1. You only allow your family to eat the “ugly” food — the pretty, perfectly cut squares of brownies or the symmetrically round cookies are saved for pictures and are NOT to be touched, let alone looked at the wrong way.
2. Your pantry is about 10% essential things like bread, pasta, and tomato sauce, and 90% assorted candies, different varieties of chocolate, and every flavor of cake mix ever produced.
3. The amount of butter purchased at the store each week is enough to have the cashier file a good cause claim with the local authorities for your welfare.
4. You make holiday-themed food weeks or even months in advance. So your coworkers usually get their Christmas cookie fix just as October starts, and by Christmas they’re eating Valentine’s goodies.
5. Similar to #4, when you’re asked to make a holiday-themed food for the holiday that is actually approaching (say, Christmas cookies for a Christmas party), you kind of balk and want to protest that you totally already made sugar cookies in October for Christmas and how inconvenient it’ll be for you to make some more Christmas candy when you could be working on leprechaun cupcakes.
6. Any time you bake something, your family walks by and says “photo?” and you either nod or shake your head, indicating whether or not and when they can eat… and if it hasn’t already been designated, they know which ugly pieces they can have or they’ll offer, “I’ll take an ugly corner!”
7. The sight of colored straws, bakers twine and sprinkles makes you giddier than a kid at Christmastime who just got a flying pony from Santa…
8. …and you have an entire shelf/cupboard/cabinet/unit in your home dedicated to housing the thousands of paper straws, petite silverware and miniature plates you own.
9. …and most, if not all of those paper straws are only used in photographs. Because for some reason in blog world, paper straws just make the picture. (And I am totally making fun of myself here, too–I do it all the time. It’s like, dang, this picture would be exponentially better if I had some paper straws criss-crossed in this righthand corner…)
Anyways, it’s no surprise I am the walking textbook definition of all of the above, and I am especially embarrassed over my infinitely-growing collection of props and baking-related accessories. I have managed to take over two shelves in the pantry, several cupboards and an entire armoire filled with goodies I pick up here and there. And one of my favorite places to snag awesome baking swag is Layer Cake Shop!
Layer Cake Shop started as a small business selling a handful of baking products on Etsy. Now, they’re a huge leader in the baking supply industry with hundreds of unique products in their shop, like party supplies and amazing vintage baking finds (their vintage Halloween picks are SO cute!). The best part (besides the incredible selection–just take a glimpse at the sprinkles page and you’ll see what I mean!) is the awesome, inexpensive prices. I always know I can come here for a steal deal on some one-of-a-kind things, like fun chocolate candy molds or beautiful sparkling luster dust in fantastic colors.
So Layer Cake Shop and I teamed up today to bring you these awesome Cinnamon Chocolate Owl Pops! They take minutes to make and are even quicker to decorate and they’re a fun way to engage the kids on weekend evening. Plus, they make easy and quick party favors for Halloween parties or for harvest parties at school. And the owl molds aren’t limited to Halloween — use them any time in the fall months, or even for Back to School!
Because Layer Cake Shop is as sweet as they sound, they’re giving away a Halloween Owl Prize Pack so YOU can get to candy making, too! Here’s what you get: one (1) owl mold; one (1) pkg lollipop sticks; one (1) brown luster dust; one (1) package yellow royal icing eyes; one (1) spool of Halloween bakers twine; and one (1) bottle of Keoke Coffee flavoring (that’s Kahlua to you and me!)
Now whoooooo is ready to snack on some owl pops? (Sorry, I couldn’t write a post about owls without terrible owl puns)
- 1 pkg chocolate bark or chocolate candy melts
- 1 bottle (dram) Keoke Coffee flavoring
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Melt the chocolate in a medium bowl in the microwave until smooth. I like to melt mine in 30 second increments to prevent scorching.
- Once smooth, stir in one capful of Keoke coffee flavoring and the cinnamon. Be warned: the flavoring oil is VERY strong, so a little really does go a LONG way!
- Pour the chocolate mixture evenly into the molds; tap the molds gently on the counter to remove any air bubbles and smooth out the backs. Place a lollipop stick in the designated slot for the pops.
- Allow the pops to set– you can pop them in the freezer for a few minutes to speed up the process–before removing them carefully. Repeat with remaining chocolate.
- Once pops have set, brush them with the Luster Dust. I used a small paintbrush you can find at the dollar store and brushed the dust onto their bellies and ears. Using some of the remaining chocolate in the bowl, place a dab of chocolate on the flat part of a royal icing eyeball and attach it to the owl.
- For things like beaks, I used small orange-colored heart sprinkles turned upside down. You could also trace around the eye area and sprinkle brown or gold sprinkles for “eyebrows”, like in my pictures. Or use larger gold/yellow round quins to put down first, then attach the eyeball to for that classic owl wide-eyed look.
Cinnamon and chocolate together are two peas in a pod! They’re one of my favorite flavor combinations because I absolutely LOVE the spicy, complex flavor cinnamon lends classically sweet chocolate. It gives it a little more depth and oomph which tastes SO good. Plus, it’s a great alternative for people who look for the spice but don’t like traditionally spicy Mexican chocolate, which is typically used with chipotle peppers. It offers the punch of spice without the kick of heat — and is tame enough for kids to enjoy, too!
Have a fantastic day, and good luck!! Thanks again for the amazing giveaway, Layer Cake Shop!!!
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In the interest of full disclosure, I was generously provided these products to review from Layer Cake Shop. All opinions and the recipe are entirely my own. I was not otherwise monetarily compensated for my post or opinions. Giveaway lasts for 1 week; a winner will be chosen randomly and emailed immediately thereafter. If the winner does not respond to the email within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.