Caramel Flies

Caramel Flies image Image by: Caramel Flies image Author: Canadian Living

Sweet, tender dates are perfect imposters for creepy-crawly bugs. Unpitted dates are softer and easier to work with than their pitted counterparts. Simply slice off the tops and pick out the pits before plumping them up with butter icing.

  • Portion size 12 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: October 2014

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream 35%
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 12 Medjool dates pitted
  • 12 soft caramel candies
  • 24 candies (such as Skittles)
  • 4 licorice twists or whips

Method

In large bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Alternately beat in icing sugar and cream, making 2 additions of sugar, until thick and smooth. Beat in vanilla. Using piping bag fitted with 1/4-inch (5 mm) plain tip, pipe icing into holes of dates; reserve some icing for decorating.

Between sheets of waxed paper, roll out caramels to 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness. Remove waxed paper; using knife, cut out 24 wing shapes. Score several lines on 1 side of each wing. Using leftover icing, attach 2 wings, scored sides out, to each date, 1 on either side, pressing gently to adhere; attach 2 fruit candies to 1 end of each date for eyes. Cut short lengths of licorice for legs and antennae; attach with icing. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 3 days.)

Nutritional facts per piece: about

  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 19 mg
  • Sugars 14 g
  • Protein 0 g
  • Calories 77.0
  • Total fat 2 g
  • Potassium 62 mg
  • Cholesterol 4 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 16 g

%RDI

  • Iron 1.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 1.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 1.0
  • Vitamin C 2.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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