Sunday, March 21, 2010

Make Your Own Edible Easter Bunny

Many years ago, I owned a candy store in a mall. It was a bulk type candy store 200+ bins of candy. It was pure fun. We sold balloons, beanie babies, hand made fudge, sugar-free chocolates and darling gifts. My kids were young at the time - but they still talk about the candy store. I can honestly say our dentist loved our family:) We used to make these white chocolate bunnies at the candy store and sell them at Easter.

Technically, I need to explain that I've used the term white chocolate but they're really white candy melts. White chocolate needs to have 20% cocoa butter to be real... I've included instructions on how to make these adorable bunnies. This mold was purchased at Concepts in Candy (Northridge, CA) many years ago. Fortunately, they still make the bunny mold : )

Step 1:
Melt candy melts (Wiltons or similar brand) in the microwave. Melt at 50% power. When chocolate melts, it is ideally a smooth mixture. However, if it comes in contact with water, it will "seize" or turn into a grainy, clumpy mess. If you melt the candy too long (overheated), it will be thick and lumpy.

Step 2: Spoon melted candy into mold. Be careful not to overfill the mold.

Step 3: Let mold sit until candy is solid and easily removable. You can place it in the fridge to hurry it along. Pop candy out of mold. If candy doesn't pop out easily, that means it's not ready.

Steps 4 & 5: Fill box with candy such as Jelly Belly Beans. Use Super Pearl Dust and brush on the entire bunny face with a make-up brush. Pearl dust is an edible sparkle powder. Pearl dust can be purchased at Michaels in the confectionery section. Purchase a make-up brush at the dollar store - obviously you don't use this for your make-up : )  Dip the make-up brush in the pearl dust tap off any excess and brush lightly on the bunny face (make sure there is no moisture on the bunny. I used a q-tip to place the cotton candy sparkle dust on the ears, cheek and nose. Handle the candy as little as possible. Glue (use melted candy) the candy flowers (jumbo daisy sprinkles) on between the ears.
ast step: Place paper shred in bag and bag the bunnies. Tie a fun ribbon on and voila! Adorable. Cuteness. Don't leave these in a warm car - they get soft quickly. Also, if you need to make a lot of them just make the bunny face (lid only). You'll save time and money and still give a cute gift. Great gifts for teachers, neighbors and my girls church leaders. Somehow, I don't think my teenage sons church leaders would be too interested....

UPDATE: The molds are shipped out within 1 -2 days (ask to see if it can ship out the same day). They ship out of So California -shipping on the west coast is 2-3 days and the east coast is 4-5 days.

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