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March Madness is just days away, which means spring wedding, baby shower, and Easter season is about to be in full bloom. The Candy.com team has been busy scouting new products for spring and there are plenty.

Here is a look at some of the headliners …

 

FLOWER POPS

Flower Pops
Blue, orange, green, white, blue, red, and assorted Flower Pop lollipops are perfect for candy buffets, weddings, parties, party favors, popping into cupcakes, creating candy bouquets, and a million other things.

Each candy flower measures approximately 1.5 inch wide  x 1.5-inch high and sits on a 7.5-inch flexible plastic stick. The pops come individually wrapped inside an 8-piece 2.5 oz. peg bag, and there are 72 pieces that ship in each order.

 

CANDY  LUNCH BOXES

Candy Lunch Boxes
Fill these candy-themed lunch boxes with respective Nerds, Dots, Tootsie Rolls, Sugar Daddy Pops, and Junior Mints, and you’ll get an A+ for creative gifting.

RAINFOREST GUMMY FROGS

Rainforest Gummi FrogsNew Rainforest Gummi Frogs are not only adorable little buggers, but they’re also gluten-free! With their shock-and-awe neon coloring, these candy frogs are great for spring parties … and placing on your coworker’s desk chair.

 

FASHIONABLE  TRUFFLE BARS

 Seattle Chocolates

If Tory Burch were to design a line of chocolates, this would be it. The fashion-forward Dark and Milk Truffle Bars from Seattle Chocolate are sublime for many reasons, including color, design, flavor, all-natural ingredients, Seattle roots, and fun factor. Who wouldn’t want to surprise Birthday Cake Batter Truffle Bar with colorful confetti pieces sprinkled throughout? Or a box of sunny yellow Milk Chocolate Truffle Bars to brighten up a dull Monday? Yum!

 

4 NEW GUMMY BEARS

 

Four New Gummy Bears

Single-color candy is all the rage for candy buffets and now there are four more color and flavor options. Gummi bears (5-pound bulk) in White Strawberry-Banana (opaque white), Black Cherry (black), Mighty Mango (yellow), and Pink Grapefruit (light pink) are ideal for adding a pop of color to any tablescape.

 

BARNYARD GUM TAPE

Barnyard Gum

What does the cow, pig, and sheep say? Bubble Gum! Pop the top on these farm animals for a whole roll of gum tape. Cute party favors for barnyard bashes and farm-themed birthday parties.

 

LINDT LOVE BUNNIES

 Lindt Gold Love Bunnies

Two classic Lindt Gold Bunnies locking lips in an Easter Basket. Three words: Adorable Easter Gift. The 3.5-oz. love nest is finished with spring green bow, so you don’t even have to wrap a thing.

 

PEEPS RAINBOW POPS

Peeps Rainbow PopsIt’s yellow, green, pink, and blue Peeps Chicks on a stick! Far better than corn dogs or deep-fried Twinkies, Peeps Rainbow Pops scream, “Put me in your Easter basket.” Our set comes in a pack of four, so everyone gets to devour the rainbow … one color at a time.

Click here to see ALL that’s new for spring at Candy.com.

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The folks at Weight Watchers are all about “no forbidden” foods and even post on their Web site that “there’s plenty of room for treats and extras.”

With a point system that takes into account height, weight, age, gender, and exercise level, daily points average between 20 and 40, and can rack up pretty quickly depending on what’s consumed.

To see the point levels candy generates, I scoured the Web for candy point lists and created a compilation of everyday and Easter candy (see below) from blog1, blog2, and blog3.

Interestingly, 35 Jelly Belly jelly beans equal a mere 3 points, while 10 Hershey’s Kisses put 7 points on the board. Most fun-sized bars fall between  2 and 2.5 points. Not bad if you can stop at two!

Weight Watchers Candy Points

Easter Candy
Brach’s Robin Eggs (6 pieces) = 4.5 points
Cadbury Caramel Egg (1 egg)  = 5 points
Cadbury Chocolate Egg (1 egg) = 4.5 points
Cadbury Creme Egg (1 egg)  = 4 points
Cadbury Mini Eggs (12  eggs) = 4.5 points
Dove Solid Milk Chocolate Bunny (6 oz.) 1/4 of the bunny  = 6 points
Hershey’s Candy-Coated Milk Chocolate Eggs (4 eggs) = 2.5 points
Jelly Belly Jelly Beans (35 pieces) = 3 points
Lindt Lindor Mini Eggs (3 eggs) = 2.5 points
Milky Way Egg (1 egg) = 5 points
Peeps (3 pieces) = 3 points
Snickers Egg (1 egg) = 4 points

Everyday Candy

Abba Zaba (1 fun-size bar) = 1.5 points
Almond Joy (2 snack-size bars) = 4 points
Almond Roca (3 pieces) = 5.5 points
Andes Thin Mints (8 pieces) = 5 points
Atomic Fireballs (3 pieces) = 1.5 points
Baby Ruth (2 fun-size bars) = 4 points
Big Hunk (1 fun-size bar) = 1.5 points
Bit-O-Honey (6 pieces) = 4 points
Blow Pop (1 pop) = 1.5 points
Butterfinger (2 fun-size bars) = 4 points
Cadbury Crème Egg, 1 egg (1.3 oz) = 4 points
Candy Corn (22 pieces) = 3 points
Caramello (2 fun-size bars) = 4 points
Dots Fun Size (2 fun-size boxes) = 2 points
Dove Dark Chocolate (5 pieces) = 5 points
Dove Milk Chocolate (5 pieces) = 5.5 points
Dubble Bubble Gum (2 pieces) = 1 point
Dum Dum Lollipops (3 pops) = 1.5 points
Good & Plenty (33 pieces) = 3 points
Heath Bar (5 fun-size bars) = 6 points
Gummy Bears (14 pieces) = 3 points
Hershey’s Almond Bar (2 fun-size bars) = 5 points
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar (2 fun-size bars) = 5 points
Hershey’s Kisses (10 Kisses) = 7 points
Hot Tamales (1 fun-size box) = 1 point
Jelly Belly Jelly Beans (35 pieces) = 3 points
Jolly Rancher Hard Candy (2 pieces) = 1 point
Kit Kat (2 fun-size bars) = 6 points
Life Savers 4 fruit-flavored candies = 1.5 points
LOOK Bar (1 fun-size bar) = 1.5 points
M&M’s Peanut (1 fun-size pack) = 2 points
M&M’s Plain (1 fun-size pack) = 2 points
Marshmallow Peeps (5 Peeps) = 3 points
Mary Janes (6 pieces) = 3.5 points
Mike and Ike (1 fun-size box) = 1 point
Milk Duds (4 fun-size boxes) = 4 points
Milky Way (2 fun-size bars) = 4 points
Mounds (2 fun-size bars) = 4 points
Necco Sweethearts (1 fun-size box 1 oz.) = 2.5 points
Nestle Crunch (2 fun-size bars) = 4 points
O’Henry (2 fun-size bars) = 5 points
Pay Day (1 fun-size bar) = 3 points
Raisinettes (3 fun-size boxes) = 4 points
Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups (5 pieces) = 5 points
Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs (4 eggs) = 4 points
Reese’s Pieces (51 pieces) = 5 points
Skittles (27 pieces) = 2 points
Smarties (4 rolls) = 2 points
Snickers (2 fun-size bars) = 4 points
Snickers Eggs (1 egg 1.2 oz) = 4 points
Sour Patch Kids (16 pieces) = 3 points
Spree (15 pieces) = 2 points
Starburst (8 pieces) = 3.5 points
Sugar Babies (2 fun-size pouches) = 4.5 points
SweeTarts (15 pieces) = 2 points
3 Musketeers (2 fun-size bars) = 3 points
Tootsie Caramel Apple Pop (1 lollipop) = 1.5 points
Tootsie Pop (1 lollipop) = 1 point
Tootsie Roll (2 snack bars) = 2 points
Tootsie Roll Midgees (6 pieces) = 4 points
Trident Sugarless Gum (1 stick) = 0 points
Twix (1 fun-size bar) = 2 points
Twizzler (1 fun-size bar) = 4 points
Warhead Sours (5 pieces) = 1 point
Werthers Original (3 pieces) = 1 point
Whoppers Malted Milk Balls (2 fun-size boxes) = 5 points
York Peppermint Patties (3 fun-size patties) = 3 points

If you have candy items and corresponding points to add to this list, please comment!

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ChrismasOrnamentCakePops

 

Joanne MacLennan of Merry Poppins is back on our blog today with a Christmas treat! Her brilliantly colored Ornament Cake Pops are a great addition to cookie baking this weekend.  A perfect project to make with kids of all ages, and a wonderful gift to bring to holiday hosts!

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I love decorating my Christmas Tree with the memories of the past.  Each ornament seems to carry with it an emotion locked inside for you to physically touch as you place it on the tree.  This is wondrous to me.  Now that I am a little crazed about small round edible balls, I thought it would be fun to create some ornaments for your table too!

Here’s what you’ll need:

• 1 Cake mix
Candy melts (red and white here)
Lollipop sticks
SweetWorks Sugar pearls, Sixlets, edible glitter, and nonpareils
• Wax paper
• Parchment paper or paper to catch falling glitter
• 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 them to set
• Bowls to catch falling sprinkles and candy

Ingredients

 

Here’s the how-to:
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.

Below is my basic ring cake pop.  I first made three rings of melts, and then sprinkled them with red nonpariels.  Let this set for a few minutes. Then make three more rings between the red ones and sprinkle with green nonpariels. Then, carefully dip the silver Sixlet into the melted chocolate and set on the top of your cake pop.

RedGreenPop
This cake pop was dipped, and immediately sprinkled with red edible glitter.  Make sure you sprinkle over a clean sheet of paper for this one.  Once you are done it is easy to bend the paper and let the glitter slide back into the container. Again, complete the cake pop with a silver sixlet on the top.

RedPop

I love snowflakes!

I first dipped my cake pop in red melts and let it set.  Then, after dumping a spoon of melted candy melts into a small plastic bag and snipping off the tip, I drew little lines crossing each other.  Three to be exact.  Like an X with one more line through it.  Then grab the glitter and sprinkle.  Any mistakes you thought you had will disappear in the sparkles.

I dipped the cake pop in red melts again and let it set.  Using my little plastic bag with melts in it, I drew a line from the top of the cake pop to the bottom, and came right back up a little but away from my first line.  Then I filled in the space with melts and quickly sprinkled with gold edible glitter.  Continue around the ball until it is complete.

Oh!  And don’t forget the silver Sixlet on the top!

SnowflakePop

This green striped cake pop was done the same way as the red and gold ball, but I dipped it in white melts, and then never filled in the spaces that were left between the lines I drew from the top to the bottom.  I love this one.

Top off with a silver Sixlet.

Green_CakePop_Ornament

All complete!  A colorful array of eye catching treats!

Time to clean up!  Being creative in my house means there is a mess at the end.  ;)

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Sweetopia's Candylicious Pink and White Gingerbread House

It’s gingerbread house season and we’ve got tips from a master gingerbread house builder, Marian Poirer, founder of the tutorial-style baking blog, Sweetopia. She is also a guest speaker at this weekend’s Mixed Conference with Duff Goldman!

Marian takes gingerbread houses to new levels with her clever use of candy, foolproof recipes, and templates.

Her sweet pink gingerbread house (above) features pink rock candy sticks as the evergreen trees, pink Sixlets as the siding, and Necco Wafers and Shimmer Pink Bubble Gumballs as the rooftop. Simple ideas that you can easily build on at home.

Marian’s red and white gingerbread house (below) turns swirl pops into trees, and gumballs and Sixlets into Seuss-like shrubs.

Sweetopia's Candylicious Red and White Gingerbread House

 

We had a chance to talk with Marian about her gingerbread houses and gather a few tips. Here’s the abridged version …

Candy.com:  Your gingerbread houses are works of art. What got you interested in making them?

Marian Poirier - SweetopiaMarian: My fascination with making sweets began nine years ago, when a illness prevented me from engaging in physical fitness; what I had previously spent much of my free time doing. I needed to keep busy, and as gingerbread houses had always charmed me, I decided to try my hand at one. The first house I made wasn’t the prettiest, but I was hooked! The more I made them, the more I found there was to try. Thank goodness the illness only lasted about six months, and I’m grateful for it now, because it led me to find one of my favorite hobbies.

 

Candy.com:  What is your absolute favorite candy to use on a gingerbread house? (We love your use of pink rock candy sticks!)

Marian:  Candy canes first, and gumballs come a close second. Oh, and I do love the rock candy sticks, too! They have this pretty, kind of ‘candy gem’ look, and can easily be matched to any color theme.

 

Candy.com:  In your opinion, what’s the trickiest part to creating a gingerbread house?

Marian:  I would have to say putting the walls together and the roof on. As long as you’ve got a really good royal icing (nice and thick), that will do wonders in making the process much easier. Until I found the recipe I use now, I went through a few frustrating experiences.

 

Candy.com:  Do you have a rule of thumb for about how much candy to buy per small-sized and/or large-sized house?

Marian: It depends on the style I’m going for. If I’m making a house that I’d like to have a bit more of a realistic look, I’m a little more choosy and sparse with the candy. If I’m making a fun, whimsical type of gingerbread house, like the pink-themed one in this post, I pile on the candy! It’s always good to buy a little extra, as oftentimes I’m not sure how much I’ll need until I begin decorating. Plus, that way my husband and I can snack a bit, without being worried that there won’t be enough to finish the house! ;-)

Sweetopia's Traditional Gingerbread House

 

For more tips, check out Marian’s blog post Gingerbread House Ideas and video Making a Gingerbread House.

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