Monday, February 4, 2013

Sweetest Swap 2013

I participated in the Postcard Project's Christmas cookie exchange that was hosted by Veronica who writes an amazing blog Veronica's Cornucopia. We all had such a great time making, sending and receiving homemade cookies that she created the Sweetest Swap for February.

I signed up, received three matches, mail each match 12 pieces of your best homemade candy, and receive a dozen pieces of delicious homemade candy from your matches in return. Super sweet, right?

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I sent homemade lollipops and cake mix truffles.

Homemade Lollipops
recipe from Pint Sized Baker

Have a microwave? Then you can make these homemade lollipops!

1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of corn syrup
1/2 dram of LorAnn Flavoring (find it in the hard candy making aisle.)

4 cup glass bowl
2 pieces of saran wrap
metal spoon
silt pad
12 lollipop sticks

*****Do not make while little ones are running around you!!! The mixture is extremely hot!!********

1. Lay out silt pad on the counter top
2. Place lollipop sticks on the silt pad with space in between
3. Shake a few sprinkles over each stick to decorate the lollipop
4. Mix sugar and corn syrup in glass bowl
5. Cover the bowl with saran wrap
6. Microwave  for 3 minutes
7. Remove with oven mitt and stir the mixture
8. Cover with saran wrap and microwave for 3 more minutes
9. Remove with oven mitt and saran wrap
10. Pour in flavoring and stir.
11. Using a spoon, drop small amounts on the stick.
12. Let cool before handling.

Cake-mix Truffles

1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk
1 cup of dry cake mix from box
bag of melting chocolate
sprinkles to decorate

1. Mix sweetened condensed milk and cake mix. If it is too sticky add a little more dry cake mix.
2. Form into desired shape or press into silicone mold
3. freeze for about 15 minutes or until hard
4. melt the chocolate
5. remove truffles from freezer and dip in chocolate. I prefer to dip once, let it harden and dip a second time. If you are placing sprinkles on your truffles you need to do so right after dipping. If you are planning on keeping them for awhile, store them in fridge or freezer. If you are shipping them use 2 day priority.

Take a look at what I received :

  1.  Heather sent homemade chocolate chews that were better than tootsie rolls!
  2.  Carolyn sent orange candies and my favorite candy, raspberry creams. Here is the recipe for the creams  here
  3. April at Angels Homestead sent strawberry  & chocolate fudge and chocolate pretzels. Here is the recipe for the two ingredient fudge here and the pretzels here


  1. I never thought of making lollies in the microwave! What a great idea!!! And hope you like my oatmeal cookies...I think I'm ready for another batch :)

  2. Thanks for posting about the Sweetest Swap Katie! Your treats are so picture-perfect and I love that you even jazzed up the box you sent them in (saw it on the f/b page). You are awesome!