Did your kids get a lot of Easter candy? Mine did. I don’t like for them to eat a lot of candy anyway, but especially not gummi candy because it gets all stuck in their teeth and we don’t need cavities.
But what do you do with all the gummi candy? Toss it? Heavens, no! Never throw away items that can be repurposed! Here is how to use gummi candies to make pretty cake and cupcake decorations, which can be made now and frozen for future use if you don’t need them all at once.
How to make gummi candy decorations
1) Consider the type of candy. I find that the easiest candy types to work with are Starbursts, gumdrops, and other sugar crusted gummi candies. Gummi candies with a hard candy shell such as Skittles don’t work as well (although we did make a butterfly out of Skittles that wound up having an interesting mosaic look so you might want to try it out for yourself). Jellybeans vary by type – some types have a thin soft outer shell and are easy to work with, while other types have a harder shell and a smaller ratio of shell to gummi center and don’t work well. You might need to experiment a little with what you have.
2) Soften the gummi candy. In the case of candies that aren’t immediately mashable, you can put them on a microwave-safe plate and microwave them for 5 seconds at a time until they are more pliable.
3) Smoosh the candy around to mix colors and form shapes. Once you have soft candy, you can get nice mixtures of colors for pansy and rose petals, butterfly wings, or what have you.
Work the candy together until you’ve achieved the desired look. Above is a pansy petal. I also had good results using red, white and yellow together to form rose petals – most flowers aren’t uniform in color if you think about it.
After you have the colors you want, form shapes. I mostly did flowers and leaves and butterflies because those seemed spring-like to me, but let your imagination run wild!
4) Dip the shapes in sugar to set. After you have the design you want, dip it in a little cup of white granulated sugar to set it. The sugar gives the shape more staying power and keeps it from being too sticky. As you’re working with the shapes to form them you can add sugar if you get frustrated by the stickiness.
5) Mold the sugar-covered shape into final form and use or freeze. Once you’ve dredged the object in sugar it will hold its shape better for folded butterfly wings, slightly curled flower petals and so forth.
You can make them as realistic or as stylized as you like. If you’re not going to use them right away, put some wax paper or parchment paper on a cookie sheet and freeze them for a while, then stick in a freezer bag for later. I’m not sure how long they will keep frozen, but I’ve never heard of gummi candy going bad, have you? Freezing will just help it hold its shape until needed.
If nothing else, this is a fun craft to do with kids who love to smoosh stuff, and it helps the candy go to a bit prettier use!
Stay tuned for more ideas for how to use leftover candy!