Bursting Firework Favors



Prep time: 10 min.



What you'll need:

An assortment of your favorite Mars candies, such as MILKY WAY and 3

MUSKETEERS Brand Miniatures, STARBURST Brand Fruit Chews, SKITTLES

Brand Bite Size Candies and M&M'S Brand Milk Chocolate Candies

Red and/or blue cellophane

Red, white and blue pipe cleaners

Red, white and blue beads



What to do:

Gather an assortment of your favorite Mars candies, such as MILKY WAY

and 3 MUSKETEERS Brand Miniatures, STARBURST Brand Fruit Chews,

SKITTLES Brand Bite Size Candies and M&M'S Brand Milk Chocolate

Candies.



Wrap candy in red or blue cellophane.

Tie with pipe cleaners and arrange them like bursting fireworks.

Secure beads to the tips of the pipe cleaners by twisting each pipe

cleaner below and above the bead.

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Summer Cones



Prep time: 20 min.

Baking time: 20 min.



What you'll need:

1 bag M&M'S Candies

1 bag SNICKERS Miniatures, chopped

1 18.25-oz. box yellow cake mix

2 16-oz. cans vanilla frosting

24 ice cream sugar cones

Red food coloring

Sprinkles

24 paper cupcake liners

2 12-cup standard size muffin tins



What to do:

Prepare yellow cake mix according to the package directions. Fold in

the chopped SNICKERS Miniatures, before transferring the batter to

cupcake paper-lined muffin tins. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven

for 20 minutes. Cool completely.

Tint the frosting pink with a few drops of food coloring.

Fill each sugar cone with 1 tablespoon of M&M'S Candies.



TIP: You can use flat bottom wafer cones in place of sugar cones.

Remove the paper liners from the cupcakes. Top the cones with the

cupcakes, and cover with pink frosting.

Decorate with M&M'S and sprinkles.



Makes 24 cones.

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Create-A-Spyglass



Prep time: 5 min.

Decoration time: 15 min.



What you'll need:

8 singles (1.69 oz)M&M'S Jack's Gems

8 singles (1.74 oz) M&M'S Peanut Chocolate Captain's Gold

8 singles (1.5 oz) M&M'S White Chocolate Pirate Pearls

8 paper towel cardboard tube

8 sheets tan construction paper

Clear plastic wrap

Glue

Tape

Scissors

Stickers, trim, ribbon and/or glitter

Paint or markers, optional

Black or brown craft foam, optional



What to do:

Fill the cardboard tubes with the singles of M&M'S Chocolate Jack's

Gems, M&M'S Peanut Chocolate Captain's Gold, M&M'S White Chocolate

Pirate Pearls.

Tape both ends closed with 3-inch circles cut from plastic wrap.

Wrap the tubes with one sheet of construction paper and secure closed

with tape.



Cut 16 strips of craft foam, 1 1/2-inches wide by 6-inches long. Glue

one strip on each end of each tube. Decorate tubes with stickers,

ribbons, etc.



Makes 8 spy glasses.

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Make-a-Cake Contest



Prep time: 20 min.

Baking time: 45 min.



1 bag SNICKERS MINIS

1 bag MILKY WAY MINIS

1 bag M&M'S Chocolate Candies

1 bag M&M'S Almond Chocolate Candies

1 bag M&M'S MINIS

1 box (18.25-oz.) yellow cake mix

1 box (3.4-oz.) vanilla instant pudding and pie filling

2 cans (16-oz.) vanilla frosting

2 6-cup jumbo cupcake pans

12 jumbo paper cupcake liners

8 plastic knives

Various sized bowls



What to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper cupcake

liners.

Roughly chop 2 cups of SNICKERS MINIS. Prepare cake mix according to

the pound cake instructions, which includes instant pudding. Fold in

chopped SNICKERS MINIS. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared

cupcake pans.



Bake for 18-21 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes

out clean. Remove from oven, transfer to wire rack and let cool

completely.



Set each cupcake on a small paper plate. Cut the MILKY WAY MINIS in

small squares and arrange them in various sized bowls along with

M&M'S Candies, M&M'S Almond Chocolate Candies and M&M'S MINIS

Candies.

Let children decorate as desired.

Makes 12 cupcakes.

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Candy Award Ribbon



What you'll need:

Your favorite Mars candies, such as M&M'S Milk Chocolate Candies FUN

SIZE, SNICKERS, MILKY WAY, TWIX, SKITTLES,

3 MUSKETEERS Miniatures and STARBURST Fruit Chews

Wide ribbon

Felt or construction paper

Markers

Scissors

Double-sided tape



What to do:

Cut a length of ribbon to fit comfortably over a kid's head.

Gather two ends and place them one over the other, taped together

underneath. Then tape a circle cut from paper or felt over this.



Using marker or felt letters, label as "Fastest Runner" or "Best Kid

to Toss a Softball With," etc. Embellish the "medallion" with glitter

to make it sparkle. Decorate the ribbon by taping on your favorite

Mars candy.



Award as a prize for winning a race or doing an activity, or just as

a gift for being a special kid.

If in a group of kids, be sure every kid gets a medal.



Makes 1 award ribbon.

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SUMMER IDEAS:



Make outdoor celebrations extra special.

The Sundae Stop

It's not summer without a sundae bar! Set up a table with a variety

of ice cream flavors and toppings. Melt some DOVE chocolate to make

the fudge and chop TWIX bars, SNICKERS bars, M&M'S MINIS and SKITTLES

for great selection of tasty toppings!



Sunny Centerpiece

Add a sunny centerpiece to your summer party! Cover styrofoam spheres

with SKITTLES to look like a beach ball. Place the centerpiece into a

box of wheatgrass, and you'll have made a candy centerpiece your

friends won't stop talking about!







Kelly in IL