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Candy Crush! (DIY Candy Apples)

Candy apples are a seasonal favorite this time of year. With apples in high season, and Halloween days away, this is a perfect time to add these indulgent treats to your party menu. Better yet, why not be the house that hands out homemade candy apples instead of Starbursts and Milky Ways!

Granny Smithcandy apple.1406554147.1000.1200, Gala, Braeburn, McIntosh – choose your favorite tart, firm apple to get started!

The Food and Wine Dictionary defines candy apples like this: “an apple that’s coated with a cinnamon-flavored red sugary syrup. This candy coating can be either crackly-hard or soft and gooey. A candied-apple clone is the caramel apple, which has a thick, soft caramel-flavored coating.”

But traditional apples-on-sticks have gotten much more creative with chefs and home-cooks making up exciting candy-coated variations for kids and lots of boozy variations like Red Wine Caramel or Bourbon-Pecan Caramel to please the grown ups.

Here is one version by Giada De Laurentiis: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/caramel-chocolate-and-candy-apples-recipe.html#lightbox-recipe-video

In the red candy coated version, that bright red color is a big part of the allure. Instead of using artificial red coloring to give your apples that vibrant punch, there are natural colorings made from organic plant extracts that can be easily made or purchased.  Try experimenting with extracts from beets, elderberry, purple sweet potatoes and other vegetables to make your apples irresistibly and deliciously red.

Candy apples also make whimsical wedding favors. Make Your Wedding Favors blog suggest picking a theme to create apple favors like the Garden theme (red candy apples coated in half crushed nuts), or the Monogram theme (apples dipped in dark chocolate with white frosting to create the bride and grooms initials).  Wrap creatively in natural containers, tie with raffia or ribbon, and offer as one-of-a-kind homemade take-home party favors.

Here are a few eco-friendly products to get you started:

Have a Happy and Safe Eco-Friendly Halloween!


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NYC Council Approves Foam Containers Ban

As you may have heard, the plastic foam container ban has been approved by New York City Council in December, which is great news for Earth lovers and Eco-friendly companies! About a hundred cities already passed this ban – including San Francisco, Seattle and Portland – and after its past legislative session NYC becomes the largest U.S. city to implement this ban.

This ban however is only a compromise for now. It still gives officials – mostly Dart Container Corporation (one of the largest foam products manufacturers) and the American Chemistry Council – a whole year to try and prove that Styrofoam can be effectively, economically ad safely recycled. If this cannot be proved the ban will definitely be enforced in July 2015.

210CDP176-no-watermarkSince no municipality has been able to prove that plastic foam can be efficiently recycled yet, the ban is very likely to be enforced next year and that is why it would be best to be ahead of it and switch to more Eco-friendly solutions already. Luckily, many recyclable, biodegradable and compostable materials are used for disposable containers, tableware and even utensils. From Sugarcane to Bamboo, finding green solutions has never been so easy and if you know where to look it can also be very affordable.

Are you looking for takeout supplies? You can find great recyclable or biodegradable takeout containers and takeout boxes in many styles and colors.

Do you need disposable tableware for an event or a reception and want to have Eco-friendly items for all of your guests? You can find wooden tableware, sugarcane tableware, bamboo tableware or even palm leaf tableware that will look amazing on any table and add this special Eco-friendly touch that you were looking for.

See, it is not hard to find any type of Eco-friendly item and get ready for next year when the foam ban will be enforced. Be ahead of competitors and go green already!

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How To Host A Super Bowl Party

You know it, the Super Bowl is the most popular sport event in America and has more viewers than any other TV event.

football-375745-mLet’s be honest, you WILL be watching the Super Bowl, whether you decide to have people over at your place or to go to a friend’s to enjoy the game with them. Every year, the Super Bowl provides you the perfect opportunity to gather with your friends, family or even co-workers to watch the game, enjoy some snacks and drinks and talk about football. After the exciting Holiday season, January is usually pretty uneventful and the Super Bowl is a great excuse to get together and have some fun in a casual atmosphere!

If you are hosting the party, you obviously want it to be a super bash and here are a couple of tips to help you make this party as good as possible!

First thing is to figure out how many people are invited and will end up sitting around the TV. You want to make sure that everybody has a seat and can see the screen. The best would of course to have more than one screen if you are planning to have a lot of people over. Set everything up in advance, clean up your place and get everything ready.

After you are sure everyone will be able to sit and watch the game, the next step is almost just as important… The food and drinks! Make sure you get enough food for everyone and to last the whole game. Chicken wings, sliders, nachos, guacamole, chips and dip… The choices are endless and it is just up to you serve it in appropriate dishes and tableware to make it easy for your guests to eat all of it.

Need examples? Served in wooden boats chicken kebabs and wings have never looks so delicious and if you have a bunch of dipping sauces you can serve them in a compartment plate to make it easier for your guests! Best part? Both are disposable – no dishes after the game – and Eco-friendly as they are biodegradable or compostable! With a good set up and adapted tableware nothing can go wrong!

Getting Eco-friendly tableware is a good start for a green party but it is not the only thing you can do. Keep in mind that individual bottles for instance are a waste and that getting bigger containers would be more Eco-friendly and think about recycling at the end of the party.

One last advice… Prepare food ahead of time so you don’t have to spend too much time in the kitchen while your guests are there, you would miss out on all the fun!

Good luck and enjoy the game!!

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