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25+ Recipes Using Candy Melts

Candy melts help you make adorable desserts with only a little bit of work. This list of recipes using candy melts will give you some great ways to use them.

For more ideas, check out all of our dessert recipes.

A fork picking up a pretzel that's covered in green candy melts over a bowl of melted green candy melts with the words "Recipes Using Candy Melts" digitally written on top.

I love using candy melts when I’m making desserts. They’re such an easy way to really elevate what you’re making. They come in a variety of colors, so you candy easily dip pretzels or cookies or make candy for any holiday.

Plus, they’re so easy to use. You just pour them into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave at 30-second intervals until they’re melted. Then, just pipe them onto your desserts, add them into candy bark, or dip pretzels or cookies into them.

The possibilities are almost endless.

People get really impressed with desserts using candy melts because they really do come out really nice.

If you are looking for new ways to use them, or if you’re just getting started, this list of recipes using candy melts will inspire you.

Also, I split this list into two sections: recipes using candy melts and holiday recipes using candy melts. The first set are recipes that would work anytime. The second set is very holiday (not season) specific recipes.

Orange candy melts in a bowl with the words "Tips For Using Candy Melts" digitally written on top.

If you haven’t used candy melts before, you might want to check out our Tips For Using Candy Melts post first, just to get yourself familiar with them.

Recipes Using Candy Melts

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We have a bunch of recipes using candy melts because I use them all the time. I told you, I’m a fan. As we add new recipes using them to the blog, I’ll be sure to update this post. So save it (bookmark it, pin it, however you save posts) and come back from time to time to see what we’ve added.

Five OREO cookies decorated to look like ladybugs on green and brown paper shred with the words "Ladybug OREO Cookies" digitally written on top.

Ladybug OREO Cookies

The cutest little cookies are these Ladybug OREO Cookies. OREO cookies are dipped into red candy melts. Black candy melts are then used to make the definition for the wings and the ladybug’s face.

Add candy eyes and sprinkles to complete the adorable sweet treat.

A Watermelon Cake Pop opened on a plate with the words "No Bake Watermelon Cake Pops" digitally written on top.

No Bake Watermelon Cake Pops

Pink cake pops that are filled with chocolate chips are coated in green candy melts make these No Bake Watermelon Cake Pops.

They look like green balls from the outside, but when you bite into them, you realize they look like tiny watermelons.

Slow Cooker Candy pieces in yellow and blue mini cupcake wrappers, with a candy in front, and the words "Slow Cooker Candy (with Golden Crisp Cereal)" digitally written on top.

Slow Cooker Candy

White candy melts are put in a slow cooker with chocolate chips and cereal to make this Slow Cooker Candy. They’re melted together, then scooped into mini cupcake wrappers.

When the candy has cooled, more white candy melts are used to add designs at the top.

Chocolate Oreo Baseball cookies.

Homemade Chocolate Covered OREO Baseballs

Red candy melts make the lines on these cute Homemade Chocolate Covered OREO Baseball cookies.

What’s great is you actually use candy molds for these, and the lines are already imprinted on the molds, making it so much easier for you.

Looking for a sweet way to root on your favorite team? Try this Fantasy Football Candy Bark from Perfect for homegating, Super Bowl parties, the playoffs, and more! Plus, you can make it in any team colors!

Fantasy Football Candy Bark

Candy melts come in a lot of different colors, which is great when you are making this Fantasy Football Candy Bark. You can a bag of candy melts in each of your team’s colors and combine them to make the candy bark.

Then, add some gummy footballs and serve it at your game day party.

Holiday Recipes Using Candy Melts

These Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts are a super simple Valentine's Day Treat. Find out how to make them on

Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts

Two candy canes are positioned together to make a heart shape. Then, melted candy melts are poured between them to make an adorable candy.

​You can use them for a Valentine’s Day or Christmas treat.

White chocolate-covered pretzels with sprinkles and red chocolate on them, on top of pink paper shred, with the words "Valentine's Day Chocolate Covered Pretzels" digitally written on top.

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Pretzels are dipped in melted white chocolate then decorated with either sprinkles or red candy melts to make these cute Valentine’s Day Chocolate Covered Pretzels. 

Filling a ziploc bag wit the melted candy melts, then cutting a small hole in the corner, is a quick and frugal way to make a piping bag if you don’t have one at home.

Five shamrocks made of pretzels with the words "Shamrock Pretzels" digitally written on top.

Shamrock Pretzels

Shamrock Pretzels are such an easy St. Patrick’s Day treat.

Dip pretzels into melted green candy melts, then shape them into clovers on parchment paper. Wait for them to cool completely and they’re ready to enjoy.

Pieces of white and green chocolate with colorful marshmallows on top and the words "Lucky Charms Chocolate Bark" digitally written on top.

Lucky Charms Chocolate Bark

This Lucky Charms Chocolate Bark is a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Melted green candy melts are swirled into melted vanilla almond bark. Sprinkles and Lucky Charms cereal are added on top to make this really festive treat.

Need to bring a dish to a Mardi Gras party? Try this DIY Mardi Gras Candy Bark from

Mardi Gras Candy Bark

Mardi Gras is all about the gold, green, and purple colors and the beads. You get both of those in this Mardi Gras Candy Bark.

Melted yellow, green, and purple candy melts are swirled together and then candy balls are added to it. It’s really cute.

Green, pink, and yellow Oreo cookies with beads on a tray and the words "Mardi Gras Oreo Cookies" digitally written above it.

Mardi Gras Oreo Cookies

​Mardi Gras OREO Cookies are so incredibly easy to make.

You dip OREO cookies in melted chocolate or vanilla almond bark. Then, melt yellow, green, and purple candy melts. Put each color in its own decorator bag and drizzle the colors over the top of the cookies. That’s it.

Four homemade smash eggs, surround by candy, and the words "DIY Chocolate Easter Smash Eggs" digitally written on top.

DIY Chocolate Easter Smash Eggs

Smash eggs are so popular for Easter and you can easily make them at home.

We use silicone molds to make ours, which just simplifies the process. Paint the embellishments with melted candy melts, then add melted vanilla almond bark. When that hardens, fill two halves with small candies, then stick two halves together. Add a wooden hammer for kids to smash the eggs with.

White chocolate shaped into stars, decorated with red and blue, and the words "Red, White & Blue Patriotic Chocolate Stars" digitally written under them.

Red, White & Blue Chocolate Patriotic Stars

For a really fun patriotic dessert, make our Red, White & Blue Chocolate Patriotic Stars.

Red and blue candy melts are shaved into the bottom of a star-shaped silicone mold. Melted white chocolate is poured on top. Once the chocolate has cooled to room temperature, you can serve them.

Red, white, and blue chocolate covered pretzels across a silicone baking mat with the words "Red, White, And Blue Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods" digitally written above them.

Red, White And Blue Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

For an easy Memorial Day or July 4th dessert, go with these Red, White And Blue Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods.

The pretzels are dipped into white chocolate, then cooled. Red candy melts are melted and drizzled on the top of each pretzel while blue candy melts are melted and drizzled on the bottom of each pretzel for a cute patriotic treat.

Halloween popcorn in a bowl, next to a Halloween sign that says "Beware" and the words "Halloween Popcorn are digitally written on top.

Halloween Popcorn

Halloween movies and Halloween popcorn are the perfect pairing.

To make the popcorn, pop it, then cover it with melted chocolate chips and orange candy melts. It’s so festive.

Two pieces of black and orange fudge on top of a black napkin, with Reese's Pieces, around and the words "Halloween Fudge" digitally written on top.

Halloween Fudge

The orange candy melts in this Halloween Fudge are used as a substitute for food coloring. You need gel food coloring to dye chocolate chips, not regular food coloring. If you don’t have that, the next best thing to use are candy melts.

Just melt them straight into the white chocolate chips to dye them the perfect color for this Halloween treat.

Six Rice Krispies Treats decorated like Jack-O-Lanterns with the words "Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats" digitally written on top.

Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats

Orange, green, and black candy melts are used to decorate these adorable Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats.

And yes, black. They’re the most elusive of all the candy melts. Locally, the only type I can find actual black is from ChocoMaker (there are no black Wilton Candy Melts sold around here) and I can only find it sometimes in one Walmart in our area.

Six Rice Krispies treats decorated to look like Frankenstein, on a white tray, with the words "Frankenstein Rice Krispies Treats" digitally written above them.

Frankenstein Rice Krispies Treats

Green and black candy melts — and a steady hand — are what you need to make these Frankenstein Rice Krispies Treats. Plus candy eyeballs.

The fun part about them if you can pipe all different expressions on your Frankenstein faces. Don’t forget the small details, like Frankenstein’s scar or his wonky hair.

Pieces of brown and orange chocolate bark, with candy eyes and Reese's pieces in it, and the words "Halloween Chocolate Bark" digitally written on top.

Halloween Chocolate Bark Recipe

​Melted orange candy melts are swirled into melted dark chocolate to make a festive looking Halloween Chocolate Bark.

Of course, you have to add some candy and candy eyeballs to really take it over the top.

Pretzels decorated to look like pumpkins with the words "Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Pretzels" digitally written on top.

Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Pretzels

Pretzels are dipped into melted orange candy melts, which are also drizzled on top of the pretzel, to make these cute Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Pretzels.

Then, green candy melts are melted to add a tiny drizzle at the top to look like a pumpkin’s stem. Pack them in cellophane bags for cute neighbor’s gifts for Halloween.

Chocolate Christmas trees on top of holiday cupcakes with the words "Chocolate Christmas Tree Pretzel Sticks" digitally written on top.

Chocolate Christmas Tree Pretzel Sticks

Christmas Chocolate Pretzels are some of the easiest Christmas treats to make.

Lay out a pretzel, pipe a Christmas tree on top using melted green candy melts, and decorate it with nonpareils and a star-shaped sprinkle at the very top.

Pretzels decorated to look like Christmas wreaths with the words "Christmas Pretzel Wreaths" digitally written on top.

Christmas Pretzel Wreaths

If you want a cute treat to add to your Christmas cookie trays, these Christmas Pretzel Wreaths are it.

You dip the bottoms of pretzel twists into melted green candy melts, then stack them to form a wreath shape. Add a tiny bow piped with melted red candy melts and some sprinkles to finish it off.

Which of these recipes using candy melts is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.