prosecco for muscle relaxing shower gel and a miniature bottle of Whisky. 

Hopefully, these ideas provide you with some inspiration to create some unique gifts for your friends. Stay tuned to the Appleton's blog to discover the latest confectionery news and fantastic ideas for your sweet shop.

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The Best Easter Candy 2021

The Best Easter Candy 2021

Easter is the one time of year when we can all make excuses for the excessive amounts of chocolate we consume. Whether you're religious or not, Easter is about giving and receiving chocolate eggs, gifts, candy and spending time with your loved ones. 

With so many choices available, it's hard to know which easter candy is best to celebrate the occasion. This post will reveal how a religious holiday came to involve chocolate and discuss the best Easter candy for adults and children. 

The Significance of Easter

Children Egg Hunting

As a religious holiday, Easter is meant to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus. While most Christians celebrate it by attending a church service and spending time with their family and friends, the British public as a whole celebrate the day by giving and receiving chocolate eggs and other gifts. 

Many years ago, church leaders would not let people eat eggs during the lead up to Easter. For a week each year, people would collect eggs laid, decorate them, and give them to children as a gift during the holy lead up to Easter. 

Victorians changed the tradition from real eggs to cardboard versions covered with satin, which then developed into the chocolate eggs we know and love today. 

In the 19th Century, France and Germany introduced chocolate eggs, but they were bitter to taste, which meant the chocolate was overwhelming for people. As confectioners improved their methodology and new technology became available, easter eggs developed into hollow shells filled with delicious treats. 

While there were many chocolate eggs in the late 1800s, the modern egg can be attributed to Cadbury's, which launched their dairy milk chocolate in 1905. Today, most Easter eggs are made from milk chocolate. 

What Role Does Confectionery Play?

Easter eggs are a staple, but many forms of confectionery are used to celebrate the holiday. While people give large chocolate eggs as gifts, confectioners create a range of treats to suit people of all ages and taste preferences. 

Easter Parties 

Easter is a popular time to gather people together, so it's common to serve a range of sweet treats for guests to enjoy. While offering everyone a large egg isn't practical (or cheap), purchasing Easter sweets is a cost-effective alternative, and everybody loves to indulge in a delicious treat. 

Easter Egg Hunts 

If you've ever taken part in an Easter egg hunt, then you'll know how fun they can be. Both adults and children love adventure, and it's an excellent way to bring people together to enjoy a special day. 

Small chocolate eggs and sweets are hidden in different areas, and there are usually clues that point people to various locations to find the eggs. 

Top Choices for Easter Candy

Chocolate eggs in the basket

With so much to offer, Easter is one of the most loved holidays in the world. When it comes to candy, there are plenty of choices available to people of all ages. Let's take a look at some of our top picks. 

Candy for Children

Children are probably the most prominent demographic for candy stores to focus on, and they love Easter. If you want to stock a wide selection of chocolate, it's best to focus on smaller items that parents can use for parties and egg hunts. 

Most people will buy large eggs from their local Supermarket but look to confectioners for wholesale Easter candy. Let's take a look at some of the best choices for children. 

Chocolate Foiled Eggs 

Taking inspiration from the solid chocolate eggs of the 19th century, chocolate foiled eggs are similar but made out of milk chocolate. They're small, easy to transport and perfect for parties and Easter egg hunts. 

Speckled Eggs 

A favourite among many, speckled eggs have a hard outer shell and are filled with delicious chocolate. Popular brands include Cadbury's Mini Eggs, but wholesale candy eggs have the same rich taste, with a much lower price tag. 

The only thing you need to think about with these eggs is they don't come with individual wrappers, so they might not be ideal for hunts. They are, however, great as gifts and for parties. 

Foam Eggs 

Foam eggs are one of the best candy inventions around, and there aren't many that would willingly say no to a bag of them. While there are Haribo mixes that include fried eggs, you can buy Easter sweets from confectioners, including tubs of eggs and other jelly sweets. 

Easter Treats For Adults

Adults love Easter too and often use the day as an excuse to indulge in their favourite treats. While adults might not necessarily enjoy children's confectionery, there are still plenty of options available. 

Beech's Chocolate Boxes 

Creamy, indulgent and delicious, Beech's is a favourite among adults. Their boxes of chocolate creams come in a range of flavours, including ginger, orange, coffee, rose, mint and strawberry. 

You can also buy wholesale boxes of Beech's chocolate covered nuts, which are ideal for giving as a gift, or used to create a homemade Easter hamper. 

Retro Chocolate 

Nostalgic gifts are timeless and take people back to a time where there were no work or childcare commitments. With old-time favourites such as jazzies, chocolate mice, fish n chips and chocolate coins, an Easter pick and mix bag is a thoughtful treat that's sure to please. 

USA Gifts 

The USA is home to many wonderful things, but their chocolate is always popular with people in the UK. Let's take a look at which US offerings are perfect as Easter gifts. 

Hershey's 

The American equivalent to Cadbury's, Hershey's is renowned in its native country, and we love it in the UK too. Flavours include:

  • Milk chocolate.
  • Cookies and cream.
  • Cookies and chocolate.
  • Cookies and mint.
  • Strawberries and cream.
  • Sprinkles and cream.
  • Hershey's Gold (which combines peanuts and pretzels). 

Reese's 

The peanut butter giants, nobody makes chocolate like Reese's. Rich and creamy treats include peanut butter cups, sticks, bars and pieces. Most peanut butter treats from Reese's are also available in dark and white chocolate. 

Now you know which Easter treats are the most popular choices; you can stock your store or cupboards for the special occasion. Don't forget to check out our other posts, including fun facts about American soda.

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