Maybe some of you have seen the video that was shared all over Facebook of a super easy way to make your own peppermint spoons. It looks simple: get spoon mold, fill with crushed peppermint, bake in oven, have awesome results.
Here’s how it went down for me.
First off, I got this spoon mold from Wilton. Incidentally, it’s the same mold used in that video I mentioned. I had to wait for it to ship because it was back ordered. It finally got here, and I was SO EXCITED. But I noticed something about it…. there was absolutely no reference to it being oven safe. In fact, there is jack shit on the packaging that even mentions the oven. It did, however, talk about using it in the microwave. Easy? Easy!
Wrong. But I’m getting ahead of myself…
First, I prepared my peppermints by unwrapping and putting them in a freezer bag.
I crushed them with a hammer because it’s what I had.
Then I filled the spoon mold with the peppermint corpses.
I thought I would be careful with this whole microwave business. I used the defrost setting as not to cook the peppermint corpses too much. Solid plan, right?
Well that’s what happened in the microwave. The ones in the middle were boiling, bubbling, and burning over. Meanwhile, the ones on the ends were completely unchanged. I just nuked it for a few more seconds just to see what would happen.
OK. So THAT didn’t work.
How about melting the peppermints down and filling the molds with liquid? Another solid plan, right?
I don’t have a double boiler, so I rigged one by putting one pot inside of another that had water in it. With my peppermints in the top pot, they started melting down. Perfect! BTW – I referenced this article about how to melt peppermints- which guarantees that you’ll eff ’em up in the microwave. Also, the article completely fails to mention anything at all about having the peppermints harden back up….
At this point, I had used vanilla candy melts into the spoon area of the mold, and was planning on pouring the peppermints into the handle part. This was the result:
Doesn’t have the same peppermint-ish look to it, but eff it. I popped these bad boys in the fridge to set up. 2 hours later…. it was slightly thicker, yet still definitely liquid.
24 hours later… same damn thing.
42 hours later… yeah, you get it. The shit is still sitting in my fridge because I’m too angry to face it.
I called Wilton to see if the spoon mold was oven safe or not so I can make a game plan for the next batch. The convo went like this:
Me: I have a question about a product
Rep: Which one?
Me: The spoon mold…
Rep: *laughing* I know what you’re going to ask.
Rep: Is it oven safe?
Me: Yes, that’s why I’m calling!
Rep: No. Well, we didn’t test it to see. So we can’t guarantee the results or anything and don’t recommend putting it in the oven.
So to the people who will (hopefully) receive peppermint-ish spoons as part of your Christmas gifts, I promise that they were not made in the oven because I’m afraid that it will release silicone particles or something into them that will cause cancer or severe gastric issues.
I do have a game plan, btw. I will share later when they hopefully are a success. Either way, rest assured, my spoons will not give you cancer. And they won’t look like this next time: