Sugar Swings! Serve Some: November 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Autumn Tree Graham Cracker Treats

So I was driving with my kid the other day and we both noted to each other how pretty the day was outside.  A perfect autumn day with leaves all sorts of colors with a pretty blue sky.  Some leaves were still on the trees and some already had fallen to the ground.  It was so nice to not only to take the time to pause and really enjoy the moment - something many of use don't do anymore - but it was also great because I shared that moment with my kid, my baby - who is now 12.

I often get inspired by nature and I wanted to make something that was all autumn.  I've used graham crackers as "canvases" before so thought they would be great as a background for some fall trees.

Start with popcorn! 

I used Skinny Pop popcorn and sprayed it with some Wilton color mist.  Again I love this stuff.  It makes coloring stuff so easy.

Mix it up and you have some fun rainbow popcorn.  

Use some melted chocolate to attach the popcorn to the graham crackers and use pretzel sticks as the tree trunks.  I added some fall leaf sprinkles as fallen leaves.

They definitely remind me of the fall trees we were admiring the other day!

I plan on giving them to some kids that we will be spending time with as part of a Girl Scout volunteer activity.  There is a temple that is hosting some families that are in transit and without a home until they get back on their feet.  I figure some fun treats may brighten their day and make them smile.  With so much anger and unrest these days I'm making it a point to do more to help or make a difference in the world.  Even small things matter.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Autumn Tree Graham Cracker Cookies
  • Popcorn (I used Skinny Pop Popcorn)
  • Wilton Color Mist spray in green, yellow, and red
  • 8-10 graham crackers
  • Pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • Leaf shaped sprinkles
  1. Spread popcorn in baking pan and spray with Color mist (to have a mix of
    "leaf" colors)
  2. Melt chips in a microwave safe bowl and add to a freezer bag.  Snip and end and add some chocolate to pretzel stick and attach to a graham cracker as the tree trunk.
  3. Use more melted chocolate to attach popcorn to cracker as the leaves.
  4. Outline the edges of the graham cracker and attach leaf sprinkles along bottom as fallen leaves.
Prep time: 30Yield: 8-10 graham cracker cookies

Other Graham Cracker Cookies and Treats you may like!

Back to School Graham Cracker Snacks

Xylophone Graham Cracker and Twizzler Treats

Birds on a Wire Graham Cracker Cookies

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Wonder Woman & Aquaman Candy Hearts

Did you know Wonder Woman turned 75???

Still going strong for 75 if you ask me.   As so many do, I have a thing for Wonder Woman as a strong and powerful role model.  I know a lot of people probably have issues with her outfit these days, but I think you can kick some butt and still look good because you want to (not because dudes like it).  

Anywhoo, in additon to WW turning 75, I made some candy hearts for both Wonder Woman AND Aquaman since they both have their own movies coming out next year.  They both showed up in Batman Vs Superman so we got a preview of what they're up to.  Aquaman is no longer the blond hair blue eyed comic book hero who has the power of talking to fish.  He looks like a bad a$$ and is played by Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones fans will recognize him as Khal Drogo) and probably the furthest you can get from the traditional Aquaman look!

I know, right??

Although I love the new look, I still love the old orange and green colors as well.  

For these candies, start with heart shaped peppermint patties (scooped up on sale after Valentines day - freeze them and they are as good as the day you bought them!)

Dip each top and bottom in some candy wafers/melts in the coordinated colors of Wonder Woman and Aquaman.  


I know I just complained about hating to dip stuff here BUT these are really easy to dip and no expertise needed at all.

Dip one side then dip the other and add your accents while the candy is still wet.

Easy peasy.

Aren't they super cute?!

And I would totally ship a Wonder Woman/Aquaman romance.  I don't think that's in the stars but it would be an interesting movie cross over angle!

Now go vote for your favorite Wonder Woman running for president! 

Wonder Woman and Aquaman Candy Hearts
  • 18 heart shaped mini Peppermint Patty (or other heart shaped candy will work too)
  • 4 cups of candy melts/wafers (1 cup of red, blue, green, orange)
  • 1/2 cup of candy melts/wafers (1/4 cup of black and 1/4 cup of yellow)
  • white non-pariel sprinkles
  • green sugar sprinkles
  1. Melt the candy wafers in microwave safe bowl in 10-20 second intervals until candy is melted.  Stir in between intervals.   Do one color at a time when you need to use them or candy hardens quickly.
  2. Dip 1/2 of heart shaped chocolate in each of coordinating super hero colors.  Let candy harden 10 minutes in between dippings.  
  3. While candy is still wet add sprinkles for accents (as in pictures)
  4. Add some yellow melted candy to plastic freezer bag, snip a small corner and "pipe" A (Aquaman logo) onto parchment.  Let harden 10 minutes.
  5. Using same yellow melted candy in freezer bag, add detail to Wonder Woman heart (see pictures).
  6. Add some black melted candy to plastic freezer bag, snip a small corner and "pipe" blag band across Aquaman heart (for belt).  While still wet add the hardened "A" onto middle of heart.
  7. Let dry 10 minutes.
Prep time: 1 hourYield: 18 candy hearts