Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Candy Christmas Ornaments
Yesterday we invited some little friends over to make candy ornaments. So easy and fun! You need candy canes, starlight mints and some melting chocolate (I used the little white wafer kind from Michaels). We also used sprinkles and Christmas marshmallows, but anything you had on hand would work. You also need a non-stick surface. We used silpats, you could use wax paper too.
Just let the kids make circles with the white chocolate and then fill it in with candy. The candy canes are fun to make into hearts using the white chocolate for glue. The broken candy canes can make all sorts of shapes like snowflakes. When they are done creating, pop your trays outside in the snow for a few minutes and they're ready! Loop on some ribbon and they are ready to hang.
A Christmas octopus - my favorite ornament of the day.
We decided to take ours outside and hang them in the tree in front of the house. We also hung some dried orange ornaments we made this week. To make the oranges, slice them thinly and place on parchment or a silpat. Bake at 250 for one hour and them lower the temperature to 150 for two hours. Or, you can be like me and forget them in the oven for five hours and they'll still be fine! Take them off the tray to cool and finish drying and then thread them with twine.