Archive for June, 2014

Candy.com is proud to announce it’s Summer Candy Buffet Contest. Follow the link below to enter to win $500 to help you build the candy buffet of your dreams!

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In the spirit of Independence Day, we decided to give you a little patriotic inspiration to go along with the contest. Needless to say, to put this together we looked at a lot of red, white, and blue sweets!   As a whole, we decided to stick with items that hold up well in the heat, and we also found ourselves gravitating to fruit and berry flavored items that are sweet and refreshing at the same time. Take a look!

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Lets start with the centerpiece. We wanted a real eye catcher, so we picked  these blue and white Twister Pops. At one foot long, these lollipops can’t help but attract attention.  To present them, we found a great oblong metal bucket (meant for utensils) from HomeGoods, and filled its sections with Styrofoam. We planted the sticks in it, and they stood right up.  You can’t see, but we then covered the styrofoam with white sixlets to give it a cleaner look.

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We filled the front of the bucket with Watermelon Cube Pops. These tasty  pops are a pretty juicy visual compared to a standard small round pop.

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Next we put a perennial favorite, rock candy sticks (Strawberry, White Sugar, and Raspberry), in a bed of white sixlets.  In hot weather, if a candy item has a stick option; go with it.  Sticky fingers do not a happy quest make.

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For single color candies, we wanted three simple candy staples that would present simple, large blocks of color. The red is the gummy, a delicious red raspberry gummy from Albanese…

Red Raspberry Gummies Albanese Fourth July 4 Independence Day Candy Buffet backyard party celebration patriotic

while the white  is Celebration Shimmer White Gumballs

Shimmer White Gum ball Fourth July 4 Independence Day Candy Buffet backyard party celebration patriotic

Lastly, these blueberry jelly jeans from Jelly Belly are about as blue as you can get and burst with flavor.

Blue Berry Jelly Bean Jelly Belly Fourth July 4 Independence Day Candy Buffet backyard party celebration patriotic

For one last element, we found this great three piece tower at HomeGoods (FYI you can find all the glass containers we use there!) We did a combo of blue raspberry pufflettes at the top and bottom and filled the middle with more red gummies.

Blue Raspberry Pufflettes red raspberry gummies Fourth July 4 Independence Day Candy Buffet backyard party celebration patriotic

For styling, we wanted to keep it traditional with a slight vintage American feel.  We labeled the candy containers with simple blue and red hangtags on twine.   We used the same tags for the signs, and added a band with red and white striped craft paper.

Hang tag decoration Fourth July 4 Independence Day Candy Buffet backyard party celebration patriotic

Blog0620_10BucketLabelFor the twist pops we put the sign on a large bamboo skewer and stuck in with them.

 Twister Pop Unicorn lollipop swirl sign Fourth July 4 Independence Day Candy Buffet backyard party celebration patriotic

Friends and family can take some candy home in red paper bags, and we put these and the candy scoop in small metal buckets decorated with the same striped craft paper and blue stars.

Buckets decoration Fourth July 4 Independence Day Candy Buffet backyard party celebration patriotic

For the streamers, we cut simple triangles using the the same red and white striped paper and blue paper that we used for the buckets, but we also cut white stars to add to the blue. We hung it on the same twine as the hangtags, and called it a styling day!

Flag streamers Fourth July 4 Independence Day Candy Buffet backyard party celebration patriotic

Thanks for reading! Please let us know what you think, or if you would like any more info about how we did it.  Happy Fourth, and don’t forget to enter the contest!

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This seemingly easy question is anything but. It all depends on how you define candy and the US. You see, people have been making candy in their homes since the time of the ancient Egyptians. In fact, Cleopatra’s favorite sweet treat was honey balls (Fine Dining Lovers) The colonists were no exception.They made candy using recipes from cookbooks carried back from Britain. What kind of sugar were the colonists using to make candy you ask. Well, they used cane sugar from the West Indies, barley malt from England and maple syrup from the local maple trees.

 

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Top Image: European Settlers Processing Maple Sugar, circa 18th century (New England Maple Museum) Bottom Image: from Northeast Pennsylvania Maple Association

Oh, and we can’t forget the Native American Indians who taught the colonists how to extract the maple sugar from indigenous maple trees. The colonists were probably excited because the maple sugar reminded them of preserved candied fruit from Britain.

And, here in Haiti and the West Indies is where the colonists got some of the sugar cane to make their candy.  And check out this old barley mill that made sugar. Yup, they eventually figured out how to extract the sugar from barley to make all kinds of things including candy.

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Top Image: Haiti Sugar Cane Plantation 1700s (Brown University) Bottom Image: Old Barley Mill of Wilmington, DE, 1890 (Library of Congress)

Hey, remember, the question was about candy! I thought you were going to tell us where candy started in the US? Hang on, we’re getting there. I told you at the beginning of this blog, this is not an easy question. So, let me keep going and try to answer the question. Let’s see, what kind of candy can you make with sugar from cane grass, barley grain, and maple trees?

Guess I ‘m running out of space here, so check back next week for the answer to where is the birthplace of candy in the US. And, hey if you have the answer, can you please share it with me.

 

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Glycemic index, sweetness, and health risk

Does sugar deserve its bad rap?

As we know, sugar is getting some pretty bad press these days. Getting lost in the conversation is that the composition of various sugars, the level of sweetness and health risks vary greatly. Sugar is a natural product that sustains nearly all life on Earth. But there are some sugars that are smarter choices than others. Of course, everything in moderation, but avoiding sugar altogether can create its own health risk.  Click on the info graph below to determine:

What sugar has the lowest and ideal ratio of fructose to sucrose (hint: it is not a fruit sugar)
What sugar is the sweetest compared to white sugar
Which sugars have the lowest and highest Glycemic index (hint: health risks multiple with high GI)

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To celebrate graduates everywhere, we’ve put together a classic black, white, and gold themed Candy Buffet. Find more school colors to create your own candy buffet at  Candy.com party themes.

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Create your own licorice diploma to serve as a centerpiece for a buffet. Here we used classic black licorice and yellow candy sticks, tied up with some paper and black and white string.

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Make a tasty treat using fun black licorice Scottie dogs, and white chocolate pretzels found here White Chocolate Pretzels

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Choose chocolate gold coins and peanut butter cups wrapped in gold foil for a classic graduation party theme.

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We filled a jar with black and white sixlets. We created a black and gold theme using Milk Chocolate Moose Munch, a delicious popcorn covered in caramel and milk chocolate .

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For the tags and info, we created simple white medallions hung on candy jars, and little stand up cards for the licorice and gold coins.

What do you guys think? Did we make the grade?

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