I think asking everyone to tell me their favorite candy has to be at - or near - the top of the list.
I would suggest that you're evil but I asked. You replied. With every possible candy known to woman. I actually had a sugar rush while reading the comments! Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading about it and now I'm anxious to try frozen candy bars. I admit it - I've never had one of those. I'm sure the experience will fall into the category of "bells you wish you could un-ring" and "knowledge you wish you didn't have".
Have you seen these?
For immediate relief of: Chocolate Cravings, Lovesickness, Exam Pressure, Mild Anxiety and Extreme Hunger. Directions for use: Tear open wrapper, break off desired dosage, and consume. Alternatively massage into the affected area. Repeat dosage as required until finished. If symptoms persist, consult your local confectioner.
I spied them while waiting in line at "the store with the coupons" and the wrapper was too irresistible for me to resist. It comes in a Dark Chocolate but I've only seen those at Christmas-time in the mini-size. I have never actually tasted one as I don't really care for Milk Chocolate but I still had to get one because it makes me laugh when I see it on the shelf in my workroom.
For the record, I run hot-and-cold with candy. I go through stretches where I go looking for it, and then I go weeks and months without being interested. I wonder if that's hormonal. But when I'm feeling like candy, I love jelly beans - Jelly Bellies Tangerine are my favorite - and Hot Tamales. I like licorice - especially the little red and black Scottie dog candies you often see at Christmas time. Sour anything - love those. (Williams-Sonoma used to have a sour gummy bunny at Easter that was so tart it would pucker your mouth. They were fabulous and I loved them.) I also like almost anything made with Dark Chocolate.
If I am feeling the need for something chocolate, my favorites come from Trader Joe's. Their Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are awesome, as are their Mint Creme things - like York's only a little creamier. Phoenix is also the home of a local candy maker - Cerreta's - that makes terrific chocolates. Their Dark Chocolate Butter Cremes are quite nice, thank you. And a few months ago, a friend gave me a lovely package of Dark Chocolate Caramels with Sea Salt by Jo's Candies. Yum. And See's Candies - the Lemon Truffles. And most everything else. I would send you some but it's still hot here so anything I tried to send would totally melt.
You know, someone once sent me a candy wrapper from her favorite chocolate truffle. She was worried that it would melt and get all over the lovely fabric gift in the package so she ate the truffle but sent me the wrapper so I would know she was thinking of me... that she'd sacrificed herself for the good of my lovely little gift. It was pretty funny. But she still owes me a Lindt chocolate truffle.
Speaking of "candy"... winners of this announced tomorrow.
PITP sent me a big box of Moda Candy to share with you, and together with what I already had, I have "several" confectionery prizes. Let it suffice to say that there are two big prizes and three smaller prizes. I'm keeping a couple of the charm packs she sent but I'm giving the rest away. I'm sorry but you'll have to get your own Indigo Crossing. Next February.
Before I go... I've gotten all sorts of e-mails asking me about the trims I used on a couple of the Morsel pinnies.
I got this twill tape at a scrapbook store a couple of years ago. I'm sure something like it is still available somewhere... and if I see if again, I promise to buy a squillion yards of it so I can share. I love the scrapbook stores for things like this. They have wonderful ribbons, trims, buttons and doo-dads that work wonderfully for embellishing pincushions. But - one important warning - most of it isn't colorfast. This twill tape was a little darker before I washed the top before finishing the pincushion. Next time, I'll do all the quilting and then the shrinking, but I won't attach the trim until after that's all done.
The measuring twill tape on this pinnie came from a quilt shop somewhere... a few years ago. But you can get the same tape on Etsy. A search for "measuring twill tape" will bring up several shops/sellers. I bought more of this one - and some of another - form Little Red Cottage. Some of the tapes are intended for scrap-booking so I would check to see how colorfast the dye is if you intend to wash/shrink the top after it's quilted.
And finally, the safety pins I've used to attach some of the buttons to my pincushions. While in London last year, I bought a box of funky safety pins. (Among other things.) They are made by Merchant and Mills and they're called "bulb pins". They are available in the United States from Union Made Goods in California - Merchant & Mills Bulb Pins.
That's it for today but I'm going to warn you about something. Because it seems like everybody likes pincushions... and because I've been asked quite a few questions about them... I'm intending to bore the pejeebers out of you in the coming weeks with lots of useless information on how I make my pincushions. From stuffing to stuffing - the "how to" and the "with what" - and a couple of other things that I've picked up along the way. Make no mistake - I. Am. Not. An. Expert.
But I like making pinnies and the more I make, the more I learn. Funny how that works.