Easy DIY Easter/Spring Treats

I used to be a total “Pinterest Mom”, perfect & meticulous. Ahh yes, the days before my little one could get into everything & stop me from doing anything. Now that I’m scrapped for time & dealing with a maniacal infant & a toddler with the attention span of a goldfish, I need to choose my projects based on how long they take to complete & how easy it is for little hands to contribute. At an approximate total of 10 minutes & super toddler friendly, this DIY Easter/Spring project fit the bill perfectly !

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I’m gonna go right ahead & ask for a pardon on the garbage photography, but I was alone & trying to craft, supervise, be in the moment & focus my camera all at the same time. Although the project itself went by very quickly – thank goodness – my little one (2.5 years old) was excited for it for the better part of the day, since we had gone to the supermarket earlier & picked out the ingredients (all 3 of em !) He was especially excited to choose the color of the candy melts himself 🙂

The recipe is super simple & basically calls for laying M&Ms on top of pretzels in a flower formation, all held together with a gooey candy melt. It was nice to have my little one involved & I could see the pride in his face over his “cooking”. Check out the details below !

Easter/Spring Pretzel Bites

  • Butter snap pretzels (the square “grid” kind)
  • Pastel M&Ms
  • Candy melts

    Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 225 degrees. If you’re Puerto Rican like me, don’t forget to remove all your pots & pans from in there first 😉
  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper. If you’re fancy, parchment paper, dahhling.
  • Line up your pretzels & add one candy melt to the center of each
  • Warm in the oven for about 3 minutes
  • Quickly begin your M&M masterpiece. I went for a classic floral design. My little one went with… well, you can see below & decide for yourself
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Tips:

  • Don’t leave them in the oven longer than 3 minutes. You don’t want the candy melt to literally melt; just need it “tacky” enough to hold your M&Ms in place.
  • Work quickly. By the time we got through half of ours (about 24), the candy melts on the other half were already too hard to hold the M&Ms. If you’re working with a kiddo who needs help, I’d recommend making no more than about 10 at a time. They harden fairly quickly, so it’s easier to just make another batch instead of wasting food.
  • Place your M&Ms “m” side down !
  • Chill them in the fridge for about 20 minutes so they harden even more & won’t crumble with the first bite.

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I’d say it was a success ! And that little face would too 🙂
Happy Easter/Spring, everybody !

Author: Rebecca Hardy

A native New Yorker, Reby Sky took a deep interest in the arts from an early age. Classically trained in ballet & theatre, she began her career in dance, performing in off-broadway venues & competing in dance competitions throughout the United States. Reby has also been featured in numerous instructional dance videos, including "Bellydance Your Way to Cardio" & "Bellydance for Mothers & Daughters".  Also formally trained in classical piano under master-pianist Rosario Garriga, Reby has performed in concert halls throughout the East coast, and attended the LaGuardia School of Music & Art & the Performing Arts - The "FAME" school - as a major in music.  In addition to dance, theatre, & music, Reby added professional football player to her repertoire in 2008; She signed with the LFL (Lingerie Football League) for a brief period of time before resigning for personal reasons.  Working as a successful model, Reby Sky has appeared in numerous national & international publications including, but not limited to Esquire, STUFF Magazine, Supermodels Unlimited, & PLAYBOY. Also making the jump into live media, Reby has appeared on television shows such as SPIKE-TV's "Midnight Spike" as a guest host & on TLC-TV's "Date Patrol" as a guest dance instructor. She has been featured in dozens of print ads and in numerous television advertisements, as well as internationally aired music videos. In 2009, Reby was named Miss Howard TV of the Year by the Howard Stern Show. She is also known within the sports world as the "NY Giants Girl".    Also working in broadcast media, Reby performed as an on-air talent for Sirius/XM Radio on the pro-wrestling show, "Busted Open”. Previous radio experience includes work as a sports correspondent for Clear Channel radio station, 98 Rock in Tampa, FL. Reby was also the host of her own radio show, "Digital Photography on the Radio", on 1010am Sports Radio (CBS) in 2008. In the world of professional wrestling, Reby is best known for her work on TNA Impact Wrestling, where she performed as a wrestler & recurring character from 2014-2017. Sky previously worked as a backstage interviewer, color commentator & professional wrestler for Lucha Libre USA Masked Warriors on MTV2. Reby currently lives in Cameron, North Carolina with her husband & two beautiful boys & is the owner/operator of HardyShoots.com.

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