Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Candy Pacifiers For Baby Showers


Candy pacifiers make cute baby shower favors, 
decorations and even food since they are edible. 
They are very inexpensive to make...another plus. 

When I asked the co-grandmother of "our" new baby 
due in April what I could do long-distance to assist with
a baby shower she was having, I was assigned to make
life saver pacifiers. I had seen them at baby showers
(they were always a hit) but I had no idea how to
 make them.  I googled. 

The main ingredients are life savers and jelly beans. 

The "glue" to stick them together varies.
One tutorial suggested frosting. 

Do NOT use frosting... it is not strong enough to hold the 
pieces together. Believe me.  Another tutorial used royal icing.
I don't know why but my mind glazes over with the thought
of making royal icing.  I don't think you can buy it in a can.

I have used candy melts in the past to "glue" food pieces 
together so I decided to try it for this project...it worked!

Candy melts are readily available in craft stores.  They are not
expensive...maybe $3 per bag. It does a LOT of pacifiers. 

The life savers vary AND the jelly beans vary.
The life savers that you get in a roll are smaller than 
the life savers that you get individually wrapped. 
Jelly Belly jelly beans are smaller than the jelly beans that
you get in a bag....things to think about. 

Initially, I wanted all pink jelly beans since "we" are 
having a girl!  I went to a candy store in the mall so I could 
get all one color of jelly belly candy.  They were all out of 
pink jelly bellys but they did have a neutral color (grapefruit
flavor) that was a pretty good second choice for the pacifiers. 

Here is a good tip: ten candy melts in a sandwich bag put in 
the microwave for 60 seconds gives you a good supply of
"glue" to start putting your pacifiers together.  

At the end of melting the candy wafers, squish them up in
the plastic sandwich bag towards one corner and cut a
teeny tiny end off of the corner...now you have a piping bag. 

The first "batch" that I made, I piped a line of melted candy
wafer across the embossed "Life Saver" side of the candy
and stuck another life saver vertically on top of it. 

The individually wrapped life saver candies are easier to find
and larger (but a pain to unwrap each one).  
The only place I found the life savers in a roll was at 
Dollar Tree...they are smaller but cheaper. 

After the melted candy wafer "glue" had dried for about
30 minutes, it was sturdy enough to move on to adding the 
jelly bean "nipple" to the pacifier. 

Make a new "batch" of melted candy wafers in the sandwich 
bag.  Pipe a glob of  melted candy in the life saver hole.

Put a jelly bean (or jelly belly) onto the glob immediately.

At first I was holding the "pacifier" upright for about a
 minute to let the melted candy set up long enough
 to hold the jelly bean upright before placing it gently down
 and continue to harden. That was taking WAAAAY too
 long if I was going to be making a bunch of these. 

I remembered some beans that I had used for decoration at 
Thanksgiving that could be used to hold up the pacifiers while
they "set up".   These beans are henceforth only for decor (or
for being a useful second set of hands to hold stuff up). 

You could also use rice or sugar to serve the same purpose
(or if you still have kids at home, maybe use them to hold
the pacifier about a minute till the melted candy sets up slightly.)



On some of those jelly bean "nipples" it was difficult to
make them stand up straight or to center them because
 the candy "glue" was filling up the hole.  
So for the next "batch" of pacifiers I tried putting the
 nipple (jelly bean) on first then adding the handle. 

Pile a circle around the center of a life safer then add the 
jelly bean nipple.

After the nipple had time to set up well (about 30 minutes),
 the handle of the pacifier was added...

...with more melted candy "glue". "A little dab'll do ya".


This time the beans held the pacifiers jelly bean side down
so the handle could dry/set up straight. 
After trying both ways, I recommend the "jelly bean first" method.

A couple of times my sandwich-bag-turned-piping-bag 
popped at the seam and made a little pile of melted 
candy wafers.  From these incidents I learned that you 
can just dip the life saver or jelly bean in the melted candy
instead of piping it on.  You just have to work quicker
before the air-exposed melted candy hardens.

If the melted candy in the sandwich bag gets hard
before it is used up, you can put it back in the microwave
for about 5-10 seconds to remelt it. I used a new 
sandwich bag for each 10 candy wafers I melted. 

Here are a bunch of pacifiers made with jelly bellys...

Here are some pacifiers made with multi-color jelly bellys
that came from a bag at Dollar Tree.

If you want larger nipples on the pacifiers you can
use regular jelly beans.  They are cheaper than jelly bellys.

Here are pacifiers with regular jelly beans...

I was making these pacifiers assembly-line style and forgot
to keep count of how many life savers I needed to finish
pacifiers I had started.  Ooops! None of the stores close to
my house had the rolls of Life Savers which I had been using
mostly.  They are smaller than the bagged ones. 

These already-started pacifiers with a small life saver top...

...got a large (close to my house) life saver bottom. 

I call them the "hybrids".  To hide the difference in size
I used these pacifiers on top of cupcakes.  

I thought the icing might hide the size difference.

The life saver held up in the icing much better than I 
thought it would (i.e. it did not "melt" the life saver).
It would probably be better to add the pacifier close to
the time of the shower to be safe.  Also, if you can, avoid
adding the pacifier before it has to travel in a car to
 the shower. The pacifier makes the cupcake top heavy. 

The hostess at the baby shower my pacifiers are going to
is going to use some of the pacifiers to tie onto bottles
of pink nail polish for a baby shower favor.  Cute idea, huh?

Another way to use these pacifiers as a baby shower
favor is to package a few together in a bag.  





Since the pacifiers are edible, you can put them in
 a bowl on the food table at the shower too. 

They even look fun just scattered on the baby shower
 food table like confetti.  If you want to make the candy
pacifier fit the gender of the baby, you can add a ribbon.

Hey, I just had an idea...these candy pacifiers with ribbons
 would be cute at a "gender reveal" party too!  

However you decide to use these candy pacifiers 
at a baby shower or gender reveal, they will be a hit!

I am sharing this post at
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
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8 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Gayle-Those are so darned cute. I wish I had seen this before my daughter's baby shower. It is just a darling idea. What fun---a bit of work--but cute! xo Diana

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my word, these are amazing. I love this idea. How cute and clever. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Ivy and Elephants said...

So cute! I'll have to give these a try.
Patti

Art @ Home said...

How cute, and I think they look best as a cupcake topper. So cute! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comments about my Bonnie Blue. I appreciate it so much!

Pura Vida said...

very whimsical

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

They are absolutely adorable...I am going to show this to a friend who will be planning a baby shower soon!...

Debbiedoos said...

Oh my those are so adorable. I have never seen anything like them. I would be eating more than my share!

Sondra Lyn said...

These are soooo cute! I don't know if you remember me, but we sat at the same table for the ASCP class last year at Haven! Hope to see you there again this year!! :-)

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