While everyone is out planting their real gardens around here, I must confess that I’ve been working on a few “seedlings” of my own. Heh, heh, heh. Aren’t these the cutest little garden cupcakes you’ve ever seen? And such a painless way to get a few more–ahem–vegetables into your system. Baaaa!
Start with fruity Mike and Ikes. I picked several kinds to make sure I had plenty of orange ones.
Plus all the leftovers didn’t hurt my feelings any either. :}
I’d never seen Rips Whips before, and I tore them out of the bag before getting a picture. Essentially, they are skinny, little multicolored licorice strings. You’ll be using the green ones–so go ahead and eat the rest.
First just take a paring knife and make a tiny cut clear through the top of each little orange candy.
Now, cut the green licorice into one inch pieces. Then with scissors or a knife cut through the top of the licorice about half way down the piece so it looks like greenery.
Next, gently pinch the sides of the orange candy to open the cut up just a bit. Don’t get too rambunctious with this step or you’ll crack the outsides and make them ugly. Then, well, you’ll have to eat them.
Now poke the green stems into the top of your carrot. I used the tip of a knife to set it in–that worked the best for me.
Carefully squeeze your carrot closed a bit around the green top.
Oh, just look at your little harvest! Aren’t they adorable?!
All that’s left to do now is to “plant” your little candy carrots into your favorite patch…I mean batch of chocolate cupcakes. These sweet things–along with a tall glass of ice water–will make a fine reward for all those little backyard farmers coming in from a long day with the rototiller. Wouldn’t you say?