Homemade Candy Buttons | Free printable template

i have a thing for old fashioned candy…..especially colorful candy like swirly lollipops, gumballs, and these cute candy buttons. and guess what…i didn’t buy these…..i made them!

candy buttons are sooooo simple and addicting to make. i love that you can make them any color scheme you’d like. since it’s spring, i thought these pastel color were perfect. i just love how they turned out….and even more how they taste. much better than store bought.
and you don’t have to make just dots, you can make little hearts, little eggs, little stars….anything. and don’t keep the fun all to yourself….my kiddies love to make them too. of course, their dots weren’t as perfect, but still were very tasty!

how to make your own
candy buttons
2 tablespoons meringue powder OR 2 egg whites
6 tablespoons water (if needed)
1/4 teaspoon almond extract or lemon juice
1 box (1 pound) confectioners’ sugar
ziploc sandwich baggies
food coloring
artificial flavoring (optional)

1) Cut non-toxic computer paper into 2 3/4″ x 10” strips.

2) Whip together confectioners sugar, meringue powder OR egg whites and lemon juice on low speed using a stand mixer for 1 minute.  (you may need to add water)  continue to whip for 10 minutes on high speed.

3) Divide “icing” into small bowls. Color each bowl different colors. If desired, add different flavorings to each.

4) If icing is too thick, thin out with drops of water, until it is the consistency of sour cream. A drop should hold its shape and slowly smooth out to create smooth button.

5) Pour each color into a sandwich bag and seal. (Placing the open baggie in a small cup and then pouring the icing in, is a great trick to keep things nice and clean). Then cut a VERY small corner off of each bag.

6) Squeeze a drop of icing at a time onto the paper. You can place the strip of paper on top of the template, you
will then see where to place each drop evenly.

7) Place on baking sheets in a cool dry place uncovered to dry overnight.

8) Candy will harden overnight. Store in a zipper bag or
airtight container.

here is a printable template to help you make your buttons line-up straight. the directions are also included.

DIY peeps.


so i am on day 2 of the hubbie being out of town, and things are still going good. one thing that reminds me of him is Marshmallow Peeps®. my husband loves them. and i remember a post on Twig & Thistles blog last year about how to make them. i and going to attempt making them….but not until the hubbie returns.

click here for the full tutorial.

Spring is here and its just lovely.

and i am sooo spoiled by this wonderful weather. exactly 80º all week long, and a cool little breeze. love it! and this weekend makes it officially Springtime. time to get those flip flops out…unless you wear them year round like me. or better yet, how bout’ making these cute flower ones.

anyways, i am off to the beach. it is time for me to finally get some rest. i am a stomach sleeper, and haven’t got to sleep comfortably for sometime now. so the hubby is digging my pregnant belly a hole in the sand to lay on. he’s the best…and spoils me. yup i definitely have had one lucky week, thanks for sharing it with me.

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Bunnies everywhere.

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now that St. Patrick’s Day is past, it’s time to get ready for spring! i love spring…almost as much as summer. i love the cute spring decorations and bright colors and the California weather. i absolutely love egg hunts, seeing baby chicks, Peeps and Cadbury Creme & Mini Eggs! (good thing i am pregnant and have an excuse to eat a few this year).

and you know what else is arriving….the Easter Bunny. probably to a mall near you. and there are sure to be some some bunny events as well, so I will keep ya posted.

here is a list of places/hours you can visit the Easter bunny so far:
• Irvine Park Easter Eggstravaganza
• South Coast Plaza Easter Bunnies
• Fashion Island Easter Bunny
• Shops at Mission Viejo Easter Bunny
• Brea Mall Easter Bunny
• Westminster Easter Bunny
• Laguna Hills Mall Easter Bunny
• Lake Forest Mall Easter Bunny
• MainPlace Mall Easter Bunny
• Orange Mall Easter Bunny
• Cerritos Mall Easter Bunny
• Ontario Mills Mall Easter Bunny
• Promenade Temecula Easter Bunny