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Candy Recipe (for disaster): Homemade Lollipops

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Lollipops Plate

Continuing with my family’s attempt to create a frugal yet festive holiday, over the Thanksgiving weekend we decided to make something from scratch. My wife has a collection of old cookbooks, so pulling a Betty Crocker book circa the early 1970s from the shelf, I flipped through the sticky, crumpled pages and found the ‘All-time Favorites’ candy section.

Hmm… what sounds good: Fondant-stuffed dates? Spicy sugared nuts? Ting-a-lings? We voted for lollipops. With only six ingredients (including the stick) what could go wrong?

Well, plenty, especially if you happen to like your pots and pans.

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Letter Ice and Number Ice

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letter ice

Making great looking letters and numbers with candy has been a problem in the past, but not so any more. Here is a product called Letter Ice (and the numbers are called, appropriately, Number Ice). They are silicone letter and number molds. They are great for ice, jello, butter, chocolate, shortbread cookies, muffins, lollipops, etc. I made some lemonade ice cubes with them and my daughter loved them and I made a “7″ cube to put in her drink on her 7th birthday.

I didn’t get to try making some candy with them – I’m more of a candy eater than a candy maker. The pictures on the website do make it look easy to do though. The only problem for me is that for me to spell CANDYADDICT I would have to do multiple batches (2 C’s, 2 A’s, 3 D’s) or buy multiple mold sets. The company is currently looking for a distributor so hopefully we will see these in stores soon.

Tic Tac LED flashlight

Categories: Candy,Candy Gadgets,Mint Candy

Tic Tac LED Flashlight

If you’re handy with a soldering iron, here is a neat hack to create an LED flashlight out of 3 AAA batteries, an empty Tic Tac dispenser (doesn’t have to be orange), a resistor, an LED, and a microswitch. I’m tempted to actually give this a try since I have all of these items lying around the garage – might be a fun way to kill a few minutes.

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Things to do with Altoids Tins

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Altoids Tin

Did you ever wonder what you could do with all those empty Altoids tins you have collected? Me neither, but evidently others have contemplated this for us.

Here is a list of 94 funny/wacky things to do with Altoids tins.

Here are some more things you can make/do with them:
(Last update: 09/14/07)

If you know of some more, tell us in the comments!

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