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Valentine's Day Cupcakes from Sweet Candy Company

Valentines Day Cupcakes from Sweet Candy Company

Cupcakes, candy, and Valentine’s Day just go together, and these cupcakes are a fun way to make your special someone fall in love with you all over again! Get creative! Make them with your kids to give to mom or dad, friends or neighbors. You can even make it a date night with your special someone and see who can make the best cupcake!

At Sweet Candy Co., we’ve gathered up our favorite Valentine’s Day candy that goes perfectly with any treat and put together a variety of fun cupcake decorating ideas to get you started!

 

Valentines Day Cupcakes from Sweet Candy Company


Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Cake Mix

  • Cupcake Liners

  • White Frosting

  • Food Coloring (we used pink and red)

  • Pink, Red, and White Sprinkles

  • Toothpicks

  • Gold Glitter Tape (Glitter paper and glue would also work)

 

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Candy You’ll Need:

 

Valentines Day Cupcakes from Sweet Candy Company


Decorating the Cupcakes:

  1. Bake the cupcakes and let cool

  2. Frost your cupcakes. We recommend a cream cheese frosting!

  3. For the sprinkles we played around with gently sprinkling on top of the cupcakes vs pouring sprinkles in a bowl and gently dipping the cupcakes to get an all over sprinkled look.

  4. For the XO cupcakes we cut the fruit sours in half and laid them down to create an XO (hugs and kisses!) look

  5. To create a flower, place gummy hearts all along the top of the cupcakes. Finish off with placing 1-3 fruit sours in the center. Make sure that the number of “petals” on the flower are odd to give it an extra finishing touch.

  6. Have fun using the toothpicks to stack different candies up high!

  7. If you’re feeling extra crafty: Make a Cupid’s arrow. We started by taking a tooth pick and folding some sparkly gold glitter over the toothpick in half. We then used scissors to cut diagonally to create a feathered look. (like the end of an arrow) You can also use gold glitter craft paper and glue. We found that the tape wasn’t as sticky as we’d hoped. Then stick the other end of the toothpick into one of our gummy hearts and tada! You’ve got yourself an adorable Cupid’s arrow of love!

Make Your Own Chocolate Candy Box for Valentine's Day

Make Your Own Chocolate Candy Box for Valentines Day

Check out these fun DIY chocolate candy boxes for Valentine’s day! Forget those pre-packaged chocolate boxes at the store. Your relationship is unique, so should your chocolate box! You can get so creative with these! Feel free to mix and match your favorite candies to build the custom chocolate candy box you’re loved one will enjoy! 

 

Fun Fact: Where do Chocolate Valentine’s Day Boxes Come from?

The tradition of giving chocolates to your loved ones on Valentine's Day can be traced back in time to the Victorian era. Richard Cadbury of the English chocolate-making family "invented" the very first Valentine's Day chocolate candy box. The Victorians loved to decorate cards with cupids holding their bows and arrows of love, but ended up transferring those images to the lids of the heart-shaped chocolate boxes you see today! Thanks, Richard Cadbury!


Supplies You’ll Need:

  • We found these adorable heart shaped-boxes at the Dollar Tree store. There were many sizes to choose from.

  • Mini cupcake liners


Valentine’s Candy You’ll Need:

If you’re looking to order Valentine’s Candy in bulk, Sweet Candy Company has got you and your loved ones covered! Receive free shipping on any orders over $75. All of our Valentines Day candy is certified kosher and gluten-free. Give us a call at (855) 772-7720 for any questions!


Sweet’s Valentine's Day Treat Ideas

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Do you know what you’re going to do to celebrate for the holiday? We always recommend making treats for your Valentine using Sweet Candy! Take a look at these fun Valentine’s Day sweets with a Sweet Candy theme!

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

Looking to satisfy that sweet tooth? Try these delicious Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes!

Check out Sally's Baking Addiction's recipe here:http://goo.gl/v8dP2t

Pro Tip- If you are feeling a little adventurous cut a Raspberry Stick into 5 and bake them into the cupcake!


Chocolate Raspberry Cookies

Chocolate Raspberry Cookies

Feel free to indulge during Valentine’s Day! If you are like everyone at our office you will love this chocolate-y raspberry cookie!

Check out the recipe here: http://www.howsweeteats.com/2016/08/double-chocolate-chunk-raspberry-stuffed-cookies/


Valentines Themed Candy Dish

Valentines Themed Candy Dish

Buy a fun Valentines dish and fill it up with delicious candy for decor, just to snack on, or even play a game and have people guess how many candies are in the dish to win a prize!

So how many candies are in this candy dish? 497!


Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake

This cupcake captures the best flavors from both chocolate and fruit!

Check out the original recipe here:

https://www.pastryaffair.com/blog/chocolate-blackberry-cupcakes.html

The original recipe we used called for blackberries, but we switched it up using raspberries! You can use any fruit in this recipe to make delicious chocolate stick cupcakes. You can try orange stick cupcakes, raspberry stick and MORE! Give it a try and tell us which flavor is your favorite.


Dark Chocolate Raspberry Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching but no need to panic! This Dark Chocolate Raspberry Mousse will blow your loved one away and it only takes 5 minutes!

Check out the recipe here: https://goo.gl/ryiXAX


Chocolate Raspberry Stick Cake

 Chocolate Raspberry Stick Cake

Valentine's Day is coming up soon! Surprise that special someone with this unique chocolate Raspberry Stick cake!

Original Recipe: https://goo.gl/kKTnYd

We made a few changes to the original recipe: We used Raspberry Sticks around the cake and fresh Raspberries as the topper. You could even try this recipe using our Blueberry Sticks and fresh blueberries as the topper!


Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect Valentine’s cookie!

If you really love Raspberry we recommend substituting chopped Raspberry Sticks for the chocolate chips!

Check out the original recipe here


Whatever you are planning to make for Valentine’s Day, Sweet Candy is here to help you give your loved one a delicious treat. Check out our assortment of Valentines Candies and Chocolate Sticks from Sweet Candy!

Christmas Candy Gifts for Neighbors

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Make a list and check it twice! The season of giving is here and remembering your neighbors is a kind gesture that will put a smile on their faces. Sweet's Candy knows that you want to be mindful of your time and your holiday budget, we offer the perfect Christmas candy gifts for neighbors like our collection of candy gift boxes and custom candy sets featuring candy like our world-famous salt water taffy, fruit flavored sour balls, cinnamon bears and for the chocolate lover we offer chocolate covered sticks, chocolate covered cinnamon bears and our delicious selection of chocolate covered nuts.

 

For a more personalized touch, Sweet's Candy Company is proud to offer Pick Your Sticks for your choice of a 6 or 12 package deal of our famous 10.5 ounce stick boxes that your neighbors will love. You can also choose the ideal edible Christmas present that allows you to Pick Your Mix of up to 4 different flavors of our world famous salt-water taffy with amazing savings. Or, get the kids involved in giving this season by crafting edible Christmas gifts using bulk Christmas candy.

 

'May your holidays be Sweet and Merry!' ~ from all of us at Sweet's Candy Company

 

How to Make Gingerbread Houses

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Sweet's Candy Company is proud to present: How to Make Gingerbread Houses with detailed instructions for our Aromatic Gingerbread recipe, the Perfect Royal Icing recipe, gingerbread house assembly instructions, decorating ideas and hacks and our free downloadable gingerbread house template all in one place, so you can spend more time with friends and family – making memories this holiday season.

 

A Time-Honored Tradition

A gingerbread house was first mentioned in the literature of Grimm's fairy tale Hansel, and Gretel published in 1812. This time-honored tradition of adding decorated gingersnap cookies to decorate Christmas trees in colonial North America was adapted from the German tradition of making gingerbread houses. The tradition became associated with celebrating the Christmas season that many families in the US have cherished for the past 200 years. Make sure to give yourself several days or a full weekend for shopping and gathering supplies, baking, crafting decorations, construction, and final decorations.

 

Plan, Organize and Bake!

We recommend you devote two days to gather ingredients and supplies, bake your structure and make the royal icing in preparation for day three so you can devote special attention to detail in decorating and constructing the house and avoid feeling overwhelmed. Here is a 3-4 day time timeline to ensure everything goes smooth and you don't get your tinsel in a tangle:

 

Day 1 - Printing instructions, making a list and checking it twice and shopping

Print out the following recipes, and instructions;

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Day 2 - Making, baking, and set-up

  • Use the Aromatic Gingerbread Recipe printout: Make and bake your gingerbread and allow the pieces to cool, dry and harden overnight.
  • Use the Perfect Royal Icing printout: Prepare the royal icing, and store in the refrigerator in the piping bags to grab and go for decorating and construction day.
  • Use the Gingerbread House Template printouts:
  • Set up your work area - you will need a large work area like the dining room table; protect your work surface with a disposable tablecloth.
  • Arrange Sweet's candies in the center of the table for easy access.

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Day 3 - Decoration and Construction

  • Begin by decorating the four gingerbread walls and roof pieces. Pre-decorating while the pieces are lying flat will be the best way to make sure your decorating elements don't slide down and stay in place.
  • Allow enough time for the royal icing to dry and harden before beginning construction.
  • Next put roof both pieces together at the peak at about a 45-degree angle with royal icing.
  • Stand up 2 wall pieces at a time, and then make sure all four walls are tightly seamed together, using royal icing to glue the pieces in place and fill in any gaps.
  • Now is the time to turn on your battery operated tea light and place it inside the gingerbread house.
  • Next, add the roof piece and be very generous with the royal icing on the wall tops to avoid a collapsed roof. Extra hands may be needed to make sure your structure stays in place until the icing hardens enough to hold.
  • Lastly, add the chimney sides and back cover with royal icing and set the Candy Pebble stones in place to match your existing fireplace wall pattern.

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*You can stop here and extend the final decorating into Day 4.

  • Now have fun creating Sweet decorative elements for the landscaping like trees from candy or gingerbread, a path or candy stepping-stones to the front door and creating adorable candy figures.
  • Add icing icicles to the eaves, window tops, and chimney top.
  • Let it snow! Shake powdered sugar over the entire house to give an extra winter wonderland effect.

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Non-Gingerbread Ideas

Hosting a kid-friendly gingerbread house decorating party might seem daunting with baking and constructing delicate gingerbread. A house made from rice crispy treats squares or graham crackers may be just the solution to make sure little ones have fun too and help avoid frustration. For rice crispy houses use 6 prepackaged rice crispy squares or cut 6 squares from a pan of homemade rice crispy treats. Cut out a door and windows then assemble using royal icing. Decorate with Sweet's Cinnamon Santa's, Holiday Taffy, Fruit Sours and Christmas Jumbo GumDrops. This is a perfect craft idea for children 4 and up or as a children's Christmas Party idea!


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You'll have 'thoughts of sugarplums dancing in their heads' with bulk candy from Sweet's Candy Company. Be sure to take advantage of free shipping for bulk candy orders over $75 shop now.

 

 'May your Christmas be filled with Sweet moments of joy and laughter with the ones you love' ~ from all of us at Sweet's Candy Company!

 

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas with Candy

thanksgiving decorating ideas

Every year, on Thanksgiving, we gather with our friends and family to feast and give thanks. Whether you are a guest or the host, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to express gratitude and appreciation for those you love with an unexpected cheerful treat or thoughtful craft. This year, forget the traditional pumpkin trimmings; delight your guests or host with aesthetic candy décor. The warm, festive colors and delectable flavors of fall will put a smile on your guest's faces - young and old!

We hope you enjoy our fun collection of Thanksgiving craft projects that are ideal for family time, craft night and school or church activities. Thanksgiving officially marks the beginning of the 'Season of Giving' and is the perfect time of the year to get together with those you care about. Using candy to craft something special for your feast is easy, fun and affordable. Our creative candy décor includes an edible welcoming wreath and elegant, mouthwatering centerpiece ideas that will delight everyone.

Welcoming Fall Taffy Wreath

making taffy wreathA salt-water taffy wreath is a whimsical way to welcome Thanksgiving guests or to present a sweet and unique hostess gift. This is a fun, unique and inexpensive group craft for ages 12 and up; *supervision may be required for hot glue gun use. Sweetcandy's World Famous Salt Water Taffy (available in bulk) comes in an amazing array of tempting fall flavors like s'mores, caramel, chocolate hazelnut, coconut and honey (pictured). Express your sweet side with this festive fall taffy wreath:

 

What You'll Need, per Wreath:

  • About 60 pieces of Salt Water Taffy
  • Wire Hanger
  • Tensile Stems
  • Large Fall-Colored Ribbon for the Bow
  • Wire Cutters / Pliers / Scissors

thanksgiving wreath


Instructions:

1 - Bend the wire hanger into a circle.

2 - Use wire cutters to cut off the hanging top.

3 - Using pliers, then bend the 1st open end into a small loop. Circle the other end through the opening and form another, loop for the wreath hanger.

4 – Cut each tensile stem into 3 smaller pieces (you’ll need approximately 60 pieces, one for each piece of taffy).

5 – Twist the tensile stem to one end of the wrapper on each piece of taffy.

6 - Attach the taffy to the wire circle by tightly twisting each tensile stem around the wire. Adjust the taffy as you go to make sure there are no gaps.

7 - Curl remaining tensile stems around a pencil and attach to the wreath.

8 - Attach the bow and you're done.


Candy Corn Votive Candle Holders 

Candy Corn candle holdersTraditional tri-colored candy corn votive candle holders can easily transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving but Sweetcandy's old-fashioned candy corn is subtle white, yellow and orange to give a touch of elegance to your votive. You can also use delicious candy pebbles to easily create a more natural-looking, edible centerpiece for your holiday table. For this project, you can use any glass jar, mason jar, glass hurricane or glass votive you already have on hand and bulk candy corn or candy pebbles from Sweetcandy.com.

 

What You'll Need:

 thanksgiving table decoration

Instructions:

1 - Fill a glass container with the desired amount of candy corn or candy pebbles.

2 - Add candles.

3 - Arrange or group jars on a serving tray in the center of your table or mantle for a warm touch, enjoy!

candy flower centerpiece

Better-Than-Flowers Centerpiece 

Aside from the turkey, a simple and delicious edible centerpiece will be the highlight of your table. Practical and beautiful, these taffy skewers add a fun and creative touch to your holiday gathering and your guests can take them home as a party favor. The kids can pitch-in, making this a nice gift to present to your host. This easy and economical centerpiece can be customized with your favorite taffy and with seasonal favoriteslike fruit swirls in bulk (pictured).

 

What You'll Need:

Instructions:

1 - Slide taffy on bamboo skewers, alternating colors.

2 - Tie Raffia in a bow to each skewer, just under the taffy.

3 - Fit the floral foam in the bottom of the bucket and add the skewered taffy.

4 - Arrange in the center of your table.


Stunning Candy Corn Topiary

making candy topiaryThis beautiful candy corn topiary highlights the colors of the season with the traditional cornsilk yellow, pale orange, and white. Grouped together or alone, this topiary will be a topic of conversation around your holiday table. This is a great activity for a craft night with the girls! With or without the dowel, in a small flowerpot or tabletop urn, this stunning candy corn topiary is visually appealing and will add an amazing personal touch to your Thanksgiving Day fare.

 

What You'll Need:

  • Candy Corn, Value Pack from Sweet's Candy Company
  • Styrofoam Sphere
  • Hot glue gun
  • Stick or Dowel for Topiary
  • Flower Pot or Urn
  • Floral Foam

candy corn topiary

Instructions:

1 - Cut your dowel to size, find the center of the foam sphere and drive the dowel in about halfway, then remove it.

Hot glue the base of the candy corn and tightly cover the entire sphere, this can be time-consuming – each 5” sphere takes about one hour. *You may want to use a bowl for easier handling.

2 - Gently reinsert the dowel into the sphere. Remember to handle with care to avoid the need to re-glue pieces that may get disturbed.

3 - Fill the bottom of the flowerpot or urn with floral foam. Drive topiary stem into the foam and secure it with hot glue, then cover the exposed foam with additional candy corn. Or, gently place the sphere in the urn for display.

Candy Turkeys

candy turkeysHere is a fun crafting idea perfect for Thanksgiving! 

We used Sweet’s Chocolate Cherry Sticks and Candy Corn for our turkeys! 

Get Candy in Bulk from Sweet's Candy Today

Good food, great company and a thoughtful, heart-warming touch from your hand-crafted candy décor is sure to make your day yummy and memorable with bulk candy from Sweet's Candy Company. Be sure to take advantage of free shipping for bulk candy orders over $75 shop now.


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