DIY Project #9: Tootsie Pop People for Valentine’s Day


While making Happy Valentine’s Day boxes for my college kiddos, I decided to use Mini Tootsie Pops as edible filler.  As I tossed them in, for just a moment, it looked as though one was looking back at me.  With a little embellishment from my trusty pen, he really was looking back at me.  (He didn’t wink, though.  That would have been weird.)  But, Ding!  Idea for a Valentine’s Day treat.  I decided to make a whole batch of Tootsie Pop People for Margaret’s Advisory Snack Day.  As I began, I realized that they needed a way to stand, since they had no legs, so I decided to give them big sweet cupcake chairs.  When I finished the project, I thought they looked a little bit like they were all seated in the movie theatre just waiting for the romantic movie to begin.


To begin, I needed a recipe for a great cupcake.  Margaret suggested that I use Funfetti cake mix from the grocery store, but I had just finished a tight deadline, and I was in the mood to make them from scratch.  I chose a recipe from the Magnolia Bakery in New York City because when I searched the web, it was mentioned all over the place.  (I did not choose it just because it was the favorite cupcakery for the Sex in the City ladies … I promise, I learned about that later!)  You can see the recipe here. And, if you click here, you can see a nifty how-to apply-frosting video from the cupcake pros at Magnolia Bakery.  This recipe did indeed yield some tasty cupcakes that blended with the buttercream frosting for a melt-in-your mouth happiness, but just so you know, I suspect I would have recieved the same appreciation for Funfetti cupcakes from my teen.  So depending on your mood and time, I would suggest this for Step One:  Either prepare your favorite cupcake recipe OR purchase Funfetti cake mix from the grocery store, which is perfectly acceptable, and possibly preferred, if the age range of your audience is anywhere from 6 to 16.

For directions to make EASY Tootsie Pop People Sitting On Cupcake Chairs, click here.


  1. Brittany February 8, 2010

    Thanks Mrs. Heck for our valentine goodies :)

  2. Whitney February 8, 2010

    I love the tootsie pop people, so simple & cute. Thanks for the link to the cupcake recipe!

  3. Laurel February 8, 2010

    Who wouldn’t love this?

  4. shari February 9, 2010

    Looks like Mr. Heck’s advisory is going to score!

  5. Kate February 9, 2010

    Too Cute!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. stephanie February 10, 2010

    what a cute idea!

  7. ClassiclyAmber February 12, 2010

    Ha!! These made me smile. They are so cute! =-D

  8. Esihle Madikane July 25, 2014

    Thank you so soooo much this recipe really helped me with my project. Especially since I am in grade 7 I need all the marks thank you so much.

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