Why are these unicorn snack bars magical you say?
Well first of all, look at them!
A no bake pink cereal snack bar that is studded with freeze dried strawberries and little edible confetti hearts and stars, then dipped into white chocolate, and decorated to look like a unicorn, complete with a shiny gold horn. HELLO, if that’s not the most magical kids snack you’ve ever seen then feel free to tell my unicorn obsessed 3 year old that unicorns aren’t real. (Actually please don’t omg).
Secondly, its that time of year again, where the kids go back to school, and the parents pretend to be sad, but are secretly jumping for joy because man, the summer was great but long. Little kids however, especially ones who are starting school for the first time this year, might just need a little pick me up or a little extra magic when they open their lunchbox on the first couple days of school.
Insert Magical Unicorn Snack Bars!!! Can you just imagine the look on your little one’s face when she opens her lunchbox and finds this!
She would probably feel what it felt like for me when I opened up a huge box of free products that Wilton sent to me to create these beauties.
Decorating tools, and chocolates, and glitter, oh my!
As a professional baker and former custom cake business owner, Wilton has always been my numero uno, go to brand for all things cake related. Their baking pans are my favorite because they are lightweight and easy to clean. Plus- not all, but a lot of their edible products including their sprinkle collections are certified kosher, which makes my life (keeping a kosher kitchen) a lot easier when it comes to decorating anything. If thats a priority for you as well make sure you check the labels first before buying!
Simply magic I tell you. And I would have told you that 6 years ago, when I was just a student enrolled in pastry school and in love with cake- wayyyy before this sponsored post ever happened. Like I said, they have always been my go to brand for baking and cake decorating supplies, and when they asked me to create a fun snack recipe for their back to school campaign using their products, it was literally like the mothership was calling me home.
Where your kids aren’t these days because SCHOOL IS IN SESSION! At least it is here in Florida. And if school didn’t start yet by you, then good news! You now have more time to make these unicorn snack bars!
They really are so much fun to watch come alive, and they are easy to make if the little ones want to help out. The only thing that needs to be supervised really, is making the syrup mixture that keeps the bars together. My daughter (the 3 year old were not telling about unicorns) really enjoyed squeezing the piping bags full of pink and purple Candy Melts to make the unicorn hair. I loved that we didn’t make a huge mess melting all the chocolate because:
a) You can melt the Candy Melts inside the piping bags in the microwave (I know, mind blown).
b) We used this super cool chocolate melting pot that Wilton sent for the white chocolate, which we needed a lot more of than the pink and purple.
In previous times I would stand next to the microwave and melt my chocolate on 30 second intervals, stir, then microwave again, impatiently waiting to get my chocolate to melt, just to find that I microwaved it for too long and it totally seized up on me. Not anymore friends! I literally turned this little gadget on, waited a few minutes for it to preheat, added my chocolate and voila! Two minutes later without having to babysit it, the chocolate was melted. What’s even better is that it keeps the chocolate liquid, so I didn’t have to worry at all about it hardening. Once we were done and I turned the machine off, the chocolate hardened, but because the bottom is silicon, it peeled right off and clean up was a breeze.
Game changer when working with chocolate!
Should we talk about the little horns? I think they might be my favorite part of this whole project.
Yes, of course you can make these deliciously berry unicorn snack bars without the horns, but they just add something so cute and special that I’m sure any kid (and their friends) would be excited to see in their lunchbox.
You can easily make them by rolling out a little piece of white fondant in between your palms into a skinny rope, then bend it over and twist. Super duper easy. If you wanna go the extra mile, you can paint them like I did with a little gold pearl dust for some extra magic. And if you wanna go the extra extra mile (which I think you should obvs) then pipe the eyes on with black royal icing or use edible markers to draw and make it easier albeit, slightly less perfect.
Ok, wait I just realized, I lied.
My favorite part of this whole project was watching my daughter’s face light up with unicorn happiness when she saw it all come together. They are magical, I’m telling you.
This post was sponsored by Wilton, however all of my opinions are honest and my own!
The Most Magical Unicorn Snack Bars
- Decorating Supply list:
- 1 4.4 oz Wilton Decorator Prefered White Vanilla Fondant Pack
- 1 0.5 oz bottle Wilton Pearl Dust Decorating Powder in Gold
- ¼-½ teaspoon Wilton Vanilla Extract or Vodka used for painting with pearl dust
- 1 6 oz container Wilton’s Candy Melts EZ Thin Dipping Aid
- 1 12 oz bag Wilton Candy Melts in White
- 1 12 oz bag Wilton Candy Melts in Pink
- 1 12 oz bag Wilton Candy Melts in Lavender
- 1 0.6 oz bottle Wilton Edible Accents in Pink Hearts
- 1 0.6 oz bottle Wilton Edible Accents in Silver Stars
- 1 pack of two Wilton Foodwriter Black Edible Markers
- 1 1 oz bottle Wilton Black Gel Food Coloring optional if not using markers
- 1 8 0z bottle Wilton Meringue Powder
- Decorating brush set for painting the horns
- For the Cereal Bars:
- 6 cups berry cereal such as Cheerios Very Berry
- 1 1 oz bag freeze dried strawberries
- ½ cup brown sugar packed
- ⅔ cup honey
- 4 tablespoons butter diced small
- For the Royal Icing Unicorn eyes optional if not using markers:
- ½ cup Confectioners sugar
- 1 teaspoon Meringue powder
- ½- 1 teaspoon water
- First prepare the unicorn horns to allow them time to dry. Take a small piece of fondant, about the size of a walnut and split it in half. Using your palms, roll one half out onto your surface to create a skinny snake like rope about 4 inches in length.
- Using a knife, cut the rope in half so you have two 2” pieces. Next, take one of the two pieces and fold it in half connecting the two ends together, and twist them around each other to create a horn. Pinch the ends together so they adhere. If you find that the fondant isn’t sticking well to itself, brush some water on it and stick it back together. The water will make it stick!
- Repeat those steps until you have about 8 little unicorn horns. Set them aside.
- In a small bowl or plate, pour about ½ teaspoon pearl dust along with the vanilla extract or vodka, and mix gently with a paint brush to dissolve.
- Paint the horns with the mixture. If the “paint” is too thick, add more extract. If it is too liquidy, add more pearl dust. Just remember a little goes a long way! Set the horns aside and allow them to air dry.
- Next start making the cereal snack bars.
- Prepare an 8x8” pan by either spraying it with non stick spray or lining it with parchment paper and allowing extra to hang from the sides for an easy release
- In a large bowl combine the cereal and freeze dried strawberries. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar, honey, and butter.
- Stir with a silicone spatula until ingredients are melted and well combined.
- Bring the mixture to a boil for only 2 mins. Any longer and it will get too hard when it cools down.
- Let the syrup cool for just a minute, then pour it over the cereal mixture and start mixing it all together. Make sure to mix it really well, coating all of the cereal with the syrup.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared 8x8” pan and press down really hard, trying to even it out. It helps if you have another 8x8” pan because you can place it on top and use it to press down evenly.
- Place into the fridge for 15 minutes to cool down and harden slightly.
- Meanwhile start melting all the white chocolate by either using the Wilton Candy Melts Candy Melting Pot, or by microwaving the chocolate in a microwavable bowl at 30 second intervals until completely melted. To help melt the chocolate and keep it liquidy you can use Wilton’s Candy Melts EZ Thin Dipping Aid or some vegetable shortening added to the chocolate. Make sure you are using a spatula that is completely dry to stir because any water that gets into your chocolate will make it completely seize up and render it unusable.
- Take the bars out of the fridge and cut evenly into 8. I made 3 vertical cuts to create 4 rows, and then cut them in half horizontally.
- Dip each bar into the white melted chocolate, then set them down on a cookie sheet.
- Sprinkle them with the edible accent stars and hearts before drying so that they stick to the chocolate.
- Repeat with all bars.
- Next to make the unicorn “hair”, melt the pink and purple Candy Melts separately. To do this the easiest way, place a few Candy Melts into a Wilton piping bag and microwave at 30 second intervals until completely melted.
- Snip off a tiny piece of each piping bag and drizzle the chocolate diagonally over two corners of each bar. Allow to dry for 10 minutes.
- Now take the unicorn horns, brush a little melted chocolate onto the back of them with a paintbrush or your finger and place them in the middle of the bar by the hair.
- For the eyes- you can either draw them on using the edible markers, or pipe them on using black royal icing.
- To make the royal icing, combine the confectioners sugar, meringue powder, and water in a small bowl and mix. You want the consistency to be thick like toothpaste before you start piping. If the mixture is too liquidy, add more confectioners sugar. If it is too thick, add a tiny bit of water a little at a time.
- Once you got it right, add a drop or two of the black gel coloring and mix until combined.
- Pour the royal icing into another piping bag fitted with a small writing tip, either a number 1 or smaller. Alternatively you can snip off a tiny corner of the piping bag and pipe them on like that.
- Pipe the royal icing eyes, making a “U” shape and then adding small lines for lashes. Allow to dry!
- Watch your kids faces light up when they see these snacks in their lunchbox!!