Friday, November 17, 2017

Candy Bar Turkeys


Y'all just go ahead and grab some of your leftover Halloween candy. We have gobs and gobs because we only had 17 Trick-or-Treaters!
Aaannd, I'm the only one in my family to have any at all!

Back in the day, my parents passed out tons of candy as all us neighborhood kids went from house to house getting treats for hours.


Really, it's been like this for the past few years, so when the kids come to the door, hubby gives them huge, double fisted handfuls! They love it!

So now we get to move on to Thanksgiving! Yay!
Tonight, my Mom, sisters, daughter and I had our annual conference call where we all decide what we're making for the big day.
Kind of funny because we each make the same thing every year!
It's just our tradition!

Turkey treats are also one of my traditions and this one is really easy.😃
I keep all kinds of sprinkles and candies on hand for decorating treats. Even if you don't, the items I used for my turkeys should be easy to find.

I like Michael's and JoAnn's craft stores to find sugar related decorating items. I also like Fancy Flours and Amazon.

When I'm out shopping, I look for unusual sprinkles. My grandbabies are always amazed at how many different bottles I have falling out of neatly arranged in my cabinets.
Melt chocolate chips. Use this as your "glue" to attach Mike and Ike "feathers" candies.
My kitchen absolutely will look like a tornado hit it when I'm sugar crafting. Am I the only one? 😏
Time-out for an ink-blot test!
One the chocolate has hardened, turn candy bar over to attach remaining turkey parts! 😜
I forgot to take a photo of cutting the orange Skittles in half to use as turkey feet. But y'all already know how to do that. Right? hehehe!

Now your turkey/turkeys are done and it took way less time than the 3.5 hours that the real one will take next week!
Wishing you all a sweet Thanksgiving filled with warm, happy memories!

Gobble, Gobble baby! Karen

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

"Wood Pallet" Kit Kat Snowmen Craft


Has it been 6 years already?!

Yes, it has!

Creating sweet treats to share with you makes me so happy. Almost as happy as my favorite holiday. Christmas! 

So today, as we celebrate 6 fun years here at Sugartown Sweets, Christmas is my theme!

Have y'all seen those pallet craft thingies? Well recently, while crafting with Kit Kat candy bars, the idea struck me that Kit Kats are perfectly suited to the wood pallet crafts, with the beloved snowman being my favorite. 

There are so many cute ones on Pinterest, and Beth @ Hungry Happenings has created an adorable pretzel snowman craft that reminds me of the wooden snowman crafts.

Hope you're not Kit Kat-ted out, 'cause I've got one more treat up my sugar sleeve before the year's end!

So here's to 6 years @ Sugartown Sweets!

I count myself a very blessed girl that you would stop over for a visit! I love you all! 💗
To make the Kit Kat snowmen, I used:
Regular size, white chocolate and chocolate candy bars, vanilla and chocolate candy melts, candy pumpkins-you could also use candy corn-, black fondant, and Wilton holly and berry sprinkles.

To make six snowmen, you will need six white chocolate and five chocolate Kit Kats. You might want to have some extras on hand to allow for breakage.

*the red fondant was intended for a scarf, but I ran out of room for it!
 I used candy mellowcreme pumpkins to fashion my snowman noses.
So easy. Just cut off a piece and roll between your fingers to shape the carrot nose!
To make the eyes and mouth, I rolled black fondant into a rope and cut off similar size pieces. I then rolled them into little balls.
Ok, so now we're gonna build our "wooden" chocolate snowman. No nails needed! 😜

Go ahead and melt the chocolate candy melts and set aside.

Next, with a long, sharp knife, cut the top off white candy bar at an angle as shown in photo above.

Now, using the white candy bar top as a guide, place it over the top of the chocolate bar and cut on that same angle. This chocolate piece will be the hat.
(For the next snowman hat, use the uncut chocolate end of bar. You will be able to get two hats from each chocolate Kit Kat bar.)

Take the "hat" and dip just the end in melted candy, now attach it to the white candy bar. 

Take a new chocolate Kit Kat candy bar and cut off one of the four sticks. This will be the brim of the hat. Attach this and the Christmas sprinkles with more melted chocolate.

Oh..it's lookin' good!

"Wooden" you love to eat a snowman?! 😋
Now you can melt the vanilla candy melts and attach the eyes, nose and mouth.

Ain't he sweet?!

You may be thinking it's a bit early for Christmas projects. But for me, it's never too early! Plus, as I'm typing out this post over the weekend, we are having a cold blast! Our low today was 37 degrees and with the wind chill, even colder. Whew!

That's what I call snowman weather!

Stay warm and keep sweet, Karen 😊

Friday, October 20, 2017

Pumpkins on a Fence


So, I'm in need of a new camera..again!
C'mon Monday!

But until it arrives, my phone is doing double duty as chief operating photographer and my ever indispensable google box. Or is that triple duty? I mean, I do still use it to make calls and all.

How many cameras have bitten the (sugar) dust here in Sugartown Sweets' kitchen in the last 6 years? Hmmm, not sure. Better question, how many more will it take?! Will this one last? Do they even make a camera kitchen proof?

I dunno! So I asked these adorable pumpkins, but they're kinda on the fence. 😜 
These pumpkins!!

Let's have some fun with another Kit Kat craft.

You will need:
White chocolate Kit Kat bars-5 full size
 Green candy melts-about 1/2 cup
Candy eyes
Fall leaves sprinkles-a small pile 😉

~Makes 4 fence decorations~
Melt candy according to package directions. Using a toothpick, dip in melted candy and attach candy eyes to pumpkins.
Now break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar! Five to be exact for each fence. Apply some of the melted candy to two of those pieces and attach to three others as shown in photo below. Let set a minute to harden.
I used an icing spatula to spread a little 'grass' to bottom of fence posts and shook on some leaves sprinkles. Ahhh...Autumn, you are so good to me!
Let us take a moment for contemplation...
I am in love with these pumpkins. I think they are the cutest ones that Wilton makes!
That's it guys!

Thanks for stopping by!

Keeping life sweet, one treat at a time, Karen 😊

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Kit Kat Pumpkins

As I'm typing this post, it is 73 degrees here in Georgia. With the promise of cooler weather and making new holiday season memories, I am eager to jump right in! Welcome to Fall, y'all! 

Last weekend was our first "leaf peeper" Saturday of the year and the leaves were already changing. Hubby and I drove up north of the city, drank apple cider, breathed in that fresh mountain air and saw plenty of those beautiful orange pumpkins.

Don't you just love all shapes and sizes of pumpkins? Me too! These babies happened when I dug down in my candy grab bag of goodies and found my favorite Autumn color.

I'm kinda stuck on Kit Kats right now and the fact that these little cuties take mere minutes to put together makes me love them even more!
 To make my candy pumpkins, I used snack sized orange Kit Kats, Tootsie Rolls, green fondant and large candy eyes.

Tools I used: small leaf cutter, fondant roller, small sharp knife, parchment paper.

To begin, I rolled out my green fondant and cut with leaf cutter. (My particular leaf cutter has been discontinued) You can find a similar leaf cutter here.
 I created the pumpkin stem by cutting a Tootsie Roll into 4 pieces as shown in photo below.
Tootsie Roll stems-
Fondant leaves-
Candy eyes-
Kit Kat pumpkins-
Place the leaf towards top center of Kit Kat bar. Gently pinch bottom of stem and press into leaf and candy bar. The Tootsie Roll is naturally tacky and will stick on its own!
 The eyes have it!

Originally I had not planned on adding eyes, but when I came across them and tried out a pair, they were just too cute not to!
*See* what I mean?! 😜 
You can make these with your own little pumpkins as I'm planning on doing next week!

Till next time!

Keeping life sweet, one treat at a time, Karen! 😊

Friday, September 22, 2017

Pumpkin Patch Treats w/ Pretzels Dipped in Chocolate

So, for the first day of Fall-yay!-I'm sharing with you, Sugartown Sweets' lastest creation!

I mean, who doesn't love mellowcreme pumpkins?!
Same great taste as the much loved candy corn only waayy cuter. Especially when you add these adorable candy eyes, and plant them on top of chocolate dipped pretzels all covered with crushed Oreos for dirt!

Say hello to these sweet pumpkin patch treats and then just go ahead and take a big ol' crunchy, chewy, chocolaty bite!

If you need more pumpkin patch ideas, I've got a few here.
I used pretzel rods, candy pumpkins, chocolate melting wafers, candy eyes, Oreos, and green squeeze icing.
First, I attached the eyes to the pumpkins with a dab of icing.
Next, I melted chocolate wafers. Microwave at 30 second intervals on the defrost setting stirring each time until melted and smooth.
Scrape cream off cookies, place in a Ziploc bag and crush them. 
Dip pretzels in melted chocolate, placing two together with sides touching, and sprinkle with crushed cookies.

Next, pipe a green vine with squeeze icing. Finally, dab a little melted chocolate to pumpkin bottoms-te he-and place them on pretzels.
 How stinkin' cute are these fall guys?! 
I can't even!
 PICK ME! PICK ME! NO...PICK ME!
 I think I'll be snacking on these while watching one of my favorite Charlie Brown shows..soon!
 Happy Fall, Y'all!

Stay sweet, Karen 😊

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Chocolate Moose

Yum..Chocolate Moose!

I saw a moose in Cape Breton one day! Actually it was night..but first, let me share a quick "slideshow" of our last year's anniversary trip.

Last summer, my hubby and I took a two week tour of the Canadian Maritimes, and Ogunquit and Bar Harbor, Maine. It was an amazing vacation! It was also an epic road trip as we traveled in excess of 4600 miles!!

The Hopewell Rocks had topped my travel bucket list for ages and they did not disappoint! There's just something about looking up at, and walking among those flowerpot rocks on the ocean floor when you've just seen them surrounded by water..and kayakers!  

We visited at high tide and returned a little later in the day to view the rocks at low tide. Just Wow!
Next, Prince Edward Island. We allowed only one day to see and stay on the island and honestly, I should have done more research. We did tour the Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place (photo below), but we really didn't see much else, and early the next morning we left the island.
We caught the ferry for Nova Scotia on an early, foggy, and chilly June morning! 
After arriving in Nova Scotia, we made a beeline for Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail.
Around every bend..
Around every turn,
Was beautiful scenery,
Pretty vistas,
And amazing views!
After a full day of sightseeing, I was so excited to arrive at our destination..The Keltic Lodge.
Set on a rocky peninsula, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the views were simply stunning.

It's peaceful here and just so beautiful that we never wanted to leave.
So, the next morning after a wonderful breakfast in the Purple Thistle dining room,   
 we headed out for more!
Look at this! I think we need a red boat!
Can you believe I've barely mentioned food, or sweets even once? Well, we tried several candy bars whilst in Canada, I mean, why wouldn't we?! 

The Wunderbar was the most delicious, unique and unforgettable bar of candy. So much so, that we bought a case before leaving the country. It is a tasty, crunchy, chewy blend of peanut butter, caramel and chocolate. This one is a keeper! Yum!
Onto Peggy's Cove!
The fog and drizzling rain have followed us for over 300 miles..
 But it matters not..
For it is still beautiful!

Now it was time for lunch and we just happened to find Shaw's Landing which featured three pound lobsters and lovely views!
Hubby even made their "Wall of Fame" with his massive crustacean! 

He also said it was delicious!
Moving right along, all the way back to the U.S., you can find Perkin's Cove in Ogunquit, Maine, by walking along the incredibly beautiful Marginal Way
And in Perkin's Cove, you will find adorable shops..
 (my favorite!)
 ..restaurants and even more beautiful scenery!
Lobster is in supply aplenty on our coastal getaway, so we enjoyed the Lobster Shack in the quaint, Perkin's Cove more than once!
Just across the street you will see the draw bridge.
So pretty!
I gave my fitbit quite a workout as we walked the Marginal Way several times in the couple of days we spent here!
I chose the Beachmere Inn for our stay after I found it on Google. The location, the setting, the view..did I mention the view?!! This is the view from our balcony! This is also where we actually began our trip.

We would have liked a room closer to the ocean front, but we only booked a month out, so this was totally okay!
We ended our trip with a stay in Bar Harbor, Maine at Moseley Cottage Inn in the Strath Eden Room. Loved this quiet, romantic room!
Bar Harbor was lovely, offering picturesque views, but if you drive through Acadia National Park all the way to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, you will be rewarded with magnificent views. After all, you are now at the highest point on the eastern seaboard!

Look in the center left of this photo. Do you see that boat. That is a cruise ship!!
There was so much to see in the park and when lunchtime rolled around, we made our way to the Jordan Pond House where we enjoyed yummy soups and popovers with strawberry jam! It was perfect!

Back down the mountain and we are in downtown Bar Harbor.
In my Mom's younger days, she traveled to many places. 
Among them are, Bar Harbor, Maine, Halifax and Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia. These were on our itinerary as I wanted to retrace those same steps she took many years ago. She is no longer able to travel..I feel very blessed to have been able to stand where she once did.

I've got tons more photos, but I'll stop here and hope I haven't bored you to tears!
So now, I will get back to the task at hand. And that is to show you how I created these Chocolate Moose.

Oh, but first..remember when I told you, I saw a moose in Cape Breton?

Well, I have no photo, but...it was a dark and stormy night..haha, no kidding, it really was!

We were driving late one evening, around 10:30. No street lights, it was raining and just before we got to Neil's Harbor, there it was! A ginormous moose just standing in the middle of the road! I was so shocked, excited, freaked out that I did not get to my camera in time to get a picture! But we will never forget it!

I looked for a moose cookie cutter the rest of our trip and finally ordered one online from Fancy Flours.

I've had the cutter for long enough, and so now I've made my own moose to relive that fun memory! 

Snack size Kit Kats, full size Hershey bars, mini M&Ms, black Jelly Belly jelly beans, candy eyes and a moose head cutter are the items I used to make my candy moose. 
Unwrap room temperature Hershey bars and gently press cutter through candy. Gently press to remove from cutter.
I was able to get two moose heads from each chocolate bar.
Melt chocolate scraps in microwave to use as the "glue" to attach candy pieces.

Cut mini M&M in half to use as the nostrils and attach.
Attach eyes to head and the head to Kit Kat. Attach jelly bean "hooves".
Ooh..ain't he cute?
These moose may look wide-eyed, but I can promise you the real life one we saw did not! 

Happy moose hunting..if you're into that sort of thing! I know I am!

Have a sweet day, Karen 😃

Before you leave, say hello to my moose friends!