Love LifeSavers? Then you’ll love turning those delicious candies into a special Christmas treat! Kids and adults alike will adore an edible Christmas tree you make with LifeSavers. It only takes a few minutes to make several of them and clean-up afterwards takes just a couple of seconds!
Line a baking sheet with foil and begin making the LifeSaver trees. For each tree, place one LifeSaver, then a row of two under that one. Next, create a row of three LifeSavers, and so on, until you have as many rows as you want. Be sure that all the LifeSavers in each row are butted against each other and that each row of candies touches the row above and below it.
Make small trees, with only three or four rows, or much larger trees with many rows. Leave a space between each tree so that the candies don’t run together. It’s optional if you want to make a little trunk for the tree. If so, make two rows, of two LifeSavers each, and center them under the tree. These should be a different color than the ones used for the tree itself. Yellow is one color you can use as the tree trunk LifeSavers.
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees and slide in the sheet of LifeSaver trees. Allow them to warm up for about 8 to 12 minutes. Keep a close eye on the LifeSavers; as soon as you see that they’ve all melted to each other it’s time to remove them. Take the baking sheet out of the oven and allow the candy trees to cool completely.
Green LifeSavers, of course, make the perfect, traditional tree but there are other colors you can use, too. White candies, like coconut or peppermint LifeSavers, make great trees, too. Or, make a backwards Christmas tree where the tree itself is made of red LifeSavers and the decorations are done in green.
There are many candies you can use to create a look of ornaments on the tree. Red Hot candies is a good choice. Position the candies on the tree, here and there, balancing them on top of the LifeSavers. Melt these along with the candies to create the ornaments. Other such candies include Skittles or even candy sprinkles.
When the Christmas trees are cooled you can place them in a cellophane bag as treats. Or, tie a ribbon through the top LifeSaver of each tree and hang them on your actual Christmas tree. Spraying the candies with clear-coat lacquer can preserve them for use, year after year, and also keep away bugs.