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>>>> August 23, 2015//Victorvile, CA//Daily Press — One of the largest distributors of retro candy in the country is ready to celebrate a sweet move. Candy Crate recently relocated to a new and modern operational facility in Victorville.
Operations Manager Randi Caporale told the Daily Press that after eight years on Lemon Street in Hesperia, Candy Crate has moved back to Victorville and is now spreading its sweetness all over the globe from its 22,000-square-foot warehouse.
“It seem like every few years we have to move because of growth,” said Caporale, who’s been with the company since its formation nearly 15 years ago. “We've almost doubled our space, which means we can expand our line, bring on new vendors and manufacturers, and become more efficient in what we do.”
Caporale said because of the larger location, the store now boasts “a bigger and more exciting candy store that is fun for everyone,” something the company has been wanting to do for some time.
“We sell most of our candy online, but now candy-lovers can stop by and shop to their heart’s content,” Caporale said. “We don’t manufacture candy, but as distributors we have mountains of it right here ready to ship across town and the world.”
Caporale said the new warehouse on Business Center Drive, between Industrial Boulevard and Hesperia Road, has more than enough office, warehouse, gift shop and work areas, and should be able to keep up with expansion for at least 10 years.
Candy Crate sells retro sweets like candy cigarettes, Astro Pops, Jujubes, Necco Wafers, Slo Pokes, Abba Zaba, Cinnamon Toothpicks and Swedish Fish, with candy gift baskets keeping the store extra busy from September through December.
"We're busy all year, but when the fall comes it's crazy busy around here," Caporale said. "Some of popular baskets are back-to-school, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter and Mother's Day."
For movie fans, Candy Crate offers Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, with each bag featuring Darth Vader, Yoda or an Imperial Storm Trooper in a Galaxy Mix of flavors. PEZ collectors can purchase "Star Trek," "Lord of the Rings," DC Comic Superhero and "Star Wars" dispensers.
“We love hearing stories about people who order from us or come in and discover that we carry a candy that was a childhood favorite,” Caporale said. “It’s like we’re here to help people relive those memories.”
Caporale said her warehouse carries chocolate covered ants and other candied-insects, and even though Candy Crate is not like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, the company does sell several Willy Wonka brand candies, including the popular Everlasting Gobstopper.
Candy Crate first opened as a small candy store near the entrance to the Cinemark Movies 10 on Mariposa Road in Victorville. Since then, it transitioned to mainly a candy distribution center, moving to several larger facilities in the city before moving to Hesperia.
Over the years, the million dollar a year company has grown from two to 15 employees who distribute candy from the High Desert to countries all across the globe. Candy Crate also distributes to large companies like Amazon and Universal Studios, and to celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg, Alice Cooper and Ryan Seacrest.
Caporale said many global customers come from Australia, Canada, Japan, Ireland, Italy, and from U.S. military bases overseas.
As a big fan of the candy ZOTZ, Caporale said she was a bit star-struck when the owner of the Italian-based company visited Caporale and her High Desert team in Hesperia.
“The ZOTZ company came and talked with us about our sales and they thanked us for our business,” Caporale said. “They also wanted to hear more about our business model and our distribution program.”
According to the ZOTZ company, the candy was introduced in 1968 and quickly became a big seller. The flavored candy has unique flavored effervescent center and kids enjoy the fizz it emits.
“We’re like a big family here at Candy Crate and we keep getting bigger,” Caporale said. “I hope we’ll continue to make new friends and introduce old favorites to candy lovers everywhere.”
Caporale said the grand opening celebration will include a bubble gum blowing competition, a Bean Boozled candy eating contest, prizes, samples, discount and tours of the facility.
Candy Crate’s grand opening party is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at 12520 Business Center Drive, Unit D, Victorville. For store hours and more information, visit www.candycrate.com or call 760 -949-0467.
Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227, RDeLa Cruz@VVDailyPress.com or on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.
>>>>Hesperia, Calif. - October 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The best Halloween Candy isn't the same old stuff in overpriced bags in the aisles of the local supermarket. Change things up this year with the huge and unique Halloween candy selection for sale from Candy Crate at CandyCrate.com.
At CandyCrate.com, Halloween shoppers will find all of the candy, treats and supplies they need to put together a memorable party, or to become the talk of the town and the favorite destination for all of the little trick or treaters outside.
One of the best ideas for Halloween candy this season when hosting a party is to buy bulk candy, and use it for the dual purposes of party decor, and tasty treats. Stock up on a variety of orange, black and brown candies of all kinds and put them on display for a new twist to the annual Halloween bash.
Halloween parties have to include Gummy Body Parts, Eyes of Terror Bubble Gum or Mellowcreme Pumpkins. For a haunting holiday gift choose one of our Halloween Gift Baskets and Halloween Candy Gifts filled with spooky and fun treats. Our Kooky Kid Box and Boo Retro Candy Gift Basket are great gift baskets for that little monster in your life.
One of the more popular Halloween Candy is Candy Corn gooey chewy eyeball bubble gum and more.
Other novelty candies for Halloween include chocolate in the form of graves, vampires, skeletons and mummies, pumpkin and ghost Peeps, and even a Chupa Chups Halloween werewolf container.
Sometimes the classics are still the best though. Bring home everyone's favorite from the past, and buy a bulk bag of Mellowcreme Pumpkins. Or branch out and try a new variety of candy corn, which is now available in a number of different flavors and styles.
There's also a great selection of Halloween candy gift boxes as well. These are great as party giveaways or grab bags, or for small gifts to friends, colleagues and family members.
Win some points with the coworkers by bringing in a Tower of Terror Candy Assortment big enough to supply some sweets to the whole office, or win over the little kids in the family with a Harry Potter Candy Cauldron or Spooky Spider Halloween Candy Box.
>>>>Hesperia, Calif. - July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Candy Crate, one of the nation's leading online candy stores, conducted a survey to reveal the top 10 candies consumed during summer time in America. Participants hailed from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The survey was titled “What is Your Favorite Summer Time Candy?”. Findings for the July 2013 survey are based on 1,500 responses.
Men and women, ages 18 – 70, cast their ballot on what sweet they enjoyed most during summer. A mix of traditional, sweet and sour candy took the top ten positions with Salt Water Taffy sweeping the top spot with more than 25% of respondents choosing this summer time classic:
1. Salt Water Taffy
2. Gummy Bears
7. Astro Pops
10. Jolly Ranchers
About Candy Crate:
Candy Crate is a three generation, family owned company located in Hesperia, California. Take a trip down memory lane with their line of products that span over 150 years. Candy Crate distributes fresh candy to every corner of the USA as well as many areas around the world including APO and Military Bases. Specializing in nostalgic sweets, they have the buying power to order direct from every major candy manufacture, providing the consumer with the best pricing and freshest product available online. For more information about Candy Crate, go to www.candycrate.com; or call 1-800-849-0772.
>>>>HESPERIA, Calif., July 25, 2013 /Yahoo!Finance/ -- Candy Crate, one of the nation's leading online candy stores, introduces their new "Mega" value pack of Cinnamon Flavored Toothpicks. Sold under the brand Taste-T-Picks, the new 200 count pack size satisfies the demand by current consumers to have the cinnamon toothpicks available in a value sized, re-sealable plastic pocket pack. Because many people purchase this all natural, fat free and sugar free cinnamon chewing stick to help curb the urge to smoke and snack, there was a need for a larger pack to carry with them throughout the day. The new "Mega" pack is also perfect to share or just indulge in the flavor and aroma of all natural cinnamon. The new food grade package will also help to preserve its freshness and great flavor.
>>>>Hesperia, CA Sept 15, 2012 This years Hesperia Days events included vendor booths, Kid’s Fun Zone, a free family friendly outdoor Music Festival, a duck race, fireworks and of course - the annual parade! The featured parade theme was “Proud to be an American” and Candy Crate’s float once again came away with two trophies. Candy Crate’s wonderful employees volunteered their time and energy to walk down Main Street after decorating the colorful American tribute. The float consisted of large lollipops, assorted red, white and blue candies, a giant American Flag and a large patriotic gingerbread house – complete with themed costumed children and a live ‘Gingy’ proudly waving to the 1000’s of spectators that lined the route as they enjoyed patriotic music. Candy Crate was presented the Prestigious President’s Award as well as second place for the commercial division.
>>>>Los Angeles, CA January 29, 2012 CBS Nation Wide - Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Her By Adrienne Smith -Expanding your price range gives you a bit more breathing room. Don’t cop out on originality with a boring box of chocolates. Consider a funky spin on a classic gift. If your Valentine loves sweets, raise the bar with Candy Crate‘s 1980′s Sprinkled Pink Retro Candy Gift Box. For $34.95 she can enjoy many of her favorite childhood treats, from Bottle Caps to Gobstoppers to Pop Rocks. Cuddle up with The Breakfast Club, and revel in the sweet taste of nostalgia.
>>>>Hesperia, CA., May 16, 2011 The traditional soda and candy vending machine will soon be replaced by new, cashless machines with touch screen technology.
New research conducted by the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) indicate that at least 80 percent of consumers view vending as a desirable means to obtain snacks and sodas. Not surprisingly, Generation Y (consumers ages 18-27) showed the highest opinion of vending, and they even prefer it over convenience, drug or grocery stores.
Because Generation Y favors debit and credit transactions, NAMA is strongly encouraging operators to adopt cashless payment systems and other new technologies by purchasing new machines or retrofitting older equipment.
The industry continues to implement technology that enables credit card transactions in record numbers. A study conducted by Apriva revealed that nearly 60 percent of vending operators surveyed plan to implement card-based payment systems within the next several months.
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Cinnamon Curbs the Urge and More
>>>>Hesperia, CA., Sept 9, 2010 The use of cinnamon dates back over 4,000 years. It has a broad range of historical health applications in different cultures and over those years, some of the anecdotal uses included boosting cognitive function and memory, treating rheumatism, helping with digestion and relieving certain menstrual disorders. In addition, when added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
A more significant use was recently discovered at the United States Department of Agriculture. Dr. John Andersonis found cinnamon beneficial for regulating glucose. In the body, sugars and starches are broken down into glucose, which then circulates in the blood. According to the research, cinnamon appears to mimic insulin and helps to drive glucose into the cells. This improved insulin function could be helpful for lowering blood sugar levels.
Cinnamon is also being recommended in a more current use; to help curb the urge for tobacco. The National Institute of Health recommends chewing cinnamon sticks when trying to quit the use of tobacco. Another effective product that people use to help with over eating and tobacco use is cinnamon toothpicks.
"A lot of our customers use our cinnamon toothpicks to help curb the urge to snack & smoke." explains Randi Caporale, Operation Manager for Candy Crate, Inc. "Smoking Centers & Rehabilitation Centers are a big part of our Cinnamon Toothpick sales." explains Caporale. Candy Crate recently launched their own line of Hot Cinnamon Toothpicks under the label of Taste-T-Picks. Candy Crate decided to get into this niche market after their existing supplier stopped production and customers were anxious for a replacement, so they started working on an All Natural Cinnamon Toothpick. The only other comparable product out there contains sugar & artificial flavoring." explains Caporale, Our flavored toothpicks contain pure cinnamon oil - that's it - simple & pure tasty picks."
Some people like to chew it, others enjoy baking with it. From seasoning main dishes to desserts, to helping folks curb their urges, cinnamon has proved to be a popular ingredient in foods and a spice with many health benefits. Fill the kitchen with the sweet smell of cinnamon when you cook next time and you may be doing more for yourself than just satisfying your taste buds.
Entering into their 10th year on the web, CandyCrate.com is one of leading internet sites for hard to find old fashioned candy and memorabilia. Their internet site also contains useful information such as a list of "Candy through the Decades", "The History of Candy" and "Chocolate and Candy Trivia". For more information, visit www.CandyCrate.com, or stop by their warehouse in Hesperia, California.
Wax Lips are Tops on Halloween Candy List
>>>>Hesperia, CA., Oct 5, 2010 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 40 million children will venture out into the Autumn night and go trick-or-treating this year. The origin of Halloween goes back to when Celtic groups in areas now known as Ireland, Scotland and Wales celebrated their New Year's Day on November 1st, known then as All Saints' Day. The day before this celebration, October 31st, was called "All Hallows' Eve" and signaled the close of the harvest season.
October 30th, is National Candy Corn Day and Candy Corn is not just for Halloween anymore. Candy makers now produce Reindeer Corn for Christmas, Cupid Corn for Valentine¡¯s Day and on Easter ¨C plastic eggs full of Bunny Corn. As popular as this candy is (more than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year), it barely makes the top ten traditional Halloween candy favorites. Kids tell us that their favorite treats to receive when trick-or-treating are candy and gum. Eighty-four percent of kids said candy and gum are their favorites The Top Ten Traditional Halloween Candy includes:
1) Lollipops 2) Tootsie Rolls/Pops 3) Smarties 4) Bubble Gum 5) Fun Size Chocolates (with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups the favorite) 6) Pixy Stix 7) Sweetarts 8) Starburst 9) Caramel Candy 10) Candy Corn
In recent years, retro candy has been gaining in popularity among candy connoisseurs. CandyCrate.com specializes in hard to find retro candy and has come out with a list of the Top Ten candies their customers order for Halloween. The favorites include a mix of candy classics & contemporary candy.
1) Wax Lips/Fangs 2) Candy Necklaces 3) Chocolate or Gummy Body Parts 4) Cry Babies Sour Gum 5) Pop Rocks Pumpkin Patch Orange 6) Caramel Apple Pops 7) Candy Eyeballs 8) Zotz Fizz Candy 9) Harry Potter Droobles Best Blowing Cotton Candy Bubble Gum 10) Peanut Butter Kisses
According to Candy Crate's Operation Manager, Randi Caporale, mellowcremes (candy corn & pumpkins) remain very popular but are usually purchased in bulk to fill candy dishes.
The National Confectioners Association states that the parents favorite treats to sneak from their children's trick-or-treat sacks are snack-size chocolate bars (70 percent sneak these), candy-coated chocolate pieces (40 percent), caramels (37 percent) and gum (26 percent).
Hosting a Halloween party this year? Halloween candy is a terrific craft medium for kids of all age groups. Candy naturally appeals to children and comes in a vast array of sizes, shapes & colors that allow kids to create almost anything with it. Skulls, bones, pumpkins, ghosts and Larvets or Crickets Seasoned Snacks (real dried worms & crickets!) can be used to decorate cakes, to create party favors or for use in various craft activities. These items and more can be found online at www.candycrate.com.
Retro Candy Offers Sweet Holiday Memories
>>>>HESPERIA, Calif., Nov. 13, 2007 Americans have an insatiable appetite for candy, especially during the holidays. The U.S. population consumes more than 7 billion pounds of the sweet stuff each year. Since the new millennium began, demand for "classic" candy has continued to rise. Many of the popular candies sold today were originally developed between the 1880s and 1950 by various candy-makers around the country.
Candy has long been associated with holiday celebrations for centuries, and plays an important role to many memory-making activities. When it comes to celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza, creating new traditions and fun memories does not have to be expensive. CandyCrate.com, an online store that sells hard-to-find Nostalgic Candy, offers a unique Vintage Candy Gift Box which includes candies originating from the early 1800s to the early 1900s for under $30.
"This is the time of year that we gather with friends and family and make special memories that will last a lifetime," says Randi Caporale, COO of Candy Crate, Inc. "Filling stockings with candy and toys, hanging candy canes on Christmas trees and giving gold, foil-wrapped chocolate coins to children during Hanukkah are just a few of the many favorite family traditions that continue today. We believe that our nostalgic candy helps families celebrate and have fun, creating fond memories that will last for decades."
Despite a weakened U.S. economy, Ms. Caporale indicates that Candy Crate is on target to meet or beat their 2007 holiday sales projections. Candy Crate's holiday sales figures have continued to increase by 20-25 percent each year since their inception in 2001.
A survey by the National Confectioners Association indicated that eighty-nine percent of adults admit that candy plays an important role in their winter holiday celebrations. Filling candy dishes with festive candies topped the list. When it comes to candy canes, kids have some definite ideas on the best way to eat them. They recently surveyed 500 kids ages 6-11 years old to get the scoop on the best way to enjoy a candy cane. Most kids - 54 percent - say they eat their candy canes by sucking on them. Biting/crunching candy canes came in second, with 24 percent of boys and girls saying this is the best way to devour a candy cane, and 19 percent noted that licking the candy cane was their preference. Boys were more likely to crunch their candy canes than girls (31 percent vs. 17 percent).
>>>>CandyCrate.com Sweetens their Product Line with Nostalgic Tin Signs VICTORVILLE, Calif., Feb. 4, 2003 CandyCrate.com (www.candycrate.com) launches new line of nostalgic tin signs to compliment their old fashioned candy and gift internet store. Boasting a 300 percent growth in the fourth quarter of 2002, CandyCrate.com is quickly becoming the leading internet site for hard to find old fashioned candy and memorabilia. Described by customers as "a fun store!", CandyCrate.com's competitive pricing and easy web navigation make this internet store a hit with web surfers of all ages. In addition, the web site has received the "Top Service Award" from Yahoo! Shopping for their excellence in customer satisfaction. "We have one of the highest customer ratings for any internet store or store front. People love our product line. Our competitive pricing structure and excellent customer service keep our customers coming back," explains Randi Morris, Candy Crate's Marketing Manager. With all the uncertainty in our world, many people are seeking security in the refuge of America's past. At CandyCrate.com, customers can take a walk down memory lane and find reproductions of nostalgic tin signs, key chains, PEZ and candy favorites such as Necco Wafers, Wax Lips, Candy Cigarettes, Chick-O-Sticks, Cinnamon Toothpicks, Charleston Chews, Jujubes, Candy Buttons and Old Fashioned Taffy. The site also contains useful information such as a list of "Candy Through the Decades", "The History of Candy", and "Chocolate and Candy Trivia". For more information, or to view their product line of 50's, 60's and 70's merchandise, go to http://www.candycrate.com.
For Immediate Release Enter CANDY CRATE's "Recipes using Candy" Recipe Contest for a Chance to Win the World's Largest Candy Gift Basket
>>>>HESPERIA, CA November 11, 2010 - Let the fun begin! The 2010 Holiday season is nearly here and Americans across the country are starting to think about new & old Holiday recipes to prepare for family & friends. Submit your favorite unique recipe using candy as an ingredient at www.CandyCrate.com and you could be among five finalists to win the World's Largest Candy Basket valued at over $250.00! Candy Crate has officially launched the "Recipes using Candy" contest -- an online recipe contest that gives participants the chance to show off their cooking creativity and win a basket full of candy for their efforts. Finalists will be chosen from five categories including; Appetizers, Breakfast, Dinners, Snacks and Desserts. Judging criteria for the Grand Prize winner will be based on the best use of a Candy Crate candy item, appearance, creativity, ease of preparation, and taste. Visit www.CandyCrate.com/Recipes-using-Candy.html and enter today by sharing a signature recipe that highlights at least one candy from Candy Crate. The ¡°Recipes using Candy¡± event will end December 31, 2010. Candy Crate is an online candy store that sells hard to find Retro Candy, Bulk Candy, Childhood Toys & an array of Candy Gifts. Their handcrafted Retro Candy Gift Baskets have been highlighted on The Today Show. These Gift Baskets allow you to choose popular packaged candies from the 1900s through the 1990s.
2. Gummy Bears
7. Astro Pops
10. Jolly RanchersOther popular summer sweet treats that came in below 5% included Lemonheads;, Licorice;, Sweetarts;, Pop Rocks and Warheads.;