Thursday, December 17, 2009

Red and White Wishes and Peppermint Dreams

First, thank you ,thank you to those of you who joined in the fun for Deck the Halls! I am overwhelmed and grateful for your response. If you participated, commented, or just lurked :), I am glad you came! In this busy season I hope Michael Lee West at Designs by Gollum and Beverly at How Sweet the Sound won’t mind if I “double dip” :) I am linking for Foodie Friday and Pink Saturday for a spin on pink. Thanks for hosting ladies! Peppermint is a favorite of mine and a tradition that takes many forms at our house. It may show up in a table setting or party favor.


It may show up as a snack for Santa in the family room.


It almost always appears as a theme in the packages under my tree. But one place, it always shows up is in the old fashioned hard candy I have been making for years.


It’s a real treat for us to eat or to package and give as Christmas “happies”. There are lots of flavors available and some are available in the grocery store or at Hobby Lobby. Our favorites are spearmint, peppermint, and lemon.


This year I even crushed it and used it as a garnish for this pound cake. It was festive and added a touch of flavor!


This was a new idea I tried this year. I rolled the edge of the cake stand in corn syrup and then in red and white sugar crystals for an easy presentation. Here’s the recipe for the hard candy…remember, it’s not just for Christmas! Click the FF button on the sidebar to visit Designs by Gollum for more recipes. Click here for Pink Saturday fun!

Old- Fashioned Hard Candy

2 cups sugar

1 cup water

2/3 cup light corn syrup

1 teaspoon oil flavoring

Food coloring

Powdered sugar

Heat sugar, water, and syrup in a large saucepan until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil over medium heat until 300 degrees is reached on a candy thermometer (hard ball stage). Add flavoring and food coloring. Stand back…the peppermint oil is potent! Pour onto a well greased cookie sheet that has been lightly dusted with powdered sugar. Allow to harden. When it is cool, the fun begins! Work out your holiday frustrations and break it into pieces with a rolling pin or meat cleaver!! Careful—the pieces may be sharp! Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.


  1. Susan, please know just how much I appreciate you. You are very talented and just so kind with a great understanding of many things. Everything here is just breathtaking. I will be around in the New Year for sure. Have a Wonderful Christmas.


  2. Thank you for the recipe. I love the added detail to the cake stand. I may have to steal that idea!

  3. I love all your peppermint! Your house is so festive! I am going to make your Old Fashioned Hard Candy.......sounds fun:) Merry Christmas!

  4. Love the peppermint decor! There is just something so soothing in the red and white!
    Merry christmas

  5. How beautiful everything looks. I helped a neighbor make hard candy one year and we had so much fun! Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Your Candy looks so delicious, what a lovely idea to decorate your stand with sugar crystals, it looks so festive and pretty, happy holidays, Kathy.

  7. It all looks wonderful, Susan! You're such a talented, thoughtful, and gracious hostess. You're also a really good friend to everyone with whom you interact in Blogland. Thank you for your warmth, hospitality, and kindness.

    I hope you and yours have the merriest of Christmases!


  8. More great ideas, I wonder if your hard candy would work for stained glass cookies? Thank you again for hosting Deck the halls.

  9. I saw the red clear candy and I thought, "Anise Candy"! That's what it would be here in Nebraska among the germans.

  10. I have tried to leave a comment a couple of times on this post, but it won't go thru. Anyway - thanks for sharing your recipe.

  11. Haven't made that in years, but need to try it with my oldest daughter. Like the sugar on the cake plate idea, and also the tablescape. Plants in cups = cute idea! Merry Christmas!

  12. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  13. This comment has been removed by the author.

  14. What a beautiful tablescape and that cake is to die for! I'd like a very large piece right now! Happy Foodie Friday! Enjoy!

  15. That's a really clever idea to use the colored sugar around the edge of the cake plate...thanks for showing us how cute it looks! Thank you, too, for the recipe for the candy. I'm tucking it away for next year.
    I wanted to say how much I enjoyed seeing all your decorations!
    Thanks for inviting us into your lovely home.

    Merry Christmas!

  16. Ooops, forgot to say you should be able to delete that ugly post yourself, Susan. Just click on that little trashcan logo by the date & time stamp.

  17. OH, oh, so pretty. Love the tablescape and I love the cake!!

    CHRISTmas Blessings!

  18. I am in awe of your creative idea to tip the ends of the dish in the crushed candy. I think I will try this myself for our Christmas dinner dessert tray. I think it will be the perfect ending to our meal. Merry Christmas!

  19. What a beautiful table!!! Love peppermint!

  20. Forgot to tell you I like how you had the peppermint on the dishes. Very clever!

  21. Susan, what fabulous presentation! I think I'm doing good if I get the cake out of the pan and on to a cake plate, and here you've decorated your cake plate! Thanks for the recipe. Merry Christmas! laurie

  22. This what absolutely a joy. Decorating the cake plate is inspired! I was going to mention this on Foodie Friday and plum forgot. You should put your photos on Foodie Views. They're awesome photos, and lots of folks will enjoy seeing your ideas. Do you have their address?

    Sweet Wishes,

  23. Peppermint is one of my favs, too! Love the cake platter edge rolled in cute is that! :-) I am going to link up my Met Monday post with your Deck the Halls Party on Tuesday...that is if my silly brain will remember to do so! ;-)

  24. What an absolute joy! Your table is lovely and the cake looks delicious. I love peppermint any time of the year! Actually peppermint ice cream is one of my all time favorites. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos and for hosting Deck the Halls. It's such a fun event! ~ Sarah

  25. How fascinating! Never would have thought of trying peppermint... no reason why not, though! Your photos are so tempting! Thanks for visiting me and Happy Christmas in advance.

  26. Your table is gorgeous and I love all the goodies. I hope you have a Happy Pink Saturday and a perfect holiday, see you in 2010, Char

  27. I already have all the ingredients that I need to make this. This looks like a lot of fun to make.

  28. I just love all your red and white especially the candles! I fixed a very simple fresh holly arrangement in an old white ironstone pitcher and just added peppermint candy canes. I really think it is my most favorite thing in the house. xo Lynn
    Merry Merry Christmas.

  29. Hi Susan,

    I love your Christmas the red, white and green is always wonderful. Your house and table is fabulous and you are such a great hostess, showing us around.
    Thank you for the cake recipe.

    Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and happy holidays.


  30. I just wanted to stop by and wish you a Merry Christmas!

  31. Love all your peppermint goodies. Thanks for your candy recipe!!

  32. O, I do love the peppermint red and white, too!
    My FAVORITE of the Christmas decorations.
    Yours are all so so pretty...
    See ya tonight for linking...and I am even doing it on the right day! How 'bout that!!

  33. Diese Ringe werden auch als Quadrat Smaragdschliff thomas sabo charm oder Kissen schneiden bekannt. Und das stilvolle Merkmal dieser Schnitt ist die quadratische Form mit thomas sabo charm club anhänger Ecken schneiden wie ein Achteck. Aber vor dem Kauf Asscher Diamanten Ring müssen Sie berücksichtigen, dass der Diamant sollte angebote thomas sabo anhänger der höheren Farbe und Klarheit zu halten, weil der Schliff des Diamanten bedeutet, dass alle thomas sabo charm Mängel, die sichtbar sind, können auch gut sichtbar auf dem bloßen Auge. Daher Asscher Diamanten kann teuer im Vergleich zu sabo charms anderen Diamanten von der gleichen Karat.