Mini Bowling Pin Candy Containers: The Versatile Party Favor

First let me start by saying I know it has been a LONG time since I posted.  I think I’ll get my feet wet and try to post more regularily. So, please, if you’re reading this will you shoot me a comment?  Just so I know people are actually reading!

Many people ask me: “What is your best selling item?”  The simple answer is the bowling pin water bottles! They have been our best selling item since we started selling them in 1996!  But, the more complex answer is the mini bowling pin containers.  Read on to find out why…

White Bowlng Pin Bottle

Bowling Pin Water Bottle & Mini Bowling Pin Candy Container

While the bowling pin water bottles are a huge seller to bowling centers, the mini bowling pin candy containers are our biggest online seller.  The customers that we lovingly refer to as the “birthday mom’s and dad’s” have really come to LOVE our “mini pins.”

It’s hard to believe that we first started selling the mini bowling pins in April 2006!  It wasn’t until 2013 that online sales started to take off. I attribute this to the first “pin” someone did to our website from Pinterest! And then some great blogs that sell party tags found our mini pins, added them to their bowling party collection and then blogged about them with a link to our website.  From then on our sales soared! Finally in October 2015 we started an Amazon account and made them available on Amazon Prime through our store. It just goes to show with patience and persistence comes great reward.

All of that being said, let’s get back to the title of this blog. Mini Bowling Pin Candy Containers: The Versatile Party Favor. Why did I choose this title? Well, mostly because its true! Ha ha.

Here’s just a few ways customers have used them (all “bowling themed” of course): birthday party favor, wedding favor, baby shower favor, gender reveal party favor, bar or bat mitzvah favor, birthday gift, Christmas gift, graduation party favor &/or decoration, valentine gift, end of the year classmate gifts, bowling league prizes, bowling team gifts, bowling center redemption prize, pro shop sales, bowling center sales, bowling center birthday party package item, and the list keeps growing! Many bowling centers keep them for the year and put candy that matches each holiday.

That leads me to another popular question that customers ask me: “What candy fits in the mini bowling pin containers?” Let’s first give you a visual…

The Mini Bowling Pin Candy Containers can fit a variety of candies

The most important thing I can tell you is: the bigger the candy, the harder it is to get out. The opening is just shy of 1 inch, but the neck is a little smaller than that. So, for instance, when you put hershey kisses in you will need to shake the container to get them back out! The largest wrapped candy I was able to fit was the hershey nuggets, anything larger simply doesn’t fit. None of the “bite size” hershey items fit (like snickers, butterfingers, etc.) Also, its’ important to note that 1 inch gum balls DO NOT FIT. They must be smaller than 1 inch.

In case you can’t see all the candy in the photo above here’s a list:

1/2 inch gumballs, Hershey nuggets, Andies mints, Hershey kisses, tootsie rolls,  jolly ranchers, jordan almonds, jelly beans, popcorn, M&M’s, Rollo’s, wrapped chocolate eggs and conversation hearts.  Not pictured: Mike & Ike’s, Runts, Skittles, Sixlets (so many color options of these at Party City!), Candy Corn and most small candy.

Another important note to make: We do not recommend soft or sticky items such as marshmallows or gummy bears.  They tend to get stuck inside the container especially during warm summer days! The sour patch kids with the sugar coating are probably okay.

Well, now that I’ve written a novel I will try to conclude this post. I spend my days thinking of new and fun ways to promote our products because it brings me joy to make others happy. Who knew when I met my husband 20 years ago it would lead me to business ownership! But, that’s a story for another blog.

I hope this blog has been helpful to you in some way. And like I said please shoot me a comment!

Bye for now!

Shelly – Owner – Sierra Products, Inc.

Novelty Bowling Stuff

Why Bowling is Still a Great Idea for Children’s Parties

It seems as though everywhere you look these days, there’s a new children’s toy coming out that requires batteries or a plug. As technology continues to evolve, there is less of an emphasis on creating games that stimulate the brain and keep children active, and more interest in creating games that are loud and flashy and can double as a babysitter when mom and dad are a bit busy.  That being said, children of this generation are becoming lazier by the day and uninterested in anything that doesn’t involve a built-in screen.


At a time when adolescent obesity is at an all-time high, parents need to be more selective of the types of toys and activities that they introduce to their children very early on. What happened to the good old days where a child’s imagination and active movement were encouraged? If you ask us, days like that need to make a serious comeback!


So the next time you’re trying to come up with ideas for your child’s next birthday party, skip the arcades, videogame marathon parties or anything else that you may have had in mind and consider a bowling party. Not only does bowling encourage a bit of healthy competition, but it doesn’t involve batteries and gets your child and his friends moving.


You may not think about bowling as a truly physical sport, but you’d be surprised to learn otherwise. In fact, according to Sweat Fitness and Frames, bowling not only promotes muscle growth through anaerobic exercises that target the legs and arms, but it helps to improve balance as well. Additionally, the sport has been proven to help stretch muscles and promote flexibility as the swinging motion engages the player’s joints, tendons and ligaments. Beyond the physical benefits, you may be interested to know that bowling can also reduce symptoms of depression and act as an incredibly fun stress reliever.


Best part? You’re kids probably won’t even realize how many benefits they’re really getting from the game – they’ll be too busy just having fun with their friends! So what are you waiting for? Call your local bowling alley for your child’s next birthday party and then be sure to head over to the Sierra Products Inc. website for all of the greatest novelty bowling supplies you need to take the party to the next level. We’ve got everything you need to maintain the bowling theme at the alley, and even a few great bowling-inspired treats to fill goody bags with! Check us out today!


(Posted by: Shelly Berry of Sierra Products Inc.)

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