I’m much better at cooking than crafting! I’m pleasantly surprised that this homemade peppermint candy serving tray is so easy to make and it is a huge success. This is one of those oldie but goodie projects that are perfect for Christmas parties!
Since I’m smack dab in the middle of true confessions, I have to admit that there are some crafty projects that have utterly failed.
Oh, I love executing a good party – the planning, the preparation, the creative ideas that just pop into my head, the baking,
the steaming of tablecloths – well, not so much the steaming. But crafty! Who, me? Sometimes, not so much!
Take the ornament wreath. It calls for one wire clothes hanger (like the ones from the cleaners) and a gazillion plastic Christmas ornaments. How difficult could that be?
Well, aside from having to hot glue the little cap doodad in place so it wouldn’t fall off the ornament, I could never get the hanger to stay in the shape of a circle. I’m blaming the hanger on this one!
I actually took step-by-step pics because I was going to show you my new Christmas wreath. But all I got was a hot mess, a hot glue mess. And, it was wop-sided (a southern colloquialism for lop-sided). After all that hard work!
I decided to bite the bullet and make a peppermint candy serving tray. Oh, sweet victory!
Peppermint Candy Serving Tray
For this simple (can’t mess it up) craft project, you will need a bag of peppermint starlight mints (10 oz.), baking pan and parchment paper. Go ahead and unwrap the peppermints (a good job for the kids).
Preheat the oven to 350F. Line the bottom of a round or square cake pan with parchment paper.
Place peppermints in a single layer, covering the pan.
Place in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes. Watch carefully because you don’t want the candies to burn. You just want them shiny and melted enough to fill in the gaps between the candy to make a tray without holes. You don’t want them to bubble.
Let cool in the pan, on a wire rack, for a few minutes. Remove from the pan and place on a wire rack to cool completely. I was so excited that it actually turned out perfectly, so I made a square one.
The trays will be smooth and glossy. Do not place any hot items on the trays. These cute trays are meant for serving foods like brownies, fudge, and cookies.
I had to leave the square one in the oven a few extra minutes because the candies had not melted together
After making several trays, I decided to invite the grandkids over to make peppermint candy ornaments. They are so cute!
You can also make a peppermint candy bowl. Here is a great tutorial on how to do it.
I want to try making these in a Christmas tree-shaped pan. I’ll let you know how it works out. Oh, the possibilities! This is an awesome way to serve treats at a Christmas party.
- Peppermint starlight mints (10 oz.)
- Parchment paper
- Round or Square cake pan
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line the bottom of a round or square cake pan with parchment paper.
- Place peppermints in a single layer, covering the pan.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes - until the peppermints are shiny and melted to form a solid tray.
- Let cool on a wire rack for a few minutes. Carefully remove the parchment paper and let cool completely on wire rack.
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