Hi friend! I’m back with another fun recipe tutorial for you, except this time, it’s ALSO a fun craft to do with your kids! Create sweet Easter memories with my easy-to-follow guide on making homemade Chocolate Easter Bunnies and Lollipops with LorAnn Oils! From melting chocolate to shaping bunnies and infusing lollipops with delicious flavors, this blog post has all you need for a fun Easter treat-making session. Perfect for beginners and seasoned bakers alike, join us in crafting delightful sweets for your Easter celebration! My daughter and I had a wonderful time candy crafting it is a fun activity for all ages!
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What You‘ll Need To Make Homemade Easter Basket
- Double boiler or microwave for melting chocolate
- Cross and Bunny-shaped chocolate molds – Find molds here
- A saucepan for making lollipops
- Candy thermometer – Check out candy thermometers here
- Spoon for stirring candy mixture
- LorAnn Gourmet Hard Candy Mix – Shop here
- LorAnn Super-Strength Flavor of choice (1 dram = 1 tsp) – Browse flavors here
- LorAnn Liquid Food Coloring – Explore colors here
- Chocolate for making bunnies – Ensure you have high-quality chocolate bars, chunks, or callets, not chocolate chips. (Available at local grocery stores or specialty chocolate shops) I like to use Ghiradelli chocolate bars with 70-80% cocoa.
- Chocolate-safe flavorings: Choose flavors like Orange Brandy, Irish Cream, or Creamy Hazelnut.
- Soy Lecithin: OPTIONAL
Understanding Soy Lecithin
You may have noticed an optional ingredient called soy lecithin. But what exactly is soy lecithin, and why is it included as an optional addition to the recipe?
Soy lecithin is a natural emulsifier derived from soybeans. It is commonly used in food production to improve the texture and shelf life of various products, including chocolate. In our recipe, soy lecithin can help achieve a smoother, more velvety texture in the melted chocolate, making it easier to work with and resulting in a more professional-looking finished product.
However, soy lecithin is not a necessary ingredient for making homemade chocolate treats. If you prefer to keep your recipe simple or if you have dietary restrictions, you can easily omit the soy lecithin without compromising the taste or quality of the final product. The chocolate will still melt beautifully and can be poured into molds just as effectively without it.
Ultimately, whether or not you choose to include soy lecithin in your homemade chocolate creations is entirely up to you. It’s simply an optional ingredient that can enhance the texture and appearance of your chocolate bunnies and lollipops, but the recipe will turn out delicious either way. So feel free to experiment and tailor the recipe to your preferences and dietary needs!
Making Chocolate Bunnies and Lollipops with My 6-Year-Old
With Easter approaching, my daughter Bria and I were excited to try our hand at making some delicious treats together. We decided to make Homemade Chocolate Easter Bunnies and Lollipops, and Bria couldn’t wait to get started. I’m not going to lie I was nervous at the potential of things going downhill but I was pleasantly surprised by how easy the steps were to follow on the back of the LorAnn Oils candy-making bags! With simple instructions and ingredients, we were ready for a fun and easy candy-making adventure.
Creating Chocolate Easter Bunnies:
First, we gathered our ingredients for the chocolate bunnies. Bria helped me melt the chocolate in the microwave, and she loved adding a splash of flavor to the mix. We chose Orange Brandy, Irish Cream, and Creamy Hazelnut. We poured the chocolate into bunny molds and waited for them to set in the fridge. Bria was thrilled to see the cute bunnies take shape!
Crafting Homemade Lollipops:
Next, we moved on to making lollipops. Bria helped measure the ingredients and watched as the candy mixture bubbled away on the stove. She chose watermelon for her lollipops, and I picked pineapple. We poured the candy into molds and waited for them to cool. Bria couldn’t wait to taste our creations!
As we enjoyed our homemade treats together, Bria and I were proud of what we had accomplished. This simple candy-making activity was a wonderful way for us to bond and have fun together. With just a few ingredients and some easy steps, we created memories that we would cherish for years to come.
Happy Easter baking and crafting!
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Homemade Easter Basket Recipe
Create sweet Easter memories with our step-by-step guide to making Homemade Chocolate Easter Bunnies and Lollipops. Perfect for family fun, this easy and enjoyable candy-making activity is sure to add a touch of sweetness to your Easter celebrationCreate sweet Easter memories with our step-by-step guide to making Homemade Chocolate Easter Bunnies and Lollipops. Perfect for family fun, this easy and enjoyable candy-making activity is sure to add a touch of sweetness to your Easter celebration
Ingredients Of Homemade Chocolate Easter Bunnies and Lollipops
For the Bunnies:
- 400 g (1 LB) Chocolate (Make sure you are using bars, chunks, or callets, not chocolate chips.)
- ½ teaspoon (2 ml) LorAnn Oils Soy Lecithin (OPTIONAL)
- ½ teaspoon LorAnn Oils Super Strength Flavor (Chocolate-friendly)
For the Lollipops:
- LorAnn Gourmet Hard Candy Mix
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 1 dram (=1 tsp.) LorAnn Super-Strength Flavor of choice
- LorAnn Liquid Food Coloring (optional)
- Powdered Sugar (optional)
- Candy Thermometer (recommended)
Instructions For The Bunnies:
- Prepare Ingredients: Gather 400 g of high-quality chocolate and, optionally, ½ teaspoon of Soy Lecithin, and ½ teaspoon of Super Strength Flavor suitable for chocolate crafting.
- Melt Chocolate:
- Double Boiler Method:
- Chop Chocolate into small pieces.
- Melt 2/3 of the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a double boiler until it reaches 110°F.
- Remove from heat and add the remaining chocolate. Stir until melted and smooth.
- Microwave Method:
- Alternatively, melt the chocolate in the microwave in short bursts, stirring frequently until smooth.
- Add Soy Lecithin (Optional): Stir in ½ teaspoon of Soy Lecithin into the melted chocolate for a velvety-smooth texture.
- Incorporate Flavor: Add ½ teaspoon of Super Strength Flavor suitable for chocolate crafting. Choose flavors like Orange Brandy, Irish Cream, or Creamy Hazelnut for delightful combinations.
- Mix Thoroughly: Ensure even distribution of flavor and Soy Lecithin by mixing the ingredients thoroughly.
- Create Bunny Molds: Pour the chocolate mixture into bunny-shaped molds, tapping gently to remove air bubbles. Fill up to the rim of the mold, but be careful not to overflow.
- Set Up: Allow the chocolate bunnies to set up in the refrigerator for a few hours or on the counter until completely solid.
- Unmold Bunnies: Once set, carefully unmold the chocolate bunnies.
- Assemble Easter Basket: Use your chocolate bunnies to assemble a delightful Easter basket along with other lollipop treats.
Instructions For The Lollipops:
- Prepare Candy Mixture: In a saucepan, combine the LorAnn Gourmet Hard Candy Mix and water. Stir over medium heat until the mixture dissolves completely. It’s important to ensure that all the candy mix is dissolved to achieve the right consistency for your lollipops. Once dissolved, insert a candy thermometer into the mixture.
- Cook to Desired Temperature: Bring the candy mixture to a boil without stirring. Keep an eye on the candy thermometer and remove the saucepan from heat once it reaches 300°F. This precise temperature ensures that your lollipops will have the perfect texture and consistency.
- Add Flavor and Color: Allow the mixture to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. This slight cooling period helps prevent the flavor from evaporating when you add it. Then, add 1 dram (1 teaspoon) of LorAnn Super-Strength Flavor of your choice. Whether you prefer classic flavors like cherry or exotic ones like mango, the choice is yours! If desired, add LorAnn Liquid Food Coloring to achieve vibrant, eye-catching lollipops that are as beautiful as they are delicious.
- Pour and Shape: Once the flavor and color are incorporated, pour the candy mixture onto a lightly greased cookie sheet or into lightly oiled hard candy molds. Be careful, as the mixture will be hot! Use caution and handle with care to avoid burns.
- Cool and Set: Allow the candy mixture to cool completely at room temperature. Avoid refrigerating it, as this can cause the lollipops to become too hard. As the mixture cools, it will solidify and take on the shape of the molds or sheet. This process may take some time, so be patient and resist the temptation to rush it.
- Unmold and Enjoy: Once the lollipops have cooled and set, carefully remove them from the molds or break sheet candy into small, manageable pieces. Admire your handiwork and indulge in the sweet, flavorful treats you’ve created. These homemade lollipops are sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike, making them the perfect addition to any Easter basket or special occasion.
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