Thursday, December 25, 2014

Make Party Favors in Less Than an Hour

If you, like me, enjoy setting a tasty little morsel at each place setting for your dinner guests to take home and enjoy later, then this project is definitely for you.  If you also, again, like me (obviously we are soul mates), like to have something in hand when you go to holiday parties, this is also for you.  There is just one tiny problem.  It requires the buying of a candy mold.  Now, this is not a sponsored post, no one asked me to write this, or sent me this wonderful candy mold although, people at Wilton! if you are listening, I LOVE stuff like this!!  But I digress

Christmas Eve Day I took dinner to my dad, accompanied by my number two son and daughter-in-law.  I’m not gonna lie here, this has been a tough year and a difficult Christmas.  Despite the fact that this is the second one without my mom, there is still a giant void in both our lives and our celebrations.  To add to the angst, this year Mr. O-P is in the hospital as well.  I tried to make the dinner as festive as possible serving comfort food of Honey Baked Ham, Party Potato Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, salad, rolls, with luscious cupcakes for dessert provided by Andrew and Emma. 
As I was getting everything together that morning I knew something was lacking and that was in providing my usual favor.  Remembering that I had bought this mold, I grabbed it, washed it up, and followed the simple instructions. How cute are these?  And they are tasty, and they are so fast and easy that you will not believe it.
After the mold has been cleaned and thoroughly dried, place 30 candy melts in each section; I used both dark and light chocolate melts.
Pop the mold into the microwave and microwave for a minute at half power, then open the door of the microwave, give it a jiggle and microwave for an additional 30 seconds at half power.  Continue this process until the candy is melted and smooth.
Carefully remove to a flat surface and sprinkle the tops with colored sugar, toffee bits, nuts, coconut, dried fruit, or crushed peppermint (as I have done here).
Put it into the fridge, set the timer for 25 minutes and get something done.  When the 25 minutes are up, invert the mold and each candy will pop right out, resulting in crunchy peppermint on one side, and holiday greetings on the other.

Package them in clear cello bags, tie with a ribbon, and you have a cute, tasty favor in no time.  It’s too late for this year, but pin this to your Christmas 2015 Pinterest board so you’ll be ready well in advance next year.  Now don’t you feel organized?  You’re welcome!

Merry Christmas everybody!!

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Linda said...

Awwww Pattie, I'm sorry your hubby is in the hospital. I pray a fast recovery for him and easier times for you and your Dad as you adjust to life without your Mom.

I love those molds!

Tammy said...

I made your toffee bars for our get together today and everyone loved them. I want to thank you for taking the time and having dedication to continue with the blog. Sincerely hoping Mr. O.P. gets better quickly and you find the new year is easier than this one.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Now, that is ADORABLE! What a great idea, Pattie! :-)

And in terms of Christmas, here is hoping that you and yours had a very merry one! I am a day late, but the sentiments are still the same. May you be richly blessed in the year to come.


Sheila xoxox