Archive for May, 2012

Cotton Candy Lollipops, On A Cupcake. Oh, Could Life Get Any Better?!

I was taking a gander at my recent blog posts, and a sour thought crossed my mind – I haven’t posted any cotton candy-themed cupcake recipes in quite some time. Well, we’ve got to change that! One of my favorite bloggers, Love From The Oven, posted a really unique Cotton Candy Cupcakes recipe, inspired by American Cupcake. I’m all about the recipe that Christi from Love From The Oven posted, but I just had to add my own candy fixins’ to it!

Cotton Candy Cupcakes, Inspired by Love From The Oven, with a Candy Chatter Twist

Makes approx 20 cupcakes

I topped mine w/ multicolored Sixlets, but I love the lovely look of these from LoveFromTheOven, too!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of white cake mix (and all the ingredients listed on the box)
  • Buttercream frosting (store-bought is perfectly fine, in a pinch!)
  • Blue food coloring for the frosting (I prefer a soft “Tiffany’s blue”)
  • Pink food coloring for the white cake mix
  • Cotton candy flavoring, to add to the white cake mix and the frosting
  • Cotton Candy and Lollipop Sticks (Where oh where do I find cotton candy? Easy! Get Charms Fluffy Stuff Cotton Candy – hint: it’s $1.25/bag at BlairCandy.com and $19.25/per 12 bags ($1.60/bag) at Candy.com.
  • Plastic wrap
  • Bright pink ribbon
  • Assorted Colors Mini Chocolate Balls (Sixlets)

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven according to the directions on the white cake mix.
  2. Whip up the white cake mix batter according to the directions, and add a few drops of the pink food coloring into the batter, along with a few drops of the cotton candy flavoring.
  3. Bake the white cake mix according to the directions.
  4. While it’s baking, prepare the cotton candy lollipops. Simply pull apart the cotton candy and roll into a “lollipop” top shape, and place on a small piece of plastic wrap. Place a lollipop stick into the middle of the cotton candy.
  5. Wrap the plastic wrap around the cotton candy and lollipop stick.
  6. Secure the plastic wrap by tying the bright pink ribbon around the lollipop stick.
  7. Whip up the frosting! Put a few drops of the blue food coloring and cotton candy flavoring into the buttercream frosting.
  8. Once the cupcakes are finished baking and are completely cool, spread the frosting on them. Dot the frosting with the multicolored Sixlets, and gently press a cotton candy lollipop stick in each.
  9. Eat up this heavenly treat!

Stay Thirsty, My Candy-Loving Friends

I’ve got to admit that I kind of have a crush on Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man In The World. He’s confident, clever, and chivalrous to boot. I’ve always wondered what the Most Interesting Woman In The World would drink, and well, she’s got to be both sweet and have a kick, right? I think she’d be a natural in a martini lounge with one manicured hand holding a sleek martini glass, and the Most Interesting Man In The World would have nothing up on her! Here’s my “Most Interesting Woman In The World” drinks, that just so happen to have a sugarlicious twist. With a kick and meant to be enjoyed responsibly by those over 21, of course.

Blow Pop Martini, from Taste-For-Adventure. Tablespoon.com

Makes 12 five ounce martinis

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed and strained
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1 ½ cups bubble-gum vodka
  • 4 tbsp sour apple, sour watermelon, or berry blue sour liqueur
  • 12 Blow Pops lollipops, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Blend all of the liquid ingredients in a large pitcher, stirring well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Pour into the martini glasses, and garnish each glass with a Blow Pop lollipop!

Cotton Candy Martini, from MikeFuller.Hugpages.com

Makes 1 martini

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz cotton candy vodka
  • .5 oz X Rated Fusion Liqueur
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • About a handful of cotton candy
  • Sugar to rim the glass

Directions:

  1. Add ice, the cotton candy vodka, X-rated vodka, and cranberry juice to a martini shaker. Shake until well mixed.
  2. Rim your martini glass with sugar.
  3. Take a handful of cotton candy and placed it in the martini glass. Carefully pour the contents of your martini shaker over the cotton candy. The cotton candy will disappear, but have no fear – it’s now infused into the drink!

Watermelon Jolly Rancher Martini, from Cocktails.LoveToKnow.com

Makes 1 martini

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. melon liqueur
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 3 oz. cranberry juice
  • Jolly Rancher candy

Directions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients into a martini shaker filled with ice, and shake until cold.
  2. Place a Jolly Rancher candy into the martini glass, and pour the contents of the martini shaker over it.

Skittles Martini, from PopArtDiva.com

Makes 1 martini

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. First, rim your glass with the rainbow colored sprinkles.
  2. Chill in the freezer.
  3. Pour the Skittles-infused vodka and the ginger ale into your martini shaker and stir until chilled.
  4. Pour into your martini glass, and enjoy!

What kind of candy-themed martini creations do you think The Most Interesting Woman In The World would sip on?

Score a Homerun At Your Concession Candy Stand

Concession Stand CandyWhether you’ve donned a pinstriped baseball uniform yourself or cheered your favorite hitter on from the sidelines, chances are you’ve witnessed a little league game or school sports game and have been within reach of the beautiful thing called a concession candy stand. Filled with delicious novelties like Ring Pops and Pixy Stix, they’re perfect for the sugar fiends among us who either need a break from watching the game or some pep in their step for running around those bases.

Yet, not every concession stand lacks that sweet spark that I so wonderfully experienced as a child (hmm, I wonder where my sweet tooth started). It’s C.C. to the rescue – here’s my tips for livening up your candy stand, based on that keen sweet tooth of mine!

Pump up the volume! I know that girls just wanna have fun, but so do sports players and their fans! Major sports games have the loudspeakers cranked up full blast, so do the same at your concession candy stand (within reason – don’t upset the neighbors!). Have fun back there in the stand – laugh and joke with each other. The more approachable you are, the more people will approach and buy from you!

Get out there and advertise. You might be surprised to know that lil ol’ candy chattin’ me has some business sense in her! Just as small businesses fail if they don’t do marketing, same goes for your candy stand. Try to make your candy stand as colorful as possible with bright flyers highlighting certain candies and goodies and their prices, and even have a “mobile candy stand” walking around (a few trusted parents or school members) selling candy!

Candy is dandy, but cupcakes are…divine. We both know cupcakes are all the rage these days, so along with having the usual candy stand suspects like Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish, bake some sports-themed cupcakes. Funfetti is always a win with both kids and parents, and decorate the top of them as if they were a baseball. I bet they’ll sell like the cuphotcakes!

But have the usual concession candy, too. It’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, but hear me out – sure, you need to have candy alternatives, but make sure you have all the concession candy faves, too! Here’s my list:

  • Ring Pops
  • Pixy Stix
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Swedish Fish
  • Now and Later Taffy
  • Gummy Bears
  • Gummy Peach Rings
  • Gummy Hot Dogs and ‘Burgs
  • Tootsie Pops
  • Tootsie Frooties

Okay, now I’ve gots to her from you – how would you take a concession candy stand from so-so to totes fab?