Monday, March 31, 2014

Candy Bird Nests

Happy Spring!  The beginning of Spring means that Easter is approaching fast!  Easter is always a great family holiday filled with good company, good spirits, and good candy.  For this upcoming Easter, I wanted to try making a new creation that I've never tried before.  So today, I'll be giving you the step by step for how to make Candy Bird Nests!  Chirp chirp!

Here's what you need:

Rice Krispies


Waffle Pretzels


Here's what you do:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Place pretzels on cookie sheet
3. Unwrap Rolos
4. Place Rolos on top of each waffle pretzel
5. Bake for 3-5 minutes until Rolos are semi melted
6. Remove from oven and using a spoon, flatten the Rolos on top of the pretzels
7. Immediately sprinkle Rice Krispies on top of Rolos before they harden
8. Place three M&Ms on top of the Rice Krispies to resemble bird eggs
9. Let cool in the refrigerator for 30 minutes
10. Admire your candy bird nests, then eat and enjoy! 

These are so easy to make and taste just as good as they look!  It's a perfect quick crowd pleaser.  You must try it!  Have a Happy Easter every bunny!  

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Chocolate Caramel Creams

Today, I was lucky enough to try my first ever Goetze's Candy, Chocolate Caramel Creams.  I was unfamiliar with the brand and was so up to trying out their sweet products when they reached out to me.  Who could ever turn down trying something new, and obviously we all know that opportunity is even better when it's candy!

I initially thought the Chocolate Caramel Creams were a hard candy.  All in all, I loved the presentation overall, and each of the individually wrapped candies were super cute.  When I got hold of my first piece, I was unsure of what to expect.  As I unwrapped the perfectly presented morsel, and while the candy slipped right out of the wrapper, I noticed a white powdery substance sprinkled on top of the Chocolate Caramel Cream.  I later found out that this coating prevents the chocolate caramel from sticking to the wrapper.  Genius!  

I held the candy in my hand and placed it in my mouth, and to my surprise, I was able to chew it, and it was so good!  As you may know, I'm a sour candy kind of girl and always choose sour over chocolate.  But these Chocolate Caramel Creams were absolutely delicious.  The Chocolate Caramel Creams tasted like a chewy, but not too sticky, fudge Tootsie Roll brownie batter with caramel inside.  It was milkycreamysmoooothrich, and chocolatey.  After a few bites, your tastebuds think that you're drinking chocolate milk because it's so smooth, juicy, and filled with cream.  

I'd eat these any day of the week.  If you haven't tried these, you definitely should.  Thanks to my friends at Goetze's Candy for sending me a little taste of Heaven!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Pretzel Rolo (Pretz-olo) Bites

Happy almost St. Patrick's Day!  March is just flying by already, but before it gets too close to St. Patty's Day, you have to have at least a few treats ready for the big day.  First came Shamrock Candy Crafts, and now today, I'll show you how to make Pretz-olo Bites with green M&Ms.  Can you say yum!?!  

In my book, Rolos are the St. Patrick's Day candy of choice, because they look like little pots of gold and taste as delicious as a rainbow.  Add a pretzel and green M&M to that mix and your tastebuds will know they've found their lucky charms.  That being said, let's get started!

1. Rolos
2. Waffle shaped pretzels
3. M&Ms

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Line as many waffle pretzels on a cookie sheet as you can
3. Unwrap Rolos and place one on each pretzel
4. Place in oven for 3 minutes 
5. Pick out the green M&Ms for this St. Patrick's Day treat
6. Take Pretz-olos out of oven (Rolos will be semi-melted after 3 minutes)
7.  Immediately take the green M&Ms and place them on top of the Rolo and push down
8.  Repeat step 7 until all of the Pretz-olos have an M&M on top
9. Place Pretz-olos in refrigerator in order for chocolate to harden
10.  Once chocolate is hardened, after 30 minutes or so, pop a Pretz-olo in your mouth and enjoy!

Everyone loves pretzels and chocolate together, so when you make these and share them with your friends, you'll be their hero for the day.  Pretz-olo's are the jam!  You can add any color M&Ms to celebrate each holiday including pink or red for Valentine's Day, red and green for Christmas, red white and blue for 4th of July/Memorial Day, and orange for Halloween!  So many options!  These are so easy to make and even more fun to eat!  Enjoy and have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Shamrock Candy Craft

St. Patrick's Day is always such a fun holiday where everyone wears green and celebrates being Irish.  Even those who are not from a Irish heritage pretend that they are Irish just for the day.  It's a holiday filled with leprechauns, pots of gold, rainbows, shamrocks, Irish soda bread, and green beer.  

This green holiday will be here before you know it, so get started early on this Shamrock Candy Craft!  It's a great craft for the classroom, at home with kids, and for a crafty night in.  These shamrocks will get you into the green frame of mind and prepare you for the big day! 

What you need:
Green construction paper
Rolos Candy
Gold Chocolate Coins

1. Fold green construction paper a little less than an inch across four times long ways to ensure that each line is relatively the same size, and also using the lines as a guide to cut more easily.
2.  Cut into four strips
3.  Fold the strips in half and staple at the fold.
4.  Take the two ends and turn downwards to make a heart shape, then staple the bottom as well.
5.  Repeat steps 3 and 4 three more times to create three hearts.
6. Take the last strip and staple that to the bottom of all three of the hearts to make a stem.
7.  Place 6 rolls into each leaf and scatter gold coins around.

And voila, you've got this adorable candy craft!  It's extremely easy to make and requires very little time and effort for such a great pay off!  Who wouldn't want to make it rain chocolate gold coins and Rolo gold pieces? Consider yourself lucky!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Funfetti Popcorn

If you know me, you know I'm obsessed with Funfetti   There's something about those exploding sprinkles that turns any cake into such a fun party!  Every birthday, my request is to have a homemade Funfetti cake.  A few years ago, I tried out Funfettcookies and they were an amazing success.  And today, I took my obsession to a whole new level and made Funfetti Popcorn!  

The Funfetti Popcorn was phenomenal.  It was chocolatey, crunchy, salty, buttery, colorful, and sweet.  The clumps of Funfetti tasted like cookie dough and cake batter mixed all in one.  Eating this made me feel like I was at the movies, mixing my popcorn with cookie dough bites all at the same time and enjoying every minute of it.  It was amazing, and I'll give you the recipe so you can see for yourself!

Yields 2-3 servings

1 package Popcorn
3/4 cup White Chocolate Chips
 3/4 cup Funfetti Cake mix
3 Tbsp. sprinkles
2 Tbsp. olive oil

1. Pop bag of popcorn.
2. In microwavable safe bowl, melt white chocolate chips in 30 second increments until completely melted.
3.  Add olive oil to chocolate and stir until the consistency is smooth.
4. Add the cake mix and continue to stir until everything is mixed in.
5. Pour popcorn into a large bowl and remove the excess kernels.
6. Add white chocolate cake mix on top of the popcorn and sprinkles.
7.  Toss the mixture with your clean hands for at least three minutes until the popcorn is coated the best that it can be with the chocolate mix. 
8.  Put in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to harden the chocolate.

When that 10 minutes is up, you'll be in for the biggest treat ever!  If you want more, just double or triple the recipe.  This delicious popcorn is perfect for parties or a movie night in on the couch.  Soon, you'll be as obsessed with Funfetti as I am!  Enjoy sweeties!

Friday, February 14, 2014

3 years old!

It's my blog-iversary!  Today, The Sweetest Temptations turns 3!  So much can happen in three years.  In three years, you could be more than halfway through high school, you could have three babies, you could fall in love and get married, you could travel the world three times, or you could create 155 blog posts about candy.  

Can you guess one thing I've accomplished in the last three years?  That's right.  Today marks my 155th blog post in three years.  The two photos on this post were taken the day that I started my blog where I created my very first post 3 years ago, and were Valentine's treats I got from my parents and my boyfriend. 

I remember when I started my blog people didn't get it why I would start a blog and made jokes about it and thought I was crazy, and told me I'd run out of things to write very quickly.  Now, three years later, I have over 219,000 total views on my blog, over 50 subscribers to my blog, over 600 followers on my @ChelleyCandy Twitter, tons of samples of candy from companies who wanted me to try their product and review them, and once again 155 successful blog posts!  I sure proved them wrong! 

I'm so happy I decided to start this blog and stuck with it.  It makes me really happy to blog about the sweetest temptations in the world and I'm happy I bring joy to so many people.  Everyone I know now knows me as the candy girl, and I'm extremely okay with that!

Thanks to all of my fans for your support, and Happy Valentine's Day! Stay sweet!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentine's Caramel Kiss flags

It's officially Valentine's week!  Do you know what you're getting your lover? Anything pink & candy related absolutely will work!  Today, I'm going to show you how to make a super easy and yummy Valentine's Caramel Kiss flags!

Here's what you need:

Caramel Hershey Kisses
Heart stickers

Stick toothpick on the back of the heart stickers.
Take the sticker toothpick and stick it into the Hershey Kiss wrapper, and enjoy!

This activity takes less than 5 minutes to complete and gets you into the spirit of love, real fast!  These kisses are perfect decorations for a Valentine's day party, your office desk, or a fun way to dress up the dinner table!  You can also give them as last minute gifts to students or teachers.  Happy Valentine's Day!!!