You can do almost anything with candy. Sure, you could just eat gumballs or jolly ranchers or mints, but you can also decorate cakes with them, make gifts for Easter or Birthday's or use them as candy accents. Either way, you have a lot of different choices available to you, and even some cool DIY candy projects. DIY projects are really cool because you can ultimately take any type or flavor of candy and turn it into your own masterpiece!
Jolly Rancher Suckers
Jolly Rancher Suckers from Pinterest
If you want a really cool way to make your own Jolly Rancher suckers you can do this right at home and all you need is a pack of Jolly Ranchers and some lollipop sticks, which can be bought online. Take a sheet pan or cookie sheet and add a layer of parchment or wax paper. Then you can place the sticks down on the parchment paper and then place an assortment (of your choice) of jolly ranchers right on the sticks, 2-3 per stick.
Place the pan in the oven at 200 degrees and bake for 5-6 minutes. The Jolly Ranchers melt, but once they cool down they turn into suckers! The great thing about making your own is that you can use any flavor combinations that you want.
Orange Jelly bean Pumpkins
Jelly Bean Pumpkins from pikadillycharm.blogspot.com
A great idea for a Halloween get together or Birthday Party giveaways. Simply take some orange tulle and wrap a few orange jelly beans into the tulle. Then you can take brown pipe cleaners or even mixed with green and brown, and tie up the tulle and orange jelly beans. It looks just like a little mini pumpkin.
Rainbow Skittles or an M&M'S Pack for St Patrick's Day
Gold at the End of the Rainbow! From Pinterest
If you can find Rainbow Skittles or M&Ms you can layer them in a long cellophane bag from the bottom; red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Then you can take some chocolate gold foil wrapped candies and place them on top of the skittles or M&Ms. This is a festive idea for a St Patrick's Day party or gift to your child's teacher.
Mint Tree Decorations
Make your own tree decorations from mints - From Pinterest
If you want a nice project that you can do with your children or you just want to do something different this year with your tree decorations, mints are a great place to start. Not only do hard candy mints come in all sorts of colors like red, green, black and white, but they melt really easily which means that you can shape them into all sorts of shapes. One idea is to take a few different metal cookie cutters, place them onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet that you have sprayed with Sweet Baking Pam.
Then you can take some mints and place them inside the metal cookie cutter, bake on 350 degrees for about 6-10 minutes until they melt. Then take a toothpick when they are almost hard and poke a hole through to the other side for your hooks, lace or satin bow to hang from the tree. Be sure to add different amounts of candies for each cookie cutter.
Another neat idea, which includes an array of pastel colors, is to make Easter Bunnies by filling water bottles with jelly beans or another small pastel Easter candy. Draw faces on the bottles with permanent marker and glue googly eyes. Top with a cute cupcake liner and some bunny ears that your kids can color.
As you can see from just a handful of the ideas and creations above, candy comes in all sorts of colors, sizes and flavors. Put this to good use and use candy for all sorts of different projects, different holidays and different occasions and you will only begin to see what is possible in the world of candy! There are lots of items to choose from in the candy department, and even more if you put a little creativity and imagination into it.
Have you found any "Pinteresting" candy projects? We would love to hear your ideas and sweet creations!