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Sunflower Candy Cake Pops
Joanne MacLennan, a talented cake pop designer from Nova Scotia and guest blogger at our sister site, MyCandyCrafts.com, agreed to create a special fall-themed DIY cake pop for the Candy.com blog.

We were thrilled because her work is beautiful (see all of Joanne’s work at her blog, Merry Poppins.) Make one of Joanne’s creations and you will be an instant pop star at your next party!

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Sunflowers represent fall in my mind.  The tall stocks and bright yellow petals are stunning.  Ever spend hours as a kid picking out the seeds in the middle?  Bring the sunflower field to your table with these sunflower cake pops that are sure to bring a smile to your guests!

Here’s what you’ll need:

• One Cake mix
• Homemade or store-bought frosting
• Candy melts
• Lollipop sticks
• Nonpareils, sugar pearls, and edible glitter
Egg Nog Candy Corn (with the tips broken off)
• Wax paper
• Flat plate or cookie sheet
• Microwaveable bowls for melting the candy melts
• Spoons
• Small plastic bag with the corner cut out to use as a tip for details, OR a    decorating set with various tips
• Styrofoam block to stand sticks while waiting for cake pops to set
• Bowls to catch falling sprinkles

 

Here’s the how-to:

Before you start dipping your cake pops, break off the first little end of the candy corn.

Egg Nog Candy Corn

For the complete directions on how to make a cake pop up to the dipping stage, please refer to my last post on MyCandyCrafts.com , and complete up to the end of step 8.

Cake Pops Balls

Cake Pops with sticks

Dipping cake pops in chocolate

Once the cake pop is completely covered with melted chocolate, tap off the extra, and tip the cake pop to the side.   Place the first candy corn about ¾ of the way from the bottom of the cake pop, and hold it in place until it stays.  DO NOT let yourself be in a hurry with these guys.

Insert candy corn into cake pop

Place the next candy right beside the first; hold it there a moment, and then repeat until you have gone all the way around.  The candy corn are heavy, so GO SLOW.  They want to slide right off the pop and land your lap.  I promise.

Your chocolate on the cake pop will set before you complete the circle.  Just dip the broken end into the melts and place it on the pop, again holding it for a moment.

Continue inserting candy corn into cake pop

Once you complete the circle of candy corn, place your cake pop in your stand to set and start another one.  Once I finish all the flowers with the candy corn I go back and do all of the flower centers.

Sunflower Candy Cake Pop

For the centers I made several designs.  First, slightly warm the melts in the microwave.  I used a small plastic bag and dropped a few tablespoons of chocolate into the corner.  By snipping just a little bit off the corner of the bag, I have now created a tip that will control the amount of melt that comes out.   I love this part!

On the top of the flower I made rings of chocolate around the inside edge, and then sprinkled them with black non-pareils.  If you are going to make a center with more than one candy, do one section at a time so that the candies do not spread onto a section where you do not want them to be.  Any mistakes you think you made with the chocolate will magically disappear once you sprinkle on the edible glitter or other candies.

Sunflower Cake Pops

Then I warmed my melts again, dropping some into my small bag, and did some swirls and zig zags on the bottoms of the cake pops.  You can practice on wax paper first if you have an idea in mind.

Then when you are done practicing, the melts will set and anyone hanging around can eat your work, or you can re-melt your chocolate and use it again.

Chocolate Swirls for decoration
Voilà!  You have sunflower cake pops!  If you have any questions feel free to contact me, and good luck.  These are eye catching, and people are going to love them!

Sunflower Candy Corn Cake Pops

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Hello, cupcakers and fellow candy lovers. We have a special treat today! Alan Richardson and Karen Tack, the folks who write the Hello, Cupcake! books are guest blogging about their latest DIY Halloween cupcakes.

Candy.com met Alan and Karen at the 2012 Sweets & Snacks show in Chicago, and saw first-hand how they cleverly use candy and snacks to create cupcakes with serious “Wow!” power. The duo recently created a “cupcaking” app that makes cupcaking with candy even more fun and easy …

Hello Cupcake Appp

Fresh from the Hello Cupcake! app are Jack-O-Lantern cupcakes. Here’s the how-to  from Alan and Karen …

We used Tootsie Rolls and Laffy Taffy for the glowing yellow eyes, and a Honey Twist Pretzel for the stem. But the beauty of being a Candy Detective is that you could just as easily use any chocolate or yellow taffy for the eyes, and a bread stick, a Kit Kat, or another brown candy or snack for the stem.

To get started, here’s what you’ll need to make one pumpkin patch with six jumbo cupcakes …

- 6 jumbo cupcakes baked in orange liners
- 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
- ½ teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder (Hershey’s)
- Yellow and red food coloring
- 16 chocolate chews (Tootsie Rolls)
- 16 yellow fruit chews (Tootsie Fruit Rolls, Starburst, Laffy Taffy)
- 3 wheat twist pretzels (Rold Gold)

Tint the vanilla frosting deep orange with the cocoa powder, and yellow and red food coloring.

Pumpkin Cupcakes Icing

Pumpkin Cupcakes icing completely blended

Divide the frosting and spoon it into two resealable freezer-grade storage bags. Press out the excess air, and seal.

Dividing and sealing icing

Squeegee the frosting to the corner.

Squeegee the frosting to bottom of bag

Snip a ¼-inch corner from the bags.

Snip off 1/4-inch corner from plastic bag

Soften several chocolate chews at a time (you can put them in the microwave for 2 to 3 seconds if needed). Flatten the chews slightly. Press several chews together and roll out on a piece of wax paper to a ⅛-inch thickness.

Tootsie Rolls

Tootsie Rolls ready for the rolling pin

Tootsie Rolls getting rolled out
Next, you’ll need to download a printable version of the Jack O’Lantern template.

Using the outer line of the templates, cut out chocolate shapes using a small paring knife or scissors. Reheat and re-roll the scraps as necessary to make all of the shapes.

Pumpkin template

Pumpkin Stencils

Pumpkin template - cutting

Trim templates down to the inner line and repeat with the yellow fruit chews.

Yellow Laffy Taffy

Rolling out Laffy Taffy

Pumpkin Stencils

Pumpkin stencil on Laffy Taffy

Laffy Taffy cut-outs

Place the yellow pieces on top of the chocolate pieces to make the eyes, mouths, and noses; set aside on wax paper.

Yellow Laffy Taffy with cut-outs placed

Make enough face parts for all of your cupcakes, you can even create your own.

Pumpkin faces

Starting at the top of a cupcake, pipe a thick line of frosting down the center.

Insert thick line of frosting

To make the pumpkin’s ribs, pipe vertical lines on either side of the center line, tapering them slightly at the top and bottom. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes.

Creating lines of frosting for a ribbing effect

Pumpkin cupcake frosting finished

For the stems, break the wheat twist pretzels in half crosswise. Insert the broken ends into the top of the cupcakes.

Insert pumpkin stem

Arrange the face parts on top of the cupcakes.

Comleted pumpkin cupcake

Repeat with the remaining cupcakes and faces.

Pumpkin cupcakes with bright yellow Laffy Taffy faces

Have a Bootiful Halloween!

Alan and KarenCupcakes, Cookies, & Pie, oh my! book

p.s. - For more candy decorating ideas, please check out our books and newsletter at www.hellocupcakebook.com.

Recipe and images copyright 2012 Hello, Cupcake! App.

 

 

 

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We love our friend Jackie Sorkin, owner of the Los Angeles-based event planning company, The Hollywood Candy Girls and star of TLC’s Candy Queen show, which just went global.

Earlier this week we reached out to Jackie to ask her about her favorite, yet easy DIY Halloween party favor.  Without batting an eye, she sent us this  …

These candy-filled mason jars meet all the criteria for a successful party favor: clever, colorful, easy, and something every party-goer will want to take home and copy for their own parties. Heck. You don’t even have to throw a party. They can be gifts, too!

Jackie says classic candy corn and  jelly beans, M&M’s, Sixlets, and gumballs in green, purple, orange, and black work well for layering up a Mason Jar. Pop a faux furry spider on top (there are tons at Party City) and tie it all together with a matching bow. Simply spooktacular!

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in Candy, Candy Crafts, Candy Tips, Gifts, Halloween, Recipes

Have you ever known someone for a while, and later discovered one of their secret talents? Like, learning that a coworker sews amazing mens’ suits at night, or finding out that your retired neighbor happens to be a pool shark and travels to Vegas to compete. I love when this kind of stuff unfolds.

Last week at the Sweets & Snacks EXPO in Chicago, I came across a “Candy Never Goes Out of Style” exhibit. It was a display of couture dresses, jewelry, high-heeled pumps, and a Louis XVI chair all made out of candy wrappers and individual pieces of candy.

Exhibit A:


Turns out the dresses and accessories were created by Terese McDonald, owner of Candyality candy shops in Chicago, along with several of her staff members, siblings, and sister-in-law. The Louis XVI “sweet seat” was made by Beth Kimmerle, candy historian and author. Both Terese and Beth are friends of Candy.com, and neither came clean with their hidden talents until last week.

Terese says the “Skittles Riddles” dress (above) took her employee, Ashley Reinsmith, about 15 hours to make. (Skittles Riddles got lots of buzz at the Sweets & Snacks EXPO, winning the NCA’s Most Innovative New Product Award in the non-chocolate category.)

The matching Skittles Riddles high heels scream “Katy Perry!” …


Exhibit B:

According to Terese, the Jelly Belly Wedding Dress took the most amount of time to design and bring to life … about 50 hours. (That may have topped the time it took Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen to create Kate Middleton’s wedding dress!) The bodice and boning accents were made with Vanilla Jelly Belly jelly beans.

Terese says two of her team members worked diligently on the Jelly Belly dress in the middle of her new Water Tower Chicago store location, while customers watched the progress.


Exhibit C:

The vibrant Wm. Wrigley Jr. 5 Gum Dress was made by Terese’s sister-in-law. Terese comes from a family of seven children and says all of her siblings and her sister-in-law have creative and artistic backgrounds. The talent pool runs deep! Terese says she and two of her sisters caught the fashion design bug two years ago when they collaborated on their first candy wrapper dress.

“We constantly study all of the current fashion trends and fashionable people, and make an inspiration board to get us going. Each dress is different as it expresses the vision of the artist,” says Terese.


Exhibit D:

Inspiration by J.Lo? This M&M’s Dress features a boho chic hat and rows and rows of wrappers cut like petals.


Exhibit E:


The summery tangerine dress made with Goetze’s Classic Vanilla Cow Tale wrappers took Terese and her crew about 36 hours to craft. The neckline features unwrapped Goetze’s Caramel Creams. (Yum!)

When asked about what happens with all the candy that gets unwrapped, Terese says, “Most companies donate the wrappers for our dresses, but from time to time, we do end up with vats of unwrapped candy. We recycle that candy because we do so many art projects in our stores. We don’t like to throw anything away.”


Exhibit F:

Beth Kimmerle’s antique Louis XVI chair was covered in retro candies like Tootsie Rolls, red licorice wheels, candy dots, Necco Wafers, and Pez. It was, by far, the sweetest seat in the house.

To learn more about the dresses and accessories that debuted on the Sweets & Snacks Expo runway, as well as Candyality’s upcoming candy fashion events, click here.

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