These cool candy bowls are fun to make and you can eat them once the candy in them is gone!
Brach's Star Brite peppermint candies
non stick spray
small glass bowl (with round bottom)
Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
Place 1 peppermint candy on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 2-2.5 minutes or until the candy is shiny and soft, but not melted and runny.
Remove the cookie sheet and place 6 candies around the center one. Be sure the candies are touching. Place the cookie sheet back into the oven for 4-5 minutes. Do not let the candies melt.
Now place 12 candies around the softened ones. Again make sure they are touching. Return the cookie sheet to the oven and bake for 7 minutes, or until softened.
Allow the candies to cool for 1 minutes, then trim away the excess parchment paper.
Spray the bowl with non-stick spray. Then center the bowl on the candies.
Flip the bowl and candies over and use a pot mitt to gently press the candies around the bowl.
Carefully remove the parchment paper and allow candies to cool thoroughly. Then turn the bowl over and separate it from the candies.
Use a paper towel to remove any leftover non-stick spray in the candy bowl. Then fill it with candies and enjoy!
The larger and "impatient" variation: I wanted to make a second, larger bowl and decided to see what would happen if I baked all of the candies at once.
Lay out the candies, starting with one in the center and working your way out until you reach the desired size.
Bake the candies until all of the candies are softened, especially the center one. Try not to let the outside ones melt too much. Allow the candies to cool for 1 minute, then trim away the excess parchment paper.
Spray the bowl with non-stick spray and center it on the candies. Flip the bowl and candies over.
Carefully press the candies around the bowl with a pot mitt. I found that the larger bowl needed to have pleats in it to fit properly. Gently pinch them to form the bowl.
Remove any excess non-stick spray and fill with candy.
This is a fun way to take Halloween into the holidays. This makes good use of certain candies you probably won't be eating too much of. Little peppermint swirl candies might not be the first thing you grab from a bowl of sweeties, but they are so cute, they deserve to be part of something bigger.