Happy Thursday! It’s Cindy, from Little Miss Celebration and I’m always excited to be here at Fresh Idea Studio, hanging out with our sweet Therese and all of you. Fall is definitely all about pumpkins! We carve them, make pies, decorate them and make all kinds of pumpkin dishes. Let me show you how to make your own pumpkin candy boxes? These cute, little pumpkins can hold small candies AND you can eat the box! Even if you’ve never made a piece of candy, ever, you can absolutely make these! There’s a fun idea for the pumpkin candy boxes at the end of the post, too.
I used Wilton’s 3-D Pumpkin Candy Mold, which is a two piece mold and makes creating these little cuties a snap – no pun intended! You need just two colors of candy wafers – orange and green. I’ll take you through the easy process, and if you want to learn a little more about making molded candy, different kinds of candy melts and some tips and tricks, visit my Introduction to Molded Candy. Making candy has been an obsession of mine for years! 🙂
Melt your candy wafers. Forgive the many colors of wafers in this photo! I was double-teaming and making these pumpkins at the same time I was making my Halloween Candy Covered Oreos. I use bowls in an electric frying pan if I’m melting many different colors; for two colors, you can melt them in a double-boiler over simmering water or even in the microwave.
First, use the melted green candy for the pumpkin stem and leaves. You can either use a squeeze bottle, or my preferred way, “paint” the melted chocolate in with candy brushes, also from Wilton and available in the cake/candy making supply aisle at JoAnn or Michaels. Let the green set until firm and dry.
Spoon melted orange candy into the pumpkin mold cavities until about two-thirds full. Lift the mold an inch or two off the table or counter and tap firmly several times. This helps to get rid of any air bubbles in the melted candy. Take the “lid” or second piece of the mold and snap in into place. I put the second piece on backward the first time! So, I had a lot melted candy all over the place and that’s why this looks like a big old mess! I just turned it around and snapped it on. Place the mold in the refrigerator until the bottom appears frosty – about 45 minutes to an hour. Remove the mold, take off the lid and gently unmold the candy pieces onto a layer of paper towels. You now have little pumpkin candy boxes!
These are small but can hold a handful of M&M’s or other small candies. I filled mine with Pumpkin Spice M&M’s! How about filling these with chocolate ganache for a yummy, chocolate and vanilla dessert!
Easily wrap these little pumpkins up and use them as favors or place cards for your Thanksgiving table! Simply use plastic or cellophane to wrap each pumpkin. Twist a green chenille stem around the plastic to close; wrap the ends around a pencil to curl and you have a curly stem! How cute will these look at each place setting?
I hope you like these pumpkin candy boxes and if you’ve never tried making molded candy before, you’ll give it a try! You’ll have fun, I promise!
Thanks so much to Therese and of course, to all of you for your always warm welcome to Fresh Idea Studio. I love being here every month! It’s almost hard to wrap my head around the fact that we’ll be shaking the jingle bells by the time my next visit rolls around. Am I the only one wondering where this year has gone?
Wishing you a wonderful fall season and a happy, safe and fun Halloween! Come on over anytime and visit me at Little Miss Celebration – we’re always up to something fun over there! You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+. Have a happy and wonderful day!