With all the treats we’re rounding up, cooking up, and gobbling up, it would be remiss of us not to pay homage to candytastic treats of Brit + Co. past. Here are 10 of our favorite shortcut chef hacks for incorporating candy into cupcakes, pops, jello shots, and more. Enjoy!
1. Sushi Cupcakes: What would these little dudes be without gummy candy?! For the fishy-looking components of these cupcakes, we used Swedish Fish, sour straws, and orange slices. So fun!
2. Chocolate iPhone: We know we’re not even a year old, but we’re gonna go ahead and call this a Brit + Co. classic. Figuring out that you can use silicone iPhone cases as chocolate molds was nothing short of mind-boggling.
3. Red Bull Candy Cocktails: Forget that plain old Red Bull vodka for a late night pick-me-up. These cocktails taste exactly like Starburst, Sweet Tarts, Sour Patch Kids, Skittles, and Jolly Ranchers.
4. Repurpose Candy Bars + Starburst: Don’t have time to make your own treats? Hack it up with a few classics. We took Milky Ways, Snickers and Twix and topped them with Airheads and Starburst we cut out with mini cookie cutters. So fun!
5. Colorful Hard Candy: Did you know you can melt Jolly Ranchers right in your oven? We’ve seen all sorts of fun versions of DIY lollipops using jollies (you called them that back in the day, didn’t you?), but we decided to create custom shapes with help from our trusty mini cookie cutters!
6. Pop Rocks Cake Pops: Take your cake pops to the next level by coating them in Pop Rocks! Explosive and delicious.
7. Star Studded Jello Shots: Sure, Jello Shots are awesome as is… but what happens when you put gummy stars inside of them? Gooey tipsy awesomeness. That’s what.
8. Butterfinger Cake: When our food editor Sarah told us she was mashing up Butterfingers and adding them to a box of cake mix, we were stunned. Too yummy and decadent for words!
9. Peep Krispie Treats: For a more colorful take on Rice Krispie Treats, try using peeps!!
10. Homemade Candy Bars: Of course, we have last week’s foray into homemade Kit Kats, Snickers, and Butterfinger. We’re obsessing over Butterfinger, whose DIY filling comes from candy corns!
Bonus! A Book of Chocolates: Looking for a fun and creative way to store such treats? Quite a few of these would like at home in our book of chocolates. This project is definitely a tedious one, but the book can easily be repurposed as a jewelry box, spice box, etc.
What are your favorite hacks for candy making and candy cooking? Talk to us in the comments below.