Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Top Holiday Kitchen Supplies You Need This Year

The holidays are rapidly approaching, and with them comes the stress of those annual preparations – decorating the house, buying presents and, of course, getting all the foodstuffs planned and ready. It’s no easy feat, that’s for sure.

This year here at Sweet Treat Supply, we thought we’d give you a leg up on a few holiday kitchen tools that will make your life easier and your baking more enjoyable. It’s amazing what a simple tool can do to save time and effort! So without further ado, here goes:

  • Are you giving away baked goodies this year to friends and family? Or perhaps making treats for a show or event? Our 4” x 4” Red and Green Foil Wrappers will make it simple to wrap up your delicious treasures for a fun, festive presentation. We’ve got packs of either 125 or 1,000!
  • And to go along with those packages of sweetness, you can wrap them tight using our 4” Candy Cane Paper Twist Ties for an added Christmas touch (available in packs of 50 or 2,000). 
  • When you’ve got multiple batches to bake, don’t let things get backed up waiting for everything to cool. Our Non-Stick 10” x 18” Cooling Rack is just the item to keep things moving so you can get in the flow.
  • Making a cake? You won’t have to worry about doing anything extra to make it look festive – just use our Christmas Holiday Tree Character Cake Pan. Made by Wilton, this gorgeous pan will provide the quality cake you want with no fuss. And if you would like to add some decorations, the kids will love to help out with trimming this tree!
  • Decorate your table with pretty poinsettia candies made in our Poinsettia Flexible Mold. This mold is made of silicone so you can easily remove your fondants, mints, jellies or caramels.
  • Tint your baked creations with a hint of red or green this year using our LorAnn Oils Powder Food Coloring in any dry mixes that don’t call for water. This color is concentrated, so you only have to use a tiny bit to get the full effect (added bonus: our 4-gram canisters will likely last through the entire holiday season and beyond).
  • Try our Magi-Cake Strips for even baking and to eliminate high-rise centers, cracked tops and crusty edges. These hand-washable strips adjust to all regular-sized cake pans, so you know when you reach into the oven, you’ll pull out something beautiful.
  • Turn regular pretzel sticks into the hit of your holiday gathering with fun chocolate pretzel toppers made using our Wilton Pretzel Chocolate Molds. We’ve got a Santa option or a Christmas figures version that includes Santa, a snowman and a Christmas tree. You’ll love how perfectly each piece comes out!

We hope this holiday baking supplies list helps ease this year’s bustle just a bit. And most of these items ship within 24 hours, so you won’t have long to wait. 

Remember: Even if your table doesn’t look exactly as you’d envisioned it would, or your cupcakes get smooshed on the way to Grandma’s house, the holidays are still a special time of year, perfect for spending with family and friends. Togetherness is the best part – the rest is just icing on the cake. We hope you enjoy your holidays, however you celebrate this year. 

Monday, December 28, 2015

Ring in the New Year With These Amazing Sweet Treats

It’s almost time to greet a brand new year, and at Sweet Treat Supply, we love to welcome each new year with a celebration that centers around the hope for a year filled with happiness and prosperity. If you're making plans for your 2016 New Year's party or family get-together, then you can count on us here at Sweet Treat Supply to have everything that you could possibly need to make the very best treats. We've also found some great new recipes for you to try, and you can click on each link for full instructions and a photo of the finished product.

A Sweet Start to the New Year

  • Champagne Cupcakes: Why make a toast to 2016 with a glass of champagne when you can enjoy a much sweeter moment with these cupcakes that are made with your favorite champagne? This treat is easy to make, and you can even provide that special kiss at midnight by adding a pair of our delicious chocolate lips to each cupcake.
  • Easy Homemade Funfetti Cake: You won't have to worry about cleaning up that mess of confetti that everyone wants to throw at the stroke of midnight because they'll be too busy eating this delicious cake. You can ring in the brand new year in an even more festive manner by preparing this fun cake in our bell-shaped baking pan.
  • Pink Champagne Cake Pops: This festive dessert may take a little extra time to create, but you will definitely come out with a beautiful and tasty treat that your party guests will be talking about for a long time to come. You should be prepared for the requests that will come for you to make these delightful cake pops every year. We have a good selection of lollipop sticks to help you build this wonderful treat.
  • Tequila Sunrise Cupcakes: Tequila lovers will adore these deliciously moist cupcake treats. Just follow the recipe, add one of our perfect cupcake toppers, and you'll have a wonderful treat to offer your guests.

Order Your Supplies Today

Now’s the time to start getting ready to make these amazing treats, so put in your order here at Sweet Treat Supply today. Do you have any favorite recipes for ringing in the New Year? If you'd care to share, then please add your recipes below.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Best Christmas Treats for Neighbors

The holidays are a time for giving, and what better way to show your neighbors some festive cheer than with tasty Christmas treats from your kitchen. Whether you make everything yourself or spruce up something from the store, you can bring delight to your neighbors and give them something to enjoy for weeks leading up to and after the Christmas holiday.

Read on to see our five most delicious treats perfect for giving to your neighbors:

1. "White Christmas" Chocolate Pretzels

Are your neighbors dreaming of a white Christmas? Give them some white chocolate-covered pretzels for the holidays. Just melt gourmet white chocolate chips in a bowl, and dip the pretzels into the gooey mixture. Set them aside to harden, and then decorate the pretzels with colorful red and green edible glitter for more holiday fun.

2. Chocolate Melting Snowmen

This quick video recipe on the Better Homes and Gardens website shows you how to create cute, edible snowmen from marshmallows, peanut butter cups, vanilla and chocolate cookies. Your neighbors will devour these tasty holiday treats while enjoying their adorable snowmen faces.

3. Peppermint Bark Fudge

Lemons for Lulu has a delicious holiday recipe for peppermint bark fudge on her blog. This treat combines the perfect blend of chocolate and peppermint to put your neighbors in the Christmas spirit. The final product fills an entire 8-by-8-inch baking pan and creates quite a few servings if you cut one-inch squares.

4. Christmas Tree Rice Krispies Treats

If you've ever made Rice Krispies treats, you'll love this recipe on the Cookies and Cups blog. The secret is in the green food coloring that you add during the mixing process. Once you've baked the treats, stack them on a serving plate in the form of a Christmas tree. Add a few colorful M&M's here and there to serve as decorative ornaments.

5. Snow-Covered Popcorn

Kick off the holiday month with a bowl of snow-covered popcorn. Pop some plain popcorn, and pour it into a decorative red bowl. Melt and drizzle white chocolate over the popcorn, and top it off with some red and green M&M's. Cover the bowl in holiday plastic wrap, and present it as a gift to your neighbors.

Want to discover even more desserts and gift ideas for your neighbors and loved ones? Leave us a comment below, and stop by our Facebook page to share your holiday creations!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Best Christmas Treats for Coworkers

Yummy treats make the ideal Christmas gifts for coworkers, giving them something tasty to snack on at the desk as they work. Chocolate marshmallow pops and cinnamon sugar pecans tickle the taste buds and provide that extra sugar rush to get through the workday. Though sweet treats can perk up even the most disgruntled worker, everyone will need to use their hands to enjoy their snacks. Therefore, you'll want to make treats that keep their fingers clear and clean while working at the keyboard.

Read on for our five favorite tasty holiday treats that your coworkers will love:

1. Candy Cane Marshmallow Pops

Candy canes and chocolate – what could be more appropriate for the holiday? With this recipe from the Liv Life blog, you'll surprise everyone in the workplace with something sweet and tasty for Christmas. You can also switch up the dark chocolate for white or Dutch milk chocolate from our online store, and make your own tasty version of this holiday treat.

2. Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies

You can enjoy a cookie any day of the week, and Christmas is no exception. After all, if Santa Claus enjoys this tasty treat, your coworkers will also love them. Make the cookies using a typical chocolate chip cookie recipe, but add some crushed peppermint to the mixture. You can also use metal cookie cutters in the shape of angels, bells and candy canes to capture that festive spirit.

3. Cinnamon Sugar Pecans

The cinnamon sugar pecan recipe on the Fresh Dreamer blog has the right idea for delicious treats. With an egg, some vanilla extract, pecans, sugar and water, you can create a delicious Christmas treat for everyone in the office to share.

4. Holiday-Themed Donuts

Everyone will feel the holiday spirit when you bring Christmas-themed donuts into work. With some red and green icing and a few decorating tips, you can apply colorful designs to pre-made donuts from the store. Avoid using edible glitter on the donuts as it can stick to everything and cause a mess.

5. Chocolate Ornament Pops

Transform melted chocolate into yummy pops for everyone at the office. With our Christmas ornament molds, you can easily make ornament-shaped pops, each with a special design to commemorate the holiday.

Thinking about making your coworkers something sweet for the holidays? Share your ideas with us in the comments below!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Best Candy Making Techniques to Learn Before Christmas

There's really no better time than the holidays to try your hand at making candy. After all, homemade candies are a great addition to your own table and make awesome gifts too. With some basic know how, you can learn how to make festive treats perfect for the upcoming holidays.

Traditional Tempered Chocolates

If you want to make gorgeous, traditional chocolates, you'll need to master tempering. It's all about getting the temperature right, so you'll need a reliable thermometer. Start with high-quality, real chocolate. Chop it into small pieces and heat it over a double boiler, bringing its temperature to 115 degrees. Begin dropping in small chunks of chocolate, bringing the temperature to between 88 and 90 degrees. Pour chocolate into molds or use it to dip berries and candied citrus peels. If you work with it at this magic temperature, your end result will be glossy chocolates with snap.

Quick-and-Tasty Molded Treats

That kind of handmade, pure chocolate is great, but we don't all have time for tempering. To make cute, quick chocolates for an Advent Calendar, candy dish or even to decorate cupcakes, use chocolate or candy melts with Christmas candy molds. For even cooler designs, add oil-based food coloring to melts before you pour them into molds.

Get sophisticated with multi-color designs by piping different colored candy melts into different sections of your mold. Of course, you'll need to let each color harden completely before moving on to the next. All kinds of candies get even better when you incorporate colors and flavors, but remember that you'll need specialty supplies in order to do that.

Delightful Hard Candies

You want to make lollipops or molded hard candies to celebrate the holidays, but it seems daunting. Like tempered chocolate, making hard candies means heeding the temperature of your sugar syrup. For the best results, ask friends and family members in your local area what hard candy recipes they love. Altitude and humidity can really affect hard candy, so stick with recipes that have worked for others in your area. Follow the directions precisely. You can add a tablespoon or two of lemon juice or cream of tartar to keep your mixture from crystallizing.

Once your sugar mixture has reached the right temperature, you're ready to get pouring. Special hard candy molds are designed to withstand the high temperatures of molten sugar. You can also use silicone molds for everything from hard candies to chocolates to cream cheese mints. For the best results, spray your molds and the funnel you're using to pour your sugar syrup with non-stick cooking spray.

There's no limit to the cute treats you can make using these basic techniques. These skills carry over to other holidays, too. Master chocolate tempering by New Year's and you'll be making amazing truffles by Valentine's Day.

What candy are you most looking forward to making this holiday season? Let us know in the comments below!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

How To Make Your Own Spooky Halloween Candy

Halloween is right around the corner, and it's easy to get caught up in the fun atmosphere of the season. If you're among those who can't wait to decorate your house with the latest Halloween offerings, then you're probably also anxious to find some great new ideas for making your own spooky Halloween treats.

Here at Sweet Treat Supply, we've got all of the best supplies that you'll ever need to turn out the best Halloween goodies on the block. We've also found some spooky and delicious recipes for you to make that will be great for those little visiting ghosts and goblins and for your big Halloween party. Just click on the links for a photo of the finished recipe and easy step-by-step instructions.

Whip Up These Spooky Treats

  • Ghosts in the Graveyard: This easy no-bake dessert is the perfect treat to make with your children, and you can make simple changes to show your creativity. Consider using this cool variety of spooky molds for your toppings. It contains molds for skulls, ghosts, Halloween cats, the mummy and a carved pumpkin.

  • Halloween Tombstone Cupcakes: Everyone loves a delicious, moist cupcake, and you can't go wrong with this recipe straight from Betty Crocker. You can make them extra special by using these fun tombstones.

  • Brownie-Banana Halloween Cupcakes: You can only make this Halloween treat better by adding your own homemade edible miniature Halloween decorations to the top. You'll get a nice assortment of skulls, bats, cats, scarecrows, ghosts and carved pumpkins.

  • Your Favorite Cake: You don't need a recipe for these successful creations. Just mix up your favorite packaged or homemade cake recipe, and use one of our easy cake molds for the perfect Halloween treat. You may choose from our bat, skull or Jack-O-Lantern pans, or have fun with them all.

  • Halloween Zombie Chex Mix: You'll want to make more than one batch of this popular Halloween party treat. Create your own special touch by adding in a few of these great sweet and salty treats to perfectly round out this great recipe.

Order Your Supplies Today

We know that you can't wait to get started on these amazing treats, so put in your order here at Sweet Treat Supply today for fast shipping. Do you have some great Halloween recipes of your own? We'd love to hear from you, so please comment below with any that you'd like to share.

Monday, August 24, 2015

How To Make Your Own Hard Candy

Homemade candy is a highly personalized gift perfect for birthdays, weddings, bat mitzvahs, holidays and a wide variety of other special occasions. Creating homemade confections is also a great bonding activity for kids and parents. Here is a simple recipe for making custom hard candy of any shape, size, color and flavor.

Materials and Ingredients

Step 1

Choose your favorite hard candy mold and lightly spray with baking oil.

Step 2

Combine sugar, glucose and water in a saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat. Use the spatula to stir and to scrape the sides of the pan to prevent sticking.

Step 3

Once the mixture begins to boil, stir with the candy thermometer to get an accurate temperature. Be careful not to touch the bottom of the pan, as that can skew the reading. Once the mixture reaches 300 degrees, remove the pan from the heat.

Step 4

Wait for bubbling to slow down, and then begin slowly mixing in food coloring. Start with a small amount. You can always add more until you get the desired color.

Step 5

Use a dropper to add in flavoring oil. This step will likely produce a lot of steam, so hold your head back as you stir.

Step 6

Use the funnel to pour the hot liquid into the molds. If you’re using a mold designed for suckers or lollipops, immediately insert the sticks an inch or so in after pouring.

Step 7

Set aside to cool. Once candy is near room temperature, you can gently bend the molds to release your homemade candy!

Step 8

Eat your treats right away or wrap them in airtight plastic for later. The candy may become unpleasantly sticky if left out in the open.

Once you've mastered the art of making basic hard candy, challenge yourself by adding in nuts or trying some chocolate creations and other recipes.

What are your favorite tips for making hard candy at home? Let everyone know in the comments below!