Sometimes the holidays come and go, leaving behind a huge pile of candy. Candy is not a very good thing to keep around the house (especially for me!). Here is a good way to use all of the hard candy without adding a jeans size or giving your kids a sugar high.
I got this awesome idea from the Tutto Bella blog where they made serving trays fashioned out of starlight mint candies. I have used this idea before in the windows of my gingerbread house, but this was an excellent idea to make them into serving trays. I took the advice of one of the blog’s commenters and shaped the candy into a bowl. How cool is that! You don’t even have to wash these when you are done using them, and you can give them away and not worry about getting them back.
I didn’t have starlight candies around, so I used some Jolly Ranchers instead. You could also use some Life Savers or just about any hard candy, just be aware that the melting times may vary so keep an eye on them. I want to try candy canes sometime to see what they do : )
Arrange your candy how you like
Once it’s melted, it will make a candy plate
If you want a bowl, while the candy plate is still warm and pliable, press it around an inverted bowl to create a bowl shape and let it cool that way.
Try filling your bowl with something healthier than more candy! 😉
- Hard candy Jolly Ranchers, starlight mints, and chocolate starlight mints work good
- Parchment paper
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
- Arrange the candy in a colored pattern or shape of your choice on the parchment lined pan.
- Bake the candy in the oven between 5-10 minutes., depending on the type of candy. The Jolly Ranchers did best at 6-7 minutes.
- Take the candy out of the oven and let cool. If you want to make a bowl, let the candy cool some. When the candy has cooled a bit but is still pliable, press into a bowl (with the parchment still on the candy) or around the outside of a bowl. Let cool completely.