Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ugly Duckling Easter Dandy - a candy craft to do with a kid

It's been SNOWING here these past few days.
Not the springlike weather we would prefer just days before Easter. So the boy and I went to the supermarket to pick out all our eggs to dye with the rest of the family and then we made up these funny candies.

If you've got kids in your kitchen or little people who like play-doh, this is a fun, festive candy.

Vanilla Frosting
Peanut Butter
Powdered Sugar
Plastic Teaspoons
Wax Paper
Cookie sheet
White Chocolate chips
Oil-based food coloring
Frosting or chocolate decorator bag with tips
Mini cupcake liners or candy cups

Mix one part frosting and one part peanut butter and two parts powdered sugar well with a rubber spatula. Remove dough and knead, just like you would a lump of play-doh. Consistency should be like stiff play-doh, not too soft or oily feeling. Add a bit more powdered sugar if you need to. This is an eyeballing it sort of recipe. If you need exact instructions, you can use any peanut butter ball candy recipe-- just make sure your final dough is not too oily, or it will be difficult to dip in the warm melting chocolate.

Once it's smooth, make a ball in your hands and give it to the little person with two plastic teaspoons. He can press into an egg (almond) shape. Kids love this yummy, edible, squishable dough!

Arrange on wax paper covered baking sheet.

When all your eggies are made, pop into the freezer for 30 minutes.

Now it's time to decorate!

Melt white chocolate chips in glass bowl in microwave on high, one minute at a time, stirring between minutes. It should only take 2 -3 minutes. Reserve some to color. Dip frozen egg-shaped candy completely in melted chocolate, remove on the flat edge of a butter knife and shake a bit to remove excess. Return to wax paper.

Decorate as you like and place each in its own candy cup. We are not perfectionists, as you can tell, but we had fun making ugly ducklings, funny chicks and rascally rabbits. Hope you do too!