Tag Archives: baking

Dylans Candy Bar

What Candy Can Do: Q&A with Dylan Lauren

What can’t candy do when it comes to decorating? We sat down with Dylan Lauren, founder & CEO of Dylan’s Candy Bar, to find out all about the inspiration behind our new, exclusive bakeware collaboration together. Full of candy-a-tized essentials like whirly pop candles, sugary toppers, and candy shaped cookie cutters—the colorful line aims to help bakers everywhere cook up some truly bright ideas.

Dylans Candy Bar at Michaels Stores

Why did you want to partner with Wilton?

I’ve always loved Wilton and discovering new, interesting treat ideas. I’m drawn to the idea of combining homemade creations and candy in unexpected ways. This line is a great nod to that. We’re even taking it a step further with items that also “look” like candy, like gumball machine shaped cake toppers. That’s really what makes it double the fun. Life is supposed to be full of sweet surprises.

Dylans Candy Bar at Michaels Stores

How were you involved with the creation of the products?

I love being involved in every step from the initial concept to the actual creation of the product. The colors, the design, the final aesthetics—it’s all important to me. I love working with different members of the team and talking through interesting ideas. I like to listen to lots of opinions so we can create the best products possible.

Dylans Candy Bar at Michaels Stores

Which product is your favorite?

It’s so hard to choose, but I absolutely love the Candy Apron Kitchen Set, the Sprinkles Tacklebox and the Cake Decorating Kits. They all feel very characteristic of our brand. We’re all about merging the worlds of art, fashion and pop culture with candy—I think these products do the trick. I also love the Sugar Sheets because you can apply our “candyspill” pattern right to a cupcake!

Dylans Candy Bar at Michaels Stores

How do these products make it easier for people to express their creativity?

There are so many ways! We hope that the collection inspires bakers and candy lovers to have a ton of fun in the kitchen. Whether it’s decorating a box of cupcakes and adding some fun wrappers or making an entire cake, the beauty is that you can also share what you’ve made and inspire someone else. You can move your creativity forward!

Dylans Candy Bar at Michaels Stores

What types of baking and decorating projects inspire you?

Right now, I love seeing the rainbow and color block trend all over social media. I can’t believe how inventive people are! It definitely gives me some great product ideas.

Dylans Candy Bar at Michaels Stores

What’s your favorite dessert?

That’s always a tough one! In terms of candy, I love licorice and Swedish Fish. In the baked goods category, I was raised in New York City, so I think I’m going to have to go with a classic Black & White cookie. Plus, you don’t have to choose between chocolate and vanilla frosting.

Dylans Candy Bar at Michaels Stores

Check out the line at Michaels Stores here!

About Dylan’s Candy Bar

Dylan’s Candy Bar was founded in 2001 by Dylan Lauren with a mission to awaken the creative spirit and inner child in everyone. Renowned for merging the worlds of art, fashion and pop culture with candy, Dylan’s Candy Bar is the pioneer in changing the way we see candy today. As the largest state-of-the-art sweets emporium and candy lifestyle brand, Dylan’s Candy Bar is not your average “candy store.” The modern day candy land is home to over 7,000 candies from around the world, making it the most popular destination for the ultimate sugar rush experience. For more information about Dylan’s Candy Bar, visit www.DylansCandyBar.com and follow them @DylansCandyBar.

7 Muffin Pan Hacks That Make Cooking Easy

It’s a standard staple in most kitchens…possibly passed down from moms or grandmas. Lying there among cookie trays and casserole dishes sits the humble muffin pan.

Sure you pull it out to make cupcakes for birthdays or muffins for Sunday morning, but the muffin pan can actually be a handy tool in the kitchen. From flavored ice cubes to edible bowls, the muffin pan will no doubt become your favorite kitchen tool after you learn about these eight muffin pan hacks!

1. Fresh Squeeze

Freshen up pitchers of lemonade or bowls of punch with fruit-infused ice cubes made in a muffin pan. Simply fill the muffin pan cavities with water and top with slices of lemon, oranges, or a handful of your favorite berries. They’ll make your drinks taste (and look) great!

2. Here’s the Scoop…

When summer rolls around, we all scream for ice cream! Whether you’re hosting a birthday party or just a family dinner, let guests create their own delicious ice cream concoctions with an ice cream bar set up in a muffin pan. Fill the cavities with crushed cookies, sprinkles, gummies, candies and more. You could also do this for cupcake decorating or cookie decorating parties, too.

3. Moo-ve Over, Cupcakes…

Meatloaf just got a makeover! Forget the loaf pan…now you can make tasty meatloaf “cupcakes” topped with mashed potato “icing” for a fun meal that kids and adults will love. Hosting a party? Use a mini muffin pan to make little meatloaf appetizer bites. You can find our favorite meatloaf cupcake recipe here.

4. Go Cookie Crazy!

No one likes doing the dishes, so why not serve dessert in bowls you can eat? Flip that muffin pan over and use this tasty Cookie Bowl recipe to make mini cookie bowls that are great for serving everything from mousse to ice cream.

5. Rise and Dine

Make Sunday brunch even more fun with these cute mini frittatas. The great thing about making frittatas in your muffin pan is that you can mix and match flavors and toppings so everyone has a flavor combination they love.

6. Something to Taco Bout

Hosting Taco Tuesday this week? Create your own hard-shell taco holder by turning your muffin pan over and stacking your hard-shell tacos between the cavities. Fill all the tacos at once and serve them in the muffin pan for quick grab n’ go tacos that won’t fall over!

7. Let’s be Frank…

The best part of any hot dog or burger is the condiments! Relish, ketchup, mustard, and mayo can all be organized and served in a muffin pan. A great hack for a summer BBQ or cookout, this condiment bar is a space saver and time saver…and great for holding all your favorite toppings and dipping sauces.

Condiment Muffin Pan Hack

 

So next time you’re hosting a party or dinner for family and friends, let your muffin pan come to your aid. From organizing condiments to creating small one-person meals, the muffin pan can help make cooking, baking and entertaining so much easier!

Top 10 Essential Tools for Holiday Baking

It’s the holiday season, and that means it’s also the busiest time of year for baking. Many of us are looking for ways to save time and make a lot of cookies all at once. These ten tools will help make your cookie baking more efficient and enjoyable!

1. Unbleached Parchment Mega Roll, 100 Feet

Parchment Paper

This unbleached, silicone-treated non-stick parchment means there’s no need for spraying or greasing the pan, saving on clean-up time. Use it to line baking pans and cookie sheets. The on-trend, kraft paper color also comes in handy for gifting. Use it to line tins and gift boxes for cookie swaps, or even wrap gifts in this paper.

2. 3-Piece Large Cookie Sheet Set

Cookie Sheets

Keep the baking marathon going with a set of three cookie sheets. They feature a nonstick surface for quick release and easy clean up and are designed for easy handling in and out of the oven – even while wearing oven mitts!

3. Holiday 4-Piece Grippy Cutters

Cookie Cutters

This 4 piece set features classic Christmas icons: a stocking, tree, star and gingerbread boy. The cutters make for save and easy cutting with a comfortable grip and deep plastic sides, so the kids can easily join in on the cookie making fun.

4. The Really Big Spatula

The Really Big Spatula

Big baking jobs call for big tools, so say hello to the Really Big Spatula. It’s safe for non-stick pans and over six inches wide, so you can lift more cookies in one scoop. It features a stainless steel handle and can scoop up as many as six cookies at once.

5. 3-Tier Cooling Grid

3 Tier Cooling Grid

Do you have a cramped kitchen? This 3-tier cooling grid is a fantastic space saver. Stack the cooling grids on top of one another – the sturdy steel wires allow ample airflow for treats large and small, and the nonstick coating gives easy release and clean-up.

6. 3-Pack Cookie Icing

Cookie Icing

Save some time with ready-to-use cookie icing in the colors of the season: red, green and white. The icing comes in a microwave bottle and sets quickly to give your cookies a smooth finish in just one hour. A 10-ounce bottle covers about 12 3-inch cookies.

7. Candy Cane Decorating Icing

Candy Cane Icing

Add some flavor to your decorating while saving time with the ready-to-use candy cane flavored decorating icing pouch. The easy to squeeze bag comes fitted with both a round tip and a star tip and works like a traditional bag and tip.

8. Holiday Sprinkle Mix Mega Pack

Holiday Sprinkles

Big baking jobs call for a lot of sprinkles! Get all the variety you need with this mega pack of four different types of sprinkles: green sugar, red sugar, snowflake mix and holiday nonpareils. The plastic bottles make for easy pouring and storing and are perfect for cookies, cupcakes, cakes and more.

9. 3-Pack Melting Bottles

Squeeze Bottles

These melting bottles have a variety of uses. They’re perfect for filling with royal icing for all of your cookie decorating, and can also be used with Candy Melts candy to get the perfect drizzle on all types of sweet treats.

10. Large Santa Cookie Box

Santa Cookie Box

Ho, ho, ho! Give cookies to everyone you know in these cute Santa cookie boxes.

All of these essentials can be found at you local Michaels. For more sweet treat inspiration, check out our Holiday Desserts Pinterest Board.