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blue, pink and yellow buttons on parchment paper
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Candy Buttons for Valentine’s Day

A delightful childhood candy, remade at home! Make them any color you want, for any holiday
Prep Time30 minutes
Resting Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 71kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: $5


  • 1 ½ cups (170g) powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons meringue powder (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Food Coloring (any color or colors)


  • Cut paper into twelve 2x11” strips. I suggest you use white paper sheets for this. If you use a roll, do it ahead of time and lay something heavy on top of them to flatten them out, so they don’t roll up on you.
  • Beat powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water until thick and smooth, about 4-5 minutes. If you are making different colors, divide the icing into separate small bowls and color as desired.
  • Place each color in a pastry bag or ziploc bag.
  • Snip the corner off of one bag at a time, and pipe small dots of candy onto the prepared paper. Repeat with the second bag. Let dry several hours or overnight. Cut strips into desired lengths and eat.


  • You can use 1 egg white instead of the water and meringue powder.
  • I recommend regular printer paper for this - NOT parchment or wax paper. The buttons will slip right off those two because they're nonstick.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.002g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 2mg | Sugar: 18g | Calcium: 0.3mg | Iron: 0.01mg