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As candy-making becomes more popular, more people are starting to experiment by making their own lollipops at home. By throwing bubblegum and some gelatin flavoring into the mix, we found it was easy not only to make lollipops at home, but to make the well-liked Blow Pops at home as well.
Many thanks to Alexis Murphy of Jacolyn Murphy for helping with the development of this recipe.
- 1 Cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 Cup corn syrup
- 1/4 Cup butter
- 1/4 Cup water
- One 3-ounce box strawberry gelatin mix
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 bag bubblegum, such as Double Bubble
If you blow bubbles and they don't seem strong enough, you can add more glycerin and/or corn syrup. The best amount of glycerin or corn syrup depends on the dish soap you use, so the recipe is a starting point. Feel free to adjust the ingredient measurements. If you use "ultra" dishwashing liquid, you'll probably need to add more syrup or glycerin. If you are having trouble getting big bubbles, you might want to use distilled water rather than tap water. Also, bubble recipes benefit from sitting for several hours or overnight before use.
If you break open a yellow highlighter and allow the ink to soak into the water, the resulting bubble solution and bubbles will glow under a black light. Another option is to use tonic water in place of regular water. The tonic water bubbles will glow pale blue under a black light. For brighter glowing bubbles, you can add glow pigment to the bubble mixture. However, the pigment becomes suspended in the solution rather than dissolves, so the bubbles won't last as long or get as large.
Regular bubbles have a nice sheen of their own, but adding a few drops of liquid food coloring to the mixture really makes a big difference.
Make sure you make this outside, away from anything that you don't want stained (cars, patios, decks, etc.). The food coloring usually washes away, but you don't want to take any chances.
Dissolve soap in warm water. Mix in the food coloring until you get the shade you want.
Use this as an opportunity to discuss how colors combine with your child. For example, yellow and blue make green, and blue and red make purple.
Make Your Own Bubbles: If you’re looking for a fuss-free way to get your kiddos playing outside…and doing something that will encourage them to run around and get some exercise…blowing and chasing bubbles is just the ticket! This timeless activity is so much fun for both young and old. You can buy pre-made solutions for cheap, but whipping up your own homemade bubble mix is not only inexpensive, you’ll never have to try and stretch a small bottle throughout the day again…make buckets of it for a never ending supply! Here are several easy recipes that require just a few basic ingredients that you likely have in your pantry already. Good News: No more rationing capfuls between the neighborhood gang ). Don’t Miss ‘Em: You’ll find a few tips and tricks at the bottom of this article for tinting with color and DIY monster-sized gadgets and wands (terrific way to experiment and have hilarious family competitions). Lots here to make the most out of your bubble blowing adventures…have fun!
Recipes / Homemade Solutions
Note: Soap or Detergent listed in the ingredients below refers to liquid dish detergent, any brand will do though blue Dawn, Palmolive and Joy are popular choices (regular/original).
- 1 1/4 C. water, 1 1/4 tablespoons soap, 1 1/4 teaspoons glycerin. Combine and leave overnight before using.
- 2 C. water, 1/4 C. soap and 1 TBS light corn syrup.
- 1 1/4 C. water with 1/4 C. light corn syrup and 1/4 C. Dawn dish soap. Directions: Combine first two ingredients then heat for about 2 minutes in the microwave. Stir then add Dawn.
- 1 C. distilled water, 1/4 C. soap, 1/4 C. glycerin and a pinch of sugar.
- 1/2 C. water, 1/4 C. detergent, 1 teaspoon sugar.
- 2/3 C. distilled water, 1/3 C. soap, 1 tsp vegetable oil (set aside overnight then it’s ready to go the next day).
- Gelatin: 2 packages unflavored gelatin, 4 C. hot water (just boiled), 3 to 5 tablespoons glycerine and 3 tablespoons dish detergent. Directions: Dissolve the gelatin in the water then add the glycerine and detergent. If you don’t use it all in one play session, reheat it the next time you use it (will gel as it sits).
- Jell-O: 1/4 C. detergent, 1/4 C. Jell-O (any flavor), 2 1/4 C. warm water. Don’t overmix.
- Add a few drops of liquid food coloring to tint the batch in the color of your choice.
- If you make big batches at once, cleaned plastic milk jugs are just the ticket for storing the solutions.
- Feel free to tweak the ingredients above and experiment to find a mixture that gives the best results.
Tips For Biggest / Strongest / Unbreakable
- For those recipes that don’t require heating first, try leaving them overnight before using since the result is a stronger batch.
- The purpose of glycerin and corn syrup mentioned in some of the mixes above is to strengthen the solution so it won’t pop as easily.
- If you don’t have glycerin on hand, you can substitute with light corn syrup.
- Distilled water will provide best results but you can substitute with regular tap water if needed.
Creative Ideas For DIY Blowers & Wands
Some of these you’ll need a bucket to dip into and instead of blowing into them, you’ll wave them around with your arms.
This Martini Recipe Is Perfect For Valentine’s Day
I said it last week and I will say it again – I love Valentine’s Day food stuff. I love all the pink, red and white things that come out this time of year. I actually tell Jorge every year that I can’t wait to have kids so I can steal their Valentine’s Day candy. Red heart suckers get me EVERY time.
This year some of my girlfriends and I wanted to have a little pre-valentine’s day celebration. It wasn’t so much about v-day…more about getting together and eating everything all the red & pink things we could find. I decided I would bring a cocktail and started searching for Valentine inspired martinis.
Pour 1/2 cup of dish soap into a large cup.
Add 1 1/2 cups of water to the dish soap in the cup.
Measure 2 teaspoons of sugar and add it to the water/soap mixture.
Go outside and have fun blowing bubbles. If you don't use it all, you can pour it into a tightly sealed container.
- Don't shake or stir your bubbles too much.
- Experiment with blowing bubbles using different items!
- You can recycle an old bubble jar by refilling it with your homemade bubble mix.
Healthy Stovetop Air Popped Popcorn
Every year, I always look forward to the end of March. The weather gets warmer, the calendar flips to spring, and… Baseball starts up again!
I fell in love with the game as an eight-year-old, and three years later, I told my dad I wanted to visit all 30 Major League stadiums with him. (We’ve checked off 23 so far!) And next week, my parents and I bought tickets to see our favorite team’s Opening Day game.
I always get goosebumps walking into a baseball stadium, the kind of sensation that happens when everything feels right with the world, when the stars align and you’re where you’re meant to be and your soul is just so happy. The bright green grass, the freshly raked infield dirt, the meticulously painted white chalk of the batter’s box and foul lines…
And as a foodie, I love the ballpark smells too! Even if many of those concessions aren’t exactly on the healthy side… Toasted hot dog buns, spicy sausages, grilled peppers and onions, pizza, nachos, churros, popcorn, ice cream sundaes, frozen lemonade…
Since I’m running out of time to make healthier homemade versions of all those indulgences, I started with one of my family’s favorites: this Healthy Stovetop Air Popped Popcorn ! We love snacking on popcorn in between batters and the seventh inning stretch, and this recipe is much healthier than the butter-laden ones at the ballpark. It’s really easy to make and has just 83 calories in each big 3 ¾ cup serving!
Nerd alert! I’m going to share the science of popcorn and how to make air popped popcorn on the stove—without any special machines or fancy equipment!
To start, you need fresh popcorn kernels . Yes, fresh! Ditch the kernels you bought two years ago because those just won’t pop as well. Ready for the science of why?
Popcorn kernels contain a small amount of water inside of their golden shells. When you heat popcorn kernels, that heat energy makes the water molecules vibrate. The longer you heat the kernels, the faster those water molecules vibrate… Which creates a lot of pressure inside of the kernels. Once the pressure reaches a certain level, there’s too much energy for the kernels’ shells to contain it all… So they burst open and pop!
Fresh kernels contain more water molecules than older ones that have been sitting on your pantry shelves for months (or years!). As the kernels are exposed to air, they dry out a bit more… The same way your dried fruit turns harder and drier over time. So fresh kernels = more water molecules = more likely to pop into big yummy pieces!
Totally nerdy, right? But there’s another lesson in all of that science… Butter or oil isn’t necessary to make popcorn kernels pop! From what I can tell, adding butter or oil to your pot on the stove is mainly there for flavor—and maybe to keep the outsides of the kernels from burning. But definitely not to help them pop!
Instead, all you need to make your fresh kernels pop is a nonstick pot with a tight-fitting lid . I used one like this! The popcorn won’t stick to the nonstick pot after it pops (kind of a “duh, I knew that Amy!” statement!), and the tight-fitting lid helps contain the heat and increase the pressure inside of your popcorn kernels… Thus resulting in beautiful white popcorn pieces.
The last trick? Remember to keep shaking your pot every second or two once you’ve added the kernels! If you forgot to shake your pot, you’d end up with burnt kernels. Not good! As long as you (a) use fresh kernels, (b) keep the heat towards low, and (c) shake your pot, you’ll end up with perfect air popped popcorn!
PS Every time I’ve made my homemade air popped popcorn, I ended up with zero unpopped kernels… And that’s never happened before with any other method of popcorn making! ??
With how quickly I polished off this batch, I’m going to need to make a double (or triple!) batch for us to bring to the Opening Day game! ? And when you make your own, remember to snap a picture and share it on Instagram using #amyshealthybaking and tagging @amyshealthybaking IN the photo itself! (That guarantees I’ll see your picture! ?) I’d love to see your popcorn!
•Vegan Chocolate Mouse But Mine Came Out As Pudding•
If you are like me an addict of Pinterest looking for things to make. Then looking at pins to inspire then to try. I came across this “Vegan Chocolate Mouse”. Which looked amazing as seen in the picture.
Since I didn’t have raw agave nector I used coconut sugar. And I didn’t have vanilla extract. So I basicallypurée this as in using One ripe avocado then the quater cup of coco powder. And lastly a quater cup of coconut sugar. Also the quater cup of almond milk. Either way mouse or not came out amazing!. It pretty much came out as chocolate pudding.
I do like how the avocados gave off that creamy like texture. I have to say this you’ll love it. My mom who hates avocados she loved it. To all my non dairy friends dig in. Your taste buds will love you. I highly do reccomend this recipe too. Anyways I hope everyone has a wonderful yet good day. Much love!
Baking Birthday Party
For a little table decor, I found a cupcake garland tutorial on Pinterest. Using a mixture of color coordinating liners, and yarn to string it all together, it was super easy!
Chocolate Covered Oreo’s + White Powdered Donuts
Since Oreo’s are a cookie favorite, I simply covered the Oreo’s in white chocolate and decorated them with party colors! You can put food coloring in the white chocolate instead, to match the color scheme if you like!
And who doesn’t love powdered donuts? I’m a sucker for using white powdered donuts on a ton of my party tables. Guests love them, and they match just about every party theme there is!
I filled the plastic milk bottles up with blue, pink, and green juice… and just a heads up… I didn’t buy enough blue. The girls LOVED the blue.
Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispy Treats
One of my party favorites: cover half of a rice krispy treat with colored white chocolate. Very elegant, and super easy! Buy the store bought rice krispy treats to make it even easier, and that way their “harder,” than homemade tend to be, and are uniform in shape.
Push Pop Cotton Candy
Push Pop Containers are very popular right now, and I decided to fill them with cotton candy for a little extra sugar.
I used a Styrofoam block in the green basket to hold the containers, and simply covered the ugly Styrofoam with cotton candy to hide it!
TIP: Don’t do this too far in advance of the cotton candy make break down “melt.”
I had rock candy, left over from a previous party, so since it matched, I found a place for it in a glass full of sugar! How fun and sweet, right?!
Oh why not? Blow pops matched our color scheme too. Same thing as the push pop containers cover the styrofoam with cotton candy!
While browsing Pinterest one day, I found this image, and it was PERFECT! I wish I could remember where I found it so I could link to it for you, so if you know, I’d LOVE to hear!
I use the IKEA white frame stands for every party I do, to hold menu’s, clever sayings, etc. They are adorable!
Another simple treat are the marshmallow pops. I used red food coloring to create a pink color in white chocolate, and covered half of the marshmallows, and put ’em on a stick!
I also had blue sixlets left over from a previous party, and they matched perfectly!
Before the party, the baker hats were personalized with each of the guests names by using letter stickers. I also purchased flower embellishments to stick on the hats, and I’m so glad I did. Totally made the hats, I think! The flowers that we used had adhesive on the back, but I’d recommend having an adult use a hot glue gun to secure the flowers to the hats for the kiddos.
We decided to add an activity to the party, by adding an apron decorating station. I was very lucky, and found tons of “baking,” themed embellishments. They didn’t stick to the aprons the best… but the girls sure did have fun making a custom apron. I would suggest finding a plan B for attaching items to a fabric apron if you go this route.
Cupcake and Cookie Decorating
After decorating the aprons, it was time to decorate cupcakes and cookies! Each girl received a bowl of white frosting, with a plastic knife for spreading.
We made cupcakes and sugar cookies (get the best sugar cookie recipe here) that acted as “blank slates,” for their decorating to begin!
Move it Outside
It was a beautiful September day, so having the cupcake and cookie decorating station outside was a must! We were able to find filtration paper (But can use a paper roll like this one here) to use as the runner, and used matching duck tape to hold it to the porch. I also ran across place mats that were the perfect colors, and decided to use to give each guest a designated place setting.
Muffin Tins for Toppings
We used muffin tins to hold the decorating goods, such as: sprinkles, marshmallows, chocolate chips, etc.
Cupcake Packages & To Go Boxes
We sent each guest home with a cupcake box to hold their cupcakes, and a small box to hold their cookies. I buy some of my favorite food packaging from Shop Sweet Lulu. If you’re looking for something fun to put treats in, I really suggest you check to see what they have HERE.
Baking Birthday Party Invitations:
I decided to do something a little creative for an invitation, rather than a typical postcard invite. After seeing the rolling pin invitations that JacolynMurphy made, I purchased mini rolling pins, and printed off my own invite on to scrapbook paper, and rolled the invite around the rolling pin.
The birthday girl then hand delivered each invitation! I have to say… each guest that was invited, came to the party. That’s a first!
The guests were welcomed to the birthday party with a cupcake flag to set the mood!
The birthday girl was VERY happy, and that my friends… is ALL that matters!
Party Design: Jessica with Fantabulosity (Formally Sweet Pea Party Designs)
Milk Bottles, Cupcake Liners, Cookie Boxes: Shop Sweet LuLu
Push Pop containers, Aprons, Hats: Amazon
Homemade Pop Rocks Recipe
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon citric acid
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon flavoring extract, flavor of your choice
1-2 drops food coloring, color of your choice
Pinch of cornstarch, for dusting
Lightly dust the back side of a baking sheet with cornstarch.
In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook the mixture until it reaches 300 degrees when measured with a candy thermometer. Remove from heat, and add the baking soda, ¼ cup of the citric acid, extract, and food coloring, and stir to combine.
Spread the mixture out onto the baking sheet (carefully so that it does not run over the edges), sprinkle with the teaspoon of citric acid, and allow to cool completely, about 30 minutes. Break the candy into pieces and add to a Ziploc bag. Using a rolling pin, crush the candy into tiny little pieces so that it resembles Pop Rocks. Store in Ziploc bags.
Courtesy of The Daily Meal. Many thanks to Emily Jacobs of Sage Recipes for helping with the development of this recipe.