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Fantastical Fruit Roll-Ups flowers

Sandra Denneler is a SheKnows Expert who's been making and doing her entire life. Growing up, her favorite book was the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia's Childcraft Volume 11, Make and Do. An art director at Wichita State University, Sandra...

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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