DIY Projects

Easter Peeps Ice Cream Cones

We have another cute ice cream cone project for you today! While browsing the seasonal candy aisle I came across some edible Easter grass and thought it would be perfect for making ice cream cone favors this year. This project is nice and simple for an easy last minute Easter Treat!

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What you need:
Malted Milk Chocolate Eggs
Edible Easter Grass
Peeps Dark Chocolate Dipped Chicks
Waffle Cones
Cello Cone Bags
Twist Ties or Bakers Twine

We started by tucking some of the malted milk chocolate eggs in the bottom of the cones for a sweet surprise! You could also use jelly beans or any other small Easter candies you happen to have on hand.

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Next, we placed the edible Easter grass over the eggs, making a little nest for our chick. You just need a little bit of the grass for this part! It took a few tries to get just the right amount.

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Place the chick in the nest to help hide the treats in the cone!

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For the final step place the each Easter cone in a cello cone bag and close with a twist tie or bakers twine bow. Now you have a sweet little Easter treats with a surprise inside to hand out to all your guests!

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Post written by Shauna & photographed by Esther.

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DIY Cotton Candy “Ice Cream Cones”

Doesn't this look like it's going to be fun!

Doesn’t this look like it’s going to be fun!

We’ve gone “cone” crazy! This is the first in a series of fun “cone” projects that we will post over the next few months. As spring approaches here in the northeast we dream of lighter spring colors as we still have a snow covered ground. We spotted some cotton candy in the Easter candy section of the grocery store. A sign that spring is really coming even if it doesn’t look like it yet and we knew we could do something fun with it!

Time to get dippin'

Time to get dippin’

This is an easy project to do for birthday party favors or to tuck into Easter baskets. We used store bought sugar cones, white candy melts, our pastel non pareils, candy to stick down in the cone and cotton candy to make into a “scoop of ice cream”. I was excited to see the “cotton tails” cotton candy but the photo on the bag was misleading implying you would get small cotton candy balls in different colors but that was not the case. What you did get in the bag were a few mounds of pastel mixed colors of cotton candy that you can see in the tray in the first photo. It was still pretty and we were able to make it work for our project.

Pretty pastel non pareils look great on the edge of the cone!

Pretty pastel non pareils look great on the edge of the cone!

Step 1: After you gather all of your supplies the first step is to melt some of the white chocolate candy coating (per directions on the package). Dip the top of the cone in the melted candy coating. Shake off any excess before you dip in the sprinkles of your choice. We used our pretty pastel non pareil sprinkles since we wanted soft spring colors to go with the colors of the cotton candy. Place the dipped cones on some parchment paper or aluminum foil and let set until the chocolate coating hardens (about 10 minutes).

Tuck some little candies inside for an extra surprise!

Tuck some little candies inside for an extra surprise!

Step 2: Once the cones are completely set and the chocolate has hardened you can fill the cones with a few small candies so there is an extra surprise inside the cone. Who doesn’t like a surprise! We used malted egg candies and Cadbury mini chocolate eggs.

Multi colored cotton candy!

Multi colored cotton candy!

Step 3: Cotton candy time! You can lightly squish the cotton candy onto a small mound so it looks like and ice cream scoop that you place on the top of the cone. Different brands of cotton candy will have different looks. To secure the cotton candy to the cone you can brush some of the melted candy coating on the inside edge of the cone before you add the mound of cotton candy to it. To keep the cotton candy from falling off the cone while it sets up place the cone with the cotton candy on it in a glass while it dries.

It's starting to look like spring!

It’s starting to look like spring!

They are starting to come together! The multi colored cotton candy reminded me of rainbow vanilla ice cream I use to get when I was little. Rainbow vanilla was always my favorite since the colors were so pretty! The pink cotton candy from the tubs was a little more fluffy and we were able to shape it into more of the look of a scoop of ice cream. We were happy with the results of both styles of the cotton candy.

Don't they look SWEET! The cone bags help keep everything together!

Don’t they look SWEET! The cone bags help keep everything together!

Step 4: Place the cones in clear cone bags and tie shut with a twist tie or pretty ribbon. This will make them easy to pass out at a birthday party or for you to tuck into an Easter basket! Wouldn’t these make cute party favors for an ice cream party!

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Rainbow Cookie Pop Project

In celebration of the relaunch of our blog we have a fun and easy project to share with you…and lots more to come each week! Check out these no-bake rainbow cookie pops! I just couldn’t resist the sale on some Valentine’s Cookie Pop kits at the craft store. I knew I could transform them into something colorful. Who doesn’t love rainbow colors as we wish for warmer springtime weather…at least us here in the northeast!

Step 1 of rainbow cookie pop project - assemble all of your supplies!

Step 1 of rainbow cookie pop project – assemble all of your supplies!

This was my first attempt at making cookie pops. I liked the idea of not having to bake anything and was curious on how the kit was going to work. If you follow the directions you should get 12 cookie pops, as you can see I only ended up with 8 since I made them a tad big. Now it was time to decide what sprinkles to use on them to give them the burst of color I was looking for. And the winner is…..sanding sugar!

Step 2: time to get a rollin'

Step 2: time to get a rollin’

The kit gave you all you need to make the Valentine’s pops. I made some minor adjustments and changed out the pop sticks it came with to the white plastic ones we carry as they are a little more sturdy. I also didn’t use the hearts sprinkles it came with since I wanted to make some rainbow colored pops. Included in the kit was a bag of vanilla cookie crumbs, a small bag of icing, white candy coating discs and easy to follow directions. I mixed up the cookie crumble mixture per the directions by adding a little water and the icing packet to the cookie crumbles and mixed. I rolled out 8 balls from the mixture to match the amount of sanding sugar colors that I picked out to decorate them. I wish I had made 9 to give myself an extra for an unexpected mistake that of course happened on the last cookie pop! Whoopsie!

Step 3: securing your cookie to the stick.

Step 3: securing your cookie to the stick.

I got side tracked and let the cookie balls set out to dry a bit before I had a chance to insert the pop sticks. They cracked a little but they were pretty easy to shape back in place (except for one). I poked a hole in the top of the cookie ball with the lollipop stick, melted a little of the candy discs and dipped one end of the lollipop stick into the melted candy then inserted into the cookie ball. This step is important as I did find these were a little more finicky to deal with because I let them dry a bit before completing all of the steps. You need the pop stick to be secure so I let them set up in the cookie ball before I dipped them in the rest of the melted white candy coating.

Step 4: chocolate candy coating time!

Step 4: chocolate candy coating time!

Next step…dipping time! The candy coating discs the kit came with melted nicely and was very smooth. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked and that it wasn’t gloppy and too thick. I was hoping for a smooth finish to the pops. I had a back up of candi-quick coating just in case but didn’t end up needing it. I had my bowls of pretty sanding sugar colors all set to go and started to dip one cookie pop at a time.

Step 5: time for some color!

Step 5: time for some color!

It is important to make sure to shake off the excess coating before you sprinkle on the sanding sugar so you don’t end up with a puddle of chocolate at the bottom of the pop. Oh yeah did I mention I was making upside down pops so I could set them on a tray once they were finished and set. This is where they come to life….color!! All went smooth until I got to the very last one…the purple! As mentioned before I wish I had saved a little of the batter and made an extra because an issue did come up. I think by the time I got to the last one I had let them set out to long and the cookie part had dried out. It crumbled into the chocolate coating. I used a leftover cupcake to make an impromptu cake pop just so I could complete my 8 color rainbow set!

The finished results!

The finished results!

This was the burst of color I was going for…don’t they look nice! The sanding sugar looked great once they set up and it gave a nice sparkle to the pops. Even though there is one that is not like the others (Mr. purple) they were fun and pretty easy to make! Just don’t let them dry out too long before you dip them in the candy coating if you are trying out the cookie pop style kits. I’m glad I spotted these on sale and was able to turn a Valentine’s Cookie Pop Kit into some pretty rainbow cookie pops! And the price was so good I have a few extra kits to come up with something else!

One lucky winner gets to choose what prize they want!

One lucky winner gets to choose what prize they want!

As a special promotion for the grand relaunch of our blog we ran a contest on our facebook page Sunday night 3.2.14. Fans had to guess what was the main ingredient used on the inside of the pop. Those that guessed correctly (or the closest answer) had their name entered and one lucky winner was drawn. The winner gets to choose prize pack A OR prize pack B so they can have some of the fun supplies we used to make the rainbow pops plus they get a bonus set of cute rainbow pin back buttons! We had 2 that guessed sugar cookies which was the closest to what the main ingredient was (vanilla cookie crumbles). Congrats to Amanda for being the lucky winner! You get to pick what fun prize pack you want! Thanks for all that played and for all the creative guesses on what might be in the middle! Stay tuned as we will be runningĀ fun contests and giveaways often!

Thanks for stopping by! We will have fun projects, recipes and party tips to share with you each week!

~the girls

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