Around this time each year we start to get graduation on the mind- our FaceBook news feeds are FULL of graduation pictures, everyone is decorating their caps and keeps talking about their future plans. As much as it scares us that we’ll be one of them soon, we wanted to dedicate a post to our friends who are graduating!

This is the first year that graduation has hit us terribly hard. Many of these accomplished now-alums are our good friends. They’re only a year older than us and they’re already going on to bigger and better things! Kristen and I can hardly stand it- didn’t we just start freshman year like, yesterday?

We are very proud of our friends who are graduating, so to celebrate we decided to try our hand at these homemade chocolate graduation cap desserts! These are a perfect treat to honor any graduate, plus they’re easy enough to put together while blubbering your eyes out (important if you’re anything like my mom at my sister’s college graduation).

Here’s how our Reese’s Cup graduation caps turned out compared to the originals we found on Pinterest (the Pinterest link did not have the instructions included so we improvised with how we thought they were made):

chocolate graduation caps     pinterest graduation cupcake

            Our Version                                                                    Pinterest Version

To please the important graduate in your life, first you’ll need to grab your supplies:

A few mini m&ms
A bag of mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
A Godiva chocolate bar
Chocolate icing
Fruit roll up

homemade graduation desserts


Unwrap the mini Reese’s candy completely and turn item upside down on a plate.

resees cup graduation caps

Cut the Godiva chocolate with the knife (breaking it with your hands will cause uneven edges). Then use a little bit of icing to “glue” it to the top of the upside down mini Reese’s cup.

how to make chocolate graduation caps

Put the fruit roll up in the freezer for at least 10 minutes so it is easier to handle. Once it’s done cooling, take it out of the freezer and place it on a plate. Cut the fruit roll up strips thin strips, about 1 inch long, to us as the graduation tassels. We tried to cut groups of strips that were the same color so we could coordinate our caps.

cutting fruit roll up

Once you have four or five strips of the same color, use a dot of icing to attach the strips to the center of the cap like a tassel (the fruit roll up may even stick without the icing if it is sticky enough).

fruit roll up tassel

Using icing, attach a mini m&m on the spot that the tassel meets the cap. We used the same color m&m as the tassel.

graduation cupcake toppers

You’re all done! We love how these turned out- they were a really cute and simple way to make our graduating friends feel special. Plus, you can have them on their own or you can make them into your very own graduation cupcake toppers!

reese's cup graduation caps

Shananometer- hot chocolate balls

One of our followers took these adorable Reese’s graduation caps to a whole new level by creating this AMAZING cake! Thanks Andrea Zenner for sharing your awesome masterpiece! Share your attempts on our facebook page:

Graduation Cake


Be sure to check out some of our other shenanigans below!!

10 Responses

  1. Andrea

    OH those are adorable! I have an order to do a graduation cake for next week, I’m so using those as decorations!

  2. craftyminx1980

    Hi Ladies, I love your blog and just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Super Sweet Blog award 🙂 Stacie

  3. JoAnn

    These hats are adorable! I have to find a reason to make them.