Cupcake Design and Decoration Ideas using Candy

Looking for cupcake ideas using candy for just about any special occasion that will sure to impress?

Hello, Cupcake! can help.

Hello Cupcake Book

Hello Cupcake offers one of the largest selections of personalized cupcakes on the web using ordinary candy and snacks. Alan Richard and Karen Tack are the authors of the best selling Hello, Cupcake blog and they show you how to turn cupcakes into pieces of art using everyday kitchen tools and hard work. Below is an example of one of their classic rainbow trout cupcakes using candy ingredients including: candy coated chocolate, red and blue gummies and heart shaped candy.

Rainbow Trout Cupcake


These two have been working together for years and have been in the been in the spotlight on many popular magazine covers and shows incluidng the Martha Stewart show, Today, CBS and many more.

Karen and Alan are both experts in their field and present cupcakes and other treats like you have never seen before.


Hello Cupcake Owners


The Sweet Services staff has had a chance to meet Karen and Alan and they personally recommended to fullfill all of your candy needs for your next cupcake project.

We would like to return the favor and recommend buying the books they have written over the years:

Hello, Cupcake! 2008
What’s New, Cupcake? 2010
Cupcakes, Cookies & Pie, Oh, My! 2012
Hello, Cupcake! 2012

Including their newest book:

Cake My Day!


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History of Gummy Candy

Ever wonder who invented gummy candy? Gummy candy has been around since the 1920’s and was originally invented by Hans Reigal. Hans was the owner of the company Haribo and gummy bears were first manufactured in America in 1982. The Haribo company was not the only gummy candy manufacturer and in 1981 a company called Trolli was the first to produce the most popular gummy candy ever made, the gummy worm.

Haribo gummy company

The most basic ingredient of gummy candy is gelatin and has been used for hundreds of years. It’s elastic quality gives the gummy candy the pliable feel to it including a long shelf life.

gummy worms


Gummy candy comes in all types of shapes and colors including; worms, bears, fish, snakes, fruit, fingers, drops, rings and much more.

Check out the huge selection of gummy and jelly candy we offer here:


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Rainbow Candy

While the country is on the topic of rainbows, lets talk about America’s favorite rainbow candy.


Rainbow Candy Buffet


There are many advantages of offering a buffet of rainbow candy to offer which will make your guests feel like they found their treasure at the end of the rainbow. No matter what the weather is outside, choosing candy from our selection of multicolored sweets will brighten anyones day.

Start searching for your favorite candy by color, with so many colors and combinations to choose from you may not know where to get started? No matter what kind of candy you decide to buy, wrapped or unwrapped, hard or soft, everything will fit perfectly in your rainbow candy buffet.


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America’s Top Selling Candy

Ever wonder what the best selling candy is in America? What is the first candy that comes to mind when you think of candy coated chocolate? You probably guessed it correctly and just about everyone has enjoyed eating M&M’s in their life.

M&M's Best Selling Candy

M&M’s are manufactured by Mars and is the number 1 selling candy in America with annual sales topping 673.2 million!


Americas Best Selling Candy M&M's

Originally named after it’s two inventors (Forrest Mars Sr. and R. Murrie), M&M’s at first were packaged in a plastic tube and only came in one variety which was plain milk chocolate.  Today there are a large variety of M&M’s to choose from including peanut M&M’s which were added in 1954, M&M’s colors,  M&M’s with personalized messages for birthday’s, milestones, M&M mini tubes, NFL, NBA and even bridal shower treats and weddings.

Everyone loves chocolate and it has even been studied by scientists to show that by eating chocolate you can help improve your math skills by increasing the dopamine in your brain to make you happy and is more reason to buy chocolate!



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Patriotic Candy for Parades

Being patriotic is an American favorite pastime and why not celebrate your 4th of July party or show your support of the troops with a parade of sweet Patriotic candy!


Patriotic Candy for Parades


You will be the hit of your party and your guests will be impressed with Patriotic colors of red, white and blue candy. We recommend an assortment of red, white and blue gummies, gumballs, lolli pops, rock candy and swirl pops. You can use stars and stripes banners, bags or tablecloths to showcase your beautiful red, white and blue parade candy.

Red White Blue Sixlets

Celebrate your favorite American patriotic holiday today!


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Emerald Green Color of the Month

Emerald green is the birthstone of the month of May and we are expecting the rich green color of Spring to translate to candy buffets and weddings.

emerald green candy color of the month

It is a bold color that goes well with other shades of green such as mint, lemon yellow, dark blue, lavender and other spring colors.

Here is a popular green candy color palette using Emerald green color as a main or accent color:


green candy color palette

As you can see, green candy color combinations can go a long way for a splash of color for your next special event that people will never forget.

Want to create your own green candy color palette like this? Below are a few links to some of the popular candy products that you see in the image from

Andes Creme de Menthe –
Tesla’s Teeny Green Twist Pop –
Albanese Green Apple Gummi Rings –
Dark Green Sixlets ––2lbs..html


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It’s picnic time.

Gummy HamburgerSummer means time for picnics. At we have some great candy that will sweeten up any picnic.  You have to have hamburgers and hotdogs. Try these gummy hamburgers and hotdogs.  They are sure to put a smile on the faces of  kids and adults.

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Valentine’s Day is Here!

I feel like I mark the passing year by the candy Holidays!  So now we are on to the next!  


We are already moving red, white and pink sweetheart candy fast! Looks like there is a lot of love in the air for 2015. Here is a glimpse at some of our best sellers….. 

Chocolate Conversation Hearts- not just hard candy anymore! Speak CHOCOLATE to your loved one:
Chocolate Conversation Hearts ~ 5lb bag.

Hershey’s Cupid Mix- Cupid has a mix all his own with favorites your Valentine will love:
Hershey's Cupid's Mix ~ 21oz Bag

Twizzlers Heart Shaped Nibs- If chocolate isn’t your thing, heart-shaped licorice must be!
Twizzlers Heart Shaped Nibs ~ 28 Count

Twinkle Heart Pops- will surely get some attention! Instead of a flower bouquet, try a bouquet of these sweet lollipops:
Twinkle Heart Pops ~ 120 Count

Strawberry and Cream Heart Pops- Now if you are on a budget, and you are that room mom looking for treat for the classroom, these lollies are tasty and something you cannot find everywhere:

Strawberry and Cream Heart Pops

Don’t forget to get your co-workers, grandparents and customers! Something sweet to show them you care! A little something sweet, and a lot of flair!

Happy Valentines Day! From Sweet Services!

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The History of the Candy Cane: Origin and Mystery

Most would agree that Halloween is the first holiday that comes to mind when we think of candy being sensationalized. Perhaps Easter is close behind, but Christmas rarely gets associated with candy. Sure, we realize that the children in Christmas storybooks dream of “sugar plums” while gingerbread houses are under construction. Candy still lacks that stapled association with Christmas that Halloween and Easter have, despite one very small, yet significant exception: candy canes. What would the holidays be without those simple yet extremely recognizable red and white treats?

Although the true history of the candy cane has been widely disputed, there is something special about this particular Christmas candy that makes people feel nostalgic. Perhaps it’s the vibrant bright red and pure white dangling from a crispy, dark evergreen tree that stands out? Or maybe it’s that feeling of contention and solidarity experienced as a young child in school, passing out Christmas candy for each fellow classmate.  No matter what feeling may come your way at the thought of candy canes, the mystery as to where they potentially originated still lingers.

The Origin

It’s been proposed that candy canes originated in Germany in the late 1600s. They first came on the scene after a local choirmaster in Cologne asked the local candy maker to develop something long-lasting for the noisy children in order to maintain silence during Christmas mass that evening. Allegedly, this Christmas candy incorporated white in order to remind the children of Jesus’ purity and sinless life while on Earth. He also requested the candy maker create hooked tops for the candies to remind the children of the shepherds who visited the baby Jesus on the night he was born.

Other Propositions

It’s also said that a recipe for straight peppermint candy sticks, white with colored stripes, was published in 1844. The candy cane which has been mentioned in literature since 1866, was first mentioned in association with Christmas in 1874, and as early as 1882 was hung on Christmas trees. They were first produced manually, with a factory employee physically bending the sticks to create the “J” shape, with over twenty percent breaking before packaging. It wasn’t until Fr. Gregory Keller invented the Keller Machine that automatically bent and striped the candies.

Although the folklore of the German candy maker has been debunked on several occasions, there is something sweet, simple, and perfectly lovely about this little tale. Whether or not it holds any authenticity, a little holiday history of a universally enjoyed Christmas candy never hurt anyone.

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Christmas Candy by the Numbers: An Infographic

Did you know…?

Christmas is the 3rd largest candy holiday, preceded by Halloween and Easter.  Tweet this.

American households spend an average amount of $94.04 on holiday candy per year. Tweet this.

Our nation spends $1.4 billion on holiday candy per year. Tweet this.

1.8 billion candy canes are made every year – 196.3 billion calories worth. Tweet this.

Half of the world’s chocolate is consumed in America. Tweet this.

19 million chocolate Santas will be made this Christmas. Tweet this.

On Christmas day, children consume about 6,000 calories of food and candy. Tweet this.


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