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Make a holiday peppermint candy tray

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Peppermint candies are a festive symbol of Christmas, with their red and white stripes and inviting snap of mint. This easy project turns a favorite candy into a stylish (and still edible) table decoration and a perfect presentation for Santa’s cookies.

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Less than 10 minutes in a moderate oven is enough to turn starlight mints into puddles, oozing into each other to form bright patterns. Vary the color of mints for contrast and to write simple, one-word, holiday messages such as “joy” or a child’s name or initials.

The most time-consuming part of this project is unwrapping the mints. With help, the project can easily be completed in under a half hour, with less than 15 minutes hands-on time.

Peppermint Candy Tray

About 60 starlight mints, any color

1 (10-inch) round cake pan

Nonstick pan liner (such as Reynolds), parchment paper or foil

Pencil

Scissors

Wire rack for cooling

  1. Heat oven to 350. Unwrap the mints and place in bowl.
  2. Use a pencil to trace the outline of the bottom of the cake pan onto the parchment or pan liner. Cut out liner and place firmly in bottom of pan.
  3. Place mints just inside the rim of the pan, continuing in circles. In the center, adjust mints to make certain all will fit.
  4. Place the pan in a 350 for eight minutes. Do not walk away. Check the pan frequently to make sure the candies do not over-melt.
  5. When done, remove from oven and let cool. After 10 minutes, remove from pan. The parchment or pan liner will peel off the tray. Keep the tray away from wet and heat.
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