1/15/2010

Gumball Flowers

We always have gumballs in the house (thanks to our 6' Wowie Zowie machine) so they're going to turn into colorful "flowers" this Valentines Day.These happy blooms would be perfect for a Valentines Day treat or a Tea Party.
Here are some of the "Valentines" that the girls thought would be appropriate to attach. I'm sure Hallmark will be calling any day...
"I'd always 'chews' you to be my Valentine!"
"If you were a flower I'd eat you."
"Roses are Red, Violets are blue, this flower's a gumball, it's for you to chew."

"Roses are Red, Violets are blue, Flowers are for girls but this one is gum so it's ok for you, too."

...I love kids.

Gumball Flowers
Ingredients:
Large Gumballs (1 inch)
Small Gumballs (8 for each flower)
Sucker Sticks
Royal Icing (recipes here)
green food coloring (optional)
Sprinkles
Wax Paper

Directions: Twist a pointed paring knife into each of the large gumballs to make a small hole. Mix a few drops of green food coloring into royal icing. (Royal icing recipes are here--it's the kind of icing that is very hard when dry). Spoon icing into a cake decorating bag or quart ziploc freezer baggie with a small corner snipped off.
Push sucker stick into each hole (you may have to add a dab of icing if the hole is too big). Pipe out a line of icing around each gumball as shown:

Place gumball on wax paper and push smaller gumballs into the icing to form the flower "petals".

Let dry completely or overnight.

Now, you could stop here, but I thought they needed a little extra sparkle, so after they had dried for an hour (but weren't completely set), I piped out a little circle of icing on the top:

and added sprinkles!

After icing is dry, you can wrap with sucker bags or celophane. Have fun!

18 comments:

Dana said...

These are so cute ! Thanks for the great idea!!

Chrisy Bates said...

Love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

Jessica said...

Who wouldn't love these treats?? Can't wait to share them with my Sunday school class.

Jamie Cooks It Up! said...

Mandy,
I was asked to do a little healthy cooking class with my daughter Faith in God group...I have been searching through your archives. I had to drop you a note and say, Girl...you have got creativity coming out of your eyeballs! What a lot of fun it is around here! Thanks for all of your work. These fun ideas do indeed inspire me to spend more time letting my little ones help. Have a great day!

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said...

Adorable! What a great idea! I especially like the saying of flowers are for girls but this is gum so it's ok for you too lol. Kids are great!

Lindsay Rudolph said...

Very cute! I can see kids loving those. They would make great party treats or something extra to add to birthday gift wrap. Great idea!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Those are so cute! If only I let the kids chew gum.

DeAnn McWhorter said...

Such a cute idea! I miss you. I'm going to be calling you soon!

Julie said...

That's extreme cuteness right there :)

Marie said...

Awesome!!

Valerie said...

So pretty! I've never seen anything like these.

Sadie said...

Super cute. My kids are obsessed with gumballs so this would be perfect! Thanks.
I just posted a really fun kid snack recipe on my blog that I think you'd like. Check it out:
www.sadieskitchenadventures.blogspot.com

Sadie said...

Oops, my blog is www.sadieskitchen.blogspot.com

That's pretty bad when I don't even know my own blog address... ;)

Liz - Meal Makeover Mom said...

Those flower gumballs are too cute. My son just got braces so gum is now off limits (boo hoo for him). Looks like we'll have to stick with chocolates for Valentine's Day.

Rose said...

Thanks for sharing the procedure to create Gumball Flowers. It looks awesome. Enjoyed your blog very much.

Lanie said...

LOVE THEM! I linked to this in my Friday Favorites... come on over and get an "I was featured" button if you like. ~Lanie

Büyü Çeşitleri said...

LOVE THEM! I linked to this in my Friday Favorites... come on over and get an "I was featured" button if you like. ~Lanie

The Party Animal said...

OMG OMG - These are the coolest things - I think if it is ok with you I would love to share this on my blog - You are just too creative lady!!! I am lovin it.