Oreo and Almond Flower Pops

Raise your hand if you like chocolate!  Raise your hand if you like Oreo cookies!  Almonds are a healthy snack and everything on a stick is fun … right?  Therefore … this must be a sweet, fun and healthy Oreo Flower Pop!  It has all of the necessary elements … Oreo cookies, on a stick, dipped in chocolate with chocolate covered almonds (that means double chocolate!) for the petals and a few sprinkles in the center for a little extra fun :)  These pops are guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face!

Oreo & Almond Flower Pops

These almonds came from Costco long before Easter and were kept hidden for this project.  I have not seen them recently, but Jordan almonds, almond M&M’s or any oblong shaped candy could be substituted.

The colors are perfect for Mother’s Day and spring flowers … no green thumb necessary!

Happy Mother's Day Cookie Flower Pops

 

You will need the following to create 16 Oreo and Almond Flower Pops …

  • 1 pound vanilla candy coating (such as CandiQuik), melted
  • 16 Oreo cookies (I used the Spring variety, but any flavor/color will work)
  • 16 wood coffee stir sticks (5 1/2″)
  • 8 green striped paper straws (cut in half)
  • 80 chocolate covered almonds as petals (5 for each flower)
  • 32 green chocolate covered almonds as leaves (2 for each flower)
  • sprinkles for the flower center

Oreo Almond Flowers  SweetSimpleStuff

  1. Cover a tray with wax paper or parchment.  Cut paper straws in half, flatten each straw and insert the wood coffee stir stick.  Note:  the stick will be about 1-1/2″ longer than the straw half
  2. Open the cookie, lay “wood” end of stick on cookie and add a little melted candy.  Note:  the cookie opens easiest when the icing is not cold, microwave for a few seconds if necessary
  3. Replace top on cookie and melted candy.  Let candy firm up.
  4. Dip and cover cookie in melted candy, tap off excess and even drag bottom across edge of bowl.  Lay on prepared tray.  Place 5 almond on cookie to form flower petals.  Chill for a few minutes or let sit at room temperature until totally hardened.
  5. Add a little melted candy in flower center, add sprinkles.  Use a dot of melted candy to attach 2 green almonds to straw as leaves.  Let the candy harden, then tap off excess sprinkles.

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One of the first words that I thought of to describe these flowers was “Wonky” … maybe it was a Willie Wonka memory!  Then I remembered that last year I made these “Funky Oreo Flowers” …

Funky Oreo Flowers

I guess that Oreo cookies on a stick, dipped in chocolate turn into fun flowers in my mind ;)

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Krispie Chocolate Egg Pops

Good morning :)  How are you today?  Ready for an Easter idea?  Easter isn’t until April 20 … it felt so far away … now it’s less than a month!

There are several foods that come to mind when I think of Easter … two of them being chocolate and eggs.  Do you like crispy rice cereal in your chocolate and isn’t everything better on a stick?  I hope you answered YES … because today I made Krispie Chocolate Egg Pops for you!

Krispie Chocolate Easter Egg Pops

There is a list of Easter ideas that I have planned for this year and these Egg Pops were not on the that list!  They were a happy accident all because I went to JoAnn’s to buy drapery lining fabric and supplies to make a handle for this basket cake that I was making for a bridal shower (I’ll share the info shortly) …

basket of flowers cake

I did buy the supplies for the handle … did not buy the fabric lining (those dining room curtains may never get done), but found these cute sparkly foam eggs to make a wreath and another pan that I needed …

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I carried this Easter Egg Cookie Pan with me as I shopped the entire store … tried to talk myself out of buying it … didn’t listen to myself … found out it was on sale … sold!  It went home with me and I knew that Krispie Chocolate Egg Pops would be my first Easter post for this year.  This is a great pan, but if you can’t find it … maybe you already have something in silicone or a candy mold.

These pops were easy peasy and would be a great project for the kiddos to help decorate!  Wouldn’t it be fun if you make the chocolate eggs ahead of time and invite everyone over for a decorating party ;)

This is what you will need to make about 15 pops …

Easter Egg Pop Supplies

  • 1 pound chocolate candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies)
  • 15 lollipop sticks (I used 8″ sticks)
  • Wilton Easy Decorate Egg Cookie Pan

Then pull out a few candies and sprinkles from your cabinet …

Easter Sprinkles

 

  • Nonpareils/sprinkles
  • Edible Confetti
  • Sixlets
  • SweetWorks Candy Pearls
  • m&m’s minis
  • anything else you may like!

Let’s get started …

Crispy Egg Pops

  1. Melt the chocolate according to the package directions.  Set aside about 1/2 cup of melted candy to use later.  Mix remaining melted candy with the cereal … spoon into mold and tap pan on the counter to help release air bubbles.
  2. Insert stick into candy … rotate stick to cover with candy … chill for a few minutes.  Note:  make sure you have a clear space in your fridge and use caution when placing pan in the fridge, because the sticks move easily.
  3. The pops should come out of the pan easily … if they don’t … put back in the fridge for a few more minutes.  Hint:  If you like … use a toothpick and some melted candy to fill in the air bubbles … I wasn’t that ambitious … nobody complained as they scarfed down the pops … that’s just the way my guys are!  I’m sharing some pops with the neighbor kids later today … wonder if they will notice?

Chocolate Egg Pops

Use the melted candy that you set aside (I put it in a squeeze bottle, toothpicks work also) to attach candy decorations!  I do have one word of caution … the sprinkles were a little messy … if you are letting the kids do this, they will need help!

Chocolate Krispie Egg Pops

Hope you have fun decorating your Krispie Chocolate Egg Pops :)

Chocolate Rice Krispie Egg Pops

I’d love to hear from you!

Thank you to Miss CandiQuick and SweetWorks for supplies!

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You may like these egg pops too …

Sugared Easter Egg Marshmallows

Sugared Egg Marshmallows (I just saw the marshmallows at WalMart)

How to Mend a Broken Nutter Butter Heart

Do you ever have one of those nights where you just can’t fall asleep … start thinking about everything under the sun?  I had one of those nights … thought about new Christmas projects, chocolate, dirty laundry and Valentine Nutter Butter cookies!

I wish Nutter Butter cookies were made in a variety of shapes … since they aren’t … I felt the need to make my own heart shape for Valentine’s Day.  OK, it’s time to cue the music and start singing … How Can You Mend A Broken Heart by the Bee Gees … or just hum along.  I do have the answer to the question … you can mend a broken heart with chocolate … at least a broken Nutter Butter Heart ;)

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I was home alone when I cut the first cookie … I had never seen this done before … did I invent a Nutter Butter Heart?  My imagination took over … I felt like a genius, an inventor, maybe a mad scientist … could almost hear Alton Brown laughing in the background … yeah, I got a little carried away!  The Peanut Butter Man came home … I shared my Nutter Butter Heart invention … reminded him that I’m a genius, again … he laughed, again.  Why does he laugh at me?  However, he was very happy that it involved Nutter Butters, as usual ;)

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I want to share my joy with you …

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Easy as pie!  Cutting the cookie at different angles creates different shape hearts (as in the above photo).  I used a gentle back and forth sawing motion and with a small serrated steak knife on a cutting board.

I used my electric griddle (on warm, about 150°) to melt several colors of candy coating/candy melts/chocolate …

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Gathered various sprinkles and pearls…

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Then, I used a Nutter Butter heart to draw 4 patterns (a little larger than the cookie) on white paper …

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  1. Cover the paper pattern with wax paper.
  2. Use melted candy in a squeeze bottle or pastry bag to draw the outline (add pearls if desired) let it dry for a few minutes.
  3. Fill in the majority of the heart with melted candy.
  4. Place the Nutter Butter on the melted candy immediately, press the two halves together, push on the center seam  if necessary.  Drizzle with melted candy and add sprinkles.

Then I tried this method …

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To form one whole heart … I dipped one half in melted candy, tapped off excess chocolate and placed it on wax paper … dipped the other half, tapped off excess chocolate and placed it so that it touched the first piece and attached as the chocolate hardened. Chill for a few minutes.  I cleaned up uneven edges of chocolate with a small sharp knife … then added decoration.

To form two halves … a.k.a. a broken heart … I followed the same steps but did not let the two pieces touch on the wax paper.

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Can you tell that it’s made from a Nutter Butter?

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The Easiest Christmas Tree

Today … the day before Christmas Eve … I am sharing another Christmas idea!!!  I wasn’t going to do it … couldn’t help myself … have no willpower!  I have issues … one of them is I want to do everything … even though I don’t have time!   I really was restraining myself, until this morning when I saw that new Christmas ideas were popping up all over … I caved and broke out the chocolate!  I really should be cleaning my house  ;)

christmas tree pretzels Ovation sticks

 

I am not kidding when I say that I want to do everything, like yesterday … I was in my front yard building an igloo out of milk jugs … my lighted penguin needed a home! ;)  I’ve been talking about doing it for over a year (and saving empty milk jugs) … the hubby and sons didn’t believe that I really would do it … so, I HAD TO DO IT or I would never hear the end of it.   Bad news is … I couldn’t finish … need about 50 more jugs … about 150 total for a small igloo!  My penguin has an igloo with a skylight :)

easiest christmas tree to make

 

While I was glue gunning milk cartons and talking to neighbors, one neighbor brought me a tray of cookies … so sweet and they are leaving town for a few days!  I assumed that I would distribute goodies to my neighbors tomorrow … wrong!  I quickly ran in the house, threw together some cookies and stole candy from my hubby’s supply for coworkers and delivered it.   Now, I have to replenish … these trees will help … they’re so quick and easy to make ;)

To make 16 trees – you will need …

  • 1 package of Ovation Sticks (I used Irish Cream) from SweetWorks
  • 1/2 to 1 pound candy coating/candy melts (such as CandiQuik)
  • 16 pretzel sticks
  • sprinkles (non-pariels, sugar, etc.)
  • star sprinkles

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Cover a tray with parchment or wax paper.  Melt the candy coating according to directions on the package and place in squeeze bottles or disposable pastry bags.

  1. Make a tree shape using a pretzel stick as the trunk and 2 Ovation Sticks.
  2. This is like coloring within the lines … only using chocolate and squiggling within the lines.  You may want to do it twice if the squiggles are too far apart.
  3. Add some sprinkles.
  4. Add a star.  Chill for a few minutes or let sit at room temperature until hardened.  DONE!

Ovation stick trees

Just a few of these trees could dress up any cookie platter!

christmas tree pretzels chocolate

 

Do you have everything ready?  Are you one of those organized people (not like me)?  I love your comments!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!  

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Lover’s Turkeys

In the middle of apple and pumpkin season, let’s not forget about a large group of people … Peanut Butter and Chocolate Lovers!  I tend to get focused on fall flavors and then my family reminds me about the peanut butter and chocolate.   There is a possibility that my house may be the national headquarters for peanut butter and chocolate lovers!  After all … I’m married to The Peanut Butter Man!

I still have a few pumpkin treats up my sleeve and of course will make pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving, but haven’t made a peanut butter/chocolate goodie in a while! Today, I give you these turkeys …

Nutter butter M&M's turkeys

Honestly, these turkeys were a surprise to me … wanted to make a turkey this year, but the idea just wouldn’t come together.  I tried to stop thinking about it … Colleen (a reader) sent me an email sharing some turkeys that have been done by others in blogland … still didn’t help!  Yesterday, I had a totally different project in mind that didn’t work … suddenly these turkeys were born.   Hope you like them Colleen and everyone else, too ;)

peanut butter and chocolate lover's turkeysThis is all the stuff you need to make Peanut Butter & Chocolate Lover’s Turkeys …

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  • Chocolate CandiQuik (chocolate candy coating) (4 ounces will do about 12-15 turkeys)
  • Peanut Butter Cups (I used Reese’s Snack Size)
  • Nutter Butter Cookies
  • M&M’s (I used autumn colors)
  • Peanut M&M’s
  • Rainbow Chip Crunch
  • Red Heart Sprinkles
  • Fall/Leaf Sprinkles
  • Candy Eyeballs (not in photo)

nutter butter peanut butter cup turkey instructions

  1. Cut Nutter Butter Cookies in half.  I used a serrated steak knife and sawing motion.
  2. Melt the chocolate and place in a squeeze bottle (or just use a toothpick).  I use the chocolate as “edible glue” (not like the paste you ate in Kindergarten!) to hold all the parts together.  Use a dot of chocolate to attach a Peanut M&M (head) to the cookie, then the red heart (waddle), Rainbow Chip (beak) and candy eyeballs.
  3. Use a larger dot of chocolate to attach 5 M&M’s as tail feathers and let harden up.  (helpful hint – I made the dot of chocolate on the cookie, put an M&M on it, pulled the M&M away for a second and then pushed it back.  That seemed to help it attach quicker.)
  4. Make a larger squiggle or dollop of chocolate on a peanut butter cup, attach turkey and add sprinkles … let chocolate harden up and tap off any extra sprinkles.

M&M's peanut butter chocolate turkey

I have a family story to share that has nothing to do with turkeys … First, let me say that I am 58 years old … Son #3 is 29 years old … a few days ago I went to the doctor … came home and told Son #3 that the doctor confirmed what I had thought … I have Shingles … Son #3 looked at me and said “I thought that only old people got Shingles!” … I broke the news to him … “I’m old!” … the hubby and I are surprised (and happy) that he doesn’t think of us as old, LOL ;)  I know that my kids keep getting older … somehow I don’t think that I’m getting older!

I look forward to your comments!

Thank you to Miss CandiQuik for providing the CandiQuik :)

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Tombstone Pops

Halloween will be here in just eight days!!!  I can’t believe that I just said that!  Do you want to know how many day until Christmas?  I’m not going to count … I’ll live in denial … OK, as soon as I finish this post, I will count ;)  Honestly, I’m starting to feel a little panicky … it’s normal for me.

I feel like … let me get thru Halloween … oh, I haven’t even decorated … there’s a pumpkin on the porch and a garland hanging in the dining room … does that count as being decorated?

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If you feel a little pressed for time … like me … here is one last easy peasy, super simple Halloween treat that truly can be done in a very short amount of time ;)

P1030266 Tombstone Pops

This is what you will need to make 10 tombstone pops …

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  • 10 Paper Straws (or lollipop sticks)
  • 20 StackerMallows (flat rectangular marshmallows)
  • 4 ounces White CandiQuik (candy coating/candy melts/white chocolate) (this will be the “glue” to hold everything together and to attach decorations)
  • Various sprinkles, colored sugar, candy skulls, candy bones
  • Black edible marker (sorry, it missed the photo session ;) )

P1030252 tombstone instructions

  1. Melt the white candy according to package directions.  I put mine in a squeeze bottle (optional).  Flatten about 1″ of the straw.  Smear a little melted candy on the marshmallow and lay flattened straw on it.
  2. Smear more melted candy on top of the straw.
  3. Lay another marshmallow on top of the straw and press together the two marshmallows, add more melted candy between the marshmallows if necessary.  Let candy harden.
  4. Spread melted candy around edges of tombstone and cover with sprinkles.  Use more melted candy wherever you want to attach sprinkles, skulls, etc.
  5. Use edible marker to write messages or draw designs.

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I told you that this project was easy peasy … like cut and paste … without the cutting and using real edible paste!

Here are a few easy Halloween ideas from the past …

marshmallow eyeballs

Eyeball Pops

Monster cupcakes

Monster Cupcakes

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4th of July Party Favors

Today is officially the first day of summer … yippee!!!

I have said before and I’m sure that I’ll say it again … where does the time go?  There are not enough hours in the day.  My To Do list is way too long … everyday stuff, crafty things that I want to do, gardening that needs to be done, not to mention blogging and how far I’m behind visiting other blogs … always playing catch-up!

Are you hosting a 4th of July party or attending one?  Either way, these sweet and easy party favors are sure to be appreciated …

4th of July Party Favors

These mini versions of my Licorice Flag happened by accident … a good kind of accident.  I like  Red Vines, but my favorite is the Jumbo Red Twists version … that is what I bought first.  I wanted to use the Jumbos for the flag, but when I laid out 13 Jumbo licorice I discovered the proportions were wrong :(  I ran drove back to the store and bought the thinner size Red Vines.  I made the flag … looked at the Jumbos … thought about eating them, OK I would share … came up with this idea and saved myself a belly ache :)

This is what you will need to make 5 to 6 mini flag favors …

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  • 8 ounces of Vanilla CandiQuik (or white candy coating) *
  • 3 ounces of blue candy coating *
  • white non-pareils (or any white sprinkles)
  • 8 ounce package of Red Vines Jumbo Red Twists (or any red licorice)

*  You will have leftover candy coating, but need the larger amount for easy dipping.

For step by step directions refer to the Licorice Flag.

Easy Peasy Party Favors for Independence Day

I confess, today I say yippee for summer … when it’s over 100° … I’ll be wishing for fall to arrive!

licorice flag party favors

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