Friday, February 14, 2020

Marshmallows for Valentine's Day


It's going to be a sweet one!

My Valentine is taking me on a unique and fun dinner date! We'll leave out early this morning to drive up to North Carolina. We'll be dining in a restaurant that has been converted from a theater and reaches as far back as the 1920s! Although its theater days have long ago passed, diners today enjoy watching old black and white silent movies on the still hanging screen!

I. Can't. Wait. 

But before I go I want to share with you my homemade marshmallows that I've cut into sweet shapes with Valentine cookie cutters.

I mean, who wouldn't want LOVE letters for Valentine's Day?!
I purchased my cutters at Walmart.
My ingredients include, juice from a jar of maraschino cherries, light corn syrup, egg whites, vanilla and almond extract, granulated sugar, water, and unflavored gelatin.

The cherry is not very pronounced in the marshmallows but does add a nice flavor. If you don't care for cherry, just sub out water instead.
1.In a small bowl with the cherry juice, stir in the unflavored gelatin and set aside.

2. In a 4 quart saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup, salt, and water.

3. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Attach candy thermometer and continue cooking without stirring until temperature reaches soft ball stage. I cooked mine to 238 degrees.

4. Remove from heat and stir in gelatin mixture.
1. In a mixer with wire whisk attached, beat egg whites till stiff peaks form.

2. With mixer on low, slowly pour in hot candy mixture.

3. Turn mixer up to high speed and mix candy for 9 minutes.

4. Pour marshmallow mixture into a sheet pan prepared with non-stick spray.

 Let stand at room temp till set. About 4-5 hours.
With cookie cutters sprayed liberally with non-stick spray, cut out marshmallow shapes. Coat candies completely with powdered sugar.

Now you can share the L-O-V-E!

Cherry and Almond Flavored Marshmallows

2 tbsp plus 1/2 tsp unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold maraschino cherry juice

2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
2 large egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract

Sprinkle gelatin over a small bowl filled with the cold cherry juice. Stir and set aside.

Lightly spray baking sheet with non-stick spray and set aside. 

In a heavy bottomed 4 quart saucepan, stir together sugar, salt, corn syrup, and water. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved. Attach candy thermometer making sure it doesn't touch bottom of pan and continue cooking without stirring until candy reaches soft ball stage. Mine was ready at 238 degrees. Remove from heat, stir in gelatin mixture and set aside.

In mixer with whisk attachment, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. With mixer on low speed carefully pour in hot sugar mixture, turn mixer on high speed and mix for 9 minutes, adding flavorings about halfway through.

Pour marshmallow candy into prepared baking sheet. Let stand at room temp until set. (about 4-5 hours)

Now you can cut the marshmallows into shapes with your cookie cutters! Just spray each cutter liberally with non-stick spray, dab off excess and press through candy. Drop marshmallows into a bowl filled with powdered sugar to coat completely.

Thanks for stopping by!
'til we sweet again, Karen πŸ’— 

Monday, January 20, 2020

White Chocolate Dipped Snowman Potato Chips

Got Snow?


We don't but we want some! Which is why I decided to build my own snowmen. And since I'm still on a potato chip crafting kick, I created these cool little cuties!
Aww, that smile! He may be too cute to eat! 
To make the snowmen, I used white chocolate melting wafers, candy corn, black sugar pearls, and ruffled chips.
To make the carrot noses, I used the orange candy corn centers. I just rolled the cut piece between my fingers to form the carrot shape. They look so real!
Melt white chocolate, place on parchment paper and decorate with candy pieces. Attach potato chips together to form a snowman. these to your next get-together and watch them melt! The recipients not the snowmen! 

Thanks for stopping by!

'til we sweet again, Karen πŸ’—

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year 2020!

Wishing Everyone A Very Blessed, Happy, Healthy, & Prosperous New Year!

'til we sweet again, Karen πŸ’—

Monday, December 23, 2019

Chocolate Covered Reindeer Potato Chips!

Christmas Is Almost Here!

It's a magical time of year with the promise of hope, joy, and peace which began on that first Christmas day long ago with the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

My favorite Christmas tradition is having my firstborn grandson read the Christmas Story from the book of Luke. I'm so thankful to God for sending His Son to be the Saviour of the world. Jesus was born to die for our sins so that if we accept His gift of salvation, we can live with Him in heaven forever. 

What an amazing gift!

John 3:16 promises that all we need to do is believe to receive. He is waiting for you with open arms!

Another one of my favorite traditions is enjoying all the delicious holiday foods and treats. So here is a fun and simple one for you that is both salty and sweet! Yum!
To make my sweet little reindeer, I used Ghirardelli dipping chocolate, candy eyes, cherry Jelly Belly jelly beans, ruffled potato chips and these Wilton candy antlers.
Melt chocolate in microwave on 50% power in 30 second bursts stirring each time until candy is melted smooth. Dip chips and place on parchment paper.
Place all candy pieces onto dipped chips and let set till dry. (I snipped the jelly beans into halves for the noses.)
Just look at those adorable eyes! Are you melting?!
All this cuteness is just making me hungry!!

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas!

'til we sweet again, KarenπŸ’—

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Football Fudge Sticks

Are You Ready For Some Football..Fudge Sticks?

My sweetheart is watching a game right now and I predict there will be many more to come in the next few months. If your hubby is anything like mine he will be looking for those football game-time snacks and treats. If you need a cute one for your next game day get-together, here is a yummy, fun, and simple one you can put together in a few short minutes.
I used Keebler Fudge Sticks and vanilla frosting to make my footballs. I used a small round tip and filled the icing bag with the frosting.
Simply pipe lines as shown in photo.
And just like that, we have a touchdown...with no unnecessary roughness!🀭
 The fifty yard line is looking pretty sweet so I hope you enjoy your game and your treats!

Thanks for stopping by!
'til we sweet again, KarenπŸ’—

Monday, October 28, 2019

Yummy Mummy Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

Me and my mummified chocolate covered chips are over here celebrating 8 years of creating fun treats at Sugartown Sweets! 

10.31.2011 marks our official birthday!! 😊

Come on in and join us!
We'll have a yummy ol' time!
To create our mummies, we'll need the following:
Ruffles chips, 2 1/5  cups white chocolate wafers  (about 12-13 oz), candy eyes, purple icing color, and bug sprinkles.
 This will make approximately 20 to 25 chips.
Melt 1 1/2 cups white chocolate wafers over very low heat. Remove from and stir in a good sized dollop of purple color mixing well.
Dip chips to coat completely in chocolate.
Place candy eyes on your sweet new friends! 
 Melt 1 cup white chocolate wafers and use a spoon to drizzle on chips. Next place bug sprinkles and let sit till candy hardens.
 Aren't they adorable?!

Salty and sweet always gets my vote!
Hope you enjoyed today's post and I really do appreciate you stopping by!

It's been 8 fun years and I'm excited to share some new sweet treats with you for the upcoming Thanksgiving & Christmas holiday season!

'til we sweet again, KarenπŸ’—

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’—