Thursday, February 14, 2019

Chocolate Candy Hearts of Many Colors

So here we are on the sweetest of all days!

Happy Valentine's Day!

I wanted some cupcake toppers for sugar crafting time with my grandbabies and these are it.

They are so easy that I'm going to delight my 4 year-old granddaughter in letting her make some of her own. Of course I'll have to set the microwave, but she can do the rest!
I wanted to use a few different colors for my Valentine hearts and they ended up looking like my old 70's tie-dyed t-shirts. Cool!
 Wilton's Stack-N-Mold candy molds are the simplest way to make molded candies. The candy melts directly in the mold itself.
 The design in these Valentine hearts molds are pretty intricate and they all didn't turn out perfectly, but I love them and am definitely buying more!
The directions tell you to stack 3 candy melts into each cavity. But as you can see from the candy melts photo above, there are some melts bigger and some smaller. For the regular size melts I used 3. For the smaller candies I used 6. This still did not fill up the mold, but you can use more or less to make the finished candies thicker or thinner.
 Place candies in molds and melt in microwave for 2 minutes on 50% power. Gently tap and shake the mold. Then return to microwave for 30 second increments on 50% power until smooth and melted. Make sure to tap and shake each time.
Aren't these pretty!?

After melting, just place the molds in the fridge until candy is hardened.

Then flip the molds and press out finished candy hearts. 
This one with pale and dark pink colors was my favorite!
These were fun and sweet, just like our Valentine's day will be this year.

My husband and I are celebrating the entire day with our grandbabies so Mommy and Daddy can have a night out together. We can't wait!

Hope you all have a great time celebrating as well!
Have a sweet Valentine's, KarenπŸ’—

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Purple Palooza Cupcakes aka, Disney, Here We Come Cupcakes!

The Countdown is On!
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, we're going To Disney World!

I've got four grandbabies that are beyond excited to be heading down to the Sunshine State in a few days! 2018 was a tough year health-wise for our family, and we had to put this trip off way back in September, and so this vacation is made even that much sweeter.

Did you know that Disney has introduced the newest trend in the "Happy Place" and their fans are seeing purple..Potion Purple that is!?

Purple Mickey ears, purple bags, purple tops, purple apples, purple cupcakes, and lots more!

I've already made my WDW bucket list of must-eat treats. Now it looks like we may have to add a few! But you know, I think we can handle it!

In the meantime, these Potion Purple wannabes are going to have to tide us over. But not for long! Orlando, here we come! But first, I share with you, my Purple Palooza cupcakes. I began with a chocolate cake mix-that I doctored up a little-and then topped my cupcakes with a fun homemade sprinkle mix of purple everything!

To make my sprinkle mix, I made a trip to Michael's Craft Store and bought everything purple. I also used purple Sixlets and gold stars.
For the cupcakes, I used a Pillsbury chocolate mix.
I then subbed coffee for water, used 4 eggs instead of three, and added 2 teaspoons vanilla.
Mix and bake according to instructions on box.
The unbaked batter smelled so good...mmmm!
Mmmm..but even better after it was baked! I then colored my icing using Wilton purple gel. The taste was pretty strong because I used too much color. I think I will use the pre-made, color tubes next time. I used a 1M decorator tip to pipe my frosting after cupcakes were fully cooled.
I piped a super simple rosette onto my cupcakes.
It's a purple~icious party!
Oh! These purple beauties! πŸ˜‹
Because I love ya, and because you just might be a Disney nut like me, I am gonna take plenty of photos of all the purple yummies and share them with you when we return!

Have a super Sweet Day and "See Ya Real Soon, Karen 😊

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Happy New Year Round-up!

Happy New Year!!
For the past few years I've made edible New Year's Eve party decorations by the number! 
 Looks like cookies and fondant toppers are my go to!
Each one of these are easy and fun to make not to mention sweet to eat!

So this year, like lots of other families, we've experienced many highs and lows, but we are all still here and very blessed with God's gift for yet another day!

I love you all and thank you so much for spending a little of your valuable time here with me at Sugartown Sweets! 

Here's to a healthy and happy, fun and creative, and of course sweet new year!

If you'd like to make any of the treats featured above just click on the corresponding link below!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year in 2019,

Friday, November 30, 2018

Red Kissed Nosed Reindeer Treats

"It's🎜that time of year when the world falls in🎝love..with reindeer!

Since I've only had two Kit Kat crafts this year (with these Christmas trees πŸŽ„ being one of them), I thought it would very Christmassy of me to post another!

These reindeer treats are so easy to make and even easier to eat!

Let's make some! 

 I thought I would use Hershey Kisses and Cherry Sours for my reindeer noses.
But the Kisses were perfect, so no cherry noses!
To make the pretzel antlers, I cut them in half, dipped them in chocolate, and then gently pressed them into a plate full of chocolate sprinkles.
I let them rest there in all those yummy sprinkles until the chocolate hardened.
Make sure to make extra for sampling. Santa's helpers are extra hungry this time of year!
Aren't these antlers just the cutest!?
These reindeer are super simple to make. But first, just use a sharp knife to "break off a piece of that Kit Kat bar."

Melt some chocolate wafers to attach all the candy pieces. I did snip off the end of the paper strip from the Kisses. 
Before attaching the candy at the corners with the chocolate "glue", I turned the longer pieces on their sides. I left the miniature bars right side up.

Let chocolate harden.
Now just attach remaining pieces and let set.

"Hey, Clarice, did you hear that?
Somebody thinks we're cute!!"
"So these are antlers, not ears, Rudi!!"
Three reindeer reporting for duty!
Merry Christmas To All!

Ho Ho Ho, Karen!πŸ’–

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Sugartown Sweets' Graham Cracker Pumpkin Patch

For me, October 31st, 2018, marks 7 years of creating fun and yummy, sweet eats and treats on my blog!!

Yay for Sugartown Sweets! Woo woo!
OK, enough of that!

Pumpkin patches or just plain ol' pumpkins?
I love both! And when I finished decorating these pumpkin patches, I realized they needed a little something more. Candy see!

To create my pumpkin patch scene, I used:
Blue candy melts, chocolate melting wafers, graham cracker halves, chocolate sandwich cookies (smashed), leaves sprinkles, candy eyes, and candy pumpkins. I found these teensy little pumpkins at Publix in a clear round tub container.
 October! There's just something magical in the crisp, Autumn air..
And something so fun about jumping into a pile of colorful fall leaves..
And how about those childhood memories of carving bright orange pumpkins picked at the pumpkin patch and then roasting all those glorious seeds?! I loved getting to do this with my own kids and now I get to do it with my grandbabies!

For our craft, we begin by slicing our candy pumpkins in two with a sharp paring knife.
For our *dirt*, we crushed up a few chocolate sandwich cookies after we scraped off the filling. Yum-o!
Now we melt our chocolate and blue wafers in the microwave in 30 second increments on 50% power, stirring each time till melted smooth.
These graham cracker treats are so easy!
Let's spread the blue melted candy on the cracker with an icing spatula, sprinkle on a few leaves and place two pumpkins side by side. We'll let this sit on parchment paper for a few minutes till dry.
Now we'll spread some melted chocolate onto the bottoms of graham crackers and coat with cookie crumbs. And...we're done!

Do we love that we can make these lickety-split when the kiddos need that last minute treat for school, church, snack time or just because life should be sprinkled with fun?!
Yes we do!πŸ’—
Oh I love candy corn! But the pumpkins are fatter so you get a better bite! Dee-licious! 
These turned out cute, but they were just missing something..
There!! The eyes have it! 

What makes this candy maker happy? The reactions I get from little Lydia, my 4 year-old granddaughter. She squealed when she saw these and thoroughly enjoyed every bite!
  Happy Autumn Friends!

It's a Sweet Life, Karen 😊

Friday, October 5, 2018

Stacked Marshmallow Pumpkins On A Stick

Stacked Marshmallow Pumpkins On A Stick!

Don't you just love pumpkins? I sure do, just as long as they don't taste like pumpkin!

And I know I'm the odd one out here, cause it's Fall, y'all, and all I gotta do is walk down the baking aisle at Wally World to find all things Pumpkin!

But just in case there are other non-pumpkin flavored lovers out there, I'm making these sweet little candy coated marshmallow pops all decorated up for the season!

All you need are:marshmallows, candy eyes, green icing, orange candy melts, green sprinkles (leaves), pretzel dipping sticks (not pictured), and colored lollipop sticks.

The marshmallows will hang on to the lollipop stick a little better if you dip the end of the stick in water first. Stack three marshmallows onto each stick.
   I spotted these adorable little green leaves in the cake decorating aisle at Michael's! They have all kinds of different and cute tiny sprinkles in little $1 bags!
Melt candy melts in microwave on 50% power in 30 second increments stirring each time.
The pumpkin stems made from dipping pretzel sticks just so happens to be the perfect topper for these orange colored gourds. Cut just the tip ends off for the right size.
After the melts are..melted, coat the stacked marshmallows, add candy eyes, leaves and stems.

Let set and then with green icing, pipe on those oh so cute, curly tendrils. cute!
🎜🎝"Oh pumpkin stack, Oh pumpkin stack, How lovely are thy candy eyeballs."😁
We little pumpkins wish you a very Happy Fall!
Have a sweet day, Karen