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.
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.
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.
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.
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)!
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!
Doughnuts and chocolate are perfect for breakfast, brunch, dessert, a snack…
Really, when aren’t doughnuts and chocolate perfect to eat?
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!
First step, blow up the balloons – either all at once or as you paint them. I’m not going to lie, they are a little tricky to blow up. At first it will seem like only one half of the balloon will inflate, but just keep blowing and eventually the whole thing fills up.
After you’ve filled the balloons you can start to paint! I used a Neon Coral and Robins Egg Blue for the frosting on my balloons (Love the color of these balloons? You can find the paint at the store with the big red bulls eye). Using a medium sized artists paint brush paint a layer all around the front of the balloon leaving some white space in the middle and along the outer edges. Let dry for 15 to 20 minutes.
Now that your balloons are dry you can paint a second coat of paint. Let dry for at least 20 to 30 minutes.
Sprinkle time! In addition to the Neon Coral and Robins Egg Blue, I used Neon Pink and White paint for the sprinkles. Using a small brush pick up a little glob of paint and paint a short line onto the balloon wherever you like, however you like. I also used gold metallic tape – I cut little pieces of that and stuck it to the balloons.
And there you have it! Your very own custom donut balloons.
This was such a fun project – even my kiddos got into it!
So, donut wait any longer (Ha I’m so punny!) – stop at Fancy That to pick up your donut balloons and get your craft on!
We want to see what you made! Tag Fancy That in your donut balloon pic or post directly to our Facebook page!
For all you crafty, donut loving people out there have we got the tutorial for you! This DIY donut pinata is not only super cute, but it’s an inexpensive way to add some extra fancy to your next party.
1 large box
box cutter or scissors
hot glue gun
Fancy That Supplies
3 (or more) rolls of fringe
3 packs of tissue paper
Grab a large box and disassemble it to make it lay flat. Then use a large circular object to trace 2 circles on the box.
Using a box cutter cut out the circles.
Next, find a smaller circular object to make the circle for the hole.
Okay, now you’ll need to do a little math here – it will ensure that your hole is centered. Measure the large circle (mine was 15 inches in diameter) and then measured the small circle (mine was 5 inches in diameter). Use a long ruler and place one edge on the center of the large circle. For my circle I made a mark at 5 inches and 10 inches then I turned the ruler the other direction and made the same two marks. I put the pot down on the marks I made and traced the circle and then cut it out. Repeat with the other circle.
The next step is to cut a strip of cardboard long enough to go around the out side of the 2 circles. So…time for more math! Yay! Take the diameter of your circle and multiply it by 3.14 (i.e. 15 x 3.14). This is the length of strip you will need. If your cardboard isn’t long enough you can add extra pieces. Now, measure the width of this strip and remember it – you’ll need to cut a shorter strip, the same width, to go around the small hole.
Once you have the strip cut you can start taping it to the edge of the circle. Once that’s done you can place the pinata upright and poke 2 small holes about an inch apart from each other into the top of the strip. Thread some twine through the holes. I did this step after I taped on the second circle, it made it pretty hard to string the twine. You live and you learn, right?
Now you can tape the second circle. Don’t tape the pinata too well (like I did) it will be easier for the kids to break if you don’t.
Now you can fill the pinata!
After the pinata is filled cut a strip of cardboard long enough to go around the inside hole. You can use the same formula as you did for the outside strip (diameter x 3.14). Fit the cardboard strip into the hole and tape it all around and on both sides. Don’t forget to make this strip the same width as the outside strip!
Because I love making more work for myself, I covered the pinata in computer paper. But this is an optional step. It doesn’t have to look pretty – so I just laid paper on top of the pinata and taped it down, then cut around it with scissors.
Plug in that glue gun and get your fringe out! Start on the inside of the circle and work to the outside edge, spiraling the fringe around and gluing every inch or two.
Work your way all around the pinata until it is completely covered in fringe. The only part that should not be covered in fringe is the inside hole of the donut. If you make your hole large enough you could put the fringe on the inside, but I made my hole to small, so I glued plain white paper on the inside hole.
Now for the frosting!
There are two ways you can do this. You can use a different color of fringe and spiral it around the middle of the donut, like this:
Or you can use tissue paper.
For the tissue paper frosting start with one sheet of tissue and put some hot glue about an inch away from the hole. Then put the edge of the tissue paper on it. Worked your way the circle by gluing and gathering the tissue. Repeat these steps until you get back to where you started. Layer another piece of tissue about 1 inch above the first layer and work your way around again. Take your scissors and cut off any excess tissue to make sure your frosting is nice and rounded. Then glue the outside edges of tissue paper down.
For the sprinkles you can use a couple different colors of tissue. Lay out the tissue and cut through a few layers to make little rectangles. Then take the glue stick and smeared some on the small pieces of tissue, at least 2 pieces of tissue will stick together, which is good because the tissue is kind of light with only one layer.
Add as many sprinkles as you want! Now you have a super cute pinata that the kids will love! And your friends will be totally impressed by your craftiness.
We’d love to see how your pinata turns out! Post your pic to our Facebook page or tag Fancy That in your post!