I’ll admit there’s an element of lily-gilding* in the act of crafting with candy. I mean, it’s CANDY. You don’t really have to dress it up the way you might, say, feel compelled to turn a bell pepper into an octopus. Or a carrot into Van Gogh’s Starry Night. With candy, you can just dump it in a bowl or Easter basket (or tear open the bag and shake directly into your mouth), and you’ve done your duty. Candy’s nice like that. Candy wants you to be happy.
That said, crafting with candy can be awfully fun, and it doesn’t have to be hard or take up all your time. (And you can eat candy while you’re doing it.) The project I’ll share next week takes mere minutes, and the one below can be done in about thirty seconds (or even less if you employ a small army of small children).
Both are cute. Both are delicious. Both are worth the click-through to sponsored content, and so is the giveaway of Easter candy at the end of the post. Yes. Do it for the free candy.
*Remember that time I gilded an actual lily, like with school glue and gold glitter? That was fun.
This post is sponsored by Global Influence with products supplied by HERSHEY’S.
First: the super-easy, super-adaptable project to get you all warmed up.
Here’s what you need to make a candy nest:
–a small bowl-shaped container
This is stupid-easy. All you do is break each pretzel in half (kids are good at this) and toss them in a small container, which voila, is now a nest for your Easter eggs. Hershey’s sent me a bunch of egg-shaped candy in several different sizes, so I played with various containers to match the scale of each kind of egg. I have Whoppers Robin Eggs (my favorite) in a baking dish, Cadbury Mini Eggs in a silicone cup I use for bento lunches, and Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans (OMG SO GOOD) in a ring dish.
I realize now that I should have included something for scale (a quarter? a banana?), but eh, you get the idea.
As for the candy itself, the jelly beans were a great surprise because they’re kind of sour and there are no gross flavors you have to eat around, and although I don’t recommend them in direct combination with the pretzels, the chocolate + pretzel combo is fantastic.
I love this project because it’s not just for people who celebrate Easter, and you can use any kind of egg-shaped candy you want. Hershey’s has a TON of options–malted, nut-filled, cookies-and-cream, fruity, and yes, those giant Cadbury Creme Eggs–so you can find just the thing for you–er, your kids. These new decorate-your-own chocolate robin’s eggs are pretty neat, huh?
Note that all the bags are open and half-empty. Or are they half-full?
Okay, prize time! To enter to win your own box of Hershey’s candy (the box they sent me weighed EIGHT POUNDS), here’s what you need to do: Between now and Thursday, April 10, leave a comment below sharing your favorite Easter (or spring) tradition AND a link to your favorite craft or recipe on CelebratewithHersheys.com. This contest is open to U.S. residents only (sorry sorry sorry!) and the winner will be picked by random draw. If you want to share the this craft or the contest on social media, we’re using the hashtag #BunnyTrail.
Here’s a sneak peak at next week’s Easter candy project. See you then?