I’ll be honest with you. I’ve never liked peppermint candy. It reminds me of the dentist. HOWEVER, that all changed when I saw these DIY melted peppermint candy bowls in a forgotten ’80s craft book. The bowls are so darn cute and easy to make – I found a new love for the same peppermint starlight mints I had detested for years! Perfect for serving ice cream, holding wrapped candies, or just displaying on their own – these holiday peppermint bowls are a special homemade gift to share with friends throughout the holiday season.
Put on your elf hat, turn on your oven, and start unwrapping candy, friends. Let’s Do This: Melted Peppermint Bowls!
Pepppermint red/white hard candy – It takes about 40 candies to make one “ice cream sundae” bowl as pictured. Of course, you can make them any size you’d like. Tiny ones are cute for little kiddos…….because they can also eat them. Maybe. Up to you.
Parchment Paper – You will definitely need this so the candy doesn’t stick to the baking sheet. You will be super sad if you don’t use parchment paper. Just trust me. This is an easy-to-find item at your grocery store, however if you do a lot of crafting, it’s great to have extra on hand (Amazon bundle of 3).
Bowl (for shaping) – Just use any bowl you have that can withstand a little heat – and one that is the basic shape you’d like for your candy bowl.
- Heat oven to 300-degrees.
- Unwrap the candy (I realize this seems fairly obvious – but friends, you just never know).
- Arrange the candy discs on the parchment-lined baking sheet in a circle-ish pattern. The candies should be close enough that they will melt into each other.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven. The TIME needed to melt the candy is very dependant on the candy itself, but usually 20 – 30 minutes sufficiently melts the discs. Just keep checking it. Catch up on your recorded shows – but don’t go too far from the oven.
- While the candy is melting, spray the outside of your shaping bowl with oil. This will prevent the candy from sticking to the bowl.
- Once the candy is melted, take it out of the oven and let it cool slightly (couple minutes) so you can handle (shape) it with oven gloves. Don’t let it cool too long because the candy will harden and you won’t be able to shape it over the bowl. Trust me. Do not wait too long.
- Using the parchment paper layer to handle the candy “pancake”, drape it over the oiled bowl and press into shape. There may be wrinkles/folds in the candy as you shape it into a bowl, but that’s totally okay. It adds to the interest.
- Peel off the parchment paper and let the amazingly fabulous candy bowl cool completely on the shaping bowl. It might take awhile……be patient. Do not put it in the refrigerator. It will crack and break and you will be extremely sad.
And then you are DONE with your super fun, deliciously edible, amazingly simple candy bowl! Fill it with wrapped candy, ice cream, birthday cake, or just set it out for a beautiful centerpiece!
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