Saturday, September 19, 2015

Zombie Eyeball Lollipops

Zombie Eyeball Pops..Bloodshot Eyeballs Lollipops..whatever you call them, they're Gross! Kinda like the Zombies themselves.

Speaking of Zombies..are you a "Walking Dead" fan? I probably would have been when I was younger..but I just can't handle the gross factor!

Let me take you back to 2012.
"The Walking Dead" had already been filming in Senoia for quite some time. Soo.. 
My hubby and I had spent the evening with family at his sister's house, and as we were heading home we passed through the town's center. I saw that "The Walking Dead" was filming and I wanted to stop and watch along with a few others that had already gathered.

At that time, we had never even seen the show. It was just kinda neat to see them filming. Then several people crossed the ropes and were walking through our little crowd.
I had no idea they were the stars of the show, but it didn't take me long to figure it out as they began chatting with the fans and generously taking photos with everyone.

So just for fun I asked my hubby to take a shot of me with one of them. I later found out the actor's name was Norman Reedus. (I googled the cast when we got home.) He, along with the others were really just super nice, spending several minutes with us all.

Well, I thought it would be interesting to watch one of the shows to see what it was all about, plus see the town and landmarks that we knew and loved. But, I just did not have the stomach for it. Ewww!  Although, I do have the eyes for it! Zombie Eyes that is!

You can see the "Walker Stalkers" in the small town on any given day. But, meeting one of the stars might not be as easy as it once was. As we were leaving my in-laws from a family Labor Day weekend cook-out, filming was taking place behind the huge walls they erected last year. We saw several signs stating that due to safety reasons, the cast has been asked not to stop for photos, etc.    

These photos were taken on my cell phone.
I know the quality..or lack terrible! back to our pops.
I was 'eyeballing' my peppermint candies, when it hit me right between the eyes! These would make perfect bloodshot eyeballs.

Let's make some.

~Large Candy Eyeballs
~Lollipop Sticks
~Food Color Pens

Using your pens, color the whites of the eyeballs.

*if you don't have food color pens, just mix a little food color with water and use a paintbrush to apply color*
Place peppermint candy on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for approximately 6 minutes.
Remove from oven, insert lollipop stick and gently press in colored eyeball. 
These are pretty gross looking, but on the bright side these will freshen even the worst zombie breath! *wink*

I made a couple without coloring the eyes.
I like these too!
We could even call them "Eye Candy" but that's totally up to you!

Thanks for dropping by, Karen

Monday, September 14, 2015

Home Sweet Home Marshmallow Pops

HOME SWEET HOME marshmallow pops!

It has been shaping up to be a sweet September.

We kicked off Labor Day weekend with "Dinner & a Movie" date night.

Have you heard about the movie War Room?

Best. Movie. Ever.
It's my new favorite. Prayer is powerful indeed..i hope you all get to see it!

Another sweet date on the calendar was this weekend's 1st birthday party for my adorable granddaughter.

Her party had been postponed while my daughter and her husband remodeled their new home. Still a work in progress, the house was deemed ready for a get-together.

And so, in honor of my daughter, son-in-law and grandbabies', home sweet home, I made Home Sweet Home marshmallows!

These are meant for the kids to decorate and eat. They would be perfect for an after-school snack.

Mom can dip-dye the houses so they can be dry and ready to decorate when the kiddos get home.
Or wouldn't these be cute wrapped in cello bags to give to your new neighbor?
..or how about decorating them like bird houses..

However you decide..they will be sweet! 
Dip a long, sharp knife in water and wiping off excess, cut marshmallow diagonally as shown below.
Lightly dampen cut side of marshmallow and attach to another marshmallow.
Insert paper straw and let marshmallow completey dry to make sure it sticks together well.
Mix a few drops food coloring with water.
Dip marshmallow into dye for about 5 seconds.
Let completely dry. 
I should have used a rack like Meaghan did with her adorable Dip-dyed marshmallow hearts. 
But I didn't and mine wanted to stick to the paper towels I let them dry on.
Catastrophe averted..i got them off in time!
Well color me pretty..aren't these cute?!
I used Airheads, sprinkles and Candy Decorating pens to sweeten up my houses.

Sweet thoughts, Karen!

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Magic Cookie Bars

Have y'all ever had a Magic Cookie Bar?

Well..hard as it may be to believe, I have not. Nope. Not even a taste. And yes, I do live in America!

It all comes down to the coconut. So, when I was about 9 or 10, I filled up a Tupperware cup with that beautiful, white fluffy stuff. And..I ate it..all! Oh me..I totally "got foundered" on it! 

So here I am forty years later and I think the fog is lifting. This is where those Magic Bars come in. I made 'em. I love 'em. I want some more of 'em!

I was at Wally World last week picking up necessities in the baking aisle. You know, dipping chocolate, baking chips, corn syrup..and then as I was picking up a new supply of condensed milk, I spotted something new!

Eagle Brand has made two limited edition flavors. Caramel and chocolate! I was going to share a link with you, but I can't find anything online. Not even on Eagle Brand's site. So run, do not walk to your nearest Wal-mart today!

Ok. Now let's make something good.
Salted Caramel Magic Cookie Bars.

Lots of yumminess going into our bars!
I tasted this right out of the can and it reminds me of a butterscotch pudding my Mom used to make. Mmmm..
Just put the graham crackers in a gallon size baggie and use a rolling pin to finely crush them..the easy way.

Melt butter and mix with crushed crackers.
Press cracker mixture in prepared pan to form the cookie crust. Sprinkle baking chips, pecans and coconut over crust. Pour warmed caramel condensed milk evenly over mixture.
Oh. My. Goodness.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until nicely browned. Sprinkle on sea salt.

Voila! Salted Caramel Magic Cookie Bars!
Salted Caramel Magic Cookie Bars

2 cups crushed graham crackers (14 full sheets)
10 1/2 tablespoons butter (melted)
2 cups (12 oz) dark chocolate chunks (i used Whole Food's 365)
1 bag (11 oz) butterscotch chips
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut (i used Baker's Angel Flake)
1 1/2 cups pecan halves
1 can Eagle Brand caramel sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt flakes (i used Maldon)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the unopened can of condensed milk in hot water. This will make it easier to pour. 
Line 13x9 baking pan with parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray.

Stir melted butter into crushed graham crackers. Press into prepared pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chunks, butterscotch chips, pecans and coconut over crust. Pour condensed milk evenly over mixture.

Bake @ 350 degrees 25-30 minutes until nicely browned.
Sprinkle on the salt flakes.

Let cool before cutting..if you can!

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Sweet thoughts, Karen   :o)

Monday, August 10, 2015

Happy National S'mores Day~S'mores Pops From the Archives

Happy National S'mores Day!

I can't believe it's been 3 years since I made these!

I had such fun with these cute little Teddy Grahams..they're so yummy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sweet thoughts, Karen

Friday, July 31, 2015

Christmas In July Jolly Ranchers Christmas Tree Lollipops

Sugartown Sweets is back with our 4th annual "Christmas in July" craft!

Are you surprised? Well I was when I realized that the tree has been my theme for the fourth year in a row!

With six to seven minutes in the oven, these are a fun and super easy way to kick off the holiday season.

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree,
How lovely are your branches..
You will need hard Jolly Ranchers, chocolate covered sunflower seeds, star sprinkles and lollipop sticks.

If you don't have the candy coated sunflower seeds, any colorful candy decorations will work.
 Place candies on a parchment lined baking sheet and melt in a 300 degree oven for 6-7 minutes. Remove from oven and working quickly, insert lollipop stick and place candy decorations. Let cool.
I was pretty happy with how these turned out.
Although..the red trees reminded me of strawberries!

Merry Christmas in July From
Sugartown Sweets.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Happy National Penuche Fudge Day!

 How crazy is it that exactly one week ago today, I was sitting in my Mom's living room asking her about a delicious candy she made for us when I was growing up?!
We came to the conclusion that this candy was Penuche!

So now, I'm here to wish you all a Happy Penuche Fudge Day..complete with a yummy recipe!

For whatever reason-maybe because her peanut butter fudge trumped all other fudges-this, along with the chocolate fudge sorta just fell out of her candy making rotation. But it's coming back baby!

My MeMaw and my Mom are in my opinion the two World's Greatest candy makers. The recipe below (different spelling same recipe) is from my great, great Aunt Mossy's 1949 Lily Wallace New American Cookbook. She passed just a few months before I was born but judging from the stained and spotted pages from another of her cookbooks, she was quite the candy maker as well.

My candy is displayed with a beautifully crocheted doily underneath.
 It was handmade by my sweet MeMaw.
I did not add nuts to my Penuche as neither did my Mom, but upon tasting this amazing candy, I decided it has well earned another name-Praline Fudge. Next time I'll add yummy pecans.
 Five ingredients. My first batch was a fail, so when I went to try it again, I found I didn't have enough light brown sugar. So I went with half light and half dark brown. It worked!
 My favorite candy making buddy is my digital candy thermometer. 
You will also need a heavy bottom saucepan with straight sides.
 Stir together the cream and sugars and cook over medium heat.
 Stir just until sugars are dissolved.
 Continue boiling without stirring until candy reaches 234 degrees.
 Remove candy from heat and let cool slightly. I waited about five minutes, added the butter, vanilla and salt, then using my wooden spoon I beat it till creamy. This took about one to one and a half minutes.
 I poured the finished penuche into my 9x5 pan prepared with greased parchment paper.
 Let sit at room temp till firm.

My sweet little recipe made precious little candy!

Next time I plan to at least double or even triple it.
It's sample time...yum!

Penuche Fudge Recipe

1/2 cup evaporated milk
2 cups brown sugar (i used 1 cup each of light and dark)
2 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt

Prepare a 9x5 pan with parchment paper that has been buttered or sprayed with cooking spray.

In heavy bottomed, straight sided saucepan, combine milk and sugar. Stir over medium heat just until sugar is dissolved. Candy will come to a boil. Continue cooking without stirring until thermometer reaches 234 degrees.
Remove from heat and let cool slightly. I let mine sit for about five minutes before adding butter, vanilla, salt and beating till creamy. I used my wooden spoon and stirred vigorously for about one to one and a half minutes.

Pour into prepared pan and let sit till firm.

This won't take long and it won't last long either!
Sugartown Sweets
wishes you a Happy National Penuche Fudge Day!

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Shark Week Treats

These sweet and fun treats are the perfect snack for your Shark Week survival kit!

My shark marshmallows were inspired by these too cute cookies!

And, since I didn't wanna bake, I thought S'moremallows were just what we needed to keep things easy. I mean..this just gives us more time for those jawsome shark shows you know!

So go ahead and take a bite outta Shark Week (treats)!

For another fun shark craft, check out my Shark Week Lollipops from last year.
S'moremallows, blue food color spray, gray fondant, black fondant, ready-made canned frosting, #2 decorating tip and bag, black sugar pearls, paper towel, sharp knife and fondant roller (not pictured). I also used a Christmas bulb cookie cutter and a flower fondant cutter to shape my shark.
 If you don't have these cutters, you could substitute others or even hand cut them yourself.
I gently squeezed the bulb cutter to shape the shark's body. I then cut off the bottom section. Next, I used one edge of the flower cutter for the inside of the mouth.

Using a #2 decorator tip, I piped teeny-tiny little teeth. Attach fondant pieces together with a dab of water. Press in the sugar pearl eyes (not pictured).
Ahhh..makes me wanna go swimming! But wait..who wants to swim with Jaws?! Not me! 
Ok, all better now.

Let's make that deep blue sea base for our giant fish friend. Just cut a paper towel to resemble an ocean wave. Now place the towel near the bottom of marshmallow and spray. Move it up a little and spray again. Repeat two or three more times. You will also want to completely cover the ones you will use as a base for the actual sharks.
These shark fins are super easy to hand cut.
 And how easy~cute is this?

Enjoy Your Shark Week and Hey, Stay Safe Out There!

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