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I just came across this article from Parents magazine on throwing a candy themed birthday party!  What a great idea.  It’s putting 2 amazing things together…candy and a birthday.  I think any kid would love a candy themed party.

The article shows great ideas, like making giant lolipops out of balloons, wrapping paper tubes and cellphane wrap.  what an adorable way to line the pathway to the party.  They also put down lots of colored paper on the floor to create a pathway like the one on the candy land game board.  They also created easy giant candies that could go on walls for added decoration.  They just took 2 colored plastic plates, added some clear wrap and twisted the ends to make it look like a wrapped hard candy.  These just add another great dimention to a party room.

It would be so fun to have everyone play a real life size game of candy land.

My favorite is the party favors, which doubles as a project.  They set up bowls of various flavors of jelly beans or m and m’s and had the kids fill up empty water bottles/juice bottles (great for recycling its “green” friendly too) with layers of candy. Instead of sand art, which is wwaaaay messier, they could make jelly bean art.  And the best is, they get to take it home as the party favor.  You kind of end up saving a little money buy doubling it as the project and party favor.

Sounds like my dream party.

I threw a party for a friend over the summer and tried making cake lolipops.  I used a brownie mix and they came out very cute.  After I made the mixture, i formed them into balls and froze them til they got hard.  I then melted chocolate, dipped the lolipop stick into the chocolate and then stuck that into the brownie ball.  I then dripped the ball into the chocolate and then into sprinkles.  While most of them came out good, some of them kept falling apart when i was trying to dip them into the chocolate.

 

A few months ago, I came across a cookbook that showed me how to make the balls.  After you make any cake you want, crumble it up into a bowl and add about 1 cup store bought frosting.  Like make a chocolate cake and mix it with chocolate frosting or whatever your taste is.  after you make this cake paste, roll them into balls and freeze.  this helps them keep their shape.  the frosting is like the glue.  then you follow the same directions as above.  dipping the stick into chocolate and then into the ball and then dipping the ball into chocolate and then any coating you wish.

There is this wonderful website called http://www.bakerella.com/ that has fabulous cake pops and many more ideas!

I just had an idea i saw on this site.  there is an image of  a cake pop in the shape of an apple, with a pretzel stem and fondant leaf. How cute would it be to give these as rosh Hashana treats.  you can either give a few wrapped with a bow to teachers or serve them at your meal.  kids would love this.  Not sure yet how to make red pareve chocolate.  I know the candy melts at the craft store are great, but they are dairy.

Even google has gotten on the bandwagon of cake pops.  Here is a link to the  picture of Android cake pops made by Parisa Tabriz at Google. Parisa is a software engineer in the Security Team at Google.   http://www.flickr.com/photos/asirap/5587616013/lightbox/

 

Passover is coming up in a few weeks and almost all the stores are stocked with their passover foods.  I feel most store raise their prices on nearly everything especially their chocolates.  Bartons candies are a fortune!  So Im trying to think of ways that I can make my own.

Some of my ideas are as follows.  Melt chocolate in a bowl.  Any kind of chocolate (kosher for passover), the cheaper (real) chocolate the better, either choc. chips or a baking bar, milk choc, whatever.  throw in a ton of raisins, almonds, nuts of any kind. If the choco. is too thick, add a drop of marg. Mix melted choc. fruit/nuts and then scoop them out to drip off access chocolate.  lay them flat on parchment paper to dry.  Now youve got yourself some chocolaty snacks much cheaper then the stores sell.   You could also do this with broken pieces of matza instead of fruit or nuts.

Another idea is making homemade chocolate lolipops.  They sell like 5 choc. pops for like $5 which is CRAZY. This project could even be done by the kids with adult help Buy any shape candy mold, which you can buy at craft stores for very inexpensive (especially if you use an in store coupon from places like Michaels). Dont forget to buy the lolipop sticks too. Melt any kind of chocolate- dark/milk, whatever you prefer.  Add a drop of marg. if you think its too thick.  Pour into candy/pop molds (greasing the molds with Kosher for Passover oil spray before may be necessary) and let harden for about 30 minutes or put in the fridge for about 15 minutes.  You can make many many more pops for much cheaper than they cost.  And as we all know, kids could eat a whole box very easily so this is a great and inexpensive.

Marshmellows are another great treat on Passover.  Eat them plain or roast them over a fire.  YUM!

Im still looking into other ideas for making homemade treats KLP.  Will keep you posted!

My daughter went to a fancy 6 year old birthday party and they gave out these awesome hula hoops with refillable gumballs as the party favor. This is a genius idea and its great that you can refill it. My kids love it. It’s not so easy to actually hula hoop with it, but it sure is fun to try.

It has an OU hecsher and can be bought at the candy store near me in Monsey ny. iCandy. I think it’s about 9.99 each.

I found a website that sells similar fun filled hoops.  dont think these are kosher, but this is the idea.

http://www.funfilledhoops.com/

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