Candy Lipsticks

Happy Friday, friends! Here's something that I hope will make you smile - candy lipsticks! Okay - they actually look more like candy Lip Smackers when presented in these lip balm tubes, but with flavors like Lemon Sugar Cookie, Blue Cotton Candy, Green Candy Apple and Raspberry Sugar, I think that's even more appropriate. They are a delicious sweet bite, easy-peasy to make and the perfect novelty for a little girl's dress-up party.

The first thing you'll need to get is some empty lip balm tubes. You can find the ones I used here. I bought a quantity of 25, but the recipe could easily make 100 tubes. You don't have to buy the same containers that I used; just make sure the tubes have the twist-up bottoms and tight-fitting caps. This will help keep the candy fresh over time.

If you are an avid DIY'er of homemade candies, then you may recognize the recipe. It's one commonly used to make homemade Valentine conversation hearts. Usually the candy 'dough' is rolled flat and cut into heart shapes. If you leave them to dry for several hours, the end result is much like the texture of a chalky conversation heart. When pressed into the lip balm tubes and capped, the candy stays soft. It's almost like eating a homemade butter mint or the cream filling in the center of an Oreo cookie.

One of my favorite parts of this whole project was flavoring the dough. I recommend using LorAnn candy flavoring oils because it is highly concentrated and provides big flavor (a little bit goes a long way!). I also used a few extracts from my pantry. Here are my flavor and color combinations:

  • 1/2 dram LorAnn Apple flavor + neon green gel food color = Green Candy Apple
  • 1/2 dram LorAnn Cotton candy flavor + sky blue gel food color = Blue Cotton Candy
  • 1/2 dram LorAnn Raspberry flavor + rose gel food color = Raspberry Sugar
  • 3 drops LorAnn Almond flavor + 1/2 dram LorAnn lemon flavor + 1/2 tsp vanilla extract + lemon yellow gel food color = Lemon Sugar Cookie

The flavor combinations are only limited to your imagination, so have fun! Personally, the lemon sugar cookie version was my favorite of them all. I bet a peppermint stick version made with peppermint oil would be super cute at Christmas for a stocking stuffer.

I had some corresponding labels designed for the lipstick flavors, but at the last minute my printer decide to not cooperate (I swear, that thing has a mind of its own), so I used some Sprinkle Bakes labels I already had on hand. I imagine folks with scrapbooking experience will make the cutest labels, ever! (I'm already jealous.)

To eat the candy, just uncap and twist the bottom of a tube until a nice little piece of the candy is exposed, and then break the piece off with your fingers (or bite it). Kids will love to pretend to apply it like lip gloss, though no color will transfer. The remaining candy can be re-capped and saved for later. This candy is made with shelf stable ingredients, so they will stay fresh at room temperature (stored in the lip balm tubes) for up to 1 week.

Candy Lipsticks (Candy Lip Smackers)
Yields about 100 5.5 ml tubes

3 teaspoons powdered gelatin
3/4 cup ginger ale, at room temperature
9 cups confectioners’ sugar, plus more for kneading
Your choice assorted candy flavoring oils (I like LorAnn brand)
Your choice assorted gel food color
100 twist-up lip balm tubes with caps
Lip balm labels, optional

Whisk together the gelatin and ginger ale in a microwave-safe bowl. Let the mixture stand until slightly thickened. Place 4 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Heat the gelatin mixture in the microwave for 10-20 seconds, or until the mixture is liquid. Turn the standing mixer on low speed and gradually pour in the gelatin mixture. Add additional sugar a little at a time, or until the dough is thick and can be handled without sticking to your fingers. You may not have to use all of the sugar.

Divide the dough into 4 or 5 equal portions. Store each portion in a zip-top bag with the air removed. Work with one portion of dough at a time to keep it from drying out. Add one portion back into the standing mixer and add the flavoring oil (about 1/2 dram bottle or to taste) and a small amount of gel food color. Mix until well blended. If dough becomes sticky, mix in a little more powdered sugar until it can easily be handled without sticking to hands. Return the flavored and tinted dough to the zip top bag, remove the air from the bag (see video) and seal. Set aside until ready to use. Repeat with remaining portions of dough, washing the bowl and paddle between batches.

To fill the tubes, pinch off a small portion of candy dough and press it into an empty lip balm tube. Level the candy at the top of the tube with a knife (or use your index finger). Cap the tube immediately. Apply a label to the outside of the tube, if using.
Repeat process with remaining candies and lip balm tubes. Work with small amounts of candy dough at a time, and be sure to keep all remaining dough sealed in plastic to avoid drying.

Following are the flavor and color combinations I used to make my batch of candy lipsticks, but feel free to get creative and make your own!

Green Candy Apple: 1/2 dram LorAnn Apple flavor + neon greed gel food color
Blue Cotton Candy: 1/2 dram LorAnn Cotton candy flavor + sky blue gel food color
Raspberry Sugar: 1/2 dram LorAnn Raspberry flavor + rose gel food color
Lemon Sugar Cookie: 3 drops LorAnn Almond flavor + 1/2 dram LorAnn lemon flavor + 1/2 tsp vanilla extract + lemon yellow gel food color

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  1. Heather, I love your imagination!
    This is something the girls will love to do!
    Thanks for being so creative. xo

  2. OMG, my girls will love this!!!! What size label do you use? Can you share your template or something cute?

  3. That's awesome! You're so creative, and candy lipstick sounds oddly delicious!

  4. This is so cool! I remember eating something similar as a kid but my kids would love helping with these! I shared on my FB page!! :)

  5. Leave it to you to make something SO FUN! Love it, and so will my granddaughters!

  6. Wow! You're very creative and have a wonderful imagination. These are so cute. I believe the candy taste delicious and sweet! It's very artistic! :)


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