Friday, January 10, 2014
We developed a tantalizing sweet and savory delight! Melted white chocolate candy (as always we used the fabulous Make'n Mold vanilla wafers) and whole wheat crackers make your pizza base. Then, we topped them with delicious dried tomato bits by Snapz and some amazing crystallized basil herb pieces from Fresh Origins.
Now you have a sweet mini Margherita pizza with a twist. Sweet or Savory? How about both?
Thursday, January 9, 2014
I started the year right with some M&M's Cake Pops. We used chocolate cake so that the inside was as brown as the real ones. We had a fun time making the little lentil shapes and if you can make a hamburger patty you can make an M&M's pop too!
Before our discs were dipped in candy wafers Caroline here likened them to to flying saucers. Those may be made in the very near future but in a galaxy far, far...
Of course, we used Make'n Mold Candy Wafers simply because they are the BEST CANDY WAFERS ever.
Amazingly, Make'n Mold colors can be mixed to make a perfect M&M's color match. If you send an email, I will give you the exact recipe for the colors but you must promise to always use Make'n Mold wafers or your won't get satisfying results.
To create the “M” stencil, simply fold clear plastic packing tape over itself so that you have a firm piece of non-sticky plastic. Then, using an Exacto knife, cut out your “M” shape. Follow this link to find the M logo.
Using a paint brush and your M stencil, dab on powdered sugar when the pops are candy covered and cooled.
Enjoy and Happy New Year!
Friday, September 6, 2013
Summer may be coming to a close but we can still make summer inspired candy! For these bright beauties I combined some melted Make'n Mold green and yellow candy wafers with a little corn syrup to make a moldable chocolate paste. Then I formed little discs and sprinkled with rainbow dragees. These are coming with me to a party tonight. Happy little treats for our waning warm days!
Friday, July 19, 2013
The last time I was in Shane's Candies the store smelled a little strange. I was in Philadelphia to do a radio show on WHYY and a fine and thoughtful producer gave me a list of classic candy places that were a must to visit while I was in town. The last time I was at Shane's it did not look or feel like this. The candy did not seem dandy and in fact the place had no mojo.
Things have changed.
Two years ago Shane's was radically transformed into a magical and traditional confectionery emporium by Eric and Ryan Berley. The brothers spruced up what just may be the oldest operating confectionery store in America. The store originally opened in 1863 and today has historic touches that make it feel like a living sweet museum stocked with fresh and lovingly made candies. The gentlemen also run a sweetly styled classic Soda Fountain shop located just a few doors away.
Today, Shane's is a real candy gem. The attention to detail from retail displays to production work took my breath away. But not for too long as handmade clear toy candy and caramels were available for the tasting. Read this great write up in Smithsonian Magazine and plan your visit today.