Airheads Candy Garnishes

Have you noticed an Airhead themed Valentines Day here in Sunny South Carolina? We had plenty of bars left from the Happy Hour post earlier this week. The box comes filled with an assortment of colors and flavors; so with the leftovers I crafted some roses. I think they make cute garnishes for Valentines desserts.

I simply cut the airheads in half long way and started to roll the center part. I then cute half moon shaped petals and pressed them together like play-dough! The older kids will love making them and kids of all ages will love eating them. When I served the strawberry dessert (above) the roses were gobbled up first.

Airheads Valentine

My dear friend Steph helped me concoct and taste-test the grown-up version: Valentini~ perfect for parties & afternoon playdates. For the rest of us who prefer a non-alcoholic version, the Creme-Berry Fizz! Let the kids help by putting Airheads fairy sugar on the rim and shaping the Airheads candy into strawberry garnishes and hearts for freezing. 

Valentini
A chocolate covered strawberry cocktail for two!

4 ounces dutch chocolate vodka, about 2 jiggers
4 ounces strawberry Airheads simple syrup*
Airheads Fairy Sugar
Airheads Candy Strawberry

Pour 4 ounces of dutch chocolate vodka and 4 ounces of Strawberry Airheads Simple Syrup into a cocktail shaker filled a third way full with ice. Secure lid and shake. Strain into two martini glasses rimmed with Airheads Fairy Sugar*. Garnish with frozen strawberry airhead heart “ice-cubes”*.

* See Recipes Below
Creme-Berry Fizz
A special drink for a special kid!
1/2 can of cream soda, about 4 ounces
2 ounces of Strawberry Airheads Simple Syrup*
Airheads Fairy Sugar*
Airheads Candy Strawberry*
Ice
Add ice to a highball glass rimmed with Airheads Fairy Sugar. Pour 2 ounces of Strawberry Airheads Simple Syrup into the glass. Top with 1/2 can of cream soda. Wedge an Airheads Candy Strawberry on rim.
* See Recipes Below
Recipes:
Strawberry Airheads Simple Syrup
3/4 cup water
2 Strawberry Airheads
Combine water and Airheads -Stir and place back into the microwave for 1 minute (or until most of the Airheads have dissolved).  Using a coffee filter, strain the liquid into another vessel. Then wipe out the initial container and strain back. (Solids and oils from Airheads will float to the top. Remove as much as you can while the product is still warm.)
Allow syrup to completely cool.  Refrigerate for up to three weeks.

Using a coffee filter, strain the liquid into another vessel. Then wipe out the initial container and strain back. (Solids and oils from Airheads will float to the top. Remove as much as you can while the product is still warm.)

Airheads Fairy Sugar
1/4 cup of superfine sugar
1 Strawberry Airhead
Unwrap the Airhead and place it on a piece of wax paper. Freeze for 1 hour. Using a micro-plane, grate the Airhead into a bowl or wide mouthed jar filled with 1/4 cup of superfine sugar. It sort of feels like you are zesting a lemon. Secure the lid and shake to incorporate. Store in a dry cool place for up to 3 days.
Airheads Candy Strawberry
1 Strawberry Airheads
1 Green Apple or watermelon Airheads
Place both Airheads candy next to each other on a piece of wax-paper. Top with an additional piece of wax paper. Using a rolling pin, roll out the Airheads making them larger and thinner (to about 1/8th of an inch).
Using a toothpick lightly draw 6 hearts in the red candy each about the size of a quarter. In the green candy, using the same method, draw 6 crowns each about the size of a nickel.

With scissors, cut out the shapes you traced. Pull the residual candy away.

Airheads strawberry heart ice-cubes

Place Airheads candy on a piece of wax-paper. Top with an additional piece of wax paper. Using a rolling pin, barely roll out the Airheads making them flat- not much thinner than the original. using a small heart cookie cutter, press into candy and remove residual candy. Place into the freezer until ready to use.