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Valentine candy treats from the Candy Queen

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As much fun to make as they are to eat

This Valentine's Day, get creative with candy! These sweet treats are fun to make and even more fun to eat.
As much fun to make as they are to eat

If you miss those candy necklaces you wore as a child, you'll be glad to know there's a grown-up version. Not only is this necklace fashionable, but it will satisfy that gum craving, too.

Valentine gumball necklace


  • Pink, red or white shimmer gumballs
  • Wooden skewer
  • Large doll needle
  • Ribbon (thinner, nonwire ribbon is best)



Puncture gumballs

Slowly puncture a gumball with the doll needle, making sure you hold it tight to prevent cracking. Push the needle about halfway through the gumball and remove it.

As much fun to make as they are to eat


Widen holes

Use a wooden skewer to carefully widen the hole made with the doll needle. Turn the gumball over and repeat on other side, making a hole that goes completely through the middle.

As much fun to make as they are to eat


String gumballs

Thread the ribbon through a doll needle and begin stringing each gumball onto the ribbon.

As much fun to make as they are to eat


Tie knots to secure gumballs

Tie a knot after each gumball. Repeat with as many gumballs as you like to make desired length.

As much fun to make as they are to eat


Finish with a bow

Tie a bow with your ribbon as its closure and trim ribbon as needed.

As much fun to make as they are to eat

About the author

As much fun to make as they are to eat

Jackie Sorkin is the highly sought after "Candy Queen" and international event planner. Founder and CEO of the global brand Hollywood Candy Girls, Jackie is best known for her creative, Willy Wonka-esque approach to candy and design. Her signature bubbly personality and production style breathe life in the candy dreams of her clients. She is well known for mastering weddings, corporate events and celebrity-driven parties. Her clients include: OWN-The Oprah Winfrey Network, Pepsi-Co, Warner Music, Epic Records, Morongo, The American Cancer Society, Sephora, American Idol, FOX, Samsung, The Resort at Pelican, Hilton, The Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Girl Scouts of America, BCBG Max Azria and countless others.

She headlined her own series Candy Queen for TLC and continues to appear in top-tier media as the master of entertaining; Good Morning America, MTV, Latina, Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times, Univision, Telemundo, Perez Hilton TV, etc. In 2013 she launched Taiwan's premiere, original Candy Art Gallery, recreating art masterpieces, famous landmarks, a complete circus and fairy-tale fantasyland, using only tiny pieces of candy.

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