Candy Pots of Gold


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.


Candy Pots of Gold
Recipe type: Candy
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Serves: 24
Kiddos love candy, so why not have them make their own with these super-easy Candy Pots of Gold!? Simple, versatile and perfect for St. Patty's Day!
  • 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!)
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Allow the pots to harden, about 15 minutes, before unwrapping and serving.


DSC_0456Not 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!!

xo, Hayley


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  1. Well these are adorable

  2. What a fabulous idea! This is definitely the best St Patrick’s Day candy I’ve ever seen!

  3. Such a fun idea! 🙂

  4. I love that you decided to make your own St. Patrick’s Day candy to combat the injustice! 😛

  5. Those are too cute!!! I love that you made your own fun and colorful treat! And what is it with parents letting their kids run and scream in a public place? There are only certain places that is appropriate! I would be right with you hiding behind displays!

  6. This IS something to scream about (for shouting for joy of course heehee) I wonder if people our age all decided to have a flash mob in a candy store where we run around and scream for no reason would cause concern. If little kids can do it why can’t we? 😉

  7. These are so fun!!

  8. These are seriously the cutest things ever! Love how fun they are!

  9. I love how colorful these are and that you can come up with endless combinations of treats to put on top! Perfect 🙂

  10. Back for Seconds says:

    These are waaaayyyy cuter than any store bought candy! I love the stars! That many screaming kids running around would have me hiding too! 🙂

  11. If I’m ever looking for the msot festive treat in all the land, I know where to stop. Hayley your website is full of goodies for every single holiday! You are so creative. I love these!

    “donuts and my mouth” – lol love you.

  12. I love the rainbow of colors you used for the candy – the rainbow on top of the pot of gold!

  13. How cute and creative are these? It is always nice to enjoy dessert/candy in your own home even if it isn’t so quite at least you could enjoy it laying on the couch watching tv in sweatpants! At least thats what I do 😉

  14. These are adorable! So super creative Hayley! Was it that store at the fountains? I love that place!

  15. Number one reason why I dont visit candy stores, screaming children. But I am so happy I can make these adorable treats at home!

  16. cu-te!!! Great idea 🙂

  17. Such a cute idea! I totally get that candy stores are meant for children but don’t you really wish that there was an “adults only” hour? I already know that some kid is licking their fingers and then touching the bulk candy bins, but I’d rather put that out of my mind and not see it 😉

  18. bakerbynature says:

    How fun are these?! Gah! Love em’, girly!

  19. Love these!!! And your right….these will make any Leprechaun proud!!

  20. steepedtealuvr says:

    these are UUHMAAAZING!!! (once again, like why am i not surprised?) i LUV this rebel!!:)

  21. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says:

    So flipping cute as always! Love this

  22. These are so cute and so fun!! I’m sure you made the leprechauns very proud 🙂

  23. These are so stinkin’ cute! Love ’em.


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