Colleen Sowa Recipe

By Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7

Prep Time:
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These delightful and edible Graduation Caps have been a favorite of ours for years... We started making them before there were mini peanut butter cups... the mini ones are much nicer.

We use them to decorate cakes, put trays of them out on the sweet table, decorate with them, use as party favors.....

But our favorite thing to do is make them up and put in vases and give as gifts to special graduates... it is unique and fun! *** Sometimes we add a couple balloons... but the vases of Graduation Caps make a very nice and much welcomed gift!


3 pkg
hershey's milk chocolate candy bars (6 pack, 9.3 ounces)
1 pkg
reese's peanut butter cups (miniatures, 19.75 ounces)
1 pkg
twizzlers pull 'n' peel candy (14 ounces)
1 pkg
chocolate almond bark (14 ounces)
2 pkg
wilton lollipop sticks (50 - 4-inch sticks)
1 pkg
mainstays bamboo skewers (100-pack)
2 pkg
wilton treat bags (50 - 3x4-inch bags) (this size bag just barely works... i think a little larger bag would be safer to the hats and make it a bit quicker to bag up...)
clear tape, or curling ribbon, or anything else you desire to secure the bags closed

Directions Step-By-Step

Melt the chocolate almond bark in a double boiler.

Peel all wrappers off of the miniature peanut butter cups.

Unwrap the Hershey's chocolate bars, carefully snap them off into 2 section squares (one candy bar will make 4 squares and there will be a row left over to save for future uses.... or nibble away now!)
Line a baking sheet with wax paper.

Place the Hershey's chocolate squares flat side down on the wax paper.

Dip the bottom of a peanut butter cup into the chocolate bark, set it onto a Hershey's square.

Repeat this process until all are done. Let them set to harden.
Turn each of the candies over with the flat side of the Chocolate square on top and the peanut butter cup on the bottom.
Cut the Twizzlers into desired length to form tassels for the Graduation Caps (1-1/2 inches). Pull the strands apart.

Dip the tips of the Twizzlers into the chocolate bark and place onto the top of the Graduation Caps.

Repeat until all are done. Let sit to allow chocolate bark to harden.
Either use the Wilton Lollipop Sticks or the Mainstays Bamboo Skewers as the sticks.... (if using skewers, use the flat end to poke into candy... and use the pointed end to put in arrangements)

Put the stick of choice into the peanut butter cup part of the Graduation Cap.

Take a Wilton's Treat Bag and put the Graduation Cap inside.

At this point, you can use clear tape, curling ribbon or other devise to secure the bag closed.

Repeat until all are done.
*** These can be used as a decoration on a food table, as a party favor, or as a graduation gift! My photos show some possibilities,

*** Plastic Vases, rocks, marbles and paper grass. (all from dollar store ... rocks from hardware store).

*** We make the vases up for a graduate, put in the Graduation Caps (as in photo), we present this to the graduate instead of roses... sometimes we add a couple balloons.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Candies
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: For Kids
Hashtags: #candy, #chocolate

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Helene Mulvihill WeBakeinTX
May 20, 2011
Colleen, Love those STFU's!!! LOL xoxoxo
Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7
May 20, 2011
Hi Helene!!! Thanks for sharing the photos... I like what you did! So happy that you liked this idea.... I like fun things like this... and don't forget the Unicorn horns.... LOL LOL LOL (couldn't resist!) xo
Helene Mulvihill WeBakeinTX
May 20, 2011
Colleen we LOVE these!! I bought some cheap glass vases and some school colored marbles to match and we're making centerpieces for our graduation party tables!! Thanks for posting this wonderful idea!!