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These adorable Chocolate Graduation Caps Treats are a fun way to celebrate your graduate. Made with Reese’s Cups, chocolate squares and a few simple ingredients, this easy recipe is the perfect dessert for a graduation party!

chocolate graduation caps treats on a platter at grad party.

Celebrate your graduate’s accomplishments with these cute and easy-to-make chocolate graduation caps treats! They are perfect graduation treats for any stage — kindergarten graduation, middle school grads, high school graduation or college grads and above!

I have been making these super cute candy graduation hats for years, but because graduation time is always busy, I have never had the chance to put them on the blog. Since we have 2 class of 2024 graduations to attend this year, I’m getting a head start, and I finally have the chance to share this super easy dessert recipe!

You can serve these candy graduation caps as is or use them as graduation cupcake toppers. If you’re looking for more graduation party desserts, try my summer beach party cupcakes or easy flip flop cookies!

reese's cups, chocolate squares, mini m&m's candies and frosting.

Ingredients Needed

You only need a few simple ingredients from the grocery store for this easy graduation dessert. Full amounts and video are in the printable recipe card below.

  • Reese’s Miniature Cups — or any small peanut butter cups. You can sub Rolo candies if desired.
  • Chocolate squares — I use Ghirardelli dark chocolate squares, but any brand or flavor of chocolate, including white chocolate, will work.
  • Vanilla frosting — To assemble the hats and for the tassels. I like vanilla because you can tint the frosting to match your school’s colors.
  • Mini M&M’s candies — to make the button on the top of the caps. You can also scatter some candies on the dessert table for an extra pop of color!
  • Food coloring — to tint the frosting

How to Make Chocolate Graduation Caps Treats

First, place the peanut butter cups, tops down, on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Use a piping bag to pip a dab of frosting in the center of each peanut butter cup.

pipe dab of frosting on peanut butter cup.

Next, place a chocolate square on top of the frosting. Press down, gently to “glue'” the candy square on the peanut butter cup. Then, make the tassels by piping frosting on top of each chocolate square.

pipe tassel with frosting.

Finally, place a mini m and m candy on top of each tassel. Press lightly to “glue” the candy to the frosting. We used brown candies to match the chocolate, but you can use different colors.


Store these Reese’s graduation caps in an airtight container. I recommend keeping them in the refrigerator. The caps should keep for about 2 weeks, although the frosting tends to dry out. I don’t recommend freezing them as the chocolate may change color.

candy graduation caps treats on table with party supplies.

Recipe Tip

Let the caps set in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.

Use a piping bag or toothpick or sharp knife to add the dab of frosting and tassel. You can also use candy, such as Twizzlers or Air Heads Xtremes to make the tassels.

5 from 5 votes

Chocolate Graduation Caps Treats

By: Dee
These adorable Chocolate Graduation Caps Treats are a fun way to celebrate your graduate. Made with Reese's Cups, chocolate squares and a few simple ingredients, this easy recipe is the perfect dessert for a graduation party!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 16


  • 16 mini Reese's peanut butter cups unwrapped
  • 16 Ghirardelli chocolate squares unwrapped
  • 16 mini M&M's
  • ½ cup vanilla frosting
  • food coloring
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  • Place each peanut butter cup top side down on a wax paper-lined baking sheet
  • Use a few drops of your choice of food coloring to tint the vanilla frosting
  • Pipe a dab of frosting in the center of each peanut butter cup
  • Place a chocolate square on top of each peanut butter cup
  • Pipe a tassel on top of each chocolate square
  • Place a mini M&M on top of each tassel
  • Allow to set in fridge for about 1 hour before serving



You can make as many graduation caps as needed.
Store candy graduation caps treats in airtight container in your refrigerator.
Use a piping bag to pipe the frosting. Or, use a small food storage bag with a corner cut, toothpicks or sharp knife. You can also use Twizzlers or other candy to make the tassels. 


Calories: 76kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.002g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 39mg, Potassium: 35mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 6IU, Vitamin C: 0.03mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. April says:

    These are the cutest! Made some today to practice for next month! great excuse to get a big bag of chocolate squares! Yummy!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Yay! So glad you liked them, April.