Saturday, January 21, 2012

"I Scream Soda"

Every year at work in October we celebrate Customer Service Week and this past October each team was challenged with making a sweet treat for another department. I remembered this "soda" my Grandmother made for my mom one year out of butterscotch candies and I was set on my mission. I went to the Dollar Tree and found the pilsner glass and filled it with the Autumn mix candy corn then covered the glass with plastic wrap. I then pushed a styrofome ball on the top and cut off the excess plastic wrap. I then started attaching the taffeys to the ball with pipe cleaners till I had the desired look I wanted. I cut the skeleton straw down and stuck it into the ball and then wrapped some curly ribbon with pipe cleaner and stuck it into the ball then stuck a cherry (red) Tootsie Pop in the center on the top (not pictured) to look like a cherry. I made the tag and attatched it to the outside of the clear wrap. I was present when management was doing the judging and I actually saw them pick it up and look for a price tag bec they swore it was purchased! After the winner was chosen (ME) they left and a co worked was walking down the line of treats and got to mine and said, "They bought this one." I turned to her and said, "No they didnt, I made it." After she stopped arguing with me over whether or not I was being honest, she finally said, "You could sell these for like $10!" Yeah, more like $20ea because I had blisters on my fingers from wrapping each candy with the pipe cleaner....ENJOY!

Winter Cupcakes

I found "edible snowflakes" at Joann's and decided they were a must! So I instantly knew I was going to make cupcakes with them for our family Christmas dinner at my Mother in laws house. Below is the picture. I didn't really do anything special, I literally did these "semi-homemade" sytle! Box cake mix, purchased the blue cupcake papers at Target and a canned frosting. What I DID do was sift powdered sugar and add some vanilla, almond extract and some butter to the canned frosting so it would have more of a smooth, homemade flavor. (I cheated!) After the cupcakes were baked and cooled I put the frosting into my handy dandy Pampered Chef Easy Accent Decorator and went to town! My five year old helped me by putting the snowflakes on and then I dusted with the baby blue disco dust...these were a hit!

Brownie Pops

Recently a family member asked me for a Dr. Seuss inspired favor for a babyshower, this is what I came up with:

(I've posted before about these)
I made these a little bit bigger than I have before because I've recently discovered that if you dip the stick in the chocolate then insert into the brownie, I can cover the entire thing in chocolate. The biggest challenge with these was to make them NOT look like they were for a 4th of July party but rather a baby shower for a boy. Needless to say the Hostesses were delighted with them!

I had some extra supplies left over so I decided to finish off what I had left and came up with these:

(Cookies n Cream, Rainbow Sprinkles and Baby Blue Disco dust)
I did these for our Super Bowl party last year....TOUCH DOWN!