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DIY Peppermint Candy Bowls from Candy Aisle Crafts

by Grace Bonney

Peppermint Bowls
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten a bit better about not diving into candy in quite the same way I used to. (I think I lived off of various gummy candy varieties for all of 2011.) But when they find a way to blend into my world of crafts and DIY projects, I find them irresistible. So when Paul Lowe mentioned to me that there was a new DIY book out that uses the grocery store candy aisle as its main inspiration and material source, I immediately bought a copy.

Former Martha Stewart editor Jodi Levine just published Candy Aisle Crafts, a quirky and adorably addictive collection of projects that turn everyday supermarket sweets into clever projects and recipes. Jodi worked for Martha for 19 years as a craft editor, director of our beloved (and sadly no longer in print) Martha Stewart Kids magazine and as a product designer for Martha’s craft collection. She is basically the queen of all things cute and craftsy and this book is a wonderful celebration of how uplifting a DIY project can be. From colorful lollipops and bowls made of peppermint candies to polar bear cakes, Jodi’s projects are literally and figuratively the sweetest things around. Today she’s sharing one of my favorite projects with us that turns everyday peppermint candies into tiny adorable bowls. These would be fun for a kids table at a holiday dinner or a sweet way to spruce up the coffee/tea station after dinner. Thanks so much to Jodi and be sure to check out her book right here. xo, grace

Excerpted from Candy Aisle Crafts by Jodi Levine (Pottery Craft 2014)

Peppermint Bowls

This idea was inspired by millefiori glass bowls. They are an impressive project, but easier to make than you’d think. Some brands of peppermint swirl candies work better than others. Try different types to see which ones work best for you.

-parchment paper
-heatproof bowl (I used a 6″ metal bowl)
-vegetable oil
-18 starlight mint candies

1. Preheat the oven to 275°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Very generously grease the outside of the bowl with the oil.

2. Place 1 candy on the baking sheet.

3. Place in the oven for 2 to 2½ minutes until the candy starts to look shiny and softens but doesn’t melt or sag.

4. Remove and place six candies around the heated candy, touching it.

Bowls Step a

5. Return to the oven and heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the oven as soon as the candies start to soften. Don’t let them melt.

6. Place 11 more candies around the circle on the baking sheet. (You can try this step with nine or ten candies for a smaller bowl.)

Bowls Step b

7. Return to the oven for 7 minutes.

8. Remove and let cool for 1 minute. Quickly trim off some of the parchment paper. With the candy still on the parchment paper, and using an oven mitt, flip the candy onto the greased bowl and quickly center the middle candy on the bowl’s bottom. Shape the candy around the bowl, using the oven mitt to press the candies into one another. Remove the parchment paper and gently lift the peppermint bowl off the bowl (it should slide right off, but if it sticks, let the candies cool for another minute or two and gently pull it off).

Bowls Step c
Bowls Step d
Bowls Step e
Bowls Step f

9. Place the finished candy bowls on top of small circles of parchment paper so they don’t stick to surfaces.

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  • Peppermints are one of my favorite candies. I feel like popping one into my mouth (especially after eating Mexican food) is a little delight. This looks like an easy and fun craft. Thanks for sharing.

    • Danielle

      It is totally deserved, I promise. It’s got the clean neat lines you’d expect from a former Martha staffer with the fun and whimsy and wit you may not ;)


  • Fun – that book looks like my dream come true!!! I think we are around the same age, but unfortunately I’m still subsisting off a variety of gummy candies.

  • How cute! I wonder – would anything you put in it stick? Or is it more strictly for decor?

    I’m posting DIY Gift Roundups all week, so far Interior Decorator, Entertainer and Greenthumb have gone up :) This would have been a perfect addition to my Entertainer roundup!

    I’d love if you checked them out!


    • Hi Theresa

      I think something would most likely stick a tiny bit to the bottom, but if you keep them cool, it should be mostly fine. These are pretty decorative (not for important papers, etc.) but still fun :)


  • So cute! I picture it filled with small chocolates, maybe homemade truffles.

    We miss Martha Stewart Kids also. My daughters loved paging through the magazines at all the cute projects and parties. Though it’s hard to imagine a kid managing the make the projects look any where near as perfect as the magazine. :-)

    • Karen

      Max and I both think Martha Kids was one of the best magazines around. The projects were fun and simple, but still creative. I think Jody had a lot to do with that :)


    • Jenni

      Most candy needs high heat to actually melt, but the bottoms will get sticky (hence the wax paper underneath), so these are fun decorative pieces, rather than high traffic area pieces.


  • This looks like a great holiday craft project, can’t wait to try it out! I miss Martha Stewart Kids too, and this book looks like it’s got everything that was special about that magazine.

  • aahh I see. I am about to get started on making some right now! Only I am using green peppermints, spearmints rather.

  • Hi!
    Thanks so much, Grace, for this beautiful post!!
    I can answer a few of the questions…
    We did put little sweets in them like meringue cookies and they were fine. Truffles and mini chocolates would be great, as Karen mentioned above. We also used them as sugar bowls. The sugar did stick, coating the inside of the bowl, but it looked pretty!
    Humidity is definitely the enemy, but if you keep them in a dry place they should be fine. I have a few in a sealed container that I made 3 years ago that I didn’t take out during the summer and they are fine!
    Hope those who try it have as much fun as I did!

  • I love this idea! But I’m having trouble finding peppermints with the swirl in the middle. Any suggestions?

  • i made 3 bowls and the candies melted. But the look really nice. I used red and green peppermint candies. Good idea. Loved making them.

  • What would be the best thing to use as a coating so it can be washed and also doesn’t succumb to humidity?? What is a food safe glaze?

    • We covered ours in a thin layer of Mod Podge (Gloss). It is so pretty and now it does not stick to anything.

  • I have made several of the bowls. I find the sugar free starlight mints are prettier and much more shiny than the others. I have made both kinds.

  • This seems like a great Diy to do?plus u don’t have to wash it you can just eat it when you’re done

    • It’s a cute idea but I find it very difficult to center the hot mints. Also, they tend to develop an oblong shape as they melt. What can you do about that?

  • I made these beautiful bowls today. Why are they so sticky though. Did I do something wrong.

  • Those are so cute i think i will give them as Christmas gifts thanks so much for sharing

  • Made 3 of these today, one bowl is stuck to the glass bowl, how do I get it to let loose of glass bowl besides breaking it?

  • I am making these as the bottom container for my cookie/goodie baskets for the neighbors this year. I will be sealing them with modpodge then lining with Christmas napkins before I place treats in them, then wrap in cellophane and tie with a bow. How pretty they are.

  • I have made these before but they are so brittle what can I put on them to keep them from breaking so easily?