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Lava® Cookie Contest

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We made and decorated cookies for the holidays at Lava Lite. We thought it was fun and would be neat to see others come up with Lava Lamp designed cookies. See our recipe for cookies below. We also have pinned a bunch of similar recipes on Pinterest. You can find them here.

You can Instagram your cookies, Post them on Facebook, or Tweet pics of them- use #lavalove50 in your post. Contest ends December 21, 2015. We will pick the lucky winner of a 16.3 50TH Anniversary Lava Lamp. Start baking!

Stained Glass Cookies Recipe

Makes 2 to 4 dozen cookies, depending on how large you make them.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 30-40 hard candies (such as Life Savers), preferably in several flavors/colors

Instructions:

1.  Pre-heat oven to 375ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat.

2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add molasses and vanilla extract, mixing until incorporated. Add egg and mix until light and smooth, about 1 minute on medium speed.

3. Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Fold dry ingredients into wet mixture. Use electric mixer to blend just until flour is incorporated. Divide dough in half and flatten into two disks. Wrap disks in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least an hour and up to 2 days before you roll and bake them.

4. Remove any wrappers on candies and separate them by color into plastic bags. Using a mallet to crush candies. Sorting them by color is the best, and in the smallest pieces you can crush them. We used a mortar and pestle to crush ours.

5. Place one disk between two large sheets of waxed paper and roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut dough into desired shapes. Transfer cookies to prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Using a smaller cookie cutter or a knife, cut shapes into centers of cookies, reserving these center bits to add into extra dough. We used a knife to cut out the center of our lava lamp cookies.

6. Use a spoon to sprinkle the crushed candy into the hollowed-out centers of the cookies, filling to the edges. Try to keep the candy within the centers. Any candy specks that fall on the cookie will color the cookie. Pro tip: Don’t put too much candy in the center – its better to have coverage but if you put too much the candy will overflow when it melts.

7. If cookies will be hung as ornaments or decorations, poke a small hole in the top of each cookie before baking.

8. Bake 9 to 10 minutes. The candy should be melted and bubbling and the cookies just barely beginning to brown. Remove baking sheets from oven and place on wire racks to cool. Allow cookies to cool on pans at least 10 minutes; otherwise, the candy centers may separate from the dough. When cookies are completely cooled, remove and store in an airtight container. String with ribbon if you want to hang as an ornament.

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The Beatles Top Hits, Videos and Lava® Lamps “Come Together”

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Apple Music has reissued the Beatles 1 as a deluxe edition.  This new release contains bestselling material from the legendary fab four.  It features remixed audio including 27 hit music tracks, music videos with alternative endings and numerous promotional videos, all of which have all been beautifully restored from the original release.

Apple Music also collaborated with Lava® Lite to produce five special Lava® Lamps based on Beatles albums. Our Beatles Lava® lamps would be a welcome holiday gift for any Beatles fan. We are selling these like crazy! Every Beatles fan needs one!

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Sea of Holes
Sgt. Pepper
Rubber Soul
Yellow Submarine

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Finding the Right Bulb for Your Lava® Lamp

Lava® lamps do not require special bulbs but they do require bulbs specific to the lamp’s design. We have a handy chart which shows you what a store would call the bulb. Most are appliance bulbs and can be found in tons of stores (Target, Walmart, Home Depot, etc.) You can check out the chart below. Be sure to double check you are buying the same wattage bulb your lamp requires. (Bring the bulb to the store if that will help.) Get the 2-pack so you are prepared for the next time and don’t have to make another trip!

We also have our own Lava® lamp brand bulbs available at many retailers and we sell them on our website. https://lavalamp.com/product-category/light-bulbs-parts-and-accessories/

 

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Can You Take a Lava to College?

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A Lava® lamp is a necessity for most heading to college! Spencer’s just named us one of the top 5 essentials for college dorms. We see a lot of talk about taking Lava® lamps to decorate dorm rooms. Mostly, there are no dorm policies against using Lava® lamps. Be sure to check your dorm’s policies, just to be sure.

Lava Lamps DO NOT Use halogen bulbs. Many Colleges do not allow any lamps with halogen bulbs. Halogen does get much hotter than the standard appliance sized bulbs that our lamps take.

We recommend using Lava® lamps for periods of 8 hours. They do get warm and need a break. They won’t cause a fire, but they might start the lava in your lamp flowing in little dot patterns instead of big oozing wax which circulates the globe. If you do this continually – you might ruin your lava lamp globe, then you would be sad. It might be a good idea to bring a timer if you are studying all night – its one less thing to worry about.

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WINNER of Spencer’s 2013 Vendor of the Year Award for Creativity and Innovation

We are thrilled to announce that Lava Lite is the WINNER of Spencer’s 2013 Vendor of the Year for Creativity and Innovation award. Thank you, Spencer’s, for recognizing the hard work that we are happy to do for you!

Here are some photos from the fantastic ceremony that was held in Atlantic City on May 13, 2014!

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The Award
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Our CEO, Clay Farnsworth (second from left), with Spencer’s Executives
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Our CEO, Clay Farnsworth (far right), his lovely wife, Chris (second from right), who is also a Lava employee, with the Spencer’s Buying Team.
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Lava® Lite + Spencer’s Spirit of Children

Lava® Lite, LLC was proud to partner with Spencer Gifts’ charity, Spirit of Children, this Fall.  Hospitalized children were invited to use their imaginations to draw the contents of Lava® Lamps.  All participants received a Lava night light and winners won a 17″ Lava® Lamp.  Here are just a few of the fantastic drawings that we received.  Thanks to Spencer’s for the opportunity and a HUGE thank you to all of the kids who participated!

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Huffington Post

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The Huffington Post wrote an article about the art of Fong Qi Wei. Wei creates GIFs featuring pictures taken over a 24-hour period at a fixed location. Huffington Post compares the GIFs to Lava® Lamps, and we like it!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/12/fong-qi-wei_n_4942238.html?utm_hp_ref=new-york&ir=New+York