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These DIY Peppermint Candy Bowls are the perfect DIY Christmas Gift. Made from peppermint candy and melted into a bowl, you can put delicious holiday candy in it and wrap it up for an adorable holiday gift for friends, family, co-workers and more!
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  1. DIY PEPPERMINT CANDY BOWL
  2. What You Need to Make a Candy Bowl
  3. How to make Peppermint Candy Bowls
  4. Tips to make the perfect peppermint candy bowl
  5. What to do if your peppermint bowl is sticking to the glass?
  6. Will the Peppermint Bowl be sticky?
  7. Can you seal the bowl?
  8. Peppermint Candy Bowls Recipe
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These DIY Peppermint Candy Bowls are the perfect DIY Christmas Gift. Made from peppermint candy and melted into a bowl, you can put delicious holiday candy in it and wrap it up for an adorable holiday gift for friends, family, co-workers and more!

Peppermint Candy Bowl wrapped up as a gift with chocolate candy in it

DIY PEPPERMINT CANDY BOWL

Did you know you can make your very own Christmas Candy Dish out of peppermint candy for less than the cost of a candy cane! This was a GAME CHANGING DIY CRAFT!!

Back in 2014, I saw the most amazing DIY Peppermint Platter from I Gotta Create – I was totally obsessed with it! So I started thinking, I love the platter…but let’s take it a step further – how about a candy bowl!

How cute would it be to make a candy bowl out of candy! So I got to work, and after some burned fingers, I created these oh so adorable DIY Peppermint Candy Bowls made from, you guessed it, peppermint candy!

Let’s be honest, we all search on Pinterest for DIY Christmas gifts right, I know I have spent hours and hours looking for an easy gift that I can make for friends, co-workers, teachers, etc.

Our Peppermint Candy Bowl along with our Peppermint Candy Spoons make the perfect DIY gift that will cost you less than a cup of coffee to make!

DIY Peppermint Candy Bowl - The perfect and easiest DIY Christmas Gift

After these two peppermint candy projects, I became totally and completely obsessed with all things melting candy. Two of my other favorites are our Candy Cane Christmas Trees and of course, our famous Jolly Rancher Shot Glasses!

What You Need to Make a Candy Bowl

How to make Peppermint Candy Bowls

The best part about this craft is that it is BEYOND super easy!! They take about 20 minutes – tops – to make and they make a super cute teacher gift, Christmas gift, decoration, etc ……ohhhhhh the possibilities are literally endless!

Step 1

Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line baking sheet with either parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Step 2

Lay one mint in the center of the baking liner. Take six more mints and lay the mints around the center mint (making a flower type of shape). The mints should be touching and as close with as little gap space as possible. Take the remaining 12 mints and make another circle around the center circles.

peppermint candy on a baking sheet

Step 3

Place in the oven for about 8 minutes. Remember…. all ovens cook differently! It is super important that you watch them carefully. What you are looking for is for them to start getting shiny and they just begin to spread out and melt. When that happens, take them out! You do not want them so melted that they start to bubble.

Step 4

You will want to have your small glass bowl upside down and ready to go – you are going to use this to mold the candy bowl.

Take them out and let them sit for about 30 seconds – you want them cool enough to handle, but not too cool that they are set.

Put on your oven mitts!

Now…. very carefully flip the silicon liner with the mints in place, on top of the upside-down glass bowl. You want to place the center mint as close to the center of the glass bowl as possible.

Use your hand (with oven mitts on) to form the mints to the bowl. You will have under a minute before the mints start to harden again.

peppermint bowl in step process

Step 4

Let it sit on the bowl until it sets. Remove it from the glass bowl and let cool completely. Fill with candy and enjoy!

candy in peppermint bowl

Tips to make the perfect peppermint candy bowl

  • If available, use a silicone baking mat. The peppermints tend to stick to it less and it protects your hands from the heat!
  • IMPORTANT: The BEST peppermints that I have worked with are the Market Pantry brand at Target. I have no idea why, but these melt perfectly and work every time for me. They don’t stick to the bowl ever and anyone who has had issues and then uses these Starlight Mints is successful!
  • IF your candy dish is sticking, see advice given below.

What to do if your peppermint bowl is sticking to the glass?

Advice from readers:

  • Thank you to my reader, Jen, for her advice: When you first take them out of the oven, don’t fear; they’ll stay pliable for about a minute or so. Literally put 30 seconds on a kitchen timer as soon as you lay it down. Then pick it back up (using gloves!), and center over your bowl or cup. (When I got impatient, they stuck!) Gently press from all sides. When able, take off the silicone mat. Carefully smooth on all sides. What worked for me next was to turn over the cup or bowl, hold the candy, and twist the “mold”. Comes right off!I’d say if it still doesn’t, maybe try a SMALL amount of cooking spray, but very lightly — or try a different type of bowl/cup.
  • Toni: Use a little spray of pam on the bowl – came right off!
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Will the Peppermint Bowl be sticky?

My bowls were never sticky. Be sure not to get them wet, after all, they are candy! If you live in a higher humidity area, they may be a bit tacky because of the humidity. Also, it really depends on the type of candy you use (as mentioned above)

Can you seal the bowl?

While I have not tried to seal my bowls (I make them new every year) some readers have used sealer or spray glaze and found that it has worked! (a few readers said this brand worked well)

The advice I have heard is to spray them lightly for the first coat so the candy color doesn’t run. Then add an additional coat after for the second coat, a little heavier!

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Peppermint Candy Bowls

Serves — 1
These DIY Peppermint Candy Bowls are the perfect DIY Christmas Gift. Made from peppermint candy and melted into a bowl, you can put delicious holiday candy in it and wrap it up for an adorable holiday gift for friends, family, co-workers and more!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 13 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 19 Peppermint Starlight Mints 19 per bowl

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  • Place silicon baking liner or parchment paper on baking sheet
  • Lay one mint in the center of the baking liner. Take six more mints and lay the mints around the center mint (making a flower type of shape). The mints should be touching and as close with as little gap space as possible. Take the remaining 12 mints and make another circle around the center circles.
  • Place in the oven. Now, this is important because all ovens cook differently. Mine took about 8 minutes. You MUST watch them cook. When they start to get shiny and just begin to spread out and melt – they are done! You do not want them so melted that they are bubbling.
  • Have your small glass bowl upside down and ready to go – you are going to use this to mold the candy bowl.
  • Take them out and let them sit for about 30 seconds – you want them cool enough to handle, but not too cool that they are set.
  • Carefully (very carefully – you may want to use oven mitts because the mints are going to be super hot) flip the silicon liner with the mints in place, on top of the upside down glass bowl. Try to place the center mint as close to the center of the glass bowl as possible. Now use your hand (with oven mitts on) to form the mints to the bowl. You will have under a minute before the mints start to harden again.
  • Let it sit on the bowl until it sets.
  • Remove it from the glass bowl and let cool completely.
  • Fill with candy and enjoy!

Jenn’s Notes

TIPS
  • If available, use a silicone baking mat. The peppermints tend to stick to it less and it protects your hands from the heat!
  • IMPORTANT: The BEST peppermints that I have worked with are the Market Pantry brand at Target. I have no idea why, but these melt perfectly and work every time for me. They don’t stick to the bowl ever and anyone who has had issues and then uses these Starlight Mints is successful!
  • IF your candy dish is sticking, see the advice given in the post above.

 

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Nutrition Info

Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Sugar: 64g

WAIT, WAIT, WAIT – now I am totally obsessed with making things out of Peppermints – check out these Peppermint Candy Spoons (instructions here) and  Peppermint Candy Shot Glasses!!! (instructions here)

How to make a candy bowl out of candy!!
DIY Peppermint Candy Bowl - The perfect (and easiest) DIY Christmas Gift

Post updated: ORIGINALLY POSTED November 4, 2015.

Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. 5 stars
    I love these! They look beautiful. Mine came out shiny on the top (where you put the chocolates), but dull bottoms, I wonder why! Any idea? The one in your pictures are shiny on both sides!

  2. Peppermint candy bowls just wow…I can’t wait to make it. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  3. Peppermint candy bowls just wow…I am going to make it for my family. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  4. Is there a “food save” sealer for the peppermint bowls? Something that will keep ants from coming for it?

  5. Is there anything that will help them not break? They are soooo cute but if you sit them down even alittle hard they shatter

  6. Hi Jenn! I cannot find the Market Pantry Starlight mints as it seems Target has done away with these. What other brand have you found works for these without being sticky?

    1. It really depends on the humidity where you live. I am in the Midwest and it is cool and not humid, so I don’t have any issue with them getting sticky. Others in more humid climates, say they tend to get sticky after a few days.