Not just for birthday parties anymore, candy has recently been in the news as a theme for weddings, graduations, baby showers, fund raisers and more. Candy-themed parties set a fun and festive tone, interweaving the magics of bright colors, swirling shapes and fabulous flavors to form a most memorable occasion, from invitation to leave-taking. Dylan Lauren, daughter of designer Ralph Lauren and owner of Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City, planned her own candy-themed wedding complete with candy cocktails, candy tiara and a bridal bouquet of pink and yellow sugar flowers.
It seems there is no limit to the varieties of flavors, shapes and objects to “candify” that can be coaxed from the sweet and sometimes eccentric imaginations of confectioners. It is clearly evident that candy makers are making every effort to disprove the adage, “You can’t please all of the people all of the time.”
Cran-Walnut Bark recipe
(Donated by Nancy Kimble of Susie’s Sweet Shop)
12 ounces of semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup dried cranberries
In the microwave, melt half the chocolate and stir in remaining 6 ounces. Spread into a ¼- to ½-inch-thick rectangle or square on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the remaining ingredients evenly over chocolate and let sit, or refrigerate until firm. Break into pieces.
Area candy shops
Susie’s Sweet Shop
594 Route 6 and 209, Milford, PA 18337
Chocolate-dipped Strawberries, Chocolate Bark, Coconut Haystacks, Homemade Fudge, Gift Baskets
Candy Cottage, Apple Valley Shops
108 Route 6, Milford, PA 18337
Vintage Candy, Novelty Candies, Fine Chocolates, Gifts, Fruit Butters, Jewelry
103 East Ann Street, Milford, PA 18337
Homemade Candy, Chocolate, Ice Cream, Egg Creams and Shakes. Candy, Cookies, and Cake Supplies.
Memory Lane Candy
1095 Texas Palmyra Hwy, Route 6
Honesdale, PA 18431
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