Monday, April 2, 2012

Be a Bunny Pops: April's Sweet of the Month



Have you seen the Easter Bunny? I got a glimpse of him in the garden this weekend. He had a cute pink nose and long whiskers. 




My nephew happily posed for this picture with the pop over his face, but didn't realize it was chocolate. After I snapped a few pics I old him to take a bite of it. He gave me a weird look and tentatively took the tiniest nibble. Then giggle as he realized it was chocolate. He held it up to his face once more, gave me a grin, then took a big chomp out of the top.

These Bunny Face pops are simple and quick to make. And kids will definitely get a kick out of looking like the Easter Bunny before they eat them!  Here's how to make them...

You'll need:

  • White Chocolate
  • Pink Chocolate (I used red and mixed it with some of my white)
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Lollipop Sticks
  • Parchment Paper
  • Edible Easter Grass (* optional)


And a few things from around the kitchen:

  • Plastic Snack Bags (one for each color of chocolate)
  • Scissors
  • Spoons and Small Bowls (one for each chocolate color

Start by drawing a bunny face template on a piece of paper. If you're going to make a lot of these pops I would suggest copying your template so you have plenty to use. Then Cover the template with parchment paper.



Most of this pop is made by piping chocolate over the template. I used plastic sandwich bags for piping bags. To do this, use scissors to snip a corner off the bottom of a sandwich bag and fill the bag with melted chocolate. Then it can be piped out into the correct shape. I prepped all three sandwich bags so they were ready to use as I melted my chocolate.

The first step is to melt some dark chocolate and make the bunny's whiskers. It's the only step that doesn't use a piping technique.


They are made by dipping pieces of edible Easter grass into dark chocolate.  Make six whiskers for each bunny pop, setting them onto parchment to dry after each one is dipped.




TIP: If the chocolate coats the grass to thickly, use the edge of the bowl to scrape some off.



* If you can't find edible Easter grass you can make whiskers out of chocolate. Pipe lines onto parchment paper and set them aside to dry. The whiskers will be fragile if you make them this way but it'll work.


Next make the pink nose for each bunny. Melt pink chocolate and pipe it over the template in the shape of a nose.


The nose will be a separate piece that's placed onto the main part of the pop after it's dry. I piped it out onto the parchment then moved my template over so I could make the rest of the pop separate. You could also make a template that's just the nose.


Now it's time to make the main part of the pop.



Place a lollipop stick in the center of each template, then pipe white chocolate over the template and stick. It helps to outline the bunny's face first then fill it in with chocolate. Once the shape is full and the stick is covered, carefully smooth the chocolate out with the back of a spoon.


If you have gaps or some areas that are slightly uneven you can fix them with the spoon.



While the chocolate it still wet place the nose and whiskers onto each pop.


Once the chocolate is set, pipe on a mouth using dark chocolate.


Hope you enjoy. Happy Easter!

17 comments:

  1. So cute! And your nephew is a doll. I remember one of my boys rolling jelly beans around on the floor for about a week after one of his early Easters. It never occurred to him they were edible. :)

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  2. That is the cutest thing! You are so creative, i love it!

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  3. Thanks Ann and Crafter's Delights for your comments! Ann, that's a great story about your son. "Firsts" like that are so adorable. I just love that he rolled them around like marbles and when you think about it if you had never had a jelly bean before they do look a lot like plastic- lol.

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  4. What a cute idea. I can just imagine kids playing with these on Easter morning until they have to give into temptation to take a bite. I like how you used the edible grass instead of black licorice. So many kids don't eat licorice, so it is a really great alternative.

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  5. Thanks Beth. Personally I don't like black licorice and was determined to use anything but!
    : ) LOL

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  6. Very cute! I'll bet "big" kids would like these, too.

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  7. These are so adorable - what a great idea!
    We'd love if you linked this up to our Beautify It Monday link party going on now - bringingbeauty.blogspot.com/2012/04/beautify-it-monday-2.html

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  8. So cute! Would love for you to share at my party: http://iamaddictedtorecipes.blogspot.ca/p/link-party.html
    Have a great day!

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  9. Adorable! Both the bunny nose and the mischievous eyed nephew!!! Great tutorial, too. I would love it if you would consider linking to Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy, a Sunday through Thursday link party for ideas that make life easier, better and more fun!

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  10. Thanks so much Ladies! Yes Crafty Moose I got quite a few offers from "big kids" to take their picture in exchange for one of those pops. lol

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  11. That is adorable! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at my new linky party "Pin It and Win It Wednesday" at www.cheapcraftymama.com!

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  12. Thanks so much for your comments!

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  13. that is truly adorable! I love the idea of piping the chocolate and will have to try it with other shapes too. I'm your newest follower!

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  14. Thanks so much Holly! I've made doily heart pops for Valentine's day with the same piping technique- it works really well.

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  15. love it. absolutely charming.

    stop by my giveaway if you have a chance -- would love to have you follow and win!

    http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/04/april-giveaway.html

    smiles.

    michele

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