Saturday, April 7, 2012

Chocolate Easter Bunnies

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I’ve been playing today. Just having a little fun with some candy molds.
Bunnies, ducks, lambs and eggs and all on one mold. Too cute.

The molds on this sheet are the perfect size for cupcake toppers and you could even attach them on top of cake pops.

I didn’t use it for either of those reasons though.

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But, I did make chocolate bunnies with pink bellies

And even though cupcake bunny toppers would have been pretty adorable, I decided to get a little crafty with these creatures.

I know it’s last minute for this kind of project, but I had this idea and just had to get it out of my head and see if I could make it work before Easter passed.

Can you guess what I used the bunnies for?

It’s miniature.

As in tiny.

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Mini Chocolate Easter Bunnies. In boxes!

Squeal.

I had the most fun making these. Sometimes you just have to play, you know.

I’ll show you how to make the boxes, but first let’s make some bunnies.

They are easy breezy.

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Candy mold. Toothpicks. Melted candy coating.

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Dot blue for eyes and pink for noses, bellies and ears. Or fill the inside of the mold with any color you like for details.

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Turn it over and you can get a better idea if you stayed within the lines or need to tweak anything. If you get outside the lines, use a clean toothpick to scrape the candy off.

I also thought about turning his belly into an easter egg, but that small of a space was hard for me to control the candy and still make a decent looking egg pattern.

So it’s pink bellies for the bunnies. And I like it.

Let the coating dry for a couple of minutes and then fill the mold cavity with melted chocolate candy coating.

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I used a spoon because I was too impatient to see how these would look. A squeeze bottle would be a better option if you have one. And if not, spoon away. Once filled, give it a little tap to flatten out the back and place in the freezer for a few minutes to set.

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Then they will pop or hop right out of the mold.

You can do this with any size mold. And there are endless designs and sizes to choose from.

So that’s it for the bunnies.

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Now for the boxes.

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I created a box design to fit the size of the bunny mold using a program called Adobe Illustrator and then printed it out on card stock.

I’ll give you the pdf if you’d like it. (See below. You could print it out larger and use it for other size bunnies, too.)

A ruler and an X-acto blade will make this go much quicker than using scissors.

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Cut out the boxes.

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Then score all the edges that fold. Just barely skim the blade over the lines and you will be able to bend the paper without it breaking apart.

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If you want to add a plastic front, cut out clear film the same size as the front and tape it to the inside.

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Put some double-sided tape on the white edge of the box so when you fold it up, it will attach.

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Cut out inserts from the pdf to place your bunny on and slide in the box.

To attach the bunny, dot on a little melted coating and gently rest the bunny on top. Let dry.

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Then slip the inserts into the boxes and close them up.

Cute! I hope you see why I couldn’t stand to wait until next year to make these.

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And just so you can see how tiny. I measured one in mini peanut butter cups for you.

If you want to play sometime too, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Candy mold – I found the one for this project at Cake Art, but google the mold number if you want to search for it (90-2114)
  • Candy coatings – chocolate and any other colors you like
  • Toothpicks – very handy
  • Bunny Box template – Download the pdf
  • Clear film – you can totally omit this and then you could reach through the front to pop the bunny off instead of opening the box to get him out. Either way -still cute. I found it at Hobby Lobby.
  • Heavyweight paper or card stock
  • Double-sided tape
  • X-acto Blade
  • Ruler

Hope these little guys made you smile.

Are you playing or making anything fun this weekend?  Do tell.

Have a Happy Easter!

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