Wednesday, March 9, 2011

My Baby Turns 1!

So this past weekend we had a joint birthday party for my little guy Reid and myself.  Our birthdays are a little over two weeks apart so we held the party on the weekend in between them so family would not have to gather twice in a short time frame.

I had read about doing candy buffets and thought I would start offering them as part of my business.  Of course I needed to do one and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.  Along with a bunch of blue and primary-colored, store-bought candy, I made some items as well.

First up... homemade marshmallows!  I used Alton Brown's recipe... and well... I wasn't impressed.  I was planning on using more vanilla than mentioned in the recipe, but I forgot.  I really need to learn to print out the recipes and make notes directly onto the recipe.  After my disappointment with these, I really wanted to make Giada's orange marshmallow recipe, but alas I did not have time.

  Next up... chocolate covered pretzels.  These are super easy... the biggest thing I had to figure out was how to get the chocolate to cover most of the pretzel.  I don't know what the official method is but I used a Pyrex measuring cup about 3/4 of the way full, put the pretzel in the bottom and used a spoon to coat the pretzel.  I just twirled off the excess and put the pretzel on wax paper.  After the chocolate set a bit, I would sprinkle them.  If you sprinkle them too early, all the sprinkles fall to the sides.

And finally, I made some birthday cake fudge.  My friend Meri posted this recipe and I HAD to try it.  It was really simple, and only took about 15 minutes to put together.  This is definitely something I would make again, although I recommend against eating it in the middle of the night.  Apparently, according to my brother, it causes strange dreams.  Anyway, here is a link to the blog with the recipe:

So here is a pic of the assembled candy buffet... I had a lot of fun doing it and I know my husband is happy he doesn't need to here about it anymore.  And don't worry, I will do a post on the rest of the party and cake in a bit!


  1. It was awesome, and we had lots of fun!! I thought the marshmallows were actually pretty good, so if you make them again, lmk so I can compare ;)

  2. I still have a bunch if you would like to pick some up... they keep for weeks in a airtight container.

  3. Hmmm... I didn't realize we were celebrating your birthday too. Happy Birthday! Your chocolate covered pretzels = yummy.

  4. Ooooooh, looks like fun! Hapy Birthday to Reid! Those treats all look yummy.

  5. While I didn't make the marshmallows at E's party, I did dip them in white chocolate and sprinkle yellow and pink sugar crystals on top. They were a hit at her party! I too was going to do a candy buffet, but you'd be surprised at how few candies come in pink and/or yellow. (and because I thought we were moving the next week, I wasn't about to MAKE too many things!) Looks yummy and I think adding them to your business would be perfect (we almost did one at our wedding too)

  6. That looks great...What was wrong with the marshmallows? I could look up the recipe that I used. I used Alton Broawn's once, but there are others that have slightly different amounts of everything in them. They're all pretty much the same, though.

  7. I just thought they were a bit bland... I probably should have added more extract or another extract.

  8. What a cute buffet, Kristin! I have never been able to figure out how to coat the entire pretzel either. Thanks for the tip about waiting to do the sprinkles!! :)


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