Fall…at last. I love the crisp, clean feel of the weather outside. I love the colors and the changing leaves but mostly I love the impending holiday of HALLOWEEN! Decorations are starting to come out in our house and Jake and I are planning how we can make it spooky. The other day Lillie Magillie and I made homemade candy buttons! Rachael Ray had some great, easy candy recipes. Hope we can try out a few more but these were so simple. Fun for little hands to mix the colors and to make the circle shape on paper. Try it out! It is such a cinch. The recipe from the October magazine is here but I will list ingredients and steps as well.
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 egg white
- 3 drops yellow food coloring
- 3 drops blue food coloring
Beat with an electric mixer for a few minutes. Separate into two bowls and let little hands add and stir in the color. This is Lil’s favorite part. She loves counting out the drops of food color as they land in the bowl. Using a small zip lock bag add contents and twist up to look like a pastry bag and snip the tip off—you are ready to make buttons. Squeeze out in small circle shapes on long strips of paper and allow to stand and harden overnight. You will have pretty homemade candy the next day—for breakfast if you wish. Just kidding.
I think this would be great at Valentine’s Day gift for a class of kids. Cut pretty heart themed paper into long strips and make all shades of white, reds and pinks. Plus you could even shape the dots like hearts! Roll up and tie with “thread” of licorice lace and slide a short twizzler through as the “needle”. Valentine cards could say corny things like… “I love you sew” or “ You have me in stitches”. Plus the little bit of paper that comes off with this candy when eating counts as fiber and therefore makes them nutritious.