Archive for April, 2014

My First Caramel Love – Sugar Daddy!

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Well, folks. Yours truly is currently experiencing something we all go through at some point, usually more than once. I have a toothache! I don’t even want to tell my friends because their fingers will point to my candy cupboard so quickly the door might fly open. But as we all know, while candy isn’t exactly the best thing for your teeth, with proper brushing and flossing you can keep your choppers chomping just fine. So I really do think this toothache isn’t candy-related, even though some may think I’m in denial! That said, I have cut down on my sweets this week as I get closer to my dental appointment. In fact, I’ve been eating less overall because as anyone who has suffered a toothache understands, it’s pretty much all you can think about. Well, that and all the candy I want that I can’t have until it’s better!

Yes, I am currently in the thick of ‘wanting what I can’t have’ syndrome. Since my tooth hurts and candy is the least practical thing to be craving, I want it VERY MUCH. And not just any candy, oh no! I want the sweetest, stickiest, most un-toothache-friendly candy I can think of. I want a Sugar Daddy! And as soon as my toothache is a distant memory, I’m going to have one. Do you want one, too? Here’s some places to check out…

Smaller Size Sugar Daddy Junior – Boxes of 48 – $7.99 – $9.60 – $9.50 – $7.95 – $8.48

Which Candy Could You Happily Eat Forever?

Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar

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I came across an article today on USA Today titled If I could eat only one candy the rest of my life… Reading on I found it was a question the author had asked of her readers, and they answered with some treats that even yours truly has never heard of! In the mix were some classics, including Skittles, Peanut M&M’s and Cadbury Crème Eggs, but there were also Brach’s Fiesta Eggs, Bleeps, Burton Jammie Dodgers, and more. I’ll definitely be writing down all those that are new to me so I can seek them out sometime!

Naturally, this article got me thinking about some of my own favorites, and left me hoping that I would never have to choose just one. Honestly, I can’t imagine and don’t want to imagine! That said, putting together a list of favorites sounded rather fun, so I did do that. This is by no means a complete list, but many of the candies I buy time and again (and again!) are below. Please share some of your own in the comments –  I’d love to see which candies mean the most to all of you!

A Few Of My Favorite Sweets

5th Avenue Candy Bars
Gummy Peach Rings
Miniature Reese’s Cups
Regular Hershey’s Bars
Original Fruit Skittles
Gummy Strawberry Creams
Grape Tootsie Frooties
Hot Tamales

It’s Time to Bake an Easter Cake!

Easter Peeps Cake

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Well, folks – we can’t claim that we weren’t given enough time to make something nice. Easter 2014 is 3 weeks later than it was last year, with everyone’s favorite bunny hopping through town April 20th. Could we whip up a quick dessert last year and claim that Easter snuck up on us? Sure! But can we pull that same stunt this year? Not a chance.

This year, it’s time to pull out the big guns. It’s time to set aside all those 10 minute recipes and get down to business baking a real, from scratch, cake. The kind our grandmothers and mothers baked. The kind that don’t come in a box. The kind that every single time we take a bite, we remember why they’re worth the extra time!

We all have our own favorite cake recipes, be they lemon, chocolate, vanilla, or any of a million other varieties. I’m not even going to search for a cake recipe as there are countless options, and you probably have one in mind already, anyway! That said, I did find a decorating idea that I had to share. The effect is charming and fun, and it doesn’t require you to be a master cake decorator to pull it off.

The cake in the photograph is round, but I imagine just about any traditional shape would work. I also love that you can easily adjust the design for smaller or larger cakes simply by creating more or fewer flowers. I couldn’t find an ingredients list, but here’s all that it looks like you’ll need (in addition to supplies for the cake itself, of course!)…

  • Frosting (or the ingredients to make your own)
  • Food Coloring or Colored Icing (for the flower stems and leaves)
  • Marshmallow Peeps
  • Jelly Beans
  • Green Icing (for the grass along the outside)

What do you all think of this Easter cake? Is it something you’ll consider making for Easter dessert? What other recipes do you have in your baking basket? Please share in the comments!