Summer – Part 3 …Tiki Huts and my contribution to Shark Week

Do you remember Summer – Parts 1 and 2, we sailed to the sweet place of Sugar Island

Candy pretzel palm trees

It only makes sense that lodging on Sugar Island would be in Tiki Huts made from candy …

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Would you prefer to stay in one of those exotic fancy dancy huts that is perched above the water …

Chocolate Peanut Butter Tiki Huts

I have never stayed in a hut, have you?  Do they have modern plumbing … like bathrooms?

This what you will need to build your own candy hut …

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  • Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups
  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips
  • Graham Crackers
  • White Candy Coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • Blue Piping Gel
  • Candy flower sprinkles
  • Small paint brush (food safe)

To make the Tiki Huts …

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  1. Melt about half of the bag of PB chips in the microwave.  Mine was very thick and I added some paramount crystals (you could also use vegetable oil or shortening).  Place a dot of melted PB chips on one Mini PB cup (small side up).
  2. Place a Kiss on top of Mini  PB cup, let it sit a moment to harden up.
  3. Use the paint brush to cover the Kiss with the melted PB chips and chill or let harden.  I like the brush strokes, it creates texture!

To make the graham crackers island and water, follow the same steps as when we made sailboats and palm trees …

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  • Smear melted white candy on graham cracker, sprinkle cinnamon/sugar, add a Tiki Hut (or 2), add a few flowers, let harden!

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  • Smear melted white candy on graham cracker, chill for a few minutes, smear blue piping gel, add a Tiki Hut (or 2, or 3)!

Oh … my contribution to Shark Week …

 

As you can see from the photo above … these are shark free waters!   This is a shark free blog … as I mentioned in the past … Jaws scared me for life ;)

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Summer – Part 2 … Tropical Island

Summer continued …

The S.S. Sweet Sailboat has reached its destination and I didn’t fall overboard once!

Candy pretzel palm trees

Yeah, I know it’s kind of silly … Sugar Island!  That’s what I do … make sweet and silly stuff :)

To make 12 islands, you will need …

  • 12 square graham crackers
  • 12 short (3″) pretzel rods (such as Snyder’s)
  • 4 ounces melted white candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • Cinnamon Sugar (1/2 cup sugar + 1 teaspoon cinnamon)
  • 12 small green Laffy Taffy candies (you may be able to use 6 – see #1 below)

Let’s get started …

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  1. Get pretzels ready … no broken ones ;)
  2. I cut each piece of taffy into 5 pieces and formed each piece into leaf/triangle shapes.  I believe it works better if you cut smaller pieces (about 10 pieces per candy) and flatten them out … which will result in thinner leaves.
  3. Arrange the leaves on one end of the pretzel … you will need to press the taffy to make it stick to the pretzel.

Now for the sandy island …

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  1. Make the sand – Mix 1/2 cup granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  2. Spread some melted white candy over a graham cracker.
  3. Cover the melted candy with the sugar mixture and chill for a few minutes.
  4. Pour excess sugar mixture back into the bowl.
  5. While the graham cracker is still cold – attach palm tree by dipping base into melted candy, hold in place, sprinkle more sugar on melted candy … hold still until palm tree is attached.  Shake extra sugar back into bowl.

Summer – Part 1… Sailboats

Has summer just begun … or is it just about over?

I feel like summer just began, but wait … Target has eliminated the patio furniture and brought in school supplies and Michael’s has started stocking Halloween stuff … the weather is telling me it’s still summer ;)

I’ll try to  make this short and sweet … summer ideas have been filling my head … today I’m sharing the first.  I’ll keep sharing until my brain is empty or until everyone tells me to stop!

Candy Sailboat

Do you like to go on cruises?  I have never been on a cruise for several reasons … one is that I’m truly afraid of falling overboard … that’s probably why I had to have a life-preserver on my marshmallow sailboat … another one is that “Jaws” has scarred me for life!  I have been on boats, but never so far away from land that I can’t see it.  I do want to go on an Alaskan cruise … maybe I can handle it without an anxiety attack!

This is what you will need to make 12 sailboats on a graham cracker ocean …

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First make the sailboats …

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  1. Cover your working surface with wax paper or parchment.  Cut the straws in half.
  2. Use the edible marker to draw lines on the smooth side of LifeSavers (omit this step if you want plain life preservers).
  3. Use a serrated knife dipped in water to cut the JumboMallows into 4 half circles (boat hull).
  4. Cut each StackerMallows into 2 triangles, using the same method.
  5. Melt the CandiQuik.  Reserve 4 ounces (1/4) melted candy white (to be used later) … color the remaining candy as desired (I did 4 ounces each, blue, yellow and orange).  Dip tip of paper straw into colored candy and insert into top of boat hull, let dry.
  6. Dip boat hull into colored melted candy, cover marshmallow completely and tap off excess candy.  (Insert lollipop stick if you are making pops)  Place LifeSaver on boat and chill for a few minutes.
  7. Attach StackerMallow sails by using a little water on the edge of the marshmallow (cut edge facing out) and attaching to paper straw (about 1/2″ from top) … allow to dry.
  8. Use a little water to attach licorice flag to the top of the straw … allow to dry.

Sweet Boat Pop

Let’s make the water …

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  1. Color about 1/4 to 1/2 cup piping gel blue.
  2. Spread a light layer of white melted candy on a graham cracker square.
  3. Lay sailboat on melted white candy and allow to dry or chill for a few minutes.
  4. Use a small spreader or spatula to smear blue icing over the white candy.  Note:  the piping gel will stay gooey and really looks wet … like water should look!

Marshmallow Sailboat

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