Hey mister can you spare a dollar….


I’m doing something unlike me. I’m going to host my own telethon, ala PBS style. Well I won’t host, let’s have Crazy Cocker Spaniel host…her eyes are far more convincing.

See…those eyes are hard to resist. I figure I will do this once a year. For some people this is a good time of year and you get some money back for the good old IRS, or sadly some of you like me owe the old IRS.

My ad agency seems to think I can live off of $45, they are wrong. FYI, that’s for the month, not a day or week or anything. A month. And while as a general rule I love writing this blog, after the divorce it’s supposed to be a source of income and not to toot my own horn but I think I do more than $45 worth of work a month.

So if you can spare a dollar, literally a dollar, I would greatly appreciate it (the donate button is on the right hand side there where it says Donate). If not I don’t really care either, I still love you anyway. But it never hurts to ask. :) So if I have ever made you laugh or you made a recipe you really liked on here flash out the fat George Washington (I should have made something with cherries) and say so. If not just comment and say you wish you could. :)

Enough with that. After making the yummy caramels and the Oreo RKT I had left over Funfetti and a desire to see if I could make Funfetti caramels. I cannot. About half way through I got to realizing that once I added the cake mix it was probably going to end up with something more like boiled fudge and I was right. It reminds me of my old neighbor’s boiled fudge…except it taste like cake batter and it has sprinkles so by default it is better. As usually my pants hate me for making something that I can’t really seem to stop eating. Luckily the others around me can’t seem to stop sweeping through the kitchen and doing a drive by Funfetti fudge pick up. All will be fine until the death match for the last one. :P

Funfetti Boiled Fudge

1 ¾ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup light corn syrup
1 cup heavy cream
¼ cup unsalted butter, chopped in cubes
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2/3 cup Funfetti Cake Mix
Sprinkles for garnish

In a heavy saucepan over low heat, combine all the ingredients (except the cake batter and sprinkles), stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved.

Clip on a candy thermometer, stop stirring, and heat the mixture to 236-240F. This is going to take a while and where the patience I talked about comes in handy. Mine probably took almost a half hour to make it to that temperature with the pan on low heat. Do not be tempted to speed up the process by turning heat up. Also how good of pan you have will greatly affect how long you stare at the pot.

The minute it reaches between 236-240F, remove from heat and whisk in cake batter, if it clumps don’t panic to much a nice little nugget of cake batter will probably be yummy.
Immediately pour the candy into a parchment lined pan (I use an 8-by-8-inch pan). Add sprinkles and press down slightly to make sure they stay put. You are going to want to cut it while it is still a little warm. As it cools down it will want to flake more.

Once cut allow to cool completely in a cool, dry space.

Adapted from Sugar Baby by Gesine Bullock-Prado

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Comments

  1. PattiTaylor says:

    I really really wish I could donate. Hubby has recently retired and we are trying to not spend money until we see how the new income will treat us. Love love love your blog and hope to donate in the near future.

  2. Damn girl, I feel ya. My husband and I have had to pay for years. I mean, wtf do we have to do to convince you we’re paying more than we need to?! We broke, no joke.

  3. I’m going to have to hide this one from my brother. That kid wants everything with sprinkles. To him sprinkles instantly make everything better. I’m not really of the same opinion but they do make things look more fun :) .
    I love all sorts of fudge (and caramels), but never in a million years would I think to add cake mix to it :) .
    I’m sure I’ve probably said similar things before, but sometimes I have these visions of you in the kitchen; lightening streaking, thunder cracking, paired with maniacal laughter and shouts of “It’s Alive!” This is one of those recipes that makes me think I’m not too far off :) .
    And good luck with the donations, you deserve it.

  4. This is why I love your blog. You imagine and create the most wild things, that I’ve never heard of or ever imagined could exist.

    I would love to send you a million dollars but a. I don’t have that kind of money, and b. I’m not sure if my parents would condone me donating money using their credit cards :P

  5. I’m in. You have made me laugh and I have made several of your culinary concoctions. I like you, your writing style, and your recipes.

    You asked and I can help. If this helps keep your blog around a little longer, I’ll pitch in.

    Just because something is free doesn’t mean you can take as much as you want without paying just a little.

  6. I’m in too. I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while now, it’s one of my favorites. Plus, I just know I couldn’t live without a little funfetti every now and then ;) Thanks for the fun!

  7. I totally get it, I’m really poor too, but I can spare a couple bucks to thank you for making me laugh. But I am so poor I don’t even have a credit card. I know it would be foolish to put an address on the internet, but if you got a PO box, I bet a lot of people would send you a few bucks and it would add up quickly. Let me know because I would hate for you to give this up.

  8. Turn off the CCS eyes, they are piercing my soul! Should be banned, like subliminal advertising.
    Good wishes to you. xx

  9. Dear lord these are amazing. And I totally get being broke. I am a graduate student living off of a stipend, which as you can imagine isn’t all that glamorous.

  10. I don’t have much money, as I’m a grad student living off… well, nothing. But I gave what I could because seeing your blog posts come up in my rss feeder between all the academic articles makes my morning. So, even though I have no idea what funfetti is (an American thing?), thank you!

  11. Like you a lot, just not enough to donate!!!

  12. Done :)
    Best wishes to you and CCS <3

  13. I hate Paypal, or they hate me, or both. Their response after weeks of trying to fix my account years ago (error on their end mind you) is “get a new credit card”. So I don’t use them. If you send me your address I can send a money by the antiquated method of a personal check.

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