Aside from the blizzard we had the winter has been pretty mild here in Maryland. I am happy to say though that spring is finally here! Birds are chirping, bunnies are hopping all over and the days are slowly getting warmer. On one of my grocery store trips I was surrounded by Easter candy and I became so inspired by all the fun colors. Easter really has some of the most fun candy. What better way to enjoy it than with yummy white chocolate? These are wonderful to stir into your morning cup of coffee or eat as an afternoon sugar fix.
Speaking of spring, last fall I ordered various bulbs that a dear friend graciously planted for me. She had been taking care of my front flower bed all year since I had the whole back-surgery ordeal last year and it was too difficult for me to garden. We worked out a deal that I would buy the bulbs for both of us is she planted them. I am happy to say they have been peeking out and I cannot wait to see what they look like. Honestly, I could not remember if I ordered tulips or lilies – I am pretty sure they are tulips now thanks to a little Googling (sad, I know!). I do have a few bright purple crocus that have peeked through too.
While we are on the subject of all things spring I have to tell you about my beagle, Sawyer. Last night my husband was in the back yard with him and I suddenly heard him yell “Sawyer!” in a panicked voice. I immediately thought he had gotten under our deck and found ant bait trap we had placed there. He came inside with Sawyer and said, “Well, I think we have rabbits living under our deck.” Thankfully, he went on to explain there was a rabbit that came in the yard and Sawyer chased it before it got away under the small opening under the deck.
Sawyer didn’t attempt to go in after it because the hole is too small and there is a pipe blocking it. I suggested there were probably bunnies under the deck (tis the season) and my husband confirmed that Sawyer had been acting strangely and trying to track every time they were out there for the past week or two. I looked out and saw the rabbit trying to go under the deck again, this time with food in his mouth. It was too dark to peek under the deck and see anything so we will have to do some investigating later this week. I am now on edge every time I let the dogs outside because if Sawyer does catch a rabbit or bunny I will panic and cry. We are currently taking bets to see if he will get one or not. I am definitely hoping not!
Easter Candy Spoons
Author: The Ruby Kitchen
Note: I made a double batch and used the remaining chocolate to make the chocolate bark in the picture below. For the candy I used these jelly beans, Easter SweetTarts, M&M Eggs and Mini Robin’s Eggs)
1.5 cups Ghirardelli white chocolate chips
16 Colorful Plastic Spoons
- Prepare a place for the spoons to rest evenly on a sheet tray. I rolled up foil and placed spoons alternately so I could fit as many as possible. I taped them to the foil as well so they did not move around. You may need more or less than 16 spoons, depending on their size so it is better to fill the tray and have too many.
- In a microwave safe bowl, heat chocolate for 45 seconds. Remove and stir well for 5 seconds. Repeat process this in 15 second increments until chocolate is smooth.
- Transfer chocolate to a piping bag or zip top bag. Cut a small hole in the corner and pipe chocolate into each spoon until it is ¾ of the way full.
- Place candy into each spoon and top with sprinkles.
- Place in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes until firm. Store in a zip top bag at room temperature.