Navy candy melts and 4th of July Sprinkles

Posted by Amy Miller on 12 June, 2013

Earlier this week I set out to find some 4th of July candy making supplies and had a little trouble finding what I wanted.  So I thought I'd pass along what I found and where I found it if you might be looking for the same things and save you a little time driving everywhere.

Navy candy melts and red white and blue sprinkles by Amy Miller Designs

1.  Navy Blue Candy Melts - Navy blue candy melts are a little hard to find.  I found these at Hobby Lobby with their candy and cake making supplies.  I've never used the Make 'n Mold brand before.  The color was great but there wasn't much vanilla taste to them.  They worked fine for what I needed them for though. You can also custom make your own navy blue by using white candy melts and candy coloring.  You have to use coloring specifically for candy not the same coloring you use for say cake frosting.  Candy coloring is oil based and will blend well with the candy melts.  If you use regular frosting coloring your candy coating might harden up because there is a little water in the regular coloring.  Candy coating/chocolate and water are enemies, they don't play well together and if you add water to the candy coating it can harden up and become unusable.  I've heard of people using just a very small amount of reg. coloring to get a pastel color but if you go one drop too many it will turn into a disaster.  There is also a product called AmeriColor Flo-Coat Oil Candy Color that you can use with AmeriColor's Gel Pastes (the kind of coloring to use for reg. baking) that will allow you to use the reg. coloring for candy melts.  I've never used this before but my 2 cents would be to just get the specific candy coloring to make custom candy melt colors.  Hope I didn't loose you through all of that! ; ) ha ha 2.  Red, White and Blue Jimmies - These are Betty Crocker brand and I found them at my local grocery store (Fry's Food Stores) with the regular cake decorating supplies right by the cake mixes.  I would think you could find these at your local bigger grocery stores too in the same area or a special 4th of July section. 3.  Red, White and Blue Nonpareils (aka little tiny balls that you will find on your floor for 6 months after you use them!) - I found these at Hobby Lobby.  One would think they would be in a special 4th of July section, right...NO I found these in the themed party supply section with basic red, white and blue patriotic items they carry all year long. I know I could have purchased all these items online but I needed to start on my project that same day and didn't have time to wait for them to be shipped to me. Check back later this week when I show you what I did with these supplies!  Here's what I made with these fun supplies! Happy making and baking! What’s Baking is a section on my blog where I share various items I’ve been making and baking!  I’ve loved to bake since I was little!  Some recipes or creations I’ve made up myself and some are things I’ve made from my way too many Pinterest boards and from way too many bloggers I follow.  To take a look at some other things I’ve been baking go here!

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