Summer – Part 2 … Tropical Island

Summer continued …

The S.S. Sweet Sailboat has reached its destination and I didn’t fall overboard once!

Candy pretzel palm trees

Yeah, I know it’s kind of silly … Sugar Island!  That’s what I do … make sweet and silly stuff 🙂

To make 12 islands, you will need …

  • 12 square graham crackers
  • 12 short (3″) pretzel rods (such as Snyder’s)
  • 4 ounces melted white candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • Cinnamon Sugar (1/2 cup sugar + 1 teaspoon cinnamon)
  • 12 small green Laffy Taffy candies (you may be able to use 6 – see #1 below)

Let’s get started …


  1. Get pretzels ready … no broken ones 😉
  2. I cut each piece of taffy into 5 pieces and formed each piece into leaf/triangle shapes.  I believe it works better if you cut smaller pieces (about 10 pieces per candy) and flatten them out … which will result in thinner leaves.
  3. Arrange the leaves on one end of the pretzel … you will need to press the taffy to make it stick to the pretzel.

Now for the sandy island …


  1. Make the sand – Mix 1/2 cup granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  2. Spread some melted white candy over a graham cracker.
  3. Cover the melted candy with the sugar mixture and chill for a few minutes.
  4. Pour excess sugar mixture back into the bowl.
  5. While the graham cracker is still cold – attach palm tree by dipping base into melted candy, hold in place, sprinkle more sugar on melted candy … hold still until palm tree is attached.  Shake extra sugar back into bowl.


17 thoughts on “Summer – Part 2 … Tropical Island

  1. Your palm trees remind of my trip to Mexico. My exchange student had a sculpture created by a local artist and he made palm trees that look so similar to yours for on the sculpture. What a fun treat to serve at a beach or pool party.

    Beth @ Hungry Happenings


  2. Palm trees are a nice addition to the boats and Sugar Island is the perfect name. Does Laffy Taffy come in brown? – I’m thinking coconuts for the palm trees.

    If Laffy Taffy is not sold at our local stores, what are some of the other moldable green candies you mention? Always good to have a Plan B.

    Feel like heading to the beach right now.


  3. Me again – I just reread the instructions but can’t figure out where the pretzel squares were used when making the palm trees. The short pretzel rods make the trunk of the tree, but the pretzel squares I can’t figure out. Help.



  4. what cute little palm trees along with great inspiration.
    Oh, my goodness; you got my head in a tail spin.
    how cool would these palm trees be to put on a jungle cake or Hawaiian / surf’n cake for kids or adults birthday. Tarzan cake :}
    Oh, possibilities are endless.
    using rolos for tree trunk stacked on plastic or wooden skewers and stuck in cake or could use giant Tootsie Roll as the trunk.
    for coconuts; brown fondant balls fondant for leaves as well.

    Sorry; thinking out loud again. Didn’t mean to get carried away with my thoughts.


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