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Homemade Candy Buttons

These homemade candy buttons are almost too cute to handle.

Homemade Candy Buttons
Homemade Candy Buttons
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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


  1. 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.

  2. 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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I remember these from way back in the day. You can still find them in some stores but to me that are just not the same. The candy buttons are either harder or have a different taste than I can recall. None the less they bring back great memories. Now I can have them when I want instead of waiting to luck up and find them in a store.

This candy buttons is a novelty candy. I do not see it in many venues and typically only during a certain time of the year. It is wonderful to know that I can create these for myself and share them with loved ones. I love nostalgia.


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