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Rum Toffee Spoons

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Following up on yesterday’s Cast Iron Pan Candy post, I had to make the dipped spoons. Using the quantities in the post (1 cup butter, 1 cup brown sugar), I made just over two dozen dipped spoons! I was so happy with them, I made a second batch because I want to put some of these in all my gift baskets and boxes this year. I used a splash of rum for the flavoring. You could use orange juice, lemon juice, vanilla, or whatever else you want–or nothing. The added flavoring isn’t required. I topped them with chocolate candy sprinkles.


I started out planning to just take a picture of these and make them my Daily Farm Photo shot of the day, but by the time I was finished making them, I realized it would be the longest Daily Farm Photo post ever because I needed to show you more pictures and I needed to tell you too many things.

Like, I needed to show you and tell you about this sad, sorry, pitiful spoon.
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Wouldn’t someone be thrilled to get that?!

WARNING! Don’t dip the spoons immediately. Turn the candy off and keep stirring it as it cools slightly. When I dipped the spoons immediately, the plastic melted! Stir and wait till the candy sets to a pudding-like consistency then scoop (rather than dip) each spoon into the candy. Sprinkle with chocolate bits and let set.

Another good idea would be to get some pretty “old” metal spoons at an antique or second-hand store instead of using plastic.

Plastic spoons do work, though–just be careful. When you think it’s cool enough, try one spoon, let it set a couple minutes to see if it’s okay, then continue. (I messed some up before I learned that lesson.) I used some heavy-weight clear plastic spoons for some of them and I found I could scoop the candy into them sooner than I could with some other lighter-weight white plastic spoons that I used–so, I can’t tell you exactly how long you’ll have to wait. It will depend on the weight of plastic in your spoons. Just keep testing one at a time until you have the right temperature for your spoons.

In spite of the initial mistake with dipping the spoons too soon, I think these came out great! They make sweet additions to a gift basket–or give a dozen or two dozen of these as a gift in and of itself. You’d be making someone’s coffee happy for weeks!

In case you missed it, the recipe for the candy is here: Cast Iron Pan Candy.

ANOTHER TIP: Notice how I balanced the ends of the spoons on knife handles.
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This keeps the candy level in the spoons until it sets up.

Until gift-giving time, you can store these in airtight containers or plastic baggies. (I just loaded them all into a big plastic Ziploc bag.) Also remember to lightly spray with oil, or butter, the surface you place the candy spoons on while they’re setting up so they don’t stick. If any of the candy spoons drip out so they stick to each other, pull or cut them apart before the candy is completely set.
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P.S. This is SO MUCH less expensive than making chocolate spoons–and I think they’re better, especially for coffee!

Read here for more ideas using this easy recipe. Like on popcorn! Or peanut or cashew brittle! (I’m planning to try that next.)


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  1. 12-12
    1:24
    am

    I can’t wait to try the candy. It sounds simply delicious! I agree with the cashew brittle.

    Please enter me in the drawing for the Ball Blue Book.

    Thank you!

    Mel

  2. 12-12
    2:10
    am

    These look great…I like the idea of finding “old” metal spoons at a thrift store. Please enter me for the Blue Ball Book. Thanks!

  3. 12-12
    2:23
    am

    I’m making these for the holidays,thank you for the recipe and tips. I would like a copy of the BBB.

  4. 12-12
    2:24
    am

    That’s one curley spoon. lessons learned. The others turned out so yummy looking that I’m going to have to make them today. Two days of reading about the candy is just, way to tempting.
    Please put me in for the book..crossing fingers :reindeer:

  5. 12-12
    2:29
    am

    I don’t like (sweet)coffee, but even I could go for one of those dipped spoons in something. Maybe a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Glad you didn’t let the first few mistakes put a damper on your project. They turned out great looking. Put me down for another try at the BBB.

  6. 12-12
    2:57
    am

    Those look so colorful in that red coffee cup. Is it hard to clean the skillet after making the candy? I would hate to have to re-do my cast iron skillet for cornbread.

  7. 12-12
    3:50
    am

    I think I’ll try to make candy that tastes like cinnamon buns (just add some cinnamon and ground cardamom).

    Please enter me in the drawing for the Ball Blue Book. :clover:

  8. 12-12
    4:13
    am

    I must try to make these soon. They must be great with coffee! BBB. :hungry: :hungry:

  9. 12-12
    5:46
    am

    This does look really good. We dont drink coffee here. I have also seen the chocolate dipped spoons and could not understand what you would do with them, until other day I was out and saw the little chocolate coated coffee straws. Needless to say, that is when the lightbulb was turned on lol. Please enter me in the drawing for the canning book.

  10. 12-12
    5:56
    am

    The last one with the melted spoon…I think that one needs to just be eaten. I wanted to ask if one does not have a candy thermometer how do you know when the candy is done? Would like to make these but I have never made candy
    thanks
    Sara

  11. 12-12
    6:22
    am

    Your spoon photo reminds me of when a college roommate set the bread dough into a warm oven to rise — in a plastic bowl!

    These are a nifty idea, the “investment” being in time rather than money.

  12. 12-12
    6:30
    am

    They look really good. I will definitely try a batch of candy and spoons for the holidays. BBB

  13. 12-12
    6:46
    am

    Oh my goodness! They look great, but please, please don’t use plastic spoons! Chances are, the contain BPA, which is bisephenol A, a powerful endocrine disruptor (look for a triangle containing 03 or 07 on the packaging or product, those are especially dangerous), and should never be heated, because that is exactly what triggers the release of the bisephenol.

  14. 12-12
    6:46
    am

    what a wonderful idea .. Bet they would be yummy in hot choc too… please enter me in the canning book drawing..

  15. 12-12
    7:08
    am

    The spoons look fantastic but who would be able to wait to give them as gifts? I would be SO tempted to eat them before Christmas!
    I would love to win the Ball book. Please throw my name in the hat! :cowsleep:

  16. 12-12
    7:18
    am

    Cashew brittle? I think that sound we all just heard was my husband fainting dead away. The man loves his cashews! Thanks Suzanne

  17. 12-12
    7:39
    am

    Those sound delicious.
    I would love to get the canning book.
    Cricket

  18. 12-12
    7:44
    am

    I made these yesterday, too!! I used real spoons. I’m going to have to make more for gifts, though, all the kids were over yesterday and we had to try them!! Hot Cocoa for the kids and coffee for the adults………WONDERFUL!!!!

    And thank you CB for sponsoring another BBB!!!! I would love it!!

  19. 12-12
    7:47
    am

    No, surprisingly, it’s not hard to clean the skillet out! Probably because of the butter in the candy. I’ve made this several times now and all I do is run hot hot water in the pan, let it sit a bit, then wipe it out!

  20. 12-12
    7:47
    am

    Box Call, the mixture is so buttery, it all cleans up super easy.
    Sara, if you’ve never made candy, this is the recipe to start with, just stir and stir and stir non-stop.

    I wasn’t going to try for one of the BBBs, but I took a look at my old Blue Book and I think the missing cover, the yellowed and dog-eared pages spattered with fruit juice and tomato sauce, not to mention the missing middle 4 pages as well, speak to my need for a new edition. I say MY old Blue Book, but I think it was the one that disappeared from my mother’s kitchen years ago then returned to its old spot when I moved back again.

    Besides, I want to see some of these new-fangled recipes too Suzanne! Please put me in the running for a new BBB?

  21. 12-12
    7:48
    am

    :dancingmonster:

    Oooh, oooh, another chance to win a Blue Book! Count me in. I just love the anticipation of the draw. Such a fun place to visit.

  22. 12-12
    7:50
    am

    :woof: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman:
    We drink a lot of coffee and tea, also hot chocolate, these will be perfect for all. I always give a neighbor that loves gormet coffee a pound of coffee for christmas along with some cookies, this will make a nice addition to her basket.
    JO BBB

  23. 12-12
    7:54
    am

    :woof: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman:
    Suzanne–maybe next year we could have a drawing for a few of you lovely cornhusk angels?

    Jo
    :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman: :snowman:

  24. 12-12
    7:56
    am

    Very nice, I’m going to give those a try for sure. I’m going to assist my 9-yo in making the cast iron pan candy later today!

    Please enter me for the drawing too!

  25. 12-12
    8:06
    am

    Butter Rum, say it slowly, bbbuuttteerr rrrrrum, that is just heaven! We tried to make chocolate caramel dipped pretzel wands for Halloween but in WNY there is a humidity problem. We had to leave them on the broadshelf for a day, one of our cats jumped up there and, well, nobody wanted mink wands. What do you do with your animals when you make sticky treats?

    I see the computer is a city kid. It doesn’t recognize the word “broadshelf”, neither did my husband. It just means kitchen counter top.

    BBB, please.

  26. 12-12
    8:08
    am

    Wonderful gift idea..and CHEAP!
    Please enter me for the blue ball book drawing.

  27. 12-12
    8:12
    am

    Another great idea from you Suzanne. Thanks so much!
    Please enter me for the BBB. I’d love to learn more about canning and preserving.
    Have a blessed day!

  28. 12-12
    8:15
    am

    They look so yummy, I may have to get my cast iron skillet back from my daughter and give it a try!

    Please enter me in the drawing.

  29. 12-12
    8:28
    am

    What a great idea! I’ve done the chocolate spoons almost every year, but these are something new — I’ve added them to my list of things to do.

    RE: Canning book — yes please! Enter me in the drawing. My New Year’s resolution is to make more stuff from scratch (including sauces and soups) so that is exactly what I need for help.

    Thanks!

  30. 12-12
    8:36
    am

    I have to put the cats out of the house! Most of them stay off the counters, but a couple of them will jump up when food’s around, so I have to make them go outside when I’m cooking.

  31. 12-12
    8:41
    am

    That looks fun to make. I need a BBB. By the way the first thing I do in the morning is put my water on for tea and then read YOU! I’m so glad you’re in this world with us.

  32. 12-12
    8:45
    am

    I am going to make these next week! Can’t wait!

    BBB

  33. 12-12
    8:50
    am

    These look yummy – they would make good shower favors. Put me in the drawing for the Ball Blue Book.

  34. 12-12
    8:59
    am

    Please enter me in the BBB, looks great! Thanks! Sue

  35. 12-12
    9:00
    am

    Another great idea…. I’m still dreaming about winning the canning book…

  36. 12-12
    9:02
    am

    This is a great idea. I think I will try these for Christmas Eve, my guests and myself are all huge coffee drinkers.
    Please enter me in the Ball Blue Book contest. Thanks!!!

  37. 12-12
    9:02
    am

    Hooray—another chance to win the canning bible. :sheep:

  38. 12-12
    9:05
    am

    Enter me for the BBBB!

  39. 12-12
    9:06
    am

    Another great idea!

    Please enter me for the Blue Ball Canning book! :snoopy:

  40. 12-12
    9:08
    am

    I would love to have the Ball Blue Book of Preserving. I love to can and am always looking for new ideas and recipes.

  41. 12-12
    9:12
    am

    Id love to win a Blue Book! If you use it, i know if you use it, its no fail since all your recipes have been awesome and have never failed me. Im trying to get into canning since we have moved back stateside (we lived in Okinawa for 4 years) and i know this would be the perfect book to help me!!! I love your blog and look forward to it each day :woof:

  42. 12-12
    9:14
    am

    I would love the canning book. I’d also love a Christmas basket from you! But, that’s probably too much to ask!

  43. 12-12
    9:19
    am

    :cowsleep: I have a ton of plastic spoons around here somewhere leftover from a Boy Scout trip…..I may have to give this a try today.

    And yes, please enter me in the BBB giveaway!

    Beth aka oneoldgoat

  44. 12-12
    9:23
    am

    My husband, the candy freak, is so excited to try these recipes! His grandpa owned a candy store when he was little, so it’s been a lifelong addiction. Thanks for keeping the inexpensive (and yummy) recipes coming!

    BBB please!

  45. 12-12
    9:24
    am

    Another yummy idea! I could see these disappearing from around here lickety split!

  46. 12-12
    9:34
    am

    These look terrific. Can’t wait to try them. I have tried so many of your ideas and they are great! You are such a joy.

    I would love the BBB.

    Thanks!

  47. 12-12
    9:36
    am

    Suzanne, thanks for all the great tips. I can just imagine how many plastic spoons I would have ruined if you had not shared your mishaps! And S. Thanks for the info @ the release of bisephenol in plastic spoons. I might use big pretzel sticks instead.

    Please enter me in the BBB contest and thank you for being the sponsor CB in TN.

  48. 12-12
    9:57
    am

    Yummmmm, wish I had one of those to stir in my coffee this morning!

    BBB

  49. 12-12
    10:13
    am

    I added the Blue Ball canning book to my Christmas wish list and everyone here in the city keeps looking at me like I’m crazy. I’m starting my very first garden next summer and I’m cautiously optimistic that I will have something to can! :) The rum spoons look ah-mazzzzz-ing but I’m trying to watch my figure and make a conscious choice to eat healthier, ugh!!

  50. 12-12
    10:25
    am

    I just found your blog thru a friend on Mjs site and I loved it so much I saved it as a fav! I look forawd to making some yummy Cast iron candy! I’d love to be added to your drawing for the BBB book also. Blessings,Karen

  51. 12-12
    10:32
    am

    Well, I’m glad you put this post here instead of just the picture for a different reason. Today’s picture of Diego on the straw brought back childhood memories of another pair of cats. My father brought those two kittens home from work in the pockets of his coat. I have a vague feeling my mother may have been less than pleased (we already had several cats) but we children were delighted. At least until the orange cat revealed his personality.

    I would love to have the BBB.

    Julia

  52. 12-12
    10:58
    am

    Delectable as is everything that you create. Please include me in the BBB draw. Thanks and have a great weekend.

  53. 12-12
    11:02
    am

    Your spoons turned out wonderful, please take a picture of your gift baskets when they are done. I bet this recipe would be great with popcorn and nuts stirred in. Please enter me in the drawing for BBB. :clover:

  54. 12-12
    11:06
    am

    On Monday We are having a cookie swap & for the first time two of our participants are participating by mail (one person used to be local & moved, the other was bemoaning her last neighborhood swap when everyone brought store-bought cookies). I agreed to do it without thinking that what they got back would need to have a good chance of surviving the USMail. Thank you for saving my …uhmmm… cookies!

  55. 12-12
    11:06
    am

    this is such a great gift idea, I just love this. Suzanne, you rock. BBB please :snoopy:

  56. 12-12
    11:08
    am

    These look yummy! I’d love to give the BBB to my daughter who had her first garden, this year, & is anxious to learn to can!

  57. 12-12
    11:08
    am

    Good Morning Suzanne!! I was wondering how it was going with the job. Do you know what they are doing next? (interviewing?) It was fun voting, but I got a kick out of who I got to join in on the voting. Of course my girlfriends, but I also had my kids away at college voting. My son that is a freshman in college then had some of his friends voting for you. Everytime I think of that I just smile. Just know that we are still keeping our fingers crossed for you. Now time to pull out my cast iron skillett!!

  58. 12-12
    11:09
    am

    These look yummy! I’d love to give the BBB to my daughter who had her first garden this year & is anxious to learn to can!

  59. 12-12
    11:09
    am

    Wow, these look scrumptious! :eating: I bet a person could go to a second-hand store and pick up a bunch of pretty spoons and do it that way.

    By the way, Suzanne, I am having withdrawals….I need to see some pictures and read some stories about your animals!!!! :hissyfit: :happyfeet: Could you throw one in here and there in the midst? I need me some Pokey and Coco and fluffy-butt chickens and Clover and…and…and…

    Oh, I know…I’ll just go back and read some out of your barnyard section. :shimmy: Later! :moo:

  60. 12-12
    11:22
    am

    Cute idea, I love the rum flavoring idea. Don’t think I have ever seen rum flavored toffee.
    Please enter me for the book! :wave:

  61. 12-12
    11:40
    am

    Thanks for sharing such a delicious idea! I will be making these for my Christmas treat bags! Also, hoping to win the BBB :)

  62. 12-12
    11:43
    am

    I’m glad you addressed the clean up issue. I wanted to make the candy but was frightened for my cast iron which is at present perfectly seasoned. It seems as soon as I get it right I cook something in it (spaghetti sauce, what was I thinking?) and it has to be re-seasoned. I have a bottle of rum ready and can’t wait to try it now. Thanks Suzanne and BTW I would love the BBB if it is meant to be.

  63. 12-12
    12:01
    pm

    I would like to be entered for the Ball Blue Book. I have been inspired by your blog and have tried some jam making. I am baking more bread, too. Thanks for the great ideas for a less-expensive, homemade Christmas. Really good to get new ideas this year.

  64. 12-12
    12:05
    pm

    i want to have a “blue” christmas w/ the ball canning book….uh..please:)

  65. 12-12
    12:07
    pm

    Those spoons look wonderful and so easy! You always have such great ideas. :sun:

    Please enter me in the drawing for the Ball book.

  66. 12-12
    12:09
    pm

    Those look so yummy. As for cheap metal spoons, I was in Dollar General the other day and noticed they have 4 or 6 packs (can’t remember) of spoons for $1. I think Walmart has something comparable too.
    Please enter me for the Blue book. Thanks!
    Jenny~

  67. 12-12
    12:09
    pm

    Those spoons look wonderful and so easy! You always have such great ideas. :sun:

    Please enter me in the drawing for the Ball book too.

  68. 12-12
    12:12
    pm

    Question, how does the surround weather affect the candy? I had tried to make divinity the other day and it just would not cooperate.

  69. 12-12
    12:28
    pm

    I don’t know–my house isn’t overly warm, I’ll say that!

  70. 12-12
    12:37
    pm

    What a great idea! I’m a tea drinker, so these would be great, too!

    I’d love to be entered to win the book! :D

  71. 12-12
    12:43
    pm

    I don’t think those spoons would make it to my coffee, they’d wind up in my mouth! Yummy! I’d love to win the canning book!

  72. 12-12
    12:58
    pm

    Great gift and stocking idea! I have to make some of those. Thank you for all the great ideas on your site!

    I’d love that Blue Ball Book!

  73. 12-12
    1:11
    pm

    Wow the Ball Blue Book contest sound great! What a good idea.
    Please enter me in the contest. BBB :duck:

  74. 12-12
    1:13
    pm

    Great idea! I can’t wait to get some rum. Hopefully my friends will be going to the semi-big (i.e., less than 500 people) town soon and I can hitch a ride with them to get some rum. I’ll also try to scrounge around for some small silver spoons.
    BBB

  75. 12-12
    1:15
    pm

    I would love to get the bbb :) :pirate:

  76. 12-12
    1:25
    pm

    I’d love to have the BBB book! :sheepjump:

  77. 12-12
    1:27
    pm

    Oh my word, what an image to wake up with. Tummy, stop growling.

    They look wicked cool and will try to get them into the coffee instead of… :lol: eating them straight away.

    K.

  78. 12-12
    1:50
    pm

    Those look wonderful. I need to make some of these for my hubby and his family. They are big coffee folks. Thanks so much for all the great ideas!!!

    I would love to win a book, too!

  79. 12-12
    1:53
    pm

    Heading off to the kitchen to make some candy. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Please enter me into the BBB.

  80. 12-12
    1:54
    pm

    Glad to help, Maggie. It’s kind of a double whammy of badness, because first the BPAs get released into the candy, then they get released into the coffee or whatever is stirred. Anything plastic with BPAs should never, ever be heated or put in the dishwasher, etc. :)

  81. 12-12
    2:06
    pm

    Will have to try this recipe.
    Please enter me into the BBB. thanks!

  82. 12-12
    2:12
    pm

    Those really look yummy! :hungry:

  83. 12-12
    2:15
    pm

    me please! BBB

  84. 12-12
    2:45
    pm

    I really want/need this book. :pawprint:

  85. 12-12
    2:51
    pm

    Does it have to be cast iron? I live in a colleg dorm and we are definitely not cool enough for cast iron. I’d love the book! I’ll be out of the dorm in a few weeks and can do things like canning. It’s just that I want to make the candy NOW.

  86. 12-12
    3:13
    pm

    Yeahhhh bbb day again…put my name in that hat please…can’t log in…I’m at Montreal Airport right now.
    Love the spoons, will try to get my Dutch family ready for treats like this

  87. 12-12
    3:21
    pm

    :duck: Would love to win the BBB! I love all your truly affordable decor/gift ideas. I think me and my 5 kiddos are going to hafta try some soon!

  88. 12-12
    3:37
    pm

    No, you can use any pan!

  89. 12-12
    3:40
    pm

    Yum! I love coffee, butter, sugar and rum so this sounds so good lol. If I made some now I am not sure they would make it for gifts at Christmas! Guess I better plan on making a bunch for me in addition to ones to give.

    I am also wondering if you have to use cast iron for this or if another type pan will work ok? Would love to win the book too BBB

  90. 12-12
    4:16
    pm

    Hey Suzanne!

    I will have to give that a try! :hungry:

    Angela :wave:

  91. 12-12
    4:24
    pm

    Hi Suzanne
    I love your blog!
    BBB

  92. 12-12
    4:44
    pm

    I would love to win the BBB as a Christmas gift for my sister. Please enter me :wave:

  93. 12-12
    4:54
    pm

    yum!
    BBB me =)

  94. 12-12
    5:18
    pm

    To S.
    I know there is plastic that can’t be heated, even water heated in a hot car can be dangerous.
    The plastic waterbottles and pop bottles for instance.
    But I think that if they make spoons out of plastic, to eat soup with..it is perfectly safe to make spoon candy.

    But thanks for the reminder, it won’t hurt to check the box.

    Hey this is my second post…can I put my name in twice for the book?? (kidding)

  95. 12-12
    5:40
    pm

    Suzanne please put my name in for the BBB!

    thanks! :snoopy:

  96. 12-12
    6:16
    pm

    OH, yeah!!! I didn’t miss or even almost miss this one!

    I’d love the BBB.

  97. 12-12
    6:49
    pm

    :hungry: Can’t wait to try these. They look yum-o! In the process of making your italian cream cake right now, per my husband’s request. Thanks!!

    Would love the BBB!

  98. 12-12
    7:16
    pm

    These look wonderful. I was just thinking what lucky people they are to be on the receiving end of your Christmas gift baskets.

    I love the yowlie kitty, too. I think males are far more vocal, ours are! Toby wanders down the hall at night, yowling for no reason (he’s been fixed).

    Suzanne, your house must smell like Christmas heaven!
    :)
    Gayle

  99. 12-12
    7:56
    pm

    I would love to be entered for the Blue book..thanks!

  100. 12-12
    8:00
    pm

    To Rebecca: divinity candy was described by my grandmother as the “fussy bear of all candy” in the making. Humidity affects some candies dramatically, ie, her comment: NEVER make divinity on a rainy or even overcast, smelling-of-rain day (my regrets to those in soggy areas!). Personally I love and bake cookies as they’re not fussy in the least. However I certainly don’t turn down a homemade candy gift!

  101. 12-12
    8:06
    pm

    I’ll have to make this one,such a great idea. I just made your oatmeal raisins cookes again, They are the best ever. I have to let you know that I’m getting a dehydrater for Christmas, to replace my old one that burnt out. I’m so excieted, can’t wait for all the things that I want to do.I would like to win the Ball Blue Book.

  102. 12-12
    8:52
    pm

    Will no one thank “S” for her/his timely warning? Bi-phenols are deadly compounds. Drinking HOT liquid from a “styrofoam” cup is begging for cancer and/or birth defects…Don’t get me started on the plastic spoons.
    PLEASE…restrict your use of “plastics” anywhere near your foodstuffs! This includes “plastic wrap”, mmm…yummy PVC’s (poly-vynalchlorides)…also, aluminum foil is NOT your friend but IT IS a specific poison
    I admire this site and the “good work” Suzanne does…she’s a master of self-promotion…and there is nothing wrong with that, but those of us with bio-science backgrounds must often cringe at the sort of “plastic spoon” stuff we’ve seen today.
    I will be back as a “guest-lurker” having voted everyday to promote Suzanne’s ambitions–but please bear in mind that her self-promotion may not be in YOUR best interest.
    I have waited to the day’s end to post…and will be most curious to see if my post survives the night.

  103. 12-12
    8:53
    pm

    I just found your blog and I LOVE it, would love to be entered in the drawing…thanks!

  104. 12-12
    9:55
    pm

    I forgot to say earlier that made your Overnight Cinnamon Rolls last night Suzanne, breakfast this morning was sublime. A mixed fruit salad and wonderful cinnamon rolls… true, I should have had some kind of protein too, but it was just not to be this morning! Does it count that there was about half whole wheat flour in there underneath all that cinnamon and sugar and butter and orange marmalade? Yeah… that’s what I thought but it sure tasted great!

  105. 12-12
    10:06
    pm

    Berta — using plastic spoons are a choice. Same as when a person purchases plastic spoons, usually to east soup with…….Suzanne did not invent the plastic spoon and in no way is self promoting herself! She did suggest using real spoons if a person wanted. And please, stay away from canned food if you do not want BPA in your system. Virtually every canned product, even those labeled organic, has a liner with BPA. One brand, Eden Organic Baked Beans, says it uses a BPA-free can.

  106. 12-12
    10:13
    pm

    Sorry, Suzanne, I forgot to thank you!!!! Another excellent post!!!! I would use plastic spoons if I had them, but I will use real ones, have lots of extra ones of those! :happyflower:

  107. 12-12
    10:18
    pm

    Berta, I’m confused on your post. It appears to show concern for others by reminding them about minimizing use of plastics in food preparation. And I can see the topic is a passion for you. Why you felt the need to expand from a friendly reminder to personal comments about the site owner is beyond me.

    Thank you for your health/safety reminder but the rest of your post came across as downright rude and unnecessary. From following Suzanne’s blog I haven’t seen any self-promotion but only offerings from her heart.

    The comment section is for additional community sharing of ideas and thoughts. Again, if you had special health information willing to share with other readers, that was appropriate and appreciated. The rest was not. When you return to lurk and check on your post I suspect it will be exactly where you left it.

    Personally I’m well aware of all the toxic plastic research and not worried at all about making a few of these spoons for single special occasion. You may be disappointed with me also, but that’s fine because we’re all entitled to our respective and respectful opinions. :snuggle:

  108. 12-12
    11:02
    pm

    Berta, If you scan back to a few posts after S. helpful information on Bisephenol I think you will find that I did thank her and I suspect some others took note as they mentioned using metal spoons. (Sometimes you have to read between the lines.) But it doesn’t hurt to have another voice the same concern. So I thank you as well for your reiteration of the dangers of “plastics”. All of us have certain issues that we feel strongly about. Mine is using Pressure treated wood! I hope I haven’t offended you or anyone else.

  109. 12-12
    11:09
    pm

    The spoons would look so lovely using some old mismatched spoons from yard sales!

    BBB!!!!

  110. 12-13
    12:18
    am

    The health issue with plastics is a good thing to learn about. I will be more aware for sure. I wonder about the plastic that cheese is wrapped in. Plastics definitely are everywhere all around us. I wonder about waxed paper. You younger readers may not know about this, but back when I was a kid, before the days of plastics, cereal boxes were lined with waxed paper. Housewives such as my mom and grandmothers saved it to wrap sandwiches, etc. to put in children’s school lunches and husbands’ work lunches, as well as, for uses in the kitchen. A rubber band held it together so it wouldn’t unwrap. We could buy it in a roll same as today, but it was just one more of their penny pinching secrets. I have done it myself. Now the boxes are lined with some kind of plastic.

  111. 12-13
    12:38
    am

    Would love to have the BBB! And what a great gift idea!

  112. 12-13
    6:33
    am

    Thanks, Bertha, but it’s ok, Maggie thanked me! But I didn’t do it for thanks, just trying to get the word out.

    You also wrote about self-promotion, and I have to say: I think Suzanne is finding her way with this blog and is doing a beautiful job. She puts so much time and energy (and herself) into it, and I enjoy it so much, that I hope she finds a way to make it profitable for herself. Just like I expect the author whose books I read, and the actor whose movies I watch, and the inventor whose products I use to profit from their work, I think Suzanne more than deserves to promote herself in the way that she sees fit so that she can continue to share her world with us.

  113. 12-13
    8:20
    am

    This contest is closed to entry!

  114. 6-2
    10:44
    pm

    You could also spray a deviled egg tray and place the spoons in the dips. Since they are shaped similarly to the spoons you wouldn’t have the flat spot on the bottom of th spoon from a flat surface.

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