So kids and candy.
They preeeeetty much go together like Rachel and Ryan, peanut butter and jelly, and donuts and my mouth, am I right?
Not long ago, I visited a local candy store because I was shopping and I have zero willpower, and together, those two factors produce highly dangerous results which naturally led me into a candy store. Anyways, I went in and was instantly enamored with the floor-to-ceiling plastic displays filled with every kind and color of candy imaginable. Sorted by color, size, style.. everything.
In other words, it was what I imagined heaven to be… except…
Except it was a Monday afternoon, on a school day, and yet there were about 3462384638742384 kids running around the store screaming. At this point, I quickly ducked behind a display case of licorice, fearful that the kids were onto something and obviously wouldn’t be screaming inside of a store on purpose because that would be rude. But then I realized I was just ducking behind a case of licorice and no, the kids weren’t running from anything and yes, they were screaming for no reason inside of a place of business. Meanwhile, their parents gave me weird looks for hiding behind the licorice, but I wasn’t the one running around screaming so I was confused as to why they were judging me when their child was in the process of shattering glass with their deafening yelling. ANYYYYWAAAAAYS.
While I was simultaneously drooling, shopping and losing my hearing by the second, I stumbled across a paltry St. Patrick’s Day candy section which basically consisted of green M&M’s and gold-wrapped chocolate coins. I thought to myself, that’s it? A holiday completely based on magic and beer and limericks and all the candy they offer are gold coins and green M&M’s? This is a letdown for Irish people and leprechauns everywhere.
It was then I decided I would make my own magical St. Patrick’s Day candy that I could enjoy in the peace and quiet (not) of my own home. Candy that would make leprechauns proud. Candy that would go down in the history of St. Patrick’s Day candy as ‘awesomely majestically magical’.
Now that’s something to scream about.
- 1 pkg yellow candy melts or 1 pkg white chocolate Candiquik + a couple drops yellow food coloring
- Miniature M&M’s
- Sprinkles (I used jumbo non-pareils and star sprinkles, but anything you have on hand works!)
- Line a 24-cavity mini muffin pan with paper liners and set aside. In a large bowl, melt the candy according to package directions until smooth. If you are using the white chocolate, add enough yellow food coloring until you’ve reached a desired golden yellow shade.
- Pour a heaping Tablespoon or so of the chocolate into each cavity of the muffin cup, filling about ⅔-3/4 full. Immediately sprinkle the tops of the chocolate pots with your assortment of miniature M&M’s and sprinkles to create the “candy” part of the gold pots.
- Allow the pots to harden, about 15 minutes, before unwrapping and serving.
Not only are these really ridiculously easy to make, but this recipe makes a lot–24–so you could easily cut it down or double it if needed. Plus, it’s a fun recipe to engage your kids in–they can help decorate the candy pots with whatever candy they desire. Try using red hots, Reese’s Pieces, mini chocolate chips, or even Skittles. It’s up to your imagination!!
Have a Happy Day!!