Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Perfectly Pinterest: Melted Snowman Lollipops

by Darla

I’m not sure I understand Elf on the Shelf.

I mean, I think it’s adorable. From what I gather, the little fella, or gal, pops in to keep an eye on kiddos, and make sure they’re staying outta trouble, yes? The elves report back to the Big Man himself on whether the kids are being naughty or nice.

It’s just that, well, Santa sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so you better be good, for goodness sake…

…which makes an Elf on the Shelf really kind of redundant. But, again, cute, so I’ll give it a pass there.

However, in the meantime, he or she gets into all sorts of messy, mischievous, and sometimes downright shameful shenanigans that any child would be scolded, punished, and even grounded for…

Either Santa’s elves are big ole hypocrites, or I’m missing something.

Doesn’t it make more sense to have the elves do good? I mean, aren’t there fun ways to show kids that they can do good, kind things and be rewarded, rather than setting up these tableaus of naughtiness to be laughed at and possibly emulated.

If the kiddo was still, well, a kiddo, and we decided to do Elf on the Shelf, I would have it feed the dog, fold the laundry, or wash the dishes. I mean, these are chores that the Hubster and I have to do anyway, so what’s the harm in making it look like the elf did it to be kind?

I would make my elf make treats and cards for the kiddo to reward him for a day of good behavior, I would have it giving and rejoicing, to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.

Personally, I’d kick Chuckles or Snowflake or whatever the heck elf came to my house out if I woke up and found my countertops coated in flour and little elfy snow angels all over them. I mean, I’m the one who has to clean that mess up! I’d send him packing back up to the North Pole with a report of my own on how he’s a cotton-headed ninny muggins.

The only elves welcome in my house are toy makers, shoe cobblers, and cookie and candy makers. Also, any elves that are in the mood to do laundry and dust. Just saying.

Seeing as how I have found no shiny new video games, no beautiful new Christian Louboutins waiting for me, and my kitchen is sorely lacking in the cookie and candy department, I guess the elves know what meanie I am. They haven’t done my laundry or cleaned my house for me either, in case you’re wondering.

I think I prefer I prefer that way. Those little smiles are hiding something, and I don’t trust that evil glint *ahem* twinkle in their eyes. I’ve seen The Twilight Zone. I know what dolls are capable of.

I’ll stick to making my own cookies and candy, thankyouverymuch.

Case in point: melted snowman lollipops. Read on to learn how easy they are, and you’ll see why we don’t need no scary stinking sweet, non-murderous elves. :)

I was inspired to make these fun lollipops by this crafty pin I saw on Pinterest the other day. Cute, huh?

These are so, so easy, and since I used my friend Heather’s lollipop recipe from her beautiful cookbook SprinkleBakes: Dessert Recipes to Inspire Your Inner Artist, you know they’re good.

Once the candy is ready, all you have to do is spoon some of it onto the tops of the lollipop sticks. You don’t have to worry about them being super neat, or perfectly round, since they’re supposed to look all melty; just drop and drizzle the candy however you like.

When you add the candy for the faces, be sure to work quickly, as the candy sets up quite quickly. Drop about three lollipops, then stop and add the candy faces before they harden. I also dressed my guys up with some pale blue disco dust for some snowy sparkle.

Add some stripey straws and fun green ribbon, and these guys are all ready for a party. :)

Okay, now, when I say these were fast and easy, I’m not kidding even a little bit. I made these in, like, 15 minutes.

Everyone who got one of these fun little guys loved it, and they were all super impressed. Nobody believed they were homemade at first. Not too shabby for something that took no time at all to make.

Plus, they were really fun to make.

Enjoy!

Easy Melted Snowman Lollipops
Makes 8 to 10 lollipops

Ingredients

**Be careful while making homemade candy. A candy burn is terrible, terrible, terrible. Trust me.*

1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup corn syrup
1/3 cup water
1/2 dram (1/2 a bottle) clear flavoring oil
Several drops white food coloring
8 to 10 lollipop sticks
Candy or sprinkles for decorating (I used these for the eyes and mouths, and these – from Sweet SugarBelle, or these for the noses)

Lightly grease a baking sheet with vegetable shortening. Line the sheet with parchment paper, and lightly grease the paper. Lay your lollipop sticks out on the prepared sheet, evenly spaced.

In a small sauce pan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium high and continue to boil until it reaches hard crack stage (302 degrees) on a candy thermometer.

Remove from heat and stir in flavoring oil. Be careful, as the mixture may sputter. Add food coloring, as desired.

Scoop the candy out using a metal spoon and drop or drizzle it onto the end of each lollipop stick. After making 2 or 3 lollipops, stop and decorate as desired. Continue in this way until all of the candy is used.

If your candy becomes to hard to work with, place the pan back over low heat, and stir gently just until the candy has remelted, then remove from heat and continue making lollipops.

Allow to cool completely before serving.

Recipe from SprinkleBakes: Dessert Recipes to Inspire Your Inner Artist by Heather Baird

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Krista December 11, 2012 at 11:22 am

Thanks for this wonderful idea. I shared it on my facebook page: Homemade Gift Ideas.

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2 Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers December 11, 2012 at 11:27 am

Those turned out so adorbs!!!

Love them.

Poor melted snowman, but I hear he’ll be back again some day. ;)

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3 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 11, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Gah! Lov these!!

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4 Peggy F December 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm

These are so cute. I might try them for my daughter’s Christmas party! I’m with you on the ‘naughty’ elf antics – we have an elf, btw – but there is no way I’m cleaning up ‘his’ toilet paper mess from my lovely tree! Ours does some funny things, (like shooting a zombie doll that was trying to get the toy reindeer) but nothing too crazy or messy. Maybe Sparkle the Elf knows that my OCD would not appreciate a flour-angel on the countertop. However, I think the zombie totally deserved it. :)

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5 Stef December 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I TOTALLY agree with you on the Elf. We have an Elf, and our kids love running around the house each morning to see what new place he’s found to sit it. But he does NOT create crazy messes. Great suggestion on having him do kind things. I might try that next year!

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6 Becc - Cookie Jar Treats December 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Holy Moly! These are soooo adorable! Like really. I want one :D

As for the whole Elf on a Shelf… I think it’s just a little creepy. A little elf running around doing odd things at night weirds me out and quite frankly would scare me. It’s kind of like the sour patch kid. I would be afraid the thing would cut off one of my pony tails in my sleep.

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7 Andrea R December 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm

So cute! My kids would love these!

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8 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen December 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I love these :)

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9 michelle December 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm

so cute and easy, love the little carrot nose–with you on elf on the shelf too!

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10 frost December 12, 2012 at 1:43 am

perfectly cute=)

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11 Heather S. December 12, 2012 at 7:15 am

These look great! And that episode of The Twilight Zone is one of my faves! And the only reason I even like Elf on the Shelf is because of what Ashley from Lil Blue Boo does with it!

http://www.lilblueboo.com/tag/elf-on-the-shelf

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12 Nikki December 12, 2012 at 8:03 am

I agree! I don’t understand the people who have their elves acting out. My elf just reappears in the morning in a different location high up enough where my kids can’t touch him so he doesn’t loose his magic!! He is a visual reminder that santa is watching and for my son it works.
I love the lolli’s and plan on making them this coming weekend as a take home gift for my friends at our cookies and cocoa party
thanks for sharing

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13 Lisa @hoopla palooza December 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm

oh goodness gracious! this is another MUST DO!!! i’ll never get done with my list-LOL

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14 Lior December 15, 2012 at 8:29 am

so cute!

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15 Jessica December 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

I love these snowmen!

We have an elf, as well. His name is Christopher Popinkins (Check him out on Amazon. I think he’s much cuter than the standard Elf on the Shelf which kind of freaks me out a bit). He does not do anything naughty but he does bring a little gift every once in awhile if my son was extra good the night before. It’s usually a snack of dried fruit or freeze-dried fruit (the kid loves his ‘crunchy’ fruit).

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