Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Patriotic Treats for Memorial Day

At Sweet Treat Supply, we’re always looking for an excuse to make something tasty. Since Memorial Day is almost here, what better reason to make a sweet treat than honoring our country and soldiers? We’ve searched high and low for the tastiest stars-and-stripes sweets and here are our top picks for Memorial Day!

Patriotic Lollipops — This has to be one of the easiest and most impressive patriotic treats you could make. Use our How to Make Your Own Lollipops Guide and choose the perfect sucker mold for your party — we’d suggest these big flags or these 3-D stars — and you’ll have a treat that everyone will enjoy.

Red, White & Blue Whoopie Pies — Who doesn’t love a good Whoopie Pie? This recipe from NeighborFood Blog uses simple white cake mix, red and blue food coloring and sprinkles to get everyone in the holiday spirit. As an added bonus, these don’t take too much work, and they don’t require any special equipment. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Patriotic Cake Pops — This simple cake ball recipe relies on package cake mix, icing and chocolate melts to save you time. If you’ve never made cake balls before, Memorial Day is the perfect day to try it out, and you’ll love how easy this recipe makes it! To up the Wow Factor with your presentation, arrange the cake balls to look like a flag, dotting the blue balls with nonpareils and adding stripes of frosting to the red cake balls.

Red, White & Blue Rice Krispy Treat Pops — An easy way to make treats for a crowd, these rice krispy treat pops are one of our go-to recipes for any holiday. Red, white and blue are most appropriate for Memorial Day and the 4th of July, but save the recipe and change the colors to orange and black for Halloween or red and green for Christmas.

Jello Firecrackers — The cute and jiggly way to celebrate America, these Jello firecrackers are sure to be a hit at any party. Layer blueberry, unflavored and cherry gelatin in a plastic shot glass and stick a maraschino cherry on top as your fuse, and you’ll have these adorable and tasty treats ready in no time!

Red, White & Blue Chocolate Dipped Oreos — This fun patriotic dessert only requires a few ingredients: Oreos and red, white and blue chocolate melts. Start by completely covering the Oreos in white chocolate. Let the chocolate set, and then dip one third in blue chocolate and one third in red chocolate for a cute and quick treat the whole family will devour.

What’s your favorite treat to make for patriotic holidays? Let us know in the comments below!

Monday, May 4, 2015

How to Make Your Own Lollipops

We can all admit to taking an extra lollipop or two from the bank counter or the pediatrician’s office – and who can blame us? Lollipops have been a fan favorite for centuries for both adults and children alike! But did you know that lollipops are actually very simple to make on your own at home? Today we will walk you through the steps on how to make your own lollipops with only a few simple ingredients.

You will need:

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons flavoring accent, such as vanilla or cherry
  • Assorted sprinkles or candy
  • Lollipop sticks

Prepare your station by lining two cookie sheets with wax paper and filling a large bowl with ice water – set both aside. Next, combine your sugar and corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat. Quickly stir the mixture and bring the heat up to medium high, stirring until all of the sugar is dissolved. Continue to stir your mix for five minutes, and immediately place the saucepan in the bowl of ice water, carefully making sure that no water seeps into it. Let the pan sit in the bath for 10 to 15 seconds to allow to cool. If you are using a flavoring accent, this is your time to add a few drops.

Speed is important in our next step – pour your syrup mixture into small circles, making sure to space them out wide enough so as not to mix them together. Immediately press the sucker sticks into the drops, and dust the lollipops with small candies or colorful sprinkles. We even love making glamorous-looking lollipops by adding tiny decorative edible pearls! Let your lollipops cool completely before pulling them off the baking sheet and enjoying!

If you want to skip measuring out your ingredients, try using our easy Isomalt Crystals for making your lollipops for other hard candies. These reduced calorie crystals are perfect for making guilt-free treats at only 2 calories per gram, and can be made just by adding water. Or, if you prefer chocolate over hard candy treats, try any of our chocolate and candy melts and pour into a Lolly Mold!

Have you ever tried making your own lollipops or hard candies? Was it for a special occasion or just an experiment? Share photos of your delectable creations with us on our Facebook page!