The Candy Bar Cocktail

The Candy Bar Cocktail

What could be more fun for a Halloween party than a Candy Bar? Join us as we show you how to create some fun candy bar themed cocktails perfect for an adults night out.


Cue up the music, “I want candy, I want candy!” Yep, that is exactly what my sweet Khaleesi was saying as we started this sweet DIY adventure into the uncharted world, of boozy candy land. Unfortunately, I think her face may say a little too much about this particular photo shoot, LOL. I tell you these cats photobomb everything and tell all my secrets, nothing is sacred around here.As may many of you may have read, I hatched up the novel idea of an Ugly Halloween Sweater Party. Well with any good party you need to plan out the food, drinks and entertainment all ahead of time. Since this is a Halloween party, I wanted to theme the bar as a Candy Bar, but not like a scoop-able candy bar you put in a bunch of goodies into a bag like you see at weddings and kids birthday parties. I mean an actual bar, as in Cocktail Bar, but with Candy Bar themed drinks.Candy Shots Glasses Cinnamon JENRON DESIGNS I was also inspired by an idea I saw on Pinterest, on how to make candy cocktail glasses out of hard candy’s melted on a cookie sheet then wrapped over a shot glass. Well let’s just say those became an instant Pinterest fail for me and will not be seen anywhere in this post, lol.  However, I do not give up easily, so I did a little research because I was now determined to make candy shot glasses.Candy Shots Glasses Butterscotch JENRON DESIGNS I found this ultra affordable silicone mold which is dishwasher, freezer and oven safe, and clearly made for creating shot glasses of all types. I am imagining cookies filled with milk, or a real jello shooter made of jello, I mean the possibilities here are just endless.

(I actually did made ice glasses for my blue, White Walker shots for my Game of thrones party later on, recipe seen here) Adding Candy to Mold JENRON DESIGNS*Please note that this post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. These involve no extra cost to you, but may result in me receiving a small commission – for which I am very grateful! You can view my full advertising disclosure here.

Wilton Round Silicone Shot Glass Mold, 8-Cavity

So to make my shot glasses, I decided to pick butterscotch and cinnamon hard candies. First the colors are perfect for fall, and the flavor profiles will taste nice with the candy drink flavors I chose to feature. All you have to do is layer the unwrapped candies into to the form snuggly.

Candy to Melt in Mold JENRON DESIGNSMake sure to add extras to the bases as seen above, this is actually really important to prevent leaking or holes on the final product. Then you place the mold in the oven at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, or until the candies have melted completely.Candy in Mold Baking JENRON DESIGNSThe next step, you will want to make sure to press the bases. While the candy is still warm, I used a spoon to press the bases to make sure there were no holes left between the candies. I have also been told you can pre melt the candy and pour it into the mold too. However, if you are trying to keep a pattern, like with a peppermint, this is the preferred method of doing so.DIY Candy Shot Glasses JENRON DESIGNSOnce the candy has cooled, you can remove the cups from the molds by inverting the cup. Then slightly twisting the center to release the middle section of the mold. This was very easy, Wilton products are specifically made for candy making so they do not require any kind of pre greasing.Cups with Hole JENRON DESIGNSAt this point, I inspected each of the cups and made sure that they did not have any visible holes, which could cause potential leaking upon filling. I absolutely love the colors and how vibrate they turned out. They kind of reminded me of votive holders; which got this creative mind spinning yet again.Candy-Shot-GlassesI quickly realized I would have to use LED battery operated tea lights in that scenario because they would absolutely melt. However, the amount of light that would glow through would be very pretty after dark. So who knows, you may see the ones that have holes used in a different capacity. Waste not, want not, that’s what I say!Candy-Shot-Glasses JENRON DESIGNSYou may have noticed that I got a little creative with this cup below. This was created by adding the butterscotch candies in as the second layer on the mold during the melting process. Which produced a pretty cool looking effect and made a cinnamon caramel cup. Then I lightly wet the rim and and dipped it into some pop rocks for a fun garnish.
Candy Bar Shots Pop Rocks JENRON DESIGNS Halloween Candy Bar with Candy Shot Glasses Pin JENRON DESIGNS


Now I want to focus on what is going on the inside of these fun little candy cups. When I came up with the menu, I wanted to make sure I picked liquors that would “play nice” together for the party; while creating some fun flavors for candy bar cocktails.  Another great party planning tip is: plan your menu properly to utilize the same types of alcohol in multiple drink options. This will give you a variety, but cut down on your overall bar bill expense by purchasing a ton of onesie twosie items. 

The Butterfinger

1 oz  Butterscotch Schnapps

  1 oz  Bailey’s Irish Cream

Butterscotch Candy Cup, Garnish with crushed Butterfingers

Candy Shots Butterfinger JENRON DESIGNS

The Atomic Fireball

1 oz  Fireball Whiskey

  1 oz   151 Rum

Cinnamon Candy Cup, Garnish with Whipped Cream, Cinnamon Sprinkle & Atomic Fireball


The Sugar Daddy

1 oz  Butterscotch Schnapps

1/2 oz  William Wolf Coffee Whiskey

  1/2  oz  Bailey’s Irish Cream

Butterscotch Candy Cup, Garnish with Sugar Daddy stir stick


Candy Shots Sugar Daddy JENRON DESIGNS

The Candy Apple

1 oz  Fireball Whiskey

  1 oz   Apple Pucker

Cinnamon & Caramel Candy Cup, Garnished with Green Apple Pop Rocks

Candy Shots Candy AppleJENRON DESIGNS

The Heath Bar

1/2 oz  Butterscotch Schnapps

1/2  oz  Cognac

1/2 oz  William Wolf Coffee Whiskey

  1/2  oz  Bailey’s Irish Cream

Butterscotch Candy Cup, Garnish with Whipped Cream & a mini Heath Bar


The Caramel Cow Tail

1/2 oz  Fireball Whiskey

  1/2 oz  William Wolf Caramel Whiskey

1 oz  Butterscotch Schnapps

Cinnamon Candy Cup, Garnished with Whipped Cream, Caramel Cow Tail


Caramel Candy Corn

1 oz  Butterscotch Schnapps

1 oz  William Wolf Caramel Whiskey

Butterscotch Candy Cup, Garnish with Whipped Cream & Caramel Candy Corns

Candy-Corn-Cocktail-Jenron-DesignsThe entire reason I did a practice run on the candy shot cups was to find out how durable they really were, and if they would actually hold liquor. So here is the real scoop and the full on true story. Yes they will hold liquor, but I do not recommend pre-pouring anything. For our party we will pour the shots as needed on the spot, so I recommend having your liquors and drinks premixed in bottles, then just garnish.As long as you do a true shot, and do not stand around forever and wait for everyone to have one in their hand to do a group shot, you will probably be okay. Remember these are edible candy cups and they dissolve, just like with saliva, so liquor is the same concept. During our photo shoot we could actually hear the cups beginning to crack and then they started to leak after about 15- 20 minutes. However if you are planning to do several shots and you might want to assigning people their own cups, or have a large backstock of them. Maybe by writing their name on them, with an edible food dye pen? Just thinking out loud over here. You can probably get around 6-8 shot rounds, out of a single glass, as long as you don’t dilly dally around too long, and just throw back the shot. So my recommendation would be to have an assigned bartender for your event, to keep the party and drinks flowing properly.Candy-Shot-GlassesWhile I love a great bar cart, this particular one is actually collapsible, so it is perfect for traveling to a on site location, tailgating,  or for taking on trips. However, I really think this party idea may be better suited for a true bar set up with a LIVE bartender. So just get your Sugar Daddy, to drop a 100 Grand next Payday and make that happen, LOL.Candy-Shot-GlassesPIN ME for later and be sure to follow us on Pinterest at Jen @ JENRON DESIGNS candy bar cocktail JENRON DESIGNS

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  1. So cute and so creative! I’m soooo saving this!

  2. Thank you Jamie I really appreciate that! 🙂

  3. Yes you could totally make these and put pudding versions of worms and dirt inside for Halloween. Maybe even a version of butter beers for the Harry Potter fans with the butterscotch cups.

  4. Omg this is such a cute idea. I could totally see this as an idea for a Halloween party or even if it was a party that wasn’t for Halloween.

  5. Thank you Heather, you are right the candy cups are great anytime of the year, even peppermints and Christmas with a cocoa based drink could be fun, or maybe fruity jolly ranchers with some summery shots at a tropical pool party.

  6. These are amazing!!! I wish I was having a Halloween party, so I can make these treats! You are so creative!

  7. You make me WANT to have a Halloween party! This is such a great idea for an adult party.

  8. I am amazed what you guys do for Halloween and other festivities. You are such a creative person and it all looks so nice. Enjoy all the parties!

  9. I want to try every single one of those drinks! Totally love this idea. And the picture of your cat looking through the stairwell is too perfect <3

  10. I don’t really celebrate Halloween (it’s not big in the UK) but that candy bar is awesome and I want one! 😀 Love all the cocktail ideas!

  11. Such a creative corner, everything is so perfectly made and designed. I loved everything

  12. What a clever idea, I am so loving the play on words. This is my type of bar.

  13. THIS IS AMAZING!! I love the creativeness of this. Definitely on my must-try list!

  14. These sound like some amazing candy cocktails! My favorite would be the Butterfinger followed closely behind by the candy apple. Great idea for a grown-up Halloween party!!

  15. Thank You Joanna I can tell you the Butterfinger was really good and so was the Candy Apple so good choices.

  16. Such an amazing idea Jen! Love it! Adult Halloween party hear I come!! Love all the drink recipes! Yumm! Thanks for the idea!

  17. You are so incredibly creative. It is so lovely to see you making all these things and writing about it!

  18. Farmhouse Fixer Upper

    A different idea for a party and I love those sweet little candy shot glass they are so cool!

  19. Wow how creative! The butterfinger & heath little treats sounds amazing!

    -madi xo |

  20. These are so fun and creative! Definitely trying a few of these out!

  21. This is a very interesting concept. Whoever came up with this? Absolutely creative and fun. Awesome job.

  22. I love the Halloween bar idea. My family does a candy bar at our family holiday party. The kids love it, the adults love it, and there’s always so much extra, there’s to-go goodie bags to take it home hahaah

  23. 5 stars
    That is so awesome! I love this idea for a Halloween party–a great way to make the holidays fun for adults!

  24. 5 stars
    So creative and fun for the holidays! I NEED to try this!

  25. Rebekka

    This is such a great idea for Halloween parties!! All of the shots sound super yummy!

  26. 5 stars
    I love this! It looks fun to make & very tasty 😋 If I could have a Halloween gathering I would be the boss of all Halloween parties! Definitely saving for later. Thanks for sharing 😊

  27. The caramel ones looked so yummy. Oh! I’m hungry now. Luckily there’s shop downstairs. What a creative way of preparing candies!

  28. Khalessi‘s face is so funny in that photo. She says “Not impressed mommy.” Still love this idea!! I can just taste it now!

  29. Khalessi is very hard to impress and her face says it all, 24/7 LOL!!! IT is hard when your toughest critic is a cat but it helps me strive for continued excellency hahaha!

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  42. 5 stars
    That looks like so much fun. It’s been a while since I’vec seen a Sugar Daddy pop.

  43. 5 stars
    those shot glasses are amazing! You should make them and sell them – I would love to have those but suck at making stuff. Butterscotch for sure!

  44. 5 stars
    What a fun idea for this time of year. I will have to try it out!

  45. Melanie

    5 stars
    These are so fun! What a great way to step up the game on a halloween party. Loved the candy shot glass idea and the Sugar Daddy sounds delicious!

  46. 5 stars
    I feel like I need this candy bar in my life all year round. Maybe even one in my office to help me sugar my way through the day.

  47. Amber Myers

    Oh my gosh, yes, I’d love to try these! Perfect for parties or..whenever 😉

  48. This is such a clever idea! I need to give it a go

  49. Oh wow! Those candy shot glasses is a brilliant idea! I have to make them!

  50. Tisha

    This is such a fun idea for a party!!

  51. These Halloween candy inspired cocktails with their own candy glasses are a great party drink.

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