New England Patriots Super Bowl Treats
When we stumbled upon a blog post for New England Patriots Pops over at Mega•Crafty, we knew we’d found a Super Bowl treat our readers would love. A Pat’s fan after our own hearts, Meg came up with this oh-so-sweet — not to mention adorable — way to support the home team, and she kindly shared her instructions on how to make them with us. Thanks, Meg!
Instructions to Make Patriots Pops
To make these pops, I used pre-packaged cereal treats.
They were the perfect shape and size. And buying them rather than making a batch myself allowed me to get right to the decorating. (But you could make a batch and cut them into rectangles. Or better yet, use a shirt cookie cutter if you have one!)
After unwrapping all my cereal bars, I cut one bar into the pieces that I used to make the sleeves. One bar makes enough sleeves for four jerseys.
For the main body of each shirt, I used a whole treat and cut a “V” shape out of the top for the neck. Then I attached the arms to each side. It’s amazing how these cereal treats will stick together and be molded like clay. I used the parts that I cut out of the neck to fill gaps and areas that didn’t stick.
Then I stuck in the lollipop sticks. Dipping them into a little melted white chocolate candy melts helps them hold better.
After all the sticks were in the little shirts, I stuck them into the freezer for a few minutes to harden them up a bit. While they were chilling, I got ready to melt and dye a bag of blue chocolate candy melts. I carefully melted the chips and added enough dye to get a dark blue that was more like the Patriots color than the original baby blue color of the candy melts. It took a LOT of blue dye, a pretty good amount of black and a tiny bit of violet to get this color. Really be careful with the violet — you don’t want to end up with Vikings purple instead of Patriots blue!
I dipped my pops into the dark blue and set them upright in a stand to dry. One thing to note here: the chocolate came out very thick and sort of gloppy. I’m not sure if that’s because I was dipping cereal treats, or if that just happened to be the texture of the candy melts. It would have been easier if the chocolate was a bit thinner, but I smoothed it with a knife and most of them turned out fine. Luckily the imperfections also worked for these, it made the shirts look more like fabric with wrinkles and movement instead of a plastic-like brick.