I don’t see my family in California very often, but when they came out for Thanksgiving my mom had a great idea to make candy plates together.
I don’t mean plates for candy, I mean plates made of candy! It was something I had never seen before, but it was really fun.
First you need to buy a lot of candy in whatever colors you want. We mostly had starlight mints and candy canes, with a few regular hard candies for color.
Unwrap and lay the candies on a cookie sheet, on parchment paper, in whatever pattern you want.
Then place your design in the oven at 350 degrees for 8 or so minutes.
Watch the candies closely, it’s really easy to lose track and then they melt everywhere.
My tree never really turned out, but everyone else had great success!
From top: My husband, sister, and mom all finished with something you could use. My mom made her plate into a bowl by flipping her slightly cooled candies over a bowl I already had.
Something we learned the hard way: make sure you get all the same brand of candy. We ended up with two different brands with drastically different melting times.
I had never even heard of doing this before my mom found it. Is this something that anyone else has done before? What other magical holiday crafts am I missing?