Soothe inner child with pacifier candies

A baby shower is a great time to be crafty, but it seems like so many mess up this fun celebration.

The culprit is usually an attempt by someone to make a cake that looks like a baby. This is a bad idea because (A.) it looks too real to eat and we're not cannibals, (B.) it looks like a changeling and is simply too ugly to eat, or (C.) it looks like a combination of A. and B. and the idea of just looking at a realistic changeling is enough to give a person nightmares in addition to an upset stomach from eating it.

I suggest playing it safe with the cake and get crafty elsewhere when it comes to baby showers. So when it came to an upcoming baby shower for a co-worker, I knew I wanted to get crafty, yet stay safe.

Pacifier candies were my scrumptious solution. They're not too expensive, fairly easy to make, tasty and perfect for the occasion. Just like real pacifiers soothe babies, these treats soothe inner children.

When looking for a crafty idea for a baby shower that doesn't suck, yet is great to suck on: go with pacifier candies.

Materials:

  • 1 bag of Wintergreen Lifesavers candy (other flavors acceptable, but white-colored lifesavers work best)
  • 1 bag of jumbo jelly beans
  • Powdered sugar
  • 1-2 eggs (egg whites needed - substitutes can be purchased)

*Powdered sugar and eggs are used to make frosting. However, a stronger construction frosting can be purchased at craft stores and some local grocery stores should you desire to skip a step.

Step 1: Prepare the frosting. In a small mixing bowl, stir together an egg white and gradually add about two cups of powdered sugar. As you stir, the mixture should thicken. Be cautious not to over thicken or leave it too watery. More or less powdered sugar maybe needed depending. If you do find you over-added powdered sugar, add more egg whites or a small amount of water.

Step 2: Building the pacifier base. Take a Lifesaver and daub frosting on one of the broad sides of the candy. Set it non-frosting-side-down on the counter. Take a second Lifesaver it and stick it upright into the frosting on the other Lifesaver: the rounded edge on the second Lifesaver touches the frosting, not the broad side. Let the frosting dry.

Step 3: Finishing with jelly beans. For the last step, pick up the base you just made. Add frosting to the opposite broad size of the first Lifesaver. Place a large jelly bean on that frosting. Yellow or pink beans look the best. Again, allow the frosting to dry. This step is a bit tricky because gravity will work against you. You might have to hold the pieces of the pacifier candy in place, while it dries for a bit.

Voila! Completed pacifier candy. Repeat to make as many as you'd like.

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