Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Candy Dipped Ladybug Pretzels

Last weekend we went up to the in-law’s house for some pool fun!  My sister-in-law and her crew from Atlanta come up every summer and we love to get up there and see them.


Plate of Ladybugs

I saw these ladybugs somewhere online and decided I MUST make them for this gathering for several reasons – 1) I LOVE novelty desserts/foods like this, 2) my mother-in-law is nuts about ladybugs, and 3) my granddaughter would be there…and that alone is reason enough!


Ladybug Closeup

They were quite a hit, especially with my granddaughter!  Luckily she’s still young enough that she'll ask before getting one each time or I really think she might have sprouted a few spots of her own!


And just in case you might want to make some of your own, here’s how I did it:

Candy Melts

The only thing you’ll need is a bag of pretzels, a teeny bit of powdered sugar and the Candy Melts shown above.  I bought mine at Walmart.


Pretzels in Red

Melt some of the red candy melts in the microwave using the instructions on the bag.  Dip the pretzels about 2/3 of the way in the candy, then place on wax paper to cool and dry.


Ladybugs Without Spots

(Pretend like I remembered to take a picture before the chocolate looked yucky….)  After the red candy has cooled and dried, melt some of the dark cocoa candy melts the same way.  Hold the pretzel by the red side and dip into the chocolate, then place on the wax paper to cool and dry.


Ladybugs With Spots

While I had the dark cocoa candy melts ready to go I went ahead and did the spots.  I tried several methods – a toothpick was too tiny and a straw was too big.  Finally grabbed one of the beaters from my mixer and that was perfect!


Candy Dipped Ladybug Pretzel

For the eyes I just mixed a very small amount of powdered sugar with an even smaller amount of milk until I got the consistency I wanted.


And that’s all there is to it!  When I do these again I’ll set up at the dining room table instead of the kitchen cabinet.  They were very easy and actually pretty fast to make, but leaning over the cabinet got to be a little tiring.

“Lovely little ladybug
sent from heaven above
please watch over my garden
and fill it up with love.”
  Author Unknown


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Unknown said...

These are adorable! I love recipes that only involve dipping in chocolate, but that turn out so cute like this!

Laura @ Come Together Kids

Jennifer said...

So cute! I love it!!! :)

Unknown said...

Awesome! :) I'm here via the What I made Wednesday party.
Moore Babies

Mindy said...

These are soooo stinkin' adorable!!! I'm 'pinning' them on Pinterest for future reference. :)

The Ellis' said...

How cute!! We found your blog through a link party and are your newest followers! We would love to have you follow us back!

Sara G said...

Really neat idea! Thank you for sharing how to make them. Have a great day!

Jenn Erickson said...

Those are the most adorable chocolate covered pretzels I've ever seen. What a wonderful creative and whimsical idea! I'm so glad I saw your link-up over at Sweet Peas and Bumblebees!

Jenn/Rook No. 17

Megan @ Cut the Craft! said...

Super cute!:)


Leslie said...

Great job! They’re so incredibly cute!

Kellianne said...

You are a creative genius--Oh my word, it's just so adorable!!!

Tru said...

those are sooooo cute!

ShannonSews said...

These little ladybugs are so cute! What a darling idea for a summer treat. Thanks for sharing how you did it!

Christy said...

I LOOOVE these little guys!

OurForeverHouse said...

These are so fun! I will be adding these to my pinterest board. Definitely a future project with the kids.

Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs said...

wow these are SO adorable! How clever!

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness! I love this idea! Nothing better than chocolate-covered pretzels. Mmmmmmmm!

Chef in Training said...

i LOVE these! seriously! how cute are these?! great job! I found your blog through a link party and i love it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

Mindie Hilton said...

So cute. I would love for you to link these up at my link party. It will start Friday evening and run through Sunday. Hope to see you there.

Unknown said...

So much to love about these! Great work!
I would love if you would link up to our Weekly Playdate party at

Come & Play :: Playdate!

Unknown said...

These not only look delicious but are almost too cute to eat! Amazing!

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

Oh my word. How cute are these!

Karen and Gerard said...

Your ladybugs are very cute! I bet they tasted good too but that is way too much work for me. I am not a baker or cook, just an eater!

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

What a cute idea! I'm going to have to give these a try. And I'm totally adding these to my pinterest board. Thanks for sharing!

Angie A said...

what a great idea, and SO easy!! love it!

Heather said...

These are great! I can't wait to make some :)

Found you through the Look What I Made party!


Sweet Peas and Bumblebees said...

Thank you so much for linking up your post to our {{What I Made Wednesday}} Linky Party!! Your project had the most views & you now won your blog name & link to your blog on our sidebar for the next week! {{I couldn't find a button to put on our blog! :( Yeah for free advertising! (:

Alisa @ Sweet Peas and Bumblebees

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

SOO stinkin cute! I am also pinning these!

Pam said...

Absolutely ADORABLE!!! LOVE!!! I'm a new follower :)