Cake pops dipped in blue, homemade chocolate candy gelt

Store-bought Hanukkah gelt is fine, but wouldn’t it be fun to make your own this year? It's really quite simple!

Homemade Gelt as Good as Gold

All you’ll need are mini-muffin pans, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, and gold foil candy wrappers.

  1. Melt 2 cups of chocolate chips in in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at 30-second intervals, until chips are completely melted. Add ½ tsp. vanilla extract and stir until smooth.
  2. With a spoon, pour 1½ to 2 tsp. melted chocolate into each cup of your muffin pans—just enough to cover the bottoms.
  3. You might need to tap the muffin tin on the countertop to even out the chocolate.
  4. Place tins in the refrigerator and let chocolate set until hardened.
  5. When the chocolate has hardened, turn tins upside down over a clean surface and gently tap them to release the coins. Wrap each chocolate coin in gold foil.

Note: If desired, you can “paint” your gelt with edible gold luster instead of wrapping in foil.

Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel! A Dreidel Made of…Marshmallow?

Here’s another fun Hanukkah treat—dreidels, made out of Paskesz kosher marshmallows! They couldn’t be simpler to make.

Things You'll Need:

  • Paskesz kosher marshmallows, large
  • Mini pretzel sticks
  • Hazelnut spread
  • Chocolate candy kisses
  • Food coloring and fine detail paintbrush


  1. Push a pretzel stick through one end of each marshmallow, being careful not to push all the way through.
  2. Place a small dollop of hazelnut spread on the non-pretzel end of the marshmallow.
  3. Working quickly, press the flat end of an unwrapped chocolate kiss onto the hazelnut spread “glue.”
  4. If desired, write your letters (Nun, Gimel, He, Shin) with a fine detail paintbrush dipped in food coloring.


Melt candy-coating chocolate until it’s the consistency of chocolate syrup (if it’s too thick, add a little vegetable oil). Follow the instructions above, but then dip each marshmallow into the chocolate coating, working quickly so the chocolate kisses don’t melt. Before the chocolate coating dries, decorate with colored sprinkles.

Lollipop Fun

Kids and grownups alike will love these adorable Hanukkah lollipops. They’re easy to make, fun to decorate with icing or sprinkles, and they make a great gift.

To make 12 lollipops, you’ll need candy melts (blue, or colors of your choice), lollipop sticks, decorating gel and sprinkles.

  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using a 2”-diameter drinking glass, trace circles onto the parchment paper with a pencil.
  3. Turn the parchment paper over. You should still be able to see your circles.
  4. Melt the candy melts as directed on the package.
  5. Place about 2 Tbsp. of melted candy into each circle.
  6. Press a lollipop stick into each circle, parallel to the plane of the cookie sheet.
  7. Using the back of a spoon or clean fingers, gently pat the candy evenly to fill each circle. Allow pops to harden (takes about 10 min.).
  8. Carefully remove pops from the parchment paper.
  9. Adorn the pops with decorative icing or sprinkles, as desired.
  10. Wrap each lollipop in clear cellophane. Tie a bow with narrow blue, white, silver, or gold ribbon.