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    • Hi Sue

      Nothing is scheduled at the present time, you might want to check back in a couple weeks.

      Thank you

      Jo @ Sarah’s

    • Hi Jan,
      We carry a limited amount of cookie molds, please call the store as were getting new ones in for Christmas.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

  1. Do you sell the chocolate disks I can melt down to make my own chocolate covered pretzels with? I need them in chocolate, pink, blue & white chocolates

    • Hi Aimee,
      Yes, we carry confectionary coating in milk, dark and white chocolate, and all the colors.
      Sarah’s has Merckens, Peter, Guittard and Clausen, plus pure chocolate.

      Thank You,
      Jo @ Sarah’s

    • Hi Amy,

      We will have cookie classes again in the fall They will be posted on the web and you can call the store.

      Thank you,
      Jo @ Sarah’s

    • Hi Veronica,

      Yes, we offer classes but they won’t start up again until fall. We will post on the web. Hope to see you then

      Thank you,
      Jo @ Sarah’s

    • Hi Kelli,
      Yes, we do carry the number 1 chocolate lolli, it sells for $2.29. It is in stock currently but call first as they sell quickly. Hope to see you soon.

      Jo @ Sarah”s

    • Hi Kelly,
      Yes, we do carry the Eiffel Tower candy mold. We have it in 2 different sizes whick are not a lolli. Hope to see you soon.

      Thank you,
      Jo @ Sarah’s

  2. Hello! I´m a student doing a project on candy making. I was wondering if you would be able to answer some questions for me (kinda like an interview) through e-mail. Please let me if you can. Thanks

    • Hi Janine,

      We do not carry a cookie cutter in the shape of a barn, but we can special order one, when your in the store we can go through the books and see what is available.
      Hope to see you soon.

      Jo at Sarah’s

    • Hi Denise,
      At the present time we do not carry greaseless ribbon. I know you can purchase it at Discount Crafts and Floral in Centerline, their number is 586-757-2690. Also, you can use packing tape on the back of your ribbon, it works really well. Best of luck.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

    • Hi Ashly.
      We carry MLB Detroit Tiger edible cake toppers for $3.50, plus we can do a edible image of your choice for $15.00 with a 24 hour notice. Hope this is helpful and best of luck!

      Jo @ Sarah’s

  3. Jo, my name is Ellie Smith and I live in Rochester Hills. I’m looking to get some prices. I have a “welcome baby” party and have a picture of a cake that I would like made. I also have a couple of fondant cake toppers that I would like quoted. Do you have an email that I could send you the pictures of what I am looking to have done?

    • Hi Denny,

      Yes, we carry a 1 inch in diameter hard candy round sucker mold. The mold has 8 cavities and sells at $3.29 a sheet. We have all the different sizes of lolly sticks that you should need along with a wide selection of flavorings and gel paste coloring. Hope to see you soon.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

    • Hi Carol,
      At the present time we are not offering chocolate classes but on occasion we have free chocolate demo’s. The demo will be listed on our web. When you visit Sarah’s the employees are very informative on chocolate and can answer your questions. We have many Chocolate ideas for you to see and samples to try. Hope you’ll visit us soon.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

    • Hi Molly,
      Yes, we carry dark blue (navy) sprinkles. We have them in 4 ounce bags for $1.69. It would be a good idea to call first as they go quickly. Sarah’s carries one of the largest assortments of sprinkles in our area. Hope to see you soon.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

  4. Hi, do you carry ’57 Chevy cupcake toppers or picks? Or any ’57 Chevy supplies? It could be a cookie cutter, treat bags, etc.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Linda,

      Sorry, we don’t have any ’57 Chevy cupcake toppers or accessories. Looked at our supplier books and nothing available for special order. Wish you luck on your search.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

  5. Was wondering if you carry a “Paw” candy mold. Want yo make suckers for our 5th grade celebration. Our middle school out kiddos are going to are the Panthers.

    • Hi Renee,

      Yes, we carry two chocolate molds with paws. One chocolate mold has 4 paw suckers and the other has 11 paw cavities about 1 1/2 inch by 1 1/2 inch. Looking forward to seeing you in the store.

      Thank You,
      Jo @ Sarah’s

    • Hi Lily,

      Yes, we carry music note cupcake toppers two types in stock. Black sugar music notes about 1/2 inch in size with 20 in a package for $3.99. We also carry black plastic picks 12 in a package for $1.99. Hope to see you soon at Sarah’s. Best of luck with your cupcakes.

      Thank You
      Jo @ Sarah’s

  6. I’m looking for cookie cutters for a bridal shower next month. I’m thinking about a bridal gown theme. Do you carry anything along that line in your store?

    • Hi Gail,

      We have a nice selection of bridal gown cookie cutters along with other bridal shower ideas. We have soom beautiful samples in the store and also how to package them. Our associates can help you with your planning and selections.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

  7. Hi, I know it’s a long shot, but do you carry any royal icing Red Wing logos? Or edible paper logos? I’m helping to plan a baby shower for my cousin and would like to put them on some cookies. Any suggestions would be helpful. :)


    • Hi Kaitlin,

      We do not carry any royal icing Red Wing logos. You can bring in a picture of a Red Wing logo and we can do edible icings for you at $15.00. You can get about 9-12 on one sheet, depending on the size of your logo. Let us know if we can assist you. We need a 24 hour notice.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

  8. Do you do any kind of cupcake or cookie decorating for a girl’s birthday party? If so, what is the cost?

    • Hi Gina,

      We offer Birthday Parties for you and your friends, you’ll have fun making edible treats. You have a choice of cake, cupcake and candy decorating which lasts about 1 1/2 hours depending on the number of students. Cost starts at $14.99 per student. Call early for reservations. Hope to hear from you soon.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

  9. Good evening,

    I am looking for an air force chocolate/candy mold.

    Is that something you have or could get for me?


    • Hi Sara,

      Yes, we do carry air force chocolate molds. The mold we have in stock is a US Air Force Seal. It has 7 cavities and is $2.29. Hope to see you real soon.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

    • Hi Pamela,

      We offer Beginning Cake Decorating and Advance classes, 4 evenings is $40.00. The classes will start again in the fall around the first of September. We will post it on the web or call the store.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

  10. Hi,

    I live in Canada but make the drive up to you a few times per year. I need a lego chocolate mold. The bricks or mini figures. Do you have any? Thanks!

    • Hi Martha,

      So sorry, we do not have any lego chocolate molds. We have a lot of requests for lego products, but unable to get them at the present. Thank you for visting our store all the way from Canada. We have inspiring Easter ideas and products. Hope to see you again soon.

      Thank you,
      Jo @ Sarah’s

  11. Hi there…just learned of your shop and thought I would ask you my question…by any chance do you sell or know where to purchase (except on-line) a springerle rolling pin or springerle cookie molds? I haven’t had any luck.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Yes, we carry Springerle rolling pins. We have a 10 inch Springerle rolling pin in stock at the present time for $21.99 with a wheat and owl pattern. We do not carry the cookie molds.

      Thank you
      Jo @ Sarah’s

    • Hi Lesley,

      I’m sorry but we don’t carry the Donald Duck candy mold. At the present time it is not available to Sarah’s.

      Thank you
      Jo @ Sarah’s

    • Hi Amy,
      Yes, the items online we should have in the store. Sometimes we may be out of stock, best to call first if looking for a certain item. We try our best to keep up to date on all the merchandise but sometimes it may be discontinued or on re-order. The store has a larger selection of merchandise then the web and qualified associates to assist you. Hope to see you soon!

      Thank you
      Jo @ Sarah’s

  12. Hi Jo,

    Do you have pastry fillings like peach black raspberry, prune , cherry, and red raspberry? If so how much are they?
    Also, do you still have the edible rice flowers in different styles and sizes?

    • Hi Doris,
      Yes, we do carry pastry fillings, we have Red Raspberry($5.99), Cherry($9.99), Cream Cheese($7.99), Strawberry($5.99), Lemon($3.99), Chocolate Bavarian Cream($4.99) and Bavarian($3.99). Sarah’s carries a wide assortment of Royal Icing and Gum Paste flowers, at present no edible rice flowers. Hope to see you soon.

      Thank you
      Jo @ Sarah’s

    • Hi Colleen,
      Currently we are not offering the class for the red bird. If we decide to have the class, it will be posted under events. Thanks so much for your interest.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

    • Hi Kelli,

      Right after the Holidays the cake instructor will be setting the schedule for the Beginner Cake Decorating classes. It will posted on the website, usually they begin the first of the year. Hopefully we’ll see you then.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

  13. Hi there – I was wondering if all beginner cake decorating classes needed to have been taken for several weeks, or if you pay per class and you have different people in class each week?? Thanks! Courtney

    • Hi Courtney,

      The beginner cake decorating classes are every Wednesday for 4 weeks. You pay $40.00 (one price for all 4 classes), not individually. Usually the same students are in each session. Hopefully we’ll see you for the class.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

  14. I am coming up from N.C. in a couple of weeks and I used to buy the large (5)? Pound block of peters hersheys chocolate from your store.Do you still carry it?

    • Hi Janet,
      Yes, we still carry the 5 lb. block of Peter’s Chocolate, but you need to call and order it . Looking forward to you visiting our store again. We are full of festive Christmas ideas and merchandise.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

  15. I’ve been wanting to take the beginner cake decorating class for years! I just checked your schedule of classes and all these classes are on a Wednesday. I have a conflict on some Wednesday’s. Any possibility of scheduling some of these beginner decorating classes on a evening other than Wed?

    • Hi Charlene,

      Sorry about the Wednesday’s. The instructor is only available on Wednesday for this year. Thanks for your interest in the classes, hopefully next year we’ll have more days of the week open.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

  16. Hello, do you sell dragees? Im not sure if that is the name, the little balls for cakes, normally they are gold or silver.


    • Hi Sabastian,

      Yes, we carry Dragees which are used for decoration only, non-edible. We carry them in silver, gold and multi-colored. At the present time we have 2 ounce bottles for $4.99 and 2mm, 3mm and 4mm are available. You can special order other sizes and amounts if needed. Hope to see you soon at Sarah’s.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

    • Hi Angela,

      Yes, we carry single cupcake boxes and clear plastic cupcake containers. The plastic cupcake containers come in 2 different sizes at 25 cents and 29 cents each. The decorative boxes come 3 in a package for $3.29.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

    • Hi Karen,

      Yes, we do carry rice paper, you get 6 sheets for $2.49. Hope to see you soon at Sarah’s.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

  17. Hi!
    I’ve always wanted to learn to decorate cakes, or at least the basics. Do you have any classes coming up in the summer or fall?

    • Hi Jestine,

      Our classes start up again in the Fall, keep an eye on the web and we will post as soon as the schedule is confirmed. The Basic Beginner Cake class fills up quickly.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

    • Hi,

      Thank you for thinking of Sarah’s for your upcoming book about marshmallows. Yes, we would be interested in hearing more, please email to brendaharger5165@gmail.com. If you should have questions please contact me at Sarah’s (248-828-3430} and ask for Jo.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

  18. Do you have programs curtailed for girls birthday parties – like decorating cookies, cup cakes, making candy? She will be 12. Saw something at a store in Romeo..

    • Wendy

      Thank you for coming into Sarah’s and inquiring about the parties. We are looking forward to having your daughters birthday party on May 16th.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

    • Hi Julie
      Yes, we do carry religious candy molds. We have a wide selection including communion disks, praying hands oval, crosses, cross with scroll lolly and a cross with lilies, just to name a few. We also have some chocolate crosses, large and small already made for your convenience. Hope to see you soon.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

    • Hi, Sarah’s has no Snoopy or Woodstock Cookie Cutters, our sources have no way of ordering them. If you go on the internet under Vintage Snoopy Cookie Cutters or Peanuts Cookie Cutters, a few sources appear. Good Luck!

      Jo @ Sarah’s

  19. Hi, I just had a few questions about some of the classes you offer. I’f like to get a brief description of these following classes: Easter Cookie Bouquet, Fondant Fashion Hat, Fondant Baby Shoes, Fondant 1, and Mom and Me Spaghetti Class. These classes do not have a description listed but based on the titles I seem interested but I would like to know what you do in them. Thanks, Michelle.

    • Hi, The Fondant Techniques 1, you will prepare a round cake for fondant application and cover the cake with rolled fondant. You will then learn a few basic fondant decorating techniques, such as ropes, drapes, bow-tie ends, ribbon roses with cut-out leaves, and plunger cutter flowers. The Baby Shoes you will learn three different styles of adorable baby shoes using one cutter! Basic booties – baby tennis – baby saddle shoes. The Cookie Bouquet class will be a hands-on class. Decorate with royal icing and assemble ready made sugar cookies into a beautiful cookie bouquet. No experience is needed and all the supplies are included. The Spaghetti Cake class is for your child as a student and you are the assistant. Your child will create a cake that looks like a plate of “Spaghetti”, complete with meatballs, tomato sauce, and grated cheese. Thanks so much for inquiring about our classes.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

  20. Can you tell me is it possible to take a photograph and recreate it in an edible image, like on an edible paper????

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Yes, we do edible images on icing paper. We usually need a 24 hour notice but if not busy we can do it right away.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

      • Do I send the image to you in an email? How do you need the photo sent to you? I will need an image printed out by Wednesday of this week – - if you let me know where to send it – I will send it today. Thank you


        • Hi Elizabeth
          We cannot accept images by email, sorry. You can bring it to the store and we can print it the same day if not busy, otherwise we need a 24 hour turnover. It is best to call the store first. Sorry for the inconvenience.

          Jo @ Sarah’s

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Sarah’s does carry a chocolate mold that says “Thank you for sharing our day” The mold has 4 cavities and are the size of business cards. We do have them in stock, along with a large selection of wedding chocolate molds to select from.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

  21. I have been in your store several times and I just love it there. I have a supply store nearby, but drive the distance to come to your store. I purchased a cake decorating turntable…..it is fantastic!

    I am making cupcakes and have two questions.
    1. What is the best way to store cupcakes? I am baking them 1 day ahead.

    2. I have a good recipe for frosting (half butter / half shortening), but I need to add something for high humidity. Is it the ready whip that keeps it from melting? If I cut back a little on the butter, will that help?

    • Hi

      Baking cupcakes 1 day in advance is ideal.
      Store unfrosted cupcakes at room temperature in plastic cupcake holders which are airtight, leave the lid slightly open so the cupcakes will not get sticky or they will be difficult to frost. Keep cupcakes away from sunlight and light bulbs, cool dry area is best.
      Refrigerate frosted cupcakes in airtight containers. Will keep 3-4 days before the taste is compromised.

      In response to your frosting, the less butter used is better for high humidity. I would like to share Sarah’s recipe for High-Humidity Buttercream, I hope it will help you.

      Cream together the following ingredients and whip until light.
      2 cups Sweetex (Sarah’s)
      1 tsp. Salt
      3/4 tsp. Butter Flavor
      3 Tbsp. Dream Whip
      1 Tbsp. Almond Flavor
      1 Tbsp. Vanilla
      ADD: 1 lb. Powdered Sugar and 1/4 cup water, whip. Add another box of Powdered Sugar and 1/4 cup water. Whip until light, then cream on low speed until very smooth.

      Good Luck! Jo @ Sarah’s

  22. Hi,
    I was wondering if you offer the edible picture services? I have a picture I would love transferred on a cake :) Please let me know!

    • Hi Michelle,

      Yes, we do the edible images on icing paper. If not busy we can do it on the spot, otherwise we need a 24 hour turnover. Try to do the picture as close to the event as possible. The cost is $10.00 for a approximate size up to 7 by 10 inches. Our associates are excellent in customizing your picture. Looking forward to seeing you at Sarah’s.

      Jo @ Sarah’s

    • Hi Suzanne,
      We carry Merckens white coating chocolate. Merckens white chocolate is gluten-free, wheat free and peanut/tree nut free. Merckens is manufactured on a nut-free product line. The chocolate is purchased from a local distributor who segregates the nut-free chocolate from any peanut/nut containing products.

      Ingredients: Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Kernel and Cottonseed Oils, Nonfat Dry Milk, Milk, Glyceryl Lacto Esters of Fatty Acids, Soy Lecithin added as an Emulsifier, Salt and Artificial Flavoring Added.

      Please feel free to contact me with any further questions.

  23. My 10 1/2 year old daughter and I are possibly interested in the beginner cake decorating class. She is mature for 10 1/2, loves to cook and bake, and is very artistic. Would this class be appropriate? Thank you.

    • Jennifer: I see no problem with your daughter taking the beginner cake class. The beginner cake decorating class is for people that have no knowledge of cake decorating and want to learn. I’m sure you and your daughter will have a fun learning experience.

  24. I will be making candy (chocolate etc) for the holiday (Christmas) to give away. I will be making a large quantity. How long with it stay fresh? How do you store it? Air tight containers?

    • For best results store your chocolate in a cool, dry place between 60-68 degrees F. We do not recommend refrigerator or freezer because condensation (moisture) will cause coating to thicken, the cold may also compromise the taste of your chocolate. Coatings should be kept sealed in air tight containers and should last approximately 12-18 months from purchase. Best of luck with your Christmas chocolate gifts. Please visit the store we have a lot of Christmas ideas to share.

  25. I am looking for cinnamon baking chips. Do you sell them? I see that Hershey’s makes a bag but I don’t know where to find them. I thought of you guys and hoped that maybe you sold something similar.


    • Hi Liz
      Yes, we do carry Cinnamon Drops/chips, we sell them at $4.99 for 12 ounces. At the present time we have them in stock for the holidays. They are wonderful in scones, cookies and chocolate bark. Call and we can hold them in advance. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    • Hi Cindy,
      We are doing our best to post pictures of our fondant classes. So far if you look under “latest news” we have pictures of our “Christmas Critters” and “Baby Booties”. Upcoming will be our “Christmas Cookie Bouquet” and the “Fondant Purse”. We will do our best to keep the Website updated. Thanks so much for your interest.

    • Hi Jim,
      At this time we do not have a Dragon chocolate mold. We can order a mold, one mold consists of 3 Dragon lolly pops, 3 inch by 1/2 inch depth. If you order by Tuesday, it will take about 7 to 10 business days, and the cost would be $3.29 per mold. Hope to see you in the store soon.

  26. i was wondering if you still sell christmas decorations for candy cups. they were small and usually came 12 -9 in a package. Some of the decorations were christmas trees, wreaths, santa faces, holly etc. I would appreciate any info you could give me.

    Thank you,
    Kathie Bourjaily

    • We have been working on the royal icing decorations for Christmas, they should be completed and on the floor by the last week in October. We have a few now, mittens, candles, and a few Christmas trees. The price is $2.19 per package now but could change. Hope to see you soon in the store.

    • Thank you for inquiring on the Mickey Mouse cookie cutter. Yes, we carry a Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutter set, it has 2 cutters, a front view and side view of Mickie for $3.99. Be sure to call, as we sell them quickly. We also carry a full line of accessories, candles, icing decorations, toppers, baking cups, treat bags and fun pixs, even the cake pan for Mickey. We are looking forward to seeing you, our staff will assist you with all your Mickey needs.

  27. My pound cake keeps sticking to the pan. I greased my pan with a cake release. I don’t know why. I need your help!!!! :)

    • After baking a pound cake in the oven, there may be a struggle to remove the cake from the pan, even with the aid of cake release. You could use softened butter or cake release(once again) and spread around the inside of your pan, thoroughly but lightly. Use your fingers or a piece of paper towel to reach all the nooks and crannies of the pan. Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of flour to the pan and shake it around the entire surface of the pan and shake out any excess. When your cake comes out of the oven let it sit for 10 – 15 minute to cool, then run a blade of a butter knife around the edges if it looks like it is sticking. Gently and slowly wiggle the pan up and away from the cake. It should come out nicely.

      Do not shake the pan upside down
      Make sure your cake is fully cooked, if not it will be more difficult to remove from pan
      Cooled in pan too long

      Best of Luck, Hope this helps!

    • Yes, Diana we do carry Satin ice fondant, it comes in White/ Vanilla plus all the colors. White/Vanilla Satin Ice is $15.99 for 2 lb. where the colors are $16.99 for 2 lb. We can special order any large quantity that you may need. Looking forward to seeing you in the store.

    • In regards to holders, not sure if you mean cupcake baking cups or holders for cupcakes. We carry a wide selection of mini baking cups from petit-four baking cups, 1.25 in Dia cups to 1 in Dia cups in paper and foil. We also carry different seasonal mini baking cups. Holders, we carry a 12 count mini cupcake holder for .59 plus a selection of cake boxes and foil containers. Hopefully we answered your question, best of luck with your cupcakes.

    • Thank you for inquiring about fondant plunger cutters. Sarah’s has a good selection of plungers from Fox Run, Ateco and PME. We carry anything from leaves, blossoms or snowflakes, and if we don’t have it in stock we will do our best to order it for you.

  28. This place has everything I’ve ever needed for cakes and cookies and candy. They have cutters, candy molds, and more flavorings than I could have imagined. My favorite thing they sell are the individual tips, I went to 2 other craft stores to buy a specific petal tip and both only sold the left handed version, i didnt know this until after i purchased it and tried to use it and then couldnt take it back. I can’t wait for my next cake project so I can visit again.

  29. Do you have any edible decorations for cake pops after iced – anything black or white or music related?? Thanks.

    • Thank you for inquiring, we carry black sugar musical notes (16 for $2.69) that are the perfect size for a cake pop. Please call first to be sure they are in stock. Another idea, use a black candy writer and make a music note and sprinkle with black edible glitter. You can always drizzle with white chocolate and glitter with mystical dust. We also carry black or white candy beads. Best of luck with your project.

  30. Caramel Corn (Microwave)
    1 cup brown sugar, packed
    1/4 cup white corn syrup
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1 stick (4 oz.) margarine or butter (I use butter)
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    3 to 4 quarts of popped corn (I use microwave kind)
    1 tsp. vanilla
    Combine all ingredients except soda and popped corn in a 1 1/2 to 2 quart microwave safe bowl. Put in microwave (high) and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir in soda. Put the popped corn in a brown grocery bag and pour the syrup over the corn. Close the bag by rolling it down a couple times and SHAKE HARD. Cook in the bag on HIGH microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove and shake vigorously and cook in the microwave another 1 minute. Shake when you remove it from the microwave and pour it on a large cookie sheet to cool. Store in an airtight container when cool.
    9 batchs = 42 (2 cup) packaged bags
    each batch = 4 qt. caramel corn

    I make this and bag it in your bags with ribbon as goodie bags for wedding hotel guests. Along with pretzel rods dipped and chocolate oreos . This is the best caramel corn I have ever tasted from home. I love caramel corn! Enjoy!

    • Thank you so much for the recipe, it is very sweet of you! It sounds fantastic, can’t wait to try. I’ll leave on the web so we also can share with our readers. I know we will enjoy.

  31. Hello!

    I saw on your website that you offer classes. I was just wondering what days and times would the classes be?

    Thank you!

    • Thank you for inquiring about our classes. Summer months we do not offer classes. Please look at our web-site as our cake decorating classes have been confirmed. We will be updating our classes through the summer. Our web-site is under construction but you can go to classes on the header and check the days and times on the calender.

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