This tutorial will show you (and your kids!) how to make these yummy and silly Valentine’s Day treats to hand out during their class party. The first time I made these lollipops a few years ago, I actually made them for adults and let me tell you…they were a huge hit! I made them for my husband’s 30th birthday party, which had a mustache theme…a Mustachio Bashio, if you will. All the guys grew out their mustaches (as well as they could, anyway) and the girls all donned fake ones that I cut out of black and brown felt. It was quite the sight seeing all the girls with facial hair.
Since mustaches are still all the rage years later, especially with the kiddos, I thought I’d make these tasty treats for my son to give out to his 1st grade class for Valentine’s Day last year. These, or any chocolate candy lollipops, are easy to make and are spectacular to use as party favors, gifts, and stocking stuffers!
- Mustache lollipop candy molds (Michaels and Amazon.com are great sources)
- Color printer and white printer paper (card stock is preferred though)
- Red cardstock paper or construction paper if you don’t have white cardstock
- Hole punch
- Ribbon and/or twist ties
- Clear plastic cellophane bags (usually come with the twist ties)
- Dark chocolate or milk chocolate melting wafers (I used Wilton brand)
- Microwave safe bowl (large)
- Large stirring spoon
- Long white lollipop sticks
I always choose to buy the dark chocolate as opposed to the milk chocolate flavor when using these wafers because I think it tastes better. The milk chocolate has a strange “fake chocolate” taste to me. Are these wafers gourmet chocolate? No. However, they are easy to use and great for these types of projects. I’m sure there are fantastic recipes out there for homemade chocolate, but for my busy mom life, these are A-OK for me!
- Involve your kids as much as you can, always with safety in mind. My son used his safety scissors to open the bags of candy melts and poured them into the microwavable safe bowl. I love my Pyrex bowl!
- Melt your wafers in the microwave according to instructions. You can also use a double boiler on the stove-top if you have one. Always make sure water cannot get into the bowl of chocolate because that ruins the consistency completely. Be careful you don’t burn the chocolate. I melt them in stages. I heat them up for a minute or so, then stir, another minute, stir, another, stir. That way, I know I won’t burn them. The stirring part is another step where your kids can help you out. My son loves stirring things. He’s 7 now, so he’s now able to do more “grown-up chores” like measure and pour things while I’m baking/cooking. I have found that stirring is something even my 1 year old daughter is able to do, with supervision of course. It makes them feel accomplished and teaches them great skills.
- While you’re checking on the chocolate, get your kids to set out the lollipop molds on a flat surface and also get the sticks out of the package so they’re ready to go.
- If you have a chocolate squeeze bottle like I do, then great. If not, don’t worry about it. Using a spoon to get the chocolate into the molds works just as well, but tends to be a tad messier. Fill your squeeze bottle with warm gooey, melty, chocolate and fill up each mustache so that it’s level with the surface of the rest of the mold.
- Have the kids gently place the stick into mustache, give the stick a little twist to coat the entire end of the stick in chocolate, then rest the remainder of the stick into the space provided.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each mustache.
- I like to speed up the process by putting the entire mold in the freezer or refrigerator to allow the chocolate to set nicely. I’d say a ½ hour is great.
- After you are sure the chocolate has set, gently lift the lollipops out of the molds and set them onto a sheet of tin foil or parchment paper to await their plastic bags.
- The kids can help you put each lollipop into a bag that gets secured with a twist tie. The bags usually come with twist ties, but you could also secure them with pretty decorative ribbon.
- Visit Anders Ruff Design (a two-mom design team), and print out their FREE mustache Valentine printable onto white cardstock paper. Regular printer paper could work as well, but I found that the cards were too flimsy, so I chose to paste them onto pieces of red cardstock that were cut a little larger than the cards. Make sure you print out enough for all the kids in class, including the teacher and any aids! If your kids are school-age, have them use their safety scissors to cut the cards out.
- I had my son fill out the names and sign his own, then he punched a hole into the corner.
- String them onto the lollipops and secure using either the twist tie or a nice decorative ribbon. I used red and white bakers twine that I already had on hand.