EASY, EDIBLE ART

Creative chefs of any age will love this edible art idea. These Fruit Roll-Ups flowers are the perfect combination of kid food and crafty fun.

 Fantastical Fruit Roll-Ups flowers

These flowers can be made with any assortment of Fruit Roll-Ups flavors and colors. Eat them one by one, or make a big, beautiful bouquet, and use them as colorful dessert toppers on cupcakes, brownies, cakes and chocolate squares.

M&M's

If you have a peanut allergy, then you can always substitute the peanut M&M's for jelly beans, gumdrops or sour balls. Each Fruit Roll-Ups strip will make 1 flower.

 Fantastical Fruit Roll-Ups flowers

The triangle shapes can vary in size and thickness. Experiment with different angles too.

 Fantastical Fruit Roll-Ups flowers

As you roll your strips around the M&M's, they can be sticky and may want to lie flat to the M&M's. Don't worry, you can press the petals out as you go and flatten them when you're done.

To add a little depth, attach each consecutive strip slightly higher than the previous strip so that the rows of petals can fan out and be seen better.

 Fantastical Fruit Roll-Ups flowers

For an alternate petal design, make straight cuts in the Fruit Roll-Ups strips. They don't have to be perfect. Play around with varied cuts.

 Fantastical Fruit Roll-Ups flowers

If you want to keep and use the flowers later, then they can be stored in a parchment paper-lined container in the refrigerator.

 Fantastical Fruit Roll-Ups flowers

Use your edible flowers on brownies or chocolates by attaching them with a dab of frosting.

 Fantastical Fruit Roll-Ups flowers

You can mix and match your colors, flavors and petal designs. Have fun being creative and crafty in your kitchen.

 Fantastical Fruit Roll-Ups flowers

And before you eat them, display your array as a gorgeous edible centerpiece.

 Fantastical Fruit Roll-Ups flowers

Fantastical Fruit Roll-Ups flowers recipe

Each Fruit Roll-Up will make 1 flower

Ingredients:

  • Fruit Roll-Ups (any flavor/color)
  • Peanut M&M's (any color)
  • Cupcakes, brownies, cake or chocolate candy bar squares to decorate, if desired

Supplies:

  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Gather your ingredients. For these flowers, I used red/yellow and blue/green Fruit Roll-Ups for the petals, and brown and yellow peanut M&M's for the centers. You can use whatever flavors or colors you like.
  2. Using a clean pair of scissors, cut the Fruit Roll-Ups into 4 equal strips approximately 1 inch wide.
  3. Fold each strip over to make them a little thicker and easier to cut. Then cut triangle shapes into each strip.
  4. Roll the first cut strip around a peanut M&M's.
  5. Continue adding and overlapping each strip, starting where the other stops, until all 4 are attached.
  6. Once all 4 strips are attached, gently press the petals out to flatten and open the flower.
  7. For an alternate petal shape, make straight cuts in each Fruit Roll-Ups strip with scissors, and attach them to the peanut M&M's in the same way as steps 4 and 5.
  8. Gently flatten and open the petals for the desired look.
  9. If desired, use the Fruit Roll-Ups flowers for decorative toppers on all kinds of desserts. An easy, no-bake option is to attach them to chocolate candy bars, like Snickers Peanut Butter Squares or Ghirardelli Squares, with just a little dab of frosting.
 Fantastical Fruit Roll-Ups flowers

 

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