I’m going to show you how you can easily create festive Christmas candy platters from hard mint candies. These platters are perfect for serving sweet treats or for giving with cookies as a gift. You can watch the video or read the print in this article, whichever you prefer. You will see far more photos in the video.
Making Christmas candy platters and bowls from peppermint candy is so simple.
I’ll show you how to create lovely serving items like these as opposed to having lousy results as I did while I was experimenting. I’ll also show you how to make my favorite design. And at the end, I’ll show you a valuable tip for using these serving pieces and for giving them as gifts.
How to Make Christmas Candy Platters and More
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The first time I attempted making a mint platter, we had family and friends over. After we Oooed and aaahed over the first completed platter, lots of ideas came up.
I created a spiral pattern for the next platter. When I took it out of the oven, my son suggested that I try making it into a bowl. The result was a peppermint bowl.
Next, I tried making a Christmas candy platter that looked like a snowflake. That did not turn out so well.
Making peppermint Christmas candy platters is an easy Christmas activity for small children. My 5 year old granddaughter joined in on the fun. She chose to make a heart shape. Then she wanted to add a bow. The heart looked great but the bow spread a bit too much. However, she loved it. Her circular platter turned out great and she was happy to bring both home with her.
The next day, I went to the store, bought more candy and did some experimenting. In the process, I learned some stuff. Now, I’ll show you how you can make candy serving items like these. I’ll also show you a few tricks to getting great results. And I’ll show you some of my failed experiments so that you will save time by avoiding those same mistakes.
Start with these wrapped peppermints. I found the Starlite brand to be better because the red color is more red than the Brach’s candy mints which looked more pink when melted. Unwrap your mints and cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Then position your mints in the design that you want. Bake in an oven at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool. That is the basics.
To make a bowl, wait maybe 30 seconds to a minute or so after the melted candy comes out of the oven. Rest the paper with the melted candy in a shallow bowl. The paper will buckle making a curly ruffled edge. When cool, lift it out and remove the paper. Another way to make a bowl is to wait till the candy has hardened a little but is still quite pliable. This can happen rather quickly, within a minute or two.
Have the the bowl that you want to use ready. Oil the bottom and place the bowl upside down on the counter. Place the warm pliable candy on the bottom of the bowl and gently press to create a ruffled bowl. If the candy is too cool and hard, it will crack. If the candy is too cool, and won’t bend, you can put it back in the oven for 30 seconds or a minute until it softens. Watch it carefully so that you don’t end up with a puddle of candy.
In my experimenting, I discovered one way to NOT make a candy bowl. I tried placing candy around the edges of a small oven safe bowl. I oiled the bowl to make it easy to remove the candy. Well, the candy melted into one big flat topped puddle. After I took it out of the oven I tried pressing the candy up the sides of the bowl. After it hardened, I could not get it out of the bowl. So I put it back into the oven to make it soft enough to pry from the edges. I ended up with this gloppy mess. Don’t bother trying to make your mint bowl that way.
Next, I tried making a platter using candy canes. I had found 3 kinds on candy canes. One was the traditional red and white candy cane, another had green and red stripes, and one type were these fat short peppermint sticks. I couldn’t decide so I bought all three types.
When I began to unwrap the green and red candy canes, I noticed that the ends of the candy canes with the green and red stripes looked brown. I wondered if the brown would show when it melted so I tried melting a single candy cane. In 8 minutes, it looked like a gloppy mess with plenty of unattractive brown color. I baked it too long. I tried again and got the brown leaking out the top and bottom. I decided against using these. I didn’t want the brown color in my finished platter. If you intend to use red and green candy canes, this is something to look out for.
I laid out a pattern using the red candy canes. The candy canes were thinner than the peppermint candies and therefore would probably melt faster. And, because I had already noticed in my previous experiments that the mints around the edges melt faster than those in the middle, I knew that I had to add some of the round mints around the edge of the pattern to keep the ends of the candy canes from melting into a thin puddle. I also made sure that the mints around the edges were placed close together.
Then I added some clear red and green candies. I thought they would look good in the crook of each candy cane. This also served a practical purpose. I didn’t know how quickly these candies would melt. If they melted too fast, they would be contained by the surrounding candies.
Then I put them in the oven. I set the timer for 6 minutes. At 6 minutes they weren’t done, so I took a look every 20 seconds or so for the next few minutes. It’s important to watch them carefully while they are melting. They can go from not quite melted to a bubbly thin mess very quickly. I removed the platter from the oven when the candies were melted enough to be fused together. The candy in the center was the last to melt. Ideally, you want to take the sheet out of the oven as soon as the candy is melted, but not bubbly or is spread too thin on the cookie sheet.
Because my cookie sheets are a little warped and not completely flat, about 30 seconds after taking out of the oven, I slid the parchment paper with the melted candy right onto my granite counter top to let it cool. This will work fine on any counter top that is not sensitive to heat.
I turned out beautiful.
Here are a few quick variations of peppermint Christmas Candy platters.
I tried making a platter with these short thicker peppermint sticks. These did not melt the way the other candies had. This plate could be used as a divided plate or it could be turned over. The flat part could serve as the plate and the raised peppermint sticks could act as “feet” on the platter.
Because these peppermint sticks did not melt, I thought they could be used as raised edges on a platter. So I experimented with using them on the edges of a rectangular serving plate. Here is how it turned out. The clear candies look pretty like stained glass when the light shines through them.
I wondered if this would work with other hard candies, so I tried it and successfully made a transparent golden platter with butterscotch candies. This would make a beautiful gift with butterscotch cookies, wrapped in cellophane and finished with a gold ribbon.
If you want to get these specific peppermint sticks, they are called Bob’s Sweet Stripes Soft Mint Candy. I got these at my local CVS Pharmacy.
I could go on and on with more ideas. But here is the essential recipe for making your successful mint candy platters for Christmas.
Christmas Candy Platter Recipe
- Use the flattest cookie sheet you have and cover with parchment paper.
- Lay out your design keeping the peppermints on the edges of your pattern very close together. They will spread so make sure you don’t place them too close to the edge of your parchment paper or cookie sheet.
- Place in the center of your oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- For a small platter, start watching at 5 minutes. For a larger platter start watching at 7 minutes.
- Remove from oven as soon as candy is melted enough to be fused together at the center. Try to take it out before the outside edges get bubbly and too thin. A few bubbles will most likely happen and that’s OK.
- Let the melted candy platter cool before you try to handle it. Unless you are making a bowl.
- Store wrapped in parchment paper in a sealed plastic bag. The platters will get a bit sticky. Especially if kept out in a humid environment. There is a reason that these mints are individually wrapped. So when not in use, wrap your platters and bowls in parchment paper then seal in a plastic bag. If your piece is too large for a plastic bag, just keep it wrapped in parchment paper in a dry place. After a few days, my platters and bowls did dry to have a nice shiny smooth surface.
- Add your cookies, wrap in cellophane and add a pretty ribbon just before you plan to deliver your gift.
When it comes to using your candy platters, choose cookies that have flavors that will go well with your candy platter. Mint candy platters would be great with chocolate goodies, sugar cookies, mint treats or brownies. These will still taste good if they pick up the mint flavor from the platter. Butterscotch, shortbread, oatmeal or chocolate chip cookies would taste good on golden butterscotch platters.
Here is the last tip that you will find useful. Put a bit of parchment paper on the bottom of your serving piece. This keeps it from sticking to your table or table cloth when you use it. When you wrap these for a gift, it keeps the plate from sticking to the cellophane.
You pretty Christmas candy platters will make gifts that are sure to delight and please during the holidays. Have fun creating your own candy platters and bowls. Your friends and family will love them.
Candy Plates and Platters for Hanukkah.
For Hanukkah, you can use blue and white or blue and clear hard candies. Here are a few examples.
Simply do a Google search for blue hard candies or clear hard candies to see where you can get them. One source is CandyWarehouse.com. Another is Walmart.com. The Matlow’s Crystal mints are available from GroovyCandies.com. You may have to experiment with melting times for these mints. I’d love to see some photos of blue and white plates and bowls.
Students come up with their own variations on this idea
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