8/23/2008

Runs with Scissors and Eats Crayons...

Last Valentine's Day, I made some edible crayons. They were such a hit that we decided to make them for Back-to-School treats! I made some Back To School crayon labels that you can download here. Just print them out and you're ready to go!

Edible Crayons
Ingredients:
*Pretzel Rods
*Candy Melts (or white chocolate bark/chocolate chips with a little of your favorite food coloring added)
*Paper Labels (make them yourself or download mine here. Print on colored paper of your choice)

Instructions:
-Break or cut pretzel rods in half.
-Melt candy melts or chocoalte chips in microwave on medium heat for 1 minute. Stir and continue cooking at 15 second intervals until melted. Stir well. Add a few drops food coloring if desired.
-Dip ends of pretzels in melted candy.

-Place on wax paper or aluminum foil to dry.
-When dry, wrap with crayon label and secure with tape. "CrayonEatr" got the most giggles since our baby is quite the professional. :)
We put some in inexpensive pencil boxes for back to school gifts!

Notes: You can buy Candy Melts in white or brown at Wal-Mart. They're in the craft section in the wedding supplies. Wal-Mart also had white chocolate bark in the baking aisle. For colored Candy Melts, check your local cake supply store or you can get them at http://www.sugarcraft.com/. On sugarcraft.com, do a search for "compound coating". To color melted white chocolate chips or chocolate bark, oil-based candy food coloring is best. If you have regular food coloring, just make sure the chocolate isn't too hot (just warm) when you add it or it might make it clumpy.

48 comments:

Chimera Crochet said...

How awesome! They look really neat. I saw your photo on flickr and came to your blog to see what they were made of!

Jen said...

These are so cool!! Super creative! Do they get stale quickly? My nephew is starting school.. I might just do these!

Mandy said...

Hi Jen, they last for several days, more if you store them in a sealed container. :)

Mandy said...

chimera, thanks! :)

K :) Family Historian said...

Those are absolutely adorable and I am heading out tomorrow to buy pretzel rods and the candy melts. So clever.

Jennifer said...

As a homeschooling mom I will be using these as a craft project the first week of school. What a super idea!

Lisa said...

I love these and my kids will be crazy about them. Another great idea!

Jenny said...

This is sooo cool! I mean, what kids don't eat crayons the second they start coloring! Love this idea!

Jenny said...

Oh,
I meant to add, I love the new look here. Really cute!

Emily said...

What a cute idea! Your blog looks amazing as well! So much talent on one web page! You are definately a "day maker" mom!

startcooking said...

These crayons are totally adorable!
You are amazingly creative - I just love how you can turn the ordinary into the EXTRAORDINARY! :-)
Cheers!
Kathy

~Holly said...

What a cute idea to make back to school fun & memorable! I also love the new look of your blog! :)

prdtofthe80s said...

Wow! What a great idea! Got here from flickr - I cannot believe how easy they are.

Ashley said...

Can the kids actually color with them? Or are they just for eating? Cause I've been trying to figure out how to make edible workable crayons for my little girl (1yr 4mo old) and I thought of the idea of using white almond bark but I didn't know if it would actually work and I came across your blog here when I googled "edible crayons."

Kendra said...

These look fantastic! If I had seen them before, I would have had to do them at my back to school lunch I just featured on my blog. We put veggie sticks in crayon boxes. What a fun blog!

Teresa R said...

This is one of the most fun (and cute) ideas I've ever seen! Thanks!

Rich, Stacey and Lillian said...

Would it be possible to get the pdf for the wrappers without text? I love the idea and want to do it for a pumpkin patch/carving party, doing orange crayons.

Jennifer Carden said...

These are so cute. We make chocolate pretzles with candy molds but these are way cuter!! I can't wait to make them. How did you match the paper so well??

jubilee said...

This is so adorable. I"m bookmarking this page so that my son can bring in a tasty treat on his first day at his new school.

Happy SITs day!

A Trivita Mom said...

What a unique idea thanks for the detailed instructions that even I can follow..:)

MotherToMany said...

I am clueless as to how to make the labels. I was thinking this would be an awesome Valentine treat/passout. I'd just want to change the labels to read things like "Be Mine", "Happy Valentine's Day", "Love You", "Kiss Me" or something like these.

So how do I go about making the labels exactly, or could you do some for us?

Amy @ Living Locurto said...

I just found this post and LOVE this idea! How cute:-) I am loving your blog. I can't wait to feature your ideas on my blog, my readers will love you:-) Yay!

bow mom said...

It won't let me download the labels ;( if you get this can u e mail them to me Kizerian at cox.net thanks. I was in the middle of dipping for tomorrow. They are so cool

lisalyn said...

Oh my...these are just the coolest thing ever! :) I need to make some.

Wendy said...

I love these! Though when I showed them to my son he guessed that they were worms (!?!?). For the record, he's wrong -- they look just like crayons. Ha ha!

Brooke said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog and THANKS even more for these awesome instructions! These were a huge hit with my kids and friends. You have a fabulous site and I will visit often!! :)

**Amy** said...

I made these after seeing your post. My kids and I loved them! I linked to your post from my blog. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas!

Mrs. D Lightful said...

Love this!!! Hope you don't mind if I feature this on my blog?

Jennifer said...

Fantastic idea...perfect for school parties or even birthday parties!

Jenna said...

LOVE this idea! I will definitely be trying these with my son. Thanks!

Playing by the book said...

Had my eye on these for quite a while, but have just had the perfect excuse to link to them from my blog:
http://www.playingbythebook.net/2009/12/23/fantastic-fiction-for-kids-baking/
Can't wait to make them!

Meal Planning Magic said...

How totally cute are these? We happen to have some pretzel rods leftover from another activity so these would be great for my son's kindergarten class treats..fun, fun! Thanks for the great idea!

Anonymous said...

These are just adorable! I am having a paint party for my son and these will be adorable to have on the table. Thanks for sharing!!

Khris said...

These are so cool...you are too clever...I have put a link to you on my freebies blog...thanks for sharing...hugs Khris

AimeƩ said...

Thanks for the awesome project! I just posted a link to this in my blog, here: http://web.me.com/redshoearts/Redshoearts/Blog/Entries/2010/2/26_%7BThis_Moment%7D.html

Alberta Leong said...

This is really a brilliant idea! They are perfect little door gifts for kids parties!

Kim Sandling said...

Thank you so much for this idea. My daughter and I just made these tonight for her to give as thank you gifts to her teachers tomorrow. They are so cute and were perfect for a 5 year old to particpate!

Kim Sandling said...

I made this for my daughter's preschool teachers. Thank you so much for sharing your talents! If you'd like to take a look, I posted it on my blog www.sandlingsmiles.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I am so bummed - I started making these with my sons 5 & 3 but after melting the white chocolate chips and adding the food coloring it ended up a clumpy mess and we could use any of the chocolate. I don't have a plan B for his last day of school tomorrow :-(

citygirl - Stacey said...

These are great! What a creative idea! My girls would love these! Thanks for sharing.

Andy said...

Hi,
WOW! I am from Australia and I have never heard of candy melts or pretzels rods! I am going to have to do some serious shop hunting to find these things because these are too cute, I know some children who would just love these! Are they just called candy melts or do they have another name? That might help me find them.
Cheers
Andy

Megan said...

too cute! I'm featuring your idea on crazydomestic.com on Thursday! Feel free to grab our "I was featured" button!

Anonymous said...

Soooo cute and so clever! I just made these for my little preK-er's 1st day of school. I did find that the labels were just a tad too short to tape together, so I made my own labels a little bit longer (2.7"). Absolutely adorable!

CraftyMummy said...

Just wanted to let you know that I featured your post on my blog: http://mummycrafts.blogspot.com/2010/10/edible-crayons.html

Lynsey said...

So cute!!! What a great idea!!

WN Momma said...

Those are so precious!!

mikky said...

These are really great! Such a cool idea. I can't wait to try making some.
:)
Mikky
Todaloos.com

Lorraine Joy Alegria-Vizcarra said...

The is the most adorable idea. I love it!!!!