Dec 12, 2015

Making Sweet Memories!

Thanks to the Genschal Family for sharing the video of their family Gingerbread House day! What a sweet way to make memories! Their video captures the day from the beginning assembly to the finished product. Your house looks great!

Dec 7, 2015

Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen

and Rudolph of course!  Marshmallows make great reindeer.  All you need is large marshmallows, pretzel sticks, mini pretzels, icing, and m&m's.  Simply break your mini pretzels into antlers and stick into the top of a large marshmallow.  Add pretzel sticks for legs, and use a dab of icing to adhere your nose (m&m).  You could always add eyes using mini m&m's or mini chocolate chips.  Have fun making Christmas memories and let your imaginations run wild! 

Dec 1, 2015

Food Allergies?

Candy Cottage is a great way for children with food allergies to share in the holiday fun! Traditional gingerbread houses can present problems for those with allergies to eggs, gluten, wheat, or a number of other items. With the Candy Cottage, you can create a safe environment for a child to make wonderful Christmas memories!

Nov 24, 2015

It's Beginning to Look...

Yea, I know, it is not Christmas yet, but I am beginning to see the decorations, the lights, the trees... I am thankful for my family, and can't wait to celebrate on Thursday.  I do love, however, the whole month of December!

Nov 17, 2015

Candy Corn on the Cob

So I hope you saved your extra candy corn, because I have an adorable use for the leftover goodies..."Candy" Corn on the Cob! I know, I know, its almost too much.  I first saw the idea on an Instructables blog.  I decided to make my cob completely edible. Rather than using raw sugar cookie dough, I bought marzipan, which you can find in the baking aisle.  The cob didn't take long, and was very cute.  I can't wait to add it to my Thanksgiving Candy Cottage.  

Candy Corn on the Cob
-Candy Corn

Microwave your marzipan just long to soften it a tad, 20 seconds or so.  After it is softened, simply add your candy corn.  Continue to shape your marzipan into a cob shape as you press your candy.  My cob took less than 5 minutes to make.  Enjoy!

Nov 12, 2015

Harvest Flowers

Inspired by all of the beautiful colors outside, I made Harvest Flowers to celebrate Fall.  These tasty flowers are easy to make, would look great decorating any Thanksgiving Cottage, and leftovers would look lovely on a dessert table.  Once again, get the kids involved in helping you.  Little hands can easily sort your M&M's in search of fall colors. 

Harvest Flowers
-M&M's sorted into fall colors of your choice
-Melting chocolate
-Pretzel snaps

Melt your chocolate according to directions.Spread a thin amount of chocolate on your pretzel snap, and set on a wax paper covered surface.

 I learned that less chocolate is more the hard way.  I then placed my M&M's in a circular pattern around a center candy.  Simply wait for your flowers to harden.  Yes, they are that easy!!!

Nov 3, 2015

Stock up!

Halloween might be over, but candy corn and pumpkin season isn't! Stock up for a Thanksgiving Cottage! What better way to spend Thanksgiving than making memories with your family?! (After napping, of course!) 

Oct 29, 2015

Monster Eyes

One of our favorite parts of the Halloween Candy Cottage the boys and I decorated the other day were the Monster Eyes!  They were easy, yummy, and the boys' absolutely loved them.  The eyes added a great bit of fun and spooky all at the same time.

Monster Eyes
-White chocolate bark (melted according to instructions)
-Mini Chocolate Morsels
-Chocolate sandwich cookies
-Gummy Lifesavers

Melt your chocolate according to instructions.  Dip your cookie until coated and lay on a wax paper covered surface to set.  Immediately add your gummy life to the middle of the cookie, and then drop a mini morsel in the center of the gummy.  After about 20-30 minutes your cookies will be set.  You can always speed up the process in the refrigerator.  The eyes will be a hit on any Candy Cottage, and the leftovers make a great party dish.


Oct 24, 2015

Kicking Off Halloween Fun

We decided to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and decorate a spooky Cottage out back.  Muffin tins are a great way to sort your candy for little (or big!) hands to easily access.  Also, chocolate sandwich cookies are a must have decorating item...roof, eyeballs, ground cover, the list goes on... Be on the look out for a post on how to make those ghoulishly great eyeballs!  Off to decorate!

Oct 21, 2015

Halloween Shopping

Cartload of goodies for our Halloween Candy Cottage! Have you decorated yours? Let us know on our Facebook page or Instagram page! You can find all of our links on our new website!

Oct 16, 2015

Edible Witch's Hat (and broom)

In keeping with my edible Halloween goodies, the cookie witch's hat is just too easy to pass up.  Plus it will look cute with your Nutter Butter broom.  The hats are incredibly simply, quick, and, of course, tasty.  You only need a few ingredients to get started.  Have fun!

Cookie Witch Hat
-Fudge Striped Cookies
-Decorative Icing (pick the color you prefer)
-Hershey Kisses

Flip you cookies over, and add your icing.  Simply press your kiss into the middle, and there you have it, a witch's hat. You can add a bit more icing to pretty up the band on the hat if you would like.  I plan on setting mine at the front door of a Candy Cottage, along with a broom (and maybe eating a few!).

Oct 14, 2015

New Website!

Come on over and check out the new Candy Cottage website! Ordering a Candy Cottage has never been easier, plus we have lots of ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Oct 6, 2015

Halloween Nutter Butter Fun-Part 2

Since I had a package of Nutter Butters after making the Mummies, I decided to give brooms a try.   The Witch's broom would look cute propped at the door of any Halloween Candy Cottage.

Nutter Butter Brooms
Pretzel Sticks
Nutter Butter cookies
Chocolate Almond Bark

Melt your chocolate according to directions.  Meanwhile, cut the ends off of your Nutter Butters.  Dip your pretzel sticks in the melted chocolate and press into the end of the cookie.  Set aside on a wax papered surface.  Once set, the broom handle (i.e. pretzel stick) should adhere.  If not, you can always add a dab of chocolate to the end and re affix.  Next, up Witches' Hats, to go with our brooms!

Oct 4, 2015

Halloween Nutter Butter Fun Part 1

 Apparently the Nutter Butter is one of the most versatile cookies for creating edible Halloween characters...perusing the Internet turned up bats, ghosts, mummies, brooms, and acorns, amongst other things.  The mummies caught my eye on Five Heart Home.  I used their picture as inspiration for my mummy cookie, but experimented with my own method.  The cookie only took a few ingredients, and was fun and easy to make.  Your cute mummies will look adorably spooky on your Candy Cottage as well as making a great addition to any Halloween party.

Nutter Butter Mummies

White Chocolate Almond Bark
Chocolate Almond Bark\
Nutter Butter Cookies
Candy Eyes (Mini M&M's could be substituted)

Melt both of your almond bark candies in separate containers according to package instructions.  Once smooth and melted, dunk and cover your Nutter Butter cookies in the chocolate. Set on a wax paper covered surface to harden.  In the meantime, spoon your melted white chocolate into a Ziploc bag.  Snip a corner, and squeeze the white chocolate in lines back and forth across your chocolate Nutter Butters. 

Keep going to achieve a wrapping effect on your cookie; it shouldn't take long for your cookie to become mummified. Make sure to leave a small space for your eyes.  Attach the eyes with a drop of white chocolate on the back.  Voile', an adorably, spooky, oh so cute mummy!

Sep 30, 2015

Marshmallow Sugar Pumpkins

I can't believe that I happened upon these pumpkins!  I made them simply as a cute accent for a candy cottage, but discovered that they taste just like those marshmallow chicks, except BETTER! When I say better, I mean that you might have trouble actually using these to decorate anything other than the inside of your tummy.  They are extremely easy to make and very kid friendly.

Marshmallow Sugar Pumpkins
Orange sugar sprinkles
Pretzel sticks
Green mini M&M's

Dip your marshmallows in water so the sugar will adhere.  Next roll the marshmallows in the orange sugar crystals (fun for the kiddos!) and set aside.  Cut the tips off the pretzel sticks for your stem, and gently push into the top of your pumpkin.  Finally, using kitchen shears, I cut my mini M&M's in half, and also gently pressed into the top of the marshmallows.  So easy!

 Marshmallow Pumpkins would make a cute substitute for candy corn pumpkins

Sep 24, 2015

Boo! Making Edible Ghosts the Easy Way

I was inspired to try make a Twinkies ghost after seeing one on CrazyLittleProjects .  Was it really as easy as it was made out to be? The answer was a resounding yes.  Aside from easy, the little ghosts turned out to be quite cute.  The ingredient list is short, and the actual construction is quick.

Twinkies Ghosts
-Twinkies cut in half
-white chocolate candy bark
-mini chocolate chips

Begin by melting your white chocolate bark candy according to package instructions until smooth.  While the chocolate is melting, cut your Twinkies in half.

Set the Twinkies upright on a wax paper covered surface and spoon melted chocolate over the top.  The chocolate will ooze down the sides, puddling at the bottom, and creating a "ghost shape."  

Finally add your mini morsels for eyes and a mouth and wait for your ghosts to set.  After the candy has hardened, your spooky, yet adorable friends are ready to adorn a Halloween Candy Cottage, and/or be eaten.  Have fun!

Sep 20, 2015

Monster Mash

Every Christmas, I make peppermint bark to pass out to friends and neighbors.  Why not Halloween inspired bark?  Hence, Monster Mash was born.  The bark is truly very easy, and makes a great "cobblestone" effect when decorating your Candy Cottage. 

Monster Mash
1 package of chocolate candy bark
Assortment of candy and snack foods
That's It!!!!

Simply melt your chocolate bark in the microwave or on the stove top according to the directions.  In the meantime, line a cookie sheet with wax paper.  Spread the melted chocolate on the cookie sheet.  Immediately add your candy, and let set until hardened.  I used kettle corn, candy corn, marshmallows, sprinkles, M&M's, and candy bones.  Other cute ideas might include gummy worms, candy eyes, pretzels, nuts, mini chocolate bars, and/or oreos.  Really, your creativity is the limit.  I have found the Monster Mash sets more quickly if placed in the refrigerator.  After hardened, break into smaller pieces.  I used small chunks to decorate the walls of a candy cottage.  Any leftovers are great treats for friends and family! So easy!


Sep 15, 2015

Take a Walk (or Slither) on the Wild Side

Every year at Halloween I enjoy perusing the aisles for the newest, most bizarre candy.  I have not been let down this year.  My son loves snakes, so these all too realistic gummy snakes were a huge hit.

I personally found them a little too life like, however, they certainly would be perfect for a very creepy, spooky Halloween Candy Cottage.  I did not taste them either, but they were kid approved.  Have fun shopping for your creepy, spooky Halloween candy (there is plenty to choose from!).

Sep 12, 2015

Not Your Mama's Candy Corn

When I was growing up, the appearance of candy corn in the grocery store signified the approach of Halloween and all things autumn.  The sweet little triangles of goodness were only to be eaten from September through the first of November, and they always were the same, yellow then orange,with a little white tip.  If you wanted to get a little wild, you might eat a orange pumpkin or get the harvest mix.  While shopping the other day, I happened upon a display of candy corn.  I reached for my usual bag, when "caramel macchiato" caught my eye. What?  Since when did candy corn come in OTHER flavors?  Where have I been the past few Septembers?  Apparently, for the brave at heart, you can now get everything from Peanut Butter Cup to Sea Salt Chocolate.  YUM!

Aside from just being a favorite fall treat, candy corn is a staple Halloween Candy Cottage decoration.  The little triangles make perfect shingles, walkways, roof lines, and accents.  Now you can go even crazier with candy corn of all colors.  The leftovers will be delicious, too!
 Trendy Tree Candy Cottage creation

Sep 8, 2015

Coloring Frosting with Kool-Aid

When you decorate your Candy Cottage this fall, one easy way to jazz it up is to use colored frosting. Halloween is a great time to experiment with a yellow roof or a purple cottage.  Rather than use traditional food coloring, I decided to try Kool-Aid packets.

Believe it or not, Kool-Aid works great.  The colors turned out bright, and as an added bonus, the frosting smelled pretty wonderful (and might taste pretty yummy, too!) The best part is that the whole process is so easy. Simply dump a packet of Kool-Aid into your frosting container and stir.  If you would like, you could always put the frosting in a bowl first, but that is not necessary.  My only tip is to make sure to read to the packets, as a green packet is actually red Kiwi Strawberry.  Get mixing!

Sep 4, 2015

A Cabin in the Woods

While shopping for pretzels to make my pumpkins, I discovered that pretzels of all kinds were on sale, buy one get one free.  Not to pass up a good deal, I bought 4 different kinds (believe it or not, that barely scrapes the surface on pretzel variety...who knew there were so many types!).  Now what to do with hundreds of pretzels...make a Log Cabin of course! A log cabin is actually a relatively easy project for your entire family, including the littles. We ended up using rods, sticks, and butter snaps to decorate our cottage.  We kept it simple, but had fun decorating.  You most certainly could add snow, white cotton candy "smoke" from the chimney, and spruce trees.  Actually, your imagination and creativity are the limits really.  Have fun decorating a fall cottage this weekend, and share a picture with us!

Sep 3, 2015

Pumpkin Pretzels

While summer has its fun, fall has always been my favorite season. The cool, crisp air, changing leaves, hot apple cider, and bonfires are some of my favorite things.  The start of school signals the end of summer, and my mind has turned to all things autumn.  Log cabins and pumpkins are just two of my inspirations this week.  I ran across a cute pretzel pumpkin on Butter With a Side of Bread and decided to give it a try myself with several tweaks. You only need a few ingredients: mini pretzels, candy bark, coconut oil, food coloring, and green M & M's.

Pumpkin Pretzels:

-One bag of mini pretzels
-One package of white candy bark
-One package of M&M's with the green ones sorted out
-Red and Yellow food coloring
-1 Tablespoon of coconut oil (you can also use shortening)

I began by melting the candy bark.  You could use white chocolate chips, but chocolate can be so much harder to work with.  Since I have three young children, I only have time for easy.  The bark comes in cubes, just pop the cubes into a microwave safe container, and heat for 1 minute in your microwave.

Remove from microwave, stir in the coconut oil, and return to the microwave for 30 second intervals until the bark looks like this:

Now you are ready to add the food coloring.  I went with 14 drops yellow to 1 drop red, but it was too pale.  I continued to add a few red drops at a time until my candy coating reached the orange color I liked.  At this point, the real fun begins.  You simply dunk your pretzel in the orange coating, covering it well, and lay it on a sheet of parchment or wax paper to set. Don't forget to set the green M&M sideways in the little pretzel dip on top while the candy is still soft.

I will confess that your hands will most likely get quite messy.  There is no delicate way to dunk pretzels.  However, the end result is more than worth it.  My pretzel pumpkins set in 30 minutes, and are completely adorable.  Aside from the cuteness factor, they are a scrumptious mix of salty and sweet all wrapped up in one. They would be a cute addition to any fall Candy Cottage. Happy Pretzel Dipping!