Desiree Smith

15 Candy Melts Treats for Game Day

September 2nd, 2016 by Desiree Smith

BlogImages-15One of my favorite ways to add an impressive finish to any treat is with Candy Melts. They can be used in so many different ways, and the color assortment gives you plenty of options right at your fingertips. If you’re in need of a sweet game day treat, here are 15 different Candy Melts treats for Game Day.

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Desiree Smith

Game On! Show Your Team Spirit

September 1st, 2016 by Desiree Smith

BlogImages-TeamSpiritI love September! Although summer is my season, I always look forward to fall and the cooler temps, changing leaves and comfort food. Fall also means football season, and while I’m not really a sports fanatic, I always love making food for game days and hanging out with friends. I’m so excited about out our new Game On series of recipes and projects. There are over 50 recipes and projects to choose from that will help you get your game on. With so many different ways to match your treats to your team’s colors, your creations will be a major win – even if your team loses!

Here’s a sneak peek at our playbook of team color creations. Remember that you don’t have to stick with the colors shown! Find all the color combinations you need by shopping our color kits.

Let’s kick things off with these custom color treats that will show your team spirit.

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Beth Somers

How to Make Pie Crust

August 31st, 2016 by Beth Somers

8-31 How to Make Pie Crust

Pie dough freaks some people out, but when you have the right ratios of fat to flour and know how much to mix it, there’s nothing to fear. It’s quite simple, really!

Here is everything you’ll need to make perfect pie crust:

Cold butter, cold shortening, flour, salt, and water. That’s it!

I like to use a mixture of butter and vegetable shortening in my pie dough.  Why? It’s similar to Wilton’s Buttercream Icing recipe which uses a combination of these 2 fats for delicious flavor with added stability against melting. The butter in my pie dough is going to give amazing flavor to my crust, but it melts at a lower temperature than shortening. The shortening will help with the flakiness of my crust because it will take longer to melt in the oven. The longer the melting takes, the more steam the fat will give off, and that steam is what pushes the dough apart, leaving behind flaky layers of pastry. So good!

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Elizabeth Nelson

10 Must-Have Pie Tools

August 29th, 2016 by Elizabeth Nelson

8-29 Must Have Pie ToolsFind your next secret weapon(s) to making the perfect pie right here!

1. PASTRY Wheel

Cut a pretty lattice with a pastry wheel. Ever wonder how people get that pretty ruffled edge on a lattice-topped pie? The fluted edge of the pastry wheel makes it easy to get this special effect.

2. pie crust impression mat

Sculpt your way to a fancy fluted edge with the Pie Crust Impression Mat! The edge of your pie will be Instagram ready when you use this impression mat. While there are many routes to a pretty crust, this mat is a super easy way to get a really cool effect. (Seriously, if you’ve ever played with Play-Doh, you can handle this mat).


For a pretty shine, brush on egg wash to get that shiny golden brown goodness! It’s a simple step, but it makes all the difference for your finished pie.

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Desiree Smith

Colored Waffles for Brunch

August 26th, 2016 by Desiree Smith

Got an early morning team practice? Maybe tailgating before a noon game? Or maybe you just want to liven up your brunch with these colored waffles. No matter the reason, it’s easy to show your team spirit using Color Right. Use the QuickCount color formulas to swirl color into waffle batter for delicious and colorful waffle dippers!
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Desiree Smith

Buffalo Chicken + Mini Apple Pies…at the Same Time!

August 25th, 2016 by Desiree Smith

GameTime_BlogImages-MiniBitesYou want to make a sweet snack…but you also want something savory and satisfying. Stop the clock. That’s right, you can whip up two delicious game time snacks in 1/2 the time. Serve savory and sweet game day snacks made using one pan. With the MVP Mega Mini Muffin Pan and our ½ Time Show recipe, you can make 24 Buffalo Chicken Bites & 24 Mini Apple Pies at the SAME TIME!

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Desiree Smith

5 Treats to Show Your Team Spirit

August 25th, 2016 by Desiree Smith

GameTime_BlogImages-5TeamSpiritTreatsWe’ve got spirit, yes we do! We’ve got spirit – how about you?! Whatever team you’re rooting for, it’s easy to show your support with treats that match the team colors. Pep rallies, homecoming games, fantasy football draft parties, Sunday football – there are plenty of occasions to show your team spirit with these treats.

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Desiree Smith

Make a Mega Nacho Spread

August 25th, 2016 by Desiree Smith


Nachos are a quick and easy snack to make, and can be customized in so many ways! They’re definitely one of my favorite snacks – sometimes, they even serve as my entire meal. If you’re hosting a party or just having a few friends over for some Sunday football, this mega-sized cookie pan is all you need to make an incredible nacho spread. Here are two different recipes to try – one sweet and one savory!

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Lulette Gehron

How to Make Macarons

August 24th, 2016 by Lulette Gehron

How to Make MacaronsNo feet? Cracked top? Hollow shells? If you’ve ever made French macarons, chances are you’ve experienced one (or all) of these. But don’t fret, even professionals encounter difficulties from time to time. While these pretty cookies have been touted as one of the hardest confectioners to master, they are not impossible to make. Below are some tips that I’ve learned to help you make the perfect macarons. You may not become an expert overnight, but they will help lessen some frustrations when learning how to make macarons.


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Stephanie Michel

How to Make a Fruit Pie: Do’s and Don’ts

August 22nd, 2016 by Stephanie Michel

When the trees start to change colors and the air fills up with the cool, sweet smell of leaves then you know it’s officially fall. Fall is my absolute favorite season for many reasons – bonfires, sweater-weather, and of course, the kick-off to the holiday season. And nothing quite says holiday like the classic fruit pie! So this fall, when you get ready to make your next fruit pie, remember these do’s and don’ts.

Fruit Pie Do's & Don'ts

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