Handmade Valentine’s Day Gift Project…

When February rolls around, we certainly see no shortage of Candy Boxes on the shelves! Here’s the deal with those retail candy boxes: anybody can go to the store and buy one. A true gift from the heart will always have the element that can only be produced through a labor of love. So hands off those retail hearts! We’re going to show you how to fashion a homemade one in four steps.

For this project, you will require a few things. A box or tin of a desirable shape, confetti (or construction paper and scissors), small cupcake wrappers, candy (or other types of treats) and maybe some paint. The more romantic the colors and theme, the better. White is a good neutral color to choose for your miniature cupcake papers if you’re not sure what the color of the outside of your box or tin will be yet.

So you need your heart first. You are going to require either a box or old tin. A heart shape container is not required however fashioning your gift after a heart is typically desired for this project. If you only have metal tins instead of boxes you should still be fine. Spray paints of various kinds can be used to alter the appearance of the tin. You could try painting the outside of the tin pink and white. Red and white are two colors that also work well for this application. These are the two color schemes most commonly seen with the retail sold heart boxes.

Next, you are going to take around a handful of confetti. Store bought or homemade is fine. Spoiler Alert: homemade confetti is cut up construction paper! The more colorful the better! If you can secure confetti that matches your box, even better! This confetti is going to be placed at the bottom of the box/tin. It provides a liner as well as decoration for your object of affection to enjoy.

Take a stack of miniature cupcake liners (the kind for baking) and place them over top of the confetti that you spread out in the box/tin. These liners are going to be what holds our candies. Put as many as will comfortably fill the surface area of the confetti bed without crowding.

When you place treats into the papers, they can be wrapped or unwrapped. Keeping them wrapped will add an element of surprise. Unwrapping them first will destroy any lingering “retail” motif that you are looking to kill off with this homemade gift! This choice is strictly a matter of personal preference. Baked goods or homemade candies that were never even wrapped could be used in this container. The sky (and your imagination) is literally the limit with this project.

After you finish the box, you can tape it shut and sprinkle some additional confetti on top for an artistic effect. Chances are your loved one will appreciate this homemade box full of sweet treasures far more than a simple store bought one.

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Showing Off Candy To Any Client

Few things are more delicious than candy. Candy makes the perfect gift. A box of chocolates is the perfect way to surprise and delight any client. Companies everywhere are looking for the ideal way to show off their product. They want candy boxes that are great to look and help keep the product safe when it is shipped. They also want boxes that will produce a sense of great happiness when it is opened. In order to do this, it’s necessary to pay careful attention to the details of the packaging. Every company also wants to make sure the chocolates they sell arrive in great condition just ready to eat.

Foil Lined Boxes

Foil is a great choice when it comes to packaging candy. Foil protects the chocolate inside from various types of weather conditions. It also makes it easy to store the chocolate and prevent it from getting spoiled in the refrigerator. Foil is an attractive material that looks great. The company can pick out from many colors and styles. A classic black is ideal to show off the details of the chocolate once the box is opened. Other colors such as gold and silver also bring the bling and make the chocolate look even better.

Hexagonal Plastic Boxes

Shape is another important consideration when selling and sending chocolate to a new location. People love looking at unusual shapes that catch the eye. They like boxes that make a statement. Placing a hexagonal box on the table for people to sample the items inside brings attention and makes people appreciate the thoughtfulness that went into creating such boxes. This type of shape is also very easy to store as it will stack neatly when placed in transit. This makes the product inside less likely to shift when it is moved and more likely that delicate toppings will stay in place.

Polka Dots

Those who are looking for something that’s playful and fun should consider polka dots. This says happy the second the person sees them. Polka dots are great for wrapping candy and giving in on Valentine’s Day. The dots can be set in the shape of little hears for even more whimsy and pleasing detail.

Metal Boxes

Metal boxes have long been used to store and give chocolates of all kinds. Metal is sturdy and will keep its shape over a long period of time. A metal box is also a box that can be used as a keepsake after the chocolates have been eaten. They can be then used to store other items such as pencils and sewing notions. Every time someone looks at the box, they’ll be reminded of the gift they got and the chocolates they enjoyed.

Embossed Boxes

Boxes that have been embossed make an ideal storage option for upscale chocolates. The embossing provides a tactile sensation that people can appreciate and enjoy as they eat the chocolates. The embossed boxes can also be used to display the chocolates in the window and online. They are an excellent way to indicate the name of the company in a truly memorable way. People tend to remember such details well when they’re shopping. Doing so allows the company to easily differentiate itself from other chocolate sellers.

Throwing The Perfect Party With Candy

So you are throwing a party, whether it be a birthday party, bridal shower, or even a wedding, why not have a candy station? Candy stations are becoming a hit across the country because not only are they delicious, but you can set up your candy station into a beautiful design to compliment your party. So, why not make your party a little extra sweet by throwing a little sugar in there?

Candy stations really got their start from two women, Rosie O’ Neill, and Linda Howard. These two ladies are considered to be the “Queens of Candy”. Together, they are the perfect match to come up with the perfect candy station for any event you may be putting together.

You may be wondering what you need to do to have the perfect candy station, in this article we will discuss advice from both Linda and Rosie on how to throw together the perfect candy station. So, what are some must haves? Well, you definitely need to have different shapes and sizes of glass jars to put your candy into. In these jars, you should mix many different textures and colors. You want to have a variety to draw everyone’s eyes to your display. Mixing in metallic pieces is another good way to draw the eye in. Also, throw some confetti out on your tables!

Don’t think that is enough to draw the eye? Want to make it even more eye-catching? Throw anything out there that you think is fun! Find things that implement the party you are throwing and use them around your station to help decorate and really draw attention. Streamers, balloons, glitter, all of these are great to use!

Rosie and Linda have also given some expert tips to make sure your candy station is extra successful. They say to start your display empty, decorate it up, and then add the candy that you need. Fill a bag with the candy you need for your party and then pour it directly into your jars, this helps keep the candy together. Goodie bags is another tip they have! Everyone loves a goodie bag and I mean what are you going to do with all of that leftover candy anyway? Send it home with your guests!

So, how much candy are you going to need per guest? That all depends on the guests! How much do they like sweets? Rosie and Linda recommend that you use about a quarter pound of candy per guest. You can use more or less, but more is always better. Don’t forget, you can always send the extras home with your guests in a goodie bag or even a nice candy box. Candy boxes are another good thing to keep in mind! You could use these as a gift for the bride and groom if you are throwing a bridal shower or wedding. They would make the perfect gift.

So, last but not least, what kind of candy should you use and what kind should you avoid? You should always avoid mints and licorice, they are very strong and don’t mix well with other candies. Also, avoid nuts and candies with nuts in them, you never know if someone has an allergy. You should mix together smooth chocolates with things like gummies and chewy candies. A good variety of flavors and colors.

Candy stations are becoming a growing trend among event throwers and now I am sure you can see why! They are a great idea for any party! I mean, who doesn’t love candy?

DIY Decorative Candy Boxes

I was browsing around on the internet and realized that I could purchase paper mache candy boxes online. I became hooked on the idea of giving homemade chocolates in heart-shaped boxes. Instead of paying $10 a piece for a box online, I decided to use a efficient way to save some money and make it happen.

After looking around, I bought some heart-shaped boxes from the store with flat lids for $1 each and chose to give them a makeover, to avoid paying ten times as much for just the plain ones.

After making over the boxes, I stuffed them with homemade chocolate cereal truffles and for just a few dollars extra, I included handmade gifts for everyone of my guests.

Materials For DIY Candy Boxes:

  • boxes from store
  • decorative paper
  • pencil
  • non-toxic acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • glue stick
  • scissors

Directions:

First, remove the candy from inside the plastic container. Then, paint the top and bottom of the lid with acrylic paint. You may need a second coat of paint after the first layer has dried if you chose a light color. To style the box you can paint the inside if you prefer.

Outline the lid of the box onto decorative paper after the paint has dried. Then, cut out the ornamental design and glue it onto the top. If you desire a more official look, do this for the back of the box too. After all the glue has dried, add the homemade chocolates and homemade liner made from crepe paper, and you’ll be all set.

Chocolate Cereal Truffles Ingredients:

  • 2 + 1/2 cups of crushed cereal
  • 1 (14oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (7oz) container of marshmallow cream
  • 2 (12oz) bags of white chocolate morsels
  • gel food coloring
  • sprinkles

Directions:

Use parchment paper to line your pan.

Place one bag of white chocolate in a bowl and place it in the microwave for 30 seconds, periodically mixing until the chocolate has rendered down.

In a big bowl stir the cereal, sweetened condensed milk, marshmallow cream, and melted white chocolate thoroughly. Then, pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and place it in the freezer for 3 hours until its firm.

Once the truffle mixture has firmed up, use a spoon and ladle out a tablespoon and form it into balls. Place the balls onto a cookie sheet and place it into the refrigerator.

While the chocolate cereal truffles are in the fridge, melt the second bag of white chocolate morsels. Use the food coloring to color the white chocolate any color you choose.

Take the truffles out of the fridge and drop each one into the white chocolate to coat each side thoroughly, then put them back on the cookie sheet and use the sprinkles if you want.

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A Special Candy Box Treat for a Special Day

I love creating things. So, I began a search for fun ways to give gifts. While searching through a number of web pages I stumbled upon a great find. Lovely paper candy boxes to hold chocolate delights that would make a wonderful DIY gift project. These boxes can be purchased online.

This fits in with my idea to give friends my fantastic chocolate creations for Valentine. Then I realized these boxes were a little out of my price range. However, I was not daunted by this realization. I decided to search further for a way to make these boxes affordable.

Finally, I found flat boxes at the local discount store for a song, and was able to quickly-transform these paper boxes into exactly what I needed. I took these creative little boxes and placed delicious truffles in them, that I made by the way, and produced gifts for all my friends.

Here are the things you need for the boxes:

A paintbrush
Glue stick
Pencil
Non-toxic acrylic paint
Small paper boxes found at local discount or grocery stores
Use decorating paper of your choice

Putting your creation together:

Begin the process by removing anything inside the boxes. Now take the acrylic paint and cover the inside top of the boxes and the inside surface of the boxes. You can cover the sides if you are feeling an extreme creative moment. If the boxes are darkly colored, they may require a second layer of paint.

Now that you have, your boxes painted take your decorative paper and cut it to the shape of the boxes. Now, glue the paper along the top lid of the boxes. You will be amazed at the beautiful transformation.

Now, your decorative boxes are ready for your chocolate treasures. In addition, you can place crepe wrapping inside the candy boxes. Pieces of baking sheets will work as well. This gives it that store bought look.

Below I am sharing a wonderful recipe for truffles:

2 ½ cups of your favorite cereal (fruit loops are great)
Marshmallow cream (1-7oz. cup)
Gel food coloring
Condensed milk (1-14oz. can)
Sprinkles
White chocolate bits (2-12oz. bags)

Directions:

Prepare a cooking pan with parchment paper. Take one package of chocolate and melt it down in a bowl. This is done over a Dutch cooker, microwave, or over a pot of boiling water. Whichever is easier, if you use a microwave stir every 30 seconds.

Take a large mixing bowl. Place the cereal, chocolate, condensed milk, and marshmallow cream into a single mixture. After the ingredients are blended, pour the mixture into the pan with the chocolate. Freeze for at least three hours. After the cooling process take a small scooper or spoon, dip the batter, and shape into balls.

Place balls on a cookie sheet and refrigerate. Repeat the process with the rest of the ingredient. The gel is used to color the balls. Before the sprinkles dip the truffles into the remaining white chocolate, then roll the balls in sprinkles.