How to: Makin’ Candy Lego Mini-Figures

My recent obsession with Lego was pretty clear in this previous post.  Since that first bigger build, I have continued to make things and have also since moved on the next Iron Man set, which I have dubbed “Tony Stark’s Malibu Dream House”-There was a helicopter too, but the house portion is much more interesting.  Look how awesome this is?!!?  It comes with a Dummy (at the ready with a fire extinguisher), and a drink dispenser (that I think is filled with Tang).

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Pepper- “Tony, I am getting very concerned about your Tang intake.”

Ok, but as cool as that is, that’s not what this post is about.  Rather it’s about how the perfect storm of a Lego mini-figure obsession, and extreme curiosity about those multi-color candy melts I always see in the craft store come together to make an adorable (if not slightly labor intensive) snack.

How to: Makin’ Candy Lego Mini-Figures

Materials:

  • various color candy melts (These all basically taste the same, though the dark ones claim to be “dark cocoa”)
  • cheapy paint brushes
  • microwave safe bowls
  • a silicon mold (like the kind sold for making ice cubes)- obviously I am using a mold that looks like Lego mini-figures, but you can pick what you like.
Candy melts

The Candy Melts and silicon mold

Cheap brushes

The aforementioned cheapy paint brushes

So, you could do this pretty straight-up easy, melt one color of candy melts, pour into mold, wait, pop out, eat.  But that my friends is not what’s happening here.  Not when I have the opportunity to make the Lego peeps wear different color pants!  Instead I set up all 3 colors so I could layer in the mold and create.
Progress

While the candy melts are pretty easy to use-follow the directions on the back for melting, they solidify pretty quickly.  This is great when you are waiting to pop out your completed mold, but a bit of a pain when you are trying to build the colors.  So that said, you will want to work quick-ish, or the reheating of the candy medium can get really tedious.  Laying the colors is where the paintbrushes really come in handy.  You don’t want a cadre of naked mini-fig do you?! Well maybe you do, but this is not that kind of blog, so as you can see, I used the brushes and various colors to create clothes.
Starting the layering

Painting in the pants and shirts

The best hint I can give here is to have patience and make sure these are cool before you pop them out (least you have a headless mini-fig on your conscience).  This mold isn’t too deep, and while that makes then easier to pop out, it also means the candy is not overly thick either.  So wait for them to be cool…

 first batch

The first test batch!

Complete

Rise my Lego candy army!

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RISE!!!!!!

There you have it.  I think it’s safe to say this can be done with any of those silicon ice molds, so get creative.  I have seen Star Wars and mustache molds used similarly.  Full disclosure- I liked making these more than I liked eating them (Candy Melts are basically white chocolate), but they were gobbled up super quickly at the party I brought them to, so I consider that a success.

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6 comments

  1. Cartoon Sara

    I’m very excited for the possibilities of using all kinds of silicon ice molds to make creatively shaped chocolates. I wonder if there’s anything that could be done to make the flavor a little more exciting.

  2. The Red Menace

    You can also use real chocolate, if you are willing to get down with tempering. I feel like it would give you more time, slightly. Also, am I the only one thinking about fillings?

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