4th of July…it’s approaching. And all too fast, because apparently MotherNatureMinneapolis can’t seem to get it’s act together. Somedays I feel like I live in Seattle, except for the brief period I was in Austin for the BlogHer Food Conference (more on that later).
Chocolate Stout Cake Truffles (or Beer Balls if you ask the guys at work). If this doesn’t scream of a man-dessert, not sure what will.
Guinness is used in the cake and the frosting. Then everything is combined together to form one pop-able, slightly bitter, chocolately, creamy cake truffle.
Can I just say, I love chocolate dipped pretzels. Tiny twists, rods, dipping sticks, old fashioned…I’m not picky.
Plus, there are soo many ways to dress them up; from bunnies to cactuses.
Another great thing. Modeling chocolate. And yes, you can make modeling chocolate with CandiQuik Coatings.
First things first, it’s my 3 year blog anniversary! Holy canoli.
I barely knew a thing about blogging when I started Miss CandiQuik. But it’s so much fun and there is a true sense of community in the blogging world. If you’re thinking about starting a blog: do it. Start it and be persistent. Keep posting and watch it (and yourself) grow.
Now, let’s celebrate! And eat cake.
I found this cake mix while wondering down the baking aisle (surprise, surprise) and couldn’t pass it up. I wasn’t sure what type of orange flavor it would deliver but I was more than willing to experiment. The result: orange creamsicle, people! Even more so when crumbled up and smooshed together with buttercream frosting.
This cake is everything I needed today.
Strawberry cake, golden oreos, lemon zest, cream cheese, and vanilla candiquik. In that order. Bring it on.
This recipe was inspired by Courtney from Pizzazzerie. She created the infamous Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Bars. Hubba hubba. So I played off of hers and made a Spring/Summer version. Or a version for anyone who isn’t a huge chocolate fan. Wait, that’d just be weird.
Are you ready for the easiest (yummy) Easter basket treat ever?!
I needed something that was cute, wouldn’t break easy (mailing in packages), could feed an army, and last a few days without losing it’s flavor.
This is what I came up with. This takes about 10 minutes to put together. Longer if you’re coming up with cute tags to attach to your “bunny bait”, but don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. You can find the printable tags below!
Throw everything together in a giant bowl.
Don’t try to skimp on your bowl here, otherwise you’ll have Cheerios all over your kitchen floor – which may or may not differ from a normal day.
Melt CandiQuik and pour over the mixture. I used a spatula to fold together until the mixture was evenly coated.
Spread mixture out onto a large piece of wax paper (I used two pieces of wax paper, side by side). This prevents you from having one ginormous piece of Cheerio Crispy Treat.
Once the mixture is completely dry (5-10 minutes), scoop into cute little treat bags, tie off with a ribbon and treat tag! Voila.
- 8 cups Cheerios®
- 2 cups salted peanuts
- 1 cup M&M®’s
- 3 cups pretzel twists
- 1 (16 oz.) package Vanilla CandiQuik® Coating
- Combine cereal, peanuts, M&M’s and pretzels in a large bowl.
- Melt CandiQuik in tray according to package directions.
- Pour CandiQuik into the mixture; using a spatula, fold into the mixture until evenly coated.
- Spread mixture out onto a large sheet of wax paper; let dry.
- Once dry, scoop into treat bags or keep sealed in an airtight container.
Printable treat tags below:
The first time I saw these over at Stop Lookin’ Get Cookin’s blog, I almost died from the cuteness. Why did I never think of turning pretzel twists into cute little chicks (or are they ducklings?)!? I thought of making bunnies out of pretzel RODS, but making little critters out of the twists – nope. The credit goes to Kendra’s daughter! So swing by her blog to see the other ideas she created with these pretzel twists!
I did, however, add my own twist to these and used a sliced almond for a little wing.
What I love about them is they’re easy, tasty and super adorable. You could make these right now if you wanted…
That is if you have pretzels, CandiQuik, almonds, sprinkles and candy coated sunflower seeds.
I found the candy coated sunflower seeds (with an assortment of colors available) at TJ Maxx/HomeGoods. Kendra found them at Michaels, so hopefully one of these this helps you out!
If you have difficulty finding these, you could always use an orange Tic-Tac.
- Tiny pretzel twists
- 1 (16 oz.) package Vanilla CANDIQUIK Coating
- yellow food coloring (oil or powder based only)
- Sliced almonds
- Orange candy-coated sunflower seed
- Jumbo nonpareil sprinkles
- + Piping bag (or plastic Ziploc bag)
- Arrange pretzels on wax or parchment paper.
- Melt CandiQuik coating according to package directions. Add a few drops of yellow food coloring and stir until combined.
- Spoon CandiQuik into a piping bag (or heavy plastic Ziploc w/ one tiny corner snipped off); pipe inside each pretzel until the holes are filled.
- Press a sliced almond (wing), orange sunflower seed (beak), and black nonpareil (eye) on before the coating sets.
Chick or duckling, they’re cute. Happy Spring!
Well hello there!
What better way to eat a Peep than in a chocolate Easter egg?
Two weeks ago I bought about five dozen peeps. Pink ones, purple ones, yellow ones, blue ones, limited edition ones(!)… all in attempt to making something fun and creative for the Peeps Hop Along Party. Something more than just a chocolate dipped peep. I ended up with these guys. Peeping peeps, or they could be hatching, but bunnies hatching out of eggs is just silly. So just roll with me, ok?
You may recognize the chocolate eggs if you frequent this site…
Only this time I added a base to the egg and stuffed them with Peeps!
Fill your silicon mold with a spoonful or two of CandiQuik, using the back of a spoon to push the coating up the sides. If your sides feel thin, you may want to repeat this process.
Using a small knife, I trimmed the top of each egg. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, this makes it look more natural!
I also cut the bottom half of each peep off. You can decide what to do with the leftover marshmallow, I’m confident it will go to good use.
Note: I only had to trim the chicks peeps
I used a toothpick to apply CandiQuik along the edge of one egg to act as a glue and hold both halves together.
Then spoon a tiny amount of CandiQuik on wax paper and press your egg on top, hold in place until the egg is able to stand on its own (this should only take a few moments).
Sorta cute, don’t you think!?
Happy Easter, Peeps!
(Sorry, I couldn’t resist)
Be sure to hop on over to the following sites, they are all delivering a super cute PEEP idea!