Valentine’s Day Recap

Valentine’s Day is in just two days!  Have you finished making treats for the special people in your life?  I haven’t made anything for Friday … I’m so behind!  My hubby was home last week … we hung curtain rods, went grocery shopping … very exciting stuff ;)  Having him home is nice, but I fall behind in other things … like blogging, visiting other blogs, Facebook … trying to play catch-up now!

I thought that a recap of a few past ideas may be fun and inspiring.   These are some of my favorites …

P1030535 Nutter Butter Hearts

Nutter Butter Hearts  … Nutter Butters are suitable for all occasions!

edible cupcake box

Cupcake Box … that’s totally edible!

Very Vanilla Cupcakes for Valentine's Day

Vanilla Valentine Cupcakes … I love the marbled hearts!

valentine snocaps

Hand Made Valentine Sno-caps … these were so easy to make!

Peas be my Valentine

Peas in a Nutter Butter Pod … what can I say … more Nutter Butters ;)

P1030560  candy love birds

M&M’s Lovebirds … I just love these guys!

We are staying home for dinner on Valentine’s Day … what are your plans?

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Candy Arrow Cupcakes & A Quick Sweet Giveaway

Oh my gosh … Valentine’s Day is just 10 days away!  I’m going to make this short and sweet … sharing Valentine’s Day cupcakes and giving away some candy to one lucky person … it’s a Quick Sweet Giveaway !  You must enter quickly … winner will be selected quickly … prize will be mailed quickly ;)

P1030615 Chocolate & Cherry Arrows

Cupid’s arrows are totally edible … made with chocolate sticks and gummy cherry hearts … can’t get much sweeter than that!

Well, I said this would be quick … better get started …

P1030618 Valelntine arrow cupcakes

Bake your favorite cupcakes … make your favorite frosting … make candy arrows like this …

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  1. Use a small sharp knife to make openings in two gummy candy hearts (I used cherry, but sour and cinnamon flavors are available).
  2. Insert hearts gently on each end of a chocolate Ovation stick. (Hint – Refrigerated chocolate sticks don’t break as easily)
  3. ???  I tried to create an arrow using an Ovation Break-A-Part and white candy coating.  I wasn’t happy with the results … showed it anyway because I’m including a Break-A-Part in the giveaway!

Frost your cupcakes like this …

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Now for the Quick Sweet Giveaway 

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This sweet package includes a few Valentine’s Day candies …

  • A milk chocolate and raspberry Break-A-Part … yummy!
  • Chocolate coffee sticks … for making arrows!
  • Red and white pearls … for decorating cookies, cupcakes, candies or ?
  • Valentine Sixlets … just because you need them!

Here’s the Rules …. One entry per person – open to United State residents only – entry deadline is February 5, 2014 (11:59pm, p.s.t.)- winner will be selected (using Random.org), announced and e-mailed on February 6, 2014 – winner must respond by February 7, 2014 or a new winner will be selected.

The contest is now closed.  Random.org selected comment #2 – Dee!  I have sent an email to her!  Thank you to everyone for entering :)

Here’s how to enter … Follow SweetSimpleStuff by subscribing to receive e-mails or follow by “Liking” SweetSimpleStuff’s page on Facebook.  Leave a comment on this post … what will you do with the candy if you win … make treats for the kiddos, neighbors, coworkers … or just say HI ;)  Good Luck!

Thank you to SweetWorks for the candy!

Arrow Valentine's Day Cupcake

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Valentine’s Day Candy Dish

Candy dishes come in a variety of sizes, shapes and materials.  Do you keep a candy dish out … all of the time or never … just on special occasions or holidays … chocolate or hard candy?  I change it up … right now I have a glass vase filled with round peppermint candies.  Yes, they are leftover from Christmas, but I say it’s OK because they are red and white … ready for Valentine’s Day ;)

I wanted to put out some Valentine’s Day chocolate, but in a different way …

P1030606 Valentine candy message

Spell out a message with individually wrapped candies!

I made the “I” and “U” … tried a heart-shaped dish that just didn’t look right … wrong proportions.  For some unknown reason, I pulled out my cookie cutters … I think it works!

P1030607 Cookie cutter candy dish

My suggestion is … think outside of the box … or dish!  Candy dishes don’t need to be candy dishes :)

P1030608 Alternative candy dish display

I ♥ U and your comments!

Thank you to SweetWorks for supplying the candy!

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Individual Ice Box Cakes … pretty in pink!

The little Ice Box Cakes that I made for you today came about for a number of reasons …

  • I love Ice Box Cakes and have been meaning to make individual ones!
  • The combination of dark chocolate and pink is so pretty!
  • Peppermint seems like a good choice for Valentine’s Day … fresh breath is a good thing!
  • I believe chocolate hearts are required on Valentine’s Day … at least in my book!

P1030588 peppermint chocolate ice box cake

These were soooo easy to make … you can make as many or as few as you want … love the convenience of individual servings.

At Christmas time, I had seen Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips featured in several recipes, but never saw them at my grocery store.  Then, earlier this month I spotted them at Target … they jumped right into my cart and came home with me!  I knew that I needed them for Valentine’s Day and with dark chocolate.  SweetWorks sent me some delicious (I know … had to taste test) dark chocolate hearts wrapped in pink foil … it was the perfect decoration for the top of these little cakes!

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Individual Ice Box Cakes

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Soft Pink Americolor gel food coloring
  • 18 Chocolate Wafers (such as Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers)
  • 1/2 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips
  • 6 Dark Chocolate Hearts
  • Parchment paper or 6 cupcake liners flattened
  1. Place medium size bowl and whisk (or beaters) in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add cream, sugar and a drop or two of food coloring to cold bowl and beat until stiff peaks form.  Add more coloring if desired.
  3. Cover a tray with parchment paper or cupcake liners.
  4. Place six chocolate wafers on prepared tray, add a spoon of whipped cream to each wafer, repeat two more layers (3 wafer and 3 spoons of whipped cream).  Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  5. To serve, remove each cake and top with (about 1 tablespoon) Peppermint Crunch and a chocolate heart.  Makes 6 servings.

Hints and variations:  Using the flattened cupcake liners makes it easy to remove from the tray and serve.  You could also assemble the cakes on individual plates, cover and refrigerate.  Don’t want to whip cream … substitute Cool Whip and eliminate powdered sugar.  Substitute mini chocolate chips for the Peppermint Crunch.

P1030585 Individual Peppermint Ice Box Cakes

Thank you to SweetWorks for the dark chocolate hearts!

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Snickermallow Football Pops

The Super Bowl is Sunday … do you have your menu planned?  I’m working on mine … simple, nothing fancy.  We aren’t having a party, but snacks are a requirement while watching football’s big game … according to my family ;)P1030597 Snicker & Marshmallow Football Pops

Today I’m sharing one last easy peasy football treat!  There are several reasons to make these pops … Snickers and marshmallows dipped in chocolate … they’re easy to make … can be made today … stored in an air tight container at room temperature … served on Sunday!

P1030603 Snickers Marshmallow Football Pops

To make 25-30 pops, you will need …

  • 25-30 lollipop sticks
  • 8 ounce bag of Snickers bites (you will have extra)
  • 1 pound of chocolate candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • 2 ounces of white/vanilla candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • 1 bag Kraft Stackermallows
  • 2-1/2″ cookie/biscuit cutter (I used one with a crinkled edge because I didn’t have a plain edge one)

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  1. Melt candy coating according to package directions.  Use a stick to predrill (about half way) into the side of a Snickers (don’t worry if it cracks, it will be covered in chocolate later).  Dip the tip of the stick in melted candy and insert into Snickers, let chocolate harden.
  2. Use the round cutter to cut a Stackermallow into a football shape.  (Save the marshmallow scraps to make Rice Krispie Treats or in hot cocoa!)
  3. Use a little melted chocolate to attach the flat side of the Snickers to the back of the football shaped Stackermallow, let chocolate harden.
  4. Spoon melted chocolate over the entire pop, tap off excess chocolate.  Place pop in a stand/styrofoam or lay (Snicker side down) on wax paper covered tray.  Chill for a few minutes.
  5. Place melted white candy in squeeze bottle or pastry bag and draw lines/laces on the football.

P1030596 Snickermallow Football Pops

About the name … if Snickers added marshmallows to their candy … believe they would be called Snickmallows … don’t you agree?

These are ready to go for Sunday’s game …

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These pops would also be cute addition to a sports themed birthday party :)

Thank you to Miss Candiquik for the candy coating  :)

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On Sunday, are you watching the game, commercials or ???   I ♥ your comments!  

Football Stadium Krispie Treats

Raise your hand if you love football, Super Bowl parties or the commercials!  Are you cheering for the Broncos, Seahawks or the snacks?

P1030577 Super Bowl 2014 Krispie Treats

Today, I made a football stadium with Rice Krispie Treats … perfect for a Super Bowl party!  It is sure to satisfy everybody … doesn’t everybody like basic Rice Krispie Treats? They are always a favorite around here … no matter which team you are supporting!

I learned a few things while making this project and I will share them with you.

P1030580 Football Field Krispie Treats

Basic Rice Krispie Treats

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 – 16 ounce bag marshmallows
  • 10 cups crisp rice cereal (Rice Krispies)
  1. Spray or use butter to grease a 10″ x 15″ x 1″ pan (jelly roll) and grease a spatula too.
  2. Melt butter over low heat, in a large (6 quart) pan, add marshmallows and stir until melted.
  3. Remove from heat add cereal immediately and stir until cereal is completely combined.
  4. Scoop into prepared pan and use spatula to pack the cereal mixture into pan.  Let cool before cutting.

Let’s get started with making the field …

PicMonkey Collage football field krispies

Son #3 came up with this idea!

  • I used a rectangular plate (11-1/2″ x 6-1/4″), lollipop sticks cut to fit and a 5 ounce bottle of green pearls to create a field.  (Hint:  Tape or glue gun the sticks in place, everything rolls around easily, you could even use double-stick tape on the entire plate under the pearls if you don’t plan on eating the pearls.)
  • Cut a few small cereal squares (1-3/4″) and turn upside down (the bottom is stickier), place and press 3 chocolate chips to form a triangle (football tee).  You could use a little melted chocolate to secure the chips if necessary.
  • Place the squares on the field, then place a chocolate foil wrapped football on the tee.  I placed a small square of wax paper under each square so that they didn’t stick to the pearls.  (Hint: It is best to wait to place the footballs if you are moving this tray around a lot.)

PicMonkey Collage Football Fans Krispies

  • I had some Sixlets in the correct team colors, but no blue.  I went to Party City and made a great discovery … they sell individual colors in big bags, as well as the little sleeves that you can mix and match colors!
  • Cut the remaining Rice Krispie treats into bars (about 1″ x 2″), turn upside down and press 3 Sixlets (in team colors) on each bar.  I left a few bars without candy for the those neutral fans and non-chocolate lovers.

Arrange everything on a large oval platter/tray, about 14″ x 20″ … I used my turkey platter.

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Are you ready for some football?  How about Rice Krispie Treats?

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The little football bowl filled with more chocolate footballs, came from Party City too … only $.99!

Are you watching the big game?

Maybe you remember these party ideas from the past …

Football Snack Mix

Football Snack Mix

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Nacho Cupcakes

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Thank you to SweetWorks for the Pearls, Sixlets and  foil wrapped footballs!

M&M’s Lovebirds

Hello!  How are you today?  Did you have a nice weekend?

Last year I asked for your help with these chicks and you were very helpful!  Today, I’m hoping that you will share your opinions again.  May I introduce you to the chicks’ distant cousins … M&M’s Valentine Lovebirds …

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I can’t decide which version is my favorite!  Do they need wings to fly … tail feathers to shake or maybe both?  What do you think?

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Are you ready to get started?  You will need …

  • Peanut M&M’s in Valentine colors
  • Jumbo heart sprinkles 
  • Candy coating/melts – yellow (I used yellow for everything … you may want coordinating Valentine colors)
  • Black edible marker
  • Wax or parchment paper

Now for the easy peasy instructions …

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  1. Work on wax/parchment paper.  Melt candy according to package directions – I place the melted candy in a squeeze bottle, a pastry bag or toothpick will also work.  Locate the “m” on the candy.
  2. Place a dot (about 1/4″) of melted yellow candy on wax paper and place a M&M on melted candy, so that the “m” is facing down … place heart “tail feather” if desired.  You may need to hold the M&M for a few seconds to maintain its position.
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  4. Use the edible marker to make eyes.
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  6. Attach heart “wings” with a dot of melted candy.  I used yellow candy, which is visible at certain angles … you may decide to use coordinating colors … your choice!

I love these little lovebirds ;)

P1030564 M&M Valentine birds

 

You know that I ♥ your opinions!  What do you say … wings, tail feathers or both?

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