Making Easter Candy

Making Easter Candy is Easier than You Think … And More Rewarding

When I think of all the candy in the various stores to buy for Easter I wonder why anyone would take time to actually make candy.  I figured it was because you got to lick the spoon, your fingers, and bowls getting in your quota of chocolate just a little bit earlier than everyone else.  So, I asked a couple of friends who make candy every Easter holiday.  Their answer was, “It’s a labor of love.”  We give candy we make ourselves out of love for our family, adults and children alike, and our friends.  We give it to not only family members but co-workers and employees, making Easter a special holiday of showing love to all these people.

So, let’s get started.

Think about all the varieties of candy you can make and what you like to give.  What does your family like to eat?  There’s chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate filled with coconut, nuts of all kinds, Rice Krispies.  All of these suggestions have ingredients easily found at your local grocery.

Assemble your supplies.  Candy can be made in almost any shape and size.  For Easter giving bunnies, putting the chocolate on a stick works well.

Homemade Easter Chocolate Candy

You will need the following for you candy making adventure:

Plastic candy mold of your choice
Small paper cups for chocolate mixed with nuts, Rice Krispies, etc.
Pretzel sticks
Cellophane gift bags
Ribbon for tying bags
Chocolate wafers – these can be purchased from the local Michael’s craft store, made by Wilton.  (The best, in my humble opinion though, is from a company called Merkins.  You’ll probably have to order it this brand on line).
Sticks for the “lollipops” of chocolate
A 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup
Spoons

Place chocolate wafers in the measuring cup.  Following the directions on the Wilton chocolate bag, melt the chocolate in the microwave.

The idea is to gently melt the chocolate without burning it.  So, the usual directions are melt for 1 minute at 50% power, stir, then melt again for 1 minute at 50% power, stir.  The last melt is for 30 seconds at 50%.  [the power of microwaves may vary from microwave to microwave]  It’s best to test melt some chocolate first until you get the melting process down for your microwave unit.

Spoon the melted chocolate into the mold leveling off each shape.  If you are using a mold that requires a stick place the stick in at this point, turning it until coated with chocolate.  After all the shapes are filled, lightly tap the entire mold on the counter top to remove all bubbles.

Then place the mold into the refrigerator.  Chilling the chocolate until firm takes about 15 minutes.  When firm and shiny, invert the mold to remove your chocolate.

Place your chocolate gift in a cellophane bag, tie with festive ribbon.

For chocolate-covered pretzels, dip pretzel stick into the melted chocolate.

Let the excess chocolate drip off.  Roll the chocolate end in your topping of choice, e.g. candy sprinkles, chopped nuts, sweetened coconut, crushed peppermint.  Place on a parchment-covered cookie sheet.  Chill until firm.

Lick your fingers … you are now the Easter Bunny. 

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Chocolate Easter Candy & Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

Ingredients:

Plastic candy mold of your choice
Small paper cups for chocolate mixed with nuts, Rice Krispies, etc.
Pretzel sticks
Cellophane gift bags
Ribbon for tying bags
Chocolate wafers - these can be purchased from the local Michael’s craft store, made by Wilton. (The best, in my humble opinion though, is from a company called Merkins. You’ll probably have to order it this brand on line).
Sticks for the “lollipops” of chocolate
A 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup
Spoons

Directions:

Place chocolate wafers in the measuring cup. Following the directions on the Wilton chocolate bag, melt the chocolate in the microwave.

The idea is to gently melt the chocolate without burning it. So, the usual directions are melt for 1 minute at 50% power, stir, then melt again for 1 minute at 50% power, stir. The last melt is for 30 seconds at 50%. [the power of microwaves may vary from microwave to microwave] It’s best to test melt some chocolate first until you get the melting process down for your microwave unit.

For Candy Molds:
Spoon the melted chocolate into the mold leveling off each shape. If you are using a mold that requires a stick place the stick in at this point, turning it until coated with chocolate. After all the shapes are filled, lightly tap the entire mold on the counter top to remove all bubbles.

Then place the mold into the refrigerator. Chilling the chocolate until firm takes about 15 minutes. When firm and shiny, invert the mold to remove your chocolate.

Place your chocolate gift in a cellophane bag, tie with festive ribbon.

For Chocolate-Covered Pretzels:

Dip pretzel stick into the melted chocolate.

Let the excess chocolate drip off. Roll the chocolate end in your topping of choice, e.g. candy sprinkles, chopped nuts, sweetened coconut, crushed peppermint. Place on a parchment-covered cookie sheet. Chill until firm.

Lick your fingers ... you are now the Easter Bunny.

The matriarch of Live Pretty, Roseddy, lives with her husband and children in Orlando, Florida. She is a native of Waynesburg, PA, but she has called the Sunshine State home for over thirty years. In addition to being a fantastic cook, Roseddy is an accomplished seamstress and former Home Economics instructor. Her flower arranging talents are the stuff of legend, and she is a valued member of her church’s altar guild. Roseddy enjoys entertaining, traveling with her husband, and, of course, a good martini.

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