Crispy Candy Cupcake Treats #Recipe – With Celebration by Frey Giveaway

Gluten-free Crispy Candy Cupcake Treats Recipe From Val's Kitchen - Celebration by Frey #MomBlogTourFF

I participated in Mom Blog Tour Sweets & Snacks Expo (#MomBlogTourFF) on behalf of Wendy’s Bloggers. I received Celebration by Frey products to facilitate my post, but my opinion and creative content are my own.

If you’ve read From Val’s Kitchen for a while, and even if you haven’t, you’ve probably noticed that the recipes I share the least frequently are sweets and treats. Baking and creating treats is just not my strong suit. On the occasions I do share those recipes, I keep them pretty simple. Like crispy treats simple. Not only is my knowledge of making sweets somewhat limited, so it my ability to decorate them. So how exactly do you spruce up a simple dessert or treat to make it look cute or fun when you can’t decorate to save your life? You turn to Celebration by Frey™!

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Celebration by Frey™ is the second fastest growing brand in the food channel in edible baking. Their mission as a creative, colorful candy brand is to inspire and they strive to bring a unique experience to parties and a smile to every moment. The Celebration by Frey™ line is perfect for baking, decorating, candy buffets, centerpieces, party favors, and wherever the creativity takes you.

Taking advantage of the do-it-yourself decorating and party planning trend, the Celebration by Frey™ line offers the on-trend colors so that consumers can take advantage of the current diy decorating and party planning trend to create one-of-a-kind birthdays, weddings, showers, anniversaries and more.

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Products are available in two finishes. The first is Shimmer™, which is unique in the market, and boasts a beautiful, glistening shine that adds fun and elegance to the finished product – whether it’s baking or party decorating. The Shimmer™ jewel-toned hues come in 5 colors – Shimmer Pink, Shimmer White, Shimmer Powder Blue, Shimmer Lavender, and Shimmer Lime Green. The second finish available is Shine, which is an incredible, high-gloss finish that adds a touch of fun to every application.

They offer a large variety of formats across a number of different product lines, many of which are made in a facility that does not process nuts:

• Sixlets® are tasty, colorful coated candies with a chocolatey center. Sixlets® are Gluten Free, Kosher, and Dairy free.
• Pearls™ are the perfect complement to the Sixlets®. Smaller in size, these colorful pearl-shaped sugar candies add texture to any candy buffet! Pearls™ are Gluten Free and Kosher.
• Sweet Shapes™ come in a variety of shapes and are sugar candy pieces offered in colorful hearts, stars, and flowers that add a festive touch to any occasion. Sweet Shapes™ are Gluten Free and Kosher.
• Gumballs are flavorful and fun and come in a variety of beautiful colors! Gumballs are Gluten Free, Kosher and made in a facility that does not process nuts.
• New! MixLicious™ combines creative color palettes of Sixlets®, Pearls™ and Gumballs

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The new No artificial colors line of candies are offered in Sixlets® and Pearls™.

One of my son’s favorite treats are super easy to make. Crispy Rice Treats. You can buy them under a national cereal brand in the grocery store, or you can make them from scratch. My youngest is gluten-free, so I make them for him. I make them following the same intructions as the big brand but substitute with gluten-free puffed rice cereal. Everything else is the same. So, we have these beige, rectangular treats. I think they look rather boring. How do I, with my limited powers of creativity and color combinations, make the crispy rice treats look cute? It turns out it’s not that hard to do at all with the help of Celebration by Frey™ and a cookie cutter. All I needed was a little time and even less effort and voila – Crispy Candy Cupcake Treats! Here’s how I make them.

Gluten-free Crispy Candy Cupcake Treats Recipe From Val's Kitchen - Celebration by Frey #MomBlogTourFF

Crispy Candy Cupcake Treats

This recipe is easily gluten-free, just use gluten-free cereal!

Equipment Needed

  • large mixing bowl
  • measuring cup
  • wax paper
  • 13 x 9 baking pan
  • cupcake shaped cookie cutter
  • cookie sheet


  • 6 cups your preferred brand of puffed rice cereal (some are gluten-free and some aren’t)
  • 10 oz bag mini marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 6 oz chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Celebration by Frey™ Sixlets Shimmer™ Princess mixture (I used 3x 1.75 packages, you can also use them from any of the size packages as well
  • 8 red Celebration by Frey™ gumballs


Place the marshmallows and butter into a large mixing bowl.

Heat the contents for about 2.5 minutes on high.

While that is heating, place a piece of wax paper into the baking pan, making sure the paper is cut large enough that it covers both the bottom and sides of the pan. Cut a slightly smaller second piece of wax paper that’s just large enough to fit inside the baking pan.

Add the puffed rice cereal to the mixing bowl and stir well until the ingredients have been thoroughly combined.

Place the cereal mixture into the baking pan. Try to create as even of a layer as possible.

Place the second piece of wax paper on top of the cereal mixture and press down firmly. This will flatten the cereal and push it together.

Let sit for about 5 minutes, giving the mixture time to finish cooling off.

While the cereal mixture is cooling, rinse the mixing bowl well so you can reuse it.

Place the pan into the fridge for 5-10 minutes (no more). This ensures the cereal is firm enough to work with and decorate.

While the cereal mixture is cooling, place the chocolate chips and milk into the mixing bowl.

Crispy Candy Cupcake Treats Recipe - Celebration by Frey #MomBlogTourFF

Remove the cereal mixture from the fridge. Use the cookie cutter to create the cupcake shapes. You should be able to get 6 – 8 of them depending on how closely you position the cookie cutter. Place the shapes onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.

Crispy Candy Cupcake Treats Recipe - Celebration by Frey #MomBlogTourFF
Time to decorate!

Heat the chocolate in the microwave for about 2 minutes, until the chocolate chips are melted. Stir the chocolate until it’s smooth.

Use a large spoon to put some of the melted chocolate on the wider top portion of the cupcake. (Envision where you might put icing and that’s where you want to put the chocolate.)

Once you’ve covered the “tops” of the cupcakes with chocolate it’s time to decorate.

Crispy Candy Cupcake Treats Recipe - Celebration by Frey #MomBlogTourFF

Place the Sixlets into the chocolate, making sure to cover as much of the chocolate as possible.

Place a red gumball at the top of the cupcake.

Once you’ve decorated all of the treats, place the baking tray into the fridge for about 20 minutes so everything can set.

Gluten-free Crispy Candy Cupcake Treats Recipe From Val's Kitchen - Celebration by Frey #MomBlogTourFF

Serve and enjoy!

Do you feel comfortable decorating sweets and treats or could you use a little help?

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About the Author

I’m a Jersey girl, I was born and raised here and have lived here for almost my entire life. I’m a mom of 2 boys – TJ, a 21 year old, and CJ, an 18 year old with Down Syndrome. I am the oldest of four children. I am also a social media enthusiast, cat person, and Down syndrome advocate. I love coffee and milkshakes. My favorite dessert is cheesecake. I love rock music, tech, travel and food. And cheesecake. I HATE the misuse of the word retarded. I take it personally and find it very offensive. Did I mention that I love cheesecake?

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  1. This is such a great idea. I know my daughters would have fun making these. I’ll have to keep these in mind for their birthday parties.

  2. I love those candy ball things. I buy them all the time to decorate my cupcakes and cakes. I made these super cute cupcakes with chocolate flowers and the centers were those decorative candy balls. Made my cupcakes look amazing!

  3. These came out SO adorable! I am thinking of doing a cooking/baking themed party for my daughter’s birthday and these would be perfect!

  4. I’m fairly comfortable, but my wife and I usually decorate desserts together. We took a class many, many years ago to be able to decorate cakes for our kids’ birthdays. Its something special we do for them, they can request anything and we’ll do our best to make it a reality!

  5. I feel comfortable decorating and I have the ability, I’m just not very imaginative with my own ideas. If I can gather ideas from someone else then I do all right!

  6. This looks like an easy and fun treat to make! I have never heard of balls before buy I’m very comfortable baking stuff so I would love to give them a try!

  7. I use to decorate cakes & treats yrs ago when my boys were little, but haven’t in yrs. I would be afraid to attempt anything now a days. Sure would love some tips..

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