Perfectly Imperfect Firecracker Pops

I am not perfect … my Firecracker Pops are not perfect and I’m OK with that!

This is how it started …

My friend, Kathleen, at Step by Step in the Kitchen found this candy at Walgreens …

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and challenged me to make something with it!  I accepted this challenge and drove off to Walgreens to buy the red, white and blue Twizzlers!

I had an idea … a plan … the fun of Twizzlers is pulling them apart … don’t you agree?

Twizzlers will work great as the top of firecrackers … right?

Jumbo marshmallows will make great firecrackers … right?

Then reality set in … marshmallows are not perfectly shaped and Twizzlers are uncontrollable … heck, even the star sprinkles aren’t perfect …

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Then I remembered what my friend, Dinaz, says “It’s only sugar”.

Does it need to be perfect?  I don’t think so.

Does it need to be fun?  Absolutely!!!

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I say these firecrackers are fun, sweet, a little wonky, kind of goofy and they make me smile!

This is what you will need to make 12 imperfect firecrackers …

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  • 12 Jumbo Mallows (extra-large marshmallows)
  • 1 package Red, white and blue Twizzlers (4.2 oz.)
  • Jumbo Star Sprinkles
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup each red sugar and blue sugar
  • Not pictured – 12 lollipop sticks, 1 cup water
  • Equipment – wax paper lined tray, a toothpick, paper towels, a small serrated knife

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  1. Dip the serrated knife in water and insert it into the center of the marshmallow almost to the other end.
  2. Cut Twizzlers in half and insert a half into the marshmallow.
  3. Water acts as glue for the sugar to stick to the marshmallow.  Dip the marshmallow in the water … getting it wet where you want to apply the sugar.  Use a paper towel to dry off excess water.
  4. Dip the marshmallow into the colored sugar.  Separate the strands of the Twizzler.
  5. Use the toothpick to add a drop of water on the marshmallow to attach stars.  Dip tip of lollipop stick in water and insert into bottom of marshmallow … take care to avoid the Twizzler!

When I started this project, I did not plan on making pops.  In my mind, everything is perfect … in reality, it’s not perfect.   I started taking photos, things were falling … not going as planned … I didn’t want that to happen to you … I improvised … put it on a stick and was much happier!  It’s not perfect … but it worked for me ;)

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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!

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Licorice Flag

Recently, I was trying to dream up something to make for the 4th of July … I was frustrated … my brain wasn’t working, again!

When I least expected it … and stopped thinking, this came to mind …

Licorice candy flag

The flag could be served just the way it is or maybe to decorate the top of a cake, Rice Kripsie Treats, brownies, etc.

This project also gave me the opportunity to use CandiQuik for the first time.  (Miss CandiQuik was so kind to send me some a few weeks ago.)  I was very pleased with the Vanilla CandiQuik, it has a nice flavor, was easy to melt and comes in its own melting tray … perfect for dipping licorice!

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This is what you will need to make one flag …

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  • 8 ounces melted Vanilla CandiQuik (you will have some left)
  • 5 ounce pack Red Vines (or 13 vines)
  • 4 ounces melted blue candy melts (or color CandiQuik with oil based or powder coloring)
  • White non-pareils (or other sprinkles for stars)
  • A tray lined with wax paper or parchment

licorice flag instruction

  1. Work on prepared tray.  Mark 7 pieces of licorice at 3-1/2″ (each licorice piece is about 8″ long).  This is a guide for dipping the blue candy.
  2. Dip the licorice in melted blue candy, shake off excess candy, lay on prepared tray, add a few white sprinkles, chill for a few minutes.
  3. Take 3 of the blue dipped pieces of licorice and dip in white candy, tap off excess, lay on tray, chill.  Dip 3 pieces of plain licorice in white candy, tap off excess, chill.
  4. No matter how hard you to try, sometimes a little puddle of excess candy forms.  After the candy has hardened, use a paring or small knife to trim it up :)

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