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Candy-Inspired Cocktails and Delicious Drinks Inspired by Classic Sweets

Candy-Inspired Cocktails and Delicious Drinks Inspired by Classic Sweets

Remember the excitement you felt when you were little when Halloween, Christmas or a birthday rolled around? Or just whenever you knew there’d be sweets in the vicinity. These days, it’s getting tough to spot the difference between a dessert and a drink.

Well, now you can recreate the pleasure with a grown-up twist. Sweet-themed cocktails are great if you have a sweet tooth or fancy yourself as a bit of a cocktail-making pro.

Whether you have a girlie night in arranged or want to experiment with your bartending skills, these drinks are sure to bring back those childhood sweet shop vibes into a glass.

And if you’re looking to stock up on candy for your next culinary adventure, take a peek at our Appleton Sweets collection, your go-to source for everything sweet.

Making magic with candy and cocktails

Creating candy-flavoured cocktails involves simply mixing drinks with the fun of sweets. This fusion results in visually stunning drinks, not to mention a carnival of flavours. From the rich, velvetiness of chocolate treats to the zinginess of fizzy candies, these cocktails offer a spectrum of tastes that’ll please every palate.

Old favourites with a new twist

Remember those cocktails that transport you back to your childhood? Where the only currency of any value was the contents of your sweet jar? Favourites like the Rhubarb and Custard Martini or the Sherbet Lemon Fizz are inspired by classic sweets we all love. They add a fancy touch to those familiar tastes. Using a base of premium spirits, these cocktails are instilled with homemade syrups and essences that taste just like those famous sweets.

New spins on old favourites

Mixologists are getting inventive and trying out some new and exciting combos. The Chocolate Liqueur Chews Shake and Gummy Bear Sangria are excellent examples of this craze. They taste a bit cocktail and a bit of dessert and incorporate real candies. You can either dissolve them into the base or use them as playful garnishes – ideal for adding an element of fun and surprise to your drinking experience.

The joy of creating it yourself

You know what’s great? When you make those candy cocktails yourself. It’s super easy and fun to do. With a couple of basic ingredients and your much-loved sweets, you can experiment to throw together your one-off concoctions. First, use a simple syrup, a staple in any mixologist’s arsenal, and infuse it with your favourite candy. Your syrup will serve as the sweet backbone of your cocktail. Just add spirits, juices, and other mixers to it, as you see fit.

Ingredients to get you started

Want to start your candy cocktail adventure? Take a trip to Appleton Sweets where you’ll feast your eyes on all the wholesale sweets you need. Select from a whole hodgepodge of candies. How about the sour tang of Warheads or the sweet embrace of Haribo gummies? Don’t forget, that the quality of your sweets can drastically affect the final taste of your cocktail, so choose wisely!

Hosting a candy cocktail-themed get-together

Fancy stepping up your cocktail game? Have a candy-themed bash. Everyone will have fun together trying out cocktails that taste like all those classic sweets they adored as kids.

Even better, you could host a DIY cocktail bar. Your guests get to mix their own drinks, trying out different flavours and candies to create their personalised concoctions.

Tips for a successful candy cocktail party

  • Mix it up – Have plenty of candies and mixers to suit all kinds of taste buds.
  • Dress it up – Go for colourful glassware, and don’t be afraid of using fun garnishes. Think lollipop stirrers or candy necklaces.
  • Delicious duos – Pair your drinks with yummy snacks and savoury bites to bring out the best in your cocktails.

Turn everyday drinks into something more with your much-loved candies

Try mixing these three recipes – they’re perfect for any party, gathering, or a cosy night in.

Gummy bear spritz


  • Prosecco or sparkling white wine
  • Elderflower liqueur
  • Assorted gummy bears
  • Soda water
  • Ice

How to prepare:

Fill a glass with ice and a decent handful of gummy bears. Next, splash in a bit of elderflower liqueur – one part, then follow up with twice as much Prosecco. Just pour in a little soda water to give it some fizz. Give it a gentle mix, and enjoy the fun gummy sweetness with every sip.

Chocolate mint martini


  • Vodka
  • Crème de cacao (dark)
  • Crème de menthe (green)
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Ice
  • Chocolate shavings for garnish

How to prepare:

Grab a shaker, chuck in a couple of ice cubes, pour in a double shot of vodka, plus a single shot of crème de cacao, and a splosh of crème de menthe. Shake thoroughly until chilled. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with mint leaves and chocolate shavings, offering a sophisticated yet indulgent chocolate mint experience.

Sour Patch Kids margarita


  • Tequila
  • Triple sec
  • Lime juice
  • Sour Patch Kids candies
  • Salt for the rim
  • Ice


Rub salt in the rim of a glass. In a blender, blend two parts tequila, one part triple sec, one part lime juice, a handful of Sour Patch Kids, and ice. Blend until smooth. Pour into the prepared glass and garnish with additional Sour Patch Kids. Enjoy this tangy, sweet-and-sour twist on a classic margarita.

The ideal mix of sweet treats and enjoyment

If you’re thinking candy cocktails are just a flash in the pan, think again. Honestly, they’re a genius blend of old-school vibes and grown-up class. They take you back to your childhood flavours but with an adult kick. Dreaming up a drink? From the fizzy sherbet of a Flying Saucer to the creamy richness of a Chocolate Freddo, you can create anything you like.

Remember, the secret to a stellar candy cocktail is to balance taste. You want to capture the spirit of the sweet rather than drowning it in sugar. Want to get going with your candy cocktail making? Make every taste bring back childhood fun with a splash of adult sophistication now.

If you’re looking for candy ideas for your next cocktail? The team here at Appleton Sweets have everything from the latest sweet crazes to the old-school classics. With our massive choice of wholesale sweets, you’re sure to come up with some incredible cocktail ideas.

So, let’s raise a glass to make your beverages as fun and vibrant as the sweets you enjoy. Cheers!