Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Father's Day Rice Krispie Pops- Sweet n Treat of the Month

This shirt and tie pop is a perfect treat for Father's Day!

And it's a lot simpler to make than you might think because they start with a box of store-bought Rice Krispie treats!

Here's what you need to make these:

  • Pre-made Rice Krispie Treats (of course you could make your own cereal treats too)
  • Parchment Paper
  • Lollipop Sticks
  • 2 Bags of White Chocolate Candy for the shirt (Or experiment by making different color shirts)
  • One or Two colors of Chocolate Candy for the Tie (I used blue and yellow)
  • Plastic Sandwich Bags
  • Toothpicks (optional)
  • Microwave-safe Containers for Melting Chocolate Candy
  • Small Pairing Knife
  • Baking or Serving Tray that can go into your freezer
  • Sheet of Styrofoam For pops To Stand In

Tip: When using RK treats I like to work on parchment paper. The marshmallow doesn't stick to the parchment so you never have to worry about oiling your surface. 

Line a tray and the counter with a parchment. Also cut a small piece, about 4x3, and set aside. This will be used later to press each RK treat.

Unwrap each treat and use a pairing knife to cut a "V" shape out of one end.

Press the "V" so it's flat and smoosh (that's a technical term) it onto the back of the RK treat. This makes the basic collar shape for your folded shirt.

Melt a little white chocolate candy and dip the end of each lollipop stick into the chocolate before inserting it into the bottom (uncut end) of the RK Treat.

Lay the small piece of parchment over the RK Treat so it's now sandwiched between two pieces of parchment. Use your hand to gently press the RK treat just a little so the surface flattens out a bit. This helps to get a smoother surface when you dip the treat into chocolate.

Once you have a tray full of treats stick them in the freezer for about 15 minutes so the chocolate on the sticks and the treats themselves firm up.

While the treats are hardening, melt the white chocolate in the microwave. I used the better part of 2 bags to dip a dozen treats.

Dip each treat into the chocolate and shake off any excess by tapping the stick on the side of the container. Set the pop into the styrofoam to dry.

Most of the rest of the steps are done by piping melted chocolate with a sandwich bag. If you're not familiar with this technique I've explained it here.

Pipe on a white pocket and collar. Once that's dry pipe the tie.

Tip: To get the tie straight it helps to "sketch" it first using a toothpick. This will give you a faint line you can follow with your piping bag.

Last but not least you can add a few details on the tie in a contrasting color using a toothpick.

Hope all those Dads out there enjoy!

Looking for more Father's Day Ideas? Check out my Golf Cupcakes here!

Monday, June 4, 2012

So You Think You're Crafty- Audition!

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Sweet Treat Of The Month post to bring you a special announcement.

I've been waiting (not so very) patiently to tell you that I've auditioned for this upcoming season of 

So You Think You're Crafty! 

If you haven't heard about this website, 10 crafters compete head to head for 10 weeks. Each week has a theme and reader's vote to see which craft is eliminated and who makes it another week.

The audition crafts went up today and I'm crossing my fingers that I make it past this week, where 2 crafts get eliminated. If I make it past this round I'll be one of the 10 people to start the new season in a few weeks.

I had such a hard time deciding on a project, I was all over the place with ideas because there wasn't a theme to follow for the audition. I pretty much drove myself crazy with "Is this good enough?" "No wait this is better!" thoughts for the last few weeks. That got me into a bit of a craft block waiting for some bright idea.

But I finally decided on a project. I felt good about it because it was something I wanted to make for me, rather than something I was just making for the sake of auditioning.

I can't tell you which project is mine because it's supposed to be kept a secret until voting is over. But I hope you click over and vote (voting is on the side bar) for whatever you like- and just maybe you'll end up voting for my project!

You can see all the audition projects and vote here. (Voting is on the side bar)

Next week when voting is over I'll post the project here on Mega•Crafty so you can see what I made.

Also I'll be posting my sweet treat of the month later this week!

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