You want to know one of the things that gets me really excited? Well, besides chocolate,shoes, tropical vacations, Christmas presents, fall tv, and new furniture?  School supplies.  I actually love the whole “season” of back-to-school.  Maybe it’s just the fresh new start it signifies as summer comes to an end, but I think it’s more of the justifiable right to purchase new outfits, pencils, bags, calculators, notebooks, markers and binders.  Even when I was in college I’d go out every fall and prance through the school supply section at Target trying to contain my excitement of picking out new pens.  For real.  This year is a special one because my oldest kiddo is starting school!  We’re heading off to meet his teacher this afternoon and then I’ll be the crazy lady snapping photos as the bus drives off tomorrow. Wish me luck.

I stumbled across these darling crayon snacks at Gourmet Mom on the Go a whole year ago and I was dying to make them- immediately!  When my soon-to-be-kindergartener started preschool last year we were assigned our first class snack for the letter C and I ran out right that second to buy supplies for these.  I don’t know who was more excited, me or the kid.  They were a BIG hit with the kids in his his class and his teacher too!  These would be super cute pass out to friends, or to a new teacher, or for a fun family activity to celebrate the new school year.

You can do whatever color crayons you want- you just need coordinating paper and candy melts.  You can buy candy melts at craft stores that carry baking supplies (like Michaels and Hobby Lobby) or kitchen supply stores like Orson Gygi in SLC.  And if all else fails, you can always order them on Amazon or at many other on-line cooking supply stores (seriously, check out the stash at Gygi’s!)  I usually just buy the little bags at Michaels and they last quite a while if you store them well after.

If you’re not familiar with candy melts, they’re similar to almond bark, or white chocolate, just in little colored pieces.  They melt easily in the microwave and then you dip things in them, or fill candy molds with them, or all kinds of other things.  For this project you really just need a little bit of each color since you’ll only be dipping the ends of your pretzels.

You’ll want the large pretzel rods.  You do need to break them in half, but make sure you check out the bag before you buy because some brands are shattered before you even bring them home.  I’ve found Rolled Gold are pretty good.  I found it helpful to lightly score the pretzels with a serrated knife in the middle and then they just snap clean when you break them.

Just place a few candy melts in separate bowls and follow the directions on the package to melt them.

It helps to have all of your pretzels already ready to go before you start dipping because the candy melts will start to harden.

You only need to dip the ends of the pretzels so just quickly dip and let the excess shake off and then dip the other side.  If your candy starts to get hard, just warm it a little more.

Do all of your colors and let them dry completely.

While they are drying you can prepare your labels.  When I made these for my son’s preschool class it was alphabet themed and we were responsible for the letter “C” so I made labels that said, “C is for Crayon!”  You can download those labels here, or play around and make your own!  Mandy from Gourmet Mom on the Go has tons of custom labels she’s made up for people, so check out this page.  There’s even BYU labels on there (Rise and Shout!).

Cut the labels and wrap them around the crayons and secure with a piece of tape.  Don’t even worry if your dipping isn’t perfect or your labels are cut crooked or whatever.  When these little babies are all lined up they’re cute no matter what!

And just because I know some of you are thinking this…I have never had a problem with anyone confusing them with real crayons 🙂  Preschool and older are smart enough to know the difference (if your preschooler is still eating real crayons then you have bigger issues on your hands!), and little little kids aren’t going to think that a pretzel with something sweet on each end (because you would obviously take the paper off first)  looks anything like a crayon!

I totally loved these, and I smiled when I watched my son’s end-of-preschool slide show last spring and saw pics of all the kids holding their crayons.  So fun!  I hope everyone else is having fun gearing up for the start of a new school year.  Go buy some new pens! (And glue, and markers, and a hole punch, and a coordinating notebook, and some boots to match, and then a bag to match that, and well, you know…)

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  1. I am SOOOO not into crafts, but even I love these and would be into making these for the kiddoes. LOVE them and LOVE this site! 🙂

  2. These are adorable! I love to see how creative people can be. When I get my book published, would you mind if I came to you for some ideas on little treats I can make for my book signings? Right now they’re shopping my book to television networks. It doesn’t mean anybody will take it, but I am hopeful.

  3. I LOVE this idea!!! I teach preschool at home and I already have this bookmarked to use the week we talk about letter C.
    Thanks!

  4. We have a “no homemade treats” policy at the schools here. It totally sucks the fun out of classroom treats! However, since there’s no baking involved and only 2 ingredients, I wonder if I couldn’t get away with this…or maybe even assemble them on site since all I’d need is a microwave…. Definitely worth looking into! If not, they’ll make a fun after-school snack one day. 🙂

    1. I guarantee you that the teacher will let you make those with the kids…especially when they are studying letter c. I teach school and it would be allowed at my school. Even with the same no homemade treats policy…check with your teacher, but I bet you can.

  5. My daughter made these but used softened Starburst candy instead. After the party, my grandson found a real crayon the next day and thinking it was a stray pretzel, took a bite! Surprise! It was petty funny 🙂

  6. So cute! wish I had a preschooler to make these for “C” day! Maybe I could send them with my 5th grader and the kids in her class would just appreciate having a treat.:)

  7. Love these! They would be fun to make with my preschooler. I’m thinking when it’s my turn to bring snacks, I will have to do this 🙂

  8. Just a tip but too keep your melts warm and dippable you can place your bowls on top of a heating pad set to medium… works great for me.

  9. So how exactly did you secure the labels with tape? Just fold up a small piece of Scotch tape to the inside of the label? I’m seriously considering doing these for my daughter’s birthday in 3 weeks!

  10. You have the best craft/snack ideas! Too bad my son’s school only allows store bought treats. But I’ll definitely make these for a play date or party. My son just happens to be obsessed with crayons!

  11. Super cute! I would be a bit worried my kid would then feel more comfortable eating real crayons.

    1. I’ve made these several times and have never had a problem with anyone confusing them with real crayons 🙂 Preschool and older are smart enough to know the difference, and little little kids aren’t going to think that a pretzel with something sweet on each (because you would obviously take the paper off first) end looks anything like a crayon!

  12. Can I consider these a heathy snack. My rule this year was healthy M-th then on Friday we could have sugar. But today’s only monday and I think this would be such a fun one! So cute thanks for the ideas!

    1. Angie if it makes you feel better than I say it’s healthy 🙂 Really it’s just a tiny bit of sweet coating on a pretzel.

  13. These are super cute! I get so bummed because our schools do not allow homemade treats, only store bought. Where’s the fun/love in that?!

  14. These are so dang cute! I love that these are easy to make. Even someone as special ed as me can.make these and they’ll be cute!

  15. These are adorable – do you think my high school and college age kids would want some? And I totally identify with the getting excited buying school supplies thing. New pens and paper… I felt totally cheated this year when we didn’t “need” any of those. (I may get to go buy some index tabs, at least.)

  16. So cute!!! My kindergartner would love to make these with me. And love even more to give them to his teacher. Keep the great ideas coming! Thanks.

  17. This is so stinkin’ cute! So fun to see you this weekend, I always feel like I am hanging with a celebrity!!

  18. My preschooler is totally excited to make these with me 🙂 have to say I love that you use kid utensils in your little bowels. I do that all the time-they’re perfectly sized for stuff like that.

  19. I have been looking for something cute to do for my Kindergarteners for Back to School night and this is it! Thanks for such a darling idea!

  20. May I ask what software you are using for your labels? I am thinking about investing in Adobe Illustrator but I’m wondering if it’s the best choice. Thanks!

  21. I made these last year for my son’s entreprenuership day at school. We made 50 boxes, with 4 crayons in each box (red, green, orange and yellow). They were literally the talk of the school and he sold them all in less than 6 minutes-setting a school record by far. He was so proud of himself. We printed boxes with the name “Foxola” on it (our mascot is a fox), and named the crayons after school items, like “Ready to Read Red” (our reading program”, “Creek Orange” (district name and color), etc. The box had a cutout window so you could see the colors-super cute. Anyways, I think there are a couple other tips you could post to help on this task. I did post pictures and more tips on my website. Here’s a link-it’s the second entry on the page: http://rantsfromacrazedwoman.blogspot.com/2011_06_01_archive.html

    1. Karisa, loved your boxes of crayons. I tried to comment on your blog, but it said I didn’t have permission. I would love the cutting file for he crayon box.

  22. I LOVE this idea. I am for sure using it when it’s my daughter’s turn for snack. I might have to try it out before then, though. They look so tasty!

  23. I LovE loVE school supplies. When I was school I spend hrs In the supply store looking for pens, colors, paper clips everything. And now my sister does the same. Is so funny b/c my mom thought it was over but is not!!! I am becoming a teacher this yr can’t wait to buy all my colorful supplies

  24. Thanks so much for the fun idea! I’m really not into crafts…they kind of intimidate me. But I think this is one that I can actually do. 🙂 The kids will love it. Thank you! I love your blog!

  25. Mandy from Gourmet Mom on the Go is one of my good friends so I was so happy to see this post. I’ve always wanted to make these but now I’m going to for sure for the 1st day of school. I love the colors you made.

  26. So cute and wonderfully easy. But all the candy melts I can now find, since Wilton recently changed their packaging, have a peanut allergy warning on them. Many pretzels do too. Which is why they wouldn’t be allowed in our school.

  27. How perfectly wonderful!! My youngest great-niece just started kindergarten and I can hardly wait for an opportunity to make these for her class. Oh yay!!

    Aunt Lynda

  28. I absolutely LOVE this idea! I definitely want to make this sometime, but my daughter’s school does not allow homemade treats for the class, so it would have to be just for my kids, and maybe some friends. Very cute idea though.

  29. These are super cute…but I would NOT recommend making them for a classroom with nut-allergic children in it. The Wilton’s melts are processed in a plant with nuts, and therefore off-limits for anyone with a serious nut allergy (darn it all.) However, I am curious as to how those of you have done it with Starburst, since those are not nut-contaminated.

  30. Love this idea! My son is in preschool this year so I will be making these for his 1st party 🙂

  31. These are adorable! Thank you for sharing. There is a poem that I came across to be used with M&Ms as a gift for teacher appreciation, but it would also work perfectly with a box of edible crayons. There are many websites where you can download a template for a crayon box too! Here is the part of the poem that would work:

    Green is for the inspiration you give me each day.
    Blue is for your patience in showing me the way.
    Orange is for your warmth and caring style.
    Yellow is for the way you always make me smile.
    Red is for my life, that you have touched this year.

  32. These are awesome! So, I went to look at the labels and couln’t figure out why none of them were colored. I was confused for a good 5 minutes before I realized duh, colored paper… Yeah, it’s definetly bed time!

  33. Sorry, ‘couldn’t’ and ‘definitely’…It is DEFINITELY time to recharge. I no longer trust my ability to spell! 🙂

  34. These are the cutest things! For my Ava’s princess party I used the jumbo pretzels – dipped 80% into melted white chocolate then rolled onto a pl;ate of sprinkles (multi colored Jimmies) and tied a little bow at the base of each one… then passed them out as magic wands for all the little princesses! This was so easy and the girls loved them.

  35. I made these 2 days ago to give to some of my favorite back-to-schoolers and they were a big hit! A few suggestions: easier to use the thin, colored computer paper, than cardstock. The cardstock was hard to fold and secure with tape-but that’s all craft stores around here sell anymore! And if the chocolate is too warm it takes a long time to harden and when laid on the waxed paper it spreads! I liked my chocolate BARELY warm. I made almost 100 of them and it took me about 2.5 hours start to finish. This was a fabulous idea I will do again!!

  36. Thank you so much for the time you put into your blog. I enjoy it so much! I loved this idea and have made them for my new kindergarten Sunday School class. They turned out really cute! Last year I made your turkey cupcakes and they were a hit also. I love coming to your blog for new and exciting recipes.

  37. I just shared this on FB – Hey do you two want to share something on my blog during our Family Proclamation Sept 9-23rd? Let me know! – Jocelyn (beinglds.blogspot.com)

  38. Absolutely darling idea. And I’m just like you – back to school time is like Christmas to me. And I am a teacher, so I get to be right in the middle of it. This is such a fun project! Thanks for sharing.

  39. This is a fantastic idea!! I’m going to make them for my daughters kindergarten class. It’s her birthday next week and this would be perfect!! Thanks for the great idea.

  40. I made these for my daughter’s birthday snack for pre-K. They were so great, but I did learn one BIG thing… almond bark does not mix well with regular food coloring! I did not find the candy melts that were called for, so I melted almond bark and put regular food coloring in it. It transformed from melting chocolate to colored, clumped up goo! I read that it only mixes with powdered and paste food coloring. I had the latter, so it worked out fine… but a good lesson learned. Oil (a main ingredient in almond bark) and water (a main ingredient in cheap food coloring) don’t mix. My chemistry teacher was right! 🙂

  41. I made these twice over the last week. Once for my 3 year olds Montessori class and once for my 5 year old kindergarten class. The kids and teachers LOVED them. The kindergardeners were especially thankful. They each said thank you a half a dozen times and kept telling me how good they are, many of their parents mentioned how much their kids loved them on facebook that night. Thanks for such an amazing back to school idea!!!!

  42. So, question for you, Sara: are candy melts actually chocolate? I want to make these for my roommate, but she CANNOT have chocolate (I know, it’s sad). Almond Bark is okay, but real chocolate is a no-no.

  43. HELP! I downloaded this to my computer. How can I change it to say something different? For instance, I want it to say C is for Carter? Thanks!

  44. Oh my gosh. These are ridiculously adorable. I’m going to be a teacher and my student teaching starts in August, I really hope I get assigned a young grade so I can make these treats for the kiddos!

  45. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe and your printable! I shared this on my blog today for Teacher Appreciation Day as my sons and I made these for their teachers. I linked up to your post and your printable as well. Thank you again this is SUCH a cute and easy idea.
    *One thing I did that worked really well was used a travel-sized bar soap container to put them in as a “crayon box” for a gift for the teachers; less than a dollar each and super cute!

    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com/edible-crayons/

  46. My goodness, and how adorable these are! In a craft store looking at the baking tools I noticed there were so many colors of candy melts adorable, and I recently found a crayon cake craft on Michael’s site. Put the two together and that’s the start of a fun party. Thanks so much for the idea, wish I had had this when I was teaching!

  47. I just found this (via a pin on Pinterest), and am amazed by the awesomeness of this idea. My daughter drives a country school bus, and the kids will be beside themselves when she will bring some Easter crayons for them to munch on. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! Looking forward to other interesting edible projects you have!!!

  48. hi
    i do want make these ones for my grandaughter, were did you order them from?, i meant the print outs… and if you wanna have the labels in different colors, do you have the entire sheet printed out in one color at a time?

  49. Every year I make these since you have posted. I make them for my Sunday School class, relatives and our little friends in the neighborhood. The kids (and adults) love them. Thank you for making me feel like a super mom! I love your blog!

  50. HELLO! I would like to switch up the label to reflect the teacher’s names (ie. “D” is for Dixon). Your file is saved as a PDF. Any chance you could send me the actual file OR help me out big time? School starts Monday and I am making these tonight 🙂 They are darling. I have read every comment left on your blog, for this project, in hopes that you already offered this document, but to no avail 🙁 Teacher’s names are

    Ms. Dixon (D is for Dixon)
    Mrs. Rottkamp (R is for Rottkamp)

    I plan to use a large pencil sharpener to sharpen the crayons tip!!! aka chocolate. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  51. I remember trying these in school. They tasted delicous. I wanted them again so badly. But then again, I can’t go all the way back to kindergarten. Oh how I miss elementary school.

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