Easter Idea: My (Totally Edible) Fruity Pebbles Easter Basket—OMG!

/ Thursday, April 3, 2014

Eeks! I'm so darn excited to share this edible DIY project with you. I woke up yesterday with a crazy idea: I should totally make an edible Easter basket out of Fruity Pebbles and marshmallows—it would be the best thing ever!

I whipped up this delicious cereal cradle for all of my Peeps, bunnies and jelly beans to live in. 
If you'd like to make it super sturdy (for sitting out all morning while your littles search for it), I'd recommend following the alternative procedure in Step 4. Guys! This is SO easy and so super impressive. I hope you give it a try...

MAKES: 1 basket

Nonstick cooking spray
6 Tbsp. salted butter
2 (10-oz.) bags marshmallows
2 (11-oz.) boxes Fruity Pebbles cereal
Assorted candy, for filling

1. Line 3-qt. or similar saucepan with aluminum foil; coat with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In lg. saucepot over med. heat, melt butter. Stir in marshmallows and cook, stirring, 2 min. or until melted. Remove saucepot from heat; fold in cereal until evenly coated.
3. Spray hands with cooking spray. A little bit at a time, press and mold all but 2 c. cereal mixture in bottom and up side of prepared saucepan to make 1-in.-thick basket base; freeze in saucepan until firm.
4. Press and hold remaining 2 c. cereal mixture into rounded handle, at least 1-in.thick and freeze until firm. (Alternative procedure: Mold remaining cereal mixture and 1-ft. craft wire or straightened coat hanger, trimmed; bend and freeze.)
5. Use foil to lift out basket base; remove foil and discard. Insert 4 wooden skewers, vertically, into basket wall where you’d like handle to attach (2 on each side).
6. Press skewers through handle ends to secure; mold and smooth cereal mixture together where base and handle meet. Use other skewers to support handle and freeze again until very hard, about 1 hour (skip this step if using wire).
7. Fill basket with assorted candy. To create the grass: I used Sour Power Green Apple Candy Straws. Cut the straws in half and then snip the ends down the middle to create “grass blades” using kitchen scissors.

What do you think!? Would you try your hand at this edible DIY project? I'd love to know! xo Erin

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