Kids have enjoyed edible candy necklaces for decades, and they are still available, but edible jewelry has not changed much over the years. Candy necklaces are still typically made of hard chalk-like pastel pieces of round candy, and they greatly lack flavor. It is the novelty of wearing something edible that makes this type of candy appealing to kids. Instead of buying hard tasteless candy necklaces for party favors, gifts, and more, try the following ideas for creating edible candy necklaces. They are very easy to make, and the homemade varieties are far tastier and more appealing than store-bought versions. Best of all they are completely edible from one end to the other.
Young children should be supervised at all times when making candy necklaces. For safety reasons, plastic craft needles should be used to create holes in sweets instead of the sharp metal variety. Also, exercise commonsense when it comes to consuming edible jewelry that has been excessively handled and worn. Consider having the kids make edible jewelry specifically for eating and others just for wearing. Eating candy necklaces that have been played with and/or worn is not recommended.
Gummy Bear Necklaces on Strings of Red Licorice
No matter what type of candy is going to be turned into edible necklaces, strings of licorice is the ideal cord to use since it is also edible. After all, who wants to bite into a piece of candy and end up with string in their mouth? Red licorice strings are strong and flexible, and they can be tied together.
To make edible gummy bear necklaces on strings of red licorice, begin by poking holes of adequate size through the sides of gummy bears. Use a clean plastic needle for best results. Not only is a plastic needle safer since it is dull, but it also makes a larger hole that will accommodate strings of licorice.
Carefully string gummy bears side-by-side until filling the strings of licorice. Unless they are very long, they will have to be tied together. Tie them securely, but be careful when pulling the knots tight to avoid breaking the edible strings. Alternate gummy bear colors for candy necklaces that are almost too cute to eat.
Mini Marshmallow and Fruit Ring Necklaces
When looking for ideas for candy necklaces, consider stringing pastel-colored mini marshmallows and fruit ring cereal. Although these items are not really candy, they are just as sweet. The combination of crunch cereal and soft chewy marshmallows is deliciously different, and they are easy to string onto licorice for edible necklaces.
Make Edible Beaded Necklaces with Fruit Leather
Beads for edible necklaces can be made with colorful fruit leather. Buy strips or rolls of fruit leather, and tightly roll small pieces around plastic needles. Combine colors for a swirled look. Thread the fruit leather candy beads onto strings of edible licorice. The finished necklaces are almost too pretty to eat.
These are just a few of the many ways to make edible candy necklaces. Any soft candy, fruit leather, gummies, or cereal can be pierced with a plastic needle and strung onto licorice strings. Consider your favorite soft candies, and make candy necklaces that are completely edible and absolutely scrumptious.