I feel like I need to start this post by saying, I am a sweets girl. A candy fiend. Maybe even a candy addict? I don't know. But the point is, I love sweets. Which explains the following...
When I think of Valentine's Day, the first thing that comes to mind (after the traditional colors or red and pink) is definitely candy/ sweet treats. I'm not big on traditional stuff for holidays, so I came up with an unconventional, but EXTREMELY easy, dessert for V-Day to help you celebrate. Whether you love V-Day or love to hate it, I think we can all agree that sugar is where it is at on this day. Right?
And honestly, you don't need to wait until Valentine's Day to make these little guys. Any day can be a candy cups dessert day. Heck, when we shot this project in December, I had planned to use it for New Year's Eve. Dropped the ball on that one! Didn't I? So it kind of works for any holiday, really.
So...to make the easiest Valentine's Day dessert ever, purchase little, edible meringue nests from a specialty store (I got mine from World Market). Or make 'em from scratch using a recipe like this one. Then stuff the nests with ice cream, tiny pieces of cake, custard, etc. And sprinkle a little fancy licorice candy (or some other candy if you don't like licorice) on top. Done. Ready to serve.
Or if you're crazy, like me, skip that middle step (who needs ice cream or cake) and pour candy directly into the edible cups and eat 'em straight, like a five year old. Please don't judge me.
Photography by Sarah Eddy / Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
P.S. Great minds like alike. Victoria from A Subtle Revelry just posted a meringue piÃ±ata idea yesterday that I think is super clever. Which means it's official, meringue and candy go hand in hand!