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Slap Stix Ghosts!

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Who else just can’t get enough of Halloween? The entire month of October is so much fun, filled with festive movies, ghost stories, fun parties, outdoor activities, and of course you can’t forget the sweet treats! We love to celebrate with fun crafts that incorporate some of our favorite classic treats. This week we’re taking our deliciously chewy Slap Stix caramel lollipops and turning them into cute little spooky ghosts! It’s a quick and easy craft, so grab the few supplies, some Slap Stix and get ready to make the perfect Halloween party treat!

 

Supplies Needed:

  • googly eyes
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • non-glossy white tissue paper
  • black permanent marker
  • festive black & orange string/ribbon
  • Slap Stix

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Instructions:

  • Cut a large rectangle out of your white tissue paper, large enough on all sides that it will cover the lollipop completely.
  • Cover entire Slap Stix lollipop with the tissue paper, grasping it together at the base of the lollipop where it meets the stick.
  • Use your ribbon or string to tie this together tightly. It’s best to double knot!
  • Glue on two googly eyes, and then draw on a very spooky mouth for your ghost!
  • Get ready to have some spooky Halloween fun with these delicious party favors! =)

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Creepy Halloween Hand with Mighty Malts!

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At Halloween, it’s always fun to see what spooky new ideas we can create to have fun with our candy! Today we’re sharing a quick  activity to create a creepy (and crunchy) Halloween hand made with our Mighty Malts malted milk balls!

This craft is super easy and will be a fun Halloween  surprise for everyone, especially the trick or treaters! So, grab these few supplies and a carton of Mighty Malts and get ready to give someone special a ‘hand’! ;-)

Supplies Needed:

  • powder-free plastic kitchen gloves (Make sure you use food-safe gloves that are approved to touch food directly!)
  • festive black & orange string/ribbon
  • Mighty Malts

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Instructions:

  • Fill each finger with a single line of Mighty Malts. These help create the knuckle effect of the hand.
  • Pour in the remaining Mighty Malts to fill out the rest of the hand, leaving enough space at the palm to tie a knot.
  • Get creative with your ribbons/strings to tie the glove closed.
  • Decorate as you see fit! Some people add spider decorations. We put on a little string ring!
  • Enjoy and don’t get too spooked!

 


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Valentine’s Day Sweethearts Wreath!

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Can you believe we’re already half way through January!? That means we have our eyes (and our sweet tooth) focused on one of our favorite days of the year: Valentine’s Day! It’s a special time of year when we are surrounded by sweet reminders of the love we have for one another.  Kids especially love jumping in on the fun of both decorating and sharing sweet gifts with their friends and family. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, here’s a very quick and fun craft for you and your kids to have fun with in order to decorate your house for this wonderful loving season! Enjoy!

Supplies Needed:

  • Regular white squeeze glue
  • Heavy duty card stock
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Two circular objects for tracing the inner and outer rings of the wreath (ex. the lid of a peanut butter jar)
  • Your ribbon of choice
  • Sweethearts 

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Instructions:

  1. Trace around the two circular objects on the heavy duty card stock, one circle inside the other, creating the wreath ring shape.
  2. Cut out the wreath. If your card stock is not sturdy, you can opt to trace a second wreath ring and glue the two together.
  3. Line up the Sweethearts before you begin gluing them to ensure a more organized fit and distribution of colors.
  4. Using the squeeze white glue, glue the Sweethearts onto the wreath one by one. Press them firmly down onto the card stock and hold for several seconds to ensure they stick.
  5. Let dry completely or else the Sweethearts will either shift or begin to fall off when applying the ribbon.
  6. Cut the ribbon of your choice to your desired length. Wrap it around one section of the wreath for sturdiness in hanging. Tie a knot at the top and hang your beautiful Valentine’s Day creation! =)

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NECCO Wafer Pumpkins and Mummys!

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Halloween is a magical holiday for the little ones. It captivates their imagination and is filled with exciting activities and of course, candy. In celebration of this spooky season, we’ve created a quick fun craft that your kids will love using our most classic sweet: NECCO Wafers!

Grab a few supplies and get to making these cute little pumpkins and ghosts that your kids will love to hide in all corners of the house to scare and surprise everyone!

Supplies Needed:

  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Black permanent marker
  • White construction or printer paper 8″x11″
  • Orange construction paper 8″x11″
  • Jr. NECCO Wafers (Make sure they’re Jr. sized, not full-sized. The smaller they are the more pumpkin & ghost-like they look!)

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Instructions:

  1. Take one Jr. NECCO Wafer roll and size it length-wise on the orange construction paper.  Leave at least ¾” additional paper for the top of the pumpkin.
  2. Cut the orange construction paper into a strip at the marked length in step 1. Cut as many strips as pumpkins that you’d like to make.
  3. Wrap the strip of orange construction paper around the Jr. NECCO Wafer roll and cut it so that it closes neatly with only a small overlap.
  4. Line up the paper so that one edge meets the edge of the roll. You will want the overhang on one end only so as to to twist and make your pumpkin top.
  5. Glue the orange strip to the Jr. NECCO Wafer roll using the glue stick. Glue the end of the strip to itself at the overlap to make sure it stays secure.
  6. Twist the overhang into a pumpkin top. (Freestyle!)
  7. Draw on your silly jack-0-lantern face!
  8. Cut the white paper into long thin strips about ½” thick. These will be your Mummy wrappings. Cut as many as you’d like. Each Mummy should only require one strip.
  9. Place glue on one end of the strip and secure to the bottom edge of the Jr. NECCO Wafer roll. Wrap the strip around the roll in an uneven fashion, aiming to look like a Mummy’s wraps.
  10. Glue the other end of the strip to the roll. It does not need to be glued throughout as the moving loose strip in the middle makes it more Mummy-like!
  11. Draw on your best eery Mummy face!
  12. Get to spookin’! =)


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Valentine’s Day Sweethearts Frame!

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The season of love is upon us, and many of us are searching around for craft ideas which will help spread the loving spirit. Today we bring to you a quick DIY project that both you and your little ones will love, using our legendary Sweethearts candies! This craft is quick, easy and inexpensive to create! With a few supplies, you’ll be able to add a Sweet touch to your home for the Valentine’s Day season!

Supplies Needed:

  • Clear gel glue
  • Sturdy 8”x11” picture frame with removable back
  • Colored construction paper 8”x11” (optional)
  • Sweethearts ®

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Instructions:

  1. Remove the back of the picture frame and place aside. You can choose to reapply it later if you wish.
  2. Flip the picture frame so that the open back is facing upwards and the glass is exposed. It is often best to wipe the glass free of dust prior to gluing!
  3. Take your Sweethearts and place them in tight lines, forming your heart shape. Make sure the text side of each candy is also facing upward. This step helps you keep your shape and spacing even throughout the gluing process.
  4. Place a small drop of glue on the plain side of the Sweetheart. (Glue will cause the print to run, so it is best if the plain side is used.)
  5. Carefully push the Sweetheart onto the glass and hold firmly for 5-10 seconds.  Try not to move the candy around on the glass. However, it is okay if the glue spreads a little as it will dry clear and unnoticeable.
  6. Repeat Step 4 & 5 for each Sweetheart you have lined up in the heart formation.
  7. You can replace the back with colored construction paper or simply opt to hang it with no back and have the paint on your wall show through.
  8. Enjoy your holiday décor!

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