Friday, January 27, 2012

Mars Bar Groundhogs

Groundhog Day is February 2nd  – that is this coming Thursday.  According to legend, when the groundhog comes out of its burrow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather if it sees his shadow.  If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

When you live in a cold climate, predicting the end of winter is a never-ending discussion. 

So I made these Mars Bar Groundhogs and you can too.

Here is how I did it.

Materials Needed for Decorating:
- mini Mars bars
- a few melted chocolate chips
- mini M&M’s – brown for the ears & cheeks
- royal icing eyes
- Wilton Jumbo Confetti Sprinkles – pink for the nose
- royal icing
- chocolate brownie cookies – circle cookie cutters

Instructions and Tips:

To Make the groundhogs.

“Glue” the EARS (mini M&M’s) to the mini Mars bars using a dab of melted chocolate chips.
Use royal icing to attach the eyes, pink nose and cheeks.
Make the teeth with royal icing.

Truth is you can simply stop here.  Use a bamboo skewer and plant the groundhogs in a planter. 

I made round chocolate brownie cookies – two solid and three hollowed out for each groundhog burrow.  I glued the cookies together bottom two are solid and top three are hollowed out.  Filled the cookies with more icing and stuck in the groundhog.

It’s a good activity for the weekend.  If you make them let me know how they turn out.

So far we have not had much of a winter in Toronto.  But I still would not be too unhappy the groundhogs don’t see there shadow and we get an extra early spring.

Happy Groundhogs Day!

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