National Candy Day
Celebrating with Flower Power
Our latest Rocket Moms assignment is to create a Holiday lens. I didn't really want to do Christmas, I mean it's only May right? Or at least it was when I wrote this lens :o) One of the other Moms very thoughtfully posted a link to a list of some lesser known holidays, so I decided to check it out.
Did you know there was a National Candy Day? I sure didn't! Aside from being a happy revelation (and I am SO going to celebrate it this year) it gave me the perfect solution to my holiday lens dilemma. Outside of Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, what could possibly be better? Now I know it may not be November at the moment, but since this is a great anytime treat I decided now is the perfect time to make this lens.
These little candy pops are inexpensive to make and perfect for holidays, parties, and family gatherings. Do them up in pinks and blues for a fun little baby shower favor (and check out the adorable twisty ties I found further down this lens). Stick two or three in a coffee mug or small flowerpot as a hostess gift or a pick me up present for a friend, or give it along with a birthday gift as a little something extra. I've even taken them along as a kids dessert for potlucks at church, and they were as big a hit with the grownups as they were with the kids (who knew? :o) Enjoy!
Let's look at some of the things we will need to start... - Candy melts & something squeezable
Wiltons Candy Melts come in all different hues; I usually try to use at least 4-5 so we get a nice colorful "bouquet". I used what I had left on hand for this lens, so it's not quite the explosion of color it usually is. Remember you can alternate your colors - a purple flower with a blue center can also be a blue flower with a purple center (gotta stretch that budget :o)
The official Wiltons squeeze bottle is nice, but a lot of hassle (and expense) if you are using several different colors. Wiltons also makes heavy cake decorating bags (disposable) that work just as well for a lot less headache. Just snip the end after you melt your candy to use them with your molds.
We'll also need - Candy molds, lollipop sticks & masking tape
Because variety is the spice of life, I like to use at least two different flower molds (but if you only have one, don't worry!)
I also like to use both the short and long lollipop sticks to give our bouquet some height in the back.
While the candy is melting in the microwave (follow the directions on the bag), I cut some strips of tape to secure my lollipop sticks to the molds.
Candy molds & lollipop sticks
Fill your centers - and secure your sticks
Fill the centers of each flower being careful not to drift into petal territory. You can alternate colors or make all the centers the same and save your color for the petals. Use a paper plate or coffee mug to hold the bags you are not using at the moment, this will help keep the mess to a minimum.
Place the sticks a little above the middle of your "centers" and secure them with masking tape strips; this helps keep them securely in place.
Get your container ready while the candy is setting up
Make sure all of your sticks are down in the candy (sometimes even with the tape they can pull up and out). If you want your candy to set up more quickly, you can pop the molds in the fridge.
I love this big plastic flowerpot for my lollipops, it looks spectacular on a dessert table! If you are only making a few pops for a friend, try using a small clay pot or coffee mug. Floral foam (or Styrofoam) is perfect for arranging your pops; I had some leftover Easter grass that I used to cover the foam.
Just add a bow and you're good to go :o)
Bags, foam and festive twisty ties
For extra fun, add some "dirt"
Not only does this make for some great visual fun, it adds an another treat to the pot. Bake a batch of brownies or chocolate fudge and cut into bite-sized pieces. Cover the foam with waxed paper and arrange your pops, then place the brownies or fudge on top mounding them up slightly at the center to look just like dirt :o)