Did you know that frogs poop rainbow colored chocolate covered sunflower seeds?

Written by ken hohstadt. Posted in product review, Recipes

Frog Poop is a better choice with its delicious chocolate covered sunflower seeds. Sounds gross and tastes amazing!

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About Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds

Whether you choose the unadorned sunflower seeds or chocolate coated ones, these new snacks are fascinating.

History

The original chocolate sunflower seeds, called Sunny Seed Drops, are made by the Sunflower Food & Spice Company, based in Riverside, Missouri. They became popular in 2006 and are now available in plastic boxes in baby shower and holiday themes and also in large plastic tubes topped with sunflowers. They have caught the eye of both health food enthusiasts and those who follow the latest trends.

Nutritional Information

The average one ounce serving of chocolate covered sunflower seeds contains:
  • Two grams of fiber
  • Three grams of protein
  • Four percent of the RDA for both calcium and iron
  • Zero grams of trans fat
However, the chocolate and the candy coating add a fair amount of sugar, about 12 grams, so it is still healthier to eat the sunflower seeds without the extra adornment.

Where to Find

This snack is available at most health food stores, including the large chains Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Wild Oats. Many traditional grocery stores also carry it, especially ones that have natural foods or bulk foods sections. Other retailers to check are Cracker Barrel, Cost Plus World Market, Dean & Deluca and chain candy stores. Those that can’t find chocolate sunflower seeds locally can purchase them online. We offer them at The Chocolate Frog.

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Promotional companies, such as ePromo offer them too, in containers festooned with company logos. Even wedding vendors are noticing their popularity, as there are favors available for order that include bags of seeds, boxes of seeds and even seeds with coordinating ribbons. A person can purchase seeds with coatings in most any color, ranging from white to pink to periwinkle to black. They are available in assortments or all as one solid color.

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Making Them at Home

Those who don’t wish to buy the treats can attempt to make them at home. It’s best to skip the candy coating and just go with the chocolate to start.
  1. Put two cups of sunflowers seeds into a colander and rinse them thoroughly.
  2. Pour the seeds into a pan filled with two quarts of water and a quarter cup of salt.
  3. Leave the seeds in the water overnight.
  4. Pour the seeds back into the colander to drain. Then let them dry on a paper towel for one hour.
  5. Place them on a large baking sheet.
  6. Roast them in the oven at 300 degrees for half an hour.
  7. Melt a four ounce bag of chocolate chips in the microwave. Check it every minute and stir until soft.
  8. Dip the sunflower seeds in the chocolate. Then lay them on a sheet of wax paper.
  9. Refrigerate the seeds as soon as possible so the chocolate will harden quickly. They will be ready in about two hours.

Uses for Chocolate Sunflower Seeds

While many people love eating these sunflower seeds right out of the package, they are also good as ingredients in recipes. They can be used in most that call for traditional chocolate chips. For example, try them in:
  • Trail mix
  • Cookies
  • Brownies
  • Snack bars
  • Oatmeal
  • Pancakes
  • Yogurt
  • Breads
  • Ice cream

How to Make a Bubble Gum Flower Pot

Written by ken hohstadt. Posted in Candy Projects

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Candy Crafts: Bubble Gum Bouquet

Note: This craft project is only for your personal use. It is copyrighted.

Materials used: a flowerpot, Dubble Bubble Gum, blue cellophane, polka dot cellophane, floral foam, blue plastic grass or blue shredded paper, stem wire (16 or 18 ga), yellow curling ribbon, scotch tape, glue dots, and tools (scissors, serrated knife, and wire cutters).

Step 1. Take a flowerpot. It can be any flowerpot you like. I chose a yellow and blue ceramic flowerpot (5.5” in diameter), because it goes well with the yellow and blue wrappers of the bubble gum pieces.

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Step 2. Cut the floral foam to the proper size so it will fit tightly in the flowerpot. Cut a piece of blue cellophane, and then put the piece of floral foam in the middle of this cellophane piece. Gather the cellophane up around the foam and insert it in the pot. The foam should be about 1” lower than the edge of the pot.

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Step 3. Cover the foam with blue plastic decorative grass or shredded blue paper.

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Step 4. Make several bubble gum flowers.

a) Take stem wire (16 or 18 ga) or bamboo skeweres, Dubble Bubble gum pieces, floral tape, scissors, and wire cutters.

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b) Join 3 bubble gum pieces to each stem using green floral tape. First join a piece of candy to the end of the wire/bamboo skewer. One or two inches down the wire or skewer attach the second piece of candy. Go down another one or two inches and attach the third piece of candy on the opposite end of the second one.

If you use a bamboo skewer, wrap the rest of the skewer with floral tape so it is completely green. With green stem wire it is not necessary. I made 10 bubble gum flowers. Three of them are taller than the others; they will be placed at the back of the bouquet.

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Step 5. Wrap the bubble gum flowers in cellophane.

a) Cut a square piece of polka dot cellophane. In my case I used 7” x 7” pieces. b) Carefully poke the bubble gum stem through the center of a cellophane piece, or fold the cellophane square in half and fold it in half again across the first fold and cut the tip off the corner. You will end up with a small hole in the center of your unfolded cellophane piece.

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c) Pull the cellophane into a cone shape it should be just beneath the bubble gum pieces and tie it with a piece of yellow curling ribbon. Fluff the cellophane out.

Decorate all of the bubble gum flowers this way.

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Step 6. Insert the bubble gum flowers into the pot. The tallest flowers go in the back. Arrange the flowers in a way you find attractive.

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Step 7. You may want to add additional pieces of blue cellophane into the arrangement (in the back, in the middle, etc.) to create a fuller bouquet using floral picks.

Take cellophane and cut rectangular pieces. Take one of the rectangles and loosely fold it in half the short way and then in half the long way. Take a green floral pick, put about 1/2″ of the closed corner of the cello piece against the blunt end of the pick, and wrap the wire tightly around it. Fluff the cellophane out. Now the cello or tissue paper piece is ready to be inserted into the floral foam.

Your bubble gum bouquet is ready!

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If you want to quickly and easily learn how to make candy bouquets either to start your own business or just to be able to make amazing memorable gifts for any occasion, check out my valuable “illustrated” step-by-step guides How to make beautiful candy bouquets for fun and profit” and “Candy bouquet designs”.

Lana Glass Founder of the Site “Incredible Edible Crafts”