Archive for July, 2013

Feet You Can Eat! Presenting: Sour Blue Raspberry Big Foot Gummies

Image courtesy of BlairCandy.com

While blue raspberry candy might not be as popular today as it once was, I’m predicting right here and now that we are going to see it rise close to the top again. It might not be today, it might not be tomorrow, but I can feel it in the air! There are already tons of tasty options to enjoy, including Blue Razz Berry Blow Pops, Blue Raspberry Air Heads, and Blue Raspberry Tootsie Frooties. But for as much as I love all of those candies, it’s one I just tried recently that has me reaching into the bag time and again with wild blue raspberry abandon! And that candy is shaped like a foot.

If you’ve never tried Big Foot gummies from The Allan Candy Company, you must not waste any more time. These tootsies are terrific, and with over 290,000 ‘likes’ on the BIG FOOT Candy Facebook page, I know I’m not alone in my adoration of this sour delight. I’ve only tried the blue raspberry variety so far, but am excited to get my hands on a bag of every flavor. If the others are even half as good they’ll have a new fan in me!

Are you ready to indulge in a treat shaped like feet? Here’s a few places you can ‘walk to’ on the Web to grab a 5.5 lb bag. It might seem like a lot of candy, but trust me – your first order won’t be your last!

Big Foot Candy at TweesCandyShop.com – $20.00
Big Foot Candy at BlairCandy.com – $13.95
Big Foot Candy at SweetFactory.com – $19.50
Big Foot Candy at Candy.com – $24.95
Big Foot Candy at ACandyStore.com – $24.99
Big Foot Candy at CandyComplex.com – $24.99

Cynthia Rowley Branches Out Into The Candy World with CuRious

Image courtesy of gotham-magazine.com

Given that this is a candy blog we don’t tend to talk too much about handbags or home décor. But if we did, let me tell you, Ms. Cynthia Rowley’s name would come up much more often! I was nothing short of obsessed with her charming ‘Swell’ line at Target years ago, which sadly disappeared without notice. I am the proud owner of not one, but two Cynthia Rowley purses, each adorable, charming and fabulously functional. And I recently became the owner of an awesomely affordable Cynthia Rowley shower curtain in a brilliant teal shade with a retro modern design, which I scooped up for just $15 at T.J. Maxx. It just seems that whatever this lady touches turns to style gold, and she suits my tastes to a T! And that is why I am THRILLED that she has branched out into candy. Yes, CANDY!

I first read about this newish line (it apparently launched in April – where was I?!) on The Wall Street Journal site – Cynthia Rowley: From Fashion to Candy. As soon as they mentioned a promotional video my fingers danced over to YouTube where I found the Cynthia Rowley CuRious Candy video in no time. Warning: Even though it’s not real glass, watching someone bite into a glass is a bit hard to watch!

But yes, back to CuRious Candy! It seems to embrace the darker, more mysterious side of the candy world. The pictures I found when I Googled ‘Cynthia Rowley CuRious Candy’ have an Alice in Wonderland vibe about them that I simply can’t get enough of. I found the most enchanting selection of images at Marivelous.me, particularly the shot of the walkup! It appears Cynthia has created a most magical world, and I look forward to stopping by her shop next time I’m in NYC. I’ll probably bring my oversized Cynthia Rowley bag along with me to carry my sweets sneakily through the streets!

P.S. Check out this CuRious Candy video as well for a better idea of how much Rowley has done with the beautiful building where her candy shop and more live.

One of the Coolest Desserts You’ll Ever Make – Gelatin Fish Bowls!

I have long been an admirer of Jell-O packed with ‘floating’ treats. Whether they be banana slices, strawberry slices or gummy bears, I am both happy to eat them and mesmerized by the look. I’ve never been as good at getting things to float in Jell-O as my mom and her sisters, but I don’t let mixed results of the past get in the way of the cooking adventures of today!

With a close friend’s birthday party on the horizon, I started poking around online to see if I could find a fun and unique dessert to bring along. I want to bring something summery that isn’t too predictable. As much as I love ice cream and strawberry shortcake, by the time her party rolls around in August most of us will have enjoyed both many times this summer. With a pretty appearance in mind, I decided on Jell-O. It’s something light that almost everyone loves, it’s most definitely summer-friendly, and – importantly – you can add stuff to it! And I knew exactly what I wanted to add when I stumbled across the Fish Bowl Gelatin recipe on MarthaStewart.com…

Martha’s recipe calls for:

1 2-liter bottle of lemon-lime soda, flat
4 1/4-oz. packages of unflavored gelatin
2 drops of blue food coloring
2 ounces of gummy fish

By clicking the recipe link above, you can check out the step-by-step directions on Stewart’s site. However, I will be trying something slightly different! I am always drawn to read the comments on recipes to see what others have tried or experienced, and right there in the reviews are a slew of ideas and tips. Be sure to check those out, too! The one I think I’ll actually be trying is from reviewer Jaime North, who recommends using “half a pack of blue jello and 2 packs of unflavored gelatin with sprite.” Jaime also uses Nerds as gravel (love it!) and put the gummy fish in once the Jell-O set halfway, returning it to the fridge to finish gelling.

If you’ve ever created a dessert like this one, please share any tips you might have in the comments. I’ll need all the help I can get making this awesome, and I’m sure others can benefit, too! 🙂