Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Potato Chip Pumpkin Patch

Hello October and Welcome to my Pumpkin Patch!

Potato Chip Pumpkin Patch that is!

Now if you're like me and are yucked out by the very thought of eating pumpkin, you will be happy to know these are made with white chocolate!

Have you ever seen chocolate covered chips in a candy shop? Yes? Me too! So how about we decorate and cute some up for fun?! Plus I have a few more ideas up my candy maker's sleeve for the holidays!

But for now, let's head out to the patch and pick some pumpkins!
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I'm using Ghirardelli white chocolate, but if you have vanilla almond bark on hand it will work just fine. I also used some orange coloring, Twizzlers and Ruffles chips. Not pictured are the candy eyes and parchment paper.
Rrrruffles have rrridges--lol..i grew up in the 70s--meaning they're sturdy enough to handle being dipped in chocolate without breaking.
To create the pumpkin stems, I snipped off small pieces and cut them in half lengthwise.
Melt the white chocolate, and stir in a small dollop of color to get that nice orange shade of pumpkin. Now dip your chips to coat completely, place on parchment paper and attach a Twizzlers candy stem.
I love that they are all different shapes and sizes like real pumpkins! I think the smaller ones are the cutest!
Now you can add the candy eyes.

"Hey! Somebody turned the lights on!"
Now you can sit back and admire your new pumpkin patch..look at all the friends you've made!

'til we sweet again, Karen!πŸ’—

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Happy Fall Y'all Candy Corn Flower Pops

The first day of Fall is almost here!
Or should I say, autumnal equinox?
We experience two equinoxes each year with the first one being in March and the other one in September. Equinox -or equal night- is when the entire earth will share roughly the same amount of daytime and nighttime! How cool is that?!

So to celebrate the changing of the season, of course we need a sweet treat. Then I found this adorable candy corn craft at the Resourceful Mama, and I thought it would make a fun and easy pop! It did!

I remembered that Bakerella made these flower cake pops a few years back. But mine involve melting the candies rather than placing them on a cake pop..soooo here they are!

This isn't the first time I've melted candy corn. Check out my Christmas Tree Pops for another fun treat! 
You will need candy corn-i prefer Jelly Belly brand as they melt better-Peanut M&Ms, and green lollipop sticks.
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
Place six candies on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Place in oven for five minutes. If after five minutes the candies aren't soft enough to insert lollipop stick, return to oven for just a few more seconds and try again.
 Remove from oven and immediately insert lollipop stick. Twist and twirl the stick to get a little of the melted candy to coat the stick so it will..well, stick!

Now place the M&M in the center of flower and press gently to set.
  Ahhh..these turned out so cute! Bright and sunny!

Thanks for stopping by today!

'til we sweet again, KarenπŸ’—

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Beachy Fun Crab Cakes

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Hopefully you are not in the path of Hurricane Dorian, but if you are, prayers that you stay safe!

My family and I have had a beach trip planned for months and we may get rained out but we are still making the trek!

So I wanted to make a fun and beachy themed treat to celebrate our end of summer vacay. I came up with some sweet & crabby crab cakes. πŸ˜›
I have lots of photos to go along with my post, but my new-ish laptop doesn't want to cooperate. I will post an update with said photos once Bessie is feeling like herself again!

**updated with photos**

I used, Hostess Ding Dong cakes, vanilla and aqua frostings, graham crackers, strawberry licorice wheels, cherry Pull-n-peels, large candy eyes, and fondant for the seashells.
Pull strips of the twizzlers and then cut into equal size pieces for the crab legs!πŸ¦€
I used star tips and decorator bags to pipe onto the cakes. I piped white frosting on half of the cake and then topped with crushed graham cracker "sand". 
I then piped on blue icing "waves".
Next, I placed six pull-n-peel crab legs, placed a licorice wheel body on top of that, and then the candy eyes to top it all off.
I can πŸ‘€ you!
Can you πŸ‘€ me?!
I wanted some nice seashells for my crabs so I pulled and folded the white and light brown fondant together to create a pretty, marbled look.
Then I dusted the mold lightly with cornstarch and pressed fondant into mold and gently unmolded.
If you're like me and like a nice sheen on your seashells-say that three times fast-just apply a little white pearl dust to them with a food only paintbrush. Woah! Looks like I need to invest in some new ones!
Know somebody that's feelin' a little crabby?
These sweet crab cakes can turn that frown upside down!
Now here's to praying that Hurricane Dorian dissipates!!

'till we sweet again, Karen 😊

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Christmas In July Chocolate Gingerbread House Cookies with Rudolph!

 Merry Christmas In July!
It's been a fun month! My daughter, grandmother, granddaughter, sister, and nephew were all born in July! Hallmark has been playing Christmas movies all month. I have been reading the Christmas story of the birth of Christ! My hubby and I have just completed plans for a trip to Disney World in December when everything will be decked out in beautiful Christmas decorations! And I just finished decorating these festive Christmas cookies!

July is nearly through, but not to worry, Christmastime will be here before we know it!πŸŽ„
For my cookies, I used Lila Loa's amazing chocolate cookie recipe! They smell of brownies and are so yummy!
Roll out dough and use your favorite house and reindeer cutters. I rolled my dough to 1/4 inch thick, but should have made the reindeer a little thinner. By the time I dipped and added decorations, they got a little too weighty. I had a couple to lose their heads!
Also, don't try-as I did- to bake Rudolph's "sprinkles" noses into the cookies. They will melt. Instead, use mini M&Ms after they bake!
To decorate my cookies I used, jumbo rainbow nonpareils, black sugar pearls, chocolate jimmies, mini M&Ms, Christmas tree sprinkles, chocolate wafers, ready-made vanilla frosting, and yellow and red fondant.
I also used a fondant roller, a flat edged spatula to cut my fondant, a large tip to cut the circle window, and a star and round tip to pipe frosting.
 Let's pipe some snow up on the rooftop!
 Wouldn't it be great if putting Christmas lights on the house were this easy?! 

Cut out round window and door as pictured above.
 Attach candies and decorations using a little melted chocolate.
I rolled out red fondant and cut small strips to use as Rudolph's collar.
I dipped the tips of reindeer feet in chocolate to resemble hooves.
 I then dipped the reindeer antler tips in melted chocolate and sprinkled on some jimmies.  I let set to harden and added black pearl eyes, the collar and "jingle bell" sprinkles!
Fly, Rudy!!
 And lastly, after attaching Rudy to the rooftop with melted chocolate, I propped a couple of spoons under his head until chocolate hardened just to keep him level headed! 🀣

Don't forget to be nice! Wanna make sure we make Santa's Nice List!

Thanks for dropping by!
'til we sweet again, Karen😊

Friday, June 14, 2019

Chocolate Fireworks Cakes!

When life is crazy busy and you want a cute sweet to serve for your 4th of July get-together, I've got your back! These Suzy Q's are the perfect vehicle for our sparkly chocolate fireworks!

My hubby and I are heading out of town and will return just in time for our family's Independence Day cook-out. I will be whipping up a few of these as they are seriously the easiest and quickest thing I've ever made!

I used red and blue candy melts, red and blue sprinkles, Wilton edible glitter stars, pre-made and pre-filled bag cream cheese frosting with star tip.
And don't forget these adorable and sweet Suzy Q's cakes.
I filled disposable decorator bags with candy melts and melted on defrost setting in microwave in 30 second intervals. Knead bag after each nuking session. Mine took about 1 1/2 minutes.
Snip off just the tip end of each bag and pipe your design onto parchment paper.
I'm feeling patriotic!
Pipe the second color/layer right on top of the other and don't worry about letting the first layer dry first. Immediately sprinkle on the silver stars and let dry. It takes just a few minutes to set.
Now you can decorate the cake tops any way you want with the frosting and top with sprinkles.

Just gently peel/lift your candy fireworks from the parchment paper and place on top of your decorated cakes. 
 These turned out so cute and were so much fun to make!

Hope you all have a blessed 4th of July!
Thanks for stopping by!
'til we sweet again, Karen🧑