You can make these cute birds in any candy coating color you like; just change the heart sprinkle to a contrasting color. To make the wings for the birds, you will need the candy coating that comes in button melt form.
1. Line a tray with parchment paper.
2. Shape cake pop mixture
into balls and pinch one end upward to make a teardrop shape. Flatten
3. Place the shapes on the parchment-lined tray and pop into the fridge to chill.
4. Cut the Jolly
Rancher candy chews into small triangles about ¼ inch in length. Gently pinch them to
make the shape neat.
5. Using a knife, cut 24 candy coating
buttons in half. It is easiest to use a sawing motion until you
are halfway through the melt and then press down to
finish the cut.
6. Melt the candy coating. Dip the end of each stick into the melted candy and push one stick
into each of the cake pop balls. The stick should be inserted in the base of
the teardrop shape with the pointed end pointing slightly upward to look like
the tail of a bird. Return to parchment-lined tray and pop back into fridge to
chill for 10 minutes.
7. Make the wings by using melted candy
coating to stick the buttons you have cut into half onto the side of the birds.
The candy button halves should be stuck on the body with a pointed tip facing
up at about a 45-degree angle. Do the wings on one side of all the pops and
then chill in the fridge until set. Turn all the pops over so the side that
already has a wing is resting down on the tray and add the remaining cut candy
buttons to the upright sides and chill for 10 minutes.
8. Remelt the candy coating if necessary.
Remove tray from fridge. Holding the end of the stick, dip a cake pop into the
melted candy until the whole shape is submerged, and then lift it out of the
melted candy. Holding the pop over the bowl to catch drips, gently tap the
stick against your hand or the side of the bowl to remove excess candy coating.
9. Working quickly, before the candy has a
chance to set, place a heart sprinkle on the side of each bird where the wing
meets the body. Place eyes on each side of the bird at the larger end of the
teardrop shape (the head) and then insert the cut Jolly Rancher pieces into the
front of the head to look like a beak. Place upright in Styrofoam block.