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Make this candy surprise bunny

Posted 3/22/23

Make this candy surprise bunny

 Anybody who knows me knows that I love animals.

 True, a few of them don’t love me—I have really bad allergies to most dogs. And …

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Make this candy surprise bunny


 Anybody who knows me knows that I love animals.

 True, a few of them don’t love me—I have really bad allergies to most dogs. And don’t let me get anywhere near a cat—I respect them from afar, but no amount of allergy meds on earth will help me weather that storm!

 Over the years, I’ve spent my time with a wide variety of animal friends. I’ve lived with reptiles. I’ve lived with hamsters. I lived with a cardinal I rescued that I named Freedom. Currently, my husband Fleck—who may or may not qualify as an animal friend—and I have four hens, three roosters and seven guinea hens. Eggs for days, and no ticks allowed on our portion of Wurtsboro Mountain!

 Our friends Yvonne and Jim Housman have also recently gifted us with a hypoallergenic Maltese pup whom I’ve named Ozzy (yes, after Ozzy Osbourne—he even has a chew toy in the shape of a bat). Ozzy is coming up on 10 weeks old, and may weigh all of two pounds. Of course, he thinks he’s a lion.  

Given that we’re coming up on the Passover-Easter season, my thoughts have recently dropped back yet again to my younger years, particularly the days when one of my animal friends was a rabbit—a female with pure-white fur. As it happens, I was babysitting a friend’s rabbit, which happened to be male. Well, somehow, those stealthy bunnies got together because—about 30 days later—she was burrowing into our couch in the back room and giving birth! You know my kids enjoyed playing with those six little fur balls. My daughter Kayliegh was even singing to them.

 Fleck, who cares about these things—he taught a mythology elective course for years at Liberty High School, after all—will point out that rabbits and eggs are symbolic of spring, a time when the planet becomes fertile again. (Rabbits and chickens are certainly fertile!)

 Me? I just like how cute they are—almost as cute as Ozzy. (Have I mentioned Ozzy?)

 That’s why I chose this candy surprise bunny as this month’s project. It’s a little more difficult than some you might have worked through with me here, and it involves some heating with a blow torch, so please be careful. But the results will be well worth it. If there are little kids in your life, wait until you see their smiles when they crack open those chocolate spheres and find candy in them.

 As always, make your candy surprise bunny look any way you choose. Experiment with different colors of fondant. Use your favorite candy. Tap into the creative juice that makes you, well, you.

 Ozzy would expect nothing less.

Kim M. Simons is an artist, a food artist and a cake artist who has appeared numerous times on Food Network’s competitive cake shows. She and her team—the Bah Hum Bakers—were champions of “Holiday Wars” in 2019. Kim is available to teach classes for individuals and/or groups. Visit her website at www.cakesbykimsimons, or email her at

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