Candy kabobs are a great treat for any party — and one that you can easily make yourself. I made these for Shark Week, because Shark Week is awesome, but you could make them for any theme just by matching your party colors. Here’s how to make shark candy kabobs.
Bamboo skewers – Pick these up at the grocery store or order these 10-inch skewers from Amazon.
Soft, bulk candies – Think about candies that will easily slide onto your skewers. Also, make sure your candy is fresh. If it’s gotten a little tough, it will crack on the skewer. (See my red candy slice at the bottom of this skewer? It cracked, so I switched to marshmallows that I had in the pantry.)
Here are some candy ideas:
- Marshmallow twist pieces
- Ribbon candy (sour belts)
- Gummy sharks, bears or anything else
- Gummy life preservers
- Gummy worms
- Swedish Fish
- Licorice slices
- Juju candy
- Circus peanuts
- Chewy sour balls
The amount of candy you’ll need will depend on how many skewers you’re making, the size of your candy, and how long each skewer will be. Plan on about 10 pieces of candy per 10-inch skewer and go from there.
Glass of water – Use for soaking your skewers
Damp paper towels – Your fingers will get sticky, so keep a damp paper towel on hand to clean off your fingers
Cellophane bags – To keep your kabobs fresh until the party or for giving the kabobs as favors
Ribbon – For tying off the end of the candy bag
How to make candy kabobs
Give this a try before your party, so if this “recipe” isn’t for you, you still have time to order from a candy kabob Etsy seller.
Gather all your candy. I think it’s easier to lay it out on a plate before your start, rather than scrounging around in a bag each time you need a piece of candy.
Soak your skewers in water. When you’re ready to thread the candy on the skewer, you may want to lightly dry the skewer with your damp paper towel. You just don’t want it dripping water. You’ll find that if you don’t soak the skewers, the candy will leave streaks of candy guts all over your skewer. The dampness makes the candy thread more cleanly.
Thread your candy.
- Start your kabob with a piece of candy that has some heft so it can hold up the other candies if you want to display these upright.
- Leave about 3 inches at the bottom of the kabob for a “handle”.
- For ribbon candy (sour belts), gently fold the ribbon back and forth, then slide it on the skewer. It takes some force to do this, so you may have to spread out the ribbon again once it’s on the skewer.
- I didn’t end my kabobs with a piece of candy to cover the pointy part of the skewer, but for younger children, I’d definitely recommend doing that.
When my girls turned 13, I made candy kabobs for their party using rock candy sticks because those have the little wood ball at the top. The only problem with rock candy sticks is that they are 6-inches long, which makes for a short kabob, especially if you want to display them upright.
Keep your kabobs fresh. Make these before the party and store in a Tupperware-style container, individually wrapped in wax paper, so they don’t stick together. Or, wrap each one in cellophane bag (about 4 inches x 9 inches). Tie the end with a twist tie or ribbon.
If you are serving these on a platter, place paper towels over the kabobs until the party is ready to start.
Where to buy bulk candy
I’m not sure that you’ll get the freshest candy on Amazon, so check out these resources.
As usual, this is one of those tutorials for a thing that may sound harder to do than it really is because I’ve tried to give you tips based on my trying and failing to make candy kabobs. 🙂 Bottom line: if you don’t want sticky fingers, or if you want your candy kabobs to look super perfect, turn to Etsy. Otherwise, I think this is a fun DIY, and if your kids can keep the candy on the kabob and out of their mouths, invite them to help!