Homemade Candy Buttons
These homemade candy buttons are almost too cute to handle.
Homemade candy buttons are the cutest retro treat that you may have forgotten about. You also might not have known that you can make those candy dots on a paper roll at home. But in fact it’s easy to recreate this classic colorful candy! Make a batch of these homemade candy buttons for a special event, or even just a fun weekend activity with your kids. Everyone will love the throw back, and the candies themselves are the sweet treat that you didn’t know you’ve been craving.
From the Chef: I loved eating candy buttons when I was a kid. My family used to play board games during the holidays, like Bingo and Scrabble, and whenever someone won a game, we'd get to pick a prize from my grandmother's secret stash. I'd load up on the rolls of candy buttons, which she always kept handy.
- Addie Gundry
This recipe is from RecipeLion's 103 Cookbook series, Retro Recipes from the ‘50s and ‘60s: 103 Vintage Appetizers, Dinners, and Drinks Everyone Will Love.
Preparation Time10 min
Cooking Time - TextOvernight drying
- 3 tablespoons meringue powder
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 6 tablespoons water, plus more as needed
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, cherry, or any flavored extract
- Food coloring
In a large bowl, beat together the meringue powder, confectioners' sugar, water, and vanilla (or flavored extract) until the mixture holds stiff peaks and loses its sheen (about 10 minutes). Divide into separate containers, depending on how many colors you plan to use. Mix in the food coloring with rubber spatulas. Keep covered until ready to use.
Prepare piping bags with small round tips. Place each color of icing into its own bag. Pipe dots onto strips of paper. Let stand for 2 minutes, then caerfully set aside to dry completely. Allow the dots to dry in the open air overnight. Cut the strips into sections and serve.
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