Thursday, January 20, 2011

Christmas In February!

If you know me well, you know that Valentine's Day is my
FAVORITE holiday. Well, outside of the one where our Savior was born, but hat goes without saying. I think what sucks me into the holiday is the color scheme. It's just so beautiful and "lovely". No pun intended.

Today, when Ty got off of the bus, we completed his homework assignment and then got to work on this fun no bake craft. I think I had way more fun doing it than Tyson did. He was getting sprinkles everywhere and I was getting a little (okay a lot) upset to see my clean floors getting dirty.

Anyway, here are the details.

Valentine's Day Lollipops, What you will need:

(1) box of miniature candy canes
(1) bag of Wilton's Chocolate. Any color of your choice.
Lollipop Sticks
Lollipop Cellophane Bags
Parchment or Wax Paper

Next, cut open the individually packaged candy canes. Be careful. They are fragile. I broke 4 doing this and I was being overly careful. Set aside. Oh by the way, I bought these candy canes on sale at Michael's on Wednesday for $.39 cents. Normally, $2.99. They had a ton more. I may go back and get some.

Then, lay a sheet of parchment paper on top of your counter or on top of a cookie sheet. Place two miniature candy canes together, replicating the shape of a heart. Continue doing this until you run out of candy canes.

Afterward, place a lollipop stick in between each heart.

Next up, place two cups of wilton chocolate wafers in a zipbloc bag or frosting bag. Do not seal the bag completely or it will pop in the microwave. Melt the chocolate wafers in 30 second intervals, making sure you do not burn the chocolate. Cut a really small hole in one corner of the bag. Squeeze chocolate into the heart. Filling the heart. Top with sprinkles immediately. Normally, this is when you would put your chocolate item in the refrigerator or freezer, allowing it to solidify, but do not do this with these. Candy canes "sweat". Keep the lollipops out in room temperature. Eventually, the chocolate will solidify.

Finally, display lollipops in a pretty vase or individually wrap each lollipop. I plan to let Ty bring these to school to pass out to his friends along with his FUN Valentine "cards". I will post those eventually, but I may wait until after Valentine's Day. I wouldn't want anyone stealing my idea :)

There you have it folks. Wala! The picture above shows the finished product. I have not personally tasted these. I made it to week 3 of my "no sweets" rule. My goal was 3 weeks. I am released from that rule as of tomorrow, but do not plan to eat these simply because, for me, they are not worth the calories/splurge. I think my sweet day will be allotted to Saturdays. I plan to drink a yummy and much anticipated fat-free iced mocha then.