What do these three things have in common?
They are always the last picked. When I was in grade school, I wasn't athletic or popular, which is two strikes when picking teams in gym. More often than not I was one of the last picked, always a difficult decision between me and the boy who wet in his pants because he was so nervous for a the spelling bee. At least I won out to "Pee Pee Paul".. most of the time.
It is almost two weeks after Halloween. Look in your candy bucket, what's left? In our family it's always Jolly Ranchers and Tootsie Rolls. At work, when my teammates bring in leftover Halloween candy, the bag is always brimming with Jolly Ranchers and Tootsies Rolls. Even if they bring in other candy, the chocolate always goes first, then the Skittles and Starbursts, then the other non-candy like pretzels, but the poor Jolly Rancher and Tootse Rolls are left at the bottom of the tattered ziploc bag.
I am here to bring new life into these candy outcasts, you could call it "candy up-cycling." Gather up the Jolly Rancher and Tootsie Rolls and prepare for the metamorphosis. By simply melting Jolly Ranchers you can create the butterfly candy seen below.
First we make the wing molds out of an old soda can.
|It looks as though I'm going to make stars out of a Pepsi Can! But I'm not, just making butterfly wing molds.|
Cut soda can open and cut into half inch by six inch strips. Then mark the strips as follows with a marker at the following lenghts:
.25 inches, 1.5 inches, 2.75 inches, 5.4 inches. These will be the marks where you fold.
You want to make an even number of strips, as butterflies have two wings.
|Unmolded jolly rancher butter fly wings.|