Rock Candy Centerpieces

My daughter’s Bat Mitzvah was last week. If you’ve been to one of these, you have probably seen that the décor is usually based on a theme.  When given a choice, a lot of kids will pick crazy themes for their parties. I got lucky; my daughter simply wanted “lights everywhere”. Of course, I wanted to make sure we packed in a good dose of candy in there. Continue reading “Rock Candy Centerpieces”

Our Love-Hate Relationship with Candy

A review of  Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure

Americans have had a rocky relationship with candy over the years. At times candy has been the “go to” food, and other times it’s been demonized as the beginning of the path to destruction.  This love-hate relationship with candy is really quite interesting, and the focus of the book Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure, by Samira Kawash.   Continue reading “Our Love-Hate Relationship with Candy”

St. Patricks Day

Saint Patrick’s Day, also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on March 17th. Saint Patrick lived from 385–461 AD, and he is undoubtedly the most renowned patron saints of Ireland. He is known for driving the snakes out of Ireland, but that is really a myth since there were (and still are) no snakes in Ireland. (Ireland is an island in the midst of icy ocean waters – much too cold for snakes to migrate from England or anywhere else.)  But since snakes often represent evil in literature, “when Patrick drives the snakes out of Ireland,” really means that he drove the old, evil, pagan ways out of Ireland, and  brought in a new age of Christianity. Continue reading “St. Patricks Day”

A Candy-Themed Baby Shower: Now That’s a Sweet Idea!

Everyone loves sweets and candy, so why not make it the theme of your baby shower? It adds colour and creativity to any party and works well if you’re celebrating the imminent arrival of a baby girl or a boy! From invites to decorations to party favour bags, you can make a baby shower a sweet success for the mum-to-be and her guests. Continue reading “A Candy-Themed Baby Shower: Now That’s a Sweet Idea!”

Valentine’s Day – How it started

 

St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, includes remnants of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. Have you ever wondered about who Saint Valentine was, or how he started this romantic ritual? One legend tells us that Valentine was a priest who lived in Rome during the third century. Roman Emperor Claudius II had just outlawed marriage, because he believed that single men made better soldiers than those with families. Saint Valentine continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Claudius found out about this, he had Valentine killed. Continue reading “Valentine’s Day – How it started”

How to make a candy bouquet

Guest post by Korah Morrison

The best gift for the sweet tooth is not a bouquet of flowers, but a candy bouquet! This bouquet is just beautiful, and very tasty as well. I propose that you break the stereotypes and make a beautiful bouquet of candies by hand. Your handy work will be much more appreciated by your friends and family, definitely more than a bouquet bought at the store. Continue reading “How to make a candy bouquet”

Turkish Taffy’s Early History

Herman Herer circa 1912
Contrary to popular misinformation Turkish Taffy was not invented by Victor Bonomo (pronounced “Bah nah moe”), but by Herman Herer in New York back in 1912. While making a batch of marshmallow candy for  Herman accidentally added too many egg whites. Instead of throwing the whole mess away, he realized that he may be on to something. After a lot of experimentation and testing, Herman created “Turkish Taffy”.  Unfortunately, no one actually knows why Herman came up with the name or in what manner he sold or marketed Turkish Taffy. Continue reading “Turkish Taffy’s Early History”

Long Lost Candies: The Marathon Bar

Have you ever wondered what happened to the Marathon caramel chocolate bar?

The Mars Candy Company introduced it in 1973 and it was a full eight inches of braided caramel covered in milk chocolate.  It was marketed as “the candy bar you can’t eat quickly” in commercials by some kind of a cowboy guy.  The Marathon Bar came in a bright red wrapper that made it stand out from the other candy bars. There was actually a ruler on the wrapper that showed how long it really was. Continue reading “Long Lost Candies: The Marathon Bar”

A Gift for Dad

 

Last week my son asked me to help him to create a candy bouquet Father’s Day gift for his dad. Excellent idea! I thought. My first idea was to do a black and white themed bouquet.  I selected a simple glass bottle to use as a vase. I stuffed it with black shredded paper, next I arranged three black and white swirl lollipops in the vase and I finished the arrangement with an over sized white bow. Continue reading “A Gift for Dad”