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Posted on Tuesday 2 December 2008 at 3:35 pm

Rachael made a mess

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I have this booklet that essentially amounts to quick ways to spruce up mix cakes. There History Department holiday party is on Friday and I've got snowman and tree mini cake pans so I figured I make a couple of cake mixes worth of mini cakes to take. I decided to make the snowmen cherry pie filling cake with powdered sugar sprinkled on them and the trees peppermint cakes with green frosting and more peppermint sprinkled on top for decorations. In order to do this, I needed crushed peppermint candies to mix in the cake batter and sprinkle on top of the trees. I went grocery shopping today but wasn't sure one bag of peppermint candies would be enough so I decided to crush the peppermints today so I could get an accurate measurement and still have plenty of time to go to the store to get more if I need to before making the cakes either Thursday evening or early Friday afternoon. I put the candies in a baggie and whacked them a few times with a mallet and was getting nowhere fast. So I decided to let the blender chop them for me.

Never use a blender to chop peppermint candies!

I've got bits of peppermint all over my kitchen and into my living room. I also now have a perfectly good blender motor and nothing in which to blend anything using it. Can you buy replacement canister thingies for blenders? It seems such a waste to have to buy a new blender when the expensive part is still working just fine. Also, what should I do for the Christmas tree cakes now? I like the peppermint idea, but I still need a good way to crush the bloody things since neither of my two bright ideas worked. Or the hammer might work but would take forever.


(Anonymous) at 8:55 pm on 02 December 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Yes you can buy the jug from most department stores or online though some places will be expensive. Just compare prices and you'll be up and blending in no time.
bratty_jedi at 1:48 pm on 03 December 2008 (UTC) (Link)
labellerose at 12:52 am on 03 December 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Try putting candies in a baggie and crushing with a rolling pin. Also, blender jugs are usually available online. Try the manufacturer's website.
bratty_jedi at 1:48 pm on 03 December 2008 (UTC) (Link)
My mom suggested the rolling pin. Now I have a new problem. I know I used to have a rolling pin but I can't find it anywhere and I don't remember when i last saw it.
labellerose at 4:35 pm on 03 December 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Soup can could pinch-hit, maybe?
bratty_jedi at 6:54 pm on 03 December 2008 (UTC) (Link)
That might have to be it since Wal-Mart didn't have a rolling pin for me to buy.
Wild Magelet
wildmagelet at 9:13 am on 03 December 2008 (UTC) (Link)
While I'm sorry that it went spectacularly wrong, I'm also extremely grateful that you made this post, because I was so going to do this! I have a huge candy cane that I couldn't imagine being able to bash up by hand, so I thought "Hey, I could break it into large pieces and throw it in the blender! It chops ice! It could chop boiled sugar!" Apparently not.
bratty_jedi at 1:50 pm on 03 December 2008 (UTC) (Link)
LOL. I feel better knowing you had the same thought because it means I'm not a complete moron for trying this. Rolling pin seems to be the number one suggestion for breaking up the candies.
lady_bracknell at 10:57 am on 03 December 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear.

I think you'll have to hit them with a hammer. I suggest wrapping the bag in a tea towel, though, just in case....
bratty_jedi at 1:49 pm on 03 December 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I've had a couple of suggestions to use a rolling pin. I guess I'll give that a shot and then back to the hammer if that doesn't work.
littlepixiechic at 1:12 am on 04 December 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I wouldn't have thought to use a blender, but now that you say you tried it, it definitely sounds like a fine plan (except for the not working and destroying parts of the blender). I probably would have tried to use a hammer on a lone candy, sent the candy flying halfway across the room, and end up smashing my fingers or something.

The cakes sound really yummy though! (And, yeah, I read that you've modified the cherry filling to eggnog stuff. Yummmmm.)
bratty_jedi at 1:38 am on 04 December 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I really am surprised about the blender. One would assume if I had expected this to happen I wouldn't have done it so this is probably stating the obvious, but I really never ever would have imagined this happening.

You know, you can always come down for the History Department party on Friday and have some of the cakes. Because I know you are always dying to hang out with the W&M history faculty, staff, and grad students. ;)
littlepixiechic at 1:56 am on 04 December 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Totally. All of the grad students I don't know because I was locked away in my little European MA section of the universe and all the professors I just so adored :) But the cakes sound sooo good!

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