When I was little my family would hang candy canes on the tree. Of course my brother and I would always sneak a few throughout the season but at the when New Years came around and the tree was taken down there were always a few left.
Not being one who likes throwing out perfectly good food (you can ask my kids about that), I thought I'd put together a gallery of ideas for using or reusing these delightful holiday candies. Some use new Candy canes, some can use old leftover ones. All of them look fantastic! Link through under the photos for instructions.
Peppermint Mocha:Mmmmm...the holidays are all about peppermint and chocolate, aren't they? Okay - in my mind I guess. This is the perfect drink to whip up when you come in from the cold. Got kids and don't want them drinking coffee, just omit it and make theirs a peppermint hot chocolate!
Image & Idea: A Night Owl Blog
Peppermint Reindeer:These will put smiles on the faces of everyone who receives them. I love the built in antlers that the hooks on the candy canes create. Rudolph never looked so good!
Image & Idea: By Stephanie Lynn
Holiday Bark:It doesn't get much easier than this! This is perfect for those broken canes that you inevitably end up with. They taste just as good and the finished product is perfect to give as a hostess or teacher gift.
Image & Idea: The Frugal Girls
I ️ Xmas Lollipops:
These look impressive and are great for a bake sale at the church or to stick onto a gift. Won't the kids love them at their next holiday party too! Show people your candy crush with these adorable lollipops!
Image & Idea: One Little Project at a Time
Starbucks Inspired Peppermint Brownie Pops:I know I'm not the only one who looks at Starbucks goodies and drools. Here's a way to use your leftover candy canes and make a dessert that is sure to wow any crowd. Pssst...it is really easy!
Image & Idea: &Sweet
Peppermint Candy Cane Milkshakes:I live in the coldest place on earth (okay, not really but I hate the cold so it feels like that to me) but not everyone has cold Christmases. These peppermint milkshakes might be the perfect alternative to a cup of hot chocolate for those seeking refuge from the warmth (I'm so jealous).
Candy Cane Vases:By adhering Candy canes to the outside of a low vase you create something bright, colourful and festive! A little red ribbon tied around the candy canes takes it from great to amazing!
Image & Idea: Ecopolitan Bride
This amazing version uses candy cane sticks and sandwiches them between the outer beautiful, decorative bowl and an inner bowl (doesn't have to be beautiful) so that it looks like the flowers are actually in with the candy canes but in reality your candy canes are safe from the effects of water.
Image & Idea: Pinky Girl
Holiday Name Holders:You've made the perfect meal and set a beautiful table. You don't want to leave dinner conversation up to fate. Put together these adorable name holders and let the seating arrangements begin!
Image & Idea: Fun Holiday Crafts
Peppermint Pretzel Wands:This is an amazing treat. Sweet and Salty!!!! YUM!!! It really couldn't be any simpler and if you have pretzel sticks on hand you can whip up a batch in minutes. Don't have pretzel sticks, substitute pretzels, Oreos, shortbread or biscotti. Mmmm...I'm getting hungry.
Image & Idea: The Cooking Photographer
Peppermint Vodka:Well, it just wouldn't be Christmas without a little Christmas cheer would it? Super simple and very festive. You'll be the most popular bartender in town with this concoction. Dress up the jar and you could even take this as your hostess gift to one of the many holiday parties you'll be invited to.
Image & Idea: The Speckled Palate
So don't throw out those old candy canes, in fact, stock up on more this year and try out some of these festive ideas. Happy Holidays!