Grinch Candy Buttons for Christmas

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Are you planning a movie night watching The Grinch, and want some fun Grinch food to serve while you watch?  Make these Grinch candy buttons!  This Grinch candy is inspired by classic, old-fashioned candy buttons--but with a fun Christmas twist.

Two packages of Grinch Candy Buttons inspired by How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

I love the classic Dr. Seuss book and 1966 cartoon, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  So when I learned that our theme for today's Festive Christmas Ideas blog hop was Movies, I knew I wanted to make something fun and Grinch-themed! I've made homemade candy buttons before, and thought that it would easily adapt to a Grinch-themed Christmas candy version.  If you want to make even more Grinch treats, try this Grinch fudge recipe!

Quote from How the Grinch Stole Christmas, with text overlay reading "And what happened, then?  Well, in Whoville they say - that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day."

This classic quote from the book (and subsequent films) is what inspired my Grinch candy buttons.

Grinch Candy Buttons inspired by Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

My Grinch hearts are always sweet and delightful, though, even at the smallest size!

Materials for making Grinch candy buttons for Christmas.

Materials for Making Grinch Candy Buttons

Green and red royal icing for making Grinch Candy Buttons in disposable piping bags.

Mix up a batch of royal icing.  For this project, I only made a half-batch of the royal icing.  You don't need much to make a LOT of candy dots!

Color some of the stiff icing with red food coloring.  Don't worry about getting it SUPER red in the bowl; the color does intensify as it dries.

Thin a second quantity of royal icing to a flooding consistency, and color it with bright green food coloring (Americolor's Electric Green is my favorite).

Place icing in bags with round tips.  Keep the tips of the icing bags covered with a damp cloth when you're not using them, or the royal icing will dry and clog the metal tips.

Grinch Candy Buttons being piped on wax paper.

The green icing and one of the red icing bags had very small tips (Wilton 3), but after some experimentation making the red icing hearts, I decided that I needed a larger tip for making the largest heart, and made another icing bag with a Wilton 7 round tip.

Three progressively bigger hearts being piped with red royal icing for the Grinch Candy Buttons.

The first thing you need to do is make your template.  I didn't make a printable template for you, because it will really depend on the exact size of the treat bag you purchase.  Making the template is easy though, I promise.

I just printed out some free printable graph paper and cut it to the same size as my food-safe treat bags.  (Mine were 5cm wide.).  I sketched my design on the graph paper.  Be sure to leave at least an inch of space at the top of the graph paper with no icing!

Place a sheet of wax paper (NOT parchment paper!  It's too slippery and your dots will fall off!) on your work surface, and tape just one end down.  Taping one side of the paper to the table will keep the wax paper from sliding around as you pipe on the grid, but still allow you to reach underneath and move the template so you can pipe another set of candy dots.

Slide the template under the wax paper.

Pipe three red hearts, each one getting progressively bigger.  I used the small-tipped red icing bag for the two smaller hearts, and the larger tipped icing bag for the final, largest heart.

Grinch Candy Buttons piped on wax paper over a template drawn on graph paper.

Then just use the thinner, green icing to pipe green dots around the red hearts, following the pattern you drew on on the graph paper.  Let dry for several hours (ideally overnight).

White cardstock being cut into strips for the Grinch Candy Buttons packaging.

In the meantime, cut a piece of white cardstock as long as your treat bag, but just a bit narrower so it's easy to slide in.  The white cardstock will provide necessary support to the Grinch candy dots when you're packaging them up and giving them out.

Red and white striped scrapbook paper being cut to size for the packaging for the Grinch Candy Buttons.

Cut a piece of Christmas themed scrapbook paper so that it covers the blank cardstock at the top of the bag.  Mine was 8cmx5cm, but again, yours will really depend on the size of the treat bag you're using.  

Three packages of Grinch themed homemade candy buttons on a white wooden background.

When the Grinch candy buttons are dry and hard, cut the wax paper and slide the candy buttons on top of the cardstock, right into the treat bag.  Use a low temperature glue gun to add the red-and-white striped paper topper to the candy buttons package.

Grinch candy buttons packaged and on a white wooden surface.

I think these would be a fantastic addition to a Grinch themed party!  

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The Grinch is my all-time favorite cartoon at Christmas! I like all the Grinch movies. These candy buttons are so adorable and such a great idea!!


These are awesome! Such a fun idea!

Nikki, your Grinch candy buttons are fabulous! I saw them on Facebook and Instagram and thought they were cute. But it wasn't until coming here to your post that I realized the hearts get bigger down the sheet. Even cuter!

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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