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how to make easy sea creature candy pops

sea animal candy pops

sea animal candy pops

 

I’m a sucker for the sea, but then, I grew up with sand between my toes thanks to that whole great-grandfather being a lighthouse keeper thing. While I would never own a fish tank because that kind of freaks me out (it just feels weird to me), I do so love sea creatures. I remember a time when starfish (and sea glass, remember sea glass?) could be found on the beach. And when crabs bit my toes in the ocean.

 

sea animal candy pops

It’s summer. The kids are in my hair. I’m allowed to check out and only do easy things. Oh, who am I kidding. I always check out and do easy things. And candy pops from candy melts are the easiest thing ever to make. See? I have a history. Chicks, bunniesmonsters, more monstersghosts, shamrocks, Christmas trees, and hearts. And every time I say the same things. These are easy, take minutes to make, and are kid-friendly. All you need are disposable decorating bags, candy melts, lollipop sticks and candy eyes, all available from the craft store.

 

sea animal candy pops

sea animal candy pops

sea animal candy pops

 

how to make sea creature candy pops

you will need:*

candy melts
disposable decorating bags
baking tray(s)
parchment or wax paper
scissors
lollipop sticks
candy eyes

*Find the candy melts, disposable decorating bags, lollipop sticks and candy eyes in the craft store, or see below for resources.

sea animal candy pops

 

Line a baking tray or trays with parchment or wax paper and set aside. Fill a decorating bag with about 1/2 cup of candy melts. Microwave at 60 percent power for 90 seconds, then at 30 second and 15 second intervals until the melts are fully melted, massage after each time in the microwave. Twist the top closed tightly.

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Pipe a dot on the baking tray. Place a lollipop stick on the dot. Pipe the sea creature design on top (see below) and immediately add two candy eyes. Fill the tray and let set at room temperature until fully hardened, about 1 hour. TIP: Candy melts harden quickly, so only melt one bag at a time (except for the turtles, I melted both greens at once), work with one color at a time, and make one whole pop at a time.

The crabs are red circles with six little lines for legs.

sea animal candy pops

 

The starfish are basically messy yellow stars.

sea animal candy pops

 

The octopi (octopuses?) have only four legs to make them less crowded. Tell the kids they are sitting on the other four.

sea animal candy pops

 

The turtle is fancy, made with two shades of green.

sea animal candy pops

 

The fish is just a circle with a “V” shape tail.

sea animal candy pops

 

sea animal candy pops

sea animal candy pops

 

SUPPLIES


 

 

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Happy 4th of July! Here are some red, white and blue marshmallow pops.

4th of july marshmallow pops

Remember way back when I told you how my red, white and blue sparkle marshmallow pops were in Bird’s Party Magazine? Yes, of course you do. You remember everything. (Side note, why is it I can’t remember what I did last weekend, but I can remember every episode of every ’80s sitcom ever?) Well, you kind find the full tutorial I made for the magazine over at Bird’s Party blog.

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

 

4th of july marshmallow pops

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Just for Kix: Cookie Butter Kix Pops

kix pops

These cookie butter Kix pops are so so simple kids can make them themselves. You only need three things: Cookie butter (um, yum), Kix and lollipop sticks. Also I made some with bananas.

Find the how-tos to make cookie butter Kix pops HERE.

Kix pops

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wednesday links: fun food and craft finds and riding horses

meadowbrook_june2014

My daughter riding horses at Meadowbrook Stables, a non-profit stable at the top of Rock Creek Park, just outside of Washington DC in Chevy Chase, MD. If you are in DC or planning a visit with kids, you can also check out the weekend pony rides through the woods at Rock Creek Park Horse Center.

 

How to make a fairy garden. On a smaller scale, a tea cup fairy garden.

Dynamite garland that won’t explode.

Yum to frozen Drumstick bites. And vegan.

Easy cream pies for breakfast!

Are they bored yet? I love these 20 drawing ideas for kids. Or, some silly summer plate crafts.

Pretty much everything you see here.

Having a party? A lovely ice cream cake with DIY letter cake toppers.

What do you think about these edible wafer cupcake liners?

 

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how to make magic shell marshmallow pops

magic shell marshmallow pops

Oh for Pete’s sake. (No, my mom didn’t take over my blog, I actually use that phrase frequently.) Who knew making your own Magic Shell was so easy? Apparently, half of the internet. Because a lot of people make their own Magic Shell. Apparently. For those unaware of the magic that is Magic Shell–ie. those who weren’t born in 1972 and had Magic Shell sitting in their cabinet throughout the ’80s–it’s a chocolate syrup that “magically” forms a hardened shell on your ice cream in the blink of an eye. Or a few seconds.

magic shell marshmallow pops

So today we whipped some up. And by “we,” I mean me while my 18 month old spilled a box of Rice Krispies and my 6 year old watched TV on the iPad.

magic shell marshmallow pops

 

to make magic shell marshmallow pops

you will need:

1 cup chocolate chips (semisweet used here)
3 tablespoons coconut oil
marshmallows
straws or lollipop sticks*
tall, deep, microwave-safe container (a mason jar works perfectly)
Styrofoam block*

*Find these in the craft store.

magic shell marshmallow pops

 

what to do:

Skewer marshmallows with the straws or lollipop sticks and place in the freezer at least an hour.

magic shell marshmallow pops

 

Meanwhile, Place the chocolate chips and coconut oil in the container.

magic shell marshmallow pops

 

Microwave for 45 seconds at 70 percent power. Stir and continue to microwave in 15 second intervals, if necessary, until melted and smooth.

magic shell marshmallow pops

 

Take the marshmallows out of the freezer, dip in the chocolate, tap off the excess and prop in the Styrofoam. Watch them harden and enjoy.  Store remaining chocolate covered at room temperature. Keep the dipped marshmallow pops on a parchment paper-lined plate in the fridge.

magic shell marshmallow pops

 

 

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