I have been collecting Sonic mints for ages. You see, I visit them just about everyday for my necessary dose of Dr. Pepper & they always give out free mints. I have a gigantic pickle jar full of them in my craft room just dying to be used. I’d always planned to make a big wreath covered in them, but decided to use them for something else this year & continue saving for the big wreath.
I love utilizing my tiered trays & cake stands & fancy party platters this time of year. With all of the entertaining & decorating & baking going on, they become quite useful! I definitely love when I can make own & save some money. I had this fabulous idea for a Christmas version using mint candies & candy canes only & quite to my surprise, it worked!
Here’s how you can make your own!
You need lots & lots of mints, 6 candy canes, wax paper & 3 round pans of varying sizes. It’s okay if you don’t have 3, we’ll make any kind of pan work.
First, unwrap all of your mints- this is probably the hardest/ most time consuming part by far. Arrange them over wax paper in a circle on the largest pan. If you do not have a large round pan, simply arrange your mints in the biggest circle you can on a rectangle pan.
Bake at 350 for 5-9 mins. You will need to watch these guys basically the entire time so you can catch them at just the right moment.
Learn from my mistakes here…You must use all the same brand of mints! My Sonic mints really failed me here. I was terribly disappointed in their melting. As you can see, they didn’t even melt! So make sure you are using only one brand of mint! Honestly, the ones I bought at the Dollar Tree worked the best for me. So save your restaurant mint collection & run to the Dollar Tree!
Round 2 appeared much lovelier. This is the look when you want to achieve as you’re watching them in the oven. Don’t let them go a minute longer or you’ll end up with a pile of pink goo.
Let them cool for about 2 minutes then peel the wax paper away. It’s okay if it sticks, it helps it stay together & keep from breaking if anything. Just be sure to remove the edges of paper. Make 3 of these, each one smaller than the other for a 3 tiered tray, or 2 for 2 tiers, etc. You could even make a cake stand with just 1 mint plate & 3 candy canes. Do what you want creative people!
Unwrap 6 candy canes. Maybe an extra in case you break one!
Originally, I planned to use the candies natural stickiness to make this & it worked until I decided I needed to move things around. Then I got out the hot glue gun & it worked magically. It’s up to you what you’d like to do. You can experiment & see what works. Either way you go, this is going to be extremely fragile & is not meant for traveling. Not even across the kitchen. It’s more like you put it together where you want it to stay forever.
Gather 3 candy canes up so their backsides are touching & stick the curved part to the middle of the largest mint plate.
For some reason, all my candy canes were not the same exact height. I glued a peppermint to the top of the top of my candy cane group in order to create a flat surface. Then I glued another peppermint to eh bottom middle of the next tier. That way I just glues the 2 peppermints together. This worked out great for me.
Continue until you’ve got all 3 tiers finished. Then admire your amazing handiwork!
Cover it in cookies or candies & you’re ready for Christmas!Wahoo!
You may like this DIY Plaid Cakestand too! It’ll look adorable in Christmas plaid.
I really hope you guys make this then tell me about it! Again, be very careful. This is fragile & does not travel well! I suggest making the pieces ahead of time & keeping them separate until you plan to use them. Assemble right before serving on it to ensure no breakage.
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