Homemade Peppermint Candy Serving Tray

I heart Pinterest.  I really do.  Except when spell check shows me that it is not a real word.  It may be a made-up word, but it has saved me countless hours of research.  Because now, everything you ever wanted to know about, well, any and everything, is on Pinterest.  :)

Since I’m smack dab in the middle of true confessions, I also 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 – 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 actually took step-by-step pics to post here.  But all I got was a hot mess, a hot glue-gun mess.  And, it was whop-sided (southern colloquialism for lop-sided).  After all that hard work!

See how “whop-sided” it is? And, no, it’s not on my front door. It has been deconstructed! I didn’t bother with the ribbon. I just said no to the ornament wreath.

If at first you don’t succeed . . . I decided to bite the bullet and make a peppermint candy serving tray.  Oh, sweet victory!  Here it is.

 

Peppermint Candy Serving Tray

  • 1 bag of peppermint starlight mints, unwrapped (10 oz.)

Before baking – should have trimmed the parchment paper to fit the bottom. Oh, well, it came out just fine.

Preheat oven to 350.  Line the bottom of a cake pan with parchment paper.  Place peppermints in a single layer, covering the pan.  Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.  Let cool in pan, on a wire rack, for a few minutes.  Remove from pan and place on rack to cool completely.  I was so excited that it actually turned out right, so I made a square one.  I had to leave the square one in the oven a few extra minutes because the candies had not melted together.  And if I had a Christmas Tree shaped pan I would have tried that.  I’m thinking about doing a large tray.  I’ll let you know how it works out.  Oh, the possibilities!  This is an awesome way to serve treats at a Christmas party.  I’m going to try and make one with sides.  I’ll keep you posted!

Just came out of the oven!

P.S. – Make sure you don’t miss A Few of my Favorite Things . . . Girlfriends Unlimited Event.  It’s next Thursday and I will be posting pics, recipes, etc. a few days afterwards.  Also, in case you didn’t hear, the Gingerbread House/Train Decorating Party was featured as the party of the day at Catch my Party.  I was so honored!  And I got the sweetest email from the owner of that site.  I’m so blessed!

Disclaimer:  These pics were taken with my camera phone and I did not know they were on the wrong setting.  My photographer daughter (never around when I need her) informed me that these pics were too yellow.  I didn’t know my camera phone had different settings.  I have never claimed to be techie.  Future photos via my phone should be markedly improved!

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