Wilton Halloween Candies
I started of with a Wilton Candy Starter Kit. It contained molds, melting candies, bags and ties. Nice to get the first timer started. The link is not to the exact kit I have, but it has been several years since I bought mine. I do really like the witch’s broom and the grave stone in this kit - I might be buying it when I finish this blog! My kit included skeletons, grave stones, eyeballs, and scary vampire lips. The skeletons take a bit of extra time to squeeze out the white candy through disposable decorating bags, but the effect is well worth the effort. Another option is a new paint brush. It will eventually clog up with solidifying candy, but you can scrape it off and start over. I always get great compliments from these at parties; they motivated my husband to take lots of photos and make them his Facebook cover photo for Halloween.
Tip: Continued melting, or just a finicky bag, will begin to clump up. Add two teaspoons of vegetable shortening to smooth out.
One of my favorite molds is the Wilton Bat Picks. When I first got them, I wasn’t too excited, but I bought them after Halloween for 75% off (I couldn’t help myself) and these little bats are great! They turned my delicious mini cupcakes that I made last year into straight fabulous! They are very easy to make and don’t require much candy to make. No need for fancy designs that take hours, just plain brown or black will do.
Below is one of the bat candies that came in my starter kit. They are smaller that the ones on sticks, so I bag 2 or 3 of them together as a going away gift to kids at the party. I have also used the fingers to look like a hand crawling out of a cake. Freaky looking…seriously.
I purchased my daughter the Wilton Pre-Baked Cookie Haunted Mansion to work on while I made candies to hand out as parting gifts at our Halloween Part for her birthday. I was hoping it would make a nice centerpiece. When I buy these, I always forget how complicated they can be to build the base structure. I recommend skipping the icing and moving straight to a hot glue gun. Use the icing to go over the glue if necessary. This one tip would have save my daughter and me over an hour of frustration. Skip right to decorating.
They include some candies for decoration, but we enjoy adding our own. This year, we used a lot of Bone Sprinkles. They make defining lines, write words all while looking like bones. I turned a provided black Dot into a grave stone and used the bone sprinkles combined with Skeleton sprinkles to make a skull and cross bones on the ‘grave stone’.
This year, I will be trying out a new cake pan: a coffin with a skeleton crawling out…Eewwweeewwwww. Tiffany is super excited and wants me to turn the skeleton into a zombie. Look out for the block next week for how it goes!