November 1, 2009

DIY Oreo Truffles

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 7:39 am by Dory

Happy Day-After-Halloween! Today is the day that all that candy goes on sale, and those with children don’t see the light of day (on account of all the tummy-aches from too much candy the night before). Go and get the Oreos at a discount, and make this delicious treat!

 

Ingredients:

1 package Oreos

14 oz. can of condensed milk

1 bag of candy melts for dipping (or chocolate chips)

 

Instructions:

1. Crush Oreos in a food processor or in a ziploc bag.

2. Mix crushed oreos in a bowl with condensed milk.

3. Form little balls with the mixture and place in freezer for 10 minutes.

4. Melt candy melts in microwave in 30 second increments until melted. It won’t look like it’s all melted, but just mix it a little, and the rest will melt down. You do NOT want to overcook chocolate. Be careful to not get water in the bowl you melt the candy melts in.. it will mess up the chocolate!

5. Take balls out of freezer, dip in melted chocolate and place on a piece of parchment paper to allow to harden.

 

Enjoy your tasty treat! I think this is going to be my “cookie” for a co-worker’s cookie exchange.

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October 20, 2009

DIY: Hot Cocoa Cone

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 5:25 pm by Dory

Mmmm. The weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter. I had my first cup of cold-weather tea today, and it tasted oh-so-good!

When planning my early-April wedding, my husband and I were wondering what the weather would be like. In Virginia, you never know. One of our ideas for a gift for our guests was to do this cute, cheap idea: DIY Hot Cocoa Cones. They are absolutely adorable and so easy to make! Enjoy these quick directions and inspiration pictures!

Ingredients:

12×6 cello cone bags (2 for each cone)

Clear hair elastics (the small size)

Twist ties or ribbon (depending on your desired finished look)

Sprinkles (3.2 ounces make 15 cones)

Hot cocoa mix (18.5 ounces make 15 cones)

Chocolate chips (3 bags make 30 cones)

Mini marshmallows (1 bag makes 30 cones)

Instructions:

  1. Using a funnel, pour 4 tablespoons of the cocoa mix into cone bag.
  2. Twist bag, cut off any extra, and tie shut with the clear elastic band.
  3. Put the cocoa bag into another cone bag. Be sure to line up the seams.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of sprinkles, then 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. Top off with 1/2 cup off marshmallows.
  5. Twist shut and tie off with either twist tie or ribbon.
  6. Attach a label or tag (your preference).

January 21, 2009

Where to Buy Candy?

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 7:18 pm by Dory

I thought that my first official post would be about candy buffets. After going back and forth with a lot of different ideas for favors, Tim and I decided to have a candy buffet. We were able to find the jars and scoops second hand, and so all we had to do was to get the candy.

First, we decided the types of candy we wanted. We then started by going to our local Costco just to get a base price. Here’s what we found:

  • About 3.5 lbs of chocolate raisins for $9.79
  • 200 York Peppermint Patties for $11.59
  • 3.5 lbs of M&M’s for $7.09 (Peanut M&M’s were the same price)
  • 3.75 lbs of Hersey Kisses for $8.79

We then went to some online stores to price compare. Here’s the breakdown of M&M prices to show the difference at each store:

  • Bulkfoods.com: 2 lbs 13 oz for $13.33
  • Candydirect.com: 2.8 lbs for $18
  • Candywarehouse.com: 3.5 lbs for $15
  • Groovycandies.com: 5 lbs for $26.95
  • Metrocandy.com: 3.5 lbs for $11.43
  • Sugarstand.com: 3.5 lbs for $16

So if you are going to buy candy online, it seems like Metrocandy.com might be the best place to shop. Otherwise, stick with a local bulk store like Costco or Sam’s Club.