Nov 2

Smarties Candy Company featured on the Today Show


Smarties Candy Company was featured on the Today Show in their Halloween segment, “Smarties Candy Company: The secrets behind the successful family business.” In the piece, career expert Suzy Welch visits the three women who run Smarties Candy Company and explores what makes their family business so sweet.

The segment includes interviews with co-owners and Executive Vice Presidents Jessica Dee Sawyer, Liz Dee, Sarah Dee, as well as the company founder, Edward Dee, who is passionate about the business he started. “His commitment to the company and his work ethic are inspiring to us,” said Jessica Dee Sawyer.

“Our family business being featured in the Today Show is the best Halloween treat we could have asked for,” says Sarah Dee.

Watch it now here!

Nov 1

October Was Full of Treats Here at Smarties HQ!


Smarties was featured in NJ Monthly Magazine’s October issue.  Click here to read the article which tells our sweet story.



Let the sunshine in!

Smarties Candy Company recently completed construction on a 674kW solar project on the roof of our Union, NJ facility.  The project, built by Dynmaic Engergy, is supported by the New Jersey SREC solar incentive program.

“This solar energy project will help Smarties Candy Company operate more sustainably,” said Liz Dee, Executive Vice President of Smarties Candy Company.  “With over 2,100 solar panels on our roof, we expect to generate nearly half of our candy factory’s energy usage from the sun. That’s a lot of solar energy!”


And what would October at a candy factory be without Halloween?!  We begin preparing in the Spring for candy’s biggest holiday.  Our Smarties candy checks a lot of boxes on being  a safe option for many consumers.  Our Smarties candies are peanut free, gluten free, fat free, and free of animal products and are vegan.



Sep 21

Smarties Summer Wrap-Up!

Fall is upon us!  Before the temperatures start to cool down, here’s a look at what was HOT this Summer.



A behind the scenes look into our production process!  This is the step when all 6 tablet flavors are mixed together, creating our colorful Smarties rolls.


Did you know our Smarties rolls come in three sizes?  Whether you prefer the sweetness of the traditional roll all the way to the mega flavor of our largest rolls, we’ve got you covered!

tropical-mega-lolly-dreamingHere’s to another sweet season in the Summer Sun!  Now… on to Halloween!

Jan 1

Smarties 2015: A Year in Review

2015 Smarties Year in REview

The new year is right around the corner! Let’s take a look back at some of the highlights of 2015 at Smarties!

1. Smarties in the News


Liz, Sarah and Jessica Dee (L to R) run the Smarties Candy Company. Smarties is a family owned business that their grandfather founded in 1949. Photo courtesy of CNN.


We were honored and delighted to be featured in a number of U.S. and Canadian media outlets, including The New York TimesCNN Money, and WPIX, We got to share the history of our family-owned company and what’s on the horizon for Smarties Candy Company with the world.

Thanks to the feature in CNN Money, the National Confectioners Association spotlighted Smarties on their website piece on their website!

What great recognition!

3. Smarties & the Senator!

Back in March, we had the wonderful opportunity to meet with U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey! 

3. A Pants-Full of Smarties


We literally gave away a pants full of Smarties on Facebook as part of our Halloween giveaway. Congratulations to Marshall T. from Henderson, Texas!

4. Fashion-Forward Smarties

How beautiful is this dress, made from Smarties candy wrappers?!?! Thanks to @everything_enamour for sharing!

5. Smarties in High Demand

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No matter the day, we’re working everyday to bring Smarties to you!

6. Celebrating the 4th!

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This summer, Smarties brought sparklers of flavor!

7. Smarties on (Skate)Board

We love how Smarties candy lovers ride with us!

8. The Easter Bunny is a “Smartie.”

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Every Spring, the Easter Bunny is ready to share…or is he?

9. Remember the Smarties Cat Burglar?

This kitty cannot get enough of his Smarties!

10. Our #2015BestNine on Instagram!

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Our “Best Nine” posts on Instagram. Want to see more? Follow us at @smartiescandycompany

We hope your 2015 is full of Top 10 joys! May your 2016 be that and more!

Dec 30

December’s Good & Sweet Tidings

December may be the end of the year, but it rings in a lot of NEW before the New Year!  At Smarties, we celebrate the sweet side of the month from fun candy art to delicious crafts. Here’s how we run in the final month of 2015:

A new season!

A new DIY find!

A new wish!

On your wish list. #holiday #makememories

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A new way to play!

A new way to share!

We hope your December has been Merry!

Nov 30

Let’s Remember November

The month of November is all about the simple things, including giving thanks for our family owned & operated business here in Union, NJ since 1949.  The Smarties family is incredibly grateful for our loving fans & fellow candy enthusiasts.  Below are some of our favorite shots from our collection this month.  Enjoy the simple things in life, like Smarties!

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Nov 17

October… Yeah, it’s our month!


Halloween is one of our favorite days of the year!  The leaves are turning beautiful colors here in New Jersey (Smarties Headquarters!) & there is a welcomed chill in the air. Our wish is to offer “candy for all” because we are gluten free, fat free, free of most top allergens, peanut free and vegan friendly!    We hope you enjoyed your Smarties this Halloween. We enjoy hearing from fans reliving their childhood as they unwrap our classic candies in their favorite costumes.

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Oct 27

Pants-Full of Smarties Giveaway!?

Announcing the giveaway you’ve all been waiting for!

A once in a lifetime chance to win PANTS-FULL of Smarties rolls…

 Yes, you read that right. Now read THIS to enter!

Be Yourself, Be a Smartie

Oct 26

6 Reasons to Treat with Smarties!


While we think there are many reasons why Smarties are the smart choice for Halloween, we limited our list to the top six below.

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  1. Fat-Free
  2. Gluten-Free
  3. Only 25 Calories Per Roll
  4. Free of Top Allergens
  5. Free of Animal Products & Vegan
  6. New Jersey Family Owned and Operated Business since 1949!

Have a very safe and Happy Halloween, everyone!

Sweet wishes,

The Smarties Family

Oct 21

Spotlight on Smarties by NCA


Liz Dee, Sarah Dee and Jessica Dee Sawyer run Smarties Candy Company. Smarties is a family owned business that their grandfather founded in 1949. Photo courtesy of CNN.

What a treat to see the recent post by President and CEO of the National Confectioners Association (NCA), John Downs, about Smarties Candy Company! This article in the NCA’s “CEO Corner,” highlights our recent CNN Money coverage and includes Downs’ unique perspective.

He writes, “Three young women with executive positions in the family-run Smarties Candy Company are poised to take over the company as it enters its strongest period in history thanks, in part, to some of the changes they have implemented since coming on board.” Visit his piece to read more!

Sweet Wishes,

The Smarties Family

Oct 14

Smarties featured on CNNMoney!


Liz Dee, Sarah Dee and Jessica Dee Sawyer run Smarties Candy Company. Smarties is a family owned business that their grandfather founded in 1949. Photo courtesy of CNN.

The Smarties candy story was recently featured on CNN Money! We highly suggest that you stop whatever you’re doing and go read it right away. Here’s a highlight from the piece:

“Any kid — or kid at heart — who has done the Halloween trick-or-treat ritual knows Smarties. The multi-colored tablets have been around since 1949.
What you might not know is that Smarties are still made in a Union, New Jersey plant that employs over 100 workers.” Check out the full article to learn more.

Thanks so much to Heather Long and the folks at CNN Money for featuring Smarties, and thanks to all of you for supporting Smarties!

Sweet Wishes,

The Smarties Family

Sep 29

Have a little fun!

 Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean the fun has to end!  We have been pulling out all the stops to showcase our fun side this September, heading into our favorite month, OCTOBER!  Soon it will be Halloween & we will be in trick or treat bags all over town!

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Aug 11

Summer Fun With Smarties!

Smarties in July brings sunshine, warm nights, and good old fashioned summer fun.  Whether you enjoy Smarties by the pool, swinging on the swings, or just on a late night walk, this candy won’t melt!  Share with your friends or eat it yourself while making new memories every day!

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Jun 1

May is the Month of Giants

May has been a GIANT month.  Giant Smarties are really our most photogenic candy of the bunch.  Medium sized, this roll is just right for photos and for snacking on.  Enjoy this batch of bright, tasty photos highlighted in this warm month of May.IMG_7364 IMG_7843 IMG_7864 (1)

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Apr 29

Unwrapped…Wrap up!

Some of our most loved photos in April were candy in various stages of unwrap.  Here are some of our favorites!


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See more colorful candy photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

Apr 16

New Jersey Rocks!

Here at Smarties headquarters, we’re proud to claim New Jersey as our home. Turns out, we’re in excellent company; Bon Jovi is a NJ rock -n- roll staple, and we just so happen to have his album named after our beloved state!  
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What can we say? Bon Jovi is the rock to our roll!

Want more #BonJovi? Check out his website at

Mar 30

Smarties roundup!

 Fruit is beautiful.  Smarties fruity flavors were our inspiration this month.  Here are four of our favorites from the collection.


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 Follow us on Instagram @smartiescandycompany for more photos like these.  Like us on Facebook here & tweet us @Smarties.

Feb 9

Easy Valentine Craft Idea

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Is there anything sweeter than a homemade valentine? We don’t think so. That’s why we came up with this easy and elegant craft for those of you who care to make cards with a personal touch.

The final product? A heart shaped valentine with a witty message & a roll of Smarties attached.

IMG_5968What you will need:

  • Cardstock – Choose a color for your Valentine.
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter or X-Acto Knife
  • Valentine Smarties or Original Smarties rolls
  • 1 Sharpie, permanent marker or glitter pen!

Step 1:  Make a heart.

Fold cardstock in half and cut half of heart shape like this:

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Step 2: Hold Smarties roll in front of the heart.  Use your box cutter to make to vertical slits in the heart where the twists are located.


Step 3:  Press the twist ends through the slices you made in the heart. Turn over to really make sure the ends are pulled through to secure the candy to the Valentine.

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Step 4:  Grab your pen & decorate to your heart’s content!  Some cute messages you might use include… “Don’t go breakin’ my heart!” “Giving you my heart is smart, Valentine!” “You’re a sweetheart!”

We hope you enjoy the craft, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sweet wishes,

The Smarties Family

PS- Please share your tasty creations with us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook!

Feb 9

January Round Up

Smarties fans have spoken… They want more glimpses into the candy-verse!  Favorite features in January (below) elicit responses such as a sudden desire to dive/swim, lots of OMG’s, LOL’s and comments including the word “heaven.”

IMG_8776 IMG_8799 IMG_5079February is here, and we expect nothing but love on the horizon this month.  Don’t forget to show your Valentine how much you love him/her by tucking a roll of Smarties into their purse, backpack or suitcase.

 Sweet wishes,

The Smarties Family

Dec 15

Smarties Adorned Gingerbread Fallingwater House


Who knew Smarties could double as “dry stack stone” for this remarkably detailed Fallingwater Gingerbread House?  The original home, designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, was built between 1936 and 1939.  The name Fallingwater is fitting as the home sits atop a waterfall and is recognized as a National Historic Landmark in Pennsylvania.


Special thanks & photo credit to: Garden Melodies for the gingerbread house.

Photo credit for Fallingwater residence found on the official website. 

Dec 4

We are pretty impressed!

Want to bake a Smarties cake?

We are truly impressed by this incredibly creative recipe by Amy of Emoticakes!



Nov 13

Smarties Digest

This week in sweet…

The cold is definitely coming to Smarties Headquarters!

 Good thing we are prepared.


Do you follow us on Instagram?

Be the first to see behind-the-scene’s shots like this one! @smartiescandycompany


And receive our greetings…


What was popular on Facebook this week?



Nov 12

Smitten with Smarties sugar cookies!

IMG_4601Who doesn’t love a good sugar cookie?

This recipe yields truly delicious cookies, so what are you waiting for? Make the dough, cut out shapes, bake, frost and decorate!

Smarties Sugar Cookies
adapted from She Knows via

1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup vegan butter
1-2 tablespoon water
1 t. vanilla
Icing (recipe below)
1 bag of Smarties Original Rolls

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

In a mixer bowl combine flour, sugar and baking soda – blend on low just to combine. Add butter, vanilla and 1 tablespoon of water to the mixture – blend on low until just combined (add an additional 1 tablespoon of water if dough seems dry).



Divide the dough into two even pieces; roll each half between two pieces of parchment paper to 1/4 inch thick. Cut dough into desired shapes (dipping your cutter in flour between cuts), and freeze for at least 30 minutes.


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place one sheet of dough onto a cutting board remove both pieces of parchment paper. Using a thin spatula, carefully transfer cookies to your prepared baking sheets. Bake for 7-10 minutes, till lightly browned around the edges. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Re-roll scraps until you have used up all of the dough.


When cookies are completely cooled, ice and decorate with Smarties.

Icing Recipe 
From Adela Jung via Chow

3 sticks unsalted vegan butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
4 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on medium-high speed until fluffy and light in color, about 4 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle with a rubber spatula.

2. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla, return the mixer to low speed, and mix until incorporated, about 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium high and mix until the frosting is airy and thoroughly mixed, about 1 minute more. Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use.




Nov 2

Did you remember to “fall back”?

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Oct 31

Happy Halloween!

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