Graduation Cap Candy Pops

My baby sister is graduating with her undergrad and so I wanted to make her something fun for her party!  I went to none other than the Cake Pop Queen herself for my inspiration for these Graduation Cap Candy Pops!

Graduation Cap Candy Pops

I adapted mine slightly just to make use of what I had on hand!  Here is how I made mine!

Ingredients Needed for Graduation Cap Pops:

  • Pop sticks
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Hershey’s bars (full sized)
  • Mini M&M’s
  • Fruit strips

Supplies Needed for Bouquet:

  • Ceramic Cereal Bowl from Dollar Tree (use something HEAVY if not using a bowl)
  • Styrofoam
  • Large Bag of Regular Sized M&M’s
  • Hot Glue Sticks/Hot Glue Gun

I followed Bakerella’s advice and I put the peanut butter cups in the freezer for a few minutes before I unwrapped them to make them play nice and unwrap evenly! (It didn’t matter if I froze them or not…I still had peanut butter seeping through the sides.  I blame quality control at Reese’s!)   I also inserted the pop sticks the same way she did!  A dab of chocolate on the pop stick, stuck in the center of the peanut butter cup!

Graduation Cap Candy Pops

Next for my top hats…I used Hershey Bars.  I broke the bars into squares of 2 rectangles.  I used Hershey’s because they are much cheaper than the Godiva ones and I love Hershey’s chocolate :)

Graduation Cap Candy Pops

I used a dab of melted chocolate and stuck that chocolately square right on top!  I placed these in the freezer for about 10 minutes to let the chocolate harden so nothing would slide around.

Again, using chocolate as my glue, I added a strip of sour candy and a mini M&M to complete the hat!

Graduation Cap Candy Pops

Adorable, edible, delicious graduation cap pop!

Here is how I displayed the individual graduation cap pops.  I bought a ceramic cereal bowl from the dollar store along with 2 circle foam discs (that I already had but bought at the dollar store also).  I didn’t want the foam insert coming out when people pulled a pop out, so I hot glued it to the bottom of the bowl!

Graduation Cap Candy Pop Boquet

I cut the remaining disc in half and stacked, and repeated.  A cone would have worked awesome here but I was using what I had on hand!

Graduation Cap Candy Pop Boquet

Next I arranged the pops in the styrofoam (I might have squeezed a few more in that necessary!) and covered the styrofoam with regular M&M’s

Graduation Cap Candy Pop Boquet

Now she has a fun centerpiece for her graduation party…and quite tasty if I might say so myself!


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18 Responses
  • Jenni
    May 20, 2012

    Those ARE adorable! I love how you made a little bouquet of them, too~ so cute! I bet your sister loved it. :)

    I hope you are having a great weekend!


    • Cheryl
      May 20, 2012

      Thanks Jenni! She did like them! They went pretty fast :)

  • Saiema
    June 26, 2012

    Love the pops! :) just wondering, what size were the Hershey bars you used? Were they the oral sized ones

    • Cheryl
      June 26, 2012

      Saiema, They were the regular full sized bars and I just broke the bars into square pieces.

  • Stephanie
    July 12, 2012

    I love this idea….just wondering if you had any suggestions on how to keep them from melting once they are out for display

    • Cheryl
      July 12, 2012

      Stephanie, after I made mine, they spent a day in the refrigerator. They got a little melty on the ride over to my parent’s house for the party but we just put them back in the fridge and then they were just fine afterwards sitting out in the air conditioning!

  • Traci Evett
    May 15, 2014

    Any tips on how to get the sticks in the cups with out them breaking? I am making a bouquet for my niece who is graduating from Pre-K.

    • Cheryl Spangenberg
      May 15, 2014

      Traci, I just went really, really slow with them and I twisted the stick into the candy versus just pushing it in!

      • Traci Evett
        May 15, 2014

        Thanks! I have tried that. I have also tried “pre drilling” the hole with a smaller stick and that helps but sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t!

  • Lynn
    June 1, 2014

    How far ahead of time can these be made. My dons party is July 5th

    • Cheryl Spangenberg
      June 8, 2014

      Lynn, as long as the chocolate would stay fresh and you can keep them cool. The longer the “tassels” sit out in the open though…they’d get tough to eat.

  • kate
    July 16, 2014

    Can you put purple icing on them to change the color?

  • Crystal
    May 14, 2015

    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this! I followed your instructions to make these for my son’s Pre-K “end of the year” party/graduation tomorrow! It was actually easier than I thought it would be!

    • Cheryl Spangenberg
      May 18, 2015

      You are welcome! What a cool Mama making these for them! Yay for Kindergarten next year! Ryan will be there too! They grow up too fast!

  • irasema
    May 5, 2016

    omg we havent tried dong tht stuff but its for our school graduation and thank you so much tht we found this page to see what kind of candy we are doing for our graduation

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