What Can Be Done With Left Over Candy Canes?

Decorating By aquamom Updated 23 Nov 2010 , 2:43am by Sorelle

aquamom Posted 14 Jan 2009 , 3:08am
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I have a few packages of left over candy canes and I just wondered if anyone had ideas how I could use them either in a cake or a frosting? Are there any other flavors besides chocolate that would go good with mint?


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tinygoose Posted 14 Jan 2009 , 3:17am
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There are 19 recipes at Allrecipes when you search for "candy canes" under ingredients. Even a peppermint martini.

cakebaker1978 Posted 14 Jan 2009 , 3:50am
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TooMuchCake Posted 14 Jan 2009 , 2:21pm
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During Christmas, we made caramel apples, coated them with chocolate, and sprinkled them with crushed candy canes. Go here and scroll down for a picture:


staceyboots Posted 14 Jan 2009 , 2:35pm
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i made a peppermint bark (using candy canes) over the Xmas holidays; here's the link:


aquamom Posted 14 Jan 2009 , 2:35pm
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Thank you so much. for the help. I was thinking about crushing them up and maybe melting them to make little hearts for Valentines. Hmmm now I have lots of other recipes to investigate.

Thank you

Bev55 Posted 14 Jan 2009 , 2:38pm
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I used leftover candy canes as a topping on my white chocolate covered pretzel rods. I put the candy canes in a quart size plastic storage bag, and I used my rolling pin to break the canes into pieces. My family loved them when I made them for Christmas, and I think it would be good to make them for Valetine's Day (red-white theme).

Tallycake Posted 14 Jan 2009 , 2:39pm
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My sister makes a divine fudge and uses extras like crushed nuts or mints or crushed candy canes to sprinkle on the top...it is melt in your mouth fantastic...

I've used crushed peppermints/candy canes sprinkled over pretzel sticks covered in chocolate...they tie up pretty in little bundles and friends have enjoyed them with coffee or as a snack...

Have fun and let us know what you do!


Mike1394 Posted 14 Jan 2009 , 2:52pm
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Peppermint cheesecake

Chicklets Posted 14 Jan 2009 , 2:57pm
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Crush them up and add to sugar. Add this to your morning coffee or hot cocoa...yummy

jlsheik Posted 14 Jan 2009 , 3:01pm
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I put them in my hot cocoa and hot tea...I made a sonic peppermint cake and added them to the buttercream for the filling.....or crush them and use them as garnish for cake balls, cuppies and surely there is a recipe to put them brownies or cookies or something!! Oh the posibillitys are endless!! When in doubt google it!!

aquamom Posted 14 Jan 2009 , 3:04pm
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Could you post the cheesecake recipe? Sounds good. I love all the ideas--I may have to see if there are more candy canes on sale.

I was looking at the meringue recipes. I bet I could shape them into hearts for Valentines day and top a cake or even cupcakes with those.

Any other ideas?

Atomikjen Posted 14 Jan 2009 , 3:27pm
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how about grinding them to a powder and making a peppermint chocolate sauce for ice cream or cheesecakes? I made this and it was so tasty. then garnish the dessert with crushed pieces of candy cane. =9

andpotts Posted 14 Jan 2009 , 10:48pm
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Like some others have suggested, I crush them to a fine powder and add it to my home made cocoa mix and have pepermint cocoa or pepermint mocha powder when added to my coffee, yum!

Mike1394 Posted 14 Jan 2009 , 11:11pm
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Originally Posted by aquamom


Could you post the cheesecake recipe? Sounds good. I love all the ideas--I may have to see if there are more candy canes on sale.

I was looking at the meringue recipes. I bet I could shape them into hearts for Valentines day and top a cake or even cupcakes with those.

Any other ideas?

Just make your basic vanilla CC, and then crunch up 2-3 candy canes. Crunch then up pretty good.


Jayde Posted 14 Jan 2009 , 11:26pm
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Originally Posted by cakebaker1978

How about Valentine cupcakes.........


I do something similar, but I frost in light pink and then use a heart cookie cutter to sprinkle the crushed peppermint sticks on top. Use almost like sanding sugar.

If you pulverize in a food pro until you get the really fine grains like sanding sugar almost, you can store in an airtight container and use to decorate sugar cookies. My kids LOVE to do this with the weird flavored ones.

Peppermint BC - add some crushed candy canes and a bit of peppermint extract to your BC. Awesome on a chocolate fudge cake or cc.

I go after Christmas and get all of the sale candy canes and Christmas mugs that I can find. I pack them away carefully, and use them the next Christmas as little gifts. Take a mug, fill it with a little vellum bag or sleeve of homemade cocoa mix, a small bag of mini marshmallows, and a candy cane to use as a stir stick. You could do the same with coffee.


Curtsmin24 Posted 15 Jan 2009 , 12:30am
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peppermint truffles are really good as an after dinner mint.

sayhellojana Posted 15 Jan 2009 , 12:40am
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I make chocolate peppermint pinwheel cookies. The recipe is on Food Network - Alton Brown.

AllMom Posted 17 Jan 2009 , 1:07am
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when I was a kid my mom made "stained glass cookies". She would crush hard candys and put them in an opening of suger cookie then bake. The candy would melt and spred to fill in the hole of the cookie.

bobwonderbuns Posted 17 Jan 2009 , 1:17am
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Crush them up and stir them into hot chocolate!! icon_biggrin.gif

aquamom Posted 17 Jan 2009 , 2:43am
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I really am planning to see if I can find any more left over candy canes tomorrow . I am beginning to realize 3 packages aren't enough.

My back isn't cooperating the way it should and as soon as it's back to it's usual self I'll start baking again.

Thanks --you guys are great!!!!

cakegal Posted 17 Jan 2009 , 2:53am
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My daughter in law just made us some white chocolate with crushed candycanes stirred in it..
Very tasty, and a good way to use up your candycanes.

bobwonderbuns Posted 17 Jan 2009 , 3:00am
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White chocolate??? Oh do you have a recipe???? I LOVE white chocolate and would love to be able to make some hot white chocolate!! icon_biggrin.gif

Oh yes, another idea I had -- my mother when she was a wee tot used to put candy canes into fresh lemons and suck the juice out like a straw. She taught me when I was a wee tot and it's really very tasty! icon_lol.gif

Gkrish08 Posted 17 Jan 2009 , 3:15am
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I dip mini-pretzels in either white or dark chocolate & then sprinkle crushed candy canes on top. Let them dry. They are a great treat & good to take to holiday parties! Maybe even good for valentines if you used red melting wafers?

bobwonderbuns Posted 22 Nov 2010 , 6:03pm
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I'm glad I found this thread again, but it doesn't have the recipe I've been looking for -- does anyone remember the white chocolate/candy cane cookie recipe? I can't find it for the life of me!! icon_cry.gif

MissBlu Posted 23 Nov 2010 , 2:27am
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What about peppermint bark? Dark chocolate with crushed candy canes and topped with white chocolate and more crushed candy canes.

If you are making a gingerbread house, you can do the chocolate as a pepperstone(cobble stone) road.

Sorelle Posted 23 Nov 2010 , 2:43am
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Don't forget as a ice cream topping, crushed and sprinkled over chocolate or vanilla.

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