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Peppermint Candy Wreath

I love wreaths. Last year, I was on the lookout for the perfect one to grace my door for the holiday season, but I was never able to find one I liked. This year, thanks in part to my Pinterest obsession, I was in search for the perfect tutorial for making my own wreath. I mean, how hard could it really be?

The perfect tutorial was easy to find. As soon as I laid eyes on this candy wreath tutorial from Gwynn Wasson Designs, I was in love. I had to have it. It was the perfect statement for my front door – simple, crisp, clean and colourful. So began a hunt for the starlight peppermint candies, something I was sure I’d seen just about everywhere but had never purchased before. The search ended up being more arduous than expected. Superstore, Safeway, Co-Op, Shopper’s Drug Mart, London Drugs, Bulk Barn – all had nothing that even resembled the starlight mints. I moved my search online, and found them available through an obscure Canadian office supply website, but they ended up being out of stock. Just when I thought all hope was lost, I decided to try the one grocery store I hadn’t looked in before – Sobeys. Sure enough, what did I find? A whole freakin’ rack of them. I loaded up my basket, and was on my way!

I learned a lot while making this wreath, most notably that floral ribbon stains like crazy. I have permanent pink streaks on my kitchen table from handling the floral ribbon, and my fingertips were stained, too. I even left a pink mark on the cat by accident when he came for scritches and I didn’t notice the colour transfer! Oops. It took forever to hot-glue all of the candies onto my wreath, but the effort was well worth it. I love looking at it, and it makes me feel all festive when I see it hanging on my door.

This wreath was one of my projects for the 3M Command and Everything Mom Deck The Halls feature that I was involved in. If you haven’t yet, click on over and have a look at my projects, and lots of other submissions as well! In addition, if you vote for your favourite (mine, I hope!) you will be entered to win!

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Salted Caramel Sauce

I love caramel, and anything even remotely close. It’s one of my go-to ice cream toppings, and when I was a kid those little Kraft caramel candies are in my top 5 of my all-time favourite things to find in my pillowcase of candy. I’ve always bought it, because quite frankly, anything that requires a candy thermometer scares the pants off me. But lately I’ve been seeing pins for salted caramel sauce popping up on Pinterest, so I figured if they can do it, so can I.

So I did. And so help me, sweet baby jesus, I will never, ever buy a stabilizer-filled, preservative-laden caramel sauce in the grocery store again. EVER. Like, never ever. You would have to hold a gun to my head to get me to buy it. This is absolutely divine. It’s sweet and oh-so-faintly salty, caramel perfection made in my own kitchen. Why did it take me so long to try this? It’s beyond easy and came together in under 15 minutes. Local friends, pardon the spoiler, but this will certainly be added to my gifts this year.

Salted Caramel Sauce

1 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp pink himalayan salt (or fleur de sel, grey salt, sea salt or kosher salt)

In a 2-quart saucepan (not smaller!), pour in water. Add sugar gently to the middle of the pan – it will probably mound and begin to melt into the water, but DO NOT STIR. Cover pot and place over high heat until it comes to a boil. Once the sugar water is boiling, stick a candy thermometer in it and continue to boil over high heat until it reaches 300 degrees and is a lovely pale amber colour. At 300 degrees, crank the heat down to medium and boil until it reaches 350 degrees on the candy thermometer, and is a deep, rich amber hue. Remove from heat.

In the meantime, pour cream into a small saucepan and warm over medium heat. If the cream simmers before the sugar is ready, simply cover and remove from the heat.

Add a little of the warm cream to the hot sugar, about a quarter of it. Be careful, this will bubble up a lot. Add the rest of the cream slowly, and when the bubbling subsides, whisk gently to incorporate. Add butter and salt and whisk until the butter is melted and everything is combined.

Pour into a jar, and enjoy! Makes about 2 cups.

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