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Sweethearts Series: Valentine’s Day Hair Clip!

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Valentine’s Day is definitely our favorite time of the year. It’s a time filled with love and special sweet surprises for all of the important people in your life! Our beloved longtime classic candy, Sweethearts, is a staple for this season. Fans love to eat and share these little sweets with the cute sayings on them; they also love using them in holiday recipes, crafts and decorations.

In celebration of this, we will be having a Sweethearts Series up until Valentine’s Day filled with our favorite recipes, crafts, decorations and more. Many ideas are inspired by our amazing Sweethearts and NECCO fans! Stay tuned here on our World of NECCO Blog for all of the fun!

Today, we have a quick Valentine’s Day hair clip DIY. It’s the perfect accessory for your little Sweethearts fan to wear to school or to play with friends! [And who says you can’t wear one yourself! 😉 ] With very few supplies and a couple of minutes, you’ll be on your way to starting your Valentine’s Day celebration with Sweethearts! Enjoy & be sure to check in again tomorrow!

Supplies Needed: 

  • Metal Hair Clip
  • Squeeze Glue Bottle or Crazy Glue
  • Glitter Glue
  • Sweethearts!

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Instructions:

1. Clean your hair clip to make sure there’s no dust or dirt. This will help the glue and Sweethearts adhere better to the clip.

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2. Take your squeeze glue bottle or crazy glue and spread a thin line along each edge of the hair clip. Then, line up four Sweethearts (or more if you have a bigger clip) and press each one firmly yet delicately onto the clip.

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3. Pressing firmly helps to set the glue properly. Allow it to dry completely. Once dry and Sweethearts are secure to the clip, take the glitter glue and squirt a small dollop onto each of the Sweethearts. Using either your finger or a small paintbrush, evenly spread the glitter glue all over the exposed portions of the Sweetheart.

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Allow the clip to dry completely so that it is not tacky in any way; this will help avoid any hair getting stuck accidentally! Once dried, clip it in your little one’s hair and get ready for a very sweet day! Enjoy! =)


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Clark Bar Sugar Cookies!

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It’s back to school time! Now that all the kids are off to their annual schedules of academics and extra-curricular activities, sometimes it’s fun to reward them with something special and sweet for all their hard work and energy. One of our fans told they spiced up traditional sugar cookies by adding some of our Clark Bites! So, of course, we had to try it for ourselves!

Though our cookies came out in some seriously crazy shapes (oops, baking fail!), the taste was simply unbeatable! Deliciously sweet sugar cookies with hints of creamy chocolate and peanut butter mixed throughout is a truly tasty dessert! It works both with chopped up Clark Bar or Clark Bites.  So, grab your ingredients and whip up these Clark Sugar Cookies to treat your little one (or yourself! After all, you deserve it too! )

Ingredients:

  • 2 & ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter
  • 2 large whole eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp of sea salt
  • Clark Bars or Clark Bites (your preference!)

 

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Baking Supplies:

  • parchment paper
  • 1 or 2 flat cookie sheets
  • mixer
  • measuring cup and measuring spoons
  • whisk

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F or slightly warmer to 375°F depending on the size and strength of your oven.
  2. In the medium mixing bowl, gently whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the large mixing bowl, use the mixer to blend together the sugar and the butter. The speed best used is medium-high, and it should be beat until the mixture is completely blended and has a fluffier texture to it. You want to blend until there are no clumps.
  4. Add the two large eggs, one at a time, into the large mixing bowl, and again using the mixer beat until the eggs are completely blended.
  5. Once this is completely combined, blend in the vanilla extract until completely combined. Thoroughly mix to avoid clumps of ingredients.
  6. Once ready, gradually stir in the dry mixture from the medium mixing bowl in increments to the mix. On a low speed, use the mixer to blend until ingredients are just combined.
  7. Line the baking sheets with parchment paper and place the golf-ball sized portions of cookie dough on the sheets at least two inches apart.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges begin to become golden brown. It’s important to note that they won’t look like fully baked cookies at this time, just slightly golden and set.
  9. Remove cookies from the oven and let cool completely. (A wire cooling rack works great!)
  10. Enjoy your special treat! =)

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