I’ve been seeing diy jolly rancher pops around the internet, and the wheels in my brain started turning. I was sure you could easily make these into crosses, and it turns out, I was right!
There was a learning curve to figuring out how to make these into crosses, but luckily, I’m willing to share my research with you.
- Regular ‘ol Jolly Ranchers. *Have your preschooler arrange them by color as a bonus montessori activity, then have your 6 year old graph the colors for a bonus math activity! Ok, the homeschooler in me will shut up now.
- Life Savers (to make the flowers, not the crosses)
- Wooden Kitchen Skewers (or go to your local craft store and over-pay for “real” lolli-pop sticks)
- Aluminum Foil
- Cheap sandwich baggies (without zippers)
How to Make Your Own Jolly Rancher Cross Pops:
- Preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Unwrap your jolly ranchers, and cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, shiny side up.
- The jolly rancher in the middle of your cross needs a little extra oven time, so place just your middle jolly rancher on the cookie sheet and place in the oven on the center rack for 1 minute. (Allow room on the foil to build the rest of your cross and also for your stick.)
- Remove the tray from the oven (don’t burn yourself) and arrange the rest of the jolly ranchers around the middle one in a cross shape. Place them as closely together as possible.
- Place the tray back in the oven, and heat for about 5 minutes, or until the jolly ranchers melt together.
- Take the tray out of the oven, immediately place the stick on the cross, (I used wooden skewers because they’re way cheaper than loli pop sticks) and roll until the candy surrounds the stick.
- Allow the candy to cool and harden, then lift off the foil.
Each pop comes out unique and beautiful!
I love the colors on these and they’re so beautiful when the light shines through them! The cross pops look like they’re made out of stained glass!
After you’ve finished making your cross pops, wrap them in cello and tie a cute little bow at the bottom! (By the way, when I say “cello”, I actually mean cheap sandwich baggies that come without a zipper. Also, I used ribbon from the dollar spot at Michael’s).
I also made some cross pops out of jolly rancher “smoothies”. They had to melt about 2 minutes longer than the regular jolly ranchers.
We also made some flower-shaped loli-pops from life savers and jolly ranchers. For these, you don’t need to melt the middle any extra time. Just arrange on the tray and heat for about 5 minutes.
We had a fun time making these! Lydia was a great helper.
We’re going to be sticking these cross pops in our Easter baskets this year. I’m sure they’ll be a hit!
These could also be cute a religious snack or favor for pretty much anything- First Communion, Vacation Bible School… pretty much anything bible related.
Here they are all wrapped up and waiting for Easter!
I made them into an Easter candy bouquet by sticking them into a block of Styrofoam. Also, I made labels to put on the sticks from this adorable Jesus from Happy Saints. (I heart Happy Saints!)Pin It