Add a Festive Touch with a Candy Wreath

December 21st, 2012 by Paula Ivancicts

Holidays are that special time of the year where we like to spoil the ones we love. Cookies, candies and gingerbread houses are yummy treats we create in my home. I saw the Holly Leaf Cookie Pan and knew that I was going to make my treats with candy. I love the versatility of Wilton pans!

I melted green Candy Melts® Candy at short intervals of time on the defrost setting in the microwave, stirred, and repeated until smooth. I also did the same with red and light cocoa Candy Melts. Using a decorator brush, I “painted” the candy in the pan, creating a shell. I also used the Bite Size Gingerbread Boy Mold with the light cocoa melts. I put the pans in the refrigerator to set the candy.

Preparing Cookies

I wanted to fill the candy with fudge, so I made that while the shells were hardening. You could also add caramel or peanut butter filling to the leaves. To make the fudge, I mixed 1 bag Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and 1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk in a bowl. I cooked it in the microwave for 2 minutes, stirred it smooth, and added 1 teaspoon of vanilla. I then spooned the fudge into my candy shells being careful not to overfill the molds so that I would be able to seal the backs with candy and have them lay flat.

Preparing Cookies

I then added a layer of melted candy over the fudge layer.

Preparing Cookies

For the remaining fudge, I lined my loaf pan with parchment paper and mixed walnuts into it, spread it in the pan, and sprinkled nonpareils over it.

Preparing Cookies

I put both pans in the refrigerator until the candy was set. I used a plastic spoon to lift the corner of the candy. My candy may have stuck a little due to the fudge, so you will want to make sure that your candy shell has a good coat so the fudge does not seep through and adhere to the pan.

Using my decorator brush, I added melted candy to the Holly Leaves and attached Cinnamon Drops. For the red bow, I brushed it with Piping Gel and sprinkled on Red Cake Sparkles™.

To assemble my sweet treat, I used a 6” cake circle. I brushed melted candy on the backs of the Holly Leaves and bow and attached those to the cake circle. I then put the melted candy on the backs of the gingerbread boys and Snowman with Stripe Mint Royal Icing Decorations and added those to the leaves. I cut the remaining fudge and put it in Mini Red Baking Cups and put them in the center of my wreath. I created a sweet treat for all to enjoy! What type of treat will you make in this pan?

Preparing Cookies

Wishing you and yours a happy holiday!

Paula Ivancicts Paula is a Wilton Customer Service Key Account Rep and a Certified Wilton Method Instructor. She has been with Wilton since 2009. Her love of creating things and using Wilton products started in high school when she began making candy. Outside of Wilton, Paula enjoys family time with her husband and two daughters. She loves baking, decorating, and making candy for family, friends, and coworkers.

10 Replies

  1. cmsmith says:

    great festive blog!

  2. Lisa says:

    I Love this idea! I saw the wreath pan on line but was dissappointed I couldn’t find it at any local store. Will this pan be available year round through or just at Christmas time? I would order it but only when I need a bunch of other stuff.

  3. Lauralee Hensley says:

    I was thinking something similar with this great pan.

  4. LauraBeek says:

    I’m a stay at home who loves creating fun stuff with my children, especially when they are home on break from school. This is a great idea. I want to make something different next year from what I did this year because I’m so burned out on gingerbread. I don’t know if I can share this here but you can see all the Wilton items I used on my gingerbread mansion if you want. Wilton fondant, Wilton sparkle gel, etc. I will not be making this again. Sooooo tired. Your cute wreath is a great idea!

  5. Krystal says:

    very cute idea! I love that you filled the candy shells w/ fudge… sometimes all that solid chocolate isn’t as fun!

    • Paula Ivancicts says:

      Hi Krystal!
      Thank you!

      I agree! You could add peanut butter with a little confectioners sugar mixed in, marshmallow creme, caramel topping. The ideas are endless!

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