Sugar Swings! Serve Some: Little Eskimo Cupcakes

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Little Eskimo Cupcakes

Hey All! Happy New Year!

Can you believe it's 2016?


That's more like a science fiction book year than a real life year, right?  Just to make me feel real old these things will be 30 years old this year:

The Olsen twins - really they are 30?? Depressing.
Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi - Good thing Jon and the boys have aged so well!
Stephen King's It - still the scariest book I've read.  #thatclown
Ferris Bueller's Day Off - My all time fav movie and Ferris has one of my fav quotes: 

Even more true in today's smart device/always connected life.

Well to get over that I made more little candy people.  You guys know I've done different little  people a bunch of times - but this time I wanted something "wintery".  I got some inspiration from cookies I saw awhile back with the cutest little eskimos on them so I had to try to make them.

They always start the same with some vanilla tootsie roll as the head and a Hershey's bell shaped chocolate as the body.  Glue them together with some melted candy wafers and dip in more melted blue candy wafers to add "coat" and "hood".  

The rest of the detail is added by "piping" on melted candy and adding sprinkles for detail on the coat.

The girl and boy Eskimos together are my favs!

And you get a bunch of cute little Eskimo cupcake toppers (or you could say they are little Asian kids in winter coats!) 

Either way they are cute on top of a cupcake!  

I'm wondering what are going to be the food trends of 2016?? More dessert mashups? Rainbow everything? Sriracha Oreos?? Maybe sensors on foods to really see how they make you feel??  I'm ready for whatever 2016 brings!

Happy Happy New Year and Thanks for stopping by!

See the other little candy people cupcake toppers I've made here!  

To make Candy Eskimos (makes about 8)
  • 8 Hershey Chocolate Bells (I used peppermint bark flavored but they make a few different kinds now - pick your fav flavor) - you could also use regular Hershey's kisses (and snip the point off)
  • 8 vanilla tootsie rolls
  • 2 cups of blue candy melting wafers plus + 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup of white candy melts 
  • 1/4 cup of chocolate chips/chocolate candy melts for adding detail  
  • Sprinkles - large white circles for mittens, red hearts for bowtie, brown sprinkles for coat lines, red heart for girl's mouth
  • Black edible food writer
  1. Unwrap tootsie roll and microwave for 5-7 seconds until just softened.  Save a tiny piece from each.  Roll the rest into a round ball with your hands.  This will be used as the head. Roll a tiny ball from the saved candy and attach as a nose.  (It will stick on its own to the head)
  2. Unwrap Hershey Bells (this will be the body) 
  3. Add the white candy melt to a zip lock bag.  Melt in microwave in 10-15 second intervals until melted and smooth.  Snip a corner of the bag and "pipe" a dab to attach round tootsie roll to bell (use it like glue).  Let candy harden (about 10 minutes)
  4. Melt blue candy wafers in the microwave with shortening (will allow dipping to be smoother) in a microwave safe bowl.  Use 15-20 second intervals and stir between intervals until candy is melted and smooth.
  5. Hold by the head and coat the bell in blue candy.  The candy should not be too hot as that will melt the chocolate.  Allow candy to harden on parchment paper.
  6. Hold by the now blue body and dip the back of head into blue candy (to make hood part)
  7. Use the melted candy in the bag and add coat details.  Reheat as needed.  Do the same with the chocolate chips/wafers and pipe the hair.   Add more white, brown or blue candy as needed to fill in any gaps and add any other details.  
  8. Attach sprinkles with more candy melt.
  9. Add tiny eyes with edible food writer.


  1. You always come up with the most creative ways of using candy to create your edible crafts. These cupcakes are so cute.

    1. thank you Beth! I love making these little guys (girls) for some reason! <3

  2. All of your candy creations are so cute and clever, Michelle!

  3. These are too cute! I don't think I'll be able to eat the little guys. You did a great job.

    1. Thanks Leslie! My mother in law says the same and has saved various cupcake toppers (not sure for how long!) my kids however have no problem eating them head first!!

  4. These are so cute! You've found a way to make cupcakes look even more appetising (even if there is a slight too-cute-to-eat element about them!). Great post!

    1. Thanks a lot Lisa! Had fun making them! So glad you like!

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