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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Sugarfina -the finest candy comes by mail!

Sugarfina is a web-based candy boutique that carries some of the finest, and most unique candies that you would ever want to eat. The founders, Rosie and Josh decided to create a place where you could find the best candies from around the world. If you love candy, you really must give them a visit.

The beautifully designed web site is full of colorful candy, and chocolates with suggestions, and tasting packages (in case you can’t decide). The packaging is refined and nicely designed. Even the shipping box says “hello sugar”!

Look at these gift ideas…too clever! Remember, the holidays are right around the bend….

I bought from the web site on monday afternoon, and my candy was on my porch on Thursday. Here’s what I found inside the box:

a sweet note!

lovely packaging, with a card with tips on storing candy (as if it’ll last that long at my house, ha!)

delicious candy, really outstanding, and fun, too…look at the licorice owls! and gummy Euros! The mini fruits are so yummy that I could eat way too many, way too quickly.

…and free samples!

For now I will package them back up in their boxes, and ration them out slowly (but I bet they won’t last too long). Good thing they deliver so quickly.


Mark your calendar for “What the Fluff” festival

Yes, a festival dedicated to the heavenly marshmallow goo has its very own festival. Held in Union Square in Somerville, MA, home of Fluff. The annual festival draws fans young and old. Click here for the link. There will be games, entertainment, and plenty of Fluff-themed food (and beer). The festival is free, and sounds wicked fun!

So, clear your calendar on September 29, 2012. If I lived within 200 miles, I’d be there for sure!

Pear Sauce, no sugar required

Yes, I know this is a blog about all things sweet, however, fruit is sweet enough to hold its own against any candy. Read on…..

It’s Fall and our town is full of trees heavy with pears. Many of these trees are on vacant lots, so it’s free-pickin’!
Here’s my recipe for pear sauce. It freezes well, and makes an excellent substitute for half of the oil in baked goods. It really is too easy, the hardest thing is peeling the pears.

Pear Sauce
1 dozen pears peeled and sliced
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

1. place pears in a large sauce pot and pour water and lemon juice over the top. Sprinkle cinnamon over the top and stir.

2. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally,  for about 20 minutes or until pears get soft.

3. Remove from heat and let cool. Transfer to a food processor, and puree, or use an immersion blender to get the sauce to the consistency that you like.
*If you like a little vanilla, add 1/2 tsp at stage 3. If you prefer not to have any spices, you can leave them out.

Store in the refrigerator in cute canning jars to remind yourself that it’s homemade.

Here’s a twist, clothes made from candy courtesy of “Project Runway”. This is a reblog from Cancerandcandy blog.



This week the show Project Runway mixed two of my favorite things, candy and fashion. The contestants went to Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York where they could spend $500 to buy anything in the store to then make their garments.  The results are amazing. Here are some of my favorites:

Contestant: Ven

Materials Black licorice and crushed rock candy

Contestant: Buffy

Materials: Sour strips, cotton candy and an umbrella

Contestant: Gunner

Materials: Licorice and Candy Foil


Contestant: Sonja

Materials: Gummy sharks, gumballs and jelly beans


Contestant: Melissa

Materials: Black licorice and silver twist ties


Contestant: Nathan

Materials: Foil chocolate  and candy boxes

Contestant: Elena

Materials: Pina colada licorice



Materials: Sour balls and a black t-shirt



Materials: Licorice and rock candy


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The many sizes of Reeses! Which is your favorite?

Take a look at the choices that await you, and these don’t include the holiday shapes. Which is my favorite you ask?

I am partial to the minis and the smaller wrapped cup that comes in the Halloween candy bag. The king size is too big for me, as I don’t use utensils when eating candy. However, if it’s your favorite, enjoy!




Try putting them in the fridge for an hour or two, you can thank me later.

Candy Corn Oreos…I just can’t go there….

If you’re reading this you know I have a monster-sized sweet tooth. I truly adore most candy, and baked goods, but here’s where I draw the line. Are we so out of ideas, and flavors that we need to start inventing and marketing foods that even sound awful? Let’s step back from the ledge and look into bringing back some classics (like the Marathon Bar thank you), or work on making our packaged candy, and cookies taste better using natural ingredients. That’s my soap box, or cookie crate on which I stand.

Snapple Jelly Bellies…

I spied these at the grocery store, and since I love Jelly Bellies, I had to grab a bag.

The flavors are: Fruit Punch, Kiwi Strawberry, Mango Madness, Cranberry Raspberry and Pink Lemonade. I liked all of the flavors, except Fruit Punch, but I really dislike Fruit Punch anything…The Pink Lemonade’s taste is very accurate to the real thing.

It says that they are “Made from the Best Stuff on Earth”, which is Snapple’s tag line. When you flip the bag over you see that there is a teeny bit of fruit juice, but the fascinating part is that they have purple carrot, black carrot, and hibiscus for color. I mean really, black carrot? That’s amazing! Good for them for using natural colors.

They also package these in tiny Snapple bottles which I would have bought, if they had been on the shelf. I’m a sucker for tiny sized foods.

So, the verdict on these is that they’re pretty decent. Now I’m off to the store to look for carrot Jelly Bellies.