Monday, October 24, 2011

It’s time to stock up!

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I thought I would take a minute to talk about sprinkles. Now is a great time to stock up on seasonal ones. It will be another year before some of the sprinkles out in stores right now are easily available again. And black sprinkles come in super handy when making cake pops. Noses and eyes especially. So when I see something new, I pick up a jar … or three. The ones I want to show you are just to get you thinking and remind you to keep your eyes open when shopping now and even right after Halloween.

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Let’s start with the basics. These sprinkle shapes are easy to find in solid colors. But getting your hands on black ones aren’t always as convenient.

I found all of these at Cake Art, my go-to cake supply shop.

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Black sanding sugar.

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Black sugar pearls.

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Black non-pareils.

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and black jimmies.

All of these are good to have on hand… especially if you’re making cake pops.

The jimmies were what inspired the spider cake pops I made last week.

So, those are some of the standards.

Now let’s take a look at some specialty ones.

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Sprinkles with a bit more personality.

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Spider Mix.

These spoke to me as possibilities if I need black feet – similar to how I used orange flowers for feet on my Spring Chicks. And since black flowers would be really hard to come by, these would work just fine for feet.

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Bats & Ghosts.

If you turn the ghosts sideways, they could be bushy eyebrows. Maybe even for a Santa pop? Hmmm.

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Halloween Assortment.

Orange pumpkins and little black bats that could double as bow ties for the Groom Cake Pops in my book, especially since the black heart sprinkles in the poker mix are proving a bit difficult to find lately.

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Black Cats.

I have no idea yet what I’ll use these for, but I picked them up without hesitation. Too unique not to have around. Meow.

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Halloween Confetti.

I love this mix. Having black confetti sprinkles has been a life saver a few times. Keeps me from having to draw on eyes if I don’t have an edible ink pen around.

This mix used to come in a container all by itself.

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But now I can only find it in this carousel.

Less sprinkles. More expensive.

Bummer!

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But then I stumbled on these this year at Wal-Mart. Yay!

Zombie Mix. Monster Mix. Both with black. Thanks Betty!

Problem solved, so I bought a couple jars of each to stock up.

I love confetti sprinkles. They come mostly in three sizes.

Jumbo, regular and mini.

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Check out these Jumbo Halloween Quins.

I love them and used the orange ones for a project in the Cake Pops Kit coming out next month.

Notice the regular size confetti sprinkles on top for size reference.

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Here’s some sprinkles in super cute specialty packaging.

I bought these last year just so I could have the little bones. So cute. And obviously they’ve been too cute for me to open. I think I also saw these at Wal-Mart this year.

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But don’t just focus on sprinkles. Candy makes great cake pop add-ons too.

These bat wings and bloody bones are super cute.

I came across them in a candy store in the Mall of America earlier this month.

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Don’t forget about old favorites, too. M&M’s can be bought in solid colors online and in some stores by weight. I found this container of M&M’s at Wal-mart though. But, I’ve had them for a bit, so I’m not sure if they still sell them separately like this. Let me know if you’ve seen them lately.

M&M’s also sells their regular size bag of candies in seasonal colors. But they seem to change them up from year to year. They used to sell a package of black, green, orange and purple for Halloween. But this year, no where to be found. Frustrating.

And by the way, M&M’s … (not Halloween related) … would you please make your Cherry Cordial M&M’s available all year long. Those things are crazy good.

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Another cake pop candy favorite that changes with the seasons. Coated sunflower seeds. The black ones make great noses. Wings for penguins. Heads for spiders. I could go on.

Once you start paying attention to candies and such, you’ll start seeing these everywhere. TJ Maxx and Marshalls even. But I found these by the cash register at Cost Plus World Market.

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So that’s a little overview. I basically just wanted to remind you to stock up when you come across something you like. And don’t forget to check the clearance section after Halloween.

Some of the places I find good stuff:

Wal-Mart
Target
Williams-Sonoma
Fresh Market
World Market
Hobby Lobby
Michael’s
JoAnns
Drug stores
Gas stations

Some other great online resources are:

Cake Art

Fancy Flours

Confectionery House

Bake it Pretty

NY Cake

Candy Warehouse

Amazon

Kitchen Krafts

M&M’s

Wilton

Those are just a few to get you started. Feel free to add to the list. And if you know of some candy I need to look for this season, I’d love to know that too.

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