Archive for October, 2012

With Candy Corn Bark, Guests Will Be Begging for a Doggie Bag!

Photo courtesy of MEREDITHRAE24, http://allrecipes.com/recipe/candy-corn-bark/

Though I’m not always the biggest fan of a mint and chocolate marriage in my sweets, I am positively unable to resist peppermint bark. When Christmas time comes ‘round, you’re sure to see me approaching the register with peppermint bark in my anxious hands more than once. As for how quickly it finds its way to my mouth? That depends on how far away I’ve parked. For once the doors are securely locked (never sit in an unlocked car, friends!), I tear open that package like I’ve walked across a desert and there’s water inside.

But that’s enough about Christmas candy. Christmas will be here soon enough, and Halloween certainly has more than its fair share of treats to focus on! And heading up the throne is none other than awesomely affordable, sweeter-than-sweet candy corn. I know some people don’t understand its appeal, but I’m among its loyal army of devoted fans. That said, even I usually have lots leftover at the end of the season, likely because it’s so cheap that I can’t resist buying way more than any human being could ever eat and hope to sleep again. But this year I’ll know what to do with all that extra candy corn, because I was proactive and made a stop at one of my favorite web sites, AllRecipes.com.

With just a little looking around at the wonderful candy recipes they have to offer, I came across a most tempting recipe for Candy Corn Bark. Yep – like peppermint bark, but with candy corn! Genius. Just genius.

The recipe quotes a 10 minute prep time and 10 minute cook time, with the Candy Corn Bark being totally ready in just 50 minutes. This sounds like a perfect treat to make for Halloween parties, or to take along as your contribution to the festivities if you won’t be hosting your own this year. The ingredients list is short and affordable, and I’ll be shortening it further still by kicking the raisins to the curb. Sorry, raisins. But you know where I stand!

What do you think of this cool, Halloween candy recipe? Do you think I’m ‘barking’ up the right tree with this one?

Live in NYC, or Planning a Visit? Good Luck on Hailing the Candy Cab!

Image courtesy of NYULocal.com

I’m warning you before you read any further: I came across an article today that made me cry. And I’m going to write about what I read in that article. Because what I read was a story about an awesome man who drives a cab in New York City – an awesome man who loves to make people happy and has a knack for doing it often – an awesome man who suffered a devastating loss that has not broken his spirit, rather left him an even more giving awesome man. It’s not the awesomeness that made me cry, of course. It’s that devastating loss. So if you can’t handle that part of the story, I understand.

If you’re still reading, the article I’m referencing is, This Cabbie Is Giving Out Free Candy. Will You Take It?  And to answer the folks at NYULocal.com, I would absolutely take it! I would take it and eat it and if the cabbie would let me, I’d hug him and thank him and hug him again. And then I’d eat another piece. That’s how I roll.

So why exactly is this man, Monsoor Khalid, offering free candy to all who enter his cab, keeping his back window stockpiled with all manner of spectacular treats? He’s doing this because he “was inspired to dish out the sweets after his two-year-old son passed away from heart disease. When Khalid’s son was in the hospital, he would bring the overnight nurses coffee and desserts, and saw how happy it made them.” I know – it’s one of the most heartbreaking, heartwarming sentences I’ve ever read, too. This man should teach classes on how to be an amazing person and find a joyful mission in one of the darkest places one could ever be. I think it’s wonderful that he’s offering candy to strangers, bringing smiles and enjoying some smiles of his own in reaction to theirs. But I think it’s even more wonderful that he’s giving his passengers something way sweeter than candy – a warm gesture, an unexpected surprise, a reminder that sometimes you find something worth savoring in the least expected places.

Are Those Bubblegum Eyeballs My Own Eyeballs See? They Are!

Image courtesy of CandyWarehouse.com

My love of bubblegum eyeballs is one of the many things about me that just doesn’t make sense. I mean – it kind of makes sense. I love Halloween and I love bubblegum, but the idea of chewing on eyes – even obviously fake, sugary eyes – is unsettling for sure.

I have what some might call ‘a thing about eyes.’ I love horror movies, whether they’re slightly cheesy 80s flicks about prom queens and cheerleaders meeting an untimely end, or Romero classics that leave me nightmaring about zombies for weeks. (Is nightmaring a word? I think I just made it one.) But for all the gruesome, terrifying, turn-around-the-killer-is-right-behind-you movies that I watch, the blanket comes up over my head if I even think there’s a possibility something bad is going to happen to someone’s eyes. It makes my stomach hurt, my mind hurt, my eyes hurt! I can’t un-see it, so I don’t look just in case. But bubblegum eyes? Yeah, I chew those bad boys like there’s no tomorrow. I just don’t look before I pop one in my mouth!

I’ve seen people do very clever Halloween-y things with bubblegum eyes, from floating them in Jello to simply setting them on top of cupcakes that stare back at you. Me? I chew ‘em up just like they are and love every minute of it! As long as I don’t think too much about what they look like. That would leave me nightmaring for weeks. (I used it again!)

Do you love bubblegum eyes, too? Here’s some places worth taking a peek…

Rain-Blo Bubblegum Eyes – 100 count – $8.79 – Blair Candy.com
Spooky Eyes Bubblegum Eyes – 100 count – $10.99 – Amazon.com
Eyes of Terror Bubblegum Eyes – 100 count – $10.00 – CandyWarehouse.com
Rain-Blo Bubblegum Eyes – 100 count – $12.99 – CandyCrate.com