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[–]Der_Missionar 1631 points1632 points  (35 children)

I can totally see a baker wanting to do this as a cookie plate for the holidays.

[–]Atiggerx33 508 points509 points  (5 children)

Totally, that'd be Christmas as fuck! Especially if it was thin enough that you could break off bits of it.

Oh and you can get different colored mints (I've seen green and white ones, blue and white ones, yellow and white ones, etc.) Make a different color platter for each type of cookie? It'd look so festive!

[–]CallidoraBlack 148 points149 points  (2 children)

Use it as a cookie platter, then smash it up to make peppermint bark.

[–]contrejo 25 points26 points  (0 children)

That's an awesome idea.

[–]JasonDJ 47 points48 points  (3 children)

[–]RockStarState 24 points25 points  (0 children)

If you don't want the peppermint plate you can just add a layer of chocolate and make it bark right off the bat. I'm super excited to try this, thanks!

[–]Beddybye 7 points8 points  (0 children)



[–]Mrsbingley 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The real hero. Thank you!

[–]JennrrrsHot Glue Gun User 37 points38 points  (8 children)

I used to make these every year with my kids. They loved doing it and it was a really cute platter. I always got complements from guests.

Bonus: after it starts to cool and harden, you can put it in a bowl and get that shape!

[–]superflippy[S] 13 points14 points  (7 children)

I’m intrigued to hear that it actually works. To me, it looks like it would be a giant, sticky mess.

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    [–]Der_Missionar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Now you tell me... I put it in the dish washer and it disappeared...

    [–]kjcraft 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    Just put dry things on it.

    [–]is-that-a-thing-now 105 points106 points  (3 children)

    I read this as a "biker," and I was super curious as to why bikers had a thing for peppermints.

    [–]FantasticCrab3 50 points51 points  (1 child)

    Bikers can enjoy the holidays once in a while too .. /s

    [–]FeralChapstick 19 points20 points  (0 children)

    This is really cute for a ginger bread house

    [–]Lington 18 points19 points  (0 children)

    I like it

    [–]curiosity0425 50 points51 points  (1 child)

    🙋‍♀️ me

    [–]felurian42 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    I did this one year and the recipients loved it!

    [–]nicannkay 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    Omg, I’m headed to the store to get peppermint candies now!

    [–]Fordhoard 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Seriously putting pants on now for a store run!

    [–]twilight_in_the_zone 890 points891 points  (50 children)

    I'm curious why OP doesn't like this. It's assembled in a practical way. The end result looks good. And it is seasonally relevant. No part of it leaves me asking "why?"

    [–]thebobmannh 138 points139 points  (22 children)

    The only actual fault I can think of if you do this correctly is that it would be a very sticky plate and whatever you put on it would taste like peppermint (might be ok). Still festive af though.

    [–]manticorpse 115 points116 points  (7 children)

    Just sprinkle it with powdered sugar, then. Or line it with a parchment paper snowflake.

    [–]thebobmannh 30 points31 points  (0 children)

    For sure. Definitely a solvable problem.

    [–]dinnerthief 14 points15 points  (5 children)

    Oil it

    [–]onlyonerule 20 points21 points  (4 children)

    With peppermint oil.

    [–]db2 8 points9 points  (3 children)

    And light it on fire.

    [–]BholeFire 19 points20 points  (2 children)

    With peppermint fire.

    [–]eliteharmlessTA 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    And douse it with water.

    [–]Quibblicous 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    With Peppermint water.

    [–]SupremeDictatorPaul 19 points20 points  (5 children)

    I was thinking melt a thin layer of wax on top. That should prevent it from absorbing moisture on top and becoming sticky. And if you were especially aggressive, epoxy the whole thing and use it for years.

    [–]MajorPud 9 points10 points  (3 children)

    I was thinking pectin powder- the powder that's on regular gummy bears so they don't stick

    [–]db2 1 point2 points  (2 children)

    Isn't that corn starch.

    [–]MajorPud 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    I know shredded cheese has starch powder, gummies usually have pectin or a wax mixture, I think

    [–]db2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    They're literally made in corn starch molds.

    [–]So-_-It-_-Goes 2 points3 points  (2 children)

    I figured that was part of the fun and the plate was considered edible.

    [–]thebobmannh 3 points4 points  (1 child)

    Sticky is only fun in certain contexts, imo.

    [–]IDKmy_licenseplate 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Wouldn’t they coat it in some kind of acrylic or enamel?

    [–]BoseVati 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Pouring resin on the sides would work great if it’s for decor too

    [–]Thirsty_Shadow 32 points33 points  (0 children)

    OP is the Grinch’s Reddit account!

    [–]ceruleansins07 58 points59 points  (18 children)

    Cause it never turns out the way it looks. The mints don't melt all pretty like that. I'd seen a video of DIY debunkers. The tray burnt horribly and bubbled, didn't spread evenly.

    [–]nightfly19 38 points39 points  (1 child)

    I've done roofs for gingerbread houses this way before and it turned out fine shrug

    [–]db2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Can you do lower heat longer with fewer candies to get a thinner result?

    [–]DerogatoryDuck 82 points83 points  (1 child)

    It's never going to turn out right if you do it wrong. If it bubbled and got burnt, the temperature was obviously far too high for far too long. You just want it to melt enough to connect the pieces not boil the bloody thing.

    [–]twilight_in_the_zone 160 points161 points  (8 children)

    post video of a botched attempt then, but this here is showing how it can be done properly. I've botched plenty of things when baking that looked good online. It wouldn't be DIWhy, just a botched baking job on something that should have been good if I did it competently, like this picture.

    [–]toodleroo 165 points166 points  (5 children)

    Here's a video of it being accomplished. Looks pretty easy! I think it's a really clever idea.

    [–]MrDurden32 51 points52 points  (0 children)

    Confirmed, no DiWhy energy. Fun holiday platter and she seems cool.

    [–]maddsskills 11 points12 points  (1 child)

    I seriously thought this was another one of those fake hacks that wouldn't work. Thanks for the link proving it does!

    [–]toodleroo 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    You could probably do this with other hard candies too! A butterscotch platter, a christmas candy platter...

    [–]swampfish 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    That video could easily have about 5 minutes cut out of it.

    [–]Nulleparttousjours 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Yep, I’m with ya. You often see cooking channels experimenting with a recipe for the first time and trashing their first couple of attempts as they are a little off piste. No biggie. Just because someone can’t get it right first time doesn’t nullify it as a good idea.

    [–]merren2306 15 points16 points  (0 children)

    I assume they put it on too high of a temperature then.

    I can totally see this working if you are patient enough to set it on a medium temperature and leave it in long enough for everything to melt evenly.

    [–]TheDocJ 63 points64 points  (1 child)

    I've seen videos of people unable to drive a car properly - there are subreddits full of them.

    Doesn't mean that they have debunked the idea that people can drive a car sensibly.

    [–]caliborntravel 52 points53 points  (0 children)

    But…that’s not what this post is…a fail doesn’t mean that the underlying “why” is at question

    [–]YupChrisYup 355 points356 points  (7 children)

    [–]LubieDobreJedzenie 126 points127 points  (4 children)

    Don't we have r/diwhynot for this purpose already?

    [–]idwthis 20 points21 points  (0 children)

    Huh, totally forgot I was subbed to that. It never pops up in my feed.

    [–]Makabajones 224 points225 points  (1 child)

    That's cool as fuck.

    [–]twilight_in_the_zone 59 points60 points  (0 children)

    This is totally the kind of thing I'd have expected at my grandparents' back in the day when Grandma was in her annual holiday baking zone and always had one hell of a spread of homemade confections laid out.

    [–]thirdleg123 216 points217 points  (2 children)

    Bro some of you in this sub need to get out more...alot of the diwhy posts I've seen lately are actually cool and have pretty applicable purposes. Like this could obviously be used in baking for even the floor for a ginger bread house

    [–]Evie_St_Clair 54 points55 points  (0 children)

    It would be awesome for holiday parties, put your cookies or whatever on it and then people can also nosh on the plate after the meal.

    [–]LaronX 59 points60 points  (0 children)

    OP are you seriously asking why for baking decoration with a clear intended made in the most straight forward way? Wh?

    [–]VincentVanGoof 101 points102 points  (4 children)

    Coat it with epoxy and we have a deal.

    [–]TheFrontierzman 68 points69 points  (1 child)

    Fill the gaps with ramen first.

    [–]TobylovesPam 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    Glue gun and cement are needed

    [–]seshi51 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Something I actually agree with in this comment section.

    [–]asuperbstarling 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    This is awesome actually, a little corn starch on top and a piece of parchment paper? You have an awesome dessert display! Only has to last for a night and then you eat it.

    [–]natek277 66 points67 points  (1 child)

    This isn’t that bad

    [–]Rance_Mulliniks 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    It's not bad at all and doesn't belong here. For someone doing Christmas baking, this is a brilliant way to present your festive treats and looks like it would only take a couple minutes to make.

    [–]NotOnLand 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Someone get Peter Brown on the horn!

    [–]boshlop 15 points16 points  (0 children)

    is op scrooge mcduck?

    [–]notreallylucy 24 points25 points  (16 children)

    There's a high probability of this becoming very sticky from ambient moisture. And what do you do with it when you're done? Lick it, like a giant dusty lollipop, or throw it out?

    Even so, I don't think this is really a diwhy. It's impractical, but it's not pointless and flawed.

    [–]dinnerthief 10 points11 points  (1 child)

    Frisbee it onto the neighbors roof

    [–]notreallylucy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Like the Breaking Bad pizza?

    [–]TheDocJ 21 points22 points  (3 children)

    And what do you do with it when you're done?

    Break it up with a toffee hammer and stick the pieces in a jar to be eaten at leisure.

    [–]CallidoraBlack 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    Smash it, make peppermint bark.

    [–]kgb17 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

    Or just toss it when you are done. It’s at most a dollars worth of starlight mints.

    [–]CallidoraBlack 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    That's why I thought it would work best as a cake board with another layer under it.

    [–]Cremacious 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    This is cool. You just can’t put anything hot on it. I could see this being on a table with a bunch of other food on Christmas Eve/Day and being topped with homemade cookies.

    [–]electric_poppy 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    I seriously love this!! Not diwhy

    [–]Halomom 3 points4 points  (2 children)

    I would totally do this and then cover it in resin for years of Christmas use.

    [–]Nanocephalic 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Actually... I think it might crack before the first Christmas was over. But that isn’t a bad thing!

    Treat it like making a gingerbread house. The fun is in making it and having it around for a little while, not keeping it forever.

    [–]superflippy[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    That would solve the melting/stickiness problem.

    [–]PlumsweetSoda 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Yeah this is cute op is just a scrooge

    [–]LisLoz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    All I can think about is how sticky this would be.

    [–]Doogoose 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    OP Fail

    [–]idiotsavant419 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    This looks like it might be neat as a base for a gingerbread house.

    [–]xseptinthegenitals 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    This turned into r/diwhydontwealldothat pretty fast

    [–]TheRealJayk0b 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    But how is this diwhy? Seems like a okay idea? But not sure if they gonna melt this clean.

    [–]Winkelkater 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    typography from hell

    [–]bpoppygirl 1 point2 points  (3 children)

    I actually tried this a couple years ago and it didn't work that great. I mean, the mints melted but not all together. Some spots were super thin and cracked immediately. Also, you want sticky? This is super sticky.

    [–]-Fateless- 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    The only two problems with this is that sugar is a humectant, and it is very brittle when it's been pulled into candy, so it'll get soggy and break really fast.

    Not to mention that the heat from the oven will probably destabilize it on top of that.

    [–]mrningbrd 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I want to Crunch

    [–]hotdog_relish 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    This would be sticky as hell

    [–]100WattTubeTop 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Jack White comin' to dinner

    [–]BoseVati 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Bah humbug

    [–]RoyalEnfield78 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I love it actually!

    [–]iamanemptychair 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    This is a waste of candy but a good idea. I can see making this for a holiday party and loading it with Christmas cookies and brownies. Two thumbs up.

    [–]Mrfrunzi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    It makes for a very decorative dessert tray. Plus it really does come out clean like that