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I’ve got an easy, kid-friendly, and road-tested spring candy craft for you to try: Peeps Garland.

Inspired by the candy crafting book, Peeps! Recipes and Crafts to Make With Your Favorite Marshmallow Treat, I gathered the few items necessary to create this colorful Easter decoration.

The Short-and-Sweet Supply List

1. Peeps Bunnies and Chicks in a variety of colors (I love the little row of Peeps above. Mr. yellow, far left, looks as though he’s warning Mr. Pink of an imminent stringing.)

2. Jelly Beans – I used Jelly Belly’s Kids Mix because the colors are so vibrant … plus, it contains Very Cherry and Berry Blue beans. String one bean, eat one.  String two beans, eat six ….

3. Needle and waxed thread

4. Ribbon for bows at the two ends of the garland


The How-To

- Thread your needle, double-knot the end of the string, and leave about 4 inches of excess thread.

- String Peeps and jelly beans in whatever order you like. (Note: I started with a jelly bean to hold the knot, and kept the number of jelly beans to a minimum because they do add quite a bit of weight to the string. Also, your needle and string will become sticky, so dab vegetable oil on a paper towel and coat the string as needed.)

- When you reach a desired garland length, cut and double knot the thread. Leave about 4 inches of extra thread.

- Attach a grosgrain bow to each end by tying your excess thread around each bow.

There’s lots to love about this edible garland. You can use it as a decoration for your mantel, table, chandelier, mirror, window, back of a parsons chair, or Easter tree … plus it’s a great craft for kids during spring break or on Easter Sunday.

String one Peep, eat one.  String two Peeps, eat three …

 

 

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Inspiration struck today. Shocker. While contemplating how to string green, purple, and gold candy beads into Mardi Gras necklaces, I spied super clever gumball necklaces from One Charming Party on Pinterest. Aha!

Using purple, green, and shimmer gold gumballs, vibrant purple ribbon, a sharp tack, embroidery needle, and One Charming Party’s know-how, these edible Mardi Gras beads unfolded …

Originally, I set out to string Sixlets, but they cracked when met with a needle. Oak Leaf’s beautiful 1-inch green, purple, and shimmer gold gumballs worked like a charm!

To puncture both sides of the gumballs, I used a razor sharp upholstery tack. Not one shell cracked in the process. Miracle!

Next, I threaded a wide-eyed embroidery needle with 1/4-inch purple ribbon and pulled it through each gumball with a little help from pliers.

And, just as One Charming Party suggested, I tied a knot in between gumballs, and finished off each necklace with a bow. (Note: Gumballs do get heavy when strung together, so I kept each necklace to 10 “beads.”)

Based on prelim feedback, “Mardi Gum” necklaces are serious conversation starters, so start your Mardi Gras party with them.

One more sweet tip for Fat Tuesday, Feb. 21: “Rim” classic hurricane glasses with purple, green, and gold candy pearls. Pretty!

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We received quite a few responses to last Friday’s contest question: “What Short-and-Sweet Phrase Would You Put on a Valentine Candy Heart?”

After careful review, a Top 25 list has emerged.

Post your favorite on our Facebook Page. The phrase with the most thumbs up wins the $25 Candy.com gift certificate.

SM:)LE
WUV
I LIKE U
LUV U BOO
1 IN A MILL
LQQN 4 LUV
S’UP
MWUAH!
4 EVER URS
HAPPY 2 ❤ U
UR MY FAV
❤ U 4EVR
SWEET CHEEKS
PUCKER UP
HI CUPCAKE
LUVM (love you very much)
LYL (love you lots)
LOL (lots of love)
ME + U = LOVE
SMOOCHES ❤
FB ME
TAG ME
PIN ME
YES, PLEASE
JUST SAYIN’

Polls close tomorrow night at 11:59 p.m. est. The winner will be posted on Wed. morning. Thanks all for participating!

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It’s game on for the 46th Super Bowl on February 5, 2012. Kickoff time for New England Patriots vs. New York Giants is 6:30 est/5:30 cst on NBC.

For party planners with guests rooting for opposing teams, this is a lucky year. The Patriots and Giants have similar patriotic team colors, so an Americana candy color scheme works for either side of the fence.

To help you create a sweet dessert table, use our Super Bowl XLVI Candy Color Palette below. (Click on the photo collage to see our entire Patriotic candy collection):

Super Bowl Party Sweets (from right, clockwise): New York Giants Cake Pan, New England Patriots Cake Pan, Silver Milk Chocolate Foil Balls, Red Milk Chocolate Foil Stars, Blue Milk Chocolate Foil Stars, Patriotic Gummy Bears, Blue Jordan Almonds, Red Sixlets, White M&M’s, Cherry Fruit Sours, Blueberry Candy Stick, Peppermint Candy Stick, Very Cherry, Coconut, and Blueberry Jelly Belly Beans, and Silver Candy Pearls.

During the game, let your guests mix up their own munchies by offering up red, white, blue, and silver treat boxes with ribbon handles (click on photos below to see all colors available):


Are you planning a Super Bowl party with a candy buffet, dessert table, or candy favors? Send us photos at info@candy.com! We’d love to see your work.

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