My son has fallen in love with Legos, so we are embracing this new passion. He could play with them for hours. For his birthday party this year, we held it at Bounce U, so most of the work was done for me. (YAY!) I did embrace the Lego love theme for him with the invitations, the cake and the favors. It was fun!
I made Lego Minifigure head pops to give out. Inspired by Pinterest, of course! These were fun and easy to make. To make, I used a bag of Jumbo sized marshmallows, a bag of regular sized marshmallows, yellow candy melts, lollipop sticks, and a square of dark chocolate.
I melted the candy melts in a mini crock pot. It was easy to keep the candy smoother than heating in a bowl in the microwave. The candy melts have to be stirred regularly or they will burn. Guess how I learned that!
While the melts were heating up, I cut regular sized marshmallows in half and stuck the sticky side to the center of the jumbo marshmallows. Then I stuck the lollipop sticks in the bottom. Once melted, I dipped and swirled around the marshmallow pops in the yellow candy melts, using an offset spatula to help keep a smooth surface and knock off drips. It helped to shake the pop a bit to get the excess off and then smooth the surface. This took a bit longer than I anticipated, mainly because of drying time. I should have bought a large block of styrofoam to use as a drying stand, but instead I went the free route and just punched holes into the bottom of a cardboard box. It wasn't as stable as I thought it would be, so I couldn't make as many pops at once, as they needed room to dry/harden. The box was too large to stick in the fridge! But, it still worked out with only one or two casualties.
Once all of the pops were dipped and dried, I lined them up on the table and went to work on giving them faces. The Lego minifigures are known for having expressive yet simple faces, so I wanted to try to give the pops a variety of expressions. I had planned to use an edible marker to make the faces, but I wasn't able to find just a black marker, only sets. I didn't want to spend the money on a big set when I would only need one, so instead I melted a square of extra dark chocolate on a saucer in the microwave. I used a clean, tiny paintbrush to paint on the faces using the melted chocolate. I wrapped them up in candy bags with twisties, and they were packed in the party-goers gift bags! I also used one to decorate the cake (post to come later!)