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Christmas Candy Platters

christmas candy plattersI’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

Click the Play Arrow below to watch the video.

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.

candy cane plate

Serving platters, plates and bowls made with peppermints, candy canes and clear hard red and green candies

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.

making Christmas candy plate

Christmas Candy Plate

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.

making a candy bowl from peppermints

To form a Christmas candy bowl, you can rest the parchment paper with the melted candy in a shallow bowl while the mints are still melted and pliable.

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.

You can also use the back of a bowl to form your candy bowl.

You can also use the back of a bowl to form your candy bowl.

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.

candy cane platter

Here are a few quick variations of peppermint Christmas Candy platters.

peppermint stick platter

This peppermint stick Christmas candy platter could be used as a divided plate. Turned over, it can be used as a flat footed plate.

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.

rectangular candy platter

Rectangular candy platter with raised candy stick edges and clear candy accents.

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.

butterscotch plate

Platter made from butterscotch candies with butterscotch cookies



Wrapped in cellophane and tied with a ribbon, there Christmas Candy Platters make lovely gifts.


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
Printable Recipe

  1. Use the flattest cookie sheet you have and cover with parchment paper.
  2. 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.
  3. Place in the center of your oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. For a small platter, start watching at 5 minutes. For a larger platter start watching at 7 minutes.
  5. 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.
  6. Let the melted candy platter cool before you try to handle it. Unless you are making a bowl.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

candy serving pieces

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.

blue-jolly-ranchers blue-white-starlight-mints crystal-mints

Simply do a Google search for blue hard candies or clear hard candies to see where you can get them. One source is Another is The Matlow’s Crystal mints are available from 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

To see how some students of this lesson made platters and bowls with their own original twists, click here to see pedestal plates and doll house sized tables, and click here to see plates and bowls made with various colored and clear candies.

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Printable Recipe for making Christmas Candy Platters from Peppermint Candies

Click here to download a printable recipe for making these peppermint Christmas candy platters and bowls.

See how one student added her own creative twists on this idea.

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51 Responses to Christmas Candy Platters

  1. Sanjib Banik December 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    Thank’s , Verry Nice Plater !

  2. gloria rodriguez December 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    happy x-mas and wonderfull new year, nitas God give you a beatifull gift you are really talent ,and thanks god im meet you im working evryday with food but you always give a wonderfull ideas ,and let me tell you ,i used something evryday God bless you ,i hope yor childs and all your family have a wonderfull and healthy 2013

    • Nita December 26, 2012 at 8:53 am #

      Thank you so much Gloria. I wish you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!

  3. Barb Bruntzel February 11, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this clever idea! I made three of these candy bowls and gave them as gifts. One of the gift bowls were even eaten!! They all asked for my “recipe”! Thanks for all that you do and for sharing your talents with us!

  4. Elizabeth - DesignFizz March 6, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    I love the butterscotch glass plate. Where can I find one?

    • Nita March 6, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

      You can make one. It’s easy. It’s actually made from butterscotch candy. It only looks like glass. Just watch my video on this blog post to see how.

      I’m sorry but I am not aware of anywhere that you can buy one.

  5. Ashley November 20, 2013 at 5:39 am #

    What brand of mints did you use for the green one?

    • Nita November 20, 2013 at 10:56 am #

      The green ones were either Starlight or Brachs. I don’t remember which.

  6. Katelyn December 3, 2013 at 1:11 am #

    My friends and I were making these plates. They turned out nicely, but they remained sticky like they tend to feel straight out of their wrappers. Is there something to use to make them.less sticky so that they can actually be handled and used?

    Thank you for the idea and help.

    • Nita December 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

      In time they dry out a bit unless you live in a very humid climate. I use a bit of wax paper on the bottom so that they don’t stick to tablecloths.

      I’m glad you had fun making them.

  7. Norma December 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    Would it work to give them a light dusting of powdered sugar if they stay sticky? I would prefer to allow them to air dry, but…. Would that be an option?

    • Nita December 9, 2013 at 9:21 am #

      I haven’t tried that. If you do, let me know how it works. I suspect if the platters are damp and sticky, the sugar will melt and add to the stickiness.

  8. Karen Bramer December 7, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    I tried making some last night and ran into problems. First is how far apart should I place the candy, I was using a mixture of Werthers and Jolly Ranchers. They melted into each other and you couldn’t see any shape or difference, could this be from being in to long? Second is I used wax paper and when the bowls/plates cooled I couldn’t get the wax paper off. Do I have to use parchment paper?

    • Nita December 9, 2013 at 9:21 am #

      Yes, if you cook them too long, they melt together into a big mess. I’ve made that mistake. It’s best to watch them closely while they are in the oven.

      Also, I have used the clear butterscotch candies like the one made by Brach’s but I’ve not tried using Werthers. They might melt differently.

      I’ve not tried the wax paper either but I know I got good results with parchment paper.

      Try again and watch while melting. Take them out before they all melt together and you’ll get much better results.

      Have fun!

  9. Teresa December 10, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    We learned not all peppermint candies are created equal. Ones I bought at Target worked great. Ones bought at Walmart did not have as bright red to begin with and once they melted you could really tell the difference. The Walmart ones also did not melt smoothly; the platters and bowls are a lot more bumpy. Lesson – find good quality candy to work with. I already threw the bags away so I can’t tell you specific brand names.

  10. Tanya December 10, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Is there a way to preserve them? Like poly-urethane or something? Also these in small form would make great ornaments for the tree..or on top of packages. However don’t want to invite any unwanted “creatures, bugs, etc”. lol Thanks in advance and Happy Holidays

    • Nita December 11, 2013 at 9:57 am #

      I don’t know. Try it out and let us know.

    • Nita December 11, 2013 at 10:08 am #

      Here is what Tricia wrote about sealing her mint trays.

      “I sprayed my trays with a few coats of polyurethane and it’s perfect. Shiny and not sticky. Definitely leave the wax paper on the back of the tray to keep it from being sticky and for added strength.”

      If you are going to spray with sealant, make sure no one tries to eat your ornaments.

  11. Judy November 16, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    I’ve seen a heart shaped plate. Have you tried using a shaped cake pan or pie plate??

    • Nita Gill November 17, 2014 at 9:51 am #

      I tried a heart shaped plate. Click the following link to see about it. //

      No, I have not tried using a shaped pan. Give it a try and let me know how it goes.

  12. Cindie Humphrey November 19, 2014 at 7:08 am #

    I’m so going to try this. I’m assuming you just wipe them off with a dry cloth to clean?
    Also, if you use a sealer on them would you need to place something on it before serving food
    on it?


    • Nita Gill November 19, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

      Yes, you can wipe them off with a dry cloth.

      I don’t know about using a sealer. I don’t know if the sealer would be non-toxic so I would use a doily between the sealer and the food. Or little petite-four papers (like mini cupcake papers) could be used, too. Have fun!

  13. Dolores November 28, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    I thought the idea of the candy bowl and platter was great however I ran into a problem. The bowls came out ok but every single platter or dish I made cracked into pieces while it they were cooling. I tried a couple of different ways to cool them…….on the parchment paper on my granite top, on a cookie rack, etc. I used the Brach Starlight candies and followed the directions perfectly. Has this happened to you and do you know why mine are cracking? One minute they look beautiful and next I see they cracked into what looks like puzzle pieces. So frustrated…….

    • Nita Gill November 28, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

      I don’t know why yours are cracking. If your bowls are turning out well but the platters aren’t, I agree that it might have something to do with the cooling. Is the room temperature particularly cool?

      Or, maybe try cooking for a shorter period of time so that they don’t melt too thin. Maybe the thinness is causing them to be fragile. You might have better results if you take them out of the oven just after they have melted just enough to stick together. Let me know if that works. Good luck.

      Feel free to experiment with different brands of candy, too. Maybe you’ll have better results with different candy.

  14. Carl Franklin Jones December 5, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    You are an amazing person with a kind heart. Happy to call you friend. 🙂

    • Nita Gill December 6, 2014 at 10:04 am #

      Thank you Carl. That is so sweet of you to say.

  15. Beverly December 15, 2014 at 6:29 am #

    you stated that once these plates were dryer to place a small piece of parchment paper/wax paper on bottom to keep from sticking.. My question is, how do you attach to the bottom of plate…glue?

    • Nita Gill December 15, 2014 at 9:59 am #

      No glue is needed. If your platter is sticky, and you cut a round of parchment paper to put on the bottom, the stickiness of the platter will hold on the parchment. If your platter is not sticky enough to hold the parchment, then you probably don’t need the parchment paper. Make sense?

  16. Linda October 22, 2015 at 3:34 am #

    Thank you for sharing your very creative idea. I am going to try this.

  17. Alyssa November 10, 2015 at 6:57 am #

    Has anyone tried putting something like mod podge on these once they are done in order to seal them? I would like to give one as a gift, but I don’t want it to just be bare candy.

    • Nita Gill November 13, 2015 at 7:34 am #

      You can experiment and see how it works out. Let us know.

  18. Cathy November 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

    A paper lace doily might work on the bottom of the plates and would look much nicer than a cut piece of parchment paper. I think they are available in different sizes in white, gold and maybe silver?

  19. Cathy November 30, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

    I have not made these peppermint candy plates and bowls yet but I definitely plan to try. There are many creative ideas that came to mind while reading other people’s comments and I wonder if anyone has experimented with adding a hook or wire loop while baking the candy or gluing one on afterwards? Then adding ribbon or a bow would make a lovely wall display. Shaping the green pinwheels into a tree and placing the red candy as ornaments. Maybe outline the tree with candy canes or sprinkle broken candy canes, which are available in many different flavors and colors.

    • Nita Gill November 30, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

      Great ideas Cathy. If you put these ideas to use, we’d love to see your photos.

  20. Eileen December 14, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

    Can these candy dishes and plates be saved for nest year. As they are candy. So how can they be preservers. I trryed clear spray varnish, as I do with my salt doughs, but they are not candy. What is the answer. Thank you eileen

    • Nita Gill December 14, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

      I saved a set till the next year without spraying. But if you live where it’s humid, they’ll probably get sticky. What happened when you tried the spray varnish?

      • Sandykalts December 16, 2015 at 5:31 am #

        Just made my first little platter. I wanted to try and seal it with something I had on hand, decopauge glue. It doesn’t seem to work well. Funny, it isn’t drying and remains sticky. This is just a heads up in case anyone else thinks to try this.

        • Nita Gill December 16, 2015 at 5:48 pm #

          Thanks for letting us know, Sandy.

  21. Luann Ortmeier December 22, 2015 at 8:31 pm #

    I LOVE your lessons. You explain everything SO well.
    My first attraction to carved fruits & vegetables was when we went on a cruise. I was blown away by the beautiful displays! One afternoon on the ship, they gave a class on how to carve some of the fruits & vegies. I attended that class & have been hooked ever since. I am still a beginner
    & probably will never get any better. (I do get ooh’s & aah’s, even if it isn’t perfect) I have purchased many books & tools but absolutely LOVE your video’s. I definitely learn better by watching someone doing it. THANK YOU VERY MUCH! You make my family & church dinners a whole lot more festive & inviting!
    God bless you.

  22. Luann Ortmeier December 22, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

    I have NOT tried to make these candy platters or bowls but it sounds wonderful!

  23. Deborah Armstrong December 7, 2016 at 6:57 am #

    Hi Nia, I watched your video yesterday and I tried it out and I don’t think I did too bad for my first time. I made one with a Christmas tree in the middle and curled up the edge’s just a little. The only thing that went wrong was my top edge got off the parchment paper and stuck on my cookie sheet and when I went to get it loose some of it broke in half. I will have to watch that closer next time. I will try to send you a picture via email.

    • Nita Gill December 12, 2016 at 4:06 pm #

      I’ll look forward to seeing your photos. You can reply to any email from me and attach your photo. Have fun!

  24. Lee Moruzzi December 16, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

    I tried making the bowl for the first time tonight. I’m finding that the middle mints are not melting as fast as the outside. Any suggestions?

    • Nita Gill December 16, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

      Are the middle mints the same type as the outside mints. If so, try spacing them apart a little more and reduce the heat a bit.

      If the outside mints are a different type of candy than the inside mints, try putting a border of the type that melt slower around those that melt faster.

  25. Beka December 3, 2017 at 9:54 am #

    Thank you so much for your information on making these platters. I’m definitely going to try these for the holidays. I’m a self taught cake decorator, mostly birthday cakes and cupcakes. I also do chocolates and cookies for presents at Christmas, so I’m always looking for new ideas. I think these bowls and platters will be a great addition to my chocolate candy spoons and cookies/ candy boxes.

    I’ve been reading the comments regarding the preservation of the platters and I had a possible idea. Since I use Wilton products, I was wondering if anyone has tried their spray and seal on these platters and bowls. That product is supposed to seal the crumbs of a cake, so I’m guessing it would be a sealant of sorts but also non-toxic. It was just a thought I had. 🙂

    Thanks again for your thorough information because it was very easy to follow and understand.

    Best Wishes,

    • Nita Gill December 3, 2017 at 10:01 am #

      Great idea. Please let us know how it works out.

  26. Cindy W.. in NH December 30, 2017 at 6:02 am #

    I am in awe of these. Thank you for sharing on Pinterest.
    I’m wondering if you could actually paint a coating of polyurethane or shalac (sp?) to usepermantely with out breaking?
    Thank you,

    • Nita Gill December 30, 2017 at 11:40 am #

      I’m glad you like the idea. My best advice is try the shellac and see how it works. My only concern with that is whether or not shellac is food safe. If you try it out, let us know.

  27. Lisa B. December 5, 2021 at 2:46 pm #

    The only food safe sealant that I know of is shellac. Ask about it at your hardware store as there are various types and colors. I’ve been making these platters for years and here are some things I have learned through trial and error: Do not store in a Ziploc bag. Just leave them on the counter at room temp, or place in a bread box. They don’t need to be stored in an airtight environment. In fact wrapping in plastic wrap or placing in a ziplock will make them sticky. Do not place them in the fridge, it will make them irretrievably sticky. Do not use wax paper when baking, only use parchment or non stick aluminum foil. I have not tried a Silpat, but I imagine that would be fine. Bubbles may be popped with a toothpick. A Dollar Tree rimmed pizza pan makes the perfect size platter in my opinion and the very small rim will result in a perfectly round platter. It takes two 10 ounce bags of Starlight Mints to make a pizza pan sized platter. Small broken bits may be used to fill in any large gaps. This is such a fun project to do with kids. My grandkids loved making their own.
    Now I’m dying to make a butterscotch platter. Thanks for that inspo!

    • Nita Gill December 5, 2021 at 2:51 pm #

      Anyone who tries this out, please make sure that you are buying a “Food Safe” shellac. Thanks, Lisa, for the tips based on your experimentation.

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