Is it me or are you also seeing the explosion of fox related stuff everywhere? I'm not sure what started the cute little fox trend, probably last years' What Does the Fox Say video by Ylvis, but I'm predicting that foxes out cute owls for the most shared, crafted, and meme'd animal of 2014! Well it may come pretty close. Although I think my love of foxes started with the Dr Seuss book Fox in Socks. I mean what kid (or adult) can resist a tweetle beetle puddle paddle battle from a fox in blue socks?
Or maybe it came from the pretty awesome Fantastic Mr. Fox - probably because I'm a child of stop motion animated movies and there are so few of them these days or maybe because it's a little dark and I kinda like that, or that George Clooney is playing the Fantastic Mr Fox aka Foxy - get it George is Foxy - can he state it any more clearly than that?!
Well if you have a weird fascination with foxes like I do (who knew I'd be typing that), follow my fox board over on Pinterest!
And when I found these cute little fox take out boxes I knew I'd be doing some sort of fox related treat soon. One of my favorite candy bars is York Peppermint Patties. I know another weird like. Somehow I've passed the peppermint/mint liking gene down to the kids too, they also love them. Every Valentines Day, you can find heart shaped Peppermint Patties. I've made valentine owls with them before here, but this year I made little foxes with them.
Step 1: Dunk in some melted candy melts (I used 1/2 cup of red and 1/2 cup of orange Wilton candy melts). Add 1 teaspoonful of vegetable shortening to allow for more smooth coating of the patty)
Step 2: Allow to dry
Step 3: Add detail with vanilla tootsie rolls and melted chocolate
I melt the tootsie roll in the microwave for about 7-10 seconds, then roll it flat with a rolling pin. Take a large icing tip and cut out a circle with the round part of the tip (as shown here). Then cut the circle in half and apply it to the heart patty. The tootsie roll is a little sticky so I didn't even use any adhesive. It stuck on by itself. Cut out little triangles for the ears and apply the same way. Lastly melt some chocolate chips in a zip lock bag, snip an end and pipe on nose and eyes. It's really pretty quick.
And that's it. Cute little fox faces.
I'm going to use these for valentines for the kiddo's friends in class. I think I'm going to just put them into the fox take out box or a cellophane treat bag, tie with some ribbon and add a tag that says "What does the fox say" and then "Happy Valentines Day of course!" I'm pretty sure all the 1st graders know that song but hopefully they don't say, "That's so 2013"!
Anyhoo, hope you like the treats and stay warm, this polar vortex is a great name for it. I think we all need to start the countdown to spring! Have a GREAT WEEK!