Thursday, June 7, 2012

Lavender Créme Candies and A Sprinkle Bakes Book Giveaway


Honestly, I don't know what I can add to what other bloggers/fans have said about adorable Heather Baird and her gorgeous blog Sprinkle Bakes. Each post is more creative and visually stunning than the next, she has the cutest darn set of pugs in the universe and now she had to go and write this wonderful book, Sprinkle Bakes, Dessert Recipes to Inspire Your Inner Artist


I got my hot little hands on it at last after more than a few tussles with what must be the stupidest UPS person in the USA. I absolutely devoured it on a train ride up to our house for the long Memorial Day weekend.


After all the anticipation, this book did not disappoint. I absolutely love the structure of the book. A talented painter in her own right, Heather makes comparisons between techniques of art and decorative baking. She lays out many basic recipes (and some amazing fancy ones) and then explains artistic techniques for taking them to the next level.


I was immediately drawn to the cream candies. The recipe exemplifies the book's title and I was inspired by the limitless variations I could create with such a simple, delicious idea. Additions of a bit of color, flavor and/or decorations can change the whole concept each time.

My version had me reaching for a bag of dried lavender sitting in my baking closet patiently waiting it's turn. I added about 1/3 cup of it to the batter and used purple candy melts for the coating. Sugar pearls added a touch of pretty elegance.



The flavor is not something one would use every day but more for a wedding, shower or special occasion but delicious nonetheless.

Thanks to Sterling Publishers, I am giving away a copy of Heather's Book.


To enter to win, please leave a comment below by Thursday June 14th 11pm eastern time and tell me what your favorite thing is to put sprinkles on. I will choose a winner using random.org.

128 comments:

  1. My favorite thing to put sprinkles on is definitely ice cream (I love the texture contrast), but to be honest, I wouldn't say 'no' to sprinkles on almost anything!

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    1. Love the idea of sprinkles on purple candy - but curious if the taste inside that yummie shell is a lavender flavor or just like a sweet batter? You rock with the food visuals!!

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  2. My favourite thing to put sprinkles on is cupcakes, closely followed by cookies.

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  3. Pizza.

    Dessert pizza, that is.

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  4. On a Pizookie, a pizza shaped chocolate chip cookie that you share with your friends.

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  5. I like putting sprinkles on cupcakes. Reminds me of childhood...

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  6. I like putting sprinkles on iced cookies. I remember those silver balls from my childhood. Haven't they banned those? Those were my fave.

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  7. I love sprinkles on cookies... makes them look so pretty :)

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  8. I love pouting sprinkles on cupcakes. They make cupcakes look like little gifts!

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  9. Connie Bolick LeeJune 7, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Cupcakes

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  10. My favorite thing to put sprinkles on are cookies! I've been doing that since I was a kid!

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  11. I love to put sprinkles on my frozen yogurt icecream and cupcakes with buttercream frosting! I think sprinkles blend well with any kinds of dessert. Yummmmm

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  12. I love to put sprinkles on cookies! Love that spark of color.

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  13. I love sprinkles on ice cream and cupcakes!

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  14. My favorite thing to put sprinkles on? A tall, twisting cone of Kohr Bros. vanilla soft frozen custard at the boardwalk. It's not summer until I devour one of those!

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  15. Sprinkes, sprinkles everywhere!
    On buttercream frosting,
    Nothing rare.
    Ooops - I got sprinkles in my hair!
    But sprinkles are delish, so I don't care!

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  16. Definately cookies - that way the kids can help and have a blast!

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  17. Ice cream with sprinkles makes everything better :). Also applesauce with chocolate sprinkles!!

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  18. I make my own chocolates, so of course I have sprinkles chocolates. It also means I have chocolate sprinkles for my vanilla layer cakes! Buying lots of tiny punches for fondant means being able to colour coordinate tiny hearts, stars, butterflies and much more for perfect sprinkles for birthday cakes, too! Mmm, but my favourites are my white chocolate sprinkles on my Devils Food Cake with peanut butter frosting. Too, too good to resist!

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  19. My favorite thing to put sprinkles on would be COOKIES!!

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  20. I love to put sprinkles on my cookies,they add a bit of whimsy to anything.

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  21. On my grandmother's Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies

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  22. My favorite thing to put sprinkles on is cupcakes. They're just so cute.

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  23. My favorite thing to put sprinkles on is EVERYTHING! However, if I HAD to choose, it would be on top of birthday cake ice cream. How can you NOT?!

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  24. M favorite thing to put sprinkles on is Christmas sugar cookies.

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  25. Lavemnder candies look gorgeous! I would like to see what else is hidden in this lovely book :)

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  26. The photography is beautiful! Sprinkles look so cute on my dogs nose, when he's sniffed some up:)

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  27. The photography is beautiful! Sprinkles look so cute on my dogs nose, when he's sniffed some up:)

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  28. natashamann23@yahoo.comJune 8, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    I like to put sprikles on....EVERYTHING! Cookies, cakes, cupcakes, truffles, cake balls, etc.

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  29. I made the amazingly precious strawberry milk cheesecake from the Sprinkles Bakes blog two weeks ago and it was sooo much fun to do with my son since it had sprinkled in the crust he and the whole family loved it and it was so pretty. This renewed my love of sprinkles.

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  30. I absolutely love sprinkles on top of a chocolate cake with white frosting.

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  31. Strawberry Ice cream!! Yummmmm

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  32. My favrite thing to put srinkles on is a sundae :)

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  33. I like to put sprinkles on cupcakes!

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  34. Chocolates, cupcakes, cake, icecream .. everything..
    mmirza@hamdardcenter.org

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  35. I love sprinkles on cookies and cupcakes!!!!!

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  36. I love Sprinkles on Frozen Yogurt. It adds a nice crunch to the cool creaminess of the yogurt.

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  37. I just found on another webpage a recipe where they put sprinkles on creamy cinnamon rolls. They looked stunning! But sprinkles go well on almost everything sweet, my favourite is Ice cream though. :)

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  38. Sprinkles on Christmas cookies! and sprinkles on ice cream : )

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  39. cupcakes
    gkuroda(at)hawaii.edu

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  40. oh on ice cream please and thank you

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  41. Sprinkles go on cookies!!
    Wonderful giveaway!!

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  42. On frosted cookies!!!

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  43. DavisJess@bellsouth.net

    Sprinkles are nom nom on ice cream

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  44. I love sprinkles on christmas sugar cookies!

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  45. I like sprinkles on ice cream, cookies, cupcakes, tons of things!
    lesleymcbride@yahoo.com

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  46. I love sprinkles on sugar cookies

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  47. milk chocolate covered pretzels! alison at crazyhappenings dot com

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  48. Vanilla bean cupcakes are my fave! vanillakindagal04@yahoo.com

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  49. Either sugar cookies (especially Christmas cookies) or cupcakes.

    lisalovesvegas@sbcglobal.net

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  50. I like to put sprinkles on cupcakes and cookies or anything really! They make everything cuter! coriejo10@hotmail.com

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  51. I love to put sprinkles on ice cream for my granddaughters, Emma and Paige.

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  52. Sprinkles make caramel apples and chocolate covered strawberries so pretty! A must have for fondue gatherings!

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  53. I always put colorful sprinkle on my New York cheesecake. I love to see the look on people's faces when they see them:)

    FanofJrSrand29@aol.com

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  54. my wife loves to put sprinkles on top of whipped cream on top of edible strawberry shot glasses... :) Yummy!

    jjcandpwc2010@gmail.com

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  55. Sprinkles on anything makes it better!
    I love them on buttercream frosting!!
    You can never have enough Sprinkles !
    Hope to win I'm crazy over that book!
    dwmarks33@comcast.net

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  56. I love to put sprinkles on cupcakes and cakepops
    milycano@hotmail.com

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  57. sugar cookies! so yummy with cream cheese icing and sprinkles!

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  58. Cupcakes - it's a simple way to achieve a festive look.
    flgirl1987 AT yahoo DOT com

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  59. LOVE all sprinkle Bakes recipes - especially today's 'Cheesecake Cones'! I pinned 'em. Along w/a bunch of other yum bombs!

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  60. Best way to sprinkle? Cupcakes w/disco dust. Well that is what I call it. Tiny little sparkles you apply with a fine paint brush. Lovely!

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  61. I like sprinkles on cake pops, and sugar cookies and brownie frosting!Jarilynnf@yahoo.com

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  62. I love sprinkles! They make anything you out them on, feel extra special but my favorite thing is to use them in pancakes when my daughter has a sleepover. I've made her and her friends rainbow sprinkle pancakes for as long as I can remember and they're always a huge hit

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  63. Ice cream ... reminds me of childhood!

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  64. CupCakes....They just have to have sprinkles!

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  65. Awwww that looks soooo girlie:) Icecream:)

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  66. I love to put sprinkles on my chocolate covered marshmallows! Sprinkles make everything so bright and cheerful
    keshakeke@aol.com

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  67. The “Peanut Butter Mousse in Tuile Cookie Spoons”, because I hate trying to dig that last delicious spoonful out of a small cup, and always get told off for licking… not that I still don’t do it anyway. With this, all you have to do is bite! Not even lick! Actually, I suggest you chew as well…

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    1. Oops! Wrong site! What I mean to say was:

      Ice Cream. It lightens up the palette, and adds that little extra sweet to creamy deliciousness.

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  68. I wish I could one day decorate my dinner with sprinkles. Would be colourful over one day long.

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  69. I love to decorate cupcakes with sprinkles:) Or perhaps, it should be the other way round?

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  70. my favourite thing to put sprinkles on is anything white! cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, cake... it doesn't matter. as long as that beautiful contrast between the vivid colours and white is there, i am a happy baker!

    9mw9@queensu.ca

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  71. i love to put rainbow colored non-pareils

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  72. I love putting sprinkled on cupcakes, any cake, and frosted cookies.
    plw1075@yahoo.com

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  73. I like to put sprinkles on chocolate frosted brownies =)

    amp91@case.edu

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  74. Loretta alg789@yahoo (dot) comJune 9, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    I love putting sprinkles on ice cream sundaes!

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  75. I love putting sprinkles on cupcakes!

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  76. I'm a classic sprinkles on ice cream kinda gal!!!
    sundayswithjennie@gmail.com

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  77. I love lavender and this is so pretty!

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  78. Maybe its boring but its gotta be cupcakes!!

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  79. I'm always looking for a new way to use sprinkles.

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  80. My favorite thing is to put sprinkles on are cupcakes!

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  81. I love putting sprinkles on frozen buttercream frosting & eating it like ice cream!

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  82. I love putting sprinkles on the whipped cream on my hot cocoa!

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  83. Ice cream! Though my answer to any food-related "favorite" question is ice cream.

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  84. Sprinkles + ice cream = best thing ever.

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  85. I have fond memories of riding my bike with my dad and sister to the TCBY that was, in reality, about four blocks from our house, but seemed sooooo far to a small kid with training wheels. My dad would get swirl and my sister and I would get chocolate with sprinkles :)

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  86. I love sprinkles on cupcakes and frosted sugar cookies!!

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  87. I love sprinkles on a good old fashioned hot fudge sundae! Yummy!

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  88. I know it's classic, but I love sprinkles on frosted sugar cookies.

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  89. I love putting sprinkles on cupcakes.

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  90. Nazia Peeroo, nazia.peeroo@gmail.comJune 11, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    My Favourite thing to put Sprinkles on it is Cupcakes with buttercream.I do also love to put on iced cookies.

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  91. stigi1(at)hotmail.comJune 11, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    I love sprinkles on cupcakes! Nam :)

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  92. Sprinkles on a plain bowl of ice cream make me smile!

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  93. I put sprinkles on Cupcakes!!!

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  94. I put sprinkles on Cupcakes!!!

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  96. My favorite thing to put sprinkles on is confetti cake! The combination of bits of color in the slice of cake with colorful sprinkles on top is adorable!

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  97. sprinkles? after ice cream, I think on the tip of my finger! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  98. I was at a fair this weekend and I had cotton candy with sprinkles!! That looked awesome, I also love sprinkles on ice-cream of course.. :-)

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  99. I love sprinkles on a vanilla soft serve cone in the summertime!

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  100. Mmm...lavender. That sounds like an intriguing and delicious addition. I think my favourite thing to put sprinkles on is the classic treat worthy of such a thing--an icecream sundae. They just add that extra bit of "fun" to the overall appearance.

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  101. Never enough sprinkles! We use them on cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, and anything else that calls to us to be decorated. A Sprinkle Bakes would just give me more reason to use more sprinkles! Thanks for your giveaway and if I win, my family will never be without pastries and sprinkles.

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  102. Sprinkles on cookies!!! It's very original and cookies look great!! I can't imagine all alternatives of putting sprinkles!!

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  103. I would put them on cake pops! Sprinkles are good on anything sweet though :) Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  104. My favorite thing to put speinkles on is of course ice cream. But I also make these cookie-candies that is dipped in chocolate then sprinkles. The sprinkles really make them special!

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  105. My belief is that one can never have too many sprinkles!! =) PS-I just found your blog-via the Cookbook Queen-and I am a smitten kitten! Love your posts!

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    1. Thank you so much! And, yes, one can never have too many sprinkles....

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  106. janepatience@yahoo.comJune 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Vanilla ice cream or just plain old regular cupcakes.

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  107. My son has strange tastes in banana splits and that's where I like to put sprinkles. He chooses the ice cream flavours (the odder the combination, the better he likes it!) and then I try to make it seem a bit more normal with sprinkles...we get very artistic!

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  108. On bread! Good ol' fashioned Fairy Bread, to be exact. A slice of white bread, a smear of butter to act as glue and a wholllllle lot of sprinkles :)

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  109. What a great giveaway!! I like sprinkles in my pancakes and milkshakes :D

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  110. andrea.baran3@gmail.comJune 13, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    I love to put sprinkles on my ice cream!! I can't eat soft serve without them and only rainbow are acceptable!

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  111. When i tihnk sprinkles, i think of fluffy cupcakes with lots of frosting.
    hahaa that's how my mom always used sprinkles. (:

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  112. My favorite thing to put sprinkles on is ice cream! yum and fun.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  113. These look perfect for a wedding or a christening! I bet they would be perfect with a cup of Earl Grey :)

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  114. I love putting sprinkles on cupcakes!

    graceongkx[at]gmail[dot]com

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  115. I missed the giveaway but I had to say that the candies are beautiful! Romantic and I'll bet delicious!

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