Archive for January, 2012

Candy Dreams and Shopping Sweeps

Remember that old game show Supermarket Sweep, where contestants were given a specific amount of time to race through a supermarket (with no shoppers, of course) filling cart after cart with as many items as they could grab, but no more than 5 of each? I loved that show more than I can ever possibly express. And it’s exactly what I would dream of doing in several of my favorite stores, with Target nearing the top of the list.

Image courtesy of SFGate.com

Well, for as much as I already loved Target, after reading a sweet little article I’m about to love it more. SFGate.com reports – Pop-up shops at Target sweet deal for Candy Store. The article focuses on a San Francisco duo whose Vallejo Street the Candy Store has been chosen as “one of five specialty stores selected to be part of the Minneapolis chain’s Shops at Target program, debuting in May.” For six sweet weeks, their candies will be included at “temporary stores-within-Target-stores and online at Target.com.” In other words, Yay!!! I can shop at another store – a candy store, at that – without ever even leaving my beloved Target? That’s Inception-style dream-within-a-dream business right there!

Swooning Over Satellite Wafers

You’ll probably hear me say something is my favorite candy more than once, and you may get to thinking, “How can this be her favorite candy when something totally different was her favorite candy last week?!” But before you go thinking I’m a big ol’ liar, let me explain…I can’t pick one favorite. I really, simply, super duper can’t. I can pick candies I like and candies I love, and I can put together a list of favorites, but to decide on one is betraying some part of me every time. That said, satellite wafers are my favorite candy. For reals. And yes, I just said I can’t pick a favorite, but at this moment in time – the only moment that can reallllly matter – satellite wafers have top billing. And this isn’t their first time with the blue ribbon, oh no! Even if I change my mind tomorrow, satellite wafers are still among the Top 5 of all time, and they always will be.

Satellite Wafers, courtesy of Amazon.com

Speaking of satellite wafers, when I was a sassy little lassy we called them flying saucers. Did you call them flying saucers, too? Sometimes I still do, just to mix things up a bit. Just like some people have a dozen different ways to eat a Reese’s, I have at least as many ways to eat satellite wafers. Sometimes I let them dissolve on my tongue, sometimes I tear off a bit of the top and eat the beads first, sometimes I shake them like tiny maracas and crack myself right up! But no matter how I eat them, I eat them in scarily large quantities. I don’t even try to stop myself – I’m not about to get in my way! If you love satellite wafers as much as I do – or really even like, 34% as much as I do – here’s some good places to score them at a sweet price.

  • At a candy store that charges by weight. Most candy stores are smart enough to exclude satellite wafers from the bulk ‘by weight’ lineup, but at some stores they slip through the candy cracks. If you find one of these stores, STOCK UP! Sure, the cashier will give you the side eye for cheating the system, but that is none of your concern. Satellite wafers weigh almost nothing, so you can walk away with a huge bag (box, carload, trailer?) for a tiny bit of cash!
  • Like the kind with the sour powder? I’m more of a nonpareil girl myself, but ORyans.com has the sour saucers in a 240-count box for $14.49. The nonpareil (candy beads) are 50 cents more.
  • BlairCandy.com has the candy balls and the sour powder Satellite Wafers for $15.60, and a bunch of other nummy nostalgic candy you might wanna take a peek at.
  • Amazon.com has an awesome deal on (2) 240-count boxes of Satellite Wafers right now – $26.31, and it ships free with Super Saver Shipping. That’s 480 satellite wafers for those of you that are counting. Four. Hundred. Eighty.

Tootsie Frooties 360 Ct Bag

Tootsie Frooties

Image from Tootsie.com.

Every great candy comes with a great story, and I totes LOVE the story behind how Tootsie Rolls got their name – from their creator (Leo Hirschfeld)’s daughter, who just so happened to be nicknamed Tootsie!

Tootsie Rolls have gotten quite the makeover throughout the years, and I have to admit I like them best with a little “frootie” flavor in them. The 360 count bag is my personal favorite – I’d love to say I can have one for almost each of the 365 days of the year, but they prob won’t last me more than a month, so I’m always on the lookout for mouthwatering prices on Tootsie Frooties.

Check out the fruits of my Frooties research:

I’ve got my peepers pried open as I scout around online for even cheaper Tootsie Frooties, and I hope you’ll leave me a comment if you land on some! Strawberry Lemonade’s my fav, btw 😉

Raspberry Cupcakes With Pink Buttercream Icing – And Chocolates Hearts!

I'm swooning over pink buttercream icing! It's so delish for vanilla cupcakes, too!

Martha and I don’t exactly mesh when it comes to our fashion sense, but oh, does Ms. Stewart whip up some delicious yummies. February 14th is just around the corner, so I’m doing my take on Martha Stewart’s Raspberry Cupcakes with Pink Buttercream Icing today, with a little twist on top from your favorite candy girl 😉

Makes 24 cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups cake flour (but not the self-rising kind!)
  • 2 ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ¼ cups whole milk (who needs the fat-free kind!)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 sticks, plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 ¼ cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 six-ounce containers of raspberries – 1 container of pureed raspberries, and 1 container of coarsely chopped raspberries
  • Light red gel-based food coloring
  • Pink Buttercream
  • Toppings – chocolate hearts, conversation hearts, chocolate lips – whatever floats your toppings boat!

Prep:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, and line two dozen muffin pans with muffin cups – Valentine’s Day themed, of course!
  2. Whisk the flours, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl. In another small bowl, mix the milk and vanilla.
  3. Use your mixer on medium-speed to beat the butter for 3 minutes. Add the sugar, and beat until pale and fluffy – about 3 more minutes. Then, beat in eggs, one at a time.
  4. Lower your mixer’s speed to low, and add the flour mixture in, along with the milk mixture. Fold in the raspberries, and a little drop of the food coloring.
  5. Pour the batter into the muffin cups so each cup is ¾ full. Bake about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes.
  6. Once cool, gently ice the cupcakes, and add the lovely toppings of your choosing to each cupcake! I like to mix up the toppings from cupcake to cupcake, particularly if I’m bringing the cupcakes to work or an outing with friends – variety is the spice of life, after all!

Now if that wasn’t totes fun, I don’t know what is! You’re bound to have some chocolate heart toppings left over, and after all that baking, I think you deserve a treat – enjoy!

Conversation Hearts Crispy Rice Treats

Conversation Hearts Crispy Rice Treats

Top your crispy rice treats with whichever toppings you love!

Valentine’s Day is a hop, skip, and a heartbeat away, and I couldn’t be more excited! To me, there’s no better way to look at life than through rose-colored glasses. I have so much love in my life, so you can bet my valentine gifts list is pretty long! I always whip up a candylicious treat for all my lovelies, and this year, it’s Conversation Hearts Crispy Rice Treats!

Ingredients:

  • 6-7 extra large marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups of crispy rice cereal
  • ½ cup conversation hearts, chopped up (I know its painful!) + a few additional conversation hearts for the top of each treat

Prep:

  1. Take out a 9×9 pan, and line it with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with cooking spray.
  2. Add the marshmallows and butter in a large microwave safe bowl, and melt them in the microwave for 30 second increments. Keep microwaving until they liquefy (it looks a little gross, but stick with me here!).
  3. Pour the crispy rice cereal and chopped conversation hearts into the mixture and blend until they are evenly mixed.
  4. Scrape the mixture into the 9×9 pan and spread evenly in the pan. Keep it at room temperature and allow to cool.
  5. Once it’s cool, cut into small squares, and place a whole conversation heart on the top of each treat. I like to put them in Valentine’s Day-themed candy bags, tie with a pretty ribbon, and hand them out on Valentine’s Day.

Email me a photo of your finished conversation heart treats at candy@candychatter.com – I’d totally love to see it! Wishing you a fab Valentine’s Day – and remember, there’s tons of reasons to have love on Valentine’s Day – xoxo!