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

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

Inspiration: Halloween Party Favors

I love to give party favors, even when it’s totally unnecessary to do so and/or I have 100 people at my house and have to come up with – you guessed it – 100 favors. So here are my favorite ideas from across the web for inspired Halloween party favors and packaging. They’re all on my Ghosts and Ghouls Board. Enjoy!

Personalize tin buckets full of candy, courtesy of countryliving.com

Owl treat bags, courtesy of lisastorms.typepad.com

Treats in Beakers- use as awards for best costumes! Courtesy of lisastorms.typepad.com

Netted Bags for treats, courtesy of barbschram.blogspot.com

Halloween Paper Treat Bags, courtesy of etsy.com/shop/OhLaLaPaper

Coffin-shaped boxes, courtesy of BHG.com

Ghost Chinese Take-Out Boxes, courtesy of makingfriends.com

Candy Corn Dots, courtesy of marthastewart.com, photo by Kate Mathis

Cheese Ball Bags, courtesy of blowoutparty.com

Brownie Pretzel Marshmallow Skeletons, courtesy of blowoutparty.com

DIY Glow-In-The-Dark Slime, courtesy of domesticcharm.blogspot.com

Witch’s Broom Favors, courtesy of marthastewart.com

Ghostly Popcorn Bags, courtesy of BHG.com

Creepy Crawly Play-Dough, courtesy of BHG.com

Batty Take-Out Box, courtesy of BHG.com

Halloween Poppers, courtesy of homespunwithlove.blogspot.com/

Test Tube Favors, courtesy of hwtm.com, photo by Sadie Days Photography

Goody Witches, courtesy of marthastewart.com

Punched Favor Bags, courtesy of marthastewart.com

Cheers,

Caroline

Inspiration: Halloween Party Desserts

My second installment of Halloween inspiration! Today it’s all about the sweets. Let’s be honest, that’s what Halloween is all about, right? I tried to pick some simple recipes that won’t require you to spend all day in the kitchen. These are all heading to my Ghosts and Ghouls Board.

Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse, courtesy of glorioustreats.com

Nutty Ghosts, courtesy of ourbestbites.com

Oreo Bats, courtesy of ourbestbites.com

Spidey Oreos, courtesy of ourbestbites.com

Witch Hat Cookies, courtesy of barbschram.blogspot.com

Owl Cupcakes, styling by OneCharmingParty.com, photo by NicolePhoto.com

Pumpkin Rice Krispies, courtesy of grinandbakeit.com

Black Cat Cupcakes, courtesy of midwestliving.com

Monster Pudding, courtesy of dealiciousmom.com

Mummy Cupcakes, courtesy of midwestliving.com

Candy Corn Macaroons, courtesy of annies-eats.com

Eerie Eyeball Cupcakes, courtesy of midwestliving.com

Candy Corn Sugar Cookies, courtesy of kathiecooks.blogspot.com/

Witch Hat Cupcakes, courtesy of sleepysongbird.tumblr.com/

My sweet tooth is officially ready for Halloween. I have to remember we will also have a bowl full of candy!

What are your favorite Halloween- themed desserts?

Cheers,

Caroline

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

I whipped up these chocolate explosions for the dads in my life to sweeten up today’s festivities!

I am hoping to get back to regular posting soon!  The recipe and step-by-step instructions (and pictures) for these treats will be up first!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Memorial Day Pretzels

Tonight’s just a quick post with a sweet idea that has been all over Pinterest today! I’ve seen the pictures on blogs all over the internet, but I found an actual post with instructions and ideas over at cupcakes and cashmere.

So sweet and easy! If you haven’t made dessert for your cookout tomorrow, you could whip these up so fast and save the day. They’re already on my Independence Index Board!

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: OMBRÉ!

Maybe I’m way behind the times here, but I just asked myself…what EXACTLY is ombré? I have pinned a couple gorgeous examples of ombré without being completely clear what it was. So, I googled it…and I LOVE it! According to an online dictionary, it is “having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark”. I define it as gorgeous! This article (yes, from 2008…I am behind) from Martha Stewart gives some great tips and ideas. Here are a couple of my favorite examples from all over the web – they’re also on my Culinary Compilation, Decor Digest, Style Selections, and Party Pins Boards.

eddieross.com

mommadanddaboyz.combeantownbaker.com

vanessachristenson.com

bunchesofbliss.com

alloftheaboveblog.com

stylemepretty.com

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Star Wars Party

OK – If we’re going down nerd road, I have to confess: I’m more of a Star Trek person than a Star Wars person. However, the Star Wars traveling exhibit is coming to the museum this fall, and I know some of my volunteers are going to freak! I was trying to think of ways to help everyone (even those who are not superfans) feel like a part of the fun of the exhibit – and then Pinterest solved my problem (like it usually does).  Cue the Wars Party that does not make me cringe with the nerdiness, that everyone can appreciate, and that includes authentic ideas from the films from Hello My Sweet:

I will definitely be crafting up at least one of these treats for a Star Wars themed Volunteer Appreciation Party! The printables are courtesy of Hello My Sweet’s Etsy shop.

JustJENN recipes also put together an adorable Star Wars themed party with the use of the TWO Star Wars Cookbooks (Wookiee Cookies and Darth Malt: More Galactic Recipes …who knew)?

I’m saving this adventure on my Pinterest board of all things science…The Scientific Method.

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Oreo Pops

I love these sweet treats from Hip Hip Horray! I still want to learn to make real cake pops, and decorating them seems like SO much fun. This will let me do the fun part first! Plus there’s an oreo inside these. Sign me up. I pinned these to my Culinary Compilation Board.

All you need is a pack of oreos, some lollipop sticks, chocolate for melting, and whatever decorations you want! So sweet!

They also had some great variations for marshmallow and brownie pops- they look delicious and easy too!

I need to throw a party stat so I can whip these up! Or maybe I’ll just make them myself on a rainy day!

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Powdered Donut “Rings”!

These party treats just melted my heart! They were used for a jewelry themed birthday party featured over on Kara’s Party Ideas but I would LOVE to see them used at an engagement party or bridal shower – too cute (and yummy)! I am pinning this to my Party Pins Board for a rainy day…

Reason #2 I am obsessed…this sweet treat is made possible through the power of Etsy! The diamond toothpicks are from Enchanted Events & Design‘s AMAZING shop!

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

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