Loco Kids: Peanut Butter Ladybugs are Yums {Recipe}

You know you have different types of patience.  ie, driving patience, your kid patience, other people’s kids patience, waiting for that little old lady to pull the check book out of her handbag at a snails pace, and write out her check, but ONLY after every one of her items has been fully bagged and placed back into her cart at the market patience. (she is an old lady afterall)

And then there’s the candy making/cake ball patience.  I’ve decided I’ve got a lot of patience for sweets, I will try and try again until they look fabulous.  But as they say – either you’ve got it or you don’t.  I’m thinking I need specialized help from Bakerella on this one.

I’ve now tried candy coating these little cuties, from Vicki of Macaroni Kids in Aurora, CO,  two times.  The first time I had ONE super cute one out of the dozen.  The second time was a much sweeter success.  

If you are a candy coating genius, I applaud you.  No, make that a standing ovation from yours truly.  I will not give up though, look how dang cute they are!

Peanut Butter Ladybugs

1 Cup Peanut Butter

1/3 cup softened (not melted) butter

3/4 cup confectioners sugar

2 1/2 cups white melting chocolate

Red Food coloring

Black Decorators Gel

Mix the peanut butter, butter, and confectioners sugar together until well blended.  Use a mini ice cream scoop to form ladybug, scoop onto a piece of wax paper or parchment covered cookie sheet.  Refrigerate for

Melt the baker’s chocolate according to directions on the package.  I used the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring every 30 seconds until melted (took about a minute).  Hint: Do not over heat or the chocolate will become too thick.

Place ladybug body on a fork and dip immerse into the chocolate.  Tap several times on the side of the bowl to get any excess chocolate off the ladybug.  Use a separate fork to slide the ladybug off and onto the parchment.  Repeat with the others. If the un-coated ladybugs are getting too soft, put them back in the refrigerator for another 20 minutes to harden.

Refrigerate for about 20 minutes.  Draw the spots, head and antenna onto the ladybug bodies with the black decorators gel.  Keep a toothpick near for smudges.

Chill for another half an hour, chip off any excess chocolate.

Additional tips for candy coating here.

Enjoy and receive lots of praise for a job well done.

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3 Comments

  • August 6, 2012

    Vicki L.

    Love love love these! Cutest chocolate and peanut butter EVER! I think you did a great job candy coating. I probably should have told you to make sure it stays warm the whole time.

  • August 7, 2012

    Lori Lavender Luz

    My mom would love these. And her birthday is coming up!

  • August 7, 2012

    Laura

    I have tried but I just don’t have the cake ball/candy coating talent. But they look fabulous. I think I will see if my daughter wants to give it a whirl!