Candy Bar Party Pups

These candy canines are so doggone cute, I had a hard time giving them away! I surprised my daughter’s second grade class with a great big litter of these chocolate dogs on the last day of school. The kids just loved guessing all the different types of candies that were used to make them – Twix candy bars, Hershey’s Kisses, Tootsie Rolls and chocolate chips.

Easy Chocolate Party Pups Tutorial Made From Candy Bars Easy Candy Bar Party Pups Tutorial

They might appear a little time consuming, but they’re not really. I found that an “assembly line” method worked best. Have all of your candy unwrapped and make your Tootsie Roll tails and ears before you are ready to attach everything with the candy melt.

I love how their sweet puppy-dog eyes look up at you as if to say “Don’t eat me. I’m too cute.” Unfortunately, they are delicious. As if they weren’t adorable enough, I decided to add some tiny party hats to a few of them. They would come in Best-of-Show at any dog-themed party, for sure.

Easy Chocolate Party Pups Tutorial Made From Candy Bars

For this recipe, I used the smaller, fun size Twix bars. But now that I think about it, they would be pretty hilarious if you used the full size Twix bars, making extra-long wiener dogs!

What You Need

Makes 12 chocolate dogs, approximate preparation time: 1 hour

  • 12 small Twix candy bars
  • 6 small Tootsie Rolls
  • 12 Hershey’s Kisses
  • 12 mini Hershey’s Kisses (found in the baking aisle)
  • 48 chocolate chips
  • 24 icing eyes (found at most baking or hobby and craft stores)
  • ¼ cup chocolate candy melt wafers
  • 3 or 4 black candy melt wafers
  • Small plastic squeeze bottle

How-To

Easy Chocolate Party Pups Tutorial Made From Candy Bars

Step 1
To make the dog bodies, start by carving holes at the front of your Twix candy bars. (This is where the heads will connect.) Tear off tiny pieces of Tootsie Roll and roll to form the tails. Melt the chocolate candy melt wafers in a microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring until smooth. Pour into a small squeeze bottle. Attach the tails to the back ends of the Twix bars with a dab of candy melt. Squeeze four dollups of candy melt to the bottom corners of the Twix bars, and attach the chocolate chips for the legs. Set aside, letting everything cool and harden.

Easy Chocolate Party Pups Tutorial Made From Candy Bars

Step 2
To make the dog heads, start by forming the ears with small pieces of Tootsie Roll. Attach the ears to the sides of the Hersey’s Kisses with dabs of candy melt. Attach the icing eyes with more candy melt. Then, attach the mini Hershey’s Kisses to the backs of the heads with more candy melt. (This will become the dog’s neck.) Allow the heads to cool and harden.

Easy Chocolate Party Pups Tutorial Made From Candy Bars

Step 3
To attach the heads to the bodies, squeeze candy melt into the carved holes on the fronts of the Twix bars. Insert the mini Hershey’s Kisses into the holes and allow them to cool and harden. You may have to hold the heads in place for few seconds while they cool and harden.

Easy Chocolate Party Pups Tutorial Made From Candy Bars

Step 4
Melt 3-4 black candy melt wafers in the microwave. Using a toothpick, dab the candy melt onto the tip of the Hershey’s Kisses to make the dog’s nose.

Easy Chocolate Party Pups Tutorial Made From Candy Bars

Step 5
If desired, add some paper party hats!

Easy Chocolate Party Pups Tutorial Made From Candy Bars

Chocolate dogs will keep at room temperature for 3-5 days or may be stored in a sealed food container for up to a month.

  • Michelle McInerney

    OMG these are deliciously cute!!!

  • http://www.thispicturebooklife.com/ Danielle

    These are beyond delightful!!

  • Sandra Denneler

    Thanks Michelle. Glad you like my pups.

  • Sandra Denneler

    Thank you. I’ll admit, they bring a smile to my face every time I see them.

  • http://www.paintthegownred.com/ Paint The Gown Red

    Cutest candy in the world!

  • Sandra Denneler

    Awww… thanks! I heart them too.

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hi Paint The Gown,

    I’m pretty sure it might be the cutest candy in the world.

    Yeah!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Sandra,

    Oh man you rocked it again + again + again!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hi Danielle,

    I completely agree! I want to see more pups Sandra!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    I bet they do! :) They certainly bring a big cheeseburger smile to my face!

    XO

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hi Michelle,

    Right???

    R

  • Marie

    Those are sooo adorable! By the way, where did you get that cute plate in the last picture?

  • Bindu

    Soooo cute :)

  • Sandra Denneler

    Thanks, Marie. I can’t quite remember where that plate came from, sorry. I find a lot of my props at Target, World Market, Pier 1 and Bed Bath & Beyond.

  • Sandra Denneler

    ;) Thanks!

  • Sandra Denneler

    I just checked the bottom of that plate. I did get it at Pier 1. ;-)

  • Gabriela Martins

    soo cute!! I’ll try to get them

  • Sandra Denneler

    Oh Gail, I’m so sorry about your pups. I know how disappointing it is to work so hard on something, just to throw it away. :-( I’ve adjusted the recipe to suggest storing them in an air-tight container, but not the refrigerator. I”d hate for someone else to have the same trouble. My pups were in the fridge for about a week and did OK. But they were in a glass storage container in the crisper drawer, layered with parchment paper. (My fridge is also 25 years old, so I’m thinking it probably doesn’t work as well as most.)

  • Crystal Sheckles-Gibson

    These are adorable. I will have to make these.

  • Tami

    cutest thing Ever !!!

  • Sandra Denneler

    Good catch, Sonya. (I must have been in multiplying mode with the legs.) Yes, it should call for 24 candy eyes.

  • Teresa McDonald

    Where did u get the little party hats?

  • http://justforfoodies.blogspot.com/ Colette

    I’m dying here. These li’l choco dachshunds are just too cute!

  • Sandra Denneler

    I made them out of craft paper and pom poms.

  • Peg Malecki

    I live in a supportive living home in Springfield , Il. And we are having a craft show/ bake sale the first weekend of December . I plan to make thes cuties to sell at the bake sale as they are something I can make in my abbreviated kitchen . What price do you think I should put on the little critters ?

  • Missy Settles

    Since they are small fun size, I would say $1-$1.50.. Full size $2.50

  • Peg Malecki

    Thank you so much for the recommendation . I was kind of at a loss as for a fair price .

  • http://www.bloggingtips101.com/ Catherine Holt

    How adorable are these….although almost too cute to actually eat!!

  • sharon

    These are super cute. The only issue we ran into was the chocolate on the twix and kisses melting while we were applying the parts…we ended up putting the twix and kisses in the freezer which helped greatly.

  • http://www.birthofcreativity.com/ Jurate

    I absolutely love your idea!

  • charlotte lindsay

    I am a Charlotte who owns a dachshund….lovely….thanks

  • Sharon Foley

    Omg! So so cute !