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Candy Coated Bugle Santa and Elf Hats

Who doesn’t love a yummy and cute Christmas recipe! These candy coated Bugles are super easy to make and are fun for any Holiday party, dessert tray or cookie exchange.

With the perfect combination of sweet and salty these little mini Santa and Elf hats will be a yummy sweet treat for everyone.

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Sweet & Salty Candy Coated Bugle Santa & Elf Hats

I have had the idea of making these little hats in my head for about a month. The idea came to me after seeing one of my favorite bloggers posts, The Baker Mama, on Instagram. She made these adorable little birthday hats out of Bugles ( to see birthday hats see the baker mama birthday dessert board post).

Her Holiday food creativity alone is out of this world and I LOVE seeing her ideas and creations for everything. The Baker Mama not only makes fun desserts she also creates AMAZING snack boards. She has inspired me to take our snacking to the next level and I love recreating some of her fun Holiday snack boards.

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I loved her Birthday hats she made for her Birthday Board and they really got my mind turning. I started thinking about all the color possibilities of hats you could make for Birthday parties and Holidays. Then I thought they would also make cute Santa Hats for Christmas, then Elf hats too!

It was such a cute idea I could not resist testing out the possibility of making Santa Hats. Plus Harper loves Bugles so I thought they would make the perfect treat for her too.

So we made it an after school activity one day when Harper got home. She of course loved getting her little fingers all dirty and dipping them into the sprinkles.

I was so pleased with the way they turned out and loved that they looked the way I had envisioned them in my head. These are easy to prepare and make, plus I bought the already colored melting candy so no food coloring or mixing was required, just melting and dipping.

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First lay out a strip of wax or parchment paper to lay the Bugles on after dipping. Then, find a small bowl or deep plate for sprinkles. Make sure that it will be good for dipping or rolling Bugles in, after coating in candy. Add sprinkles to bowl. We did our Santa hats first so we filled a bowl with the white sprinkles.

Pour desired amount of melting candy into a microwave safe bowl that will also be good for dipping. Melt candies according to package directions. Once all melted and smooth you can start dipping your Bugles in.

Hold your Bugle by the tip and then dip into melted candy coating. Let excess drip off then dip into sprinkles. Set on wax paper to dry and repeat until desired amount is done.

Once they have dried completely dip the top of the Bugle into the melted candy then into the sprinkles so you now have sprinkles on both top and bottom making them look like a little hat.  If candy starts to thicken up just pop back into the microwave for a bit.

When/If you are making elf hats too repeat all the above but with green melting candies and red, white and green sprinkles.

Once all the hats have dried and are hard you can store in an air tight container! Add to the dessert spread at your Christmas party or to a cookie gift basket/exchange. Or just enjoy making and eating them with your family. We will probably do all the above!

I would love to see your Santa hats and how they turned out so don’t forget to use #moerecipes so I can see them!

Candy Coated Bugle Santa & Elf Hats

Make this sweet and salty treat to share with your family and friends this Holiday season. These candy coated bugles are just as fun to make as they are to eat. Plus the kids will enjoy helping since this recipe is so easy!
Cook Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Bag of Bugles separate the ones that will make good hats
  • 1 Bag of red melting candy
  • 1 Bag of green melting candy
  • Fun Christmas Sprinkles white for Santa hats and mixed red, white and green for Elf hats
  • Wax or Parchment paper

Instructions

  1. Lay wax or parchment paper on a flat surface or baking sheet. 

  2. Pour desired amount of melting candy into a microwave safe bowl that will also be good for dipping. Melt candies according to package directions.
  3. Once candies are all melted and smooth you can start dipping your Bugles.
  4. Hold Bugle by the tip and then dip into melted candy coating. Let excess drip off then dip into sprinkles.
  5. Set on wax paper to dry and repeat until desired amount is done.
  6. Once they have dried completely dip the top or other end of the Bugle into the melted candy then into the sprinkles so you now have sprinkles on both top and bottom, making them look like a little hat.
  7. When/If you are making elf hats repeat all the above steps just with green melting candies and red, white and green sprinkles.

  8. Once all the hats have dried and are hard you can store in an air tight container! Add to the dessert spread at your Christmas party or to a cookie gift basket.

Recipe Notes

If the melting candies start to thicken up just pop back into the microwave for a bit to get smooth again.

end on 10th Dec
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