All aboard the Polar Express!!

If you haven’t seen this Christmas classic, you really should- it’s got all the warm fuzzies of an awesome holiday movie, plus some great music (the song Josh Groban wrote for it? *swoon*). In honor of the Polar Express, which happens to be one of our favorite movies to play in the apartment this time of year, we thought we’d throw together some Christmas trains!

These trains are not your average shenanigan: we didn’t find them on Pinterest! Amelia’s family has been making these trains during Christmastime forever, and we thought it would be a nice tradition to carry on.
how to make Christmas Candy Train

To make these trains, you need:

  • packs of gum
  • rolls of hard-candy Lifesavers
  • mini Reese’s cups
  • Hershey’s kisses
  • mini Hershey’s candy bars
  • York peppermint patties
  • a hot glue gun

Christmas candy train ingredients

Warm up your hot glue; first you’re going to hot glue the Lifesavers on top of your gum pack.

hot glue candy train

Hold them together for a few seconds so the hot glue can set.

life saver train

Next, you’re going to add the wheels. Hot glue the Reese’s to the four corners of the gum pack as shown below.

candy train wheels

Usually, our trains have Reese’s as the front wheels and York peppermint patties as the back wheels. However, we realized that the peppermint patties we bought weren’t individually wrapped (whoops), so we just used Reese’s for all four wheels.

candy train base

Now hot glue three of the mini candy bars in a stack.

chocolate homemade train

This candy bar stack gets glued to one end of the Lifesavers.

how to make kids candy train craft

Finally, glue the Hershey’s kiss on the other end of the Lifesavers, and you’re all done!

how to make Christmas Candy Train

These Christmas trains are super easy, and they make great stocking stuffers or holiday party favors. Might we suggest you settle in with hot chocolate and The Polar Express as you make them?

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11 Responses

    • Kristen

      Thanks Anna, this is one of my favorite christmas crafts!

      • Kristen

        We were planning to use the York peppermint patties as the back wheels. However, we realized that the peppermint patties we bought weren’t individually wrapped (whoops), so we just used Reese’s for all four wheels of our train!

    • Kristen

      No I didn’t have any issue with the candy melting. I put a very small amount to glue it and it dries to quickly that it didn’t seem to affect it.

    • Indi

      To Ginny & DC, use the York peppermint patties as the back wheels. As she indicated, “However, we realized that the peppermint patties we bought weren’t individually wrapped (whoops), so we just used Reese’s for all four wheels.”