Melt and Create

Melt and Create with Rainbow Dust Colour Melts

 

With Rainbow Dust’s new fantastic colour melts you can melt and create a huge range of fantastic edible fun! Of course we now have them available on the website if you fancy giving them a go.

I’ll be sharing our favourite tricks using colour melts and it’s not just about Cake Pops!

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  • They are made up of Non-Hydrogenated Fats
  • Smaller Buttons that melt quicker
  • Great flavour
  • Available in 8 colours and more coming soon!

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To melt them you can use multiple methods. One being the Microwave, nice and easy does it! The other is the double boiler, slightly harder work but ensures you don’t over-do your candy buttons.

Instructions for Microwave – Place candy melts in a microwave safe bowl. Do not melt in the bag. Microwave for 30 seconds at half power or on the defrost setting. Repeat until completely melted be careful not to over cook your melts.

Instructions for Double Boiler – Partially fill the bottom pan with water and bring to a simmer.
Fit the top pan or bowl in place and add the candy. Stir until completely melted. A jug or bowl can be used to replace the top pan. Do not allow any water to come in direct contact with the candy.

The PME Chocolate Melting pot also works fantastic with these!

 

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Here’s some fantastic examples on using your colour melts by Rainbow Dust.

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I love the use of the colour melts on these tasty Cake Pops. Use Rainbow Dust Edible Gold Glitter to add an extra sparkle!

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Try dipping cake balls in candy melts and popping them in a mini cake cup, once done drizzle with different coloured candy colour melts to create these gorgeous mini cake bites.

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Or why not go for gold and create edible ice cream bowls, this will really impress the guests and they are so easy the kids can have fun giving it a go too!

Check out the entire rage of Rainbow Dust Colour Melts.

 

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8 Fun Halloween Treat Idea's

8 Fun Halloween Treats

So Halloween is nearly here… or as my given hashtag for this awesome occasion is #SpookFest2015, I just love Halloween, I find it so much fun to get creative with so many cool, creative idea’s and it’s one of the best times to get the kids involved (even the big kids!)

I have been looking around for fun but relatively easy idea’s that we can have a go at and here’s my favourite 8 fun Halloween treats I stumbled across.

Bring on #SpookFest2015

  1. Choc Devil Cupcakes – These easy Chocolate Devil Cupcakes would be great and so easy to do! Simply use your fave chocolate cupcake recipe and then use our Rainbow Dust Red Pro-Gel to colour your buttercream which would create a lovely vibrant red (not like the rubbish supermarket stuff), lastly model some easy horns out of sugarpaste or modelling paste by making a cone shape and then bending it slightly…pre-coloured sugarpaste is usually easier if you’re getting the kids involved!

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2. Mummy Cake Pops – These are super cute right!? Not too scary and totally easy… follow our ‘Cake Pop Guide’ for the basics… then dip the cake pops in PME White Candy Melts and we found using the White Chocolate Choco Writer great for adding on the bandages!

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3. Edible Worms – I know they look like it but they are NOT real worms!! They will have all your guests squirming at you Halloween Party though! There’s a US recipe I found on Instructables but here I have converted it to UK measurements as we quite often get asked 🙂 Here’s how to make them!

Ingredients
2 packs (85g) Raspberry jelly
1 pkg unflavored gelatin (for extra firmness)
180ml cup whipping cream
700ml boiling water
Rainbow Dust Green ProGel Food Colour
100 flexible straws (or enough to fill your container)
Tall container (1 litre carton of milk)

Directions
1) Combine jelly & gelatin in bowl and add boiling water.
2) Let it cool to lukewarm and then add the whipping cream and 15 drops green food colouring.
3) Gather your straws (don’t forget to flex them out) and put them in the container. It’s important that the straws have a tight fit so the jelly stays in the straws. For this reason, a 1 litre carton may be better; you will probably get longer worms since there is a tighter fit. If you have a bigger container, a rubber band around the straws is helpful. Or you could just add more straws to fill the container.
4) Add the gelatin mixture to the straw-filled container and let it set until firm.
5) There are multiple ways you can remove the worms from the straws. You can roll a rolling pin over the straws and squeeze them out or you can hold the straws over warm water. The worms will slip right out.

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4. Dexter Cupcakes – I love this design…although I don’t think letting the kids eat these are a good idea.. maybe stick to the adults on this one! To create the glass simply melt down Foxes Glacier Mints in the over on a tray at a low temp… once all melted take them out and let it cool creating a clear sheet, then the fun part…smash it up and make your edible glass shards be careful these are sharp so keep away from the kids and use larger bits for decoration rather than eating. Looks good though! The person who made these designed them originally for the release of one of the ‘Dexter’ series!

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5. Chocolate Pumpkin Bowl – I like this idea… great as edible Halloween Snack Bowls, again you can use PME Candy Melts to create these which are really tasty and much cheaper than buying chocolate and food colouring, they come in Orange too!

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6. Chocolate Spider Webs – You can create a chocolate spider web finish easily… simply cover the cake in chocolate and then use the White Chocolate Choco Writer to pipe a spiral on to the top of the cake while it’s still wet…. then use a cocktail stick to score the chocolate starting from the centre of the cake to the edge, this will drag the white chocolate with it creating this cool spiderweb effect! A plastic spider would finish it off nicely… or if you fancy making one that would be even better!

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7. Halloween Surprise Cake – This is a fun idea, you can make the outside of your cake nice and easy with a basic spider web design like the previous design but then make the inside something super fun! Use the ProGel Tangerine, Lime and Purple Food Colours in your cake mix when making your Halloween Cake a great surprise for your Halloween Party this year and so much fun to make!!

Simply split your cake mix 3 ways then add each colour to each part of cake mix, then swirl gently together before baking and voila!

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8. Easy Witch Hat Toppers – These are a great idea for cupcake toppers and it finishes off our favourite 8 Fun Halloween Treats off nicely! If you get to make any of these for this Halloween we would love to see them, you can post to our Facebook Page or Tweet us with hashtag #SpookFest2015

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Fancy trying your hand at something a bit more technical? Follow our full free guide on how to make a Halloween Cake here.

Happy Baking & Happy #SpookFest2015

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Chocolate Sprinkle Strawberries

Chocolate Sprinkle Strawberries

Chocolate and Sprinkle Covered Strawberries

I have been enjoying watching the tennis, so I thought I would follow on from the Chocolate Covered Strawberries with this other delicious summery treat of Chocolate Sprinkle Strawberries. The tutorial is very similar to the Chocolate Covered Strawberries so you could make them both on the same day.

 

Ingredients and Essentials

Strawberries with Cake Pop Sticks Inserted

Step One

Pop the stalks from out of the strawberries and then push the Cake Pop Stick in the strawberry, do this until you have the required number of ‘Strawberry Pops’ . Whilst you are doing this pop the kettle on to boil the water for the Choco Writers.

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Step Two

Lay the strawberries out onto board or a baking tray and then pop the Choco Writers into a jug of hot water until the chocolate is full melted (I didn’t find the tubes were too hot once taken from the water but you might want to check before letting children handle them)

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Step Three

Now you need to drizzle a little of the chocolate in a pattern or just on the end of the strawberry, then dip into your sprinkles or sparkles before the chocolate dries.

Strawberries Dipped in Blue Magic Sparkles and Gold Sugar Crystals

Step Four

Once you have made your Chocolate Sprinkle Strawberries allow them to harden up (should only take around 10 minutes) then either eat straight from the board or wrap them up using the Cake Pop Bags. Then enjoy your Chocolate Sprinkle Strawberries….

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For more guilt free treats have a look at the rest of our Health Kick recipes or for a cheat meal recipe have a look at this tempting treat of White Chocolate Crunch Bars or why not have a go at making this Chocolate Basket to pop in your covered strawberries?!

 

 

 

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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This is the second instalment in our new Health Kick side of the Party Animal Online blog. I have been busy in the kitchen creating an devouring these Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

They are so simple to make, you could even get the kids involved! They look really nice on their own or wrapped in the Cake Pop Bags.

Ingredients and Essentials

Step One

Pop the stalks from out of the strawberries and then push the Cake Pop Stick in the strawberry, do this until you have the required number of ‘Strawberry Pops’ . Whilst you are doing this pop the kettle on to boil the water for the Choco Writers.

Strawberries with Cake Pop Sticks Inserted

Step Two

Lay them out onto board or a baking tray and then pop the Choco Writers into a jug of hot water until the chocolate is full melted (I didn’t find the tubes were too hot once taken from the water but you might want to check before letting children handle them)

Choco Writers in jug of hot water

Step Three

Undo the lids of the Choco Writers and snip off a little of the nozzle, then begin to drizzle the chocolate over the strawberries. Those that are watching their Calories/Macros you could pop the tray on some digital kitchen scales to monitor how much chocolate you are putting on. I did this and used less than 2g of the chocolate over 6 strawberries!

Choco Writers used on strawberries

Step Four

Once covered pop them onto a clean plate/board to allow the chocolate to harden. I did a couple with the a single Choco Writer on and then a couple with all three Choco Writers on.

Strawberries hardening with Choco Writers

Step Five

Once the chocolate has hardened you can pop the Chocolate Covered Strawberries into the Cake Pop Bags or eat straight off the plate!

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I also made some Chocolate Covered Strawberries with Sprinkles on as well and I will cover this in a future post. For now, enjoy your Chocolate Covered Strawberries guilt free!

 

 

Easter Chocolate Nest Cake Pops

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Here’s another Easter treat for you guys, Chocolate Nest Cake Pops! Incredibly simple to make and taste amazing!

You will need:

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To make the cake balls please check out our blog post on creating cake pops step-by-step! This will show you how to make the cake balls and basic dipping instructions. Melt the PME Milk Chocolate Candy Buttons and dip the end of  a cake pop stick into the melted chocolate and then into the cake ball. Once Set dip all the cake ball and shake off the excess and before it dries sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles.

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Once the cake pop has set, dip the end of the mini egg into the melted chocolate and place on top holding in place until set. Add as many or as little mini eggs as you wish. I tended to use two or three per cake pop.

It’s that easy! Why not try it yourself and share your pictures with us at Party Animal Online!

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Easter Chick Cake Pops

Easter Chick Cake Pops

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Our easy how to on making easter chick cake pops. Fun with all the family.

Easter isn’t that far away and if you are looking for cake pop ideas then these little easter chick cake pops should fit the bill! They are very simple to make and will be a great addition to your Easter cake creations.

You will need for your Easter Chick Cake Pops:

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To make the cake balls please check out our blog post on creating cake pops step-by-step! This will show you how to make the cake balls and basic dipping instructions. Melt the PME Yellow Candy Buttons and dip the end of  a cake pop stick into the melted chocolate and then into the cake ball.

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Once set dip the whole cake into the melted chocolate. If the sponge is dark, like chocolate cake, you may need to dip it twice so the cake doesn’t show through.

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Once you have dipped your cake pop and shaken off the excess quickly attach an orange coated chip for the nose and two yellow ones for the wings. If you can’t get hold of these coated chips you can use melted chocolate instead but make sure to add them after main cake pop has dried.

For the eyes I melted some PME Black Candy Buttons and used a toothpick to paint the eyes on.

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And that’s it! I can see why these are so popular to make with them being so simple! Don’t forget to present these using the Culpitt Cake Pop Bags. If you have a go yourself share your pictures with us at Party Animal Online!

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Rainbow Cake Pops

Rainbow Cake Pop Tutorial

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What better way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day than these Pot O’ Gold Cake Pops filled with Rainbow goodness!

You will need:

Before we begin please go have a read of my cake pop tutorial which goes through the basics of making cake pops and how to avoid the usual cake pop problems!

Had a read? Good! Lets start with the rainbow cake balls. I made a 3 egg cake mix and divided it between 6 containers. To each mix I added a different Sugarflair Gel Food Paste from our rainbow set; Christmas Red, Grape Violet, Ice Blue, Melon, Party Green & Tangerine. I then made cupcakes with the mix managing to make 3 cupcakes of each colour.

Once the cupcakes were baked and left to cool I then crumbed these down and added some buttercream to make the crumbs into a dough.

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To make a rainbow cake ball I took a small amount of each colour and rolled them into ball. I then stacked them into my Cake Pop Baller (aka Meatball maker!) in the following order; Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange & Red. Press the cake pop baller down as much as you can letting any excess fall away.

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When you remove the ball it should look something like this:

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Continue making rainbow balls untill you run out of dough, I managed to make 20!

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After leaving the cake balls overnight in the fridge it was time to dip them! I melted some PME Milk Chocolate Candy Buttons and first dipped the end of the stick into the chocolate and then into the ball.

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After fully dipping them into the chocolate I tapped off the excess and left to dry upside down on greaseproof paper, I pushed down slightly to make the ‘rim’ of the pot.

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When the cake pops were completely dry I carefully peeled them off the greaseproof paper

Since I had no yellow candy buttons around I decided to try using the new PME White Vanilla Candy Buttons & Squires Kitchen Cocol to colour the buttons myself.

At first I thought I would try the gold colour (from the warm set) but unfortunately it didn’t work at all for colouring the chocolate. Instead I used the yellow colour (also from the warm set) to colour the vanilla candy melts a light yellow. I then poured a tiny bit on top of the cake pop.

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Before the chocolate set I sprinkled on some Gold Rainbow Dust Edible Glitter to make the pot of gold truly sparkle! It really did make a great difference to the cake pop and the fact that it is 100% edible is a bonus!

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There you have it Pot O’Gold Rainbow Cake Pops all ready for a St Patrick’s Day Party! However you celebrate the holiday this year have a good one and don’t forget to share your St Patrick’s Day creations with us at Party Animal Online!

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