Easy Homemade Peppermint Candy Plate Shenanigans December 4, 2012 Baking, Crafts & DIY, Holiday, Pinterest Projects 29 Comments One of our favorite holidays of the year is Christmas, and it seems that we share that love with the majority of Pinterest. It is flooded with adorable decorations, festive recipes, and cute crafts to ring in the season! Over the next few weeks we are going to try to make as many festive Pinterest Projects as we can, addled as we are by finals and end of the semester activities! One thing we really enjoy (hard as you may find it to believe) is baking things for our friends during the holidays, but somehow we seem to lose plates along the way. Really college is just a giant dish exchange- we have several in our cabinets with mysterious origins! Our Version Pinterest Version We saw these adorable homemade candy plates a few days ago and thought they were adorable! Peppermints certainly remind us of Christmas, and the red and green coloring makes it just about perfect. However, as usual our skeptical natures got the best of us and we thought that they looked to good to be true, so of course we decided to call shenanigans. The original pin claimed that you just have to pop the mints in the oven for about 8 minutes for a perfect holiday cookie plate. As you can see, ours actually turned out pretty well. This is how we made it: What you need: -Wax or Parchment Paper (we used wax in this tutorial and it stuck to the plate) EDIT: We found in later attempts that tin foil works better than both wax or parchment paper because it doesn’t stick to the plate -Cookie Sheet -At least 40 mint candies (We used 19 reds and 18 greens for our design-If you want a bigger plate use more) 1) Pre-heat oven to 350. Place wax paper on the baking sheet. 2) Unwrap the candies and place them on the wax paper. You can get creative with your design- we tried to make ours look like a snowflake! 3) Place in oven at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. We would tell you to check on it periodically to see if it is done, because we think that we baked ours a little too long. 4) Take the pan out of oven and let it cool completely. Once it is cool, you can peel away the wax paper. Ours did not completely peel off, so be aware that the finished plate will not be edible. (Unless you have a craving for wax paper that is!) EDIT: In a later attempt we used tin foil and it peeled off perfectly! 5) Now you have an awesome plate made out of peppermint candy! Although our plate is pretty cute, it did not come out exactly as pictured in the original post. The edges of our plate appear to look more “runny” than the Pinterest version. We think our mints might be to blame- we did not use Starlight brand mints like in the original pin, so our knock-off mints could have melted quicker. We think that the original pinner may have sanded down the edges of her plate because it seems odd that the stripes around the edges of the mints are absent from the outside edges of the plate. Also the original pinner did not mention that the wax paper would stick to the bottom. EDIT: Later we attempted with tin foil and it worked much better! Next time we do this we might try it in a round cake pan in the hopes that it will not spread out quite so much at the edges. Regardless, we still think it still looks pretty cool, and it does function well as a plate! Check back to see what other Holiday Pinterest Projects we try next! One of our followers sent us her attempt to at making a peppermint candy plate into Christmas tree, we thought it was so cute and creative we had to post it! Thank you, Ruth, for showing us your attempt at this Pinterest Project on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/WereCallingShenanigans! Shontelle also shared her awesome candy plate creations! She said that she used a good shallow pie pan, and that it didn’t stick and looked just like a plate. Thanks for sharing Shontelle! Check out our other shenanigans: 29 Responses leahlabarge December 9, 2012 I will definitely be trying this! How cute!?! Reply werecallingshenanigans December 9, 2012 Awesome! If you try it, be sure to post how it turns out on our facebook page! Reply leahlabarge December 9, 2012 Will do! Kat December 20, 2012 I tried this but it stuck to the wax paper. What did I do wrong?? Reply werecallingshenanigans December 20, 2012 Ours did too As we said, our plate wasn’t edible due to the wax paper that stuck to the bottom. I’ve heard that if you use a “flexible” cookie sheet it may work but we haven’t tried it so I don’t know if that is true. (like a cookie sheet made out of that flexible, silicone material) If you find anything that works please let us know! You can show us how your Pinterest Projects come out by posting them on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WereCallingShenanigans Thank you for your comment, check back for many more fun Pinterest Projects! Reply werecallingshenanigans December 23, 2012 Ok, so we just tried the peppermint again with tin foil and it worked great! We are going to edit our post now to let people know that tin foil works better, because it doesn’t stick to the plate! Reply Tammy Henderson April 15, 2013 What about stickiness? Did you cover the plate with some kind of sealant to keep it from being sticky? Also, how well did it hold up to being used? I’m thinking it would crack pretty easy. Reply werecallingshenanigans April 19, 2013 It was more fragile than a regular plate, but it still held up with brownies on it. If you put warm brownies on it, it will get kinda sticky, but not too bad (I would wait for them to cool off some). The bottom of ours had the wax paper still stuck to it, so that kept it from feeling sticky on the bottom. Reply Rosie November 24, 2013 I made these last year and they turned out really cute! The trick is to use a round, springform pan & fill it with the mints all the way to the edges; using the round pan helps prevent the “runny” edges… Reply Rosie November 24, 2013 I used them instead of cookie tins when giving out Christmas cookies. I wrapped them a couple of times with Saran Wrap, piled the cookies on top and then used cellophane to wrap it all up in a cute package. I attacked a little card (place cards I got from michaels) with ideas for what to do with the plate (ie. break and sprinkle pieces over ice cream, put a couple of pieces in a cup of hot cocoa, etc.)…they were a total hit; I’m definitely going to donut again this year! Reply Shontelle November 28, 2013 I did this in a very shallow pie pan. No foil or paper. Did not stick. Turned out awesome Reply werecallingshenanigans November 28, 2013 That’s awesome! We will have to try it out, thanks for sharing! Reply Melissa December 11, 2013 I am trying it now, what do you suggest to use so it may be used yearly or kept as a keepsake? Reply mary luckart December 13, 2013 Can you eat the plates. Or are they useable for dishes. Microwsre. Diswasher. I made one the. End are thin Reply werecallingshenanigans December 15, 2013 I suppose they are edible, because they are just peppermints that have been melted into a different shape. (I don’t think that they would do well in a microwave or dishwasher, because it would be the equivalent of putting a peppermint candy in there.) Reply Susan December 19, 2013 My students made them this year for gift during Math while working on patterns. We found that letting it cool completely kept the wax paper from sticking when removing it. We are adding a felt circle and using the glue gun to attach an upside down candle holder on the bottom to create a raised plate. After seeing your pictures, I think the paper doiley works nicely also. Through trial and error, we discovered that leaving a little space between the mints helps with a more even thickness throughout. Initially, we had them touching and the edges were too thin and the middle took longer to melt. With those the colors in the edges ha run too much. The shapes were better retained also when we left the spaces. My assistant created small candy cane shapes that can be used for ornaments if you use something to put a hole in the top before it begins to harden. We might hot glue ribbon to the back of some to see how they hold up. Reply Susan December 19, 2013 Edited to say gifts not gift. Reply werecallingshenanigans December 19, 2013 Those are such great ideas! Thank you so much for sharing we will have to add those ideas in another post! If you are looking for more fun things to do with your students check out some more of our kid friendly shenanigans: http://werecallingshenanigans.com/category/kid-friendly-shenanigans/ Reply Debbie December 19, 2013 Mine bubbled up. What am I doing wrong. Baked 7 mins at 350 Reply werecallingshenanigans December 19, 2013 Hmm, I’m not sure, I know ours bubbled up a little but they flattened out when it cooled. Maybe try lowering the heat and baking it a little longer (or watching it till its ready). Also make sure that you leave some space between the mints, many of our followers told us that it works better that way. Reply werecallingshenanigans December 15, 2013 Since they are made out of peppermint candies I think that they would eventually break or attract bugs if you kept them an extremely long time. The main thing that we use them for is to give them as a gift with our baked goods on them (that way you don’t have to ask for the plate back, but it is more fun and prettier than a paper plate). Reply Patti Brown December 16, 2013 How soon after you took the pie pan out of the oven did you get the candy tray out of it? Mine is still warm, so I thought I’d let it cool. Reply werecallingshenanigans December 19, 2013 Such a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.