Is it just me or are candy kabobs kinda EVERYWHERE right now? At Oh Happy Day we decided to try our hand at them and were bummed to discover that they are harder than expected to get right!
However, after multiple failed attempts we think we found our groove! Here are a few tips that we learned along the way to help you with your own…
- First and foremost, soak the skewers in water and wipe dry before skewering! This helps the candies from sticking to the wood when they’re sliding on.
- Skewers look the best when there’s a lot of variation in the color, texture, and type of candy. Try mixing some semi-translucent gummies (they look great when they catch the light!) with opaque candies — the variety adds a lot!
- Color is essential- we found that the most vibrant colored candy works best so ditch the dull colors and mix bright rainbow colors for maximum visual impact!
- Pay attention to form- make sure your column of colorful candies looks balanced from top to bottom.
- Lay out your candy designs before skewering them onto the stick, this will save you a lot of frustration if you want to change your mind!
- Pick thicker candies (larger than a 1/4 inch). Thinner ones tend to crumble when punctured.
- Try experimenting with the candy itself! Color block your marshmallows by dipping them in colored food dye or dip marshmallows in sprinkles to add variety in texture (FYI- you can skip the use of corn syrup! Just dip the marshmallow in warm-hot water, shake off the excess liquid, and dip in your sprinkles. Marshmallows are already made of sugar, and the heat reactivates its stickiness).
Finally, here are some great sources for candy!
- Nuts.com– We like Spearmint Leaves, Orange Slices, and Gummy Starfish.
- Amazon.com– Sugar Bananas, Butterflies, Awesome Blossoms Gummy Candy, Rainbow Ribbon Candy, Swedish Fish. You can also find a good selection of marshmallows.
- World Market– Gummy Candy Sushi, Luehder’s Marshmallows.
Crafting by Naomi Julia Satake