In advance: Make animal pops. Use candy colors to tint portions of melted white candy black, gray (add a small amount of black to white), pink and green; add white to light cocoa for light brown. Each uses 1 oz. Candy Melts. Using piping method, fill in animal head sections of candy mold cavities (let lion face set before adding mane); chill until firm. Fill round backgrounds half full with melted candy in contrasting color; chill until firm. Pipe on facial features using melted candy in cut parchment bag; let set. Attach 6 in. Lollipop Sticks to backs using melted candy; let set.
Also: Make cookie packages. Prepare and roll out dough. Cut 10 squares using largest Cut-Out; cut 1/2 in. off 1 side to make 2 in. wide rectangles. Bake and cool cookies. Outline cookies using tip 3 and full-strength color flow; fill in with thinned color flow; let dry 24 hours. Set on waxed paper-covered board. Use full-strength color flow and tip 5 to outline and pipe in ribbon and bow; let set then add dot knot. Let dry completely.
And: Make 3 treetops. For each treetop, roll out 4 spearmint leaves on waxed paper to flatten and lengthen to 2-2 1/2 in. Tape over center hole of Flower Forming Cups. Pipe a 1 in. circle of melted candy in center of cup; position 4 leaves in candy, trimming ends to a V for a snug fit. Pipe a large dot of candy over leaves to secure. Chill until set.
For base, wrap 6 in. craft foam round in foil. For base board, trim 8 in. Cake Circle to 7 1/2 in.; wrap in foil. Attach base to base board using melted candy.
Make tree trunks. For each tree trunk, thread 5 or 6 nougat candies onto 11 3/4 in. Lollipop Stick, leaving 1/8 in. exposed at the top. Trim exposed bottom to just 2 in. Use knife tip to make a small hole in the candy center of each treetop bottom; insert exposed tip of tree trunk. Secure with melted candy; let set. Attach candy-coated chocolates around trunk with melted candy; let set.
Attach packages around center using melted candy. Insert trees and animal pops. Curl 18 in. lengths of ribbon. Tie around sticks and scatter over base.
*Combine Violet with Rose for violet shown. Combine Leaf Green with Lemon Yellow for green shown.
Adding color details to candies makes them more realistic and much more fun! For large areas of color, it's best to paint the melted candy right in the mold before the whole candy is molded using a decorator brush. Or, for very small details like vines, mouths and messages, melted candy should be piped onto molded candies using a parchment bag with a small hole cut in the tip.
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I made the candy melts for my son's 1st birthday - it was a jungle theme. They were a hit! I never attempted anything like this before but found the Wilton chocolate melts super easy to use. It was fun to paint the molds and create the animal faces. I used Oreo cookies inside and everyone loved them! I am going to be making Christmas cookie/candy melts this year because everyone is asking for them!