The holidays are over and you are putting away the decorations but what do you do with leftover candy canes?
Maybe you had them hanging on the tree, or simply received boxes of them as gifts or maybe you had a few attached to your gifts.
Chances are you ate a few of them, but what do you do with them now? You don’t want to waste them, so here are 5 great ideas that will help you to use up those left over candy canes and add some great peppermint flavour to your treats!
1. Candy Cane Milkshake
This is a really great tasting treat.
Simply take a couple of candy canes and place them in a zip lock bag and then using a rolling pin, crush them.
Then take out your blender and add one cup of vanilla ice cream, 3 ice cubes, ¼ cup of milk. Process until nice and thick and blended then add your crushed candy canes. You can also add a few drops of peppermint oil if the canes are not strong enough. This tastes great!
2. Use as topping for Whipped Cream on your Cocoa or Cappuccino
Simply put a few in a zip lock bag and then run over it with the rolling pin. (you can then store them for the next time you are serving whipped cream, ice cream or some fancy dessert that could use a bit of colour!)
Sprinkle on top of the whipped cream or your coffee, latte or cappuccino for some added crunch and flavour.
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3. Candy Cane Rice Krispy Treats
Take 10 small candy canes and crush them in a zip lock bag and then make the treats.
Melt 3 tablespoons of butter over medium heat, then add mini marshmallows (10 ounce bag) and stirring constantly until melted.
Add 6 cups of rice Krispy’s and the crushed peppermint candy canes and stir well. Using a greased wooden spoon, spread into a greased pan or baking dish and then let cool.
These taste yummy. You can even add a few drops of peppermint extract to add more pizzaz.
4. Candy Cane Almond Bark
Take some purchased white almond bark (many bulk food stores sell this) and melt it and mix crushed candy canes to the mixture, then drop onto wax paper either in one large piece to break pieces off, or in smaller cookie sized pieces.
This is a fast and easy treat or dessert to make and the candy cane adds some nice flavour.
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5. Easy Candy Cane White Chocolate Fudge
Head to your bulk food store or baking section of the grocery store and purchase 2 pounds of good quality white chocolate. (This can be in the form of squares or white chocolate chips, you can fool around with this recipe)
Have about 30 mini candy canes and crush them in a bag with a rolling pin.
In the microwave or over a double boiler on the stove, melt the white chocolate pieces. Meanwhile using a jelly roll pan, line it with tin foil.
Take your melted chocolate and mix in the crushed candy canes, and then simply pour the mixture into the pan. Let it cool and then place in the refrigerator overnight. Cut into squares or simply break pieces of this fudge for a quick dessert that tastes quite light.
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Hopefully the above five recipes give you some of your own ideas on using up leftover candy canes. Another quick way is to use them as flavoured sugar, by simply sitting one in your cup of hot tea, cocoa or coffee. It will begin to melt into the beverage for a great flavoured sweetness.
So, don’t throw them out, use them up in creative ways. You may find you love them so much you will want to stock up!