Ok, I am surely a sucker for all things vintage, and I will admit to having a stash of incredible, antique buttons … you know the kind of stash, right? Yes, mine is even housed in a mason jar just awaiting some fun project. Well, when I saw these absolutely adorable buttons, I was amazed that they were good enough to eat! They would make such perfect candy favors for a bridal shower or even a fun DIY style wedding, and they are super simple to make.
A huge shoutout goes to Bake it Pretty for their creativity! They sell the adorable chocolate molds (among other cute supplies) for just $2.25 each (plus S/H). Their prices are very reasonable, so I encourage you to check them out. If you have never, ever melted and molded chocolate, it is VERY easy … truly. Enjoy!
Supplies you will need: button mold, candy melts (you can purchase these in colors through Bake it Pretty or your local craft store), candy flavoring (optional), sandwich bags, microwave safe bowls, spoons, scissors, microwave and refrigerator (or freezer!).
Place the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl. You will not need a lot since the buttons are small, and you will only want to microwave them for about 20 seconds … then check and stir them and repeat. It is better to be safe rather than burn the chocolate.
This is the desired consistency … not super runny yet smooth enough so that the melts are truly melted. As a sidebar, I LOVE eating the chocolate when it is like this (being careful not to burn my tongue … yum!). If you do want flavored chocolate, now is the time to mix in the flavor, and you do NOT need a lot of flavoring (a little goes a long way!).
Spoon the chocolate into a baggie, and just snip a little bit off of the end (just enough so that you can gently squeeze to let enough chocolate out).
Carefully squeeze the chocolate into the mold, being careful not to overfill. The chocolate will expand ever so slightly as it cools, and you do not want the chocolate to spill over the edges.
Continue filling the buttons. If you get spillovers, they will normally be easy to snap off once the molding is finished. Also, once the mold is filled, carefully pick it up and lightly tap it on the surface that you are working on. That will enable air bubbles to surface.
Place the molded chocolate into either the fridge or freezer (depending on how quickly you want the chocolate to set). It hardens fairly quickly, so the fruits of your labor are not far away!
Once the chocolate is set, you merely need to turn the mold over and tap out the buttons. Do NOT twist the mold (especially if it was in the freezer) as it may crack.
A-dorable button candy favors!! I love these colors, too … don’t you!?!?! So many color combinations would work, and they are so darling. Follow the cleaning instructions for the mold, which normally means NO dishwashing … just simple soap and water should do.
There are many ways to package the buttons, but Bake it Pretty has a wonderful link to some paper toppers that you can print out yourself. Click here to view the printable PDF of the button toppers.
We hope you enjoyed this adorable posting! Oh, and for some fun sentiments, how about … “cute as a button” or “sew sweet”. I am sure that you can think of some “buttony” sayings on your own, and feel free to share them in the comments section! Again, thank you so much to Bake it Pretty for this great idea for candy favors.