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Dye-Free Lego Cupcakes and a Yummy Earth Lollipop Giveaway

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! :-D

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! :-D

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! :-D

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-freeIf 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)!

To enter for a chance to win, simply leave a comment to this post about:

What future flavor you would like to see in the Yummy Earth organic candy lineup?

I will use the random number generator to pick the winner on Wednesday, October 27, 2010.

Good Luck! :-D

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Comments

  1. Cheryl Schenk says:

    Thank you so much for this blog entry. I also have a crazy number of those trays and never would have thought to use them to melt candy in. Brilliant!!!

    And as my daughter is Gluten Free I am always looking for new treats to give her so would be interested in trying those lollipops (and the rest of the line too)

  2. Beth Blair says:

    I run the page Gluten Free Review on Facebook and came across your giveaway as I also follow your page on Facebook. I posted the link for it on my page, where I have over 280 people who follow it! I am trying to get some companies to take notice of my page so I can start to have giveaways as well. I have had one already in which I used my own resources and am planning another for the holidays. It would be nice not to have to use my own resources for once…lol.

    Now for my entry…lol! I don't think I saw any peach flavored items. I would love to see a peach flavored item or perhaps even a combo of peach and mango. YUM! :o)

  3. Kaci says:

    I am blown away by the idea to use those trays for something other than ice!! My kids would be blown away…and I've got a soon to be 9 year old's birthday coming up that may just need some crushed up lolly mini-fig decorations on the cake! As for a future flavor, I'm a "sucker" for banana flavored things!

  4. Cindy says:

    I checked out their site and I would like to see a black licorice sucker. I know – I'm one of those strange people who actually like black licorice (:.

  5. Christine says:

    They could do a pumpkin pie lollipop by using a pumpkin side and a cinnamon side. Otherwise between the lollipops and the single flavor pops, they have most of my favorites already.

  6. Lara says:

    Heidi,

    You've put the fun back into baking in our house! It's now an adventure to create GF baked goods rather than a daunting task. Thanks:)

    Is there a kiwi flavor or mango? I love these pops and hope to win the giveaway :)

  7. Diane says:

    Okay, well the kidlings would like a bubblegum flavored lollipop. I, however, would LOVE coffee flavored. This company, http://www.collegefarmorganic.com/ puts out a vienna flavored drop candy and a vanilla creme. I would eat one of each to make a vanilla creme flavor in my mouth. That would be great in a lollipop!!

    I love those silicone molds, though bread tends to warp! LOL!!

  8. Jeanine says:

    Any new flavor would be great. It's all about having variety when everything else is sooooooo limited.

  9. Jill says:

    Black Current gets my vote! My daughter is only 20 months old so we haven't gotten around to trying any candies yet. I'd love to try these and I'll be checking my local stores for the gummy bears!

  10. Elizabeth says:

    You are so awesome! I love reading your posts. :) I have never tried the Yummy Earth products, but they look great!

  11. LV says:

    I would love to see a spicy cinnamon lollipop.

  12. Melinda says:

    Great post! The silicone tray idea for hard candy is wonderful… I'll definitely be borrowing that idea! We just bought the yummy earth lollipops as a special treat for a long car trip – we all loved them – the flavors were great! I'd love to see a raspberry flavor!

  13. Lori says:

    I so love your blog. We too are gluten free and egg free. So far we still are able to have dairy but I wonder if that is why my 16 yr old daughter still battles exzema. So far the dr won't test her for anything. I love the cupcakes and you give me hope for my youngest son's 9th birthday who is recently egg free.

    • Lori,

      Thank you, this lifestyle had made me a little nutty over the years, but I have learned to embrace it and have fun with it, LOL!

      As for your daughter, you might consider asking her doctor to run an IgA and IgG test for casein. I always suspected that Luke had a problem with dairy but all the allergy tests kept coming back negative (skin prick and RAST tests, which measure IgE reactions to food proteins). I asked that an IgA and IgG test for casein be run on him and I was shocked when the IgG casein test came back pretty high.

      Two weeks into being casein and egg-free, Luke's eczema and cradle cap is FINALLY clearing up after 3 years of pain and struggling. I am still blown away by it. I am really frustrated that none of the doctors ever thought to run and IgA and IgG test, so much of his pain could have been avoided.

      Hugs,
      Heidi

  14. Amanda says:

    Hi! Thanks for this awesome post of ideas! I would love a coffee flavored one, ha! I know, I must be an addict! :)

  15. Sonya says:

    I would love to see something chocolate :) Maybe combined with a fruit like strawberry… Mmmm!

    I just found your site recently and LOVE all of the information you have here. We're new to the GFCF diet and your site has been a great source of info. Thanks!

  16. Jill says:

    Do they make a sour lollipop? We have never tried them and my son would love a sour flavor!

  17. Karen says:

    Adding cinnamon to the list of flavors would please our gf crowd!!

  18. Tandy says:

    My daughter loves orange cream and that is hard to come by that is dairy and egg free. I love that this new food lifestyle is pushing us to eliminate all the additives that I was so complacent about before and absolutely love that candy companies are jumping on board as well.

  19. Tai says:

    I checked out the flavors and my kids favorites are all there already. Norah was sitting on my lap while I was checking out there site and she got very excited…"Momma is that gluten free candy?!" They got a bag full of candy yesterday from a sweet friend, but oh my word all the junky stuff in there!!! First ingredient corn syrup….ewww. I would love to see a coffee flavored for me! LOL!! We are skipping Halloween this year (or at least I think we will be) since Olive might be on an elimination diet (we go to HealthNOW on Wed. this week). I just didn't know how to do the candy thing with her? What will you do for your boys?

  20. kelly says:

    We would love an orange cream, or any thing like that. (ie strawberries and cream, etc) I didn't know about the rootbeer flavored candy sounds yummy! I am gonna have to put my lego mold to better use. thanks for the inspirations (as usual!!!) ♥ I know I can say from all of us that we so appreciate all your hard work and sharing your tips! Kelly

  21. Niv says:

    Looks like a good brand. I would definitely like to see if they culd have lemon and orange flavors.

    Thanks

    Niv.

  22. Tookie says:

    I also love these trays. The flavor I would like to see would be

    Pineapple and cherry.

    Have a great day:)

  23. Tookie says:

    I would like to see pineapple cherry flavor.

  24. Michelle Olejar says:

    I love the idea of these…maybe for potty training rewards! Any flavor will make Erik happy as long as they are sweet and called a lollipop :)

    Oh and another thing that you can use to make mold are those stone cookie molds you can find. I have used all kinds of candy in them previous to our food issues (chocolate, hard candy, etc). You just have to be careful not to shock the stone (from hot to cold real fast). I love the lego mold :)

  25. Marisol says:

    Heidi, I have got to tell you THANK YOU for introducing me to Natures Flavors!!! We thought colored icing was forever gone and POOF you brought it back! LOL

    I knew of India Tree but like only the sugar sprinkle/crystals.

    We placed our first order with NF right after I read about/saw your incredible cake that you made for Sam, WTG!!

    I would love to see a coffee or coconut flavor myself! hehehe!

    Thanks again for this candy idea too, sounds like so much fun to do with the children!!

  26. Trista says:

    Just thought I'd say that I love coming to this site. :) I found out I was gluten-intolerant almost 6 months ago, and I love that there are so many great sites out there. Plus, I've got a little guy, and so far it would appear that he's not gluten-intolerant. But I do like looking for kid-friendly gluten free recipes simply because I do not cook two meals. So it's always nice to find things that he can enjoy and I can have, too! Thank you. :)

  27. Roly Poly Bear says:

    I would love to see a vanilla bean lollipop that is sweet yet low on the pucker scale…My little one enjoys the yummy earth pops—esp. the pomegranate pucker, but because of my psoriasis, the citric acid content of these is too high for me (itchy owee) so that's why I'd like the vanilla one… Thanks!

  28. Jeri says:

    We make a lot of smoothies at our house. Smoothie flavors would be delicious. Coconut would be nice too.

  29. Brooke says:

    The monkey loves these lollipops. We did an amazon shop & save with them. He likes all the flavors. I would like to see a marshmallow flavored one. :)

  30. Brooke says:

    And may I say what a great idea. I am now going to go look for a mold for the monkey's birthday next month. :)

  31. Lisa Greninger says:

    I would love to have my kiddo's give these a try. I would love to try a chocolate flavor-i seem to need chocolate everyday!!!

  32. Maggie says:

    You've done it again! You're so creative Heidi. I need to get some of your gadgets. Callum loves these suckers – that's what he calls them. I'll be giving them out for Halloween because I love them too! I can't wait to show him the video in the morning. He'll love it! xo

  33. Lori says:

    You are right, there really is no other lolly once you have had one of the Yummy Earth!! Love them , especially the grape!!

    Only lolly for my peanut allergic girl and rest of family!!!

  34. Lori says:

    Opps flavours, how about kiwi-papaya? or cinnamon apple?

  35. Nive says:

    I would vote for a caramel flavor…great giveaway…thank you..

  36. Heather Downey-Gerno says:

    For myself, I'd like to see an anise flavor. I remember anise lollipops from when I was a kid, but never see them anymore. However, my kids probably wouldn't eat those. They'd appreciate a chocolate or caramel flavor.

  37. Gloria says:

    It doesn't look like the lollipops come in rootbeer so that is what I would like to see!!!

  38. I'd like to see Orange or Grape :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  39. Amanda T says:

    Never had these before but it sounds right up my ally! My fav flavor is cherry and Im sure they have that, so I would have agree and say a coconut would be nummy yummy.

    On another note….Heidi, Im new to your blog and I must say you have me so inspired! I was given my CD slip last year and DH this week and finding I'm still green and wet behind the ears to all of this. Your passion to make your home a loving place for you and your boys to be healthy and happy is amazing. Its been a rough road for me, but like you said…it is just food! LOL! Im taking my 3 1/2 old son to be tested next week and I worry for him so much. If he has CD it is going to be a very rough transition because all he eats is wheat. But because of you, that is my only big fear. Before I was worried about not having McD's anymore or all of the "normal" things kids grow up remembering from there youth. But you helped me see its not the food, its the love and emotion behind it. How happy your son must have been to walk into his home and see his mom went above and beyond to make a pop tart he could eat! That memory will stay with him forever! Its about the moments shared, not what is on the plate. I pray my little monkey is healthy, but I feel a little more mentally ready if he is positive, which my heart tells me he is. So thank you for all your amazing ideas and stories. =)

  40. Eliza says:

    The little lego treats, are on my list. My son is absolutely going to love them!

  41. cammie says:

    I just started looking into gluten free tonight trying to find ways to calm down my adhd child without using medication. I was wondering how I was going to get her out of her candy obsession, now I know I don't have to, I can just give her healthier candy along with the gf switch. Thanks so much for your blog…I can see I will be spending alot of time here! :)

  42. Donna says:

    I would love a candy corn, vanilla bean, french vanilla, chocolate caramel, caramel vanilla flavor. I know that is more than one but They all sound great.

  43. Lisa says:

    Thanks for another sensational product recommendation Heidi. I never tried Yummy Earth, I didn't even know that such high quality GF candy existed. I saw on their website that they also make the Trader Joe's organic pops. I picked up some to try this week. What a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth, and for only 22 calories per pop. It doesn't look like they are making any mint flavors. How about peppermint (like a candy cane) or wintergreen? Maybe mint flavors are better suited for their candy drops rather than pops. Anyway I would be all over peppermint/candy cane pops made by this company.

    I wish I was one of the kids who got to eat those cupcakes. Lucky.

  44. Rebecca says:

    HI!! I just found your blog and am SO excited! I am a gluten-free, lactose intolerant mom of 2 kids who also have bad allergies. Nice to find a great blog like this to help with menus!

    I would LOVE to see a Huckleberry Yummy Earth flavor!!

    Thanks!

  45. PeonyJen says:

    Ooooo, great idea on the peppermint.

    Pumpkin would be awesome.

    Curry? :)

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