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7 Ways to Turn Food into Insanely Cute Emojis

Get off your phone and into the kitchen — you can rock your emoji game there too.

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Now This Is an Impressive Use of Emojis

If you're quite skilled (if you do say so yourself) at the emoji-packed text message, think how your friends will applaud when you bring one of these dishes to a party. With these ideas, you can turn strawberries, cupcakes, pizza and more into your favorite digital characters.

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Peanut Butter-Cracker Sandwich Smiley Faces

This no-bake "cookie" (perhaps you make a chocolate version at the holidays?) is the perfect canvas for quirky faces. Spread a little peanut butter onto a round cracker and then top it with another cracker to make a sandwich. Melt a bowl of yellow candy melts in the microwave, and then dip each sandwich until it is completed covered. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and allow to completely set. Once the coating hardens, and use royal icing to add your favorite emoji faces (remember to let each color set before adding more details on top of it). One they harden, grin at the cute faces smiling back at you.

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Strawberry Sparkling Hearts

Who says dipped strawberries are only for Valentine’s Day? Update this date-night dessert by coating strawberries in bright pink candy melts. Melt the candy in the microwave, and then dip each strawberry at a 45-degree angle (first on the left side, then on the right) to make the coating mimic a heart shape. Cut yellow sparkles out of fondant or edible sugar sheets with a clean utility knife. Adhere them with a dollop of icing or more candy melts.

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Pizza With Pepperoni "Meh" Faces

The culinary cure for a bad day? Pizza! Use a clean utility knife to cut these cheeky faces into pepperoni slices, and use them to jazz up homemade (or frozen!) pizza. A slice of provolone or mozzarella behind each emoji pepperoni makes them pop, no matter what other toppings you add.

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