Jolly Rancher Lollipops

    This past Saturday, I was so excited to be able to enjoy some warm weather with my family here in New York City. Just to to feel the sun on my face and spend some time outdoors did wonders for my mood and put a big smile on my face. Since my sons and nephews were together all weekend, I decided to make some special treats for them to enjoy. I don't always indulge their sweet teeth but I wanted to to celebrate the possibility of spring finally starting.     Some of my all-time favorite candies are Jolly Rancher Candies. I can still remember going to the corner store with my grandmother in the Soundview section of the Bronx and buying a handful of the sweet and colorful delights. Eating them always made me happy and I wanted to see what other delectable and yummy treats I could make with them. It turns out that they are just as delicious when melted and made into lollipops and the kids love them because they can enjoy them while they ride up and down the block on … [Read more...]

Candy Soda Crush Mix

    The men in my life are addicted to game apps.  Whenever we go anywhere, you often find my boys happily playing away on their tablets while my husband plays Candy Crush on his phone.  Most of the time I am happy that they are all preoccupied, especially when I am shopping and don't want them harassing me and asking me if I am finished yet.  Other times, I ask them to turn off all of their electronic devices so we could enjoy some quality time.     During these times that we turn off and shut down, one of the easiest ways to keep their attention is to bribe them with delicious sweets or treats.  We don't often eat candy or other sugary things but, once in a while, I do like to let them all indulge.  After all, eating some candy from time to time is something we all relished in when we were kids.  My husband never actually outgrew this stage and he is always trying to sneak sweets, even when the kids are not around!     Recently, I had an idea of creating a Candy Soda Crush Mix that … [Read more...]

Give Me Some Sugar!

       My youngest son, "E", has a sweet tooth.  Actually to say that is an understatement because he is addicted to sweets.  Now, before you press the comment button to enlighten me about the importance of eating a balanced diet and limiting children's sugar intake, know that I already know and do all of these things.  My husband and I encourage our boys to eat healthy snacks and always have plenty of fruit available for the kids to eat.  After all, Hubby works in the produce business so he always has access to the best fruits and vegetables.    I'm not sure when E's love affair with sugar began.  Lately I have been wondering if it all started during my pregnancy with him.  Since I had gestational diabetes during that pregnancy, I adhered to a strict no sugar and limited carb diet.  Maybe that initial deprivation of any kind of sugar made him go crazy over it when he was finally able to taste it for the first time.  All I know is that he loves anything that contains sugar … [Read more...]