Thursday, June 28, 2018

Kit Kat Flags for the 4th of July

With the 4th of July only a few days away, I wanted to share this crafty treat with you!

It's so simple and quick to put together but still cute as can be. Well, maybe not cute, but patriotic!

I used white chocolate Kit Kat bars, red, white and blue M&M's, white candy melts (for "glue"), white snowflake sprinkles, and striped red paper straws.
 Use a food safe paint brush to apply melted candy melts to back of candy bar.
Attach straw and let set. 
Sorry I didn't get a photo of that!!
 Using the same paint brush method, apply M&M's to Kit Kat bar. I made the first couple with only four blue M&M's, but liked the flags better with six!

Now apply the snowflake star sprinkles to the blue M&M's. That's all folks!
"You're a grand old flag
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave"!
Wishing you all a Sweet and Happy 4th of July, Karen 😊

Monday, June 4, 2018

By The Sea Is My Favorite Place To Be

And we're off to the seashore!

My wonderful hubby of nearly 27 years and I are off on our anniversary road trip in less than twelve hours and I haven't finished packing! Where are we going? To Cape Cod, Nantucket, and a couple of other sweet stops along the way! I'm so excited!

So before we load the cooler and top off the tank, I thought I would share some of my past beachified posts along with some photos from our most recent seaside vacation in Destin, Florida.

With such a love for all things beachy, I found it hard to believe that I had only three beach related posts in all the years of Sugartown Sweets!
Click on the links below to see each one.

My sweet family and I recently enjoyed a few days down in Destin, Florida. Hubby had planned a deep-sea fishing trip for all the guys.

Our first stop in Destin was Lulu's! (click on the link to see their menu). This was the view from our table. We love the food and getting to watch this seaplane take off and land several times was a fun bonus! 
 The best part of the trip! Spending time in such a peaceful and beautiful place with my daughter, son-in-law, and all five of my grandbabies. Have I told you I'm going to have another grandbaby?! She is due to arrive right around my birthday in August! I will then have three granddaughters and three grandsons! I am soooo excited!
Building castles in the sand🎜🎝
And even getting buried in it!
 Early morning and just before sunset are the perfect times of day to play in the water. Of course Lydia and Elizabeth love it any time of day!
Elizabeth is our most dedicated shell hunter. Here's one of the treasures she found on this trip, but she has found starfish, sand dollars and all sorts of beautiful shells! 🐚
Jojo's (he's 17 now and I know I need to start calling him Joseph) favorite pastime is fishing!
And he's very good at it! 🐟🎣🐠
Vitamin Sea!
The morning of the guys' deep sea fishing trip, they had to get up super early to catch their charter. We girls had to get up early too to catch the royal wedding!
 Lydia may not have been as amused with the ceremony as the rest of us girls, but she sure looked cute in her sprinkled donut float!😜
I love these sweet girls!
My sweet daughter Stephanie is the best little mommy!
 Look what our men caught! Good job, Isaac!
 Way to go, Aaron and Joe!
 Not too shabby, honey!
After we met the guys as their boat came back in, it was time for lunch. Boshamps was nearby with yummy food and a pretty view.
Let me just say this was not my dish! Hubby sure does love raw oysters. I just can't! 
My sweet family.πŸ’—
  We πŸ’œ you, Destin!
A great day with a sweet ending..crabbin' after dark!πŸ¦€
It's time to say goodbye to Destin, but not before we pack up the wonderful memories we've made together in this lovely, sun-drenched, seaside beach town.🌞
Have a sweet day, KarenπŸ’™

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Peanut Butter Fudge

I can resist most anything.

 Except Peanut Butter Fudge.

It is my Kryptonite.

Of all the delicious candies my Mom has made through the years, this one remains my absolute favorite. I can still see her standing in front of the stove, stirring that big yellow pot. She would have a coffee cup filled with water sitting close by and at a certain point she would spoon a little candy into it and test it by mushing it between her fingers. When she had it just right she would add peanut butter, vanilla, and marshmallow creme and stir it some more. Then she would pour the candy into a buttered dish to set and I would wait for the candy coated spoon to cool off enough so I could eat it!

To this day, my Mom has never used a candy thermometer and she's never poured fudge into a pan. She's always used a buttered dish or a platter. And it is always amazing.

It's taken me till now to even think about trying to make my Mom's fudge. Mostly because, well, her recipe is only in her head and not on paper. And number two, I'm too scared to try it using her soft-ball test method.

My answer was to just go ahead and use my thermometer and Mom's verbal "in her head recipe" to make some test batches. So five batches later, I've made my Mom's fudge! And let me tell you, it's creamy, dreamy, and peanut buttery awesome!

Thanks, Mom!

Make some and it can be your Kryptonite too!πŸ˜‹
 Just look at these golden squares of deliciousness! 
Are you tempted yet?
If you are, you are only six ingredients and a half hour or so away from peanut butter heaven!

You don't have to use organic sugar. It's just the only sugar we buy anymore. 
I used a 13x9 inch pan. I formed the foil to the outside of the pan first and then lined the pan.
You will need a heavy bottomed 4 quart saucepan, candy stirring spoon, non-stick spray or butter to grease the foil, and a candy thermometer unless you're a candy goddess like my Mom and you don't need one!πŸ’—
I prepare my foil lined pan with non-stick spray. 
I also spray my measuring cups for the peanut butter, and a bowl for the marshmallow creme. It just makes them easier to get out.
Go ahead and measure out the peanut butter and spoon the marshmallow creme into the bowl. Set aside.
Over low heat, melt 1/2 cup of butter.
Add 4 cups of sugar and a 12 ounce can of evaporated milk and stir to combine.
Attach candy thermometer and crank up the heat to medium, stirring constantly.
Still stirring constantly, bring candy mixture up to 235 degrees or the soft-ball stage. This takes me about 16 and a half minutes.
Remove from heat, add marshmallow creme, and stir till melted and smooth.
Add peanut butter and vanilla. The peanut butter will melt pretty quickly.
Again, just stir till melted and smooth.
Ahhh! Pour candy into greased, foil lined pan. Ahhh!
Smooth fudge in pan with a spatula.
I let mine sit uncovered till completely cool and then cover with foil.
Let sit several hours or overnight.
I cut mine into pretty small squares. I do this mostly because I give a LOT of candy away and I want to share with everyone. I'm pretty sure if you cut it into big squares, no one will complain!
Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

4 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
12 ounce can evaporated milk
1 1/4 cups peanut butter
7 ounce jar marshmallow creme
2 teaspoons vanilla

In a heavy bottomed 4 quart saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add sugar and milk stirring to combine. Attach candy thermometer, turn heat up to medium, and stir constantly until candy reaches 235 degrees fahrenheit. 
Remove from heat and add marshmallow creme. Stir until melted and smooth. Add peanut butter and vanilla, again stirring till melted and smooth.
Pour candy into greased, foil lined pan. Smooth candy with spatula and leave uncovered until cooled completely. Cover with foil and let sit several hours or overnight. Cut candy into squares.

Now go make some some sweet little goody bags for your family and friends but don't forget to save some candy for yourself!

Have a sweet day, Karen 😊 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

My Take On The Take 5 Candy Bar

Y'all!! These little, peanut buttery caramelicious, chocolate covered, salty pretzel bites!

They are my take on the Take 5 candy bar, and they are so yummy! πŸ˜‹

For me, it doesn't get much better than Peanut Butter Caramels.
But when you add pretzels, peanuts and chocolate, well let's just say, it got better!
Try them and I think you'll agree!
At the core of these magic little squares are the aforementioned Peanut Butter Caramels. Yes they do take a little more time, but the taste far outweighs the extra least it does in my sweet book!

Wanna make some candy?

Instead of spreading peanut butter on the pretzels, we are incorporating it into the caramel.

Let's get crackin'!
 Prepare a 13x9 pan for our Peanut Butter Caramels. Spray with cooking spray, line it with parchment paper, and spray this as well.

Have your peanuts ready to sprinkle on top of the caramel.
 To make the Peanut Butter Caramelsclick on my link for the recipe.
Pour up this beautiful candy and resist the urge to lick the spoon.
I've done it! Ouch!😳
Sprinkle peanuts over candy. Let caramels cool for a few hours till set. I usually let mine sit loosely covered overnight.
Now we're ready to unmold our candy. Remove from pan by lifting from the edges of parchment paper and set onto a cutting surface lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
Cut caramels with a long, sharp, lightly oiled knife. I thought I was cutting mine into one inch squares, but when I counted them, I only had 95 pieces.
And I'm okay with that!πŸ˜‰
You will need 95 pretzel squares..or more if you're a better caramel cutter than me!😜

Gently press caramels onto pretzels.
Oh my, but I'm ready to try one now!

No! I can wait! I think I can! I think I can!
Dip candies in melted chocolate and place on parchment lined pan to set.

Don't they look irresistible?!!
This cross-section is just plain eye candy!
My Take On The Take 5 Candy Bar Recipe

You will need:
One batch of Peanut Butter Caramels
95 (or so) pretzel snaps
One heaping cup of your favorite peanuts
1 1/2 pounds chocolate (I used Ghirardelli dark melting wafers)

Prepare caramel, sprinkle with peanuts and let cool to set.

Cut caramels with long, sharp, lightly oiled knife into approximately 95 pieces, then gently press onto pretzels.

Melt chocolate, dip candies and place on parchment lined pan.

And there you have it! My take on the Take 5 bars! I hope y'all like 'em!

Have a sweet day, Karen 😊