Candy Making with Kids

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Candy making with kids is a great family fun activity for the weekend, boredom, or for play dates. There are so many different fun molds you can find on the internet, I’ll share how I’ve done this with my kids.

Candy makingCandy making with kids is a great way to get them off of electronics!  I’ve made a few different candies for my kids’ parties. It’s an activity and a treat all in one. This first is from my younger daughter’s themed party several years ago. I had a button candy mold.

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Then, my older daughter had a skate-themed birthday party and I made some roller skate candies on a stick. Don’t look too close, we aren’t professional chocolatiers!

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When I was at The Hershey Company’s Technical Center in Pennsylvania last December, we had the opportunity to make our own candy bars, so I thought I’d bring the idea back home to play with my kids. Below is my step-by-step process from the Hershey Tech Center. They’re not the cleanest borders, but hey, I had fun!

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Here I am with my two friends Justine (background) and Maggie making bars in the Hershey Tech Center.

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I actually remember doing a similar activity growing up. I loved melting chocolates to make my own candy creations. Now, there are so many fun and different candy molds, kids can choose whatever it is that they are into!

I really love the delicious taste of HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate. Plus, I take comfort in knowing it is made with familiar ingredients, like cocoa and sugar, and without artificial flavors, preservatives and sweeteners.

It was so great to visit the farm at Meadow Lane Dairy in December, and learn the process of gathering the milk to transport it to the factory to make the HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate bars. We saw how the cows are cared for, milked, and really learned about the heart behind dairy farming. The Rohrer family loves their cows and treats them so well. There are so many misconceptions out there about farming, and I really felt at peace knowing they are treating these animals with love. That farm fresh milk, from within 100 miles of Hershey, Pennsylvania, truly gives HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate that unique flavor.

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Visit to learn more about the farm fresh milk and simple ingredients that go into HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate. That fresh milk is what gives the iconic HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate the delicious, creamy taste we all know and love.

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You can make your own bars like I got to during my visit! Here are the supplies you need:

  • 6 bars HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate
  • Colorful sprinkles
  • Assorted nuts
  • Dried berries
  • Candy mold (any shapes!)

Just melt the chocolate bars, put toppings in the molds, then add chocolate, and freeze!

I like to melt my chocolate in the microwave. At 50% power for 30 seconds, stir, then another 30 seconds, stir. More time if needed.

Creating in the kitchen really builds family bonds as a fun activity to do together. I have read that delicious food is linked to fond memories, and I want nothing more than for my children to have happy memories of their childhood, so we will continue to make delectable goodies with HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate. Whether we are creating for a party or on a Sunday afternoon, I love working together with my kids to make something delicious.

I want to thank The Hershey Company for working with me on this blog!

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