Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Ice Cream Cones

Good Monday morning to you!  How are you today?  Is it hot outside?  It’s overcast here, but rather warm!  Would you like an ice cream cone?  I have just the thing for you … Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Ice Cream Cones …

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Faux Ice Cream Cones - SweetSimpleStuff

 

Wanna know how to make them?  You can find the easy peasy directions over at Hungry Happenings, where I am guest posting today.  Beth is out of the country on a fabulous vacation and I am thrilled to fill in!  So, hop on over to Hungry Happenings and check out the directions for these faux ice cream cones and all of the other fun stuff on Beth’s website!

I’d love to hear from you :)

 

 

 

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Mardi Gras Candy Buffet

Have you been to Mardi Gras?  I’ve never been … heck, I’ve never been to New Orleans or Louisiana!  Someday, hopefully soon, I’m going to visit New Orleans!  However, the hubby and I are going to our first Mardi Gras party … right here in California.  There will be great food, good friends, lots of laughter … even a Hurricane or two!  It’s guaranteed to be fun ;)

So keeping in my first’s mode … put together my first candy buffet!  Since I don’t own any of those pretty apothecary jars … used what I had …

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Barware was my solution … it all started with a Hurricane (signature cocktail of New Orleans) glass!  I borrowed the beads and masks from my friend that is throwing the Mardi Gras party.

Let me give you a closer and fun peek  …

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  1. I know that wines are supposed to be served in certain glasses … don’t think that the same rules apply to gumballs!
  2. Yes, I’ll pour you a tall glass of chocolate balls (wrapped in pretty colored foil)!
  3. There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned break-a-part especially when it’s Key Lime flavored (Louisiana and Florida are almost neighbors)!P1030671 ed
  4. OK … we have all heard of shots of alcohol, Jello shots, even shots of frosting … I ask why not Sixlets shots?  Small shot glass make excellent small servings!  The bottle is some random one that I saved, probably from salad dressing.
  5. Beads, beads, beads … it’s all about the beads!P1030669 ed
  6. Masks are everywhere … not sure why … maybe people want to stay anonymous?
  7. Milk Chocolate Wine/Champagne bottle … it’s always a good year for chocolate!
  8. Hurricane glasses filled with more Sixlets … never enough chocolate!

I hope you enjoyed my first Candy Buffet!

Thank you to SweetWorks for the candy!

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Have you been to Mardi Gras?  

A few weeks ago Tavette (from S. Florida) suggested this … it would be fun to see where everyone is from!  When you leave a comment, give a shout out to the state/area you live in … I’m Brenda and live on the outskirts of Los Angeles :)

Salted Caramel Mocha Bark

Yes, I said Salted Caramel Mocha Bark … it’s candy … not something that you can drink at your local coffee place!  However, it is inspired by one of those fancy coffees!  I made a new flavor of candy because I enjoy that flavor of latte so much …

Salted caramel mocha bark

I enjoy making gifts … sometimes a little gift of homemade candy is the perfect thing for co-workers, neighbors, friends, etc.  Bark is so easy and fast to make … it has saved me, especially when I feel pressed for time.  Today, I feel pressed … I’m making 30 pounds of candy for the hubby to take to work tomorrow … it’ll get done because it will be 30 pounds of bark!

I’ll make this short and sweet!  This is what you will need …

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  • 1 pound white CandiQuik (candy coating/candy melts)
  • 1 package Ovation Caramel Sticks/Milk Chocolate (SweetWorks)
  • 1 package Ovation Coffee Sticks/Dark Chocolate (SweetWorks
  • 1 cup pretzel pieces
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper.  Hint – make sure that the baking sheet is not cold … the candy will harden too quickly.
  2. Break up the Ovation candy sticks and mix up flavors.caramel coffee bark
  3. Melt the CandiQuik according to package directions and stir in pretzel pieces.white chocolate pretzel bark
  4. Spread candy/pretzel mixture as thin as possible on prepared baking sheet.  I tilt it,pound it on the counter … whatever works!  Candiquik bark
  5. Sprinkle caramel/coffee bits over candy mixture and gently press into pretzel mixture and chill for a few minutes (about 10 minutes in the freezer)     caramel coffee chocolate bark
  6. Cut or break into chunks … easy peasy!                                         white chocolate caramel coffee bark

salted caramel mocha chocolate

I tried to make it pretty short and very sweet!  Gotta go now … 30 pounds of candy are calling my name ;)

Thank you to Miss CandiQuik and SweetWorks for their generous gifts!

Are you making candy?  I love your comments :)

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Sweet Winter Wonderland

Did you watch any football this weekend?  I couldn’t believe the pro games on the east coast … fields covered in snow, facemasks  filled with snow and players in short-sleeved shirts!!!  I was home in my sweatpants, sweatshirt and Uggs … inside the heated house … as I tell my kids, “I’m old and cold”!  I braved the elements on Saturday … stayed warm and cozy on Sunday.  This morning was 34°, pretty chilly for Los Angeles and snow in the mountains … it must be winter!

I kept myself busy …

Snowman Christmas Tree Gumballs

These little guys have been in my head for sometime … came all together after seeing Love from the Oven’s Truffles .  I had Peppermint Oreos that were just waiting to be used!

candy gum snowmen Christmas trees Oreos

The snowmen make me smile and the trees remind me of something that would grow in Whoville or Candy Land!  Hope you like the snowmen and trees as much as I do … of course, they are easy peasy to make ;)

Here is what you will need for this edible craft project …

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  • Rolo Minis
  • Peppermint Oreos (or your favorite flavor)
  • White Candy coating/melts (such as CandiQuik)
  • Coarse white/clear sugar
  • Gumballs, Sixlets & Pearls (from SweetWorks)
  • Edible (food safe) markers – orange & black
  • Large star sprinkles (not in photo)

Directions to make the snowmen …

Oreo gumball snowman

Directions for the trees …

gumball candy trees

Helpful hint … if you have problems with candy slipping and not sticking, pull it away for a moment, then try again!

Thank you to Miss CandiQuik and SweetWorks for some of the supplies to create my indoor Sweet Winter Wonderland!

I ♥ your comments!  Please visit tomorrow for a few more ideas!

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Pumpkin Pie Candy

Do you like pumpkin pie and pie crust?  Do you like candy?  How about having fun with food?

I have got a treat for you …

pumpkin pie candy with crustThis is candy on pie crust!  Kind of looks like pumpkin pie … doesn’t it?

I don’t normally serve my pie with a candy pumpkin on top … since this isn’t really pumpkin pie … figured it was OK here.   This is just a fun little treat … hope it puts a smile on your face :)

Add a few chocolate chips for those who like chocolate with pumpkin!Pumpkin Pie candy chocolate SixletsMaking faux pumpkin pie is easy peasy … let me show you how to make two Candy Pumpkin Pies …pumpkin pie candy 1,2,31.  Supplies for 2 pies –

  • 1 package (1 pound) of Vanilla CandiQuik (or candy melts)
  • Orange Candy Coloring (oil based)
  • 1 package of refrigerated pie crusts (2)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • Autumn Sixlets and candy pumpkins for garnish

2.  Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Follow package directions for oven temperatures and handling dough.  Spread dough on prepared baking sheets.  Prick the dough several times with a fork.  Fold the dough edge up about 1/2″ and crimp or pinch the edge, just like making a real pie.  Chill for a few minutes.

3.  Bake according to package directions.  Please notice the crust on the right … I didn’t chill it … the edges didn’t hold their shape as well at the crust on the left.  Let the crusts cool.

pumpkin pie candy 4,5,74.  Melt 3/4 of the package (12 ounces) of CandiQuick in a medium bowl (I used a 4 cup measuring cup).  Add a few drops of orange candy coloring.  Stir in 1/2 cup of butterscotch chips (until melted) and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice … taste it!  Add more butterscotch chips and/or pumpkin pie spice if you like!  We like the flavor of butterscotch and used the whole cup of chips with 1-1/2 teaspoons of spice.  Spread candy mixture over the two pies crusts.  Add a few chocolate chips if desired.  Chill for just a couple of minutes, then let it sit at room temperature until it’s totally firmed up. 

5.  Warning - be patient!!!  Look at the center of the candy … I wasn’t patient … the candy was not firmed up and I tried to cut it!  Do not do this … learn from my mistakes!  Sorry to sound so bossy … just trying to help ;)

6.  No Photo … Wait for the candy to harden up and then wait five more minutes!

7.  Cut the candy with the longest knife you own.  Try not to use a sawing motion … just press down.

pumpkin pie candy 8,9,108.  I cut each pie into 8 slices … cleaning off your knife between slices is helpful.

9.  Melt the remaining 4 ounces of CandiQuick … this is the fake whipped cream for your fake pie.  Add a small spoon of candy to each slice … let it sit a minute.

10.  Add another little dollop of candy whipped cream on top of the first dollop … gives it a little dimension.  Add candy garnish!

Pumpkin Pie Candy

I ♥ your comments!

Thank you to Miss CandiQuick for supplying the vanilla coating!  Thank you to SweetWorks for supplying the Sixlets!  

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Candy Corn Makes Me Happy!

Camping makes me happy … just returned home from a short camping trip in Ojai!  Over the weekend, southern California experienced the hot dry Santa Ana winds, therefore wood burning campfires were not allowed … camping without campfires does not make me happy.  However, if you have a friend that brings a portable propane fire pit … you can have a campfire … I was happy :)

Pizza makes me happy … tried a new flavor combo … chicken and green chilies!  I love chicken and mild green chilies in quesadillas and other foods, but never thought of pizza … try it, you’ll like it :)

Candy Corn makes me happy … I love the colors, I love the shape, I love to eat it, it reminds me of fall, it makes me think of Halloween … it makes me happy!  I decided to return the favor … I made candy corn happy …

happy candy corn

They all look so happy … that make me happier!

These happy little candies would be perfect on top of a cupcake, cookies, brownies or anywhere that needs a little happiness ;)

Instructions and supplies …

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Words are probably not necessary … draw faces on candy corn with an edible marker, give them some personality … easy peasy!

One more thing that makes me happy … The Peanut Butter Man and I just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary … I can’t believe how quickly 40 wonderful years have passed :)  I made him this edible anniversary card … that’s the kind of wife I am …

happy anniversary cookies

I’m sure that guessed, the cookies were his favorite peanut butter cookies … he was very happy :)

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?  I LOVE YOUR COMMENTS ;)

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Chocolate Acorns

I’m nuts about acorns and anything acorn related!

I am attracted to acorns themselves, acorn plates, acorn photos, acorn charms … you get the idea.

Do you like these roly-poly little guys …
chocolate acorns

I made them just for you!

These acorns are candy (like a Nestle Crunch Bar) on the bottom and a cookie (similar to a Girl Scout Samoa) on the top.  The cookies have been hidden away in the cupboard for sometime … the hubby’s eyes lite up when he saw them … I knew they weren’t safe around him.  I always gotta keep an eye on him and my cookies ;)

This is what you will need to make 18 acorns …

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1.  Melt the chocolate according to the package directions.  Pour about 1/3 of a cup into a squeeze bottle (or bag), reserve remaining chocolate.  Lay cookies a wax paper covered tray and drizzle chocolate over the tops of the cookies, creating a cross-hatch pattern.  Set aside to let chocolate firm up.  Save the chocolate in the bottle for attaching cookies.

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2.  The pretzels should be about 2″ tall … break pretzels if necessary.

3.  Add rice cereal to chocolate and stir to combine.  Spoon chocolate mixture into mold … about 1″ deep.

4.  Insert pretzel into the middle of the chocolate and tap the mold on the counter to even it out and remove any air bubbles … straighten pretzel if necessary.  Chill until set (5-10 minutes in freezer).

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5.  Remove chocolates from mold.  If you use a silicone mold, you will need to push from the bottom.

6.  Squirt a ring of chocolate around the pretzel (close to the outer edge).

7.  Place a prepared cookie on top and you have created a chocolate acorn!  Repeat 17 more times ;)

acorn samoa chocolate

These would be a perfect addition to each place setting at the Thanksgiving table!

cookie candy acorns 2013You may remember these acorns from the past …

Nutter Butter Acorns 2012 Acorns

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2011 Acorns

It is my goal to create a new acorn every year!  I just love acorns ;)

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*  Thank you once again to Miss CandiQuik for the chocolate :)