Edible Christmas Craft – Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Candy Bars

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, the T.V. special, was shown every year when I was young and I couldn’t wait to see all my favorite characters come to life on our television. The show featured cute animals, silly elves, and even a big monster, but ultimately the story was about human nature. Hermey wanted to follow his dream of becoming a dentist, Charlie in the Box and Dollie longed to be loved, and Rudolph desired acceptance from others. Although I could never relate to Hermey’s goal of becoming a dentist, I definitely empathize with his drive to do the one thing that made him happy and I’m fortunate enough to have succeeded in following my dream of creating sweet treats.
Over the years, I’ve seen lots of Christmas crafts where people wrap candy bars to look like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and I think they are adorable, so I decided to create a candy bar reindeer with all edible decorations. I kept this project really simple, using all store bought candies. Kids will have a great time making these, and eating them too!
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Candy Bars 
You’ll Need:
1 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Candy Bar per reindeer
2 squares of caramel per reindeer
2 candy eyes per reindeer*
1 red Peanut M&M per reindeer
kitchen shears (scissors)
optional, a leaf shaped cookie cutter (or use a large reindeer cookie cutter)
*I used 1/2 inch royal icing eyes that I purchased from a cake/candy supply store (on-line), but you can also draw a black pupil using a food coloring marker on any small white candies like M&M’s, Smarties, or white chocolate chips. 
Unwrap your candy bars and caramels. Flatten the caramels, by pressing on them with your fingers. If necessary, heat them in the microwave for a few seconds to soften them. Use kitchen shears to cut an oval that is about 2/3rds of the width of your candy bars. Press the oval near the bottom edge of your candy bar. Press one red Peanut M&M into the caramel oval. 
Press one tiny piece of caramel onto the back of each candy eye then press the eyes onto the candy bars just above the caramel oval. 
Use a leave cookie cutter or kitchen shears to cut antlers. I cut out a leaf then cut it in half and it worked perfectly. Press the caramel antlers onto the top half of the candy bar. 
Serve them on a platter at your party, or wrap them in clear cellophane bags to give as Christmas treats.

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