Tag: candy

10 of the best subscription box gifts that bring the awesome to someone’s doorstep

Big boxes are good. Little blue boxes are sometimes better. But gift boxes that arrive in the mail every month are maybe the best way to remind the folks you love that they’re always on your mind. Whether you have a favorite foodie, a beloved bibliophile, a luxe loved one, or a caffeine fiend on your list, we’ve compiled a sweet array of monthly subscription gifts for adults that will make that special someone (or someones) squeal with joy. For the sophisticated foodie: NewYorkMouth With six different monthly subscriptions from chocolate to jerky to pickles and a variety of...

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The most sophisticated Advent calendars for adults. (Truffles, anyone?)

I love Advent calendars as a way for my kids to count down to Christmas (did you catch our most recent picks?). But why should they be the only ones to have all the fun? If you’re looking for an Advent calendar that’s more sophisticated, here are some amazing options that you may want to grab before the first of December. –Christina I grew up eating waxy molded chocolates that I pulled out of the drugstore Advent calendar that my mom bought each year. Now that I’m grown up, I still love to find little treats, but I’d prefer them...

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Not in the mood for a nutmeg-scented house? Jonathan Adler’s got your back.

I kind of love everything from Jonathan Adler. Especially the scents of his new candles, which are sure to make your home smell greenmarket-fresh, even if you’re just cracking open canned…whatever. Don’t expect the traditional nutmeg, peppermint or mulled apple cider scents in the Jonathan Adler Pop candles. Instead, you’ll find clean scents like tomato, watercress, earl grey, fig, and my own favorite, grapefruit. Earl grey and fig might be a little more fitting as holiday scents for this time of year, although tomato and fig together give you that red/green holiday pop for a great hostess gift–without the...

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Mmmmmmmarshmallows!

I have this inkling that gourmet marshmallows just may be the new macaron (which was the new whoopie pie which was the new cupcake). And when you see the flavors like the ones from Wondermade, you are going to agree with me completely. Wondermade Marshmallows are no child’s play. Made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup,the flavors include a sophisticated Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Maple Bacon (zomg), or Guinness, which couples the dark beer with cane sugar, crushed pretzels and pure vanilla extract. If you like your gelatin-based dessert treats a little more sobering, there’s Honey Pear, Pumpkin Pie,...

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Biscoff truffles? Avert your eyes, dieters.

A few years back we admitted our collective devotion to Biscoff cookies–you know, those ones you get on the airplanes?–and it turns out we were not alone. Since then we’ve discovered the joy of Biscoff cookie spread, and now we’re drooling because it turns out you can do more with it than eat it right out of the jar with a spoon. I mean uh, spread it on toast.  One of the great thing about this Biscoff Truffle recipe from In Katrina’s Kitchen (besides the fact that we could probably eat 42 in one sitting) is that it only...

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Wooden sweets for your sweets? Sweet!

My kids absolutely love to play store. They’ll gather up whatever small toys they want to sell, set them out, and then yell at me until I agree to buy something. (They need to work on their customer service a little.) I imagine my favorite shopkeepers would happily extend their offerings to sweets if they saw the adorable wooden candy store sets from a brand-new Etsy shop I found. Snugglebug University at Etsy is pure sweetness. The Wood Snow Cone sets (below) are amazing, but I love the two Deluxe Wooden Candy Store sets best. They’re packed with little whoopee pies, candy peach rings, money,...

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Afraid of the dark? Not with this just-in-case kit stashed away

In light of Hurricane Sandy, I think a lot more of us are thinking about preparedness and safety precautions our families. Not that it’s such a fun thing to think about. But when I saw this kit created for blackouts, I liked the balance of straightforward approach without too much gloom and doom. [Don’t miss a great limited time discount after the jump..plus another really wonderful incentive!] The Family Blackout Kit comes packed in a sturdy child-size hiking backpack marked Survival Kit (which I admit, still makes me go eek). What’s inside is super smart though: flashlights, a lantern,...

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Man Candles: the perfect gift for the bacon fiend in your life

Sure, we love fancy candles as much as the next mom trying to cover up the smell of a yogurt pop hidden under the couch for two weeks. But men need candles, too, and we think they’re really going to love this collection of masculine scents for discriminating fans of pizza and new baseball mitts. Plus, they help feed the hungry. And did we mention they’re the brainchild of a teenager? Hart Main was 13 when he came up with the idea for Man Cans while observing his sister’s school fundraiser selling more traditionally feminine scented candles. But instead...

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10 delicious recipes that use leftover Halloween candy

It’s been quite a week, filled with a flurry of sweet Halloween activity and some not-so-sweet weather for some of you. Whether or not you braved Frankenstorm in your neck of the woods, I’m guessing that you’ll have leftover candy. Hopefully yours is from a big ol’ trick-or-treat haul. Even if it’s just candy you didn’t get to hand out, though, these recipes will come in handy. Check out these ten super delicious, highly decadent treats that make genius use of leftover Halloween candy. You know, when you get bored of stealing it straight out of the kiddo’s bag....

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5 gluten-free, allergy-free Halloween sweets that take the trick out of the treat

Sure, I may be a nerdy health-food mama, but Halloween doesn’t faze me too much. A candy binge one day a year is no biggie–especially with so many all-natural candy options and fun home recipes for yummy, wholesome Halloween treats. Still, candy can be scary for kids with food allergies (and their parents). So check out my favorite source for gluten-free and allergen-free candy, as well as a few of my favorite allergy-friendly picks that any trick-or-treater will love. Stock up and rest easy knowing that all kids in your ‘hood will have equal opps to crack out on sugar this Halloween....

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Here are five pins we’re really digging this week. 1. Could this cool gadget be the key to us finally getting in shape? 2. Design inspiration: Nice color scheme for a girls’ room. 3. Words to live by. 4. A wonderful app for preschoolers that could be a road trip lifesaver. 5. The drool-worthy Halloween treat recipe we want to keep all for ourselves. Sorry,...

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7 sweet Halloween recipes: copycat candy bars

Looking for a sweet DIY Halloween project with a big payoff? These homemade candy bar recipes are the perfect way to celebrate Halloween with the kiddos. You’ll still buy bags of snack-sized candies for the 31st (try one of these all natural candy bars). But these recipes are not for trick-or-treaters…they’re just too good to share! (Plus, it’s a little creepy to give out homemade food to kids you don’t know.) So definitely save these treats for you and your coven. I am a sucker for chocolate and coconut together, so these easy homemade Mounds bars (above) found on From Scratch...

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6 all-natural candies for a healthier, yummier Halloween

Boo! Does talk of “natural” candy bars scare you? I promise to not encourage you to swap kiddo’s peanut butter cups for carob covered apple rings (made from locally grown fruit–ha!). Nope, no silly tricks like that here. Just a bunch of totally delicious, totally sweet treats made without any of the icky, hard-to-say stuff found in typical Halloween loot. With these six treats, you don’t have to be a scary mama to keep Halloween sweet, tasty and healthy. I am frighteningly obsessed with UNREAL candy (above), a new line of candy bars made in the US and Canada...

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7 of the cutest (and creepiest) Halloween cookies haunting the Internet

I’m not much of a cookie aficionado, but Halloween brings out the baker in me. (It also brings out the witch in me, but that’s for another post.) In honor of my favorite cookie-making holiday, we’ve found the cutest, yummiest Halloween treats ever. So feast your zombie eyes on these. The kids are going to freak out! I’m telling you, Halloween cookies are easy, and there isn’t all that Christmas-y pressure. These days, finding Halloween-themed cookie cutters is a cinch (like the “gingerdead” men cookie cutters, heh). The color palette can be more limited to orange, black and green–and if your...

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3 affordable hostess gifts that make a sweet impression long after you’re gone

With summer coming to a close (noooo!) a lot of us are planning last minute weekends and cramming in final visits to see friends and take advantage of those lake house invitations. On Pinterest, we have an entire board featuring wonderful, varied hostess gift ideas. And here are three more ideas that really are just for the hostess. (You can always hit her kids up with something else.) I love the idea of giving things that smell beautiful–especially if you’re traveling with kids or pets. Plus, she’ll be able to remember your visit long even when your wet towels...

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9 ooey, gooey, fantastic s’mores recipes. (Is it summer without them?)

Nothing says summer to me like campfires and s’mores. Although being a city person, I can’t say I spend as much time with campfires as I do with s’mores. Luckily, you don’t need a bonfire either to enjoy the chocolate and melted marshmallow dessert. In fact, you don’t even have to be in the great outdoors. (Although I do know roasting those marshmallows on a stick over a fire does have a certain awesomeness about it.) Check out these 9 easy and creative recipes to help you get your summer s’mores fix. Making them is a must; singing kumbaya...

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Candy bars without all the junk? Yes, it’s Unreal.

I wish my kids would smack their lips over kale chips the same way they do the junk-filled candy they stare at in the supermarket checkout line. But while I can’t say I’ve found a line of candy made of kale (ha), I have discovered a brand that takes some of our favorite candy bars and reformulates them, without all the not-so-good stuff. Unreal Candy may sound too good to be true: No corn syrups, no GMO’s, no hydrogenated oils, no artificial colors or preservatives, made in the US and Canada. . .and priced the same as regular candy...

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Fourth of July crafts and DIY projects for the family

Earlier this week it was fun finding some of the most beautiful Fourth of July printables and decor, and now for you DIY’ers, I’ve rounded up fun Fourth of July crafts so you can celebrate America’s 236th birthday party in style. Whether you’re firing up the grill or not. Independence Day is a great day for family fun: the kids are out of school, chances are there’s a parade nearby, and the sky will soon be filled with fireworks. Days like this only happen once a year–let’s make it special! –Roxanna I always suspected candy buttons were easy to...

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Made with love: 6 easy DIY food gifts for Mother’s Day

Food gifts for Mother’s Day can be absolutely amazing, especially when they’re handmade with love. Add a heartfelt note, and a scribbly piece of art, and you’ve got a gift that’ll make at least this mama even more excited than a pair of Jimmy Choos. Check out these six easy homemade food gifts that will surely make any mama swoon. Skip the bouquet and use rosewater and even dried roses to infuse into Dark Chocolate Rose Truffles (above). These elegant treats by Najwa at Delicious Shots may sounds fancy, but they couldn’t be easier to make. Once you get...

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Light the way for someone you love

When is a candle not a candle? When it becomes a vessel for love, hope, and even water. That’s when. If you love gifts that keep on giving, gives that give back, and gifts that are made by hand with love, then we’d like to introduce you to glassybaby. glassybaby is the brainchild of Lee Rhodes, mother of three and survivor of a rare type of cancer who discovered glass and glassblowing while trying to find a few moments of serenity during her fight with cancer. After learning that the warm light emanating from hand-blown glass helped lift the...

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