It probably has something to do with my love of all baked goods, or perhaps my constantly attempting to create yumminess, but my girls always want to make their own creations. The single most sought after and yet dreaded words, “Can I help?” or “What can I do?”
So today’s creation is a project just perfect for littles. These ‘chocolates’ are not perfect (nor should they be) but they were the first things to disappear at the party, the girls proudly took them to….though I did overhear “Try these, I made them!” proudly spoken more than a few times!
These are very simple and other than working the microwave, taking the pictures and waiting in the wings with a damp cloth, the girls did do it all themselves!
For this project you will need:
- 1 package Wilton Candy Melts (we used bright Pink) and we found ours at Michaels.
- Cake Mate Sprinkles (we used both rainbow round and party mix)
- Silicone mould (in our case a flamingo silicone ice cube tray from Superstore). The mould must be flexible in order to get the chocolates out after.
Step 1: Choose your sprinkles. The world and all projects will come to a screeching halt until this task is completed. This is serious business when you are three and seven. Each must slowly peruse the options of this weighty decision and then finally snatch and clutch one’s own chosen sprinkles to their chest, as if everyone else is out to steal them! It’s just the way it is done. We can’t help it, there is just mad respect for sprinkles in our house.
Step 2: Measure out Wilton Candy Melts. I find it best to work in 1/2 cup increments at a time. Melt in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Continue to microwave for 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each until melted.
It’s a little known fact outside of our family, that one can concentrate much better if they stick their tongue out just a little.
Step 4: Spoon the melted candy into a flamingo shaped cavity and generously cover with sprinkles. Continue spooning in the melted candy into each flamingo and topping with sprinkles. Melt more Wilton Candy melts in the microwave as needed.
Step 5: Try to push any extra sprinkles on the edges in, because any on the outside will be lost. Don’t worry if it’s messy (it will be), once the candy melts harden, the thin edges on the outside of the shapes will just crack off when you remove the finished candies from their moulds.
Step 6: Put the finished ‘chocolates’ in the fridge to harden. This can take 30 – 60 minutes.
….and there may be immense pride at their beautiful creations!
Step 7: Remove hardened candies from the fridge and carefully stretch and loosen silicone around each flamingo and then push or pop out of the moulds. Put onto a plate or serving dish. Store in an air tight container in the fridge until ready to serve.
Step 8: Enjoy!