Sweet Tooth Candies…Newport, Ky

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Opera Creams, Turtles, Peanut Butter Meltaways, Caramels, Fudge, Bark, Ice Cream and Ice Balls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I could go on and on, this place will satisfy your Sweet Tooth…ha ha ha ūüėõ hence the name…Sweet Tooth…ha ha ha

Really I’m not kidding you, this place is an old fashion candy shop they have been making fine chocolates for over 100 years. ¬†And at the Holiday’s they specialize in making delicious beautiful candies for Christmas, Easter, Sweetest Day and Valentine’s day. ¬†Oh and they make Caramel Apples to die for!!!!

Cute tables to sit down if you want, they also have several benches outside to sit and enjoy your favorite treat too.

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We also sell some of their delicious confections in our stores, and let me say their chocolate melts in your mouth!!

When I was a kid we would stop in here every once in awhile during the summer on our way to my Grandma’s house and get the famous Snow Ball!! ¬†With Vanilla Ice Cream in the middle ūüôā

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I don’t really remember the flavor I would get, but I have a feeling it was something like grape or cherry! ¬†But I’ll tell you those were great Friday nights when we would make that extra stop ūüôā

Now a day’s I’m a sugar free Nectar with no Ice cream…but they do have terrific “Homemade” Ice Cream, I have tried the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk…delicious…Banana Chocolate Chip…very delicious…Key Lime Ice….even more¬†delicious!!

This is the Key Lime Ice…with homemade waffle cone ūüôā

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The cone was so good and fresh…the way it should taste

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But this past month its been the sugar free nectar, and what I like about this place is that its not in those silly paper cones.  Its in a heavy duty foam cup and a small is in a medium cup, a medium is in a large cup, a large is in a extra large cup.  Reasoning so you have room to get your spoon in there without ice spilling up all over, I love it and they putting plenty of juice on it too.  I have been down there so much this past month since its been so so dang gone HOT!! 

This is my Sugar Free Nectar…YUM!! ¬†“their nectar is like “tiger’s blood” in other places, fruit berries with a hint of coconut”

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But they have so much to choose from just take a look

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Like I said they have CHOCOLATES!!  

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FUDGE!!

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I bought a couple of pieces for my Dad for Father’s Day

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I bought one for myself so I could do taste test, I have to research for you all, because I know you want to know just how good it is, I am really taking this one for the team ūüôā LOL

Okay so the Boot was dark chocolate ganache covered in dark chocolate, the others are these peanut butter and ganache meltaways…on my goodness…UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Look how thick it is…sweet!!!

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Layers of chocolate ganache and peanut butter… oh so good ūüėõ

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Oh and so creamy this just melts in your mouth…ha ha ha¬†

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Oh my goodness I think tonight is going to be a Ice Ball night….you know because I have to do research ūüôā for all you readers out there…I’m doing this for the good of all of you Foodies that love to read about good food and fun places. ¬†

So the next time you want some good home made chocolates or Ice Cream or even an Ice Ball…you know that Sweet Tooth Candies has been Chef Amy approved…Enjoy!!!!¬†

If you want to check them out online…here you go¬†http://sweettoothchocolates.com/

What to do with leftover…Easter Peeps!!!

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Okay this post today is just a fun and silly…so please bare with me ūüôā

They have peeps now for every holiday, hearts, pumpkins, snowmen,¬†Christmas¬†trees,¬†reindeer’s, I’m sure I’m missing others…LOL

But I only remember peeps in my Easter Basket, that was my most favorite item in my basket when I was little, I still like peeps now…I just like them on the stale side…ha ha ha…I know I’m going to have haters and lovers of this, but I like the¬†chewiness¬†of that sugary covered bunny!! ¬†Yes I said Bunny I do prefer the Bunny over the Chick, I like that the Bunny is thinner, this way I get more chewiness…okay this is way too much information, I’m sorry LOL!! ūüôā

Anyway the the idea for this post came from my friend Joe, I had asked my friends to give me some ideas for my blog, recipes they would like to see. ¬†And Joe said ‘Cooking with Peeps” ¬†I thought awesome idea!!

So I’ve come up with 4 recipes ideas buy adding peeps to it or in place of where you may have used¬†marshmallows, and of course there are many more, but these are fun and easy!!
*** Note – you can click on the pictures to make the image bigger

1. Easter Fudge, 2. Sweet Potatoes, 3. Fudge Brownies, 4. Heavenly Hash/Ambrosia Salad

 

1.  Easter Fudge    

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So this recipe is one that use at Christmas time to make for family and friends, its very close to the foolproof Eagle Brand fudge recipe.  For Christmas I added marshmallows and walnuts, and call it my Rocky Road Fudge.  

For Easter Fudge, I will add Bunny peeps and¬†Reese’s Mini peanut butter eggs too….this one will be good!!!

Ingredients

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Chop peeps in half then in to 4’s

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in a large pot add chips, vanilla and sweet condensed milk Рonce melted, off the heat fold in peeps

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line dish with plastic wrap                   add half of mixture, spread out

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add peanut butter eggs

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then add rest of fudge mixture,         spread over eggs, chill over night

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then slice fudge into slices   Р then pieces

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Recipe

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 bag 18 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips
2 tsp. vanilla
peeps 3 bunnies of each color 12 total
1 bag¬†Reese’s¬†mini peanut butter eggs (used 15)

Cut peeps in half then into 4’s, set aside.
In a large pot add, milk, chips and vanilla, over med high heat, stirring constantly until almost melted, remove from heat and keep stirring until all the chips have melted.
Fold in chopped peeps, pour half into line dish, then top with mini peanut butter eggs, then top with the remaining fudge mixture, spreading to cover eggs.
Fold plastic wrap over top and refrigerate over night.
Let side out for an hour before slicing fudge then cutting into pieces.
This can be store in an airtight container in a cool place or¬†refrigerator¬†for up to two weeks…that’s if it lasts that long.

This was a HUGE hit with my family, it really didn’t hit the table before they were eating it.

2. Sweet Potatoes topped with peeps 

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Who hasn’t had sweet potatoes or sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows, this one was a no¬†brainier, add a little sprinkling of brown sugar, some pecans and top with a rainbow of bunny peeps. ¬†How fun!!!

Ingredients – Simple

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toast pecans                           give a rough chop

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Drain potatoes     Р                          then with a potato masher, mash potatoes

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add pecans and brown sugar, mix to combine

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pour into a baking dish and bake 20 mins

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then top with peeps and bake another 20 mins

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done

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Recipe

2 large cans sweet potatoes, drained
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 good cup of pecans
1/2 tsp salt

peeps

In a large bowl add potatoes, mash, add brown sugar, pecans and salt, mix to combine.  Pour into baking dish, bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, then add peeps to the top and bake another 20 minutes.

Serve it up!!¬† This was good, the peeps give a little bit of a vanilla flavoring to the potatoes which adds nicely, and I like the sugary shell of the peep…Two Thumbs Up!!!

3. Fudge Brownies   

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Okay I know its close to the fudge, but¬†indulge me on this one…I’ll made these with some coffee and made them Mocha Fudge Brownies…yes you know I love coffee and this will be quick with a brownie mix…oh and if you love coffee and chocolate go back and check out my Dark Chocolate Coffee Nut Cookies…these were heavenly!!!

Ingredients – just used a box mix

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added the coffee & whisk                                           then  add oil & eggs

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mix, then put in baking dish and bake

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about 3/4 of the way done, top with your peeps and bake the rest of the way

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let cool

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Recipe

Box brownie mix, following directions on the box
1 instant coffee stick (next time I would use 2)
peeps
Pour mix into baking dish, bake as directed, but when about 3/4 of the way done, add peeps, just push done a little to nestle the peeps in the mix.

Bake the rest of the way, let cool then slice and serve.
These were a BIG hit for sure…Gooey and Sinful but Heavenly!!

Oh and speaking of Heavenly!!

4. Heavenly Hash or some call it Ambrosia Salad

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I can’t believe I thought of this last, I love “Heavenly Hash” which is what we called it, my Grandmas (my Dad’s Mom) would make this for every holiday.
Growing up it really wasn’t a holiday dinner without it,¬†whether it was Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter, there is was on the table in a big bowl, this white¬†fluffy¬†goodness with fruit, marshmallows and cherries!!!
Oh the memories for sure!!!
My Grandma has pasted since then, but boy I sure do miss those times that we would go to her house, me and my cousins would love to play all the way up on the 3rd floor.
Of course they were older and would tease us young ones about house being haunted (which is was not)…but it was always great times and wonderful memories that I will never forget!!!

Ingredients

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Drain pineapple & oranges                                          cut grapes in half

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drain cherries                                                           cut cherries in half

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Cut peeps                                                 set aside

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in a large bowl add whipped topping & 2 tbsp. instant vanilla pudding, combine well

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add oranges, pineapple and peeps to whipped topping, fold to combine

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fold in grapes                                                     then fold in cherries

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pour into a serving dish

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Now add a little fun touch, take coconut & green food coloring 

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mix to make green and now you have green grass

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add a few extra bunnies sitting on grass

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Recipe

2 8 oz. whipped topping
1 8 oz. can Mandarin oranges, drained
1 can (12 oz.) pineapple tidbits, drained
1 16 oz.  jar maraschino cherries, drained, halved
2 cups halved red grapes
2 tbsp. instant vanilla pudding powder
6 bunny peeps of each color, total 24 peeps, plus 3 extra for decor
1/2 cup sweetened coconut
green food coloring gel

Drain all the fruit and set a side, cut cherries in half.
Cut peeps in half then cut again into 4’s, set aside

In a large mixing bowl add whipped topping and vanilla pudding powder and mix to combine

Fold into whipped topping the pineapple, oranges and peeps, then fold in grapes, then cherries making sure everything is well mixed.
Pour into serving dish, and smooth out.
 

For Decorations – ¬†add coconut to bowl or ziploc bag, squeeze a little food coloring gel onto coconut and mix with your fingers to color coconut. (if you use a bowl like I did, put a sandwich size baggie over your hand and mixed the coconut up, so your fingers don’t turn green)
Add your extra peeps on top of the hash add the grass around them….Chill and serve!!!

This also was a big hit, ¬†I love how ¬†you can see the colored peeps mixed in, but both my parents say my Dad’s sister (Mae) always made it the best…she would whip heavy cream instead of pre made whipped topping to make hers…now that’s the good stuff.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my fun whimsical post today, it was fun to do, so thank you to my friend Joe ūüôā for giving the idea in using Peeps!!!

Chocolate covered Apple Bites

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It’s Apple time, I love the fall and I love using apples in dishes and warm apple cider. ¬†Had a little fall get together with friends this past weekend so I made apple bites. ¬†Great fun for the Kids too!!!

These are so easy to make, I used Fowler Farms Zestar Apples, we carry apple from this farm and they are by far the best I’ve ever had, just delicious.

Things needed:
apples
melon baller
melting chocolate
Toppings – crushed oreos, pecans, sprinkles, m&m’s really what ever you can find that will stick
toothpicks

Hold the apple in one hand and melon baller in the other, scoop out balls of the apple.
I put them all in a bowl, then took a paper towel and kind of squeezed the cut side of the apple (because if its too wet the chocolate will not stick) to absorb some of the juice.  Put a toothpick in the top (skin side), then dipped in chocolate then toppings, set on a tray to cool.  You can also drizzle extra chocolate on them too, these will keep in the refrigerator for 2 -3 days.

This is great fun to do with your kids and to serve at Halloween Parties or any party.
Enjoy!!!