Archive for November, 2012

Your Guests Will Gobble, Gobble Up These Turkey Truffles!

Image: (c) 2010 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

While I may always be rushing to the store the last day a coupon is good, waiting for the dryer to finish so I don’t have to go to work without pants, and entering online contests in the last few minutes they run, when it comes to researching holiday treat ideas, I’m never running late! When it comes to actually making them I may cut it close, but I love browsing around looking for the cutest, most colorful, candy-packed recipes I can find. And I love eating them, too!

I may have mentioned last month that I’m a candy corn aficionado. It’s not my most favorite candy ever, but I sure do enjoy it just fine! However, as I also may have mentioned last month, I buy too much of it every year. Even when the season begins, it’s an awesomely cheap treat. And once Halloween is over and it goes on sale, it’s practically free! So yeah – I overbuy. But not one to waste sugary goodness, every year I look for a fun Thanksgiving dessert that incorporates candy corn into the recipe. This year I think that recipe I’ll be whipping up is these Candy Turkeys. Don’t they look gobble-gobble-good?!

This is a more adventurous endeavor than some other desserts I’ve made, but I’m excited to try some new things. I’m also excited to know that I can hide any mistakes I make by eating the evidence! What desserts are on your Thanksgiving agenda? Please share in the comments! 🙂

Have You Heard of the Great Halloween Candy Buyback?

The idea that a dentist would take away my Halloween candy is the stuff childhood nightmares were made of. However, if I got cash or prizes for that candy, and it helped soldiers overseas share in my Halloween bounty? Yeah, that might have loosened my grip on the bag at least a little. And that is the premise exactly of Halloween Candy Buyback – a program that allows dentists to participate in ‘buying back’ candy from Trick-or-Treaters and sending the stash of sweets to OPERATION GRATITUDE/ CA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD for shipment to soldiers. How amazing is it that kids can share in their haul with those who can’t be home to celebrate Halloween? So amazing!

I love everything about this program, and think it would be especially fulfilling for a child to know they’re bringing joy to a soldier. It’s easy to forget that as kids we rarely had any money at all. Programs like this allow kids to give a wonderful gift without needing cash – to share something that’s possibly even more valuable!

The Halloween Candy Buyback web site makes it easy to search for participating dentists in your area. And if you don’t find one, why not call around? Chances are good that many dentists would love to participate but simply aren’t aware of the program! Even if you aren’t a dentist you can organize a candy collection. Consider banding together with neighbors, a book group, a Church group or coworkers. Just remember not to eat the candy you collect, no matter how much you ‘paid’ for it! 🙂

Tootsie Pops Miniatures: The Perfect Little Licks!

Image courtesy of DollarGeneral.com

While I admit that part of my appreciation for Tootsie Pops Miniatures stems from the fact that I’m almost always drawn to versions of things that are Mini or Jumbo, what I really love is that they make my teeth happy! I’m one of those people that simply can’t resist biting a Tootsie Pop before it’s time to. As much as I love the sweet candy shell, my brain goes into chocolate-center-seeking overdrive and chomps on down just a minute or two in. My teeth try to yell back, “It’s too soon!” But my brain? My brain isn’t listening. My brain is too busy enjoying chocolate.

I’ve been lucky so far that my teeth haven’t suffered from this premature chomping, but Tootsie Pops Miniatures definitely help me stretch my luck. Even though my brain still wants to bite too soon, when it does, there’s less lollipop to get through. Of course this often means I eat twice as many, but that’s a small price to pay and I’m just the gal to do it! 😉

Want to grab some Tootsie Pops Miniatures yourself at prices that are small, too? Here’s some places to check out for these lovely little lollies and more…

Tootsie Pops Miniatures – 80 count – BlairCandy.com – $3.25

Tootsie Pops Miniatures – 80 count – DollarGeneral.com – $2.25

Tootsie Pops Miniatures – 80 count – FleetFarm.com – $1.39

Tootsie Pops Miniatures – 80 count – BulkCandyStore.com – $6.50