Most of us have enjoyed candy as dessert more than a few times in our lives. Sometimes the only appropriate end to a meal or the day is a rich, creamy chocolate bar or sinfully sweet handful of StrawMallows. Mmmm…StrawMallows! Sorry, what was I saying? Oh yes, candy as dessert. We’ve all done it. We’ve all loved it. We’ll all do it again. But what we may not have thought of is clever and fun-tastic ways to incorporate candy into other desserts, from cakes to Jello. And the only limitation to where candy can find itself looking as fantastic and delicious as it always does is your imagination!
We were most recently thinking of candy as a complement to cake when we saw the amazingly adorable cupcakes our friend Jessica was serving at a party. Her beach-y cupcakes absolutely screamed summer, and featured none other than a Nik-L-Nip bottle in the sand ‘served with’ Jelly Candy Gems for a most refreshing treat! Jessica shared that her friend Bridget O’Connor was behind these baked beauties, and that she happens to have a cupcake company, A Sweet Touch. We can’t think of a more appropriate name! If you love the cupcakes, pictured above, as much as we do, you can contact Bridget at firstname.lastname@example.org and have her bake up something wonderful for you, too!
We’re excited to see what other tempting creations A Sweet Touch will be whipping up, and their thinking outside the (cake)box got our own creative gears turning. We asked around Blair Candy Headquarters to see what other fun ways to work candy into the recipe the Blair Candy Bunch could think of. Needless to say, by the time I asked the last person my sweet tooth was ready for some sweet relief. Let’s take a look at some sugary suggestions…
Pool Party Perfection: Start with a sheet cake of any flavor. Spread blue icing across the top (it’s OK if you don’t get it completely smooth, those ripples are just waves!). You can use blue icing on the sides as well, or really any color you’d like. Float a few ‘rafts’ on the surface of the water by horizontally lining up Tootsie Frooties. And to float on the rafts? Gummy Bears of course. Hot Cinnamon Gummy Bears if they weren’t wearing their sunscreen! Lay one bear on top of each raft, and revel in the cuteness for at least 30 seconds. This part is important.
Add a few Giant Jawbreakers to the pool as beach balls, and if you’d like the pull to perform double duty as a relaxing retreat as well as a lap pool, add lane dividers with Candy Necklaces. Now invite friends over to marvel at your brilliance and, well…let them eat cake!
Fun With Jello That’s Simple and Sweet: Jello is already fun to eat and delicious. But you can make it even more exciting by starting with blue Jello and adding a few Swedish Fish to the mix. Want to add a more diverse group to your Jellocean? Add starfish, seahorses, dolphins and more with the Aqua Life Gummy Sea Creatures mix. A great dessert for kids and adults alike, this can be a low calorie treat that brings satisfaction and a smile.
Make It Muddy: Mud dessert is a bit of a classic, but there’s a reason – it’s delectable, easy to make, and really cheap. Fill cups with chocolate pudding, add crushed Oreo cookies to the top, and finish it all off with some Gummy Worms peeking out and over. Mud hasn’t tasted this good since you were 3!
A Tasty Treasure: A sheet cake in your favorite flavor will serve as the foundation of your marvelous treasure map. Add tan icing to give a faded effect, and leave uneven edges with the icing to give the illusion of wear. Create dotted lines on the map with Shoestring Licorice cut into small, half-inch pieces. Your “X” to mark the spot can be almost any candy you can think of – Twizzlers cut in half and crossed into an X, 4 or 6 Tootsie Rolls formed into an X, Licorice Allsorts lined up to form an X – whatever your favorite. Just don’t forget the point of the treasure map – finding the booty! Add a pile of Chocolate Gold Coins near the X, or scatter them all over the top just for fun.
And that is just the beginning! We got so many great ideas we can’t possibly pack them all into one post. We’d also love to hear how you’re working candy into your creations. Please leave any inspiration you just can’t bear to not share in the comments below. And if you ever need taste testers, you know where to find us!