Candy Bar Card

Why not make a candy bar card like the ones my friend Angie makes at Chocolate Candy Mall?

"Anyone who uses the phrase 'easy as taking candy from a baby'
has never tried taking candy from a baby".

Handmade birthday greetings are fun to make, and sometimes a special occasion just demands a little more effort than usual. For this greeting, the 'extra effort' involved is the creative part where you make up a saying for your candy bar card.

I thought this was a perfect idea for our friend Bob who we have known for many years. I was also glad to find that he could take a joke.I always thought he could!

Here's what I used to make my Candy Bar Card:

  • A Styrofoam backing sheet (but you could use heavy construction paper - you need a biggish space for this type of birthday project and the chocolates do weigh more than you might think)
  • A small box of Cadbury Favourites chocolates or similar bite sized pieces like these perhaps to make a smaller candy bar card than full-sized chocolate bars do. Little chocolates also weigh less which is a consideration if you are using a flimsier material like construction paper (careful not to eat them all before you finish your handmade gift!)
  • Computer generated or hand written message
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins, thumb tacks or strong adhesives
  • A star punch and some green and blue cardstock
  • A ready-made decorative ribbon
  • Some stick on decorative numbers
  • Your imagination!
  • Here's what I did:

    • I went shopping at my local grocery store for chocolates - no hardship there. Then I made up my sentiments based on the names of the chocolate bars in the Cadbury Favourites box (get someone to help you if you need some ideas)
    • I typed up the message on my computer. I used Verdana font and set the font size at 36 and the page orientation on landscape. Then I printed out my message
    • I cut my message in strips with a paper trimmer, then started from the bottom of the message to be sure it all fit on my Styrofoam the way I wanted it to. I cut the words out from the lines of text to leave the right sized gap for the chocolate sizes and then I pinned them to the Styrofoam with straight pins as I went. I also cut out the word "Favourites" from the box of chocolates itself and lopped off the "s"
    • I added some pinched stars and the sticker numbers and ready-made bow. And I was done. It took me maybe half an hour to complete it once I had the wording the way I wanted it

    What Do I Write on My Candy Bar Poster?

    In case you cannot read what I wrote from the picture, here's the message:

    "Dear Bob
    We know you need a BOOST now the CRUNCH(ie) has come and you have reached that (Cherry)RIPE old age of 60, so here’s some advice. Take some TIME OUT to DREAM. Go on PICNICS with the (Turkish) DELIGHTful love of your life. Be (Cara)MELLOW and try not to FLAKE when out with friends.

    Happy Birthday to our OLD FAVOURITE friend. Have a CADBURY DAIRY MILK CHOCOLATE day!
    Love from  Colin & Susan XXX"

    You could spend a lot more time on your candy bar card and decorate it with any number of other items, or place it in a frame, or cover the Styrofoam with coloured cardstock first, or print out your message on coloured paper, in fact you could dress it up with any other embellishments of your choice.

    Of course, you can use this idea to make other special occasions more fun. Why not make a sweet, spectacular greeting for one of these reasons:

    • A Bon Voyage for a traveling friend? Maybe they could use the snacks on their journey
    • A Farewell for a co-worker who is leaving?
    • A Congratulations event?
    • A fun and/or sentimental Father's Day? (Lots of Dads love chocolate and corny jokes)
    Here's an example message I made up for you to play with if you want to make Father's Day card: "I'd have to go to MARS to find a Dad like you. Ever since I was a BABE (Ruth) you always TAKE 5 to BOOST me up when I am down. You're a TOP DECK kind of Dad!"

    See how your imagination is a useful skill in card-making?You are sure to create a talking point with this idea!

    Whatever you make, be sure your friend does get the chocolates though and not just the empty wrappers. If you are a chocoholic like me, it's a bit of a challenge not to eat the chocolates as you go. Lol!

    If you make a candy bar card, will you let me know about it by putting a link to it here for me to see? Or telling me about the saying you made up? Thanks!

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