Adorable Snacks for Spring!

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Spring is here!  Swimsuits and sprinklers and bonfires and s’mores, long days of playing outside. What better way to celebrate it than with adorable little bug snacks for the kids! I guarantee kids will love these and absolutely gobble them up. All super easy, healthy and fun to make too!

1. Caterpillar on Stick 

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To start off we have this adorible catipilar which takes less than 10 minutes to prepare!

What to do:

1. thread some grapes and a cherry tomato on a wooden skewer .
2. Dab some peanut butter and stick the candy eyes (royal icing and choco chips work too)
3. Using a toothpick prick 2 tiny holes on top and fix in pieces of parsley/ cilantro stalks to make the feelers.
4. Finally use a food marker to make the mouth. 

2. Bees Oreo Pops

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Looks harder than it really is to make!

You will need:

  • Oreos
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Yellow candy melts
  • Dark chocolate
  • Wilton candy eyeballs
  • Half almonds
  • Piping bag

To start off, attach lollipop sticks between the oreo’s.

Melt the yellow candy melts and dip the Oreo’s. Carefully insert half the almonds on the sides between the two Oreo cookies. do not push too hard, otherwise the cookie might fall apart. Allow the chocolate coating to harden completely before proceeding.

bijen oreo pops 4a.jpgMelt dark chocolate in a piping bag, cut the tip off and create a ‘head’ on the oreo like the picture above. If your chocolate is thicker (like me), lubricate it with a knife into a nice smooth layer. Place the eyes on the head. Now you only have to make the stripes, do this with the piping bag.

3. Butterfly Cupcakes

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Yet again, a super easy recipe that looks like it took you all day!

What you need:

Cupcakes (your favorite flavor)

White/vanilla frosting

Mini M&Ms

Small twist pretzels

Red rope candy (like Twizler Pull & Peel)

What to do:

1. Frost the top of a cupcake with the white frosting. Arrange a line of mini M&Ms in a straight line down the center of the cupcake to create the body of the butterfly. I recommend selecting one color for the head, and alternating other colors for the body.

2. Carefully snap the bottom loop section off of two pretzels to create the wings. Place the pretzels on either side of the M&Ms, angled up and slightly outwards.

3. Finally, use a pair of kitchen shears to cut rope candy strands into strands about 1/4 inch long and place two pieces above the head to make the antennae.

4. Repeat the decoration process with all of the cupcakes. Serve immediately, or place in the refrigerator to store; enjoy!

4. Ladybug Pretzels 

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Warning! Once you start making these you won’t stop! They are Absolutely the cutest things ever!!

What you need:

What to do:

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  1. Melt the Red Candy Melts according to the bag instructions, once melted, completely cover the pretzels with the chocolate

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2. Set to cool off, preferably on wax paper on a jelly roll pan. Stick these in the refrigerator to harden, takes about 5 min.

3.While those are cooling off, get your black Candy Melts ready

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4. Next, dip the tip of the pretzel in the chocolate, lay them on the wax paper and add the eyes.

5. Use a squeeze bottle or a piping bag or even a ziplock bag to do the polka dots on the backs of the ladybugs with the same black Candy Melts

6. Set to cool and enjoy!

 

5. Orea Dirt Cups 

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What you need:

  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (4 oz) chocolate instant pudding
  • 1 – 8 oz container whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 package (16 0z) Oreos (crushed into crumbs)
  • Gummy Worms
  • 10 plastic cups (8 oz. size)

How to do it:

  1. Pour the milk into a mixing bowl and add the pudding mix.
  2. Beat with a wire whisk until well blended (about 2 minutes)
  3. Let pudding stand for five minutes.
  4. Stir whipped topping into the pudding very gently until it is all the same color.
  5. Place about 1 Tablespoon of the crushed cookies into the bottom of each cup.
  6. Then add a 2 Tablespoons of pudding to each cup.
  7. Then repeat another layer of cookies, then pudding, and then cookies.
  8. Finish up by adding 2 gummy worms cut in half to the top of each of the cups. (Personally I’d wait for this step till ready to serve)
  9. Put cups into the refrigerator for about one hour to chill them.
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