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What is a Candy Necklace?

Mary McMahon
Updated May 16, 2024
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A candy necklace is a necklace made by stringing candies onto a ribbon, piece of elastic, or thick thread. In theory, someone could both wear and eat the necklace, nibbling off interesting bits until all that was left behind was the core of the necklace. Many candy stores sell candy necklaces with a wide variety of candies attached, and it is also possible to make them at home. At Halloween, the candy necklace is often on offer in candy bowls.

Commonly, the candies used in a candy necklace are relatively dry and shelf stable, ensuring that they will not melt onto the body and clothing of the wearer as the necklace is worn. Paste candies like Necco wafers are common choices. It is also, of course, possible to use other sorts of candy in a candy necklace, like peppermints, gumdrops, and so forth, although you do run the risk of creating quite a mess.

When candy necklaces are produced commercially, they are often strung onto elastic to help reduce the risk of choking, as the necklace will expand or break before it actually chokes someone. The necklace is strung with candies which have been molded into rings or other easily strung shapes, and then individually packaged for sanitary reasons and to make the necklace easier to handle during the shipping process. The recipient of the necklace may unpackage it and wear it or simply eat it, depending on personal tastes.

If you want to make a candy necklace at home, you will need something to string the candy on, such as ribbon or string, along with a large needle, and an assortment of candy. Many people use oversized plastic needles to make candy necklaces because it is difficult to injure yourself on such a needle. Some good choices of candies might include candies which already have holes in them, or naturally dry candies. Gumdrops and so forth can be used, but you may want to stay away from chocolate, as it will melt quickly.

Some people even include things like cookies on their candy necklaces, or use a string of licorice as a string. In any case, the candies can be strung onto the necklace in whatever order or pattern desired, and then the necklace can be worn or given away. If you make a candy necklace with particularly gooey, sticky candies, you may want to skip the wearing stage.

If you're feeling especially adventurous, you can make a candy necklace which is not designed to be worn at all, using chocolate, paste candies, and pulled sugar to make a delicate and elegant creation which will probably be greatly enjoyed by the recipient.

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By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a DelightedCooking researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments
By bear78 — On Feb 18, 2014

I bought a candy heart necklace for my daughter at the store today on her persistence but I don't think I'm buying this type of candy again. I'm sure candy necklaces are fun for special occasions like birthday parties, but they're really not good for kids. First of all, a child wearing candy around her neck for hours and then eating it is not very hygienic. Secondly, the candies have way too much sugar in them and if the child eats the entire necklace, that's too much sugar in her system. It's just not healthy but it might be okay if given rarely.

By fify — On Feb 17, 2014

@donasmrs-- Paste candies are really the best for candy necklaces. You can make your own and try different candies. Some hard candies might be okay but you will have problems with most others as they become sticky, break or melt.

I think most young children are very happy with paste candies. It's not just about the candy for them, they like that they are able to wear it, play with it and eat it too if they want. Toddlers love putting stuff in their mouths anyway, so candy necklaces and bracelets are the best toys for them. If the candy tastes good, then that's even better.

You might want to try a different brand of candy necklace if you have been buying the same type. Read reviews to find out if the candies actually taste good. And make sure that the necklaces are made of durable but stretchable elastic. It's not fun to clean candy off the floor when the elastic breaks. I'm sure you already know this.

By donasmrs — On Feb 17, 2014

I buy candy necklaces and bracelets for my daughters, as well as for other kids on holidays. But I'm so tired of paste candies and I think the kids are bored of them as well. It's so difficult to find candy necklaces made with any other type of candy. I understand that some candies can be quite messy, but we need more options.

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