Monday, April 30, 2012

Cotton Candy White Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats On A Stick!

~Cotton Candy~White Chocolate~
Rice Krispie Treats
On A Stick!
Happy Monday Everybody!
I was looking forward to making and posting these this morning. Last Thursday night, I was on the Duncan Hines website. I saw they were hosting a recipe challenge using their new "Frosting Creations Flavor Mix". I knew right away what I would make. But..I had a busy and enjoyable weekend planned with my family and church. So, I would not make the deadline for the contest. Well, this morning I went back to the Duncan Hines site..and there it was..someone had made Cotton Candy Treats. I thought, should I go ahead and make them and just not post them. (I had already told my grandkids I would be making them, and from their excitement I knew it was a good idea) But after seeing our recipes were different, I decided to post it. And..I must say, I like these! 
I used the Wal-mart Brand cereal & marshmallows.
 I bought 3 packets but ended up using only
 1 for this recipe.
 Melt 4 tablespoons butter on low heat.
 Add a 10 oz. bag of marshmallows..
 ...stirring to melt. When marshmallows are partially melted, stir in the flavor packet. When fully mixed, remove from heat.
 Stir in 6 cups Rice Krispies
 and 1 cup white chocolate chips.
 Press mixture in a pan prepared with non-stick spray. Mine was slightly larger than a 13x9 inch. It's easier if you also spray your hands with the non-stick spray as this stuff can get pretty sticky.
 I really enjoyed licking the bowl! I love warm Rice Krispie Treats and with the white chocolate chips, this was extra yummy!
 I am also dipping these. I used Ghirardelli White Chocolate and the remaining Hershey's chips.
 I also swirled the treats with the white chocolate & sprinkled them with blue sparking sugar.
Cotton Candy White Chocolate
 Rice Krispie Treats
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
4 tablespoons butter
1o ounce bag marshmallows
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 packet Duncan Hines Frosting Creations Cotton Candy flavor mix
Melt butter on low heat, stir in marshmallows. When partially melted, stir in flavor packet. Remove from heat. 
Mix in cereal & chocolate chips.
Press into pan prepared with non-stick spray. 
*i tinted my white chocolate with
 Wilton sky blue icing color*
Sweet & Happy Baking
Sugartown Sweets!
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Friday, April 27, 2012

Lifesavers Bubblegum & Tootsie Roll Pops!

Today we're crafting with Lifesavers..
First, we have these bubblegum & Tootsie Roll
filled lollipops.., it's Flower Pops~Tootsie Roll Filled!
 I bought this huge bag of Lifesavers
 @ Wal-mart for $6.98..not a lot for all the 
fun I can have with these!
So many sugary options with which to fill your pops & candies! Almost any chewy candy would work. Hmmm..need to find some caramels..
Here's the star of the show..Lifesavers!
 To make the gum filled pops, I tried the old timey wrapped bubble gum, but it was just a bit too hard to insert the lollipop sticks, so I used this Hubba Bubba much softer & easier. I'm using the  "Mystery" flavor.
 You will need lollipop sticks...
..and non-stick spray. You will also need a mold for your pops. I used my Wilton Brownie Pop (silicone) mold pan. I would have loved to use real lollipop molds..but, i don't own any and didn't want to wait to make these till I had some! 
..candy wheel..
 I melted 8 Lifesavers in each mold..I think next time I'll try 9 or 10.
 Melt @ 300 degrees for 20-22 minutes.
 Immediately press your candy tipped lollipop sticks into the melted Lifesavers. You can cover the pan with tin-foil making holes for the lollipop sticks. I did this with my first batch. I didn't with the second pan, I just straightened the sticks a couple of times as the candy gets thick fairly quickly. Cool for about 20 minutes. Then pressing from the bottom of the molds, they will pop right out. I'm Laughing Out Loud 
@ these silly looking pops. 
I grew up in the "Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down" generation & these certainly fit that bill..*giggle giggle*.
So now I'm making the familiar "funny flower"
shape with the fondant cutters.
Place the Lifesavers on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes @ 300 degrees.
Upon removing baking sheet from oven, immediately press cutters into candy.*edit. Prepare the cutters with non-stick spray.* Next, place candy center in one flower pressing gently. Let cool for 2-3 minutes..until just cool enough to handle.
 No pics of the orange at this stage so we'll use the purple candy pics. Pick up the candy piece, and pressing the cutter completely through, 
release the flower.
Place one flower face side down. Press the
 Tootsie Roll tipped stick onto the candy. Now just place the other flower with the candy center
 face side up (pressing gently) onto the Tootsie Roll!
Pretty little candy flowers. :o)
Now..just for fun, melt 6 Lifesavers on a
 parchment lined baking sheet for 10 minutes
 in a 300 degree oven.
 Upon removing pan from oven, place a Tootsie Roll in the center of candy. Let cool for a couple of minutes. Candy will still be pretty warm as you begin rolling the candy "jelly roll style" till it starts to release from the paper. Pinch the ends together to resemble paper wrapped hard candies. Use a very sharp knife to trim off the still warm ends. 
 Voila..i think it's kinda cute. :o)
All done! 
 Sweet & Happy Creating
Sugartown Sweets!
Thank You
 for stopping by my blog today!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bunny Lollipops!

It's a belated Easter Craft!
It's also kind of a long story..these Bunny Pops
came to me as I was melting so many Jolly Ranchers last month.( Initial inspiration came from a cute blog! I apologize I can not find it. I will keep searching and will edit this post when I do. It featured 3 melted peppermints on a stick!) **Edit. I found it! Click here!** So..i made a trip to the store to look for pink Starlight mints. (It was only later that I realized there is no pink in the pastel mix..but yellow & orange will work just fine.) Then I made another trip and another and so on. I knew the pastel mints were out there, I just couldn't find them. As I was searching on the internet, my hubby called me from work. I mentioned my dilemma to him (and trust me,it WAS a dilemma). I thought he would just go online and search like i was doing..but my sweetie left the shop (which is a rare thing) and went to several stores on the great candy hunt. 
No Luck! Then I did a google image search and found this link! My hubby ordered two 5lb bags.
Now everything is great. I'm thinking I'll get the candy by the weekend, and make a last minute Easter post. To make a long story a bit shorter, I missed some emails about my order and my Easter deadline as well. I ended up getting a phone call from the company and my shipment was finally on it's way. I received my candy yesterday..YAY! 
Bottom line: if you want to make these bunnies and can not find the pastel mints..I would recommend this company. They do have great customer service. :o) 
So now..let's get started!
We begin with these..the Famous Starlight mints!
Unwrap several of these as you will need 
16 for each pop. 
 I think these are pretty all on there own.
 These are the candies I used to decorate my pops. 
 Mini M&Ms, Sixlets & some Easter sprinkles.
 Equipment needed: baking sheet, lollipop sticks & parchment paper.
 Preheat oven to 275 degrees. 
Place your 16 unwrapped candies on your parchment  paper lined baking sheet.
Bake 8-10 minutes. Mine took 10.
Upon removing your pan from the oven, 
Insert stick into melted candy gently turning.
Immediately, place your candy decorations pressing gently. And there you have it! Sooo easy. :o)
Repeat with the orange candies. If you're having trouble with your decorations not sticking well enough, just dot with a little corn syrup. 
Now..wasn't that
I'm including a picture of the *prototype* I made a few weeks ago. The funny thing is, I like it!
When I first made it, I thought it looked too Christmassy with the red candy..
What do you think?
Wishing you all a 
Blessed Week.
Happy Creating 
Sugartown Sweets!
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