Reese’s Easter Egg Bunnies

Good morning!  Can you believe that Easter is just two weeks ago?  I had a plan for Easter ideas that I wanted to share with you … the plan got tossed out the window while I was drying my hair the other day!  I came up with a new idea … I’ll call it the “hair idea” and will share it in a few days.  A Target trip was necessary for supplies for the “hair idea” … while I was wandering the Target aisles picking up the supplies … another idea was born that I should, but won’t call the “hare idea” … Reese’s Easter Egg Bunnies …

Reese's Easter Egg Bunnies

 

I hope these bunnies make you smile!  They are easy to make using a few store-bought candies and a little patience ;)

Reese's Rabbit Big Ears

These are the supplies that you will need to make these  Big Ear Bunnies …

bunny marshmallow ears

  • Reese’s White Peanut Butter Eggs
  • Large marshmallows
  • Mike & Ike candies
  • White Hershey-ets
  • Tiny black pearls
  • SweetWorks pink pearls
  • Pink sugar
  • Flower Sprinkles
  • White Candy Coating (such as CandiQuik) (about 1/4 cup for 6 bunnies)
  • Tray lined with wax paper or parchment.

Mike & Ike carrots marshmallows

  1. Make the carrots … use a sharp knife to make a small cut in one end of an orange candy and insert a green flower sprinkle.
  2. Make ears and tails … use scissors to cut a marshmallow in half to make 2 tails and cut another one diagonally to for 2 ears (you will use 1-1/2 marshmallows per bunny)
  3. Dip cut edges of marshmallows in pink sugar.  Egg bunny
  4. Use melted candy to attach candies in the following order … ears, nose & eyes, carrot, hands/paws.
  5. Attach feet/paws.
  6. Attach tail to backside … this will help stabilize the bunny for standing.
  7. If you want to make your bunny stand up … drop a small (1″) circle of melted candy on wax paper and place the bunnies body and tail on it … hold until set.

Easter Bunny Reese's Egg

I did have one egg that was a little smooshed/cracked … tried to salvage it by covering the cracks with a tail and make a “back view bunny” … bunny tails seem to be loved by everyone!

Reese's Easter egg bunny tail

Do you like bunny tails?  I look forward to your comments!

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The Life of Peeps

My family is laughing at me … not in a good way!  It is very obvious that the guys and I don’t think alike … eye rolling is going on with the laughing … probably because of this little Peep story!  It’s Easter time, Peeps and marshmallow eggs are everywhere!  We have a family of Peeps living at our house!  I am not an expert on Peeps, but this is what I believe to be true about The Life of Peeps …

 

Peep Family Eggmallows chocolate nests

It all began like this …

Peeps chocolate nests

Mr. & Mrs. Peep met … fell in love … married … set up house nest keeping … marshmallow babies eggs magically appeared in the nest … the eggs hatched … giving life to the sweetest little marshmallow chicks … they all lived happily ever after … the end!   That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it ;)  Pssst … I know that they really ended up in Easter baskets!

chocolate nest marshmallow chick eggs

Let me explain how this all makes sense to me … Peeps are soft marshmallows with a sugar-coating … these little Eggmallows are marshmallows with a sugar-coating … therefore, the two must be related!  I hope you remember the Sweet and Salty Potato Stix Stacks … perfect nesting material for Peeps!  Is my story making any sense?  According to my family … I may be loosing it … the real question is … did I ever have it?

This is what you will need to create about 14 Peep family nests …

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  • 3-4 cups of Shoestring Potatoes
  • 1 pound chocolate candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • Jet-Puffed Candy Eggmallows (I found them at WalMart)
  • Peeps (I used the original yellow marshmallow chicks)
  • Black edible marker

Nest of Peeps Eggs

  1. Melt the chocolate according to the directions on the package.  Mix in about 3 cups of potatoes,  drop spoonfuls  on waxed paper.  Use a spoon to create a nest with a well in the center.  If you have extra chocolate at the bottom of the bowl, mix in some more potatoes!
  2. Add a marshmallow egg (or 2) to the nest and chill for a few minutes … or …
  3. Use the marker to draw eyes and beak on eggs and stand them up in the nest, then chill.
  4. (not in photo)  I used a toothpick dipped in chocolate to draw a moustache on Mr. Peep and eyelashes on Mrs. Peep.

Peeps family chocolate nest

 

After everybody was done laughing at me for the moment and ate part of the Peep Family… this is what they had to say …

  • The hubby really liked the Eggmallows (straight out of the bag) and nests!  He is so easy to please ;)
  • Son #3 is my Peep lover.  Now that he has grown up and matured, he only eats one Peep!  In his words “who would have ever thought that shoestring potatoes and chocolate could taste so good!”
  • My words … “Mom is always right!”  When will they ever learn?

Peep nests marshmallow chick eggs

 

 

Are you a Peep lover?  A sweet and salty lover?  Do you believe my story?  Did I ever have it?   I do ♥ your comments!

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Chocolate Pots of Gold

Happy Monday!  Did you have a nice weekend?  We finally received some much-needed rain here in Southern California … snow in the mountains too!  It’s March already and St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner.  Last Friday, I shared my Rainbow Cronuts with you and promised Pots of Gold.

chocolate pots of gold

Can you tell what I used?  I thought that it was very appropriate that you would find a donut pot of gold at the end of a cronut rainbow ;)

cronut rainbow donut pot of gold

These were fun to make and were very popular with everyone, especially with the kids in the neighborhood!  Using store-bought donuts, chocolate and Sixlets made the project especially fast and easy!

This is what you will need …

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  • Mini chocolate coated donuts
  • Chocolate candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Gold Sixlets (1-4.5 ounce jar for about 12 pots of gold)
  • Gold Disco Dust

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  1. Melt chocolate according to package directions and place in a squeeze bottle or pastry bag.  Make 4 chocolate dots (legs) on top of donut.
  2. Turn donut over, use a some chocolate to attach a mini marshmallow in the center of donut.  Pipe a chocolate handle and a rim (do it twice if necessary) around the flat portion of the donut.
  3. Use melted chocolate to attach gold candy.
  4. Use a brush dipped in gold Disco Dust to add some more sparkle.

chocolate donut pots of gold

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday … you may want to whip up …

P1030684 Easy King Cake with Candy Beads

an Easy King Cake!

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Mardi Gras Candy Buffet

Have you been to Mardi Gras?  I’ve never been … heck, I’ve never been to New Orleans or Louisiana!  Someday, hopefully soon, I’m going to visit New Orleans!  However, the hubby and I are going to our first Mardi Gras party … right here in California.  There will be great food, good friends, lots of laughter … even a Hurricane or two!  It’s guaranteed to be fun ;)

So keeping in my first’s mode … put together my first candy buffet!  Since I don’t own any of those pretty apothecary jars … used what I had …

P1030666 Mardi Gras Candy Buffet

 

Barware was my solution … it all started with a Hurricane (signature cocktail of New Orleans) glass!  I borrowed the beads and masks from my friend that is throwing the Mardi Gras party.

Let me give you a closer and fun peek  …

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  1. I know that wines are supposed to be served in certain glasses … don’t think that the same rules apply to gumballs!
  2. Yes, I’ll pour you a tall glass of chocolate balls (wrapped in pretty colored foil)!
  3. There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned break-a-part especially when it’s Key Lime flavored (Louisiana and Florida are almost neighbors)!P1030671 ed
  4. OK … we have all heard of shots of alcohol, Jello shots, even shots of frosting … I ask why not Sixlets shots?  Small shot glass make excellent small servings!  The bottle is some random one that I saved, probably from salad dressing.
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  6. Masks are everywhere … not sure why … maybe people want to stay anonymous?
  7. Milk Chocolate Wine/Champagne bottle … it’s always a good year for chocolate!
  8. Hurricane glasses filled with more Sixlets … never enough chocolate!

I hope you enjoyed my first Candy Buffet!

Thank you to SweetWorks for the candy!

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Have you been to Mardi Gras?  

A few weeks ago Tavette (from S. Florida) suggested this … it would be fun to see where everyone is from!  When you leave a comment, give a shout out to the state/area you live in … I’m Brenda and live on the outskirts of Los Angeles :)

Valentine’s Day Recap

Valentine’s Day is in just two days!  Have you finished making treats for the special people in your life?  I haven’t made anything for Friday … I’m so behind!  My hubby was home last week … we hung curtain rods, went grocery shopping … very exciting stuff ;)  Having him home is nice, but I fall behind in other things … like blogging, visiting other blogs, Facebook … trying to play catch-up now!

I thought that a recap of a few past ideas may be fun and inspiring.   These are some of my favorites …

P1030535 Nutter Butter Hearts

Nutter Butter Hearts  … Nutter Butters are suitable for all occasions!

edible cupcake box

Cupcake Box … that’s totally edible!

Very Vanilla Cupcakes for Valentine's Day

Vanilla Valentine Cupcakes … I love the marbled hearts!

valentine snocaps

Hand Made Valentine Sno-caps … these were so easy to make!

Peas be my Valentine

Peas in a Nutter Butter Pod … what can I say … more Nutter Butters ;)

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M&M’s Lovebirds … I just love these guys!

We are staying home for dinner on Valentine’s Day … what are your plans?

Candy Arrow Cupcakes & A Quick Sweet Giveaway

Oh my gosh … Valentine’s Day is just 10 days away!  I’m going to make this short and sweet … sharing Valentine’s Day cupcakes and giving away some candy to one lucky person … it’s a Quick Sweet Giveaway !  You must enter quickly … winner will be selected quickly … prize will be mailed quickly ;)

P1030615 Chocolate & Cherry Arrows

Cupid’s arrows are totally edible … made with chocolate sticks and gummy cherry hearts … can’t get much sweeter than that!

Well, I said this would be quick … better get started …

P1030618 Valelntine arrow cupcakes

Bake your favorite cupcakes … make your favorite frosting … make candy arrows like this …

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  1. Use a small sharp knife to make openings in two gummy candy hearts (I used cherry, but sour and cinnamon flavors are available).
  2. Insert hearts gently on each end of a chocolate Ovation stick. (Hint – Refrigerated chocolate sticks don’t break as easily)
  3. ???  I tried to create an arrow using an Ovation Break-A-Part and white candy coating.  I wasn’t happy with the results … showed it anyway because I’m including a Break-A-Part in the giveaway!

Frost your cupcakes like this …

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Now for the Quick Sweet Giveaway 

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This sweet package includes a few Valentine’s Day candies …

  • A milk chocolate and raspberry Break-A-Part … yummy!
  • Chocolate coffee sticks … for making arrows!
  • Red and white pearls … for decorating cookies, cupcakes, candies or ?
  • Valentine Sixlets … just because you need them!

Here’s the Rules …. One entry per person – open to United State residents only – entry deadline is February 5, 2014 (11:59pm, p.s.t.)- winner will be selected (using Random.org), announced and e-mailed on February 6, 2014 – winner must respond by February 7, 2014 or a new winner will be selected.

The contest is now closed.  Random.org selected comment #2 – Dee!  I have sent an email to her!  Thank you to everyone for entering :)

Here’s how to enter … Follow SweetSimpleStuff by subscribing to receive e-mails or follow by “Liking” SweetSimpleStuff’s page on Facebook.  Leave a comment on this post … what will you do with the candy if you win … make treats for the kiddos, neighbors, coworkers … or just say HI ;)  Good Luck!

Thank you to SweetWorks for the candy!

Arrow Valentine's Day Cupcake

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Valentine’s Day Candy Dish

Candy dishes come in a variety of sizes, shapes and materials.  Do you keep a candy dish out … all of the time or never … just on special occasions or holidays … chocolate or hard candy?  I change it up … right now I have a glass vase filled with round peppermint candies.  Yes, they are leftover from Christmas, but I say it’s OK because they are red and white … ready for Valentine’s Day ;)

I wanted to put out some Valentine’s Day chocolate, but in a different way …

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Spell out a message with individually wrapped candies!

I made the “I” and “U” … tried a heart-shaped dish that just didn’t look right … wrong proportions.  For some unknown reason, I pulled out my cookie cutters … I think it works!

P1030607 Cookie cutter candy dish

My suggestion is … think outside of the box … or dish!  Candy dishes don’t need to be candy dishes :)

P1030608 Alternative candy dish display

I ♥ U and your comments!

Thank you to SweetWorks for supplying the candy!

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