Easy DIY Sweets and Treats - Fall & Halloween

This weekend my daughter and I made a bunch of super easy DIY Fall and Halloween sweets and treats.

We wanted to spend a day making candy treats, but without much baking involved so we decided we would work with a few simple basics... Pretzels, marshmallows & Rice Krispy treats.  I admit I had never even made rice kripsy treats, but my daughter had and said they were super easy.

We started out our day by visiting our local craft store that has a cake/candy supply aisle.  We bought candy melts, sugar eyeballs, candy sprinkles, cellophane treat bags, food coloring markers and lollipop sticks.  Then we went to our local grocery store for the pretzels, rice krispies, marshmallows and butter.

She wanted to make enough for everyone at her work so we got allot!!!

If you haven't used candy melts before, they are super easy to use and tons of fun.  They come with simple melting and thinning instructions on the back of the package.  I put the melts in oven safe dishes, then use the microwave method to melt them.  Then I sit them in an electric skillet (on simmer), with 1" of water at the bottom of the skillet (to keep them melted melted and smooth to work with.  The water in the skillet keeps the melts from potentially burning at the bottom of the cups.

Making the rice krispy treats was so simple.  It only took about 5 minutes.  We decided this is by far the fastest and easiest treat ever to make!  With only three ingredients, Rice Krispies, butter and marshmallows, it was a cinch!

We used an edible food coloring marker to draw on our cute little Frankensteins and ghosts.

We dipped marshmallows to look like candy corn.  We first dipped the entire marshmallow in white.  Then put it in the refrigerator to harden the coating quickly, then came back and dipped the orange (harden), then the yellow at the bottom.

We put the candies onto wax paper while they hardened.  The wax paper removes easily from them.

We cut the rice krispy treats into triangles and then shaped them into the different things we wanted to make.  They are soft and pliable so it was easy to do.

Candied pretzels are super easy!  You just dip them in the cup of melted candy or chocolate or use a spoon to drizzle the candy onto them.  

Sprinkles are applied while the candy coating is wet (it holds them on like glue).  

This little Frankenstein is my favorite of all the treats we made.  My daughter actually made him and I think he is so cute!

After we were done making all of our candy treats and they had hardened, we put them into cellophane treat bags and tied a ribbon around each.  We had gotten a cake box to put them all in for my daughter to take them to work today.

During our day I tried not to eat too many, but I admit I did eat a few :)  Yummy!

I hope these super easy sweets and treats inspire you to make a few creations of your own.

Until next time...
Happy decorating!

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