Thursday, April 21, 2016

National Jelly Bean Day and Earth Day Lollies


April 22, 2016, National Jelly Bean Day and Earth Day collide! How cool is that?

Did you know there is only one variety of blue Jelly Belly jelly beans? Well, I did not. That is until after getting home with my ten dollar bag of former President Reagan's favorite candy.

So my ever sweet hubby surprised me by leaving work and bringing me nine bags containing the two flavors I would need for my lollipops! I love that man!
You will need hard Jolly Ranchers, Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, lollipop sticks and parchment paper.
I used: blue raspberry Jolly Ranchers,
berry blue Jelly Belly beans,
green apple Jolly Ranchers,
and sour apple Jelly Belly beans

Place Jolly Ranchers on parchment lined baking pan and bake @ 275 for 7 minutes.
Immediately after removing from oven, insert lollipop stick and place jelly beans. Let sit until cool.

These are so easy to make and I made several for my grandkiddos. They are so tasty too!
Well! That was fun!

Have a sweet day, Karen  :o)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Marshmallow Stuffed Nutella Caramels

I have been charmed for quite some time with the Modjeskas candies.

So I go and google the definition of the word and find the name comes from a famed, Polish actress; Madame Helena Modjeska. You can read the story here!

 I had this jar of Nutella in my pantry as my middle grandson does not care for peanut butter..what!? So I wanted to make a Nutella candy for him. I chose caramels and then decided to "stuff" them with marshmallows to make my own version of the classic Modjeskas candies. Yum!
Ingredients needed:
 I am basing this recipe off my Peanut Butter Caramels, swapping the pb with Nutella and adding my favorite marshmallows to the mix!
My two go-tos for candy making. A four-quart heavy bottomed saucepan and digital candy thermometer.
 Spray an 8x8 pan lightly with cooking spray, line with parchment paper and then spray this lightly as well.
Oh..look at that beautiful butter. This is my first time using Kerrygold butter, gold for sure!

Melt butter over low heat, add brown sugar, corn syrup and condensed milk.
Stir in Nutella.
Crank up the heat to medium and attach candy thermometer.
Stir continuously until candy reaches 246 degrees fahrenheit or firm-ball stage. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

My plan was to have the marshmallows set in between the layers of caramel.

So as I was stirring the caramels, it struck me that the marshmallows just might float to the top of the candy. New plan. Instead of pouring half the candy into the pan, I poured just enough to cover the bottom of pan and then placed the marshmallows.
I then poured the remaining caramel into the pan and watched the marshmallows rise ever so defiantly to the top. So..I decided to just roll with it. *wink* 
I had to laugh. This looks like just like gravy covered rolls to me. Happy Thanksgiving.
Now how will they taste..?
I just had to wait and see.

I covered my candy simply by laying a sheet of wax paper over pan and let it sit overnight before cutting.
Gently cut through marshmallow stuffed caramels with a long, sharp and lightly oiled knife. I say gently due to the marshmallow on top. 

Now to taste...so yum!!

Mister Zack loved these!

Makes a grandma's heart happy.   :o)
Nutella Caramels

1 1/2 sticks butter (i use salted)
2 1/4 cups light brown sugar
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup Nutella
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 SmoreMallow marshmallows

Melt butter over low heat. Stir in brown sugar, condensed milk, corn syrup and Nutella. Bump the heat up to medium and attach candy thermometer to pan. Cook candy stirring constantly until thermometer reaches firm ball stage or 246 degrees fahrenheit. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Pour just enough cooked candy to cover the bottom of pan. Add marshmallows and pour remaining candy.

Cover pan loosely-i lay a sheet of wax paper on top-and let caramels sit on countertop until firm. I let mine sit overnight.

Remove candy from pan. Lightly oil a long sharp knife and cut candy. Wrap in wax paper squares.

Makes 36 pieces if you cut 3 candies from each marshmallow as I did.
Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Have a sweet day, Karen

Monday, April 4, 2016

Chocolate Chip Cookies~David Leite's Recipe


What could go better with Opening Day than chocolate chip cookies?

And what about when it's your favorite ballpark and today is said ballpark's final Opening Day?

Oh my, my! It's David Leite's version of "Mr. Chocolate's" famous cookies!
These cookies are phenomenal. Really. They. Are.
 The only thing I did not do was salt the tops before baking.

I used a (heaping) two tablespoon cookie scoop and baked @ 350 for 18 minutes.

This made a perfect size three and a half inch cookie.
Well, gotta go! I'm packing up my cookies and 
headed to Atlanta.

GO BRAVES!

Have a sweet day, Karen   :o)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Speckled Robin Egg Candy Spoons

 We are two days away from Easter!

If you need a fun and pretty..and since it's Friday.. last minute basket stuffer or take-away for your Easter Sunday dinner guests, these speckled egg candy spoons are an easy winner!
Besides the candies, you will need a food grade paintbrush. I also stirred a little coconut oil into my melted chocolate chips to thin them out a little.
Have fun with this..I know I did! 

Fill your spoons with the melted blue candy.
Dip your paintbrush into the melted chocolate chips and speckle away!
Edible Art.
Blessed Easter Wishes, Karen

Monday, February 22, 2016

Mickey Mouse Ears Lollipops

"Oh Boy!"

We leave in two days for Disney World!

This will be our sweet little Lydia's first WDW visit!
She loves Mickey and Minnie and gets so excited when Mickey's Playhouse comes on tv. We can only imagine how she'll react to the real characters!

Her brothers and sister are beyond excited and are making sure we know just how many days left till we leave.

Sooo..I needed to create a Mickey themed treat and y'all know how much I love my lollipops.

This one is super quick, super easy.
You know, 'cause I gotta pack and all!
Lifesavers, lollipop sticks and parchment paper are the items needed.

I tried both the tube roll and individually wrapped candies. I like the latter better. The roll candies just did not melt as well.
Place Lifesavers on parchment lined pan.
Bake @ 275 for 6 minutes.
Remove from oven and insert lollipop sticks.

I lifted the parchment paper with lollipop and all off the pan and laid on counter to cool completely.
If left on the pan, the candies will continue to melt.
The kiddos had so much fun opening the surprise box which held all our Magic Bands.
Disney..here we come!
Wishing you all a Magical Day!

See ya real soon, Karen

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Love Letters Marshmallows


I Love Love Letters...
and now I love love letters marshmallows!

I have been admiring some really beautiful love letters cookies from afar, well..on google images anyways. And while I love me a good cookie, decorating marshmallows has become one of my favorite things.

I fell in love with marshmallows several years ago after seeing Meaghan's super adorable marshmallow creations.

Here are the ones I made today and if I may say, they're so pretty in pink!!
There are lots of sweet ways you can decorate your envelopes. Here's what I used for these.

Cute little alphabet stamps from Purple Cupcake, a teeny heart cutter, food writers, hearts and kisses sprinkles, food color spray, fondant, fondant roller and S'moreMallows.
The Wilton pink fondant is a bit dark, so I added a little bit of white fondant and kneaded it to create a softer color.
Roll it out and using a sharp knife, cut out a "flap". Use this same method to cut out "postage stamps".
Since pink is like the best color on the planet, I used this food color spray on a couple of the marshmallows.
Use a food color pen to write your love letter.

Dab a little water to the back of fondant flaps and other candy pieces and attach to marshmallows.
I used one of the tiny little alphabet stamps to impress an initial into the fondant heart below. (center marshmallow)
Absolutely everything about Valentine's Day is wonderful and absolutely nothing can beat a love letter..
 Pure sweetness.
Happy Valentine's Day, Karen