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Hanukkah Candy Menorah

 

The Celebration of Lights is almost here! To help celebrate Hanukkah on Sat., Dec. 8 through Sun., Dec. 16, food stylist Esther Ottensoser of Esther O Designs has created a clever candy menorah out of candy pearls and orange slices. It’s quite a conversation piece!

Esther is a genius at taking simple everyday products and transforming them into an extraordinary presentation. Her candied menorah is a perfect example. Here’s the how-to on this stunning, yet simple celebratory centerpiece  …

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Here’s what you’ll need

Candy pearls – three colors
Orange slice candies
• Nine shot glasses
• Toothpicks
• Kitchen shears
• Glass tea light holder
• Narrow tray (optional)

Hanukkah Candy Menorah Ingredients

 

Here’s the how-to in 6 simple steps …

1. Turn one tea light holder upside down and place in the center of the tray.

2. Place one of the glasses on the tea light holder for the “Shamash” (the middle candle).

3. Place four glasses on either side of the Shamash.

4. Fill each glass with three even layers of candy.

5. Using your kitchen shears, cut “flames” from the orange candy slices.

Fruit Slicing

6. Place each orange slice flame on a toothpick and place inside the candies.

Enjoy the holidays making this with your loved ones!

 

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Jelly Belly Jelly Bean Petal Cake Pops

Our favorite cake pop designer, Joanne MacLennan of Merry Poppins, is back on the blog today with another gorgeous candy creation. This time, she’s incorporating vibrant red, green, yellow, and orange Jelly Belly jelly beans as the petals on her flowery pops and finishing them off with candy pearls and edible glitter. Perfect for fall parties!

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Here’s what you’ll need …

• 1 Cake mix
• Homemade or store bought frosting
• Candy melts
• Lollipop sticks
• SweetWorks Sugar Pearls and Sixlets, Edible Glitter, Non-Pareils
• Jelly Belly Sour Mix Jelly Beans
• Wax paper
• Parchment 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

 

Merry Poppins Jelly Belly Cake Pop 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.

Once the cake pop is completely covered with melted chocolate, tap off the extra, and set the dipped cake pop upside down on the wax paper until set.  This will leave the cake pop with a flat top to build the flower.

White Chocolate Dipped Cake Pops

I made the same rings around the cake pops as in post 1, and sprinkled the rings with white non-pareils.

Nonpareil Swirls

 Set the cake pop again upside down until set. Using a spoon or small plastic bag with the tip snipped off, cover the top of the cake pop with melted chocolate.

Piping White Chocolate

Place the Jelly Belly’s on the edge of the flat top of the cake pop, and continue all the way around until the flower petals are complete.  Set aside.

Adding jelly bean petals

Jelly bean petals

I always have a plan, but sometimes have to add something new at the last minute!  I changed my mind and needed orange sugar pearls.  They look smashing with the bright yellow Jelly Belly’s.

SweetWorks Orange Candy Pearls

Dip your spoon into the melts and drop a little into the center of the flower to fill in the middle.   There is nothing yummier than more chocolate.   Can you ever have enough?  Mmmm.

Drizzling White Chocolate

Quickly drop the sugar pearls onto the chocolate in the center before it sets.  Make sure a larger bowl is under your hand to catch the falling treats.

Candy Pearl Centers

With a toothpick or lollipop stick, drop a small amount of chocolate into the middle of the sugar pearls and place a larger candy on top.  Hold until set.

Dollop of White Chocolate

Finished flower center

Place a piece of parchment paper under you now as you sprinkle the middle of the flower with edible glitter.  It is really messy, so go slow.  Tap off any excess glitter.  A clean paintbrush may also be useful to brush off any extra glitter.

Sprinkling edible glitter onto cake pops

Adding edible glitter to cake pops

Finished jelly bean cake pop flower

One cake pop on its own is sharp, but when placed in a group with friends it is stunning.  Show them off with some cool candies in the bottom of a jar or bottle and let the “Oohs” and “Ahhs” begin!

Beautiful Jelly Bean Flower 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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October 31 is looming large. Most trick-or-treaters have picked out their costumes. Pillow cases and plastic pumpkin buckets are out of the closet. And, candy is top of mind!

Here is a roundup of 5 of our most unique Halloween candies for this frightfully fang-tastic event:

1. World’s Largest Gummy Skull
Weighing in at 5 pounds, the World’s Largest Gummy Skull is grossly entertaining. The packaging includes a slot underneath where you can place your own small flashlight to make it glow. You can gift this cranium to friends and family, light it up … and eat it! Also noteworthy: it’s gluten-free.

 

World's Largest Gummy Skull

2. Cauldron of Chocolate Gift Basket

Another great gift idea … especially for those who won’t be trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. Filled with mini Snickers, Milky Way, Hershey’s, Reese’s Cups, and more, this reusable 9 1/4″ x 9 1/4″ x 5″ black cauldron is great for handing out treats next year.

Cauldron of Candy

3. Snickers Pumpkins
If you’re a trick-or-treater and you get a Snickers shaped like a pumpkin, it’s highly doubtful you’ll trade it out at the end of the night  … unless you have peanut allergies.

Snickers Pumpkins

4. Halloween Peeps
Halloween Peeps made our list of Halloween-must have because you can do so much with then. Pop them on top of cakes and cupcakes, insert them into treat bags, place them on a straw to create Peeps pops, string them to make Halloween garland, and, of course, eat them.

Peeps chicks, pumpkins, cats, and ghosts for Halloween

5. Fall Pumpkin Gummies
These bulk pumpkin-shaped gummy candies are ideal for Halloween parties because they add lots of seasonal color:  bright orange (orange flavor), yellow (lemon flavor), light orange (black cherry flavor). They’re also perfect for classroom parties and treat bags. 

Fall pumpkin gummies

Hurry! Halloween 2012 shipping deadlines are approaching at Candy.com.

 Ship Type                    Order By
Ground                           Wed., Oct. 24, 11:59 p.m. PT
2nd Day Air                    Sun., Oct. 28, 11:59 p.m. PT
Next-Day Air                  Mon., Oct. 29, 11:59 p.m. PT
Halloween                      Wed., Oct. 31

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