I have a little secret to share with you. I am a bonafide silicone ice cube tray-aholic!
I have so many of these brilliant little gadgets that I am running out of places to store them. I should probably look into renting a storage unit for them…although, I think my husband would shove me in it and throw away the key so he could get some of his man-space back in our house!
In all seriousness though, silicone molds are great, especially for moms of kids on specialized diets, who cannot just go out to the store and buy any ol’ confectionery. I use the molds for everything from homemade soaps (the trays wash easily in the dishwasher), molded chocolates (see below), ice cubes and now I am experimenting with hard candies!
I found a silicone Lego brick ice cube tray while on vacation at Legoland California this past summer (they are also available on Ebay), so of course I had to buy one knowing Sam wanted a Lego themed 7th birthday party. When I got home, I found a silicone Mini Fig Ice Cube Tray on Lego.com; so of course I had to add that one to my collection too…see how this can manifest itself into a problem?
I first attempted making dairy-free chocolate mini figs to use as the cupcake toppers, but that recipe still needs some work…the chocolates kept melting without having all the added ‘stuff’ that is in dairy-based commercial candy melts.
Anyhoo, just before I was about to settle on plopping an actual Lego on each cupcake, I had a eureka moment. I was surfing the net one afternoon looking for convert-able holiday recipes and I stumbled across a post on one of my favorite websites, Simply Recipes. Elise made Stained Glass Cookies with Life Savers and Jolly Ranchers that are just too cute! The moment I read her post, it was as if the clouds had parted, the stars aligned and the answer to my dye-free Lego cupcake topper dilemma became totally clear!
After reading Elise’s post on the stained glass cookies, I thought I would try a similar approach using the brick ice cube tray to melt and mold crushed Yummy Earth lollipops into Lego bricks and use them as cupcake toppers for Sam’s school birthday celebration. For the recipe to the allergen-friendly frosting I used, please see my post on the Dye-Free Lego Star Wars Birthday Cake I made for Sam’s party. I added a little extra bling to the cupcakes with some all-natural decorative sprinkles by India Tree (this is the same brand I used for the gluten-free, casein/dairy-free, egg-free pop tarts).
I really just winged it on these, using Elise’s recipe on Simply Recipes as a loose guide. I crushed the candy then poured the pieces into the mold. After placing the mold onto a cookie sheet, I baked the candy at 325° F. for approximately 12 minutes, until all the crushed candy pieces had melted. It is important to peek on the candy because burnt sugar is a smelly mess!
Once the candies had cooled completely, I simply popped them out of the mold. The edges were a bit jagged from the excess that stuck to the side of each brick, so I used a sharp knife to smooth them out. I also used a pastry brush to add a tiny bit of sunflower oil to the tops of each candy in order to shine them up.
Have you ever had a Yummy Earth Lollipop? There really is no better lollipop out there in my opinion. The flavor is bold and packs a powerful punch in the pucker category! My kids absolutely love them and they are one of the few candies I keep on hand for my kiddos, especially for those days when a special treat is order…and they are a GREAT distraction for children when they need to get their blood drawn!
Why do I love Yummy Earth candies so much? What’s not to love? Not only do they taste awesome, they are also organic and they are free of artificial colors, flavors, and high fructose corn syrup. Yummy Earth candies are also casein-free, dairy-free, egg-free (they are vegan), gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free and GMO-free! If you visit the Ingredients page on the Yummy Earth website (click here to view it) and look on the right side of the page, you will see links that you can click to view their certificates and test results for allergen testing.
Want to see how Yummy Earth Lollipops are made? Grab your little ones, this is pretty cool!
Shortly after I shared my post on Luke’s Jungle Junction Birthday Goodie Bags, to which I added the lollipops, Yummy Earth contacted me and asked if I would like to work with them on a giveaway…and of course I said YES! (Disclaimer: Yummy Earth recently sent me a complimentary bag of lollipops, but that did not have any influence on this review…we were already huge fans!). And, just in case you have yet to try their other candies, my kids also love the gummy bears, gummy worms and the candy drops, Sam is a die hard fan of the Roadside Root Beer drops!
**This Giveaway is now closed**
The kind folks at Yummy Earth have offered to give one of my readers a FREE Family Size Bag of their organic lollipops, just in time for Halloween (not guaranteed to arrive by then though)!
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