How to Decorate a Sugar Plum Candy Christmas Tree That Looks as Good as it Tastes

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As they entered the room their eyes lit up.

They were grinning from ear to ear like three adorable little Cheshire cats.

My five-year-old grandson, Andrew, with his bright blue eyes shining and a big smile on his face said, “Grandmom, is that my tree?!”

I loved it. I knew I had hit a homerun!

My Candy Christmas Tree absolutely thrilled my Grandchildren. Their reaction was exactly what I had hoped for.

Watching their gleeful, smiling faces with wide, twinkling eyes anticipating removing the goodies from the tree is a memory I’ll treasure for the rest of my life.

If you want to thrill and delight your children or the children at your Christmas Party try creating your own Candy Christmas Tree… or as I prefer to call it, a Sugar Plum tree.

Unless they just don’t like candy (yeah right winking smiley face) your kids will adore you for years to come for giving them such a unique and exciting memory.

Now just to be clear – this tree did not take the place of our usual, big tree. It was an additional tree especially for the children – and it has now become a family tradition.

Candy Christmas Tree imageBy selecting the right candy "ornaments" your tree can be both beautiful to look at and delightful to taste.

To decorate the tree, I bought bags of candies wrapped in our favorite holiday colors, in cute holiday shapes and of course large jelly candies.

My daughter-in-law helped me by baking some cookies for me while I got busy putting together the candy ornaments and decorations.


Candy Christmas Tree Decorating Tips

A Sugar Plum Tree is fun to do but it takes some time and thought, so here are some tips.

  • Gingerbread Man - Christmas tree candy ornamentDo Baking First - Bake your cookies ahead of time and freeze them. Don’t wait until the last minute. When it’s time to decorate the tree, your cookies will be waiting for you. Wrap them in plastic wrap and tie them off with a beautiful ribbon. They can be hung with the ribbon or you can use ornament hooks. If you don’t want to bake then you can use these gingerbread man candies.
  • Be Selective with the Candy -Start selecting your candies as soon as they are placed on the store shelves, but don’t settle for buying everything at one store. Selections vary by store and there is much to choose from. I no longer recommend going to local stores for candies - not since I found this candy site. They have more Christmas candy than I ever could have dreamed for. But I still recommend buying your candy early in the holiday shopping season because this online store sells out too.
  • Make Candy Pouches - Use plastic wrap or tulle or any fabric of your choosing to make pouches to hold the candy. I used a 9” square of both plastic wrap and tulle to hold candies such as Kisses, foil wrapped chocolate balls, and red, white, and green jelly candies. Fill the cut squares (or circles if you prefer) with several candies of the same color. Gather the corners and tie it off with ribbon.
  • Candy Ornament - chocolates wrapped in plastic wrapThe plastic wrap reflects the light and during the Christmas season can be found in colors. Using clear wrap however, enables you to see the color of the foil wrapped candies or jelly candies inside. Select a ribbon color that matches the candies or try a different color.
  • Candy Ornament - chocolates wrapped in tulleUsing tulle to wrap the candies looks a little dressier and can be purchased in different colors. Using white tulle allows the color of the foil wrappings on the candies to show. Use ribbons to match the candies or use different colors. The ribbons and materials you use become the decorations for your tree. You have many options available to you so have fun and be creative.
  • Foil wrapped chocolate ornamentsMany of the major candy manufacturers produce their products in different shapes and wrap them in foil. These candies don’t have to be wrapped and can hang as ornaments on their own. They can be hung on the tree with ornament hooks or ribbon can be taped or glued to the back. Although the ones I’ve linked to have their own hanging strings attached.
  • Candy CanesNo Sugar Plum Tree would be complete without candy canes. The traditional red and white stripes are beautiful, but don’t stop there. Use an assortment of colors and flavors. The more the merrier.
  • Bon bon ornamentBon Bons dressed in Christmas foil become little ornaments on their own. They can be hung with ornament hooks by slipping one end of the hook through the foil at one end being careful not to rip it.
  • chocolates on tree skirtDon’t Forget the Tree Skirt - As a finishing touch scatter a variety of little colorful foil-wrapped chocolates all around the tree skirt. This will give your Christmas Candy Tree sparkle and shine from the bottom up.
  • Provide each child with a bag or basket or a special container and don’t forget to put their names on them.

These are only a few suggestions to help you get started. Delight the children in your life with a Christmas tree they will never forget. Make it beautiful and colorful and take pictures of the fun when they start removing the sweets from the tree.

I think you will enjoy decorating a Sugar Plum Tree as much as the children will enjoy undecorating it. It will become a family tradition you and your children will share for the rest of your lives.

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    September 12th, 2007 at 11:38 am

    I love this idea! I cannot wait to do this for my children they will so delighted!

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    Vicky Winterburn

    September 18th, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    I have decorated one of our Christmas Trees as a sugar plum tree Since my Son was born 12 years ago, I now have 4 children and they love this tree the best of all. Everyone should have one its so much fun. When all my family come round my nephews and nieces can not wait to see it and have a treat. The grown ups like it too!

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    September 18th, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    Vicky, I’m excited to learn how much your children and family love your Sugar Plum Tree. After 12 years, you must be a real pro at the sugar plum theme. If you want to share some of your ideas, I’m sure everyone would love it.

    Heather, I hope you have fun with your Sugar Plum Tree. I know your kids will love it. It sure works for Vicky and me,

    Thanks for the comments!

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    Lady Noel [Pat Turcotte]

    October 5th, 2007 at 9:41 am

    okay! you got my attention. I’ll do a sugar plumb tree .But who is going to slap my hand when i start craving the delights?

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    October 31st, 2007 at 11:46 pm

    I was looking for something different and by golly i think I found it. I cannot wait to delight all of the kiddies this year when they come to aunt julie’s this christmas for all of the partie’s. I’ll just have to keep them from myself, my hubby, the dog, and the cat!!!!

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    November 9th, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    This is exactly what I was looking for! I’ve been wanting to do a candytree, but I wasn’t sure how much to put on the tree.

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    November 15th, 2007 at 3:56 am

    I think this is great for peoples in foreign. And this is maybe can we understand means of christmas day. This is interest, very greatttttttttttt!!!!!!!!!!

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    November 17th, 2007 at 9:58 am

    This is a great idea. We are expecting our first grandson around the first of the year. This will be a wonderful new Christmas Tradition for our whole family.

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    November 17th, 2007 at 7:23 pm

    I love this Idea!!!!!!!!!!:)

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    November 21st, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    i can’t wait to try this! it s soo creative

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    November 29th, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    I decorate my tree like this but have fake candy and fake cookies and food items. I now have a 3.5 year old and a 1 year old. Maybe I’ll place real candy around the bottom of the tree and let them pick one every now and then.

    The 1 year old can’t have candy yet, but it sure would be a treat for my older son!

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    November 30th, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    So.. the tree is nice.. but I eat enough junk over the holidays.

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    December 5th, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    This is such a cute idea! It would be hard for me to not hang all of the sentimental ornaments that I have accumulated over the years (I have 4 children), but I think I may consider doing a second tree in another room in the house just so I can try it! A warning for dog owners as I am one myself- be extra careful with the chocolate within Fidos reach. A little bit can be a BIG danger. Happy holidays to all!

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    December 7th, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    cool!!! :)
    feel the need to make a sugar plum tree…….

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    December 15th, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    I used a candy theme to decorate our local hospital cafeteria this year, I covered inexpensive ball ornaments with colored cellophane and tied each end with colored curling ribbon to look like a piece of hard candy. Then I wired the “candies” onto garlands and wreaths around the room. I also used empty clear plastic closed corsage boxes and covered them with the bright colored cellophane and tied those with curling ribbon, then I hung these “candies” with clear fishing line from the cafeteria ceiling. I also tied some of these boxes together to make a garland and strung the garland. It is very colorful and festive!!

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    December 19th, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    I made a candy tree also. As a tree topper I used a bouquet of 3 giant lollipops that I bought at an amusement park and different colored candy canes. I tie it onto the tree with a big ribbon and it looks marvelous.

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    November 1st, 2008 at 8:57 am

    This sounds great! I am having an adult Christmas party and I am going to use it as a centerpiece on the dessert table! I”m sure they will love it almost as much as children.

    Thank you! I love your site.

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    November 1st, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    I just finished my tree, its beautiful, i know its way to early but i love to do christmas. the kids are gonna love it. i wish i could post a picture here, my brother in law seen it and asked if there is any contests i could put it in. i love it. if anyone wants to see pics of it send me ur email.

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    November 1st, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    I simply love this sight. it really woke me up. Im decorating my hotel all white with lots of trees. still going through ur site for more useful tips..

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    November 6th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    I have 3 grandsons, I think I may add candies to my regular tree this year (where they can reach them) and let them have their own containers to get their candies before they go home! GREAT IDEA!

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    November 18th, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    I think this is what I am going to do. This is our first Christmas, and I have been trying so hard to come up with an idea. Love this idea. I a going to show this to my boyfriend later tonight. Is there any way we can send you our pictures for you to see?

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    November 21st, 2008 at 2:00 am

    Cute idea. As a previous posted mentioned too much chocolate and dogs don’t go well together. I have 2 cats and a dog…I have a ficus tree in the kitchen that get’s lights and dog bones tied in ribbons and lot’s of little cat toys. Yes, we have a pet tree. This was started when one year we brought all the boxes of decorations in and placed them in the spare room and then left the house for a few hours. Came home and our dog had destroyed just about every piece. He had a really good time with the satin thread wrapped balls, satin thread was everywhere. My Husband was in the military and funds were very limited, so I decorated with candy canes and dog bones towards the bottom and pople cookies towards the top. It was a very humble tree but it has sort of become a tradition. Also,one of my cats favorite place to sleep is under the tree. Her eyes light up when she see’s that tree going up…too funny. They are almost like having kids.

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    December 2nd, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Just an additional thought - you can use the long strips of paper with dots of candy on them as garland. I did that last year and the kids loved it.

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    December 5th, 2008 at 10:18 am


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    July 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    We enjoy doing this as a family activity it is a big hit!! I use a 3foot fake tree and center it in the middle of my table. I shop at our local dollar store all year round and check the candy isle when I go. I always find something I can use on my tree last year my tree cost me about 12.00 to decorate I used candy necklaces and bracelets i just just cut the strings and tied the ends together, I used these for garland. I used pepermints, chocolate soldiers, candy canes, hershey kisses and even small boxes of nerds candy that had a red and green box I simply used ribbon red and green to either tie or tape to the backs of the treats and it works great for the top of the tree I used a large chocolate gold foil christmas star. For the tree skirt I cut a piece if felt in a medium circle and used double stick tape on the back of mints and kisses and did a row of each candy in a total of 5 rows. I used jelly belly christmas colored beans in clear small glass bulbs and it made the tree really sparkle with the lights turned on!! We do this as a family tradition every year now and it really gives us a special memory that I hope my children will enjoy with there children too.

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    September 4th, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Adorable! Thank you sooo much! Have a great christmas!
    Love always,

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    September 4th, 2009 at 12:57 am

    Don’t forget-noel! :)

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    Mindy H

    September 8th, 2009 at 10:35 am

    I have done a “sugar plum” tree for the past 5 years now and now the whole house looks like a candy land. Last year the people at our chriatmas party loved it so much and I was asked to decorate some on post and around our offices. I have some really great ornament Ideas/decorating ideas made from real candy if you want me to share them with you just email me at

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    X-mas luver

    November 27th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    OMG! this sounds so awesome! usually i just hang all different kinds of candy canes to the tree, but i might try some of these ideas! could i do candy and ornaments? or would that be to overcrowded?

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    December 14th, 2009 at 12:28 am

    We have had the tradition of candies&ornaments tree in my family since I was born. I do it with my children too. First, we decorate the tree with ornaments, after, on Christmas Eve I add sweets. The Christmas candy hunting is awesome!

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    September 10th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    First off, I love this tree! Secondly, I tried this the first year that I started putting up a christmas tree and to my wondering supprise what did Santa leave me for chirstmas that year…..ANTS! Living in Texas they never sleep. However, my family did love the tree. So I set out to find a less ant friendly alternitive. I started collecting either plastic or glass candy orniments. I have found that there are alot of “candy” ornaments that look real. as to date I have over 200 christmas candy decorations and I get more every year. This works alot better than the fresher alternitive

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    Leah T.

    October 12th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    This tree sounds so adorable!! I will definitly be telling my family of this idea =]

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    October 27th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Thank you for this wonderful idea. I plan on using it in replacement of an advent calendar.

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    November 14th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    We do a different theme each year for our Christmas tree. This year is candy. I don’t spend more than $20 so I love your ideas. Thanks,

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    November 21st, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Love the idea!!! Think I will put one in the entry way so visitors may take a treat when they leave.

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