Posts Tagged ‘candy’
I'm still on a sweets kick (shocker), so I put together something a little different for this week's food post. Instead of a recipe, I rounded up my top 4 favorite candies from Trader Joe's for fall. Because if you're only going to try a few candy options this season (gasp!), they might as well be the best, right?
Side note... If somehow your favorite didn't end up on the list, feel free to let me know in the comments below. There are some honorable mentions at the end too. So, let's do this!
1. Dark chocolate peanut butter salted caramel truffles. Not only do they come in that fun copper packaging (image at the top of this post), they are the most delicious truffles I've EVER had. For real! It's the caramel and peanut butter combo, for sure.
2. Dark chocolate peanut butter cups. These were an office favorite, so they made the list. I'm more of a milk chocolate person to be honest (which they also make), but dark chocolate was the crowd favorite.
3. Fleur de sel caramels. These are SO good! Probably my absolute favorite from this whole list. So, if you like caramels, be sure to pick up a box of these!
4. Dark chocolate covered marshmallows. Probably no need to elaborate here. Yum!
Photography by Rachel Brewer
Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
P.S. I also really like the vanilla meringues (try this idea for DIY watercolor meringues if you want to take these into DIYland) and kettle cooked fruit jellies. Neither felt especially fall0sh though, so I didn't include any photos for those guys.
Have you tried any of these sweet treats at TJs? Which snacks are your favorite? I'm so curious to know!
We had a whole bunch of leftover Halloween candy sitting around the studio last week, so I figured I might as well make some kitchen sink Halloween bark to pass the time. And wanted to share it with you too, just in case you need another reason to eat candy this time or year.
This would be a good one to bookmark for after Halloween actually hits and you have a pillowcase full of candy (or a plastic pumpkin container, depending on how you do things) to get rid of. The basic gist involves just kind of tossing all your Halloween candy into melted chocolate (or almond bark, if you prefer), but I did come up with two variations for an actually 'recipe' if you're curious to know what I thought tasted the best. Hint: They both involve tossing some pretzels into the mix...
Ingredients for Bark #1:
- 3 to 5 large handfuls of candy corn
- 5 large handfuls of pretzels, that are then crushed into smaller pieces
- 1 12-16 oz bag of chocolate chips or almond bark (I went with vanilla)
This is a bark I could eat year round (or at least through the rest of fall). If you like candy corn, which I realize isn't for everyone, you'd love this. And the pretzels add a really nice salty crunch. Highly recommend it.
Ingredients for Bark #2 (this is more in the kitchen sink realm):
- 3 to 5 candy corn
- 4 to 5 handfuls of crushed up pretzels
- 5 to 7 gummy Halloween 'teeth'
- 1 large handful of banana runts
- purple sugar sprinkles
- 1 12-16 oz bag of chocolate chips or 1 lb of vanilla almond bark (that's what I went with)
This was a pretty good combo too, even though it sounds really weird. The odd parts of this mix (gummy teeth and banana runts) actually worked pretty well to provide a little bit of a different taste and consistency overall.
If you're making one of these barks BEFORE Halloween, this one is definitely far more festive and fun.
Alright, so now that you have the ingredients list, how do you make these things?
It's super easy! Just melt the chocolate or almond bark in the microwave (30 second intervals until completely melted, stirring in between each interval). Then mix in 1/2 to 3/4 of the other ingredients and stir into the melted chocolate. Pour onto alined baking sheet (or in my case, a large paper plate to make it even easier). Wait for the chocolate or almond bark to completely harden. Break up into pieces and enjoy. That's it!
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
So, those are the two options, if I could only choose 1, the bark with the fewer ingredients is my fave. But they're both really good. And option #2 is much more Halloween-y if you're throwing a party between now and then.
Think you'll give one of these barks a try? What else would you throw into these bark recipes? Any other candy favorites you'd add in?
Somewhere around the time that I turned 10 years old, I started playing tennis. And it was really fun. It took me a year or so to get the hang of it, but once I did I really got into it for a while (even did a couple of tennis camps). Which probably makes me sound like one of those country club kids, but I promise I was far from it. Tennis was just a sport that I understood, and was actually decent at. Unlike nearly every other sport I had attempted.
So, I played off and on throughout my childhood and a tiny bit into college (not on a college team, just for fun) and then, at some point, I just kind of stopped. I don't really remember why, to be honest. I just did.
And every so often now, someone will mention that they play and I think about getting back into it. But nothing has really pushed me over the edge into actually doing it again. Though today's project might (ironically) be the thing that gets me back into it because it involves candy...chocolate tennis racket shaped candy to be exact!
Before I go any further, I'll just say that I realize that I may be booking myself a one way ticket to crazy town, with this DIY. But I don't care because I love it. AND there has definitely been a tennis inspired trend happening as of late. So...
- tennis racket chocolate mold (exact one I used is on Amazon)
- almond bark or white chocolate chips (I used Candiquik)
- popsicle stick or spoon to stir
- gel food coloring
- (optional) tennis ball gumballs for good measure (they're from Amazon too)
1. Break up the chocolate or almond bark, then microwave on high for 30 second intervals, stirring in between intervals until completely melted. Should only take 60-90 seconds if using Candiquik.
2. Next add gel food coloring (I went with purple because it creates a nice pastel lilac color). Just continue adding a little at a time and stirring until you reach the desired color.
3. Pour into molds and tap the mold on the counter to level out the chocolate and get rid of air bubbles.
4. Wait for the chocolate to completely harden. I would say a couple of hours just to be on the safe side. Then pop them out of the molds (carefully so they don't break). Done!
This would be fun for a themed party or even for Halloween (they're not spooky but it is candy, so it counts in my book).
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Think you'll take a bite out of these guys? If nothing else, you've got to try that tennis ball gum. Yum!