Tag: candy

10 fancy chocolate boxes for Valentine’s Day that will blow your mind

Look, I’m never turning down that heart-shaped box from the drugstore, but nothing says I really, really love you like artisan chocolates made with natural ingredients, crazy good chocolate, and somebody’s hands instead of a machine. Trust me, these fancy chocolate boxes are all so impressive, you really can’t go wrong with any one of these. Because, chocolate. And, let’s just say, it’s a lot less messy in the bedroom than, uh, raw oysters. Related: 16 creative, inexpensive Valentine’s Day gifts for him, all under $35   Vosges Collection du Coeur Vosges is my personal favorite chocolatier of all time....

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What to do with leftover Halloween candy: 10 creative ideas besides you know, just eating it.

We’re always happy to offer up parents lots of ideas for what to do with all that leftover Halloween candy you’ll surely end up with. Well, at least after the small gorge-fest that your trick-or-treaters may be entitled to after all their hard work. So I’ve put together some crafts, causes, recipes, and even experiments you can do with leftover Halloween candy that are just as much satisfying as eating it all. Well, kind of. Top Photo: Sam Howzit on Flickr via Compfight cc 1. Donate Halloween Candy to a Good Cause One of our favorite ways to get candy out of the house is to send...

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We want candy! Candy temporary tattoos, that is.

Oh my yum — we were so happy to find this new line of candy temporary tattoos. Colorful, cute, lightly scented, and utterly free of calories and cavities. The Arm Candy pack from our pals at Tattly are sure to be a favorite with your little candy gobblers. Designed by Julia Rothman and scented by Agilex Fragrances, each packet of safe, non-toxic temporary tattoos includes two each of three armbands and a candy ring. They smell like a mixture of vanilla frosting, cotton candy, and of course, just in time for Halloween, candy corn. Related: CHARM IT and Tattly team up, and our girls go...

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5 creative ways to make personalized candy favors and gifts the coolest ever. Look what we made!

My kids believe they are the World’s Greatest Fans of Dylan’s Candy Bar. Which is hilarious, considering that every single one of the zillions of kids who visit their shops each year also believe that they are the World’s Greatest Fans of Dylan’s Candy Bar. So when they joined on as our newest sponsor (yay!), and asked us to take a look at their new selection of personalized candy favors and gifts at the Dylan’s Candy Bar online Design Shoppe (double yay!), you have no idea how quickly I raised my hand. (Sorry, CMP comrades — early bird gets the chocolate.)   -Special Offer:...

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Hot trend alert: 12 adorable food printed leggings from candy canes to…kale.

The next big fashion trend is here, and it’s food. Considering my kids’ favorite shows are Master Chef and The Great British Bake Off, it only makes sense that they’d take their love of cooking to their…leggings? Yep, we’re seeing food prints all over our kids legs these days (holding the jokes about donuts going right to our thighs), and whether your girls are fans of ice cream, sushi, or croissants — sorry, no cronut leggings yet — we’ve found some awesome food printed leggings that we bet they’ll love. That said, if you can’t find the exact perfect foodie fashion for your child’s tastes,...

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What to do with extra Halloween candy: 9 ideas you may not have considered.

After the fun of trick-of-treating and the trading of the candy, we are pretty sure that your kids are still going to have piles of candy leftover that weighs about as much as a toddler. Now is the time to think of a good plan for what to do with all that extra Halloween candy. Oh, sure, the kids can eat some of their hard-earned snacks. But, instead of throwing the rest of it in the trash, we have a bunch of great ideas that will turn that candy into something more than a messy pile of wrappers. Related: 10 delicious recipes that use...

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Adult Halloween treats you’ll want to keep out of the kids’ candy bags

So here’s something we’re pretty excited about: Recently, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Mouth.com, to put together a fantastic, carefully curated collection of adult Halloween treats you’ll want to keep all to yourself. Just scroll down. A little more…a little more…stop! There you’ll see a small collection of just a very few of our favorite adult Halloween treats. As in, grownups-only goodies from indie makers who have transformed your childhood favorites into something way more special and fancy. If you need a fun hostess gift for an upcoming Halloween party; a little something for your office coworkers or playgroup parents; a...

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The coolest indie Mother’s Day gifts, now with totally free worldwide shipping

There’s only just under two weeks left until Mother’s Day, so if you’re shopping online for Mother’s Day gifts, especially gifts from small makers and independent artists (arguably our favorites) that might even be made to order, you had better get cracking! Fear not, we’ve got a ton of lovely ideas right in our Mother’s Day boutique from our Cool Mom Picks indie shop. Update: Regretfully, the great.ly shop is no longer in operation. We hope you’ll find other cool stuff you love throughout our site. What’s even better, the entire shop is now offering free worldwide shipping on every single...

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Shopping indie this Mother’s Day: A good thing to do.

No sooner is Easter behind us that we’re already thinking Mother’s Day gifts. And since it’s on May 10 this year that’s less than a month away already! Of course we’ll be launching our annual Mother’s Day gift guide (whoo!) this week, but we’ve also put together some of our favorite items from the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop into one Mother’s Day boutique. Update: Regretfully, the great.ly shop is no longer in operation. We hope you’ll find other cool stuff you love throughout our site. Stop over and see some of our favorite picks from indie makers for all...

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Ridiculously delicious, all-natural Easter candy options that earns their place in the basket. Bring it on Easter bunny.

Let’s be honest: Easter candy is pretty much sugar and more sugar mixed with high fructose corn syrup with a dash of artificial food coloring. And we love every bite. I’m a believer in everything in moderation and am all for Easter being one of two days a year when we throw moderation for candy out the window. That said, if we can add a few all-natural options to the basket, I’m all for that, too. When all-natural Easter candy is as good as these 7 finds, why not. Related: Outrageously gourmet Easter treats that are not for sharing with the kids Little...

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5 ridiculously adorable and remarkably easy DIY Easter treats we can’t resist.

With so many iconic Easter candies to buy, Easter brunch recipe to make, and fancy Easter cakes to bake, it’s easy to forget how simple it can be to make DIY Easter treats. So I’ve put together a few that I love. These special sweets are such a nice way to add a homemade touch to your holiday without taking up a whole lot of your time. This way, there’s more time for egg hunting, Easter brunching, or just hanging out with the kids instead. Related: DIY Easter Cake Pops almost too cute to eat. Almost. Jordan almonds are a staple filler in my Easter baskets....

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Bezar, the new members-only shopping site is here. Design fans, hold onto your wallets.

We recently alerted you to the upcoming launch of Bezar, a new members-only marketplace from Bradford Shelhamer, one of the original founders of Fab. We knew we’d be able to expect the same phenomenal design sense, curation and discovery that we’ve come to know and love from him, and checking out the Bezar site launch today, it does not disappoint. Because this is a member’s only site, use our invitation link for immediate access right now to some wonderful designers who will be gone in a few days, along with some cool pop-up shops that will last a bit longer. You’ll notice there’s definitely...

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Candy gifts for Valentine’s Day that go way beyond the ordinary.

I know what you might be thinking:  Candy gifts for Valentine’s Day? Could you be more cliché, Cool Mom Picks? And well, if you’ve never been introduced to Sugarfina, a favorite here with our staff, well then you will understand why I’m all excited about their offerings for Valentine’s Day this year. I fell in love with Sugarfina after our Editor Liz gave me their Love Bites gift set after a break-up, and made me laugh with the apple frogs (as in, stop kissing them) and the fish representing the many others in the sea. This may look like kid stuff, but it’s gourmet candy, which...

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7 DIY Valentine’s Day candy recipes that you can make with kids.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about candy, of course. But I don’t see why it shouldn’t be, if you make the candy from scratch, with love. Okay so maybe I’m justifying. but still, these DIY Valentine’s Day candy recipes–all of them easy enough for your kids to make along with you–are a fun project for the givers and a delicious treat for the receivers. My goal: to be both.   Turn plain conversation hearts into something special with this recipe for Conversation Heart Marshmallows from Passion 4 Baking. (Manuela has her blog set up to translate from...

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Don’t know much about geometry

With the Etsy artists starting to see a decline in visits since the homepage redesign (we have trouble with it too, sigh) you can expect to see a lot more of our favorite Etsy finds here, as well as a new, weekly Etsy find of the week delivered right to your inbox if you subscribe to Cool Mom Picks. We’ve always been so pleased to be able to support the kinds of smaller designers who set up shop there, and one of my newest finds is small indeed: Gwyneth Hulse Design, a cool New Zealand jewelry and housewares shop which offers only a few handcrafted items. But...

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7 easy, holiday chocolate bark recipes. Because candy made in minutes is the best gift of all.

Chocolate candy is a must over the holidays. Festive sweets make a special treat to have around the house, serve as part of a holiday dessert spread, or give as a gift. Store bought is great—we love supporting local chocolate shops—but it can get expensive, and who needs that when homemade takes 5 minutes to prep? These 7 delectable holiday chocolate bark recipes are a cinch to make, totally affordable, and look absolutely gorgeous. Now if only gift wrapping were this easy.   If you’ve never made bark before, you’re in for a treat. This basic chocolate bark recipe from Martha...

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A natural skincare gift for your cosmetic junkie friend in need of rehab.

If you have a cosmetics junkie friend–you know what I mean–it may be time for a gift that takes thing back to a natural, cleansing place. And a new line I just discovered,  Board and Batten, could be a perfect fit with their “farm to skin” products–kind of like farm to table, only you know. For skin. There is no shortage of high-quality non-toxic skincare brands out there, but I love a brand that sources all of its ingredients from their very own Florida farm, and handcrafts the products in small batches, too. You won’t find parabens, GMOs, sulfates or synthetic fragrances here. Instead, expect skin-loving natural ingredients like...

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The best local chocolatiers around the USA: The most delicious way to support Small Business Saturday

Every year, we are huge supporters of Small Business Saturday, ever since the first grassroots effort. You can look back through our archives for our writers’ favorite small businesses from Brooklyn to Albuquerque but this year we wanted to point out another way to support small businesses today while tearing through your holiday lists: Local chocolate gifts. Independent chocolatiers are some of my favorite small businesses to support any time of year, because fresh local ingredients combined with regional flavors and packaging means treats you just can’t find anywhere else. And whether you want to send a special gift or have something delicious...

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Gourmet chocolate pretzels from Fatty Sundays: Bet you can’t eat just 70 million.

I hate showing up to someone’s house empty-handed, even when the hostess says, “Oh…just bring yourself.” That’s why I always have so much fun scoping out affordable hostess gifts for you all each year. While we can always grab a bottle of wine or fresh flowers, around the holiday season it’s smart to stock up on affordable little gifts  for impromptu gift-giving, just so you have them on hand. And I found the perfect thing with the gourmet chocolate covered pretzel rods from Fatty Sundays. You guys? This is like my dream holiday gift stash gift: They’re affordable, they’re not too fussy, and they’re a perfect token for anyone from a hostess...

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5 candy corn recipes — because you can never get enough of a good thing.

Of all the throwback candies, candy corn reigns supreme. More than just nostalgic, it is among the most popular Halloween candies year after year. (Because it’s awesome, that’s why.) It’s also the inspiration for these fun, delicious candy corn recipes. When it comes to Halloween, I believe you can never have too much of a good thing.   There are tons of Halloween cookie recipes that call for candy corn, but I love this simple, wholesome approach. With a little bit of food coloring (we love these all-natural food dyes), Jenna at PBS Food turns simple sugar cookies into Candy...

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