Halloween’s almost here, but candy corn and tons of sweet treats have been in the grocery stores for what seems like weeks now.
Cora and I took that Halloween spirit and ran with it, creating our own, easy candy corn desserts.
It’s always fun to experiment in the kitchen, but when you can let your kids take the lead and use their creativity a bit, it’s all the better.
We wanted to have something fun and sweet here for when Aunt Katie and Asher visited this past weekend (so fun!), and that we did. Even though I can’t say that these were perfect for a toddler (we used our tiny fancy glasses–not smart!), he sure seemed to like what his mom gave him on his spoon.
Cora was uber-proud.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Make Easy Candy Corn Desserts With Kids: Really, when I say these are easy, I’m not even joking.
And they’re so pretty.
What I love most about these is that they’re totally imperfect. So far from the images on Pinterest and all over the internet of picture-perfect holiday treats, it’s laughable.
But we loved them.
Even though the marshmallows got really soggy and squishy on day two. But who cares?
All you need for these babies are a few things: orange jell-o, vanilla instant pudding, and marshmallows. Bam.
Cora and I knew we wanted to use pudding that we had already made for our treats–pudding that was in the fridge and wasn’t moving. We made it two days before, and no one seemed to go for it like I hoped.
So we drew a tiny candy corn on a piece of paper to keep us centered and focused on the task at hand–we wanted to recreate candy corn parfait-type treats using marshmallows, jell-o, and pudding.
Cora mixed the Jell-O, which she and I are both trying to each more frequently because our nails are total junk.
And doesn’t everyone want strong nails? We do.
Making the parfaits was easy. Cora decided that in order to make the treats look most like candy corn, we had to start with marshmallows, then put in the yellowish pudding, then put in the orange Jell-O.
So that’s what we did.
And it was a wee bit tricky.
What made it tough for us was our small, fancy glasses.
But I bet if you want to do these for a class party or Halloween get-together with lots of tiny kids, using a clear plastic tumbler would totally work–and then you could more easily pour in the orange Jell-O.
We put them all in the fridge.
And then we waited.
And though they all looked a little different from each other, they all looked so pretty.
We knew that Aunt Katie and Asher would love them–which they totally did.
Were they picture-perfect? Nope.
Did they taste like food of the angels? Not at all.
Was every single one of them gorgeous? Oh my gosh, no.
Did we love them? Sure did.
Because above all, my tiniest was way proud of her work in the kitchen–her creativity, thought, and patience.
And so was I.
And really? We all need to celebrate a little more of the perfect imperfections in life. It’s not all pinteresty-perfect, friends!
Want a few more fun halloween party ideas?
- halloween class party ideas
- halloween ghost cookies
- boo! your neighbors
- alternatives to halloween candy
- halloween joke notes
- halloween learning
- hats, cats, and pumpkin grid game
- dinner in a pumpkin
- candy experiments
Let me know how you’ve gotten your kiddos involved in preparing for this spooky holiday–I’d love to hear it!