Posts Tagged ‘candy’

02/10/14

DIY // taffy drink stirrers + cupcake toppers

I bought some salt water taffy candies at the store over the weekend, and after eating a few, I realized they would be fun edible additions to party foods and drinks. So I put together a quick little Monday morning tutorial for making stacked taffy cupcake toppers and candy kabob drink stirrers.

They’re insanely easy and would be a good last minute solution for Valentine’s Day, birthday parties, etc.

DIY Candy Kabobs for Cupcakes

Here’s how to make your own…

You’ll only need three supplies: wood skewer sticks, salt water taffy candies, and scissors or wire cutters to cut the skewers down to size.

To Make: Unwrap candies and poke them through the wood skewer (through the pointed side). Keep pushing them down to add multiple candies in a row. Once done, cut the bottom end of the skewer to size (long for drink stirrers and pretty short for cupcakes). That’s it.

If you want to go the extra mile though, you can make your own homemade taffy beforehand. This recipe is my favorite.

yum! salt water taffy as DIY cupcake toppers

salt water taffy drink stirrers + cupcake toppers

And if you’re really in a hurry, you don’t even have to unwrap the candies. They look just as cute with the wrappers on. It really only works for the cupcake toppers though. Drink stirrers would probably look a little crazy with the wrapper on – unless it was just one candy on the end of the stick.

yummy little DIY cupcake toppers

DIY cupcake toppers and drink stirrers / made with salt water taffy

yum! salt water taffy cupcake toppers

DIY salt water taffy party edibles

Naturally, kids will love these, but they’re good for adults too…The drink stirrers would be perfect for party cocktails and guest could eat them like dessert when they’ve finished their drinks.

What do you think? Is this easy enough for you to try at home?

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

02/05/14

organic heart-shaped peppermint patties recipe for Valentine's Day

This contributor post was written by Amanda Toman.

These peppermint patties pack a Valentine’s Day punch in every heart shaped confection!  To me, peppermint patties are the perfect treat.  The chocolate coating is smooth and snaps a little when you take a bite.  The creamy peppermint center gives a nice cool blast that tingles and freshens the mouth.  And the two together?  Well, together the two are undeniably a good couple.

Like most things homemade, these are way better than your store-bought peppermint patties.  Although they taste eerily similar to your store-bought peppermint patties, these don’t contain anything funky like corn syrup or artificial flavors.  Plus, chances are high that you already have all the ingredients in your kitchen to easily whip up these homemade peppermint patties (even if they are not organic).  This recipe yields about 50 patties (if you don’t eat about 12 in the process of making them, like I did) so they are perfect for packing up into these DIY Mylar Heart Treat Bags .

organic peppermint patties for Valentine's Day

Organic Peppermint Patties

Yield: 50 Patties

  • 5 1/2 cups of organic powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of organic butter (room temperature)
  • 4 tablespoons organic cream
  • 4 tsp organic peppermint extract
  • 3 1/2 cups of organic semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons organic shortening

1: In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the powdered sugar, butter, peppermint extract, and cream. Slowly mix until the mixture comes together.  The mixture should feel like play-doh and shouldn’t be sticky.  If the mixture is sticky, add more powdered sugar, a few tablespoons at a time.

2: Place a sheet of parchment paper on your countertop, lightly dust with powdered sugar.

3:  Roll ¾″ balls of dough between the palms of the hands.

4:  Press each ball down slowly and flatten it out.  Take your heart shaped cookie cutter and punch out a small heart-shaped patty.  Repeat this step until you have used all of the peppermint dough.

5: Transfer the parchment paper and the hearts to the freezer to let them firm up (at least 45 minutes or even overnight).

6:  While the dough is chilling, melt the chocolate coating by placing all the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and melt in 30 second increments. Stir after every 30 seconds to avoid overheating.  When melted, add the shortening to the chocolate to thin it out.  Let cool a few minutes.

7: Remove the patties from the freezer (Note: the more frozen your patties are, the easier it will be to dip in the chocolate!).  Grab a fork and dip one patty at a time into the melted chocolate, making sure both sides of the patty are completely coated with chocolate.   Let the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl and then place the patty back on the parchment paper.  Repeat this step until all the patties have been dipped in chocolate.

8: Allow the peppermint patties to cool where they are for a few hours.  If you like your peppermint patties chilled,  you can transfer them to the fridge, or if you’re like me and like them frozen, feel free to transfer them to the freezer.

yum! heart shaped peppermint patties

peppermint patties for V-Day

Recipe // organic heart-shaped peppermint patties for Valentine's Day

organic peppermint patties recipe

Recipe and text Amanda Toman // Styling and photography Brittni Mehlhoff

Editor’s Note: When I was styling / photographing these little patties, I managed to sneak in a few bites and they are SERIOUSLY delicious. They’d make a great gift for V-Day. And beyond February 14th, just use a different cookie cutter shape and you can make them year round.

amanda-tomanAmanda Toman wrote this post. Amanda is a northern born girl that is southern raised and loves road trips, new recipes, books (well, teen fiction), all animals (especially her little grey kitty cat), crime scene television shows and scary films. You can follow her on Instagram @nannertoman and here on Twitter.

01/15/14

Valentine's Day Dessert Idea

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.

easiest dessert ever

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.

V-Day dessert idea

licorice candy + meringue cups

meringue cups with candy

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 piñata idea yesterday that I think is super clever. Which means it’s official, meringue and candy go hand in hand!