The Candy Bar

The Candy Bar

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.  

Que the music……”I want candy……cause I want candy!” Yep, that is exactly what Khalessi 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 photo bomb everything and tell all my secrets, nothing is sacred around here. So, as may many of you may have read, I hatched up the novel idea of an Ugly Halloween Sweater Party last week. 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 goodie bag and see at weddings and birthday parties. I mean a bar, as in Cocktail Bar, but with Candy Bar Drinks. 

I was also inspired by an idea I saw on Pinterest, 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 a Pinterest fail for me and will not be seen 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. 

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.

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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. 

Make 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. 

The 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. 

Once 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.  

At 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. I 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! 

You 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. 

THE CANDY BAR COCKTAILS: 

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 

 

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

 

The Candy Apple

1 oz  Fireball Whiskey  

  1 oz   Apple Pucker

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

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 Cowtail

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

 

So, the 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 premixed in bottles then just garnish. As long as you do a true shot and do not stand around and wait for everyone to have one in their hand to do a group shot, you will probably be okay. Remember these are candy cups and they dissolve 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. Maybe by writing their name on them, with an edible food dye pen. You can probably get around 6-8 shots out of a glass, as long as you don’t dilly dally around, and just throw back the shot. So my recommendation would be to have an assigned bartender for your event, to keep the party flowing properly. While 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.  

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19 Comments

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

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

  3. 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!!

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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!

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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