These plates made from peppermint candies was one of those “I don’t believe it can work” ideas that I had to try! I found it on Pure Wow and it looked great and really simple to do.
- 2-3 bags of peppermint candies (depending on the size you want)
- Any kind of cake pan or muffin tins
- Parchment paper
Preheat the oven to 350°. I don’t know how convection would work for this, so if you can, use the regular setting. Cut parchment paper to fit the bottom of your pan. Unwrap the candies and place in the pan, leaving about ¼” space between them.
Carefully put in the oven and bake for 6-8 minutes, until they are melted together and have formed a flat surface. Remove from oven and let cool. Serve and enjoy!
My verdict: This was so simple and really cool-looking — don’t you think? Surprisingly, the hardest part was tracking down the candy. We got lucky because the ones we used didn’t have the traditional twisted wrappers, so we could just cut them which made the whole process so much faster. The original recipe called for using a springform pan to make a big platter. I used two 6″ cake pans to see what individual ones might look like. The reason you don’t see the second one in the photos was because I tried to get creative and drape it over a bowl (for obvious reasons), but it was too hot and along with almost burning myself, it stuck to everything except the bowl. I still think if you could get them at just the right temperature you could mold them. The other idea we had was to twist a piece of parchment into a rope and use it around the edge to maybe make it more bowl-like. It’s a fun idea for a dessert plate for anything (like ice cream, brownies, etc.) that would benefit from a little peppermint crunch. I think it would also work with other hard candies and even lifesavers, but then I’m not so sure what I would serve with it. Any ideas?