Homemade Candy Dots [& Hearts]

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With just a few ingredients, you can make candy dots at home.  Not only will you be re-creating a childhood favorite, but you’ll also place a smile on your kid’s face.

DIY Homemade Candy Dots by SeededAtTheTable.com

Raise your hand if your kid plays, lives and breathes Skylanders.  Don’t know what I’m talking about?  Consider yourself lucky.  😉  Judah was introduced to this children’s video game last month.  We caved and bought it for him, and the rest is history.  He’s hooked.  It’s all he wants to talk about.

Homemade Candy Dots and Hearts by SeededAtTheTable.com

Many times I am sitting right there next to him, watching him play the game.  While he’s playing, he cuddles with me, too, whether he means to or not.  🙂 He even rubs his little toes against my feet as he stares at the screen, and I love every minute of it.   I’ll take any form of cuddling from this kid that I can get because I know it won’t last much longer.  Soon he’ll be pushing me away and will be embarrassed of his mama.  I might just end up like the coddling mother on The Goldberg’s.  (Have you seen that show? Funny stuff.  If you loved The Wonder Years, you’ll love this new comedy.)

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All that to say, when Judah is really into something, he’s really into it.  This trait is passed on from his father’s side of the family.  If you know Ben and his dad (and brothers) at all, you know that they are a bit obsessive about whatever hobby they are into at that moment.  It’s a good thing… for the most part.  I like that they go full force into their hobbies.  Maybe I’ll elaborate in a future post with some specifics, but for now this mention just serves as an explanation to Judah’s personality.

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Which leads me to these candy dots.  If you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen how quickly and obsessively Judah eats these candies.  About two years ago, my mom brought him an over-sized version of Candy Dots during her visit.  He stood there and mindlessly peeled the entire sleeve within seconds.  Because of this, I can’t buy them for him because he just wants to eat them all at once.

Kind of like how I can’t seem to keep a box of Cheez-Its in my house for more than two days.  (Ben…?)

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Because I knew how much Judah loves Candy Dots, I had a blast surprising him with this homemade version.  I was able to control his intake by limiting him to one sleeve a day, and then encouraged him to give some away to his friends.

Homemade Candy Dots by SeededAtTheTable.com (Includes print-out template)

If you’ve ever worked with royal icing, then you already know how to make these.  If not, then don’t be intimidated.  It’s really super simple!  Just whip together the icing and pipe dots onto rectangles that you will cut out from printer paper.  I’m so nice and provided a print-out for you to trace the rectangles which also includes a dot grid as a guide for piping!

DIY Candy Dots and Hearts by SeededAtTheTable.com

I piped a couple of sleeves into hearts for a fun homemade Valentine’s Day gift option.  If homemade treats are allowed at your kids’ school, consider this idea!

Homemade Candy Hearts

Click on the image below for the candy dot sleeves template:
Homemade Candy Dots Printable by SeededAtTheTable.com

Homemade Candy Dots [& Hearts]
  • Candy dots template print-out
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 4 cups (1 lb) powdered sugar
  • 6+ tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cherry extract (or vanilla extract)
  • Gel food coloring

Print out one page of the candy dots template. Place another white sheet of paper on top of the print-out and trace the two rectangles. Cut out the rectangles, set aside and repeat with how many candy dot sheets you plan to make. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat together the meringue powder, powdered sugar, water and extract until stiff peaks form and icing loses its sheen (about 10 minutes). Divide into separate containers, depending on how many colors you plan to use. Mix in food coloring with rubber spatulas. Add more water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, to thin each color out so that when it drops off the spatula it quickly dissolves back into the remaining icing within 10 seconds. (But, thick enough to pipe and hold it's dot, or heart, shape.) Add powdered sugar if need to thicken. Keep covered until ready to use.

Prepare piping bags with small round tips. Place each color of icing into one bag each. Place two rectangle cut-outs over top the print-out sheet so you can see the dots through the white paper. Pipe dots onto the two triangles, following the dot pattern. Let stand for 2 minutes, then carefully remove and set aside to dry completely. Repeat with remaining rectangle cut-outs. Allow dots to dry overnight in the open air.

Recipe Source: Royal Icing recipe from Karen's Cookies




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  1. Such a cute idea! I used to love those growing up.

  2. These are SO FUN! I’ve been waiting for the recipe since I saw Ben devouring them on IG. My daughter is a big fan of the candy dots too. 🙂

  3. You are so cute and crafty I can’t stand it!!! Also rich is obsessed with cheese it’s!!!



    • Hi Kathy,
      I just use printer paper from my printer. Many may have issues with this and say there are toxins or whatever, but that’s what I used. 🙂

  5. Where can I get meringue powder?

    • Hi Karin,
      Walmart sells it where they have their Wilton baking products. Or you can get it at Michael’s, JoAnn’s, Hobby Lobby or any other craft type store. I heard William-Sonoma carries it, too.

  6. Umme Amara says:

    In case if meringue powder is not available, beaten egg white with pinch of salt can be use as an alternate? If yes, please do tell quantity. If no, is there any other alternate? These look so good. Want to try them out soon. 🙂 TIA

  7. How long will these last. If I made a huge batch and gave kids a little a day would they still be good in like 2-3 months. I would prefer to make large quantities and not have to make every few weeks

    • Nikki Gladd says:

      Hi Scole,
      We’ve only kept them for about a week, so any longer than that I can’t attest. It’s a royal icing recipe, which when on cookies I always say will last for a week.

  8. Oh my gosh. So. I found your recipe. Thank goodness. Because I didn’t want to use eggs. I just made them. Pink, Blue,Yellow. I flavored the pink cherry. The blue strawberry. The yellow, banana. I used printer paper as well. Oh my gosh. I was making dots for an hour. At first I was so careful to make them so round and uniform. By the umpteenth sheet they were big,fat,long,you name it. But they look just like the ones I used to buy the kids when they were little. I can’t wait to taste them. Thanks for the great recipe.

    • Nikki Gladd says:

      Thanks, Joanne! Glad this recipe turned out well for you, even if they’re not all perfectly uniform dots. 🙂

  9. Just wondering how you make the hearts….they look so uniform…

    • Hi Emily, I piped them with a small tip. It’s hard to tell, but I piped each side starting from top to bottom then met in the middle. Because it’s a royal icing, when it dries you can’t tell I did it in two separate sections.

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