I was on line to pay for my snack and drink at Barnes & Nobles when these pretty little pastel candies caught my eye (strategically placed next to the register, might I add). I’ve never been the biggest fan of non pareils; not that I had ever turned any down either. These minty goodies taste a bit like After Eights, which I loved for many years. Great for me since I’ve been crossing chocolate off my list due to its caffeine content. I really like to keep a small container of them in my purse as after dinner mints. A week or two later, I was at Michaels Crafts and saw an adorable “milk bottle” filled with tiny fish-shaped hard candies in assorted colors. I didn’t realize they were made by the same company until I read the label. My husband said they got me pegged.
Recently I bought a terrific tiered canister from Gilt by Global Amici. I use it to store holiday candy. Everything is kept well-protected and sealed. I really love it! It’s an attractive design too. I initially wished they had the four tiered available during that sale but the three tiered has proven to be fine. I can also see this canister used to house craft bits and baubles, bath salts, among a number of other things.
Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays! Happy New Year!!!
I spotted these lovely piecrust cutters in the holiday edition of Williams-Sonoma’s catalog and was instantly inspired! Aren’t the pies just gorgeous with not too much effort even?! I ordered a set of these holiday cutters and a fall leaves version. I’m going to get back into baking for sure now! Some day I would love to present a pretty pie that I made with any of these cutter sets to a party hostess.
I will try my best to remember to post pics of my upcoming pie bake =)
*Photocredit: Williams-Sonoma & NYCupcake
*Update: February 16, 2012:
I recently made a chicken pot pie using these charming pie cutters; just couldn’t wait. Tasted delicious besides the few darkened spots on the crust.
They finally arrived at my local supermarket! Just Tomatoes Etc. The perfect trail hike treats and delights to satisfy your munchies! I love Just Bananas and Just Mango best so far; better yet, mixing them together in one bag =)
I was so happy to find this shop! I can’t even recall how I did; perhaps a colleague found out about my love of sweets and mentioned that I should pay this shop a visit =) I ended up buying bags of Mary Janes and Bit O’ Honeys to share and a giant PEZ fireman dispenser to surprise a good friend. These are atypical kid favorites but so very good! My faves during my childhood were: Razzles, Chiclets, Fun Dip, Nerds, Wax Bottles, Now & Laters, Starbursts, Candy Buttons, Jolly Ranchers, and Sweetarts to name a few.
Mt. Kisco Main Street Candy: Stocks old-time favorites and baseball cards. I have to figure out the exact name and address for you. I went there yesterday and didn’t take my receipt. What I picked up: jumbo and super-jumbo sized Smarties to surprise DH, lemon head, SweeTarts, Starbursts, Razzles, Mary Janes, Laffy Taffy, and Now & Laters. I was really bad, I know =(
The Chocolate Chalet: I love chocolate truffles above all others. The more decadent e.g. chocolate-chocolate combos, the better! Our last visit was in February of this year and I believe their truffles to be phenomenal tasting and a feast for the eyes!
Belle de Sucre, Paris takes sugar to a whole other level. How beautiful these bon bons would look presented on a pretty Victorian plate at high tea or in a handmade and lusciously decorated gift box to someone special! Too bad that these lovelies are not offered in the US yet :(. I did find online, a recipe by “Trish” if you are interested in customizing your own and up to the sweet tooth challenge…
Trish’s “Renaissance Sweets” Recipe
Expertise Level: So easy to make yourself!
Add 2 teaspoons of water to 1 cup of sugar
Mix until the consistency of wet sand
While moistened, pack sugar into plastic mold trays
Even off the sugar with a spatula
Take the sugar beauties out of the molds and lay onto parchment paper right away
Let harden overnight
Molds can be found at craft stores and kitchen supply stores.
Smaller molds are recommended for this project.
Suggestion: Flower molded sugars make great cupcake toppers.
You may brush sugars with culinary glitter dust or lightly brush them with touches of food coloring.
For supplies, I personally recommend e.g. kitchenkrafts.com only because I’ve bought from them and was pleased with their products. There are also so many others, so have fun searching :)
*Photocredit: Various Sources; I will post my own pics once I have made mine ;)…
Butter cookies with a large glass of milk is perfect for me. They’re not the healthiest snack, but in moderation, they are some kind of wonderful =). I’ve always liked the pretzel shaped butter cookies the best (haha, even though from the Royal Dansk cookie tin- they really are about all the same). I bought a small tin of them from CVS this past Saturday. I think I said “uhm” accidentally out loud and saw two people look at me… afterall, they are “uhm”-worthy. I think they switched out the round-raisin ones for round-coconut ones and added round-stripe ones. No big deal, they are equally excellent. My paternal grandmother would always have the biggest container of Royal Dansk in her home. I would eat so many of them in one sitting that I would feel sick to the gills =(. I’ve never stopped craving for them. This is probably the first time in a few years since I had Royal Dansk cookies.
I was at the store today and saw my favorite childhood candy, Almond Roca. It’s still the best after all these years, out of all these possible choices in the world- better than Lindt, Godiva, Martine’s, Vosges. Since I’ve been allowing myself to have Sunny Seed Drops, I was good and didn’t buy it, but I still crave Almond Rocas.