Edible Santa Suit Candy Cups and a Holiday GIVEAWAY!

This has sure been a busy holiday season for me, trying to balance my chocolate making business with blogging while making sure our exchange student has a wonderful holiday experience. In between working in the candy kitchen, we’ve taken time to go do some fun activities; we’ve decorated a gingerbread house, made caramels with friends, played bingo (I won!), shopped a lot, and even found time to see Santa. This past Saturday we even volunteered at a parade and holiday festival then took a class and made a fleece blanket and pillow before coming home to package more chocolates. Yesterday we spent a very full day in the candy kitchen working 14 hours and will have an equally busy day today. Whew, I’m exhausted.

Last week, during a few free hours, I had some fun experimenting in the kitchen and created some sweet treats for Christmas including these completely edible Santa Suit Candy Cups. They can be filled with candies, as pictured, and used as party favors, or they can be filled with anything from chocolate mousse to ice cream for Christmas dessert.

Edible Santa Suit Candy Cups

Before you begin, if you don’t have experience working with confectionery coatings or modeling chocolate, read my detailed Chocolate Making Tips page (here.) If you work with pure chocolate, you can use them here instead of the confectionery coating/candy melts.

You’ll Need:
melted red colored confectionery coating/candy melts (or use white and add red coloring)

melted white confectionery coating
small plastic cups – do not use paper cups or your candy cups will look dull not shiny
(about 2 1/2 inches tall – the bathroom cup size)
white modeling chocolate (click here for recipe and instructions)
black food coloring
powdered sugar to dust cutting board
Fill your Santa Suit Candy Cups with:
candies, nuts, trail mix, dried fruit, mini cookies, chocolate mousse, pudding, ice cream, etc.

Allow your melted candy coating to cool enough that you can still pour it easily, but thick enough that it will coat your plastic cups with a thick layer. If your coating is really thin, you will need to do this process twice, creating two layers of candy coating for your cups.

Pour candy coating into a cup, filling it to the top. Let it sit at room temperature for 3 minutes. Turn it upside down and allow the candy coating to drip out. Tap the cup a few times to help remove the excess candy coating.

Use a spatula or knife to scrape across the open edge of the cup to remove the dripping candy. Wipe the edge of the cup clean using your finger. Place the cup in the freezer for 3-5 minutes until your candy hardens. Do not leave the cups in longer than 5 minutes or your candy may crack. Repeat to create as many cups as you want. You will have to re-heat your candy coating during this process to keep it at a pourable consistency.

To remove the candy cups from the plastic cups, tug on them carefully and just slide them out. If you didn’t do a great job of cleaning the edge of your candy cups, you may have to break the seal around the edge by running a small sharp knife around the edge to remove excess candy.

Allow your edible candy cups to come to room temperature before decorating.

Allow your melted white confectionery coating to cool slightly so that it thickens a bit. Use a spatula or knife to frost just the top edge of each candy cup with the white candy coating. You want to create the look of fur. Freeze the cup for 1-2 minutes after adding the fur. 


Color some of the white modeling chocolate using the black food coloring. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes before working with it.

Dust a cutting board lightly with powdered sugar. Roll out white modeling chocolate and some black modeling chocolate to 1/16″ thickness. Cut small squares from the white (I used a small square fondant cutter) and long 3/8″ bands from the black using a knife or pizza wheel. Cut a smaller square out from the inside of each small white square creating a buckle.

Lightly brush some white confectionery coating on the back side of a black belt and wrap it around the middle of your candy cup, cutting off any excess modeling chocolate. Lightly brush some candy coating (or corn syrup) on the buckle and attach it to the belt.

Fill with candy to use for party favors or fill them with chocolate mousse, pudding or even ice cream and serve for dessert.

You can store the Edible Santa Suit Candy Cups in an airtight container for several weeks.


Now, I bet you’ve been wondering about that giveaway!  Bottle Your Brands makes custom food labels which are perfect for this time of year, or anytime, really, and they are going to give a set of 50 labels to one lucky reader. It could be you!

Bottle Your Brand offers labels you can use on packages of cookies, on wine bottles, on jars of homemade jam, or even on bags of white chocolate popcorn, like I did.

For years I have just been printing and hand cutting labels to tie onto my packages of white chocolate popcorn, but this year I have beautiful shiny custom printed labels to attach.  I think they look great. If you’d like to make your own white chocolate popcorn to give as gifts this year, see my tutorial, here. I coated my popcorn in white chocolate then drizzled it with milk chocolate. You could use any color candy coating you’d like to add some color to your popcorn. If you love these Meet the Kringle Snowman bags, that I used, as much as I do, you can purchase them here
sponsored by Bottle Your Brand 
Enter to win
a set of 50 Bottle Your Brand Custom Food Labels
You can simply personalize their designs or create your own custom label, like I did. 
Mandatory Entry: 
Leave a comment below. That’s it. It’s that simple. 
If you’d like, you can tell me what you like to make and give as gifts for the holidays.
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Rules: Giveaway begins 12/10/12 and runs through 12/15/12. If you have trouble leaving a comment, you can send your entry to [email protected] and I will add your comment. Winner to be drawn at random from all valid entries. Entrants must reside in the United States and be over 18 years of age. (I’m so sorry to all of my world wide readers. Hosting an international contest has become too difficult due to all of the laws around the world.) Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Odds of winning are based on the total number of valid entries (maximum of four entries per person.) Winner will be notified and have 72 hours to respond. If the winner doesn’t  respond in that time frame another winner will be chosen. This contest is in no way sponsored by Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, but it is sponsored by Bottle Your Brand. 
Products used to make this project that are available on Amazon.com (commission earned for sales)
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    Those cups are so cute! I might have doubted that they would pop right out of the cups for me, but your tutorial photos are so helpful. Thank you! I would never have these done before Christmas, so I am thinking Valentine's Day – tied up with a white fondant bow and stuffed full of little pink, white and red heart shaped candies. Thanks for the chance to win the labels! I follow on email and FB!
    Merry Christmas!

  5. says

    OK, I don't have my glasses on … when I saw the first photo, I thought you used red Solo cups … I apologize … I should have known better! Those cups are just toooooo cute :)

  6. says

    I absolutely LOVE these Santa cups….and fast forward a few months ..these would be so cute as leprechaun cups filled with gold chocolate coins!! Thank you for sharing such fun ideas

  7. says

    I'm making homemade chocolates for christmas gifts. I am allergic to dairy, so I can't use the candy melts you use. What do you recommend adding to the chocolate so it doesn't melt on your hands? I tried shortening but I don't think I added enough.

    I would love to use these labels for the gift bags!

    • says

      If your chocolate melts on your hands it is because it isn't tempered properly. Pure chocolate contains cocoa butter, as opposed to palm kernal oil that is used in candy melts, and it needs to be melted and tempered in order to have it set up properly. You can temper chocolates in your home kitchen, but it does take some practice to get it perfect. I have machines that temper my chocolate, so I don't consider myself an expert on tempering by hand, but there are plenty of good instructions on the internet. Adding shortening to your pure chocolate will only make it thinner and will change the flavor for the worse. I don't recommend it.

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  12. Mandy C. says

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love making anything edible and try to change it up every year. Still trying to figure out this year's goodies.

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  14. Lisa Bletz says

    I "LOVE" to bake and make. Or just make homemade items,from like homemade cookies to homemade crafts.And I love all the Christmas crafts you put on Facebook !!

  15. Kylie says

    Wat a great idea well playgroup kiddies do we have something new for you gonna love making these with my lit tv let ones to thanks for the idea….

  16. says

    Wonderful. Those labels would comes in handy when I make my holiday treat for my friends and family. This year I'll make them cookies and Lemon sugar scrub. :)

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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    love those cups. wow. I bake a lot for the holidays and giveaway, white chocolate peanut butter fudge, peanut butter fudge, peppermint creme fudge, apple, and cinnamon raisin breads, I bake for 16 years aleast twice a year for our Priest and Deacons, generally bread, but for last christmas and this Christmas will be Cinnamon rolls. Wowza.

  19. says

    I saw the Peanut Butter cup reindeer and ended up following about 10 of your boards on pinterest. I have a 4 year old grandson – who loves to help in the kitchen and was looking for ideas to make. Saw so many – I can't wait to try.

    • says

      Thanks for stopping by and sticking around, Deb. I'm so glad you found my site and hope you and your grandson enjoy making some of my recipes.

  20. Anonymous says

    I have a few questions.
    I have no idea what is made off , I am from Australia and have not heard of the ingredient you have listed lol. And it has no quantity to use. I would love to make this for a family get together on Boxing day (3 generations at least are coming as they do most years and this would be amazing :)

    • says

      The candy cups are made from confectionery coating, which is like white chocolate, only it's made with oil instead of cocoa butter, and is very easy to work with. It doesn't need to be tempered like pure white chocolate does. You can use white chocolate to make these cups, as long as you temper it. Just color it red using red candy coloring.

      For more information regarding this subject, see my Chocolate Making Tips page -> http://www.hungryhappenings.com/p/chocolate-making-tips.html

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