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National Candy Day

Updated on July 10, 2014

Celebrating with Flower Power

Our latest Rocket Moms assignment is to create a Holiday lens. I didn't really want to do Christmas, I mean it's only May right? Or at least it was when I wrote this lens :o) One of the other Moms very thoughtfully posted a link to a list of some lesser known holidays, so I decided to check it out.

Did you know there was a National Candy Day? I sure didn't! Aside from being a happy revelation (and I am SO going to celebrate it this year) it gave me the perfect solution to my holiday lens dilemma. Outside of Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, what could possibly be better? Now I know it may not be November at the moment, but since this is a great anytime treat I decided now is the perfect time to make this lens.

These little candy pops are inexpensive to make and perfect for holidays, parties, and family gatherings. Do them up in pinks and blues for a fun little baby shower favor (and check out the adorable twisty ties I found further down this lens). Stick two or three in a coffee mug or small flowerpot as a hostess gift or a pick me up present for a friend, or give it along with a birthday gift as a little something extra. I've even taken them along as a kids dessert for potlucks at church, and they were as big a hit with the grownups as they were with the kids (who knew? :o) Enjoy!

Let's look at some of the things we will need to start... - Candy melts & something squeezable

Wiltons Candy Melts come in all different hues; I usually try to use at least 4-5 so we get a nice colorful "bouquet". I used what I had left on hand for this lens, so it's not quite the explosion of color it usually is. Remember you can alternate your colors - a purple flower with a blue center can also be a blue flower with a purple center (gotta stretch that budget :o)

The official Wiltons squeeze bottle is nice, but a lot of hassle (and expense) if you are using several different colors. Wiltons also makes heavy cake decorating bags (disposable) that work just as well for a lot less headache. Just snip the end after you melt your candy to use them with your molds.

We'll also need - Candy molds, lollipop sticks & masking tape

Because variety is the spice of life, I like to use at least two different flower molds (but if you only have one, don't worry!)

I also like to use both the short and long lollipop sticks to give our bouquet some height in the back.

While the candy is melting in the microwave (follow the directions on the bag), I cut some strips of tape to secure my lollipop sticks to the molds.

Fill your centers - and secure your sticks

Fill the centers of each flower being careful not to drift into petal territory. You can alternate colors or make all the centers the same and save your color for the petals. Use a paper plate or coffee mug to hold the bags you are not using at the moment, this will help keep the mess to a minimum.

Place the sticks a little above the middle of your "centers" and secure them with masking tape strips; this helps keep them securely in place.

Get your container ready while the candy is setting up

Make sure all of your sticks are down in the candy (sometimes even with the tape they can pull up and out). If you want your candy to set up more quickly, you can pop the molds in the fridge.

I love this big plastic flowerpot for my lollipops, it looks spectacular on a dessert table! If you are only making a few pops for a friend, try using a small clay pot or coffee mug. Floral foam (or Styrofoam) is perfect for arranging your pops; I had some leftover Easter grass that I used to cover the foam.

Just add a bow and you're good to go :o)

Bags, foam and festive twisty ties

For extra fun, add some "dirt"

Not only does this make for some great visual fun, it adds an another treat to the pot. Bake a batch of brownies or chocolate fudge and cut into bite-sized pieces. Cover the foam with waxed paper and arrange your pops, then place the brownies or fudge on top mounding them up slightly at the center to look just like dirt :o)

Ta-Dah! - How fun is that? ;o)

So tell me, are you going to celebrate National Candy Day this year? - I've already got it on my calendar :o)

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    • Charito1962 profile image

      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hi. If we have such a holiday in my country, I'll definitely celebrate it! I love chocolates!

    • GregoryMoore profile image

      Gregory Moore 

      5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      You bet I will. I love my candy and celebrate it every day! Blessings...

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      JoshK47 

      5 years ago

      Well, I am most certainly ready for National Candy Day! Thanks for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!

    • vineliner57 profile image

      Hal Gall 

      5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Every day is candy day for me...;)

    • KandH profile image

      KandH 

      5 years ago

      I most certainly will - glad I found out in time too :)

    • captainj88 profile image

      Leah J. Hileman 

      5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      By the way, this was my 2000th squidlike :)

    • captainj88 profile image

      Leah J. Hileman 

      5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I celebrate candy pretty regularly! That's why I'm on a diet.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      This is so cool, and it would be great fun to make candy on National Candy Day with the grandkids. And, of course eating it would be a high-light.

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      TheDogTrainer 

      8 years ago

      I am definitely going to celebrate National Candy Day. I didn't even know there was such a thing until just now. Very Cool!

    • luvmyludwig lm profile image

      luvmyludwig lm 

      9 years ago

      great job :)

    • Eklectik1 profile image

      Eklectik1 

      9 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Since there is no National Doritos Day that I know of, Candy Day will do just fine. 5 Stars.

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      Mary 

      9 years ago from Chicago area

      Yea! 5***** and rolled to My Hero Zero :)

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image

      ElizabethJeanAl 

      9 years ago

      My students turn every day into National Candy Day. Some of them live on the stuff.

      Great lens

      Lizzy

    • annetteghallowe1 profile image

      annetteghallowe1 

      9 years ago

      Yay, candy! I have added this lens directly into my "November" list of holidays on my 365 holiday lens, 5*

    • Heather426 profile image

      Heather Burns 

      9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Darling treats and bouquets! Beautiful lens too!

    • NanLT profile image

      Nan 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      These are gorgeous.

    • jimmielanley profile image

      Jimmie Lanley 

      9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      What a pretty candy bouquet!

    • AlisonMeacham profile image

      AlisonMeacham 

      9 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      bdkz 

      9 years ago

      Ooooooo, this looks good!

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      Holley Web 

      9 years ago

      These are adorable! Love the instructions for those of use who are less "kitchen-inspired". I'll be trying this!

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