If you are looking for a festive graduation treat that needs no baking, these super simple candy graduation cap pops are perfect for your next graduation celebration! They only need a few supplies and go together quickly but will be an edible decoration at your party.  Display the graduation hats on a cake pop stand or they can also be pushed into floral foam.

candy graduation cap tutorial from skip to my lou
Yummy! It so easy to make these.

Candy Graduation Cap Pop Recipe Supplies

Mini M&Ms
Mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
Milk Chocolate Candy Coating
Candy Writer in your choice of color
Square Chocolate Candy Mold
4 inch Sucker Sticks

candy graduation cap supplies

Make Candy Graduation Caps

Slowly melt candy coating at 15 second intervals in the microwave, stirring after each 15 seconds. About 40 candy disks will fill the mold. Fill mold with candy coating and tap mold to release bubbles. Place mold in freezer for 5-10 minutes until chocolate is completely cooled. Chocolate squares should fall easily out of the mold.

square chocolate mold
Pictures of chocolate in a mold, as well as how a stick is inserted into a peanut butter cup to form the graduation cap.
Making these graduation caps couldn’t be easier

Dip  sucker stick into candy coating and stick into the peanut butter cup. Allow to harden.

Melt candy writers according to package directions. Starting in the center of the chocolate square draw a line to the edge making a tassel. Place a mini M&M in the center on top.

candy mortarboard
It’s time to put it all together.

Attach the chocolate square to the peanut butter cup with a dab of melted candy coating. Allow candy coating to set and you have the perfect candy graduation cap!

candy graduation cap
The final product!

If you need a graduation card you might like these free printable cards for grads.  The best part is they are a gift and card all in one.  Roll up a bill or two and make a cute little money diploma and attach to the card. Here are two Graduation Cards with inspirational quotes for you to download.

graduation cards

From Graduation Cap cookies to a DIY lighted marquee sign you can celebrate your graduate in style!

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  1. This is such a neat idea, we are making them for my daughter’s graduation party in June.

  2. I would love to make these for my son’s preschool graduation ceremony in a couple of weeks. BUT we aren’t allowed to bring anything with peanuts because some kids are allergic..Any ideas of what else you could use besides the peanut butter cups? Love the idea and thanks for sharing!

  3. I made these a few years ago. I used Ghiradelli chocolate squares for my tops. Also, I would recommend freezing your Reese’s Cups for a little while. The chocolate is less likely to stick to the wrapper that way. You can also use Airheads Extremes Sour belts. They are striped and just cut apart the colors I wanted and used the melted chocolate to attach them. That way I didn’t have to mix up different colors of frosting.

    Anyway you make them, they are cute! The party I made them for loved them!

  4. I’m a senior this year, and i looooooove to bake sweets! im so excited to make these for my party and probably my friends:)

  5. These are so cute. I used Herseys candy bars. Use two squares per hat and turn upside down worked great.

  6. I went back and reread the directions and found the source for the square molds. I ordered on Sat and they arrived today (TU) When you consider Sun and Memorial Day in between, I’d say the Sweets has very good service.

  7. There is a link in the post for the molds. Here is a 1 1/4″ square chocolate mold perfect for making the top of the graduation hats.

  8. Wilton evidently doesn’t make the square candy molds. Who does? Where can I find them?

  9. Ahhhh! Candy molds for the squares! I bought all the things to make these for my daughter’s graduation party, but bought the Ghirardelli squares to use as the top. Well, they were WAY too big in relation to the Reese’s Cups, so I scrapped the whole idea. Next time I will know to try the square molds

  10. This is an amazing idea. I graduated from college last weekend. I am having my party at the end of June and I will be making these… I am also making them for my mom. She works in a special education classroom and their graduating party is June 8.

    Just wondering though… Is there another kind of chocolate that can be used instead of the mold?

  11. I made these for my oldest sons grad party, but used “Keebler” fudge grahams instead of the candy molds. Only used writers for the tassle and top. Simply heated a cookie sheet in the oven to melt the chocalate on the peanut butter to put the cookie on.

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