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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Good Humor (Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Eclair & Toasted Almond) Ice Cream Bar Cake Pops


Hey there Peeps! It's August and I just saw an ad that Pumpkin Spice lattes are coming back soon.

NOOO! I want to keep Summer for a bit more. 

We haven't even been to the beach yet.  So bummed but I have been trying to keep Summer going with one of my fav treats. 

Good Humor Ice Cream Bars - specifically the infamous Strawberry Shortcake! It's been one of my favorites since I was a little kid running to the ice cream truck when it came into the neighborhood.


I found some of the crunch sprinkles that coat those infamous ice cream bars so knew I had to use them to make some mini treats.

These are my mini versions of the Chocolate Eclair, Strawberry Shortcake, and the Toasted Almond.

chocolate eclair ice cream bar cake pop

The chocolate bar is a mixture of Funfetti cake and frosting plus some crushed up chocolate creme cookies (I used Trader Joe's Joe Joe's) 


The Strawberry Shortcake is the Funfetti cake, frosting plus some powdered freeze dried strawberries.


The toasted almond is plain Funfetti cake and frosting mixture.


Once the mixture is uniform shape into the ice cream bar shapes.


My local supermarket had "crunch" sprinkles in chocolate crunch, nut crunch, and "pink" crunch flavors.


Add a popsicle stick (coffee stirrer) 
Freeze for about 15 minutes 
Coat "popsicle" with melted vanilla candy  
Add the crunch sprinkles 
Let harden


And you have some super cute ice cream bar cake pops!


Don't they look like mini versions of the real thing?? Bonus - they don't melt!


I'm going to try to enjoy the last few weeks of Summer before we head into pumpkin spice season!

And thanks for swinging by!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker Sith Trooper Cake Bites


Hey all! Are you as excited as I was to see the new Sith Troopers that will be in the latest Star Wars movie The Rise of Skywalker??! 

Troopers that are bright red! So cool.


I knew I had to make some Sith Trooper treats - I know a little weird but thats how my mind works!

I decided on no dip cake bites.


You ask "No dip cake bites, what are they??"

Well cake bites (or cake balls if you must) that are made using molds versus hand shaped and dipped.  I have some Star Wars silicone molds and one is shaped like Storm Troopers


Start by melting some red candy wafers (candy melts) and coat the mold with a decent layer.  Let harden for 15 minutes (or refrigerate until hardened about 5 minutes).


Add your favorite cake bite/ball mixture.  This is a mix of crumbled vanilla cake and chocolate frosting that I had leftover from another cake.


Once filled, add more melted candy to cover.  Chill for about an hour then pop the cake bites out of the molds.  Make sure you use a thick enough layer of candy in the molds and chill for enough time or you might get some breakage!


Add some black detail with an edible food writer or use black food gel

I'm really excited to see these guys in action on the big screen


I wonder if they have better aim then their predecessors!


I really do love the look and color of these new Sith Troopers. I know they are the bad guy flunkies and all but they still are one of my fav characters in the Star Wars saga.  

In fact, I may need to re-do and add them my Star Wars Trooper Cookie collection


Enjoy the heat going on if you are anywhere near the East Coast and thanks for swinging by!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Toy Story 4 Pretzels & Mini Cupcakes


Well look finally new post! 

Sheesh it's been since February since I posted something new! I won't bore you with all the details but life is just really busy and moving so quickly and unfortunately the posts are fewer and farther in between. 


But I'm back with 2 of my favs - decorated pretzel snacks and cupcakes!

These are for the new Toy Story 4 movie that's out now.


And there are some new characters too. Super cute and fun!


Make a whole bunch of them since they are pretty simple to make.  I just use various colors of candy melting wafers to decorate and add sprinkles as needed.


You can serve the pretzels by themselves (an awesome sweet and salty combo) or this time I used them as toppers for some mini funfetti cupcakes.


Have you seen the movie?? I haven't - YET! But it's definitely on my upcoming weekend to do list! 

We just started Summer here - and that means my 3 kiddos are home.  They have a couple weeks off before classes and camps start so we're enjoying the easy less stress days. Hoping to get a few new posts together too! 

Thanks for hanging in even though the posts have been meager lately!

PS I do post a lot more frequently over on my Instagram with stuff from the blog AND more sweet and geeky stuff that I love!



Sunday, February 3, 2019

Star Wars Ewok Valentines Day Candies



 Wow first post of 2019 and we're already into February! 

Good thing it's a fun one

Some Star Wars treats - Heart Shaped Ewok candies for Valentines Day!


Start with some heart shaped chocolate covered candy. I used peppermint patties but you can use whatever is your fav.  There's so much available in stores right now since all the V-day candies are out and about.


Melt some white chocolate and "paint" it on the top.  It just gives it a nice rustic feeling and allows the characters to stand out more.


Once dry, use assorted color melted candy wafers and add the Ewok details.  


I used a photo from google and made them really simple.  Fur color, contrasting hood color, sprinkle for nose, and use a black edible food writer for eyes.


Super simple

AND 

Of course I needed to add the Endor Princess Leia since the scene when she meets the Ewok Wicket is one of my favs.


We love Ewoks so much that we named our Chow Chow Wicket!

When she was a puppy the kids thought she looked like a little baby Ewok so they chose her name.


Even grown she still looks like one to me!


Such a pretty pup 

Although don't ask me how many times when people ask her name and we say "Wicket" they say "Oh Wicked is she a naughty pup?" 

Now I usually say "Her name is Wicket because she looks like a Star Wars Ewok" and that usually works!


You can also add some cutie cute Ewok-ish Valentines Day sayings like:

You Ewok my World!

Our Love will Endor

I Endor You 


OK that last one is supposed to be like "I Adore You" BUT for you long time married folk (like me!) perhaps "I Endure You" is actually appropriate Valentine! 

Happy February and 2019 to ALL!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Willy Wonka Gingerbread Men Cookies



It's my fav time of year when all the Christmas and holiday cookies come out!

Every year I do some themed gingerbread men cookies and this year it's

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!



The original 1971 movie is on my all time favorites list so it was just a matter of time before these fun characters showed up in cookie form!

Willy Wonka is also one of my have internet memes!


Start with some cut out gingerbread men.  I use royal icing for faces and some detail that needs a smoother look.


The rest of the detail is done with melted candy wafers/melts


Melt in a microwave safe bowl then add candy to zip lock bags to pipe the detail on.  You can reheat if needed in 5-7 second intervals.


I love all the Willy Wonka characters since they are so unique.  

Even the bad eggs!


In case you needed some help:

Grandpa Joe (with his Fizzy Lifting Drink and Charlie (and his golden ticket)


Violet Beauregarde (plumped up like a blueberry but still blowing bubbles) 
and 
Veruca Salt (She got her golden egg)


Augustus Gloop (eating a Wonka Bar of course) and Mike Teevee (and his mini TV self!)


And of course the iconic Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas


I'm bringing them to a party since they make for such a fun cookie platter for grown ups and kids!


Which character is your favorite?

Merry Christmas to all that celebrate and get ready for 2019!

PS I use a gingerbread cookie mix to speed the process and I find the cookie dough rolls out great and the gingerbread men keep their shape when baked!



Friday, December 7, 2018

Mini Apple Rose Tarts

 

Happy December to All!

Hard to believe we're almost at the end of 2018.  I really think time does speed up once you turn 40. (And that was 7 years ago now!)

This is only my 11th post of 2018 when in previous years I was averaging way more:

How the heck did I post 66 new treats in 2010?? As you can see the number has consistently dropped each year since.  The reason? Life. Just life as a working mom with 3 kids (now twins are 11 and big kid is 14).  I love baking and thinking up new treats but it has taken a backseat for sure this year.  I do still make stuff but many times I don't have the time or energy for pics and blog posts.  I tend to take the easy way out and post a quick pic to Instagram and my Facebook page.  

But that said when I do have time and want to share something new, I do like to set aside some me time for that.  

Like these mini apple rose tarts!


I've seen them on Pinterest a lot and they've been on my to do list forever! Plus I love apples and cinnamon so these are one of my fav flavors.

Start with some apples.  I used a bunch of different types - really to try to get different colors in the final tarts.  Cut in half, remove seeds/core, and slice thinly.  I just used a knife to slice thinly but you could also use a mandolin if you have one handy.


Add 1/4 cup of honey and 1 teaspoon of good cinnamon to a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute.  Brush mixture over outside of apples and bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes (until apples are soft but not mushy).  You can even microwave the apples to really speed up the time.  


I used store bought tart shells.  They are small and easy to work with and really speeds the process of making these little tarts.


To hold the apples in I filled the tarts with a mixture of melted caramel chips and a little cream cheese.  Place the apples lengthwise overlapping slightly and roll into rose shape.  


The video above shows how to roll the apples (I left out the puff pastry as I wanted smaller, tighter roses.


Add the rolled roses to the shells and that's pretty much it.  

If you use pre-made shells you can have a bunch of these mini apple rose tarts made in about 30 mins!


Super cute and yummy and it looks like you spent a lot of time putting a tray of these together.  I plan on making more for some holiday parties coming up!


Another reason right now for lack of posts is we are renovating our kitchen! Currently cooking and baking is happening either in a toaster oven, microwave, electric burner or crock pot!

Here's our current kitchen set up!


Wish me luck and here's to hoping 2019 gets back on track treat wise!

Thanks for swinging by!


Mini Apple Rose Tarts

Ingredients
  • Box pre-made fillo tart shells
  • 3 apples (pick you favorite)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup caramel chips
  • 1 Tablespoon cream cheese
Instructions
  1. For apple roses: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Cut apples in half and remove core/seeds.  Slice thinly and evenly.  
  2. Mix honey and cinnamon in microwave safe bowl and heat for 1-2 mins until thin.  Brush over outside of apples.  
  3. Bake apples for 15 mins (until pliable but not mushy)
  4. Line up about 4 apple slices lengthwise overlapping ends slightly.  Roll into rose shape (see video above as example)
  5. For filling: Add caramel chips to microwave safe bowl and heat for 3 minutes or until chips are melted.  Add cream cheese to bowl and mix well.  Add about 1 teaspoonful to each tart shell.
  6. Add one apple rose to each filled tart shell.
  7. Serve at room temperature or store in refrigerator until serving.
Prep time: 30 minutes Yield: about 15-20 tarts