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.
I had the idea of making these cute little Santa and Elf hats after seeing one of my favorite bloggers post on Instagram, The BakerMama. She had created these adorable little birthday hats out of Bugles for a Birthday board (to see birthday hats see the baker mama birthday dessert board post).
The BakerMama’s Holiday food creativity alone is out of this world and I LOVE seeing her ideas and creations. She 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 snack boards, especially around the Holidays.
She even has a book out and it is a MUST BUY, Beautiful Boards, and it is just that! So many beautiful board creations for every occasion, from sweet to savory. It also makes for a really great gift for any Mom or foodie. In fact, the book is so popular on Amazon that they have trouble keeping it in stock.
Back to these cute little hats though! I loved The BakerMama’s Birthday hats were just so cute that it 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 such 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.
Super easy and fun candy coated Bugle Santa and Elf hats
Prep – 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 your sprinkles to bowl to dip the bugles in after the candy coating. We did our Santa hats first so we filled a bowl with the white sprinkles.
Dipping the Bugles – 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 these hats 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.
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
- 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
Lay wax or parchment paper on a flat surface or baking sheet.
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 candies are all melted and smooth you can start dipping your Bugles.
Hold 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 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.
When/If you are making elf hats repeat all the above steps just 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.
If the melting candies start to thicken up just pop back into the microwave for a bit to get smooth again.
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