My kids are absolute Smarties fanatics. They love the sweet candy, especially the sour flavor! They always ask for Smarties, and they know that Papa (Grandpa) has a large stash at his house that they get treated to every time they visit. But more than just being a great treat, they also offer a great Halloween Candy with the least amount of allergens and they are a great staple for fun Halloween kids crafts!
Smarties make a great Halloween allergy free food
Although we don’t personally have to deal with many food allergies other than a dairy allergy; I still like to keep a stash of treats that are known to have less food allergy reactions with kids in case any of my kid’s friends happen to have a food allergy I don’t know about. You can learn more about Smarties Food allergens from their website. Halloween is one of the most important times to be aware, as the number of kids with food allergies has risen. We need now more than ever to offer allergy free foods as options for the kids at Halloween. I don’t want kids to be stopping at my house only to walk away sad because they can’t eat anything we have to offer. That’s why I love Smarties so much. They are gluten free and aren’t manufactured in a facility that also produces nuts or dairy. It’s one of the best known low allergy candy available. That and they just taste great. But did I mention they also make great Kids crafts? They can be unrolled and used in baking as decorations on cakes and cupcakes or they can be left in the roll and used for fun decoration crafts, birthday party favors or even Halloween handout treats.
Smarties Lightsaber Halloween Craft Tutorial
My kids are obsessed with Star Wars so it wasn’t hard to know what type of theme I wanted to use to create our Halloween treat. After searching online I found a great site that featured a Star Wars Birthday party tutorial. They had created table places out of napkins that looked like Lightsabers. Well, that gave me a great idea on how to shrink it down and instead of place settings; I was going to dress up the Smarties candies to be little Lightsaber Halloween treats. So with a plan in place off I went to our local Dollar Tree to gather the supplies. I also have to mention this craft is also quite inexpensive! This craft cost me just a little over $3 at Dollar Tree since I already had the scissors and tape. You will want to gather your supplies and have them all ready before you begin. You will need:
- Your favorite Smarties Candies
- Tape (I used regular tape, but in hindsight I would use double sided tape next time)
- Colored napkins
- Lightsaber wrap template printed. I’ve adjusted and shrunk the template to be the right size for Smarties, so all you have to do is print the PDF file, cut out each Lightsaber wrap and you will be set.
Cut out the Lightsaber wraps for each individual Smartie you will be turning into a Lightsaber. Now you can choose to go full Smarties Lightsaber (full instructions below) or you can skip a few steps, do it really simple and just create a Smarties saber. J. my 8 year old gave it the name; isn’t it such a fun name? It just rolls off the tongue, a Smarties Saber! A Smarties Saber is simply adding the Lightsaber wrap on the Smarties without giving it a colored blade. You will want to bend and tape down one twist end of the candy. Then you simply wrap the Lightsaber wrap around the Smarties candy and tape. Ta-Da, you now have a Smarties Saber! These are fun if you still want people to see what the candy is, or if you are pressed for time. But we wanted to make a full Lightsaber Halloween treat. To do this you simply add a layer of colored napkins. Take any solid colored thick dining napkin, unfold and simply cute a section that is wide enough for the Smarties, and long enough just to wrap once around the Smarties with a little extra. Now I tried a few different ways to roll the smarties into the napkin and the Lightsaber wrap, and eventually I found a method that was easier and more effective than all the others. Take a small piece of tape and fold it into a circle (or if you took my previous suggestion just use some double stick tape) and place on the center of the candy and line it up with the edge of the napkin. Place another roll of tape on the other end of the napkin piece. then simply roll. The tape on the Smarties themselves will hold the one end of the napkin in place and keep it taut and then the tape on the napkin at the other end will automatically seal itself once you roll the Smarties over it. Now take the Lightsaber hilt wrap and place rolls of tape on both of the length ends. You will be rolling the Smarties into this wrap just like you rolled them into the Napkin. Keeping the thicker black edge closer to the center of the Smartie, yet still allowing plenty of room for the paper to cover the end of the Smarties, simply roll the Smarties into the Lightsaber hilt wrap, then you are finished! Simple, easy, Super cute and lots of fun for the kids! You now have a Smarties Lightsaber Halloween Candy! Yeah, #IAmASmartie! Simply repeat this process for each Smarties candy roll until you have used up all the candy or you have enough for each child. These are fantastic for Halloween Treats, Class Parties, Birthday Party treats, or just for fun!
Get Crafting with Smarties!
There are many more fun creative things you can do with Smarties, and many more delicious ways you can enjoy them! Be sure to visit Smarties online to learn more about this fun candy! Also visit Smarties Store to see all the candy flavors and varieties! They can also be found in stores nationwide including your local Walmart, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree and many other locations. Also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for lots of Smarties fun! Would you love to win your own Smarties Prize Pack? One of our lucky readers will win
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