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I have seen the Peppermint Christmas Platter everywhere and have to admit it is a pretty awesome idea. I had to give it a try myself to see if making a Christmas Platter out of peppermint candies was in fact that easy. You’ve been there too, right? There are so many ideas out there that appear super easy to do, but then when you attempt the project, you realize it just wasn’t! I’ve seen some peppermint christmas platter recipes out there were flops and many that were spot on. So, are you’re looking for the perfect Christmas Dessert Platter to display your home baked goodies and want to give it a try yourself ?

If your answer is, YES, then follow this truly quick and simple recipe for a No Fail DIY Christmas Platter made with Peppermint Candies, on your first attempt! The kiddos will have a blast making this as well, make it a family affair! Platters are not the only thing you can make with peppermint candies. You can make bowls, tea cups, christmas ornaments and so much more. With your creative mind, peppermint candy ideas are endless.

This Tiered Christmas Platter turned out so beautiful. It’s so colorful and looks so yummy!!!! It has a 6in. x 6in.  topper and a 9in. x 9in. bottom. I used a red vase for the center. Once you have the centerpiece of your choice picked out, I recommend hot glueing the platters to the centerpiece to prevent the platters from sliding.

If you don’t want a Tiered Peppermint Christmas Platter, change it up and add short and tall candle stands or tall wine glasses.

Or keep it simple and display your baked goods on the platter without a stand. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Supplies I used…

TOP Platter: 21 Starlight Peppermint Candies (I used CVS Starbright Peppermints)

BOTTOM Platter: 52 Starlight Peppermint Candies

1 Round 9×9 Cake Pan

1 Round 6×6 Cake Pan

Aluminum Foil

Vegetable Oil (optional)

This is your project, use any color of peppermints and change up the design anyway you like. Thats what makes this so much fun!

Can you use any brand of peppermints? YES, I’ve read that any brand of peppermints will work. Keep in mind that baking times will very and it will be up to you to determine the actual melting time.

Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Cover the 9×9 cake pan with a sheet of aluminum foil. Make sure the foil is tightly form fitted on the bottom of the pan. With your finger or paper towel, spread a (very light only) layer of vegetable oil on the bottom and sides of the cake pan. Now, unwrap and place 52 peppermint candies in the pan, starting from the center. For the top platter (6×6), repeat steps above and unwrap and place 21 peppermint candies in the pan, starting from the center. Notice in the above image, there will be at least an inch gap around the edge from the pan. Don’t worry friends, when the peppermints melt, it will cover the entire bottom of the pan.

Carefully place the cake pans onto the center rack of the oven to bake.

 Bake 6×6 cake pan for 10 minutes, remove and let it completely cool.

Bake 9×9 cake pan for 15 minutes, remove and let it completely cool.

 Oven temperatures vary, mints are ready when they are completely melted to the edge of the pan. (FYI, You may see some air bubbles in the center of the mints). If that is bothersome for you, you can try popping them with a sewing pin, before cooling.

Once the peppermints are completely cooled, start peeling the foil from the peppermint. It literally peeled right off with no sticking what so ever. Let Dry overnight before using. Platters are not dishwasher safe.

The edges of the platter will have a slight lip. You can lightly smooth it out with fine sandpaper or leave it as is. I left mine as is.

Look how pretty they turned out!!! The cool thing is, you can use the front or the back side of the platter to display your baked goods.

Now, it’s up to you, How are you going to set up your Peppermint Christmas Platter made from Peppermint Candies?

(1) No Stand (2) Candle holder or Wine glass (3) Tiered

If you noticed the image of peppermints above with the large peppermint sticks, I want to share this with you:

I wanted to see if the large peppermint sticks would have the same result as the candies, so I did an experiment. LOL…IT WAS A TOTAL FAIL! See results below.

Eeeewwww! That did not work out!

I hope you enjoyed todays DIY Project, Keep checking back to see what I’m up to next!

Always from my DIY ❤, chelle’

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