Have you ever thought "If only I could make candy at home, I wouldn't feel as guilty?" For yourself or your children, making candy at home just seems like the healthiest option. You get to control the amount of sugar and can even produce an original candy. If that's what you want to do, then we have an easy candy you need to try. Ditch the Fun Dip, grab some parchment paper, and learn how to make candy buttons.
What are Candy Buttons?
Candy buttons are exactly what they sound like: sweet little buttons that are edible. Way better than taffy, these classic buttons have been around for quite awhile.
These buttons have made their rounds. They were first known as NECCO candy buttons, then sold in 2018 to Doscher's Candy. In colors of pink, blue and yellow, what makes these little candies so inventive is the fact that they are stuck to a strip of paper. They are one of the only retro candies you'll still find in stock, though NECCO is also known for their NECCO wafers.
Because this is candy store sugar candy, it contains some artificial flavors. They are candy, after all. But this nostalgic candy also happens to be an easy recipe to make at home, if you're not willing to add it to your Amazon wishlist or if you're unable to find any special offers. You can even make it in your favorite colors or add peppermint for a refreshing twist.
Perfect for a party favor or candy buffet, these strips of candy should be the next recipe you tackle. Rachel Ray just happened to think the same thing and shared this recipe she put together to recreate the hard candy.
Cut white paper into twelve 2-by-11-inch strips. Using an electric mixer, beat the confectioners sugar and egg white until thick and smooth, about 5 minutes. Divide the icing into 2 small bowls. Stir the yellow food coloring into one batch and the blue food coloring into the other. Cover the blue icing with plastic wrap.
Arrange the paper strips side by side on a work surface. Scrape the yellow icing into a small, resealable plastic bag and snip off a tiny corner. Pipe out the icing onto the paper strips in dots, about 1/3 inch apart in even rows of 3. When about a quarter of the yellow icing remains, add approximately the same amount of blue icing to the bag, stirring with a toothpick. Continue to pipe green icing dots onto each paper strip. Transfer the blue icing to another small, resealable plastic bag and continue piping. Let the dots sit at room temperature until hardened, 12 hours or overnight.
Since Rachel Ray doesn't include a star rating with her recipe, let us know how it turns out. You might just want to start your own candy company to make candy button strips for your friends and their kids.