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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Cookbook Wednesday | A Sweet Give-a-Way


Here’s a surprise for you, I wasn’t much of a candy eater in my younger days. I remember being a kid and hearing the “grownups” make comments such as “she’s such a good eater,” and “you won’t have to worry about her having rotten teeth.”

I guess I was a “good eater.” Our meals were usually made with very simple ingredients and not much fuss with elaborate sauces or “exotic” ingredients. I’m sure my mother would have preferred using box mixes such as Shake n’Bake, Rice a Roni, or Hamburger Helper. My father wouldn’t have it. I’m not quite sure if it was because in his mind they were more expensive, which most likely they were, or, because he was a farmer at heart and believed in the gifts of the soil. Whatever the reason, I grew to love fresh vegetables and simple meals. Don’t get me wrong, growing up in an Italian house simple can be highly exaggerated! Put it this way, my mother didn’t make her own pasta or bread from scratch but Sunday’s sauce and all the trimmings always began with parsley and garlic and everything else!!!


I suppose I should be thankful and, I am. My sweet tooth arrived later in life, much later as a matter of fact. You know, now that I think of it, my sister was what they would have called “a terrible eater” always wanting her sweets and ice cream and now, she hardly eats ever and when she does, 99% of the time it’s salad. IMHO she’s a boring eater! You can tell her I said that because I’m older than her, lol…As for me, well, bring on the Reese’s and tubs of chocolate ice cream!!!

In case you haven’t guessed, we are welcoming the month of June with a National Candy Month theme and a sweet give-a-way. (but more about that later:) Unlike the mix up on Wine Day, I’m pretty safe in saying June is National Candy Month without any repercussions. (not there were any last week, the more wine days the better was pretty much the consensus.) Today, I have it from a very reliable source so, I’ve decided to run with it!

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire: June is National Candy Month, and the National Confectioners Association (NCA) will be helping Americans celebrate by highlighting sweet innovation in chocolate, candy, gum and mints, and spotlighting the men and women who make the special treats that have played an important and unique role in cultural traditions and seasonal celebrations for thousands of years.


Since I’ve already celebrated National Candy Month on this blog with an antique cookbook titled Hood's Book of Home Made Candies published in 1888…here’s the link in case you missed it:)

Hood's Book of Home Made Candies | 1888

…I thought this year it might be fun to modernize a bit. How’s this for modernization? Candy Construction by Sharon Bowers.


From the publisher:

Candy Construction: How to Build Race Cars, Castles, and Other Cool Stuff out of Store-Bought Candy
Build a candy fantasy! Use ordinary store-bought candy and cookies as the raw material for a brand-new kind of crafting, where castles are made with wafer-cookie walls and race cars have Oreos for wheels. Sharon Bowers provides step-by-step instructions for dozens of whimsical and fun projects that will have you seeing candy in a whole new way. From licorice pirates and centipedes made from Life Savers to marshmallow aliens and candy bento boxes, the sweet possibilities are endless.


Or this book titled Candy Bouquets for Celebrations!


From the publisher:

Candy Bouquets for Celebrations. Make a lasting impression with these new bouquet cookbooks! Step-by-step illustrated instructions are clear and easy to follow. You will be the hit of your next party with these stunning centerpieces. Give them as a gift? Truly unique inexpensive and memorable! Perfect for Gifts; Class Treats and Birthday Parties. Spiral-bound Softcover: 60 pages. 16 projects.


Oh yes. We can’t forget the one at the top; Cool Candy Crafts. It’s the one I’ve chosen to share with you for Cookbook Wednesday:) It may only be 48 pages but let me tell you, it is jam packed with very cool ideas:) Just look at that cover. Does it remind you of anything? That’s right, International Picnic Day is also celebrated in June:) It’s even on the June Food Celebration Calendar below. You know what else is on the calendar? Ice Cream Cone Day! That’s right you “guys” today is Ice Cream Cone Day and I have just the “recipe” to share; Cupcake Cone Rockets! (I’m not sure why today is Ice Cream Cone Day. You may remember the Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes I baked for the celebration of the first ice cream cone mold patent granted to Italo Marchiony.)


I can’t help myself. I just have to share, lol…


Here’s another taste of Cool Candy Crafts just in time for, you guessed it, Father’s Day!


How cool is this!


Ta Dah! Here’s the June Food Celebration Calendar!


June is…
National Dairy Month
Fruit and Veggie Month
Iced Tea Month
Mango Month
Frozen Yogurt Month
Rose Month

On a personal note, I have a bit of news. First let me say, Marion is home and doing just fine. I’ve been trying to “fatten” her up with healthy, hearty food but she won’t have any of that. She’s back on the junk food kick, feasting on Mary Janes and Ice Cream. The doctor said to just leave her be. We’re following doctor’s orders. (don’t worry, I’m getting pretty good at “sneaking” in nutrition too:)

Next, due to circumstances beyond my control, I will not be visiting the kids for my birthday this year. Instead, they will be visiting us in July!!! Which brings me to my next thought. What to do about the Picnic Game? Since I was on a rather complicated hiatus last year, we had to forgo the Picnic Game. However, since I won’t be going to Idaho this year, we might be able to pull it together if you “guys” are game. I’d love a “show of hands” on how you feel about it. (or leave a comment:) If you have never played the Picnic Game just follow the Picnic Game link for “the rules.” Don’t worry, they aren’t strict rules and as many of us can attest, the Picnic Game is a blast!!!

Have you enjoyed the peek of candy related cookbooks I’ve shared with you today? GREAT! How’d you like to add them to your collection? You would, great again! Since so many of you have generously shared your cookbooks with us for the last couple of months, I thought it high time I share a few from my collection in the form of a give-a-way. How do you win? It’s simple, share a sweet candy memory in the comment section below and that’s it! I’ll put everyone’s name in Marion’s favorite hat and have her choose a winner! Want to increase your chances, post a candy related recipe on your blog and leave the link in another comment form below before the next Cookbook Wednesday and I'll put your name in the hat twice! (you might want to check out #1 in the resource section below or, my Pinterest National Candy Month board for inspiration) Not to worry, Marion is one of the most honest people I know:)

Unfortunately, I haven’t had much luck when it comes to sending things over seas. I’m working on a better method and hopefully in the future everyone will be able to enter one of my give-a-ways but, for this month’s give-aways, US residents only, please. (or an US address) That’s right you “guys” each Cookbook Wednesday in the month of June will also offer a new give-a-way so, if candy cookbooks aren’t your thing, you might want to wait until next week’s surprise cookbooks because once you win, you won’t be able to enter again. Thanks for visiting! Don’t forget to dig out your favorite cookbook to share with us on Cookbook Wednesday! Louise:)


Cookbook Wednesday | Share Your Favorite




Resources:
1. Candy Cocktails: Recipes for drinks that taste like 60 of your favorite sweets-Infographic
2. A Visual History of Candy-Infographic

56 comments:

  1. Hi Louise,
    You not only show us that you have a sweet tooth, but also make me suspect that you like to play with your food. All those projects to do with candy... What fun. I hope your grandkids like to do them with you. I'm not sure that crafting with candy would be my thing, but it does sound like fun.

    My favorite candy is maple sugar candy, which I've loved ever since Santa Claus came to visit my kindergarten class and gave each of us a maple sugar soldier in a little box best thing I ever tasted when I was 5 and still at or near the top of my list all these millions of years later. I'm hoping the maple sugar farm near Ann Arbor will still have a booth at our Farmers' Market this year so I can get some pure maple candy (the stuff in stores is usually made of mainly ordinary sugar with a bit of maple flavoring). But I would never play with this candy. Or make anything with it ... it's too fragile and too expensive.

    Last week I was in Utah, this week in Tel Aviv. That's my excuse for another Wednesday without a cookbook post.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. I do like to play with food, Mae:) I'm not to good in the crafty creative department though. The kids and I love to play with food too, lol...

      I hope you get your sweet memory of Maple Sugar Candy this year, Mae. If the booth at the Farmers' Market isn't there, you might try the Vermont Country Store. I know for sure they have it also and it is "real!"

      We missed you for Cookbook Wednesday Mae. So glad you were able to post for this week. Thanks for visiting!

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  2. I love your candy story Louise! And the vintage recipes! Happy Father's Day to all dads!

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    1. Thanks Katerina. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I loved your story too and those fabulous Sesame Seed Pistachio cookies!!!

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  3. June 22 is Whoopie Pie Day! Just sayin'. Fun food calendar this month. Always enjoy the picnic game, too, although I'm never organized enough to join in. Odd, I never thought of myself as a big candy person either, when I was a kid. But one of my strongest memories is each Saturday allocating a precious nickel from my allowance, and riding my bike to the store to buy a candy bar. Used to favor Three Musketeers, as I recall, although there were others I'd buy. Anyway, fun post -- thanks.

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    1. Yes indeed John, you, me and Nee share our birthdays on Whoopie Pie Day!!! I'm glad you enjoy the Picnic Game. It is such fun for picnikers and visitors alike. I'm sure there will be plenty for everyone!

      Thank you so much for sharing your candy story. Oh the days of riding our bikes to the candy store and shelling out a nickel from our allowances. Those really were great days:) As I recall, my mother was a big fan of Three Musketeers. My sister and I would always sneak a bite of hers, lol...of course she could always tell:)

      Thanks so much for visiting, John...

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  4. I'm so glad Marion is doing better!

    My favorite candy memory is helping make candy to give as gifts at Christmas time. We had a booklet with all kinds of candies, but we mostly made cream cheese mints, marshmallows, and buckeyes. People would comment on how good the buckeyes were and ask for the recipe, but everyone who tried the recipe would say the candy came out too dry and ask how we got ours so soft and creamy. We finally looked closely and realized we'd always been putting in twice as much butter as it called for! The recipe called for a quarter pound and for some reason, we thought that was two sticks. Candy is usually pretty finicky, but luckily that recipe could take a major (unintended) variation.

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    1. What sweet and funny story Poppy:) I guess everything really is better with butter, lol...Now, please pass the buckeyes!

      Thanks for visiting, Poppy...

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  5. OMG, my jaw is dropping just looking at these candy creations! I did a flower bouquet once & posted it in my blog some time back & it got quite a pretty good response. Good luck to all your participants, dear! xoxo

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    1. I've seen many beautiful creations on your blog, Shirley:) Now I'm going to have to go back and find that flower boquet of yours!

      Thank you so much for visiting, Shirley...

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  6. One 70s summer afternoon in a suburb of Kansas City, I went to my mom all upset. The neighborhood kids didn't like me anymore. (I don't remember why.) She told me not to worry, then took me outside, hooked up the sprinkler, and then told me to look like I was having fun in the water. So I jumped around laughing and squealing, and sure enough, the neighborhood kids came around to join in. Then she loaded everyone up in the station wagon and took us to the local drug store, with it HUGE counter display of penny candy. A dollar bought a whole bag full of goodies.

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    1. What a fun story Linda. Children can be so cruel sometimes but it looks like your Mom came up with just the right recipe to get the kids to enjoy a beautiful Summer day. I bet some of them still remember the ride in the station wagon and the bag full of goodies!!!

      Thank you so much for visiting, Linda...

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  7. what fun and lovely post dear Louise. My mo only was more savory than sweet tooth but now she can't live without some candies or cookies lol
    Fortunately she doesnt diabetes. She love read and eat candies. omy!!

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    1. LOL, your MOm sounds like Marion Gloria. She loves her sweets too. Thank goodness neither of them has diabetes.

      I had a feeling you would like Donald Duck Day, lol...I was going to put your birthday on the calendar:)

      Thank you so much for dropping by Gloria...

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  8. BTW I love Donald Duck day haha (is my birthday) what funny!! xoxoxo

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  9. It seems Louise that chocolate calls to me!! quite often!!
    I love these old cookbooks and the candy crafts. Great imagination goes into these crafts and they look too wonderful to eat!
    I hope all is well and my best to Marion. xoxo Catherine

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    1. The same chocolate that's calling you is calling me Catherine. And, I usually answer, lol...Thanks so much for visiting, Catherine...

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  10. In looking at these candy books from years past, I can't help but think of all of the ugly things we made from candy. The memory that pops into my head that is candy related is more of a horror story than pleasant memory. It was when I was in Girl Scout Camp. We had horrible food, and I am talking HORRIBLE, the least of which was dessert that consisted of a piece of bread toasted over the fire and spread with melted butterscotch hard candies. Uck!

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    1. It's too bad you have such unpleasant memories of Girl Scout Camp, Pattie...Maybe it's time to sweeten things up a bit, lol...

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  11. Sweets have always been my downfall. I can't resist candy of any kind. Even candy I don't like very much, I'll eat! I think I'm up for the picnic game - I can't remember what days it is.

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    1. I know what you mean Pam. I'm glad my cravings began later in life, lol...

      I'm so happy to hear you will be joining us for the Picnic Game, Pam. The picking of the letters begins June 18th International Picnic Day. You then can post your letter and recipe anytime before July 1st. Actually, before June 29th or 30th would make it a bit easier for me to do the roundup:) The earlier the better is usually best, if you can.

      Thanks for visiting, Pam...

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  12. Dear Louise, I am not sure if I prefer the old or the new candy book cover..they are so different! I like them both really and these days they are so much more sophisticated.
    It is interesting that you developed a sweet tooth later on in life but we all love sweet stuff really, at list most of us do.
    Interesting post Louise! Hope you are having a good week.

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    1. Hi Alida:)
      I feel so lucky to have waited until later in life to crave sweets:) However, sometimes I do think I'm making up for it! I'm so glad you enjyed this post.

      Thank you so much for stopping by Alida...

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  13. Love the Candy cookbooks. I'll put up a candy recipe this week.. and figure out how to link it. Glad Marion is doing well. And, yes, to the picnic game! I have several good recipes to share.. Next week I'll post a cookbook blog.. :-)

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    1. Hi Janet:)
      Yes to the Picnic Game, Yippee!!! Thanks for visiting, Janet. We'll be looking forward to your Cookbook post. Why do I think it will be chocolate related, lol?

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  14. Louise, your posts are always so positive. Your blog is a very happy place :-)
    Our family did not eat box or store prepared snacks,etc. For us, prepared foods were more expensive and were considered not necessary. Let me tell you when I would go to friends house the box Kraft Mac and cheese was to die for! Of course now, with all the convenience foods now we Americans are trying to get back to the basics.

    Glad Marion is doing better. Also, glad you will see your children in July!
    Looks like a good summer is ahead for you.

    Take care.
    Velva

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    1. Awe gee thanks Velva:) I'm so glad you enjoy visiting. It is a bit ironic how we are all trying to get back to basics Velva. Many people wouldn't even admit to having a box of Kraft in their cupboards these days, lol...

      Thank you so much for your kind words and for visiting, Velva...

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  15. Hi Louise,

    Wow what a packed post you have here. So much fun information. Love the candy cookbooks and the recipes are fun to read. I am so glad that Marion is back home again and God bless her. My memory of a candy would be of Candy Apples, or where I live we called them Jelly Apples. Always loved them at carnivals so I decided to make them one year. When I tried to make them I messed up the recipe and it became hard, which meant that I couldn't coat the apples in the candy. I think the mistake happened when I found water in the pot and that ceased up the candy. Needless to say I never did that again. Now my nieces and nephews love my Candy Apples and ask me to make them every year.

    The Picnic Game sounds great I would love to participate again. If I can I would love the letter Z.....have a great recipe to share. Thanks...

    I relate to what you said about eating simple meals, and Sunday my mom would put out all the goodies. Simple doesn't seem to go with Italians. Thank you also for the June calendar. A lot of great days.

    Hope that you have a great rest of the week and thanks for sharing..

    Hugs Dottie :)

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    1. We called them Jelly Apple too, Dottie. For the longest time I didn't even know what a Candy Apple was, lol...Must be a Long Island thing, lol...

      We'll be picjing the letters for the Picnic Game on the 18th Dottie. Hopefully you will get the letter Zee. I don't see why not, after all, it isn't one of the popular letters, lol...thanks for stopping by Dottie...

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  16. Hi Louise,

    First of all, I want to say that I'm happy to hear that Marion is doing well. So sweet of you to "fatten" her with healthy food... but you know it is ok for her to eat anything as long as she is happy. I know... Life is tough if we can't eat yummy food like these wonderful and cute candies :D Hope you have a lovely weekend :D

    Zoe

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    1. Marion is doing really well, Zoe, thank you:) She is eating much better now and I don't have to sneak as much healthy food into her. It was fun when I did though. It remeinded me of when the kids were little, lol...

      Thank you so much for stopping by Zoe...

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  17. Wow, these candy creations are adorable. Right now I'm on a sour candy kick. I've found raising that are dusted with the same coating as sour patch kids. Kind of defeats the purpose of eating healthy raisins, right?

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    1. Oh my sour candy was a downfall of mine for a while Debra. Thank goodness I'm over it, lol...Don't even tell me about those raisins, they are super sweet as it is, lol...thanks for popping by Debra...

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  18. Very happy to hear that Marion is home and doing well. Lots of ideas for anyone planning on having a party with this candy post.

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    1. Thanks Karen. She really is doing much better. Thank goodness:) Thanks for visitng, Karen...

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  19. Hi, Louise!

    So glad that Marion is home. I guess the doctor figures that whatever she’s been doing, nutrition-wise, has gotten her to her age. But good for you trying to sneak in some nutrition!

    My favourite candy is peanut brittle. In 1954 my Sicilian Aunt Betty took us to Manhattan and one of the places we saw was a Mr. Peanut Shop. She bought me a bar of peanut brittle and I loved it!

    I’d love to take part in the Picnic Game. Do the recipe names have to be in English?

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    1. Hi Margaret:)
      That's exactly right, the doctor said she's been doing great all this time to let her enjoy! She is eating much better now so I don't have to "sneak" healthy food in her, lol...

      I don't remember the Mr. Peanut Shop I sure do wish I did:)

      So glad you will be joining us for the Picnic Game, Margaret. The recipe names can be in Maltese if you prefer but the recipe should probably be in English. Hope this helps. I'll be explaing more next week. Thank you so much for visiting...

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  20. Great post, Louise! And who doesn't like candy! And I see Whoopie Pie Day on your calendar, woo hoo! That Bait Bucket is adorable and what a fun thing for our grandson to make for his daddy.
    My favorite candy memory was when Grandma gave me a bag of Brach's Maple Nut Goodies many years ago. Loved them then and still do, crunchy maple shell and chewy peanuts and toffee inside. Yum!
    Yes, to the Picnic Game. That's good news about Marion. She is lucky to have you. Take care

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    1. Thanks Pam, I'm glad you enjoyed it! Now you will be able to add the Maple Nut Goodies to the list of winners since you won this Cookbook Wednesday Give-A-Way, lol...

      So glad you will be joining us for the Picnic Game...thanks for stopping by Pam...

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  21. Hi Louise, oh yes I'd like to take part in the picnic game, sounds like alot of fun. We used to play the license plate game when I was growing up. Anyway my favorite sweet has to be a vanilla malt or shake, my mom used to make those for us during the warm summer months.

    Glad Marion is home and feeling better. Take care!!

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    1. That's GREAT Cheri. It is sooooo much FUN! I play the license plate game with the kids, that's fun too:)

      Vanilla Shakes are oh so yummy aren't they Cheri. I almost wish I had one right now!!!

      Thanks for stoping by Cheri...

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  22. Always fun to stop by and see what you're up to and what I should be celebrating! Looks like my chocoholic family will be happy with June. Glad Marion is on the mend!!

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  23. Happy candy month - glad to hear marion is on the mend and I like to think she is eating an ice cream cone rocket with you - they are so gorgeous - I love to play the picnic game if you play it this year

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  24. I think that Candy Crafts booklet has Noah's and Tabi's names on it. I have a wicked sweet tooth, but I try to curb it in the name of not looking like the broad side of a barn (there's an expression no one uses any more).

    I'm so glad Marion is home and behaving like her usual self. The doctor does have a point, let the 96 year old lady eat what she wants, since it's worked for her this long. But good for you, sneaking in nutrition when she's not looking! I'm sorry you won't be able to go to Idaho, but I hope the family will be able to visit for a good long time in July!

    (I'm not up to the Picnic Game this year. I'd like to think I am, but right now there's a hammer drill trying to put a hole through my basement for the central air wiring, slate roofers are recutting some of our salvage slate on the porch, and I know I won't be able to even think. But I'll look forward to seeing what others bring!)

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  25. I made a "Sweet Saturday" entry just for you at http://granniepantries.blogspot.com/2016/06/brantastic-candy-and-other.html. The sweets are unlikely to be family favorites, though, which I'm sure comes as no surprise.

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  26. What a fun collection! I don't think I'd use them now, but they would have been a blast when my kids were younger. Some of these recipes might even have made a fun birthday party or play date activity!

    I would definitely enjoy participating in the Picnic Game if you can pull it off Louise. One can never do too many picnics with friends! Glad to hear Marion is doing better and good luck with those healthy food "sneaks"

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  27. And here I was thinking Pinterest peeps were the ones who invented the string of "candy constructions" that flood my feeds (especially on FB, everyone seems to attempt these things on there!), HA! I think that is hilarious (on my part). The closest I've come to something like this was making those Rudolph Tarts for Christmas using biscuits, pretzels, marshmallows and Jaffas. Though I must admit while messy and infuriating at times (unexpected caramel spillage) it was a lot of fun creating them. I've wanted to attempt more of these kind of treats again, especially after this post! And re the picnic game I'd love to participate! Though I do hope I'll be able to get to baking and have something live for you all on the due date. I've become so unreliable these days :o(

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  28. Fun post re the candy cookbooks. Haven't made candy since the kids were little, although I did make some fudge a year or so ago.
    I'm always up for the picnic game...keep me posted.

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  29. Great giveaway! I don't live in the US, so don't worry about entering me in the contest.

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  30. how exciting to be looking forward to such a visit! i'm sure it'll be so much fun for everyone. :)
    i LOVE candy and have a mouth full of sweet teeth, but i'm not very crafty when it comes to putting together candy creations! lots of cute and clever ideas here!

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  31. Hi Louise,
    What a sweet post! Glad to hear that Marion is doing fine! And yes for The Picnic Game! Sorry for not dropping by....have been busy lately with the daughter starting college!
    I've linked up my post! Have a great week!

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  32. Glad to hear Mation is doing better. My favorite candy memory is of my father and I making fudge - the cooked soft ball type. I loved being the fudge tester.

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  33. This is such a sweet idea. I am not showing it to my girls as they will want me to get some candy.

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  34. I am loving all of these candy creations Louise. I always mean to try to make some candies and chocolates (because I have had some rather dismal failures in this department), but always put it off. Glad to hear that Marion is home - at her age, I'd also tuck into what I fancy. I'd be up for the picnic game if it runs.

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  35. Oh Louise, this is such a fun and sweet post...every photo put an smile on my face...I cannot remember making any candy...
    I am so glad that Marion is back home...have a wonderful week :)

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  36. Hi Louise, glad to know that Marion is home, my warmest regards to her.
    I don't really eat that much candy but ice cream yes. LOL But I do love to buy those fancy and cute candy for cakes decoration. Some candy are so irresistible, cute and pretty.

    Thanks for this candy post and the excellent ideas. They are really very cute and fun, great for children parties. Nice give away. :))

    Have a nice day, regards.
    Amelia

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise