Happy Fat Tuesday!

I have done fat Tuesday posts in the past and to be honest not much has changed. I had a lemon filled paczki this morning for breakfast. Not great for my diet, but it was delicious!

Fat Tuesday is the last night of feasting before the ritual 40 day fast of the Lenten season. Are you giving anything up for Lent? I’m not per se but I am working hard right now a better physical, more healthy me. So that was my last donut for a long while, I’m glad it was a good one lol!

Jackson Candy and Fudge Factory

What better stop after the Jackson Coffee Co. than the Jackson Candy Co.! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner this is a must!

Jackson Candy and Fudge Factory on East Michigan Ave in Jackson is a one of kind experience! The minute you walk in it feels like you’ve travelled back in time! The sweet smells…the glass cases full of great handmade candies and fudge…the train running along the ceiling around the room! It’s amazing!


hey feature fine chocolates and handmade fudge. Along with old fashioned candies, popcorn in a ton of flavors, salt water taffy, and even some sugar free options!

If you’relooking for a unique Valentine’s Day gift choose a heart shaped box and fill it with all of you sweethearts favorite treats!

Bring the kids for taste test of handmade fudge, let them play in the silly mirror, and make a new Valentine’s Day tradition shopping with the Jackson Candy and Fudge Factory!

For more information visit their website http://www.jacksoncandycompany.com

You can also find them on facebook and instragram!

One tip for your trip! Parking can seem tricky but there is a large lot just across the street behind the hardware store!

We had a great time find more behind the scenes photos on our instagram page @tour_the_town

Enjoy your treats and shopping for your Valentine!

Cereal Treat Wreaths

As some of you are aware, my husband and I own a garden center and leading up to the holiday I hand make over 100 wreaths with a very small staff of fabulously hard working people! Well today I made my last wreaths of the season but they weren’t the fresh evergreen type.

Today I made cereal treat wreaths for our Christmas eve party tomorrow. I love these tasty and festive treats. Easy to make and a crowd pleaser every time.

A little tip for when you go to shape the treats into wreaths have a small bowl of water near by keep your finger tips a little wet to prevent the marshmallow from sticking to your hands as you work.

Here’s the recipe!

1 stick butter melted

1 bag mini marshmallows

Green food coloring

4 c. Corn flakes cereal

Red hot candy’s or sprinkles for decorations

In a large sauce pan melt the butter and marshmallows add the food coloring remove from heat and add the corn flakes stirring to coat. Spoon onto foil and shape into wreaths. Decorate and allow to cool.

Valentine’s Day Treats

​reposted from February 8th 2012

Valentines day is upon us and what a great “holiday” for bakers.  Treats galore, cookies, candies, cakes, and fudge there are so many fabulous options to choose from when looking for that perfect sweet for your sweetie.  My daughter is thoroughly excited about being chosen to be on the valentines day committee for her class, she has already signed us up to make cupcakes, and I’m sure that they won’t disappoint.

Valentine’s Day, orginally known asSaint Valentine’s Day was derived from early Christian and Roman traditions, one legend has it that the holiday has originated from the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalis/Lupercalia, a fertility celebration that used to observed annually on February 15. But the rise of Christianity in Europe saw many pagan holidays being renamed for and dedicated to the early Christian martyrs. Lupercalia was no exception. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius turned Lupercalia into a Christian feast day and set its observance a day earlier, on February 14. He proclaimed February 14 to be the feast day in honor of Saint Valentine, a Roman martyr who lived in the 3rd century. It is this St. Valentine whom the modern Valentine’s Day honors.

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, there were at least three early Christian saints by the name of Valentine. While one was a priest in Rome, another was a bishop in Terni. Little is known or documented about the third St. Valentine except that he met his end in Africa. Surprisingly, all three of them were said to have been martyred on the 14th February.

Thus 14th February became the day for all lovers and Valentine became its Patron Saint. It began to be annually observed by young Romans who offered handwritten greetings of affection, known as Valentines, on this day to the women they admired. With the coming of Christianity, the day came to be known as St. Valentine’s Day.  Later Shortened to just Valentine’s Day.

Candies are a traditional Valentine’s Day treat and here is a simple recipe that is sure to please!

Oreo Truffles

1 package- Oreo cookies

1 12 oz- bag Semi Sweet ChocolateMorsels

1 oz. paraffin

1 8oz. package of Cream cheese

2 Tbsp. Powdered sugar

Line a baking sheet with wax paper, and set aside.  In a food processor grind down 9 oreo cookies into a fine powder and set aside for use later.  Take the remaining cookies and grind them down into a fine powder in the food processor, once well blended down begin to add the cream cheese and pulse in the processor until a dough begins to form, add the the powdered sugar and pulse some more until well blended. Take your cookie mixture and refrigerate for up to 1 hour to firm the dough up. In a double boiler add the chocolate chips and carefully melt them down being careful not to burn them, once melted add the paraffin, melting it into the chocolate this will allow your chocolate to harden once cooled, and give it a glossy shine when your truffles are finished.  Form the dough into 1 inch balls and carefully dip in the tempered chocolate, place them on the lined baking sheets to cool.  Before they dry completely, top with the reserved powdered cookie bits. Chill for 10-15 minutes and remove from parchment paper, I place mine into small cupcake liners to be served. They are so delicious! Enjoy!