Okay so this was so much fun to create, make and eat!! My wife and I were thinking of ways to make something qunique for a Christmas party we are attending later this month. I thought about making a peppermint cupcake (which is coming out tomorrow) and in the process, I tried to melt the peppermint candy. Well, let’s just say that didn’t work to well inside batter!!
But I noticed something. It became rock hard again once it cooled and so I thought, I wonder if I could make some of those fancy sugar creations that they make on the Food Network. So I warmed up a few peppermints, stirred them up, made sure not to burn them, and voila! I looked like a fancy, New York chef! Now no one knows that I just melted down a $1.50 bag of peppermints I bought at the grocery store, so don’t go telling my secret!
These peppermint decorations, or editable eats are super simple to make. The process goes like this, melt the peppermint in a microwave safe bowl for a minute. Now this won’t get them completely melted, BUT what it will do it get the process started. Peppermint will be QUICK to burn, so if you stick it in the microwave for two minutes, you’ll get a nice BROWN mixture that is worthless. Now once a minute has passed, take it out briefly and stir it. (I spray my spoon with non-stick spray). Next stick it back into the microwave for 15-25 seconds. Repeat stiring and keep repeating until it’s soupy. Now the trick is to have your parchment paper READY!! The peppermint will cool VERY quickly, so you may have to rewarm it. Use a spoon and make random decorations on the parchment paper, anything you want. I tried to do a heart but failed miserably!
I even made a little peppermint bowl. I was actually going to try and make a ‘crown’, but I didn’t have any glass bowls handy to make it round. To make a bowl, just use a cupcake tin and turn it upside down. Spray it liberally with non-stick spray so that you can remove it easily. CAUTION, this peppermint is burning HOT. I know, because one of my fingers has a blister to show for it. I let my 2 year old watch, but she wasn’t allowed to touch.
All in all this was such a fun thing to try. The peppermint would make a great conversation starter at any occasion! Imagine bringing them to a church dinner or a Christmas party, everyone would wonder who ordered (and paid A LOT of money for) the fancy cupcakes! It almost makes me laugh out loud thinking about it! The peppermint decorations can placed on a plate, or stuck in a cupcake, either way they will be a hit! Please share on Facebook and Pinterest the large image below!!
- Peppermint candies
- Place parchment paper on your bar or kitchen table and spray liberally with non-stick spray
- Unwarp the peppermint candy and place into a microwave save boil
- Microwave for 60 seconds, then take out and stir
- Continue to microwave for another 15-25 seconds, taking it out each time to stir
- Keep repeating the process until the mixture becomes 'soupy'.
- Quickly take the soupy peppermint and spread out on the parchment paper in any design you want. It will become super hard, so ever 'airy' designs will probably hold together fine.
- Let cool for 30 minutes....and no TOUCHING, it's very hot
- Carefully remove the peppermint from the parchment and add to cupcakes or enjoy as a stand alone treat!