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Easter is one of those sacred and religious holidays where you might want to teach your kids about their religion or how certain things came to pass. But, Easter is also about having fun, wearing fancy clothes and of course, no matter how much parents don’t like to admit it, candy. It always has been and always will be! Here are a few fun ways to spruce up your children’s Easter Baskets.
Cute, easy, and pretty colors - what more could you want from an Easter Basket? If you have a daughter or more than one and you want to create a few Easter Baskets for her class, this is a really fun and easy project. You take a few shallow plastic dishes, some coffee filters that you dyed using food safe food coloring (make sure to dry them overnight), and place 4-6 layers of the filters in the plastic dishes. Then you can take a few assorted candies like Jordan Almonds (pastel) or M&Ms (pastel) and place those in the middle. Wrap with cellophane and tie with a pastel ribbon.
Great idea for boys, the carrot is really cute and you can do it with your boys in a matter of minutes. You can also let them pick the candy they want to use as well. You use white non dyed cone coffee filters and dye them using food safe food coloring (orange), and mini white paper cupcake holders and dye them (green). Then you fold up the cone filters and fill them with candy and then hot glue the green paper cupcake holders onto the orange filters.
For something a little different, you can find mini terra cotta pots that you can decorate the lip with using scrapbook paper. Scrapbook paper tends to be a little thicker than construction paper and it comes in all sorts of colors and designs. You can then take green "grass" filler by cutting up fine strips of tissue paper and find some butterflies or fake flowers and place those on the pots with a hot glue gun. Fill the pots with whatever candy you want such as chocolate foiled kisses, Easter color M&Ms, Marshmallow Peeps or anything else that has a festive color to it.
These are quite easy to make and they are a sweet and inexpensive little gift for everyone at your local church to give away. All you need is a mason jar, with lid, edible candy grass, and a few small candies like Jordan Almonds or chocolate kisses and of course a chocolate bunny with a bow tied around it. Then, on the neck of the mason jar you can place a ribbon around it and tie it up.
Grab the basket your fruit came in, and recycle it! Simply take a few different ribbon colors and weave them in and out of the little squares on the basket. Then take a piece of wire that has tissue paper wrapped around it for the handle and hot glue gun it to the sides of the baskets. Then take grass filler, and add in some eggs, chocolate foiled eggs, and chocolate bunnies.
As you can see, Easter Baskets don’t have to be expensive and better yet, they don’t have to be boring in the same brown faux wood basket you have used every year since your kids were born. You can use almost any foundation to build new Easter baskets, and of course, new memories upon. You just need a little creativity and imagination, as well as some candy, a dash of love, and some cherished time with your little ones.
You will hardly find a child or adult who will refuse candy. Rather than buying candy from the store, you can now make candy at home. Here are two types of recipes – recipes that kids can use under adult supervision and recipes that are slightly more time consuming and sophisticated for adults who want their sugar fix.
Making candy with kids can be a fun and learning experience that both you and your child will love. Try these really simple recipes this holiday season.
These are delicious candy spoons that kids will love to lick. Just supervision is needed when melting the chocolate. This simple yet yummy recipe barely takes a few minutes to put together, and a great way to spend some quality time with your tiny tot!
2. Candy Apples
Candy apples are not just for Halloween. They can be eaten anytime. You can ensure that your kids get their candy fix as well the nutrients from the apples. This is yet another simple recipe that older kids can try on their own. Help them however in melting the chocolate! These fancy apple treats are great for backyard sales!
3. Chocolate Clay
Chocolate clay can be used as play-doh as well as to eat. Now, which child wouldn’t love this dual benefit? Allow your lil angel, to play with this dough and take a bite or two as they roll them into delicious delights.
These recipes though a tad bit more complex, can still be fun to make and mouthwatering delicious. Try them for yourself! These candies are a tad bit difficult to make but can be served as an alternative to a rich dessert.
1. Homemade Lollipops
Lollipops are not the domain of kids. Even adults can enjoy them with their kids.
2. Brown Sugar Praline
Pralines are easy to make, as long as you don’t burn the sugar while caramelizing. Try them you will love it for sure!
3. Coconut Macadamia Truffles
Truffles are the ultimate treat for the taste buds and the coconut and macadamia in this recipe heightens the pleasure even further.
Once you taste these homemade goodies, you will never opt for store-bought candy again. While some are rather easy and the others a tad bit difficult, they all make great snacks that you would love crunching! Try them today!
There is one time of year that every child awaits with immense anticipation: their birthday. Every year they wait all year to chow down on delicious cake and tear open colorful presents. It is also a time to unleash your crafty skills as a parent and have fun; it’s a time to show how much of a superhero you can be in your child’s eyes. This guide is meant to inspire parents of boys or girls, ages 1 to 10 years old.
Here are ten tasty birthday ideas that will put a smile your child’s face.
1st Birthday: At 1 years old, a "smash" cake just for them is very appropriate, I think most of us had this on our 1st birthday. But, you can make a cake for the older kids and adults. One idea to still add a lot of color and flavor is to do a rainbow cake with red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple layers - which you can do right at home, and topping it with miniature colors of jelly beans.
2nd Birthday: Perhaps another smash cake is in order, but if you want a sweet idea that everyone will love, you can make cupcakes of various flavors like chocolate, vanilla, or a combination of chocolate and vanilla, with white icing and chocolate lady bugs (foiled) candy on the cupcakes.
3rd Birthday: Caterpillar Cupcake Cake's: All you do is make 12-15 cupcakes, with white icing and you literally lay them down and stack them against each other in a squiggly formation. The face can be m&ms or jelly beans. The tentacles of the caterpillar are two mini dum dum pops. The legs (on each cupcake) are cut gummy worms.
4th Birthday: More custom cupcakes! Make a table with cupcakes, different flavors of icing, and an assortment of candies including sprinkles, m&ms, jelly beans, Jordan almonds, different gummy candy like sharks, worms or bears, cinnamon imperials and anything else you can think of.
5th Birthday: Cookies and Cake Pops are always popular for any birthday. For the cookies, make various sizes and shapes of sugar cookies and add on different sprinkles of smashed up hard candies like Smarties or Brachs hard candy.
6th Birthday: One word: Sixlets! Just like how sprinkles became so popular, unwrapped Sixlets are becoming more and more popular, too. The cool thing about Sixlets is that they can come unwrapped and in every color under the sun! Choose 2-3 colors that your son or daughter really loves, make a high layered cake, ice the outside of the cake, and place those 2-3 colors in a decorative pattern on the cake's icing. Who would have guessed ROYGBIV was so tasty?
7th Birthday: Create a girl’s favorite “pretty” cake by using pink icing and adding on pink gummy flowers, butterflies, ladybugs and more. Create a boy’s favorite “tough guy” cake by adding brown chocolate icing on the cake, with crumbled Oreos for dirt, and gummy worms, spiders and ants!
8th Birthday: Dive into the swimming pool cake! This can be for a boy or a girl. Make a cake; cut out the middle, place a cardboard fixture inside of it. Then add blue Jello for the water, and on the “water” place all kinds of gummy pool party candies like pool caddies, pool chairs, a few balls and more. On the outer part of the cake near the water, you can put smashed up hard green candies on white icing to make it look like grass. Add in a few more luau or pool themed items like mini paper umbrellas. On the outside of the cake make a faux wood construction out of Twix candy bars by “gluing” them to the cake via icing.
9th Birthday: This cake is a slam-dunk for boys and girls alike! This cake is easy, but looks great. Just take a circular cake, preferably 1-3 layers high and ice with white icing. Then take both the orange and brown candies from Reese’s Pieces and create a basketball.
10th Birthday: It’s always a great day for a Sundae! It sounds easy, but that’s the great thing about kids; they love experimenting, creating things with their own hands, and making a mess. It’s time for the kids to make their own creations! Find an assortment of gummies, candies, chocolates, ice creams, and as many sweet ingredients you can think of and place them in a row along a table. Purchase disposable plates, as this will get messy! Now let the 10 year old enjoy his or her fabulous Sundae buffet!
The possibilities are endless when it comes to preparing your child’s birthday. Hopefully, these ideas have inspired you to create a sweet treat of your own!
We would love to hear your delectable birthday ideas. Share your favorite birthday creations in the comments below!
Candy – that pleasurable treat in which we indulge. Sometimes it is sour, sometimes it is sweet and other times it is just down right chocolaty goodness. No matter how you slice, bake, bite, roll, share or hoard it, one thing is certain – life is much better with it. These 10 candy filled recipes are sure to deliver.
Word to the wise: You might want to read about these in private. They have been known to make folks drool.
This grownup riff on butterfingers, takes a traditional shortbread cookie to the next level. Slathered with a thick chocolate ganache and topped with chopped Butterfingers, these babies are elegant enough for a ladies luncheon and candy enough to take to as the post-game soccer snack.
Peanut butter and chocolate classic combination that steals hearts and wins taste buds. A take on both Ohio’s popular Buckeyes and the internationally popular Reese’s, these chocolate peanut butter cupcakes are best enjoyed with a big glass of milk.
Elevating the classic Twix, these bars put a savory spin on this standard candy with their sprinkling of Fleur de sel. In a triple layer of shortbread, caramel and dark chocolate, they make an indulgent – slightly messy – treat.
This classic truffle is infused with the bright flavors of fresh raspberry. Not only does the acidic notes of the fruit play nicely against the dark chocolate, the bright red color visually brings an added wow factor.
The name alone screams for holding up in a room with an entire batch just for yourself. But, the friends you will win by sharing, might sway you against such a tummy achingly good idea. The rich combination of butter, sugar and cream is given an additional depth with a touch of bourbon. Be sure to save a little of that tasty libation. It’ll make a great pairing.
Who needs a s’more when you have Chocolate Dipper Marshmallows? In fact, it really is the best of the treat. Why mess around with the graham crackers and the campfire when you can get down to the really important things right away?
Mother Nature has had it figured out for some time. Her luscious fruits are packed with all the sweet goodness we need to satisfy that sugar craving. Here, they’re elevated even further as smashed dates are rolled in coconut flakes, dipped in chocolate and topped with orange zest.
Sour candies get their pucker worthy flavor from bitter fruits like oranges. These Orangettes take full advantage of that inherent bitterness, caramelizing thin strips of orange peel for a sweet finish that causes you to keep nibbling uncontrollably.
Can’t say we didn’t warn you about the drool.
It can be a little bit tricky to modify your child's candy intake sometimes. Like most things that involve your kids, you might need to use just a little bit of creativity to find the most successful methods. Here are a few ways to make saying "no" at the checkout line something you can check off the grocery list:
Since its first documented use around 1100 BC in a bitter drink enjoyed by the Mayans and Aztecs, the seed from the Theobroma cacao tree has been enjoyed by people everywhere. In the 19th century, an emulsification process created by John Cadbury turned this seed into the delectable treat now known as chocolate. Continue reading
What’s more romantic than a box of chocolates this Valentine’s day? A box of chocolates paired with the finest tawny port wine or a barrel-aged stout beer with a rich and dark chocolate bar might just do the trick. Whether you are an oenophiliac or can’t have a romantic meal without a microbrew setting the mood, there is a chocolate to be paired with it.
With Valentine’s Day round the corner, you will be looking for that perfect gift to impress your sweetheart. Well, it can be a tough choice if you do not have a list to choose from. This is a special day – a day of expressing love – and a great way to proclaim your feelings is through a thoughtful gift. Here are ten tips to choose the right gift or doing something meaningful for your sweetheart that he or she will adore you even more.