Remember the candy buttons from your childhood? That sweet sugary goodness you pried off of strips of paper with your teeth trying to get as much sugar as your could with the least amount of paper?
Eating candy buttons was fun. It IS fun! But finding places that sell these retro sweet treats is not always easy. I have seen them priced at a few stores from just under $2 for a package (at Fleet Farm) to around $5 (for the same size package as the $2 ones) at candy stores and touristy boutiques.
They are actually quite simple to make and only require a few ingredients, many of which you probably have on hand. What I loved most about making these is that I was able to customize the colors to fit the occasion, instead of the standard pink changes to orange changes to yellow changes to green changes to blue.
- 1 1/2 Cups of Powdered Sugar
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- food coloring
- 12 2×11 paper strips (computer paper works great, cut a few extra for leftover icing)
Directions: Using a mixer, beat sugar, egg white and extract until smooth. Divide icing into bowls depending upon the desired number of colors (I chose 3 colors to make it red, white & blue). Mix in 2-3 drops of food coloring in each bowl. Arrange all of your strips of paper out on your counter. Choose your starting color and using a spatula pour all of that icing into a thick plastic bag. Cut off a small piece of one of the bottom corners. Begin squeezing out drops of icing on to the strips. You will use all of one color before starting another.
To create the blended color look that is reminiscent of the childhood candy buttons, simply place the next color in the same bag while there is still some of the previous color remaining. Be sure to think about how the colors might blend. Whereas red and yellow will blend in to a pleasant orange color, purple and green will blend in to a gray color which might not be as appealing.
If you want to ensure your colors are separate, just use a different plastic bag for each color.
Allow the candy buttons to dry at room temperature for 12-48 hours (depending upon the humidity in the air.)
I hope you have as much fun make (& eating) these as I did.