Spring has sprung down here in Louisiana and every passing day leads me to believe that summer is just around the corner. Along with the high temps and breezy winds, the insects have all come out of hiding..to include the butterflies.
I remember the first time I made these butterflies, it was for a play date that I hosted a few years back. The children could not get enough of these cute little things and kept asking for more. Had I known they were going to be such a hit, I would have made them each a goody bag full to take home that day. These are such a fun Easter treat to make with your children.
Make a whole bunch of them for a rainy day......
......or make them just to make them because they are just so adorable....
Whatever the occasion, these are so very simple to make and require as little effort as possible.
Once y'all see how easy they are, you will want to make them every year ;)
(makes 20 butterflies)
2 cups small pretzels (about 45)
1 and 1/2 to 2 cups white chocolate chip morsels
1 tsp. vegetable oil
1 little bag of candy coated fruit flavored candy (we used Skittles)
1. Line a baking/cookie sheet with parchment paper. Arrange pretzels in a line, with the single holes touching to form the wings.
2. Break the remaining pretzels into pieces (I made sure to break them where there was a curve) for the antennae and set aside in a little bowl.
3. Place the white chocolate chip morsels and vegetable oil in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Cook on high for 1 minute. Stir continuously until all the chips are melted and is a smooth consistency. Place the chocolate in a freezer safe plastic bag. Squeeze the bag until the chocolate is all in one corner. Seal the bag and cut the tip off (where the chocolate is) so you can 'pipe' the chocolate out.
4. Squeeze the bag to 'pipe' the body of the butterfly...in between each pair of pretzels. Press each pretzel into the chocolate, making sure it is secure. Pipe chocolate into each hole in the wings.
5. Top each chocolate hole with a piece of candy.
6. Take the little pieces of antennae that you saved and place them at the top of the body, making sure to press the pieces into the chocolate so it will adhere.
7. Let them set for a good 30 minutes. Remove from tray and store in an air tight container until ready to eat.
Recipe Source: Pillsbury.com