A Rose by Any Other Name Tastes as Sweet...

Candy, flowers, romance…even though Valentine's Day usually brings thoughts of romantic love, February 14 is a perfect day for families to cherish all those who mean so much to them. And what better way for you and the kids to shower the object of your affections with your, well, affection, than by firing up the microwave to create a special bouquet of roses?

How to do it:

What you'll need:

-candy mold (I used "Roses in Bloom" from Wilton)

-red candy melts (I used Wilton, smooth texture, vanilla flavor)

-lollipop sticks


-microwave / microwave-safe container

-mug, basket or small tin

-ribbon & florist foam

Hand wash and dry your mold before using.

Place contents of the 14 oz package in a microwave-safe container and microwave at half power or defrost setting for one minute. Stir, then microwave for 30 seconds. Continue microwaving for 30 intervals, then stirring, until completely melted. Don't add liquid or overheat, as this will affect the candy's consistency.

Spoon melted candy into dry molds; tap mold gently to remove air bubbles.

Place the lollipop stick in the candy so the top one-quarter of the stick (approximately) is running from top to bottom of the mold; tape the stick to the mold to hold in place.

Using a knife, spread some melted candy to cover the top of the lollipop stick.

Refrigerate until completely firm (about three or four hours).

Remove candy by inverting the mold and tapping gently. Trim away excess coating with a sharp knife.

Fit the florist foam in the mug, basket or tin; stick the end of the lollipops in the foam, arranging your "roses" as you go.

Cover foam and lollipop ends with ribbon.

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