If you have a "Thing" for the Addams Family, then you'll love this Halloween candy board. We're here to show you how to take a stab at creating your own creepy candy charcuterie by putting together purple, black and white candies complete with Wednesday's iconic braids made from licorice—all of this just in time for a new Addams Family Netflix series, Wednesday.
You can feed on this platter of creepy confections while you watch Wednesday Addams solve a supernatural mystery and navigate her new school, Nevermore Academy. And since we all know that murder, mystery and mayhem can be exhausting, lots of candy will be needed! Luckily, this Addams Family Halloween candy charcuterie board has you covered for a Wednesday watch party, a Halloween party or just anytime you're feeling altogether ooky!
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How to make an Addams Family candy board
1. Gather purple, black and white candies
Creating a dessert board can be a daunting task, but we're here to break down all the steps into a manageable process. The first thing to do is decide on the theme for your board. Next, you can gather items that fit with the theme. In this case, we chose to look for things that relate specifically to the Addams Family and to celebrate her new show, Wednesday Addams in particular. We stuck with purple, black and white for this board and shopped for candies in those colors.
It's also important to shop for candies with different shapes to add visual interest. Bulk jelly beans are a great place to start in addition to perusing the dollar store candy aisle in search of candies with the right colors. We found white marshmallow ghost Peeps, black licorice twists, purple lollipops, candy eyeballs, purple and black taffy and mints wrapped in black and white polka-dot wrappers. It's fun to shop a few local specialty candy stores to see what you might find there too. You could even bake (or buy) some Halloween cookies to add to your candy platter.
Next, gather some theme-related objects that will fit on your board. We ordered a Thing hand from Etsy, but you might be able to "shop" your Halloween tubs for items you already have instead of purchasing new ones. For instance, we found some small plastic black cauldrons, a spiderweb tablecloth and some plastic spiders to use from past trick-or-treating seasons.
2. Choose a focal point
Start by placing an object that will clarify the theme of your board and act as a focal point. We situated the Thing hand in a prominent place so there would be no doubt that this board was all about the Addams Family. Next, arrange three different-size bowls filled with candy around the board. This grounds the board, and you can then build around it. It's best to vary the height and width of the bowls to add interest. We placed purple and white licorice beans in one bowl, mints wrapped in black and white polka-dot wrappers in another and tall, twisted purple lollipops in a black plastic cauldron.
Add some bigger objects balanced around the board, like large, round purple lollipops, a ouija board tin of mints and black licorice wheels. Keep in mind that breaking up the colors will create interest as well.
3. Make Wednesday Addams licorice braids
Include items of various sizes, shapes and colors. We added a couple more black plastic cauldrons full of jelly beans and some black licorice twists braided to look like Wednesday's braids. To create the braids, use a small, clear plastic hair band to hold three licorice twists together at the top. Braid the three strands and secure it with another clear plastic band at the bottom of the braid. Pile up the braids in the corner of your candy board for some hair-raising interest.
4. Fill in empty spaces
It's time to fill in the holes with more candy. Taffy with added candy eyes and Peep ghosts filled in the gaps on our board. Filling in a few places with candy from other areas on the board is fine too.
5. Add eyeball roses
To finish off the board and create some texture and interest, pull a few eyeball rose heads off the stems (or channel your inner Morticia Addams to snip the heads off the stems) and tuck them into nooks and crannies just to keep an eye on things. We found our eyeball roses at a dollar store, but you can easily recreate them by sticking eyeball candies to the center of real, paper or fabric roses. Even better, you can make roses out of candy!
Be ready this Halloween season when someone pays a call on you and surprise them with this creepy and kooky candy board. It's a snap!