It doesn’t feel much like Christmas. It was 70 degrees and rainy today, but despite that, I restrung my Christmas lights outside after the first string randomly burned out, and I bought my last Christmas presents, and I attempted to do a Christmas craft.
And now I am writing this with slippers on because my significant other has turned the air conditioner on (not even fucking kidding), so it sort of does feel like Christmas again.
Anyway, the Christmas craft I attempted was the DIY Candy Serving Tray:
This is the sort of craft that I imagine makes people who give away food get really excited. After all, the whole problem with giving away food is also giving away your dishes. This you can give away, no problem, because it’s not even really a tray. It’s food, too.
I, however, do not give away food. If you’ve been reading this blog, or know me at all, you know that this is because I am a kind and decent person in general, and do not subject innocent people to my baking as a rule.
But I made it because it seemed cool, and I think it’s probably a better use for those hard peppermints than actually eating them– yech.
It’s all fairly straight-forward. Lay out your mints in the pattern you want (I went with a not-too-crazy square) and then roast ’em in the oven for a bit.
Mine came out like this.
The blog post said to let it cool for 5 minutes, but I let mine cool much, much longer because it was still sort of ooey after 5 minutes. Once it hardened all the way, I peeled it off the wax paper.
Now here’s where I foresee you might have a problem. Know what happens when you melt candy together and then let it cool again? Nothing much changes besides the shape. So it’s still candy.
And it’s still sort of sticky, although sticky in that hard candy kind of way that only gets gross and melty if it’s been in your grandma’s pocket for an hour and then she hands it to you in church to make you be quiet, but you can’t be quiet because when you unwrap it, the sticky stuff gets all over your fingers, and you shout something like, “GRANDMA, IT’S WARM AND STICKY!” in the middle of The Prophecy advent sermon and everyone turns around and looks at you and Baby Jesus is not impressed. Ahem, oops.
Anyway, I don’t think this would hold up well if you had an unseasonably warm Christmas and did not have your air conditioner blasting. Do with that as you will.
Also, I put peppermints on my peppermint tray. I don’t exactly know what meta means, but I’m pretty sure this is meta.