Holiday Fun with Kids: Candy Cane Lollipops

 

Candy Cane Lollipop Project Idea from the Artful Year

A tasty holiday craft that’s sure to be a hit with the kids, these easy-to-make Candy Cane Lollipops are a fun way to celebrate the season!

If you are looking for some creative inspiration be sure to check out Jean Van’t Hul’s book  The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Crafts and Recipes. The book is full of art projects, seasonal activities and recipes for simple, family friendly crafting throughout the year.

Jean’s blog, The Artful Parent, and her books have served as creative inspiration to me with my own four children, and have come in handy as I plan special projects and activities for my kindergarten students.

I wanted to share one of my favorite kid-friendly project ideas from The Artful Year with you – let me know how they turn out for you!

Candy Cane Lollipops

Jean Van’t Hul notes that this festive treat is one that her children love to make to give as gifts or bring to a holiday party. Every step is fun for kids, from arranging the candy canes to adding the sticks and decorating the lollipops with sprinkles and chocolate chips.

Ingredients:

Miniature candy canes

Semisweet, milk chocolate, and/or white chocolate chips

Colored sprinkles

Craft Store Supplies:

Small plastic candy bags

Lollipop sticks

Instructions:

  1. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, assemble two mini candy canes facing each other to form a heart. Place the end of a lollipop stick between the base of the two candy canes. Repeat to make as many lollipops as desired.
  1. Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler (or in a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water).
  1. Spoon the melted chocolate into the heart-shaped space between the candy canes. Make sure the lollipop stick end is covered as well.
  1. Add sprinkles and/or contrasting chocolate chips while the chocolate is still soft. Let the lollipops cool and harden.
  2. Wrap the candy cane lollipops individually by slipping a small plastic candy bag over the top of each and tying it on with a festive ribbon.

From The Artful Year, by Jean Van’t Hul, © 2015 by Jean Van’t Hul. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications Inc., Boulder, CO. www.roostbooks.com

 


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