Whimsy Chocolates Pop Up Shop

We are so excited to have Whimsy Chocolates at the shoppe this Saturday, April 15th from 11-12:30.  Their fresh hand dipped chocolates are made in small batches, guarantying the freshest and most natural taste possible. The chocolate is from the finest, richest Belgian chocolate and they strive to offer the most natural, delicious ingredients possible.  We can’t wait to have them sample their chocolates during our Easter event!  You will be able to purchase directly from Whimsy Chocolates as well – perfect for filling up those Easter baskets and dessert tables!

See you Saturday!

Lisa

 

Magical Leprechaun Bark Recipe

This St. Patrick’s Day whip up some magical leprechaun bark for your wee lads and lasses!

magical leprechaun bark

Here’s how to make it…

Supplies:

magical leprechaun bark

Get 3 bags of colored Wilton Candy Melts.  I chose two shades of green and white.  Grab some Candyfetti from Fancy That and pick up some marshmallow cereal from the store.  Separate the marshmallows out.magical leprechaun bark

Cover a shallow baking pan with foil.

Melt the candy melts in the microwave for 1 minute.  Stir the melts and put them back in for 30 seconds.  Stir again (at this point you could add flavoring to your candy melts) and pour onto baking tray.  Do this will all three colors.

magical leprechaun bark

Once you have all your colors poured onto the baking tray use a fork or toothpick to swirl the colors together.
magical leprechaun bark

Sprinkle the Candyfetti and marshmallows onto the chocolate.  Place the tray in the refrigerator for an hour or two.  Once firm you can lift the foil off the baking tray, turn the leprechaun bark onto the counter and peel the foil away.  Break the bark into small pieces.  Eat it as is or put it on cupckaes, cakes, make hot chocolate with it, wrap it up in a cello bag and give it as a gift.  So many magical possibilities!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Katie

Photo credit:  Katie Hickenbottom Photography

 

DIY Chocolate Bark

I love making chocolate bark! There’s chocolate and there’s peppermint – it’s the perfect holiday combo, am I right?! It’s so simple to make and you’ll impress all your friends. All you need is a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, a bag of white chocolate chips and a container of Kencraft peppermint chips or crushed candy canes.

Chocolate Bark

First pour the chips into two separate microwave safe bowls. Microwave each bowl for 30 seconds, stir, microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir until all the chocolate is melted. Do not overcook the chocolate. Not all of the chips will be completely melted when you take them out of the microwave after the 2nd heating, but that’s ok! Just stir until they are.

Chocolate Bark

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Pour your melted semi-sweet chocolate on the sheet, spread it around and then pour the white chocolate on top. Now, for the fun part! Take a fork or spoon and swirl the chocolates together to get a pretty marbleized look. My little helper is a stirring expert!

Chocolate Bark

Then take the crushed candy cane and sprinkle all over the top of the chocolate.

Chocolate Bark

After your satisfied with your creation, place it in the fridge to harden. This will take a few hours. Once it’s hard you can take it off of the paper or foil and break it into chunks. Place it in a cello bag and tie it with a piece of twine and a cute tag (this tag is from the amazing Inkberry).

Chocolate Bark
All wrapped up and ready to go!

Chocolate bark can be eaten as is or you can melt a few pieces in hot milk for a seriously delicious hot chocolate!

 

Enjoy!

Katie

 

Apple Cider Doughnuts and Drinking Chocolate

Fall is here! Oh, how I love fall…and donuts (doughnuts?)…and hot chocolate. So, you can imagine my excitement when Fancy That got Stonewall Kitchen’s Apple Cider Doughnut Mix and Treehouse Chocolate’s CAMP Drinking Chocolate in the shop! I knew it was my duty to taste test these products – it’s a hard job, but someone’s got to do it, right?

The apple cider doughnut’s were so easy! If you want to make them according to the directions on the box you will need a doughnut pan. Unfortunately, I do not own a doughnut pan (how, with my love of doughnut’s, do I not own a doughnut pan?! I’ve added it to my Christmas wish list. Anyway…). So, I improvised and made doughnut holes and instead of baking them I fried them. Doughnut holes are all the rage now anyway you know.

Okay, let’s get started! Here is what you’ll need.

For the mix you'll need an egg, butter, and milk.
For the mix you’ll need an egg, butter, and milk.

 

To fry the donuts you'll need oil, a pot, a small ice cream scoop or 2 spoons, and a thermometer.
To fry the doughnuts you’ll need oil, a pot, a small ice cream scoop (or 2 spoons), and a thermometer.

First you’ll want to start heating your oil. Pour about 2 inches of oil in a medium pot. Heat the oil to 350 degrees.

To make the doughnut batter follow the directions on the back of the box.

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Use a thermometer to check the temperature of the oil. Once it’s hot enough drop in a test scoop of batter. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown.

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Take the doughnut out and cut it in half to make sure it’s cooked all the way through. Adjust your cook time accordingly. If the doughnuts are browning to fast, lower the oil temperature.

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Yum!

Place the cooked doughnuts on a paper towel lined plate.

Once you’ve cooked all the doughnuts open the packet of cinnamon sugar and pour in a bowl. Roll the doughnut holes in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Serve ASAP (or before you eat them all – remember sharing is caring)!

Apple Cider Donuts

These doughnuts are so so so so good! The cinnamon sugar even has an apple cider spice to it. Seriously, so good. Did I mention how good these are?!

If you really feel like indulging pick up a couple packs of Treehouse Chocolate’s CAMP Drinking Chocolate. There are several other flavors available at Fancy That too! The one I had was like a super delicious mocha! Add a dollop of fresh whipped cream and you will be in creamy chocolate heaven!

Camp Drinking Chocolate

Doughnuts and chocolate are perfect for breakfast, brunch, dessert, a snack…

Donuts and Chocolate

Really, when aren’t doughnuts and chocolate perfect to eat?

Donuts and Chocolate

They’re also the perfect gift! Stonewall’s Apple Cider Doughnut Mix, two packs of Treehouse Chocolate’s CAMP Drinking Chocolate and 2 fancy mugs – whoever you gift that to will totally be your BFF! I know I would!

Happy Fall!