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Skittles® are one of those candies that instantly transports me back to my childhood. During the summer, my best friend and I would bike into our small town almost every day to buy treats from the tiny grocery store.
After picking out our snack, we’d sit on the cement stoop out front and watch traffic go by. Skittles® were always a favorite choice.
I picked up some Skittles® recently and decided to create a little summer fun of my own. This DIY ice cream sundae bar is the perfect way to celebrate summer!
This sundae bar is a candy lover’s dream! It’s chock full of my favorite candy, plus other fun toppings. The best part is that it couldn’t be easier to put together.
There’s no cooking or even a lot of planning involved, which leaves lots of time for summer fun! It’s perfect for serving at a BBQ, birthday party, or any fun occasion … I mean, who doesn’t love candy?
- lots of candy (I used Skittles®, M&M’s® Plain, M&M’s® Peanut, Starburst® Minis Unwrapped, and Life Savers® Hard Candy.)
- ice cream sauces (I used chocolate, strawberry, and caramel, but this Ghiradelli set would work well, too.)
- other toppings (I added nuts, coconut flakes, and sprinkles, but get creative with other toppings such as whipped cream, fresh fruit, chocolate chips, and anything else you can imagine or have in your cupboard!)
- ice cream (I used vanilla but a mix of flavors would be fun.)
- a mix of glass containers
- chalkboard tape
- corner rounder
- chalkboard marker
- baker’s twine
- plastic squeeze bottles
- serving spoons or scoops
- waffle bowls or other servings dishes
I wanted to show off the candy, so I served it in a mixture of glass containers. If you’re trying to save money, search your home for vases, bowls, and anything else that may work. Try to choose containers in a range of heights and sizes for the most visual appeal.
Pour the candy into the containers you’ve gathered. Feel free to sample as you work!
If you want to get fancy, you can label the candy. I’ve used chalkboard tape, and it was perfect for labeling my glass containers!
I simply cut the tape to the size I wanted and used a corner rounder on the edges. Then I used a chalkboard marker for the writing. After your labels are decorated, simply peel off the back of the chalkboard tape and apply it to your containers. It was so easy, yet such a fun touch!
Don’t have or don’t want to purchase chalkboard tape? Regular paper will work as well. Just attach it to your containers with double-sided tape.
For my containers that weren’t flat, I cut out tags instead. I punched a hole in the tags, inserted a little baker’s twine, and then attached the twine to the inside of the containers. A little tape will hold the twine in place, or you can just burry the twine under the candy like I did.
I wanted a cohesive look for my DIY ice cream sundae bar, so I transferred the syrups to squeeze bottles. Of course, I had to label those as well!
The last step is arranging your sundae bar. Place your larger containers in back and your smaller ones in front. Don’t forget to add spoons/scoops for serving the candy, ice cream bowls, and spoons for eating.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of time scooping ice cream, scoop it out ahead of time, place it on a baking sheet, and freeze it. Come party time, all you need to do it transfer the scoops directly to the bowls.
l found these awesome waffle bowls to serve the ice cream in. They were super delicious, plus there were no dishes to clean up after the party. How awesome is that?
Coming up with different flavor combinations was so fun. This one has a little of everything: Skittles®, M&M’s®, Starburst®, nuts, coconut, and chocolate and strawberry sauces. A Life Savers® Hard Candy made the perfect topper!