Saturday, December 8, 2012

Peppermint Ornaments!


Personalized Peppermint Christmas Stocking Ornaments!
(Easy Christmas Craft Using Starlight Mints)
Have you hung your Christmas stockings yet? It's one of my
    favorite holiday traditions. Growing up, we didn't actually hang ours. Mama and Daddy laid them out on the sofa on Christmas Eve...and they weren't really even stockings. They were white tube socks. I can still see them laying there on Christmas morning as we ran into the living room after having begged our parents to get up before the crack of dawn! They always had a tangerine and orange..I can still smell them. We would buy them by the case every Christmas at the Farmer's Market. There were also unshelled pecans and other nuts, and then our favorite..a couple of candy bars! I remember getting a Snicker bar every year. Such wonderful Christmas memories...I'm excited about making new ones this Christmas with my children and grandchildren. :o)

You will need peppermints, red fondant, stocking cookie cutter, foodwriters pens, parchment paper, holly mix sprinkles, corn syrup and twine for these easy melted peppermint stocking ornaments.


 While candy is melting, prepare your cookie cutter. I wish I'd have had at least a couple..next time I will. Baking one at time just takes a little longer.
Immediately press prepared cookie cutter into melted candy. Wait about 3 minutes and press a lollipop stick into candy to make a hole for twine or ribbon. At the 4 minute mark, the candy should be cool enough for you to remove the cookie cutter. I lift the candy and gently press the cutter completely through. It's still pliable at this point, so be quick to lay it flat on the parchment to finish cooling.
**edit** for an updated (and just plain better) technique for making the "ribbon hole" in ornament..click here. It worked perfectly on my Peppermint Mittens Ornaments!
 So Easy! Just let the fondant dry completely before writing on it or threading the twine.
 I decorated mine with holly and berries. Just dab a little corn syrup on the candies and place on stocking.
You will be doing this too if you don't make the hole in cuff large enough!
Sweet stockings..all finished!
 What are some of your favorite Christmas memories? I'd love to hear them. :o)
Wishing You a Sweet Day From
Sugartown Sweets!
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14 comments:

  1. I am in LOVE with this, I think it may be easy enough for me to do it and thanks for reminding me some of our childhood Christmas memmories!!!

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  2. I love these, too!! So completely adorable! Probably the cutest things you've made. Awesome!

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  3. I want to make these for the grandkids (8 of them). I have never worked with fondant. What do I do?
    Did you write with a sharpie?
    I always got a tangerine in my stocking--and they were my real socks when I was little. My kids always got tangerines, and so do the grandchildren. But I made them knitted/crocheted Christmas stockings--they hold more!!

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    1. Hello Marie! What fun to make your own stockings! I really should learn how to knit and crochet..my Memaw made some wonderful crafts doing both.
      I use food safe edible ink pens on my sweet treats. The easiest to find are the FoodWriters. You can find these at Wal-mart or even a grocery store. As for the fondant, I like to use the colored premade Wilton brand. I also use a fondant roller. Since I'm usually working with small amounts, I pinch off a piece and roll it out as you would any dough. I lift the piece and turn it every couple of rolls or so to ensure it doesn't stick to the surface. You can also use a little confectioners sugar just as you use flour with dough. Let me know if you make them. They really are quite easy! Hope this helps. :)

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  4. Thank you, for your adorable idea, and GREAT pictures. I can't wait to try it.

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  5. From Spain I'd like to thank you for sharing!No doubt I'll make them, my family are going to love them,I just wish i won't end up eating a whole batch!
    Feliz Navidad!
    Marisa

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    1. Thank you Marisa, and you're welcome! I imagine Christmas in Spain being quite beautiful. A very Merry Christmas to you! :)

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  6. Come Christmas season I'm always too busy to do stuff, so I would like to do them now, will they keep for a long time, should I spray a sealer on them to preserve them?
    They are so adorable and look fun to make!!!!!

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    1. I have mine covered in a cool, dry area in my kitchen. As this was the first time I had made peppermint ornaments, I can't say exactly how long they'll last. That said, I think they'll be fine as long as they are kept dry. My daughter wanted me to preserve them with sealer, but I've never used it plus I think it would ruin the fondant. Let me know how yours come out. And thank you! They were a lot of fun to make. :)

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  7. A question... Could modge podge be painted over finished product to prevent stickiness, and breaking? Thank you, such a cute idea!!!

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    1. You know, I think it would work on the peppermint candy, but I feel like it would ruin the fondant. You could try it by making an extra ornament as an experiment. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Let me know how it comes out if you try it. ..And, Thank You! :o)

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  8. While browsing the blog, I keep seeing some of the same questions about spraying the food craft for preserving (ie. making the ornament last). Here is another option besides clear acrylic spray. http://www.fondantsource.com/pmecledglsp.html
    this is more expensive but if making gift ornaments with fondant, it may be worth the purchase. Just offering some info for those who want to know what to spray on their food crafts. Thanks. I have enjoyed looking at all the different creations and will be back.

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