Archive for April, 2012

Mike and Ike: OVER!

“They” say only 50% of marriages actually work out, but who knew this extended to candy pairings, too?! It seems that our dear Mike & Ike just won’t be celebrating their 73rd anniversary as our favorite chewy fruity candies – they’ve SPLIT UP!

After 72 years of sharing the outside of that fun green box, the New York Times reports that Mike & Ike have gone their separate ways, and all new boxes will have either “Mike” or “Ike” scratched out on the front. The company, Just Born, is promoting the break-up primarily through social media, where you can get a whiff of Mike & Ike’s now-individual sparkling personalities on their Facebook Page, and even Submit Your Reaction on their Tumblr for a chance to win some pretty awesome prizes.

Check out the Mike and Ike Tumblr!

The million dollar question is – who are these two, now that they’re not together anymore?! I got the fruity scoop, of course!

Mike: Mike is our resident rock star. He likes to listen to his music loud, and play it even louder. You know, like one of the spiked hair, black jean wearing kind of dudes that you see pouring out of the rock clubs? You’ll probs catch him at some rock fests this summer screaming out some lyrics, and if you’re lucky, maybe he’ll throw a guitar pick your way. A girl can dream, after all!

Ike: Ike’s feeling a whole lot freer these days without Mike blasting his rock music all day every day, and he’s expressing it by focusing on art. He’s into all things art hip (yeah, skinny jeans and coffee shops), likes attending indie and art house film premiers, and has a flair for color and design. A delicious cutie like this, plus he has a brain?! Oh, perfection exists.

So who’s my favorite? That’s for me to know, and my tastebuds to find out! I’m still reeling from hearing news of the break-up, but hey, maybe time will heal all wounds. In the meantime, who says a single gal like me can’t try both?

Tell us who holds the key to your tastebuds – Mike or Ike?

The Sweetest Event All Year: The 2012 Sweets & Snacks Expo

So you can probably guess the annual National Confectioners Association’s Sweets & Snacks Expo is just about the most radical event that can happen to this chiclet all year long. It’s 3 days of tons of new candy and snack exhibitors and tasty new releases…not to mention lotsa candy sampling!

Here’s just a taste of what you can expect:

  • The Exhibitors: Quick, name your favorite candies. You probably rattled off a list of about five, right? Wellll now image being in the midst of 550, yes five-hundred-and-fifty, candy and snack exhibitors. All wanting you to taste their wares. Oh me oh my!
  • The Attendees: I’m a talker, so you can bet chatting up fellow candy-loving attendees about sweets for three days is pretty much a dream come true, except it’s totally reality!!
  • The Venue: I’m a sunshine and waves girl to the max, but I’d never pass up a trip to the windy city! This year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo is based in Chicago, so I’ll be packing a scarf to protect that blonde coif of mine!

It’s going to be a gnarly three days! I’ve got my trusty gummy bear countdown going on, where I set aside one gummy bear for each day till the show. This is the one and only time where I can say I can’t wait till I have no gummies left!

Leftover Easter Candy? As If! Turn It Into An Easter Candy Trifle

I know, it’s hard to believe that a candy lover like me can actually have leftover Easter candy. But it’s true – as much as I love the hard stuff (chocolate, that is), I eat it in moderation. Well, often, but in moderation each time. Plus, isn’t it a bonus if you can turn candy into one awesome dessert? My Aunt Linda turned me on to dessert “trifles” a few years ago, where you layer a glass trifle bowl with cake, pudding, chocolate (or yogurt, cherries, blueberries, etc for the health conscious among us) – whatever deliciousness your heart desires!

Like this, but way better. Use whatever candy is on-hand!

 

Easter Candy Trifle

Ingredients:

  • Glass trifle bowl
  • White cake – Make a box in advance
  • Caramel pudding – Or substitute your favorite kind!
  • Whipped cream
  • Jelly beans
  • Peeps
  • Easter M&Ms
  • Cadbury Eggs – The mini kind are perfect, if you have them!
  • Reeses Eggs

Directions:

  1. You’ve got to get yourself a glass trifle bowl first. They’re only about $10 for a mega one at your local big box store. If you’re whipping this up just-for-one, a parfait glass will certainly do!
  2. Each layer in the trifle bowl should be about one inch thick. For your first layer, carefully line the bottom of the trifle bowl with a layer of white cake.
  3. Spread caramel pudding over the white cake, as your second layer. Remember to make it about one inch thick!
  4. Marshmallow Peeps make for a sugary third layer, and their bright colors really add a fun punch to your Easter candy trifle.
  5. Add a layer of whipped cream over the Marshmallow Peeps.
  6. Cadbury Eggs vs. Reeses Eggs? They’ve called a truce, with your next layer being a blend of both types of Easter chocolate eggs.
  7. If you’re using a trifle bowl, repeat, starting with the white cake. If you’re using a small parfait glass, move on to step 8!
  8. As the very last layer of your Easter candy trifle, spread whipped cream over the top of your trifle. Dot in jelly beans and Easter M&Ms, grab a big spoon, and dive in! Or serve to all the hungry faces that are sure to be around you 🙂

There’s no such thing as leftover Easter candy – it’s simply Easter candy that is ready to be transformed into an even more amazing form! It’s about time for me to dive into this trifle, so I hope you have a Happy Easter! Have another leftover Easter candy recipe? Share it with our readers by leaving a comment!