For the past two years this has been one of the most popular posts I have shared for frugal tips! Since it’s after Christmas and many of us are getting ready to take down our Christmas trees you may also be wondering what to do with those leftover candy canes?

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Leftover Candy Canes

We always enjoy having candy canes hanging on the tree but they never seem to get eaten! Each year I end up with a pile of candy canes and I wonder what I am going to do with them! After spending a little time on the internet I realized there are numerous ways to use up leftover candy canes!

1. Stir them in your hot chocolate.
2. Use them to stir your tea.
3. Add them to a milkshake.
4. Break off the hooked end and dip the straight piece in melted chocolate.
5. Crush them.

The last idea had so many uses that I decided that’s what I would do. I took all of our candy canes and put them in the blender and made sugar cane sugar!

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Put the candy cane pieces in your blender.

This sugar can be used in many ways.

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Crushed Candy Canes.

  1. Ice Cream Sprinkles (I love this idea, Peppermint Stick Ice Cream is my favorite)
  2. Cake Sprinkles
  3. Cupcake Sprinkles
  4. On top of whipped cream in your hot chocolate
  5. Sweeten your hot tea
  6. Sweeten your hot chocolate
  7. Use the sugar in recipes

Use them in recipes, what an idea! I found all sorts of recipes that you could use the crushed candy canes in.

Here are links to just a few:

1. Candy Cane Fudge
2. Peppermint Four Layer Cake
3. Chocolate Peppermint Bark
4. Peppermint Ice Cream
5. Candy Cane Brownies
6. Peppermint Meringues
7. Candy Cane Cheesecake

What did I do with our candy cane sugar? First I made Candy Cane Brownies, I didn’t use the recipe mentioned above but instead used a recipe passed down from my husband’s grandmother’s recipe box.

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Candy Cane Brownies

I also made some Peppermint Sauce. Poured over vanilla ice cream it is almost as good as peppermint stick ice cream1

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Bright pink Peppermint Sauce.

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