Archive for June, 2014

4th of July Candy at its Finest – Gummy Army Men!

Image courtesy of AlbaneseCandy.com

Image courtesy of AlbaneseCandy.com

We are just days away from celebrating one of the most important holidays in our country’s rich history. It takes a lot of courage, determination, and passion to break away and claim your independence, whether you’re making a new life for yourself, or forming a new country! So this Independence Day, let’s remember all those brave men and women who came before us, paving the way for the freedoms we get to enjoy every day. And let’s also take time to raise a toast to all the men and women we personally know who take risks every day in the pursuit of happiness! Oh, and let’s find some sweet deals on 4th of July candy as well, shall we?

When it comes to choosing 4th of July candy, just about anything red, white and blue will do. But I like to also include something specifically aimed at honoring our military, and one of the best candies I know that does just that is Gummy Army Men. Here are a few places you can round up some troops of your own, in a bulk 5 pound bag…

Gummy Army Men at BlairCandy.com – $12.50
Gummy Army Men at CandyWarehouse.com – $19.50
Gummy Army Men at SweetServices.com – $13.25
Gummy Army Men at SweetFactory.com – $17.00

I Know What Love Tastes Like. And Yes – There’s Peanut Butter. Of Course.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup OreosOh look, a picture of a super cute puppy – double tap! Awww, a kitten who thinks she’s a big cat – double tap! What do we have here? Well, that garden is looking beautiful. Tap, tap! And so goes my casual scrolling through my Instagram feed, smiling here and there at adorable things, flowers, sunrises, sunsets, friends’ children, impulse purchases, amusing screenshots, and more.  Perhaps it’s because I’ve spent way too much time on Facebook, and was never a huge fan of Twitter, but as of late my favorite social sites have been Instagram and Pinterest. As a very visual person, that makes sense. Plus, they both have tons of kitties and doggies, so that helps!

A few nights ago I was relaxing in my favorite chair, taking a peek at Instagram and seeing the usual suspects. I follow quite a few accounts dedicated to posting dog pictures, so my feed offers a reliable dose of ‘awww!’ And, the dogs were there. The dogs, kitties, sunrises, and so forth. And as much as I appreciated all of these, it was something else entirely that made me gasp and sit up straight in my chair. This wasn’t a smiling child on a swing set. This wasn’t a picture of a fresh manicure. This wasn’t a selfie, or an inspirational quote with a rainbow behind it, or an image of a hand with a ring captioned ‘I said yes!’ This was something different. This was something cookies. This was something Oreos and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. This was something truly spectacular.

The caption on this image of cookies was a spin on Brand New lyrics for ‘Okay, I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don’t.’ And I only know that because I read the caption to my niece and she told me! The caption read, “I’m heaven sent. Don’t you dare forget. I am all you’ve ever wanted, what all the other cookies promised.” And that was all I needed. Before the dog knew what happened, my shoes were on, my wallet was in my hand, and I was on my way to the grocery store with a single mission in mind. I was going to see if those cookies were being honest. I’ve been sold empty promises before, and there was $4 standing between me and the truth. I didn’t wait until I got home. I barely waited until I was back in the car. And I have to tell you… when I took that first bite of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Oreos, time stood still for a minute. The only things on this earth were me and that cookie, and it was all I ever hoped it could be.

I’ve shared these cookies with some friends and coworkers, and the opinions are a mixed bag. Some people heard angels sing like I did, others aren’t quite as impressed. How about you – have you tried them yet? Let us know what you think in the comments! In the meantime, I’ll be buying enough to make the cashier think I’m hosting a weekly cookie party. (Which I am, and I’m the only one invited!)

DIY Ice Cream Sandwiches!

DIY Ice Cream Sandwiches

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The majority of the year, I am not what would be considered an ‘ice cream person.’ Don’t get me wrong – I like ice cream! But I don’t buy it every time I go to the store, keep it on-hand at all times, or count it as my favorite dessert. I’m more of a cupcakes and candy kinda gal for the most part. However, when I do have an ice cream craving, nothing else but the real deal will quench it. I don’t want a Frosty from Wendy’s, I don’t want a milkshake, and I don’t want frozen yogurt. I want ICE CREAM. And if it’s sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies, even better!

When the ice cream craving comes knockin’, as it is known to do much more often during the summer months, I usually opt for chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream or the Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches I hinted at above. However, today as I was poking around Pinterest, I discovered something so simple that I’m a little shocked I never thought of it before – I could be making my own cookie ice cream sandwiches! And let me tell you, there is countless inspiration on the internet for how to do just that. And it’s all so easy that it just makes me want to scream. For ice cream, that is.

Pick a Size, Any Size!

The flexibility of size is what has me most excited. Trying to cut back a bit on sweets, or just want a little something after dinner? Make miniature cookie ice cream sandwiches! Or perhaps it’s not little you’re after at all, and you want a giant ice cream sandwich that eats like a meal? I think you know what to do here – bake up some giant cookies and add some ice cream between two of them. Push them together, and voila!

Tricks and Tips

If you want your ice cream sandwiches to be delicious and attractive, I came across multiple sites offering the same tip on getting the ice cream center neat and even. Holding a pint of ice cream (whatever flavor you wish!) steady with one hand, carefully cut right through the carton with a sharp knife (see image for details). Once you’ve created all your ice cream slices, sandwich them between two cookies and peel away the carton.

Wait… There’s More!

Want to make them even more tempting? Roll the exposed ice cream sides in your favorite candy or topping! Think chocolate chips, chopped nuts, coconut flakes, crushed candy bars, dried fruit – whatever sounds good to you. Your ice cream sandwich options are limited at the grocery store, but when you DIY your ICS you can get creative!

Want some more flavor inspiration? Check out 19 Amazing Ice Cream Sandwich Hacks Geeks Would Love!