That’s right, y’all. I conquered the shit out of these damn peppermint candy spoons. And I didn’t even use an oven. Here’s a post on the previous attempts – serious failure. The key to success was using a smaller amount of peppermint and the vernacular of a pirate.

Shout out to my husband for helping me with this project and allowing me to photograph his hands doing some of the work.

This time I wasn’t messing around with crushing the peppermint. PULVARIZE. So I used the crushed up peppermint from before and dumped it into this cheap chopper.

After a good pounding

After a good pounding

And the results were decent. Some chunks were still big, but it was pretty powdery for the most part.

Dust in the wind

Dust in the wind

So powdery, in fact, that my husband inhaled it and suffered a coughing attack. In the mean time, I melted down some candy melts. These are just vanilla flavored candy chips. I microwaved them for about a minute in 20 second increments, stirring in between.

Tasty!

Tasty!

I dumped these into plastic freezer bags and cut a teeny tiny hole in the corner. Based on previous experiences, make sure the hole is a tiny. No body wants a loose hole. It just gets messy, stuff squirts everywhere, and we all end up unhappy. Also, if you’re like me and only have freezer bags in size gigantic, it helps to roll the excess down to make a more manageable bag to work with.

SQUEEZE!!

SQUEEZE!!

We then filled the molds partially with the candy. Make sure not to fill too much since the cocaine has to go in there. I mean peppermint powder. Before moving on, give the mold a little shimmy and shake to help the candy settle into place. This will also give you a better idea of how much candy is in the mold and how much room you have for more.

Smooth.

Smooth. Ish.

Then I sprinkled some of the peppermint powder into the molds. I used the finer powder to make life easier. Also, I just stuck to the handles of the spoons because it felt safer. I had enough of the bullshit. I wasn’t getting risky anymore.

Just in the handles

Just in the handles

Then squeeze more candy on top to seal in the peppermint.

More candy!

More candy!

Give it the ole shimmy and shake to smooth it out again. Look for low spots or places that need extra candy lovin’.

Smooth again.

Smooth again.

Wait forever for it to harden. Once it’s room temperature, pop them out of the mold. I say pop them out like it’s all some easy game, but it’s not. It’s stressful as shit because these are so weak. Seriously, like little twigs. I actually broke 6 of the 8 in my first attempt getting them out. But melting up some more candy and patching them up in the mold worked just fine, FYI.

Lay them out on some parchment paper and go hard with the chocolate, if you want. I melted some chocolate candy down and drizzled it over the spoons with a real spoon. I dumped extra chocolate on the actual spoon part and sprinkled some Christmasy sprinkles on for good measure. Can’t be too festive, I say!

All of the chocolate!

All of the chocolate!

I put these with some gifts featuring my mug cozies. I filled up the mug with some chocolate goodies and some hot cocoa mix in a cute little snowman bag. Then I wrapped up a spoon in plastic wrap (otherwise known as the devil), tied a green ribbon around it, and stuck it in the mug with directions for hot cocoa. Whether or not the recipients use the spoon in conjunction with the cocoa as recommended is none of my business, but I think they’ll be enjoyed one way or another.

De-lish.

De-lish.

And I can go to bed knowing that I have possibly contributed to someone’s diabetes. Merry Christmas.