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The sweet social game is coming to real life

We love it when fantasy becomes reality- especially when it is delicious!

If you’re one of the millions of people who play Candy Crush each day, you’ll be delighted to know that King, the creative geniuses behind the addictive game, has just released official "Candy Crush Candies."

The sugary treats, appropriately launched to the world at famed New York City sweetshop Dylan’s Candy Bar, will be available for sale at Dylan’s stores in New York City, Miami, and Los Angeles starting Nov. 4, as well as from other major retailers over the coming weeks.

"I’m just starting to get into the game but my colleagues are all huge fans. I love the kitschy graphics and unique packaging and you’re really eating the candies as featured in the game," said Dylan Lauren, CEO and founder of Dylan’s Candy Bar. "This is launching in perfect time for the upcoming holidays."

"We’re really excited to launch Candy Crush candies and offer another way for fans of the game to be able to get a taste of the fun," said Tommy Palm, King's game guru and co-creator of Candy Crush. "We’ve been so delighted to see how much people love to play the game and crush those candies. Our games give players moments of bite-sized brilliance, and we hope these candies will, too."

The candies are directly inspired by the game and are offered in four different flavors — Jelly Fish, Mixed Fruit Gummies, Sour Fruit Gummies, and Color Bombs. They cost $4 a box and are packed conveniently in colorful theater-sized boxes so you can snack and play at the same time.

5 Recipes for Using up Leftover Candy Canes

‘Tis the season for candies and sweets, and one of the most prominent this time of year is candy canes. Though peppermint is the traditional flavor, these days candy canes come in almost every flavor imaginable. But what about leftover candy canes? If left too long they can get sticky and melt, but throwing them out seems wasteful. Thankfully, there are lots of recipes, tips, and tricks to help use up candy canes before they go bad.

Candy Cane Fudge

Who doesn’t love fudge? This recipe has a little something for everyone. There’s chocolate, white chocolate, and candy canes. What’s not to love? It is also a fairly simple fudge recipe to put together as most of the ingredients get melted together in the microwave. It doesn’t take a long time to set either as two hours in the refrigerator should be enough for it to get firm enough for serving. This is a pretty easy fudge recipe that will use up a lot of leftover candy canes. Sounds like a win-win to me!

White Chocolate & Peppermint Chocolate Bar

For anyone who loves chocolate bars or wants an excuse to use a chocolate bar mold, this recipe is easy and tasty. The most difficult part of this recipe is melting the chocolate, but you can do that easily in the microwave or over a double boiler. The rest is just crushing up candy canes and graham crackers and mixing the them all together. This quick and easy recipe is the perfect way to use up leftover ingredients and turn them into something delicious.

Image Credit: The Little Epicurean

Peppermint Ice Cream

Though it might be cold outside, ice cream is still one of the best treats no matter the time of year. Though homemade ice creams can be tricky, this one is worth trying out. The ice cream base is a traditional vanilla recipe with the candy canes being added during the churning process. While this makes for a more subtle peppermint flavor, you could always add peppermint extract to the base to make the flavor stronger. The recipe also gives directions for making chocolate dipped waffle cones with more crushed candy canes, which is definitely worth checking out too.

Peppermint bark is pretty much a staple of the holidays these days. Though it seems intimidating, this recipe gives fairly simple and straightforward directions for making the beloved treat. There aren’t many ingredients, and like some of the other recipes here, the chocolate can easily be melted in the microwave. Having to refrigerate all the layers to get them to set can take some time, but with a little patience, you can easily make delicious peppermint bark and use up lots of candy canes in the process.

Image Credit: Playin’ With My Food

Candy Cane Marshmallows

Homemade marshmallows are always a fun thing to try to make around the holidays, and dipping them in crushed candy canes afterwards only makes them better. Peppermint and hot cocoa are a great combination this time of year, and adding candy cane marshmallows to the mix only elevates the fun and flavor. Though homemade marshmallows can be difficult and take time, they are definitely worth it. Plus any leftover candy canes can be used as stir sticks in hot chocolate!

Of course there are plenty of uses for candy canes during the holiday season. While eating them is the best use, they can also be used as garnishes, giveaways, or decorations (mini candy canes are perfect for decorating gingerbread houses). But once the holidays are over, candy canes become harder to find in stores. These recipes are a good way to get rid of your personal leftovers, but they might make you want to start using candy canes all year round. It might be a good idea to stock up while you still can.

What are some of your favorite recipes using candy canes? Let us know in the comments below!

If your recipe calls for large pieces of pretzel, such as a salad topping or an addition to chocolate brownies in place of nuts, hand crushing is all you need. You can accomplish this method in one of two ways. The first option is to place the pretzels in a plastic bag with a zip closure. Remove the air from the bag and seal. Use a mallet or rolling pin to crush the pretzels to the desired size. Unfortunately, because of sharp pretzel edges, this method can become messy if the bag is not strong enough for the task. The other method uses a bowl and a flat-bottomed glass. Place the pretzels in the bowl and crush with the bottom of the glass and a little bit of pressure.

For recipes where finer crushed pretzels are necessary, such as pretzel-coated chicken, a food processor is the best tool. Put pretzels into the food processor and pulse until they are a powder consistency.

How to Crush Candy Canes, Not Your Fingers

Crushing candy canes can be a messy job. The bits of sugary candy gets in everywhere and before you know it, coats your floor in a mess. Try placing unwrapped candy canes into a ziplock freezer bag and then a plastic grocery bag. Put the bag onto a cutting board and bash with a rolling pin until they are broken into small pieces. The pieces of candy may eventually cut throught the ziplock but will still be contained by the plastic grocery bag.

She may go by the name Scatteredmom online, but Karen really is anything but scattered when it comes to the kitchen. Churning out tasty treats within view of the Georgia Strait on Canada's west coast, Karen will hand you an organized weekly meal plan or teach you how to make meals from scratch. As Mom to a teenage boy, she knows exactly what it takes to keep kids full and happy-which has really come in handy with her job as the Food Editor at Yummy Mummy Club.

A strong supporter of Food Revolution who has been endorsed by Jamie Oliver himself, by day Karen can be found working as a special education teaching assistant, running a kitchen and showing teenagers how to cook nutritious meals for themselves. By night, when she's not chatting on Twitter and answering cooking questions, she writes her popular blog Notes From the Cookie Jar, or posting mouthwatering recipes over at Chasing Tomatoes. Not afraid to give her opinion and passionate about community, Karen spoke at Blissdom Canada 2010 and her writing has been published in Canadian Living magazine, as well as in various online publications.

. whip those room temp egg whites!

Using your stand mixer*, start those egg whites a whippin'!

Whip them until they become white and can easily form stiff peaks.

*Note: Because this is a nougat style candy and it does get a little stiff at the end, I can't suggest using a stand mixer enough. There are plenty of stories out there of people literally burning up the motors of their hand mixers, so really think twice before whipping out (no pun intended) your handy dandy hand mixer.

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I made this last Xmas and will make it again for my family and for friends. Excellent and not difficult.

Delicious. but how can you call these sugar free?

It is super easy, I will give it that. It was ok.. not as good as the bark you buy. NOTE, put the peppermint on first if crushed more finely than the pecans - otherwise it falls off.

dead easy to make and such a crowd pleaser! i used dove dark chocolate promises, melted them in a metal bowl over a pot on the stove, like another cook suggested, which worked wonderfully. used whole, large candy canes, which i unwrapped and double-bagged and smashed and poured - that worked out well. i would suggest not using the edge of a can, as it penetrated through the plastic bags. i poured the chocolate onto the prepared sheet, sprinked the candy and nuts and pressed with wax paper (another great tip) and popped it into the fridge. so many compliments with something so simple!

Very easy and delicious. I used 10 oz. of white chocolate and 10 oz. of bittersweet chocolate chips and swirled together after they softened. I crushed candy canes in a large ziplock freezer bag first with a rolling pin, then I finished them off with a hammer. Don't skip the pecans-they make the dessert!

So easy and tasty. I used roasted/salted pistachios and melted some of the peppermint dust (from crushing) into the chocolate instead of using mint chocolate. I mixed the nuts and candies into the chocolate before spreading and it worked great. Make sure not to skimp on the chocolate: 20 ozs with two cups of nuts&candy makes for some very chunky bark. Now I've got tons of other ideas: bark with espresso beans, bark with a little raspberry syrup and pretzels, bark with almonds and a dusting of chai latte mix on top. the possibilities are endless!

This is why I love epicurious. Used my predecessors' suggestions, such as crushing peppermints in their wrappers, melting the chocolate over hot water, sifting the candy powder into the chocolate. this is divine and equal to the flavor of high-priced, gourmet stuff. LOVE it!

very good- was severd at an auction party and I was delighted to see that less than a half of the recipe amount sold for $11 ! would defenitly make again mints were a little hard to crush. i used chocolate with nuts and did not use pecans.I Also did not use mint chocolate!

Very good-barks are so much easier than cookies for gift giving and look impressive. I'll do this every year for the holidays.

I'm giving this 4 fork rating because it truly is delicious. However, I did have a problem with cloudy and discolored chocolate on the underside of the bark. I followed the recipe exactly the first time around. It tasted great but was a little on the thin side and didn't like the discoloration on the backside. For my second batch I melted the chocolate chips in a bowl over hot water and took it off the heat for at least 10 minutes to make sure it was tempered. I used mini candy canes and followed a reviewers tip on crushing the candy in the wrappers. (Great tip, by the way!) Because I only had semi-sweet chocotate left, after I crushed the candy canes I put them thru a strainer and seperated the chunks from the powder and mixed the powder into the melted chocolate while it was resting. I poured it onto a prepared cookie sheet and spread to a desired thickness with a offset spatula. Then topped with the remaining chunky candy cane pieces and toasted pecans pressing lightley to make sure it was imbedded into the chocolate. Although it was a little more work, the results were excellent!

I have never in my life had a more luscious taste hit my taste buds. This dish had great flavor and it's a great holiday dish. It's a dish that everyone can enjoy and I would give it 10 out of 10 stars.

Great gift and easy recipe! I did it both with the hard candies chopped and small candy canes broken up. take the time to unwrap and chop the hard candy it is much better that way. I used Giradelli double choc chips - yummy and no chopping! Also did it with and without nuts, both were good. Used wax paper to press candy and nuts into choc - great tip! It does soften at room temp so handle carefully.

I made this for the first time, exactly as it said - to spread the melted chocolate and sprinkle the peppermint candies and pecans over it. When it hardened and I was breaking it up, most of the nuts fell off. I don't understand how they can stick when you're just sprinkling them on top. So I re-melted it all and mixed it all up and flattened it out again with wax paper and it worked MUCH better because everything was mixed together. You would need to save some of the peppermint to sprinkle on top for color though. I'll make it again because it is really good tasting, but I'll use a different method than what is described. (unless anybody has any other suggestions!)

6 batches later--this is DIVINE!! It's so easy it seems like cheating! I used Hershey's mint chocolate morsels, and half of a 6-ounce package of natural-peppermint green, red, and white candy canes from THE GROCERY STORE. I finally realized the easiest way to crush them was to leave them in the wrappers, place in a plastic bag, and gently pound with a meat tenderizer. Fingers may get sticky getting the pieces, but it's MUCH easier than peeling those wrappers when they're whole! I also melted a bag of white chocolate morsels, dropped it onto the melted (and spread) choclate and ran a knife through it before sprinkling the nuts and peppermint on top. A big hit at the neighborhood cookie exchange.

This is a wonderful, EASY, treat!! My kids love to make it every year. It's a great gift that they can make themselves and give to teachers and friends!


Recipe Summary

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
  • 1 pkg. (4 serving size) JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 (8 ounce) container BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 (1 ounce) squares BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, chopped
  • 18 small candy canes, coarsely crushed, divided
  • 1 (8 ounce) tub COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease two 9-inch round cake pans. Beat cake mix, dry pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, oil and water in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, stopping frequently to scrape side of bowl. Beat on medium speed 2 min. or until well blended. Stir in chopped chocolate and 2 Tbsp. of the crushed candy canes. Spoon evenly into prepared pans.

Bake 35 to 40 min. or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool 10 min. Loosen cakes from sides of pans with metal spatula or knife. Invert cakes onto wire racks carefully remove pans. Cool completely.

Place one of the cake layers on serving plate spread evenly with 1 cup of the whipped topping. Top with remaining cake layer. Frost top and side of cake with remaining whipped topping. Sprinkle with remaining crushed candy canes just before serving. Store leftover cake in refrigerator.

Candy Crush Color Bomb Candies

I was tricked into playing Candy Crush Saga a few weeks ago. Tricked I tell you!

My 6 year old son hijacked my Facebook account and started playing the highly addictive new game that has over 14 million daily players coming back for more. I was okay with him playing since he has limited access to my account and the attention span of well, a 6 year old. He happily played for a few days until things started to get more difficult. That&rsquos when he began asking Mom for help.

Oh my stars. Why? Whyyyyyyyyyyyy?!

The good news is that he has no concept that some people pay actual money to get ahead in this game and he&rsquos okay if we are stuck on a level for a few days (or weeks *sigh*). His only goal is to stay ahead of Grandma. Yes, he has my mom playing too. And she&rsquos creeping up on us.

Since I have candy on the brain ALL DAY LONG it was only natural to create the coveted Color Bomb Candy at home. If you haven&rsquot play Candy Crush you need to know that this candy is the candy that you want. When you match 5 colors in a row you are awarded with this little gem that wipes out every candy color that you touch with it. Even my 3 year old is in awe of this Color Bomb. He insists on touching the screen if it comes up and says, &ldquoOoooooooh!&rdquo when it blasts everything in its path.

Since I was color bombing chocolates in my kitchen already I thought it would be a good idea to Funfetti-fy ALL THE THINGS. Are you not aware of my love of sprinkles yet? Of course the Reese&rsquos peanut butter cups were my favorite.

Line an 8࡮″ baking pan with parchment paper. This makes it easier to remove the fudge from the pan when it’s done.

Place candy canes in a gallon ziplock bag, seal the bag, and crush with a rolling pin. You can also use round peppermints if that’s what you have on hand. You’ll want about two cups worth of crushed candy canes or peppermints.

Combine chocolate chips and condensed milk in the top pot of a double boiler over medium high heat.

Stir consistently as the chocolate heats, until melted and smooth.

Stir in one cup of crushed candy canes, then pour the mixture into your prepared pan.

Sprinkle remaining cup of crushed candy canes on top of the peppermint fudge, pressing the pieces in gently so they will stay in place.

Place pan in refrigerator for 4-6 hours, or until fudge is set.

TIP: To speed up the process, place the pan in the freezer for two hours. Allow to thaw for 30 minutes before cutting.

Orange Crush.

Because it’s the first day of summer and it’s totally appropriate to drink this on the beach. In the morning. Or at least at brunch. There. We’re safe now.

Let me tell you about the orange crush!

Because as basic as this glass looks, I could not be more excited to tell you about this little orange crush baby. But here’s the thing… I had never tasted an orange crush. Ever!

Lacy was telling me about the orange crush cocktails served in Ocean City and how refreshing and delicious they are in the hot summer sun. Even though my east coast-loving self has never been to Ocean City, you’ve heard me ramble on about going to Wildwood and Cape May every year and now I’m thinking… why didn’t they serve those there?!

Or maybe they did. And I totally missed it.

It wasn’t exactly like we were going to bars or even up to the boardwalk. We were just weirdos who would sit on the beach until 8PM, then go up to the pool, then have a snack, then maybe have dinner, then drink and play cards in our condos until 2 or 3. In the morning!

And we weren’t with friends. We were with… our moms. And dads. And families!

This is why I can never stop talking about my family vacations. Ha.

But anyhooooo. Orange crush. Let’s do it.

I know that I’m really sangria-heavy here on the blog. The same could be said for margaritas, mojitos and basically any kind of punch. Or insert rosé or another millennial-loving drink here.

Which is why I’m shocked when I tell you that this might be my new hot summer drink. YES. I may pass right over the rose and the sangria because this? It’s so refreshing and delicious. Like on another level.

Right now, I’m into it more than the lavender sangria, which is wild.

Let me clarify for minute.

I don’t even love mimosas – unless they are made with grapefruit juice or blood orange juice or something other than plain orange juice, you know?

Any sort of orange juice based cocktail makes me just… meh. Maybe I had too much of it in college?

Even orange juice at breakfast. I couldn’t care less about it.

So these? They came as a shock.

The entire juiced orange is the game changer. I used my smeg juicer because that thing gets every last ounce of juice out of citrus. Plus, it helps that it looks cute on the counter. And that Max can use it and juice with me too.

Errr, not for this. You get it.

That juiced orange though? While I’m really on the nostalgia throwback train, it makes it taste like something from Orange Julius, but even better. More refreshing and light. Almost creamsicle-like even though there is no vanilla.

There is also vodka. You can’t even taste it, so yes… we’re all in trouble.

There is supposed to be Triple Sec, but I always have Grand Marnier on hand (because I love It in margaritas!) and it was perfect here.

You top it off with lemon lime soda – so whatever version of that you’re into? Go for it.

I did a slice of orange. A sprig of mint. And a big fat straw because you will want to suck these down.

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