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Sweethearts Series: Cupcake Creation!

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After Wednesday’s Sweethearts Series post, our sweet tooth really kicked into high gear! Today, we bring you another yummy treat that will satisfy your  taste buds and also be the perfect addition to any Valentine’s Day celebration: funfetti cupcakes! This flavor really reflects the fun you have spending times with loved ones and is the perfect mix to complement our multiple flavors of Sweethearts. To decorate these cupcakes, we love picking Sweethearts that have our favorite messages on them and placing them on top for each special guest. These delicious Cupcake Creations make for a delicious personal treat that you’ll want to make over and over again!

Ingredients & Baking Supplies:

  • 1 & ½ cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 & ½ tsp baking powder
  • 8 Tbsp butter, unsalted & softened
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 & ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • sprinkles/jimmies
  • vanilla frosting of your choice
  • kitchen or hand mixer
  • medium and large mixing bowls
  • measuring spoons
  • frosting spatula
  • whisk
  • cupcake liners
  • Sweethearts

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Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F or slightly warmer to 375°F depending on the size and strength of your oven.
  2. Line your cupcake tray with cupcake liners.
  3. In the medium mixing bowl, gently whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In the large mixing bowl, use a kitchen or hand mixer to blend together the sugar and the butter. The speed best used is medium-high, and it should be beat until the mixture is completely blended and has a fluffier texture to it. You want to blend until there are no clumps.
  5. Add the egg and egg whites, one at a time, into the large mixing bowl, and again using the mixer, beat until the eggs are completely blended into the butter/sugar mixture.
  6. Once this is completely combined, blend in the vanilla extract until completely combined. Thoroughly mix to avoid clumps of ingredients.
  7. Once ready, gradually stir in the dry mixture from the medium mixing bowl and the milk in increments to the mix. On a low speed, use the mixer to blend until ingredients are just combined.
  8. Add the sprinkles/jimmies into the mixed batter and carefully, using either your hands or a frosting spatula, work them evenly throughout the mix.
  9. Pour the mix into the lined cupcake tray 2/3 of the way full in each liner. This will give the cupcakes room to expand without overflowing when they bake.
  10. Bake for approximately 18 minutes. You do not want to over-bake here. The best way to tell that your cupcakes are ready is to use a tooth pick to poke into the cupcake. When it comes out clean without cupcake batter on it, they are ready. Tipit’s sometimes helpful to rotate the cupcake tray halfway through baking to ensure complete baking coverage.
  11. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and move the tray to either a wire cooling rack or a cooled counter top in order for them to cool completely; allow several minutes for them to cool. Note: It is very important to wait this out. Attempting to frost warm cupcakes will tear up the top of the cupcake.
  12. Once cooled, use either a frosting spatula or a frosting pastry bag, to frost the cupcake. We added some colored sugar sprinkles on top for show.
  13. Decorate your frosted cupcakes with Sweethearts featuring your favorite sayings, and then it’s time to share and enjoy!


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Sweethearts Series: Valentine’s Day Candy Necklace!

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Second day of Sweethearts Series, and this treat is one of our favorites! It’s very simple to make but is sure to be a hit with the kids!

Candy can create some of the sweetest memories during your childhood, and you always remember your favorite sweets and the happy feelings you had with them when you were growing up. Some of the most fun was had with the novel items, like candy necklaces, that kept you laughing endlessly with how unique, and sometimes silly, they were. Today, we hope to capture some of that sweet, sweet childhood fun with our very own Valentine’s Day Candy Necklace!

So, grab these few supplies, and get ready for you and your little one to share some laughs as you enjoy this delicious treat!

Supplies:

  • White String (Be sure that this is food safe & OK to touch your candies!)
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Microwave-safe Plate
  • Sweethearts

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Instructions:

  1. Place a Sweetheart onto a microwave safe plate, making sure the text is facing down towards the place. Place one of the white chocolate chips centered on the Sweetheart and microwave this for about 15-30 seconds to soften the chocolate.
  2. Take a piece of food-safe string, and press it down on the melted piece of chocolate.
  3. Take a second Sweetheart with the text facing up, and place it on top of the chocolate and string. Press together firmly yet delicately.
  4. Repeat this as many times as you’d like on the string.
  5. Prior to placing it on your neck, let cool at least one hour for chocolate to set. Enjoy!


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Christmas Store Opening!

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In celebration of Christmas, NECCO will be having a special opening of our Candy Store at our Revere, MA world headquarters! It will be packed with all the classic treats, like NECCO Wafers, Sky Bars, Clark Bars, and Mary Janes, and also feature an assortment of our Holiday treats such as delicious Sky Bar Caramel Filled Snowman and refreshing Haviland Thin Mints!

Be sure to swing by if you’re in the Boston area and stock up on some seriously sweet stocking stuffers!

DATES & TIME:  

Monday December 15th – Friday December 19th: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

LOCATION:           

NECCO Headquarters
135 American Legion Highway, Revere, MA

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NECCO Christmas Tree!!

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As we all know, we are right in the thick of the holiday season. It’s a crazy time spent rushing around to get everything done before the holiday celebrations and the chaos of the end of the year. The same can be said for us at NECCO, and on top of that, we’re even getting started on the Sweethearts rush of Valentine’s Day! Even though we are busy as can be, we couldn’t resist the chance to decorate our offices and spread some happy holiday cheer! Take a look at our festive Christmas decorations, many that we made using the wrappers from our candies! Check out our Candy Buttons garland & candy ornaments! Too much fun not to share with you all; we just love this wonderful time of year! =)

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Mini Clark Bar Spiders!

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October is over, and Halloween has passed. Over the month, we had so much fun with festive movies, ghost stories, parties, outdoor activities, and of course, eating lots and lots of delicious candy on Halloween. Before we move onto the excitement of the upcoming holidays, we wanted to share one last craft we created this past month: mini Clark Bar spiders!

These little treats were a hit during the Halloween season, but they can also be used for parties throughout the year as a cute little creepy favor or a fun DIY craft project for your little ones!

Supplies Needed:

  • googly eyes
  • glue stick
  • black or red pipe cleaners
  • Clark Bar Jr.

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Instructions:

  • Take a full length pipe cleaner and wrap it around the Clark Jr. tying a single knot on the top of the candy bar.
  • Leave enough length of the pipe cleaner on both sides of the bar to create legs on each side.
  • Wrap three more pipe cleaners around in the same fashion.
  • Bend the pipe cleaners to make knees and feet as you see fit!
  • Glue on some googly eyes and for some spooky fun!
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