Valentine’s Day is by far one of may favorite holidays because, well, it revolves around candy! I remember making Valentine’s for kids in my elementary school classes and getting so excited to pick out what candy I was going to attach to them. Now that I am married, it’s so much fun to have a Valentine for life that I get to spoil. This year, I came up with a couple cute ways to give the gift of candy to your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day and it’s all DIY!
First, I went around and collected some of my favorite Valentine’s candies and packaged them in cellophane bags, tied them up with cute ribbons and attached Valentine tags to each. This is a super simple way to give someone a special treat (packaging it up nice is what makes it that much better!). All you need is small cellophane bags, a variety of ribbons, unique Valentine’s candies, and tags. I found all of these things (except the candy) at Michael’s.
The second candy gift I created is a Valentine’s version of my highly popular candy kabobs. I collected a variety of GUMMY candies in red and white colors (you can choose whatever candy is your favorite!) and stacked them on a kabob skewer. To keep them fresh and present them in a fun way, I bought pretzel rod cellophane bags and tied off the end with different ribbons. Again, I found all of these things at Michael’s as well.
If you are you Salt Lake City on February 13, stop by our pop-up shop at Fashion Place Mall Lululemon from 12-5pm and get your last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts! Blake Lux Design will be selling flower bouquets and I will be selling Valentine’s candy gifts! See you there!
^^The lollipops are made with real blackberries – when you hold them up to the light you can see the seeds! ^^These were definitely my FAVORITE! They’re similar to starbursts but better!
QUIN IS CANDY. REIMAGINED, UPDATED, MODERNIZED.
When I was in Portland over the holidays, of course I visited as many candy shops as I could! I heard about a new Portland-based candy store called Quin and wanted to try it out. The store itself is fairly small, but offers a unique candy experience, resembling a NYC subway stop with neon yellow signage and bold candy packaging. What makes the candy so unique is that it is all made with real fruit and fresh, local ingredients (and no artificial coloring). I tried the blackberry lollipops and you can hold them up to the light to see the actual blackberry seeds! These are made with real Oregon (the best) blackberries. Mmmm. My favorite thing I tried were the Dreams Come Chew. They’re like starbursts but more real-tasting (if that’s even possible). I loved the strawberry and tangerine flavors but they also have yummy lemon and cherry. Also, if you are a caramel fan, they’ve got some amazing homemade caramels in all flavors! Of course there’s also gumdrops, marshmallows and an assortment of others sweets. What’s not to love?
Quin candy store made me feel like I was right at home. It’s very Portland-ish and has an organic, natural feel to the store, unlike most candy stores. I LOVE the line they use in their store and on their bags – Candy is Magic. It’s so true! Next time you are in Portland, check out one of their two locations or order some online!