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OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS => Valentine's Day => Topic started by: Jenxx on March 12, 2015 11:24:18 AM



Title: Whitman's Sampler
Post by: Jenxx on March 12, 2015 11:24:18 AM
I've been working on some UFO's (unfinished objects) & finally completed the last of my Valentines.  It's actually the extra one I always try to make so I'll have it to keep as an example.  

I bought a Whitman's Sampler box of chocolates for each of my daughters & Grands, removed the candies, & replaced them with a forever version of chocolate felties.  They're hand sewn, stuffed & decorated to look like real chocolates.  (Did you know that a candy maker can "read" the top of a piece of chocolate & know what's inside by the design on top?---Easier than squeezing them.)  

I heard a couple of grumps because the candy was fake but all were appeased by the extra I added in the form of Valentine cash.  

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=665188)






Gather the edge of the large oval & circle, tighten gathers & stitch to the smaller circle stuffing before sewing the opening closed.

Cut the corners of the large square & rectangle pieces as indicated.  Fold the corners,  stitch & trim to create a box. Sew to the smaller square, stuffing before sewing the opening closed.

Cut long narrow strips of felt, Put a line of white glue on the top of the candy piece in the desired squiggle.  Lay the felt strips along the glue line to create the squiggles.

Empty a Whitman's Sampler box & wipe the inside with a damp cloth.  Refill with your Forever Chocolates.


Title: Re: Whitman's Sampler
Post by: kittykill on March 12, 2015 11:47:07 AM
Cute! Such a clever idea.


Title: Re: Whitman's Sampler
Post by: stillatthetop on March 12, 2015 10:29:55 PM
Very cute  ;) but you aren't supposed to squeeze them. You poke your finger through the bottom, then put it back if you don't like it. Then nobody knows.  ;D

A Google brought me here: https://thesledgehammer.wordpress.com/2009/02/02/sampling-the-whitmans-sampler-a-guide-to-americas-favorite-box-of-enigmatic-chocolates/

Quite wordy at the top with the history, but luscious photos and descriptions at the bottom. Don't blame me if it breaks your diet. We used to have a Russell Stover factory here in Cookeville, TN. Now they just have the store there.

Another site about the "squiggle" code in the stripes and shapes on top of candies, and the history behind them.
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/400/is-there-a-squiggle-code-to-identify-chocolates
In case anyone is interested.

Marvelous UFO completion, Jenxx. Did you make the patterns yourself?

~T


Title: Re: Whitman's Sampler
Post by: Jenxx on March 13, 2015 10:37:16 PM
Thanks for the great compliments.  I'm a chocoholic but don't really like to eat this type of candy.  My preference is the very dark (85%) bars or European chocolates.

I also appreciate the lesson in chocolate history & the squiggle system.  I first learned about its existence at a chocolate factory in Alaska but didn't learn the details so my candy has it's own squiggle code.

Yes, I made the patterns myself but there are others available on the internet.  I've added my patterns to the post above with very brief instructions.     


Title: Re: Whitman's Sampler
Post by: sweets4ever on January 26, 2016 09:24:50 PM
This is ridiculously cute!


Title: Re: Whitman's Sampler
Post by: rackycoo on February 08, 2016 08:42:34 AM
The faux candies look awesome! Such a cute idea.


Title: Re: Whitman's Sampler
Post by: MissingWillow on February 08, 2016 08:48:24 AM
They look so real!  Thanks for including your pattern.