Festive Elf Hats: A Delightful Holiday Treat


The holidays are a time of joy, and what better way to spread cheer than with delightful, easy-to-make Festive Elf Hats! These adorable treats are perfect for adding a touch of magic to your holiday gatherings. Not only are they fun to look at, but they’re also incredibly delicious and a hit with both kids and adults alike. With just a few ingredients and some simple steps, you can create a batch of these festive treats that will bring smiles and holiday spirit to your home. So, grab your apron, and let’s get started on these enchanting elfin delights!


  • Bugles
  • White candy melts
  • Holiday colored sprinkles
  • Red and green candy-coated chocolates (such as M&M’s)


  1. Melt the Candy: Begin by melting the white candy melts according to the package directions. Ensure a smooth consistency for easy dipping.
  2. Dip the Bugles: Next, take a Bugle and dip its wider side into the melted white chocolate. This forms the base of your elf hat.
  3. Add Sprinkles: While holding the dipped Bugle over a plate, gently sprinkle the holiday-colored sprinkles over the chocolate section.
  4. Attach the Candy: Carefully push a red or green M&M into the bottom of the dipped Bugle. This acts as the pom-pom of the hat.
  5. Set to Harden: Lay the prepared elf hat onto a sheet of parchment paper. Repeat the process to create as many hats as desired.
  6. Let Them Harden: Allow the elf hats to harden. This may take a few minutes.

How to Prepare

Ensure that your workspace is clean and organized before beginning. Having all your ingredients and tools ready will make the process smooth and enjoyable. Melt the candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl, checking frequently to avoid burning. When dipping the Bugles, use a gentle touch to avoid breaking them. Finally, when placing the M&M’s, a little pressure is needed to ensure they stick to the chocolate.

Preparation Time

  • Total Time: Approximately 20-30 minutes.
  • Active Time: About 15 minutes for preparing and dipping.
  • Setting Time: 5-15 minutes, depending on room temperature.


This recipe yields approximately 30-40 elf hats, depending on the size of your Bugles and the amount of chocolate used.


Q: Can I use different colored sprinkles? A: Absolutely! Feel free to use any color of sprinkles to match your holiday theme.

Q: How long do these treats last? A: Stored in an airtight container, they can last up to a week.

Q: Can I use dark chocolate instead of white candy melts? A: Yes, dark chocolate can be a delicious alternative.

Q: Are these treats gluten-free? A: Bugles are not gluten-free, but you can substitute with a gluten-free alternative.

Q: Can I prepare these in advance? A: Yes, you can make them a day or two in advance. Just ensure they’re stored properly.


Creating Festive Elf Hats is not just about making a treat; it’s about creating memories. These little hats are more than just a delight to eat; they bring people together and add a sprinkle of joy to the holiday season. They are perfect for holiday parties, family gatherings, or simply as a fun activity with kids. The best part? They are as fun to make as they are to eat. So, this holiday season, don your chef’s hat, gather your loved ones, and create these adorable elf hats that are sure to be a hit! Happy Holidays and enjoy your magical culinary creation!