March 2 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and I wanted to give you some ideas a few days early so you had time to plan if this is something that interests you. Celebrating his birthday has always been a tradition in our house. Maybe it’s because of my elementary teaching background, but I have always loved his books and we have a pile of them. My kids always enjoy reading them.
Each year we celebrate with a little birthday breakfast. Below is a picture from last year. As you can see, we just had cinnamon rolls and added a birthday candle. I decorated with Dr. Seuss posters I had used for the start of school one year and propped up books of his. I have seen a ton of Dr Seuss things in the dollar section of Target recently.
Last year was the first time I made Lorax pops, but now that I’ve sent them to school, I’m pretty sure I’ll be making them every year for a while, or at least through my kid’s elementary years. They really are easy to make, but time consuming.
All you need are the mustache candy molds, lollipop sticks, candy eyes and yellow candy melts. The eyes are optional. I think just the mustache would be precious. I found the mustache molds at Hobby Lobby. Everything else can be found there, Michaels or even Walmart.
All you need to do is melt your yellow candy in the microwave. I like to do this in a small, handled glass measuring cup, as pictured below. This makes it easier to pour in molds. You do not want your candy to burn, so I typically advise only microwaving 30 seconds at a time and stirring each time. Do not let your candy stay in one place or it has a tendency to burn. You can add a little oil if you would like it to be thinner.
Once your candy is melted, pour it in the mustaches and make sure to fill to top to ensure your eyes lay “fairly” flat. If not filled to the top and you go to put your eyes on, they tend to sink. Once you fill your mustaches, immediately lay your eyes on the tip top of the mustache. Put your trays in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes, or until firm. They should pop right out. If not, put them back in the refrigerator.
My kids are really looking forward to taking them to school this year. Let me see your Lorax pops and birthday party, friends! Happy Tuesday!