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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
(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.
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!
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