Today’s post is a lesson in improvisation. Why? Well, this project was INTENDED to be a candy tray, a fancy version of something I saw done flawlessly at Tutto Bella. After reading through that tutorial, I thought it would be a breeze! Famous last words, right?
Now, if I was a crafting perfectionist, or blogging perfectionist, or if I’d had two more cups of coffee today, maybe I’d’ve tried a second time to make my vision work…but I’m not, I’m not, and I didn’t. So, instead, you get first dibs at seeing my next submission to Craft Fail, and hopefully a little inspiration to think quickly on your crafting feet before you completely scrap the next project that doesn’t turn out as it should. Also, please do try this project with your kiddos! It’s a great activity for this holiday break, costs only $2 or $3, and yours might actually turn out properly!
Unwrap the candy canes and starlight mint and arrange on a baking sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper. It’ll be okay if there are some spaces in between candy canes, as they’ll spread when they melt. Put the hard candies into a bag and pound them with a rolling pin or other hard object to break them into little pieces. The littler the pieces the better here (I realized this too late).
Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, but watch it closely the whole time!! Please tell me you can see what I was going for in this first picture? I envisioned a stained glass window sort of effect…a beautiful little tray to serve treats or leave out with Santa’s cookies on Christmas Eve. Except…well, you can see what happened. The outsides melted way faster than the insides, and bubbled up, ruining the look I was hoping for. I pulled it out of the oven, and set it aside for a minute planning to just throw it away.
Then I realized it was still quite hot and pretty pliable, so I quickly grabbed a bowl, turned it upside down and placed the whole thing on top. I tried to form it a bit as I went along, very gently so it wouldn’t crack and break. I let it cool completely, turned it over and removed the wax paper. Is it the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? I sure hope not!!! But it’s not a total flop! It’s a cute way to display candies on the counter, or to hold trail mix at your holiday party this weekend. It’s fragile, it won’t last a super long time. But honestly I’m kinda proud of it! It looks interesting, and will probably be a great conversation starter when friends come to call!