Sunday, December 21, 2014

Pineapple Expressed

Using this great pineapple ice cube tray I molded these delightful candy pineapples as gifts for the holidays. 

The pineapple has long been seen as a symbol of hospitality. These candy pineapples are heavenly tasting and make the perfect hostess gift for all of our parties and events. Using Bakerella yellow and green candy wafers, the candy centers are filled with bits of candied pineapple and I used candied basil leaves in the green "steams". 

Have the happiest of holidays!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Chocolate Lovers Guide

I clipped THE AMERICAS section from this Chocolate Lovers info graphic. Where have you been, what have you tasted, and how WAS it? 

Frankly, I am eager to try Chocochicken. The LA Times was glad when Chocochicken reimagined their menu to include less chocolate. In the initial LA Times review they basically called for eliminating most cocoa centric things on the menu. Who does that? 

P.S. Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Amazing Pumpkin Candy + Chocolate Recipes

Candied Orange Pumpkins
These Candied Orange Pumpkins filled with ganache were amazing. I cut the top off a mandarin orange and gently pulled the flesh from the peel. The peels, top and bottom were candied, boiled with sugar and dried. The following day they were filled with pumpkin spice flavored chocolate ganache. We placed on the pretzel stem on tops and served as individual desserts. The candied oranges could be filled with pudding and even ice cream too. Wow...they were delicious!

Chocolate Covered Cherry Pumpkins
Also ready for Fall, are these small, pumpkin styled Chocolate Covered Cherries. First we dipped some drained cherries in orange chocolate. Once cool, a little pretzel "stem" was added to the top and with a toothpick I made some pumpkin ridges. These were easy to make. Happy Pumpkin Season!

Monday, October 13, 2014

What is Candy Made Of?

1940's Advertisement from the National Confectioners Association
Here's an ad from the 1940s detailing the top ingredients that go into candy. In commercial candy today you'll find a few others like colors, flavors etc. Want to know the purpose, meaning, or function of what is listed on your wrapper? Email us the ingredient and we will let you know!