Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lollipop Round-up In Celebration Of National Lollipop Day!

It's National Lollipop Day!

Wanna see how easy it is to make homemade lollipops right in your own kitchen? 
I've got a few ideas for you! 

As I'm digging through my 2 1/2 years of creating treats here @ Sugartown Sweets, I realize I've made lollipops for nearly every holiday.

So I thought why not put them all together here for the one holiday created just for them!

Just click on the links to follow detailed instructions for making your favorites.

Yeah, we've got this thing licked!

1. Jolly Ranchers Jelly Belly Flops Lollipops!

2. Valentine's Day Lollipops.

3. Holly Jolly Ranchers Christmas Lollipops.

4. Snowman Lollipops.

5. Turkey Lollipops!

6. Lifesavers Tootsie Roll Pops!

7. Rudolph Lollipops!

8. Earth Day Lollipops.

9. Grinch Lollipops.

10. Bunny Lollipops.

11. Pumpkin Patch Lollipops!

12. Caramel Apple & Caramel Popcorn Lollipops!

Keeping Every Day Sweet Here @
Sugartown Sweets!

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Peanut Butter Caramels

Peanut Butter Caramels!

I made 'em!

Okay, I may be just a little impressed with myself. But hey, can I help it? I mean, these things bring back memories of those yummy old-fashion Mary Jane candies..only these won't pull out a filling. And, since I only had reduced fat peanut butter on hand, they're low fat to boot. You're welcome.

Before I made my Peanut Butter Caramels, I googled to see if they had been made before. They have. But I am using my own yummy "Homemade Caramels" recipe as the base for this peanut butter version.
 Amazing to me still how six little ingredients can turn out such a delectable confection!

Begin by lining your dish with parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray. I use an 8 x 8 square pan.

Next, combine first five ingredients in straight-sided saucepan.

Attach candy thermometer.

I will tell you..keep stirring, or you can very easily scorch these candies.
After reaching 246 degrees, remove from heat, stir in vanilla and pour into prepared dish.
One of these days I'm going to invest in a straight sided baking pan. But until then, after the caramels completely set, I just cut off the edges (with a lightly oiled knife) to get my perfect square.

To cut caramels, use a lightly oiled, long sharp knife to score candies. 
Then, use a sawing motion to cut completely through.
There may have been a little snacking going on during my wrap session.  ;o)
Peanut Butter Caramels

1 1/2 sticks butter (I use salted)
2 1/4 cups light brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Melt butter over low heat. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, condensed milk and peanut butter. 
Attach candy thermometer. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until candy reaches 246 degrees.
Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into parchment paper lined dish sprayed with cooking spray and let set. I always let mine set overnight lightly covered with a sheet of parchment paper.
Cut and wrap candies.

These are so much fun to share with family and friends.
They will definitely be in my family's Christmas stockings this year!
A big thank you to my baby sister Chrissy for stopping by and taste testing for me. 
You're just awesome like that!
Wishing You All A Blessed Day From
Sugartown Sweets!
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Monday, June 30, 2014

Fourth of July Marshmallows

Chevron Striped Marshmallows for the Fourth of July!

I got this awesome Heidi Swapp chevron stencil at Michaels.
You can also order it directly from Heidi Swapp.
 Additionally, the fondant star cutter and fondant roller were also purchased at Micheals. 
The remaining items were found at Walmart.
I used red and blue colored sugars. The blue was my favorite.

Place stencil atop marshmallow.
 Don't worry about a little overspray as we are dipping these Jet-Puffed S'moreMallows in the colored sugar.
Dip just the dry painted tops of these marshmallows in water. 
Dab off the excess water with a paper towel and press into colored sugar.

I decorated my mallows with a candy star made with Airheads.
 Dabbing a little water on the back of the candy stars will make it tacky enough to stick onto the marshmallow. You could also attach them with a little corn syrup.
Happy 4th of July From
Sugartown Sweets!
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

"Babies Are a Bit of Stardust..." Cookies

It seems like everyone is going to the beach.

They are either at the beach, going to the beach or coming back from the beach. A #1 Awesome Hunky Hubby and I ourselves have just recently returned home from a weekend cruise.

So why aren't I making any cute beachy treats? I want to..and I will get to it soon. But for now it's another baby treat.

Little Miss Lydia will be here before we know it.
She is just what I had in mind when I found this sweet little stamp at Michaels.

I love the idea of stamping on cookies. I found a great tutorial for achieving this over at Haniela's. I loved her cookies so much I bought that same stamp to make Valentine cookies! She used royal icing but I am using fondant.

Begin by baking cookies using your favorite cut-out cookie recipe. I used this one.

Since I didn't have a cookie cutter to match the size of my stamp, I improvised by laying my stamp atop my cookie dough and cutting around it. Use this method to cut the rolled fondant as well.
These are the ingredients and tools you'll need. I also used a couple different sizes of paintbrushes.

*All tools should be washed and clean and only have been used with food*
Let the fun begin!
I mixed a little food color with lemon extract to make my "ink" to paint my rubber stamp. 
Smush the brush a bit to get the extra liquid out before stamping.
I tried using a Food Writer to color my stamp, but the ink was drying too fast for me.
 I would try it again by using different food color pens.
Try a couple of test stamps before stamping on sugar sheet.
How to assemble cookies. (after stamping, cut out and carefully peel protective backing off sugar sheet)
The make the stars sparkle and pop just paint on a dab of corn syrup and sprinkle on the colored sugar. Make sure the ink is completely dry as you will need to use a dry brush to remove any stray pieces of sugar.
Adding the border..
I love the dreamy feel the pink luster frame added to this sweet cookie!
Counting down the days to Miss Lydia's arrival..31 days!

Praying You All Have a Blessed Day!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Bedtime Babies Marshmallows!

 Have you seen the S'more Mallows?

They are massively dense.

They are sweet and pillowy.

They are squishy and poofy.

They are also my favorite Jet-Puffed marshmallow!

Plus, since we are super excited to be welcoming our fifth grand baby, (in about 4 1/2 more weeks) I've had baby crafts ideas swirling around in my head. This one is the latest!

These S'more Mallows just make me think of a giant, soft bed.
The perfect napping spot for a sweet new baby!
I was amazed at how quick and easy it was to paint these marshmallows. I laid a paper towel over parchment paper to catch the overspray and used slow sweeping strokes. It dries pretty quickly as well.
First time I've gotten to use my modeling tool set.
I bought it just for the awesome smile tool.
Using flesh-toned fondant, I rolled it into little round baby heads.
I made a simple little fondant blanket using the Cuddlebug embossing folder with the D'vine Swirl design. Rolling out fondant, I used the largest square in the fondant cutter set to cut out the blanket.
Place "blanket" inside the folder and gently press to imprint.
Lightly dust folder with 10x sugar if you're having any problems with sticking. 
 Attach candy pieces to marshmallow with corn syrup.
 To make baby's body, just trim off a piece of marshmallow and...
 ..attach with corn syrup.
 Attach blanket with corn syrup as well. 
These would be sweet party favors at your next baby shower!
Sweet Dreams From
Sugartown Sweets!

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Friday, June 6, 2014

How to Make Hard Candy Jewels Using Melted Jolly Ranchers Candies!

Shiny and sparkly, hard candy jewels!

I made them super easy, guessed it, Jolly Ranchers!

The first time I noticed the sweet and edible gems, was in a Martha Stewart Living magazine.
Click here to see her recipe.

There are many versions of these candies, but after googling, all those I found called for a homemade recipe. To simplify things, I'm melting Jolly Ranchers. 
This also allows for creating many different colored gems as opposed to only one or two. 
Now how sweet is that?!

We are getting ready to celebrate Father's Day which has me thinking about fun gifts for Dads. 
Edible crafts..cookie frames and crowns, etc..and all using these fun and wonderfully colorful, 
Hard Candy Jewels!
Need Bling?!
I found my candy mold at Hobby Lobby.

Prepare mold by spraying lightly with non-stick spray.
You can use a paper towel to wipe out any excess. 

Even though I used the same designed row more than once, I did not need to spray the mold a second time.
To melt my Jolly Ranchers, I put four pieces in a small coffee cup and heated them in the microwave @ 80% power for 60 seconds.

You might need to try a couple of test runs to see what works for your particular microwave oven.
Working quickly, these four candies will fill a row of the molds.
Just be careful as the candy is hot! 

*don't worry! you're eyes are fine. i'm showing you the blue candies and then only photographed the melted red ones!*
Let these cool 10-15 minutes before flipping these molds over a paper towel and gently popping the candies out. 
It's a little difficult to see the definition in these just make a few and you can see for yourself. Soooo pretty!
Oh! I love the blue..and the pink..
..and the green!
Wishing You All a Wonderful
Father's Day From
Sugartown Sweets!

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