Oh, sunshine, I am so in love with you! Everyday I see you smiling down on me,
I am energized and happier.
Do you feel that way too?
It has been so nice here in Ohio for the past few months as the sun has shone more days than not. To celebrate the beaming brightness that warms our planet and my heart, I made these Sunshine Lollipops, each with a cheerful little smile.
To make these pops I employed the same technique used to make my Chocolate Bunny Silhouettes this Easter. I was pleasantly surprised by the popularity of that recipe and knew it could be translated into other themes.
These pops are easy to make using yellow confectionery coating/candy melts, cookies, edible eyes, and a food coloring marker. In just a short time, you too can make your own cheery lollipops.
So, let's get started...
So, let's get started...
Sunshine Lollipops (makes 12)
Before you begin If you don't have much experience melting confectionery coatings, you might want to read my Chocolate Making Tips.
12 ounces melted yellow confectionery coating/candy melts
or use white colored with yellow candy coloring
12 small round cookies*
24 candy eyes
black food coloring marker
* I used Back to Nature California Lemon Cookies, but vanilla wafers or any round cookie will work.
12 craft sticks
disposable pastry bag, zip top bag, or a squeeze bottle fitted with a small round pastry tip
fork or chocolate dipping fork
Pour some of your melted yellow confectionery coating/candy melts into a squeeze bottle fitted with a small round pastry tip (or use a disposable pastry bag, or a zip top bag with one tip snipped off.)
Pipe a circle the same size as your cookie onto your parchment paper. Set a craft stick onto the piped circle. Pipe triangles all around the piped circle. Fill in with candy coating. Repeat making 12 sunshine pops. Refrigerate for 5 minutes until candy coating hardens.
Note: I recommend making a few pops at a time then refrigerate them, so that the yellow candy coating doesn't get splotchy, streaky, or spotty:)
As you work, you will probably need to re-heat your candy coating. Place it in the microwave and heat it for 10 seconds, then stir. If needed, heat 10 more seconds, but don't over heat or you could burn the candy coating. I like using the plastic squeeze bottle for projects like this because the entire bottle (as long as you use a plastic decorating tip) can go into the microwave.
Pour your remaining yellow confectionery coating into a small bowl. Place a cookie in the melted coating, submerge it completely, then use a dipping fork or kitchen fork to lift it out. Tap the fork on the side of the bowl allowing the excess candy coating to fall back into the bowl.
Set the candy coated cookie in the center of a sunshine pop. Immediately add two candy eyes. Repeat creating all 12 pops. Refrigerate for 5 minutes until the candy coating hardens.
Remove pops from refrigerator and allow them to warm to room temperature, about 15 minutes. Use a black food coloring marker to draw smiles and eye lashes on your sunshine lollipops.
Store your Sunshine Lollipops in an airtight container for up to a month. You can package them in clear cellophane bags to give out as gifts or party favors.
These Sunshine Lollipops would be great treats for Earth Day celebrations, spring or summer festivities, beach or pool parties, or just any day. Their cute faces will hopefully bring smiles all to those who eat them.
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