How-To: Chocolate Spoons

I recently found these sweet treats on Pinterest and decided to try making them to hand out as favors at our Christmas party next week. They were really easy to make and I can’t wait to dip one in my coffee tomorrow morning!

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Here’s what you need:

Pack of plastic spoons

milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, peppermint bark, etc. to melt

SPRINKLES! JIMMIES! JELLY BEANS! WHATEVER ELSE YOU FEEL LIKE!

Optional: pretzel bags (if you want to gift)

Step 1:

Melt your chocolate of choice in the microwave or on the stove. If you need it to be thinner/runnier, add a teaspoon of vegetable oil (not olive!)

Step 2: 

Use a spoon to pour chocolate into the, uh, other spoon. You want the chocolate to be nice and level in the spoon, so don’t add too much. You may need to shake the spoon around a little to get the chocolate evenly distributed. The most important part is to prop the handle of the spoon up on a plate, tray, or trivet so that the chocolate will be level when it sets.

Step 3: 

Add all decorations and treats you want. I highly recommend adding a jelly bean. The Jelly Belly Ice Cream Parlor mix has great flavors for this project. I picked colors that would coordinate with my Christmas party theme (all peacock colors, teal, purple, green, and gold). If you’re adding chocolate, wait until the chocolate is a little more set so it does not melt into the spoon.

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Step 4: (Optional)

Cut the pretzel bags so that the edge of the plastic reaches halfway down the handle of the spoon. Secure with some ribbon or raffia and voilà! What a sweet little present.

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I’m adding these to my Culinary Compilation Board!

Cheers,

Caroline

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Pin of the Day: Oreo Cake Pops How-To!

Are you ready? I have already posted once about an incredibly simple way to make Oreo cake pops here. This takes a couple more steps…but it’s totally worth it! Here’s what you need:

Pack of Oreos (classic or golden; can also use reduced fat)

8 oz. block of cream cheese (can use low-fat)

white chocolate or chocolate to melt

Lollipop Sticks

Sprinkles of your choice

* You can use golden Oreos for “vanilla” cake pops, and regular Oreos for “chocolate”. I have hard tales of using nutter butters for “peanut butter” flavor but I haven’t tried it yet. YET.

Step 1:

Place Oreos in food processor and blend until they are a powder. Break them apart as you place them in the food processor, or they won’t turn to powder as easily. My food processor could only hold one row of Oreos at a time, so I had to do 3 rounds.

Use Golden Oreos for “Vanilla” Cake Pops!

Use Regular Oreos for “Chocolate” Cake Pops!

After blending in the food processor.

Step 2:

Add the entire block of cream cheese to the powdered cookies and mix together until completely blended.

Add cream cheese to powdered cookies.

Mix together until completely blended.

Step 3:

Using an ice cream scoop or spoon, create 1″ balls of dough and place on cookie sheet.

Using an ice cream scoop or spoon, create 1″ balls of dough

Place on a cookie sheet.

Step 4:

Place cookie sheet in freezer for 15 minutes

Step 5:

As the cake pops are setting in the freezer, melt the chocolate (or white chocolate) that you have chosen. Mix in a bit (start with 2 TBSP) of vegetable oil or shortening to make it thin enough to easily dip the cake pops.

Step 6:

It is best to use a deep bowl that is not too wide so you make the most of the melted chocolate you have. Get the pops out of the freezer and get your sticks ready. You can either dip the stick in the chocolate first, then put the stick in the cake pop, then dip the whole thing in the melted chocolate, or you can just put the stick in the cake pop and dip the whole thing. If you dip the stick in first, you have to wait for it to harden before you dip the whole thing in the melted chocolate. I have done it both ways.

Step 7:

Once it’s covered in chocolate, put it on wax paper (on a cookie sheet) and drop whatever decorations you want on them right away. if you don’t they will harden and you will not be able to add any sprinkles. Then put them back in the freezer or fridge until you are ready to serve. I leave mine upside down so they have a flat bottom. Do not panic: they taste just as good.

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Cheers,

Caroline

DIY: St. Patrick’s Day “Lucky” Treats!

As I have mentioned before, I am the Youth Volunteer Coordinator at a local non profit. I have about 100 kids who work  with me and they are just AWESOME! So when fun holidays come up I want to let them know how much I appreciate their hard work. It is not an easy thing to do on a budget. When I saw this idea from Craftin’ on my Door  and their guest spot on She’s a Sassy Lady last March, I knew it was the perfect treat for my volunteers on St. Patrick’s Day! The original idea came from eighteen25. Some smart ladies out there! Here are their takes on this treat:

From eighteen25

From Craftin’ on my Door

So since I have neither a cricut nor the ink supplies for the brightly colored “Lucky” logo inspired version, I came up with my own.  Here is my take on this craft! I uploaded it to my Kiss Me I’m Irish Board too!

Supplies:

Treat bags and cardstock

Clear plastic treat bags: How large depends on how many Lucky Charms you want to give away! I chose the smaller 3 3/4″ x 6″ bags.

Cardstock: This is where I incorporated a lot of my color and variety so I did not have to make, print, or buy it! I picked a package of paper with 5 different styles of green paper. It was also great because they were already all color-coordinated for me.

Stickers: I used stickers to add to my design, but you could also just print a graphic on when you print the text.

Lucky Charms: Also depends on how many of these sweet treats you would like to make. I used 2 big boxes and ended up with 100 bags.

Stapler: To attach the tops to the bags

Scoop: To measure out the Lucky Charms germ-free!

How-To:

1. Design your wording and print on cardstock. Here is my template: lucky templates. (Heres a PDF version)It will look like this:

2. Cut the template into the right sizes. I don’t want to go into too much detail here, because this step really depends on the size bag you have selected. For mine, the goal was to get a 3 3/4″ square (since that’s how wide my bags were). Using the template above, I cut 1/4″ off the bottom of the paper and then cut 3 3/4″ down from the top and from the bottom. Then I turned the two identical pieces I was left with sideways and cut 3 3/4″ in from each side. So, looking at the picture below, you can see how I made the last cuts. 

3. Fold the cardstock in half. Here is a picture of all my finished ones: 

4. Affix stickers or any decorations you want to add to your cardstock. I picked some simple shamrocks. Like I said before, you could also just print a shamrock or other graphic out with your text.

5. Fill your bags with Lucky Charms using a scoop. Only fill the bags about 1/3 of the way full, because as you move on to step #6, I found you needed to fold the bags over a bit to make a good seal.

6. Fold the top of the plastic bag over, cover with your cardstock topper, and staple on the bottom on both the right and the left and voilà! You’re done! Here are some shots of my finished products:

I love how all the different colors and patterns of cardstock really came together!

To display them, I found a green cauldron (I couldn’t believe my luck!) at Target. I also used the leftover cardstock and stickers to make a “Take One” sign:

I loved this project so much! I am a big fan of anything you can personalize and this worked so great for us! So, what do you think?

Cheers,

Caroline

DIY Debut: St. Patrick’s Day Art

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I chose today to debut my DIY section…with some sweet and INCREDIBLY easy DIY St. Patrick’s Day artwork. This idea originated from my “Pin of the Day” post back on March 5. You can read the original post here. The idea originated from Mama D and Da Boyz; all of her seed bead crafts are so clever and cute!

So here is my take on this craft! I uploaded it to my Kiss Me I’m Irish Board too!

Supplies: 

Picture frame: I chose a small 5×5 frame because I like to hang really small pictures or plates under the cabinets in my kitchen. It is a light gold color. One tip I would give is choose one that has a little extra space in the back, like a piece of cardboard or something, because you are going to need to leave room for the seed beads when you put it in the frame.

Scrapbook paper: I chose a cream and gold damask to try to incorporate the gold and green theme of St. Patty’s! A tip I would give about this is to pick a pretty thick or sturdy piece because once you add the glue and beads, a flimsy piece of paper will not stay flat.

Seed Beads: There are a LOT of different greens out there so you will have a lot of choice based on your tastes and decor.

Glue: I would use a quick-drying tacky glue, preferably with a really precise nozzle so when you are tracing your shamrock it is easy to follow the lines.

Optional: Shamrock template – if you don’t have confidence in your drawing skills, you may want to print out a shamrock shape you like or trace a cookie cutter so you get a nice shape. I just drew mine freehand by making 4 hearts and adding a stem.

How – To:

1. Cut your scrapbook paper to the proper dimensions.
2. Draw the shamrock on the paper, either freehand or using a template. Here’s mine:

Step 2: draw your shamrock

3. Trace the outline and fill in the shamrock with glue.

Step 3: fill in with glue

4. Cover the glue with your seed beads. I took a photo of the ones I used. I only used about half of this pack.

Step 4: cover glue with seed beads

5. Allow the glue to dry completely! I can never wait long enough so I had seed beads flying everywhere as I tried to prematurely put it into the frame. Just be patient!

Step 5: Wait for glue to dry. Nope, it's not dry. Wait longer.

6. Once dry, put in the frame and voilà! You’re done! This was super easy and it is just darling in my kitchen!

I love these seed bead crafts because you can personalize everything about them! So, what do you think?

Check back later because I will be sharing another St. Patrick’s DIY project this afternoon!

Cheers,

Caroline

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