Even on Cinco de Mayo, Hot-chili lollipops sound like one of those joke candies I never want anywhere near my mouth, like those worm-in-the-lollipop “treats” sold in every gift store in Texas. But these all-natural, sweet-and-spicy treats from Yummy Earth are no joke. Yummy Earth’s Organic Hot Chili Pops really surprised me with their delicious and sneakily spicy taste. On first lick, both the Chili Lime Lambada and Chili Mango Mambo flavors taste like sweet, fresh lime or mango. But then…whammo. That chili really packs a punch. As someone who hasn’t craved a lollipop since I was about ten years old,...Read More
Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Superhero Finger Puppet! (via Laughing Squid) Mother’s Day will be here in just over a week, so check out Kristen’s 3 cool DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas, as well as our Mother’s Day Collections page. Plus you still have time to order from our Mother’s Day Gift Guide and make use of some of those great discount codes. Is reading a “girl thing”? Such an interesting and important post about boys and books. Lunchbox Awesome...Read More
Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. A sweet Easter treat that looks so easy to make, even us craft-phobics can make a bunch for our little bunnies. Have you seen the first episode of The Kristen Chase Show? It’s smart, funny, and filled with great advice, especially if you have a less-than-perfect mother-in-law. We are so moved by this mama’s words about raising children with special needs and her wish for a little more compassion for parents like her. Before you do any spring cleaning, you...Read More
While we’ve had a whole lot of ideas for Easter treats lately, it’s not always as easy to find great Passover treats in the Parve aisle. If you’re over the macaroons and those fruit slice candies that taste nothing like fruit, here’s a way tastier option that your kids will totally get a kick out of. The chocolate marshmallow frogs from Zelda’s Sweet Shoppe look absolutely adorable. While I haven’t tried them myself, they get all sorts of rave reviews, including a nomination for best new product at Kosherfest. But you don’t have to be kosher to like them–they’re a hit with the...Read More
Along with a big chocolate rabbit, the Easter bunny always leaves a bunch of sugary jelly beans for my kids in their basket. And though I don’t always love his artificially-colored-and-flavored choices, I let it slide for this one special day. But, this year, one of our favorite all-natural candy companies has come out with jelly beans that make this mama happy and will have my sweet kids puckering up in delight all day long. YumEarth’s new Sour Beans look like innocent little jelly beans until you stick one in your mouth and realize, whoa! sour! In fact, I...Read More
“Creativity takes courage.” You know who said that? The wrapper around the piece of caramel I just ate. (And, yeah, Henri Matisse.) There’s something super sweet about candy that talks back, spreading a positive and uplifting message. And believe me when I say these caramels blow Bazooka Joe right out of the water. Good Karmal is a brilliant concept combining all-natural, handcrafted caramels with positive quotations that are uplifting and not cloying. I’ve been steadily devouring samples for two days, and I can assure you that I haven’t yet found a duplicate quote or one that made me roll...Read More
We can put a man on a moon, but we can’t beat that obnoxious collection of shifty viruses. So how cool that there’s now an all-natural cough drop for kids, in convenient lollipop form. When we received a bag of LILAPOPS, an all natural cough drop for kids, both of my children instantly began coughing and staggering around in the hopes that I would let them have a taste. I didn’t fall for it. But when the flu struck last week, I’m so glad we were prepared. My sick preschooler now thinks LILAPOPS are the best medicine ever. The...Read More
For an awesome kids’ room design quick change, I head straight for removable wall decals, which are such a smart choice for parents like me who have large wall spaces, fickle kids, and no desire to add more holes in my walls. My latest obsession: The brand new wall stickers from Wallcandy Arts designed by the talented folks at French Bull. And not surprisingly, they are fab. I’m pretty sure my kids would freak out over the Cupcake Land wall decals, a Candyland-inspired game that covers your wall in a bright game “board” that kids can actually play on....Read More
Not to be dissing those chalk gold-wrapped coins with an actual chocolate content of about .03%, but if you’re going to treat your dreidel winners with sweets this Hanukkah, we’ve got a better idea. The Hanukkah chocolate disks from CMP fave Rogue Confections are just beautiful. There are two collections but I happen to love all these pretty menorahs. For 18 bucks you’ll get 6 gorgeous chocolate disks–your choice of dark, black or white–that make a fitting place setting treat at the table, or just a reward for the kids at the end of the party. These are not...Read More
Like many of you, I’m waking up this morning, eying the huge pile of candy in my house and thinking, How can I get the darned stuff out of my house? We’ve got 5 great ways to help may your home a little less sugary over the coming week. Donate Candy to Children in Need Hospitals, shelters, food pantries and even churches often accept leftover candy, as we pointed out in last year’s post about donating leftover Halloween candy. All the ideas here are still relevant; just be sure to call them before you show up with bags of...Read More
Halloween myths we’d like to clear up: 1. Halloween isn’t fun after age 12. 2. Adults can’t dress up. 3. Parents are stuck eating the kids’ leftover candy. So put on that costume, scare the pants off your kids, and order a few of these luscious gourmet chocolate pops for after the little goblins are asleep. Our friends at Vosges have outdone themselves with this delicious trio of Haute Chocolate skull treats for Halloween and the Day of the Dead. There’s the Red Fire Skull Lollipop with chilles, cinnamon, and dark chocolate. There’s the Barcelona Skull Lollipop with hickory...Read More
It’s awesome that so many people are eating in a more mindful fashion, making organic and sustainable choices as they are able, but that’s also made food a lot more complicated — and limiting. Allergies and dye-avoidance issues mean giving up some food items, and even categories, you (or your kid) really like (and on some days, really feel you need). And when that means you have to say no to candy? That’s just plain sad. The folks at UK-based confectionary Goody Good Stuff are working magic to get you candy you can say yes to. They’ve rolled out a...Read More
Some of us are lucky enough to have dads in our lives who know their Manchego from their Mahon. Maybe we married them. Maybe they’re our own dads. All we know is, we like to keep them happy, so they’ll keep the yummy stuff coming our way. If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, these gifts are a serious shortcut. The Bacon Chocolate sampler pack (at top) from one of our favorite chocolatiers combines the two greatest foods to make a delectable delight dad will flip for. Just make sure to include a thoughtful card so he’ll be inclined...Read More
With a lactose-intolerant family member, I’m always on the lookout for sweet treats that aren’t made with cow’s milk. Whether you’re dairy-free like she is, you’re a vegan, or you just like yummy things, I just found a brand of handmade caramels made with coconut milk, that fits the bill perfectly. [don’t miss a super cool offer after the jump!] Discovered through a recent Foodzie tasting box (I’m addicted to my monthly box!) the handmade caramels from JJ’s Sweets are quite nice. The coconut milk infuses them with vaguely tropical flavor, and the sweet-salty balance was perfect. The chocolate-cover...Read More
What mom doesn’t love getting cards on the most important holiday of the year? Of course I’m talking about May 8th, (that’s Mother’s Day honey, in case you forgot). And while I’ve loved every glitter-laden handmade card I’ve ever received, I must say that this one might take the cake. Or chocolate. The chocolate postcards, by CMP Fave, Rogue Confections, would be a most welcome addition this year. Not only are they decorated with swoon-worthy Victorian themes, but they’re made of pure Belgian chocolate. Semisweet for the purists, milk chocolate for the masses, and white chocolate for…well, I’m not...Read More
Thankfully Easter is in late April this year which means my kids may actually be able to do an egg hunt in something less than a winter parka and mittens. But does this extra times mean I’ve finished all my Easter basket shopping? Oh, of course not. If you’re in my same boat and still need to put something into those cute baskets, take a look at some of these great items we found, all for under $15 each. Just hop quick and place your orders today–Easter will be here before you know it. -Christina Arts and crafts The...Read More
Guess what, mamas? It’s American Chocolate Week! Or at least the end of it. The way we see it, you just have to suck it up and do your patriotic duty by gorging on chocolate, right? If you love chocolate as much as we do, here are some of our favorite picks from the past for every occasion. Because we’re all about helping you celebrate the very important holidays of this world. [don’t miss a deeeeelicious giveaway after the jump!] For moms who want cocoa without the calories: Crio BruThis “drink of the gods” brews up in your coffeemaker...Read More
There’s a lot of talk about Starbuck’s new logo launch this week, and frankly, whatever. What I like is that it gave them an excuse to offer customers their new treats to sample, totally free. Starbucks has just introduced Starbucks Petites, desserts that are the perfect size for me or my kids. These treats aren’t exactly low-fat, but a mini peanut butter and chocolate cupcake has to be better than one four times the size. Thanks to what Starbucks calls their “Tribute Days,” if you’re buying a drink between 2 and 5PM today through Saturday, you can try a...Read More
I have Joe Cocker in my head right now. He’s singing You Are So Beautiful to Me, and I’m getting all choked up when his voice cracks at that one point at the end. He also happens to be singing the song to the unbelievably amazing treats from Ugly Truffles (at least in my head) which happen to make the perfect last minute Valentine’s Day gift. If to you, perfect = ugly. I first discovered Chocolate Gourmet’s Ugly Truffles (and their homely cousins, Damn Good Cookies) two years ago and have been an evangelical fan of these small-batch treats every since....Read More
I thought I knew good chocolate. I rather pride myself on favoring the high cacao content and richer taste of the more expensive brands. But I had never even heard of raw chocolate when one of my readers was kind enough to ask if she could send me a “little something” she thought I would enjoy. Raw chocolate? Wouldn’t that be… a cacao pod? Well, yes and no. According to Fine & Raw, the difference between their methods and conventional chocolate-making is that their end product is much closer to the source than most–they use low temperatures which preserve...Read More
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