10 ideas: Candy canes

C is for the candy canes around the Christmas tree. Here are 10 other ways to use them!

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1  Ice cream bomb
Line a big mixing bowl with foil. Crumble store-bought brownies and pat to form a thin layer, covering the entire bowl. Freeze for 20 minutes. Scoop vanilla ice cream into the bowl, filling it up until one-fourth-full. Freeze until set. Add a thin layer of crushed candy canes (place candy canes in a sealable plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin or drinking glass) and chopped nuts on top of the vanilla, then add chocolate ice cream until half-full. Freeze again. Repeat, adding another layer of vanilla, the crushed candy canes and nuts, and then the chocolate, until the bowl is full. Freeze until ready to serve. To unmold, dip part of the bowl in warm water and turn upside down onto a plate.


2  Minty cookie bites

For a delightful twist on chocolate chip cookies, swap out chocolate chips for mint baking chips, and add some cocoa powder and crushed candy canes to the batter.
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3  Candy cane cheesecake

Looking for ways to dress up plain ol’ cheesecake? We suggest swirling chocolate through the filling using a knife, creating a marbled effect. For the pièce de résistance, sprinkle crushed candy canes all over the top for a bit of crunch—and some visual punch!
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4  Chocolate truffles

In a food processor, process chocolate sandwich cookies until broken down into fine crumbs. Combine with cream cheese until mixture comes together. Roll into small balls; chill. Dip chilled balls in white chocolate and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
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5  Chocolate-covered candy cane chompers

These make great snacks for the kids, and they can do double-duty as centerpieces as well. To make, first pour red, green, and white candy sprinkles into a small parchment paper-lined cookie sheet with sides; set aside. In a double boiler (or a metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water), melt 1 cup chocolate chips. Stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Working one by one, dip the end of a candy cane into the chocolate, using an offset spatula to smoothen out the coating. Roll the chocolate-coated cane in the sprinkles until evenly coated. Place the candy cane on a plate or tray lined with wax paper and refrigerate until ready to use.
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6  Cause a stir

Pull out the mugs and fill them up with hot chocolate; place a single candy cane in each as an edible swizzle stick. The candy cane will slowly melt into the drink, sweetening it and adding a hint of peppermint.
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7  Nutty peppermint bark

Line a large baking pan with parchment paper. Evenly spread a layer of melted chocolate on the pan then chill. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix chopped salted peanuts and crushed candy canes together with melted white chocolate. Once the first layer of chocolate has set, add the white chocolate mixture on top. Chill again. Break into shards and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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8  In the cone zone
Jazz up your ice cream cones with two simple ingredients! Lay the cones out on a parchment paper-lined sheet. Place melted chocolate in a piping bag and pipe chocolate over the cones, working in a zigzag motion. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Shake off excess candy then chill cones until chocolate sets. Scoop and serve away!
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9  Candy cane syrup

In a small saucepan, melt equal parts sugar and water together with a few candy canes (broken into several pieces). Stir until dissolved, then let cool and chill. Add the syrup to cocktails, coffee, and hot cocoa.


10  Candy cane cupcake toppers

Make your cupcakes Christmas-ready: Chop up candy canes and place one piece on each frosted treat. To tie everything together, use red and white striped cupcake liners and add a drop or two of peppermint extract to the frosting. Happy holidays!
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Photography by Patrick Martires | Styling by Liezl Yap

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