As the holidays wind down and we start to put the decorations away you often end up with leftover candy canes. How you ever wondered what to do with leftover candy canes?leftover candy canes

I love the look of candy canes on a Christmas tree; perhaps it brings back memories of my childhood. As much as we enjoy having candy canes on the tree we never end up eating them all. Each year I end up with a pile of candy canes and I wonder what I am going to do with them all. After all I don’t want to just throw them away! After spending a bit of time searching the Internet I found there are actually numerous ways you can use up the candy canes!candy, peppermint, frugal tips,prudent living

What To Do With Leftover Candy Canes?

1. Use them to stir in your tea.

2. Stir them into your hot chocolate.

3. Add them to a milkshake.

4. Break off the hooked end and dip the straight piece in melted chocolate.

5. Crush them.crushed candy, frugal tip

Crushing them creates so many ways to use up the leftover candy canes. I decided to take our leftover candy canes and put them in the blender and make sugar cane sugar.peppermint candy, candy canes

What do you do with sugar cane sugar?

You can use it in so many ways.

  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 Peppermint Meringues. I love meringues because they are low in fat.

I also made a batch of 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.candy canes, brownies

I also made some Peppermint Sauce. Poured over vanilla ice cream it is almost as good as peppermint stick ice cream topping, peppermint candy canes

26 comments on “What To Do With Leftover Candy Canes?

Michele Michael on January 4, 2019 2:29 am

Yummy ideas. Perfect timing . Thx for posting at Funtastic Friday

Tracy Albiero on January 6, 2019 11:44 pm

I love these ideas! It made the cake look so festive! #overthemoon

Nancy Wolff on January 7, 2019 2:12 am

I agree a sprinkling of crushed candy canes turns an ordinary cake into something special! 🙂

Shannon on January 6, 2019 11:51 pm

Great ideas!
We have a whole bunch of candy canes left, so we will definitely try a couple of these. Pinning for reference.

Nancy Wolff on January 7, 2019 2:13 am

Enjoy! We always have leftover candy canes!

Julie Murphree on January 7, 2019 7:48 pm

I am going to be sure to buy up all the leftover candy canes at Christmas each year – especially for that fudge!

Ani on January 7, 2019 8:10 pm

Yum! I never would have thought of this. I never buy candy canes for this exact reason, no one in my house eats them and then we are stuck with them after the holidays. I love the idea of pouring peppermint sauce over ice cream, holy moly! I found you through the Flour Me with Love link up, Happy Monday!

Nancy Wolff on January 7, 2019 10:33 pm

Thanks for stopping by!I’m a peppermint lover and that peppermint sauce over vanilla ice cream is delicious!

Jenny on January 8, 2019 12:20 pm

These are great ideas for leftover candy canes. They make great sprinkles. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

Nana K on January 8, 2019 5:59 pm

I always have tons of leftover canes and never know what to do. I sure do now. Thank you for all the ideas!

Nancy Wolff on January 8, 2019 9:11 pm

Nana K,
Now you have an abundance of ideas! 🙂

Amy on January 9, 2019 4:31 am

Some great ideas – thank you. Found you at Classy Flamingos.

Nancy Wolff on January 9, 2019 4:32 am

Thanks for stopping by!

Michele Morin on January 9, 2019 11:25 am

My favorite is tea and cocoa stirrer, but we’ve also crushed them and made peppermint ice cream.

Nancy Wolff on January 9, 2019 5:04 pm

Peppermint Ice Cream is my downfall! 🙂

Kippi on January 9, 2019 5:28 pm

I was wondering what to do with them just yesterday. Thank you for sharing. I am pinning this! Happy New Year, Kippi

Nancy Wolff on January 9, 2019 6:18 pm

Now you have a few ideas! 🙂

Helen on January 10, 2019 6:19 am

Some great ideas Nancy! I love the brownie idea and the peppermint sauce!

Rhonda on January 11, 2019 11:10 am

I love your list of ideas to use up those candy canes. I think the sprinkles for ice cream is my favorite. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

Alice V-DIYerfy on January 11, 2019 1:03 pm

wonderful ideas to reuse candy canes that you probably won’t eat after Christmas is over. We used to decorate with candy canes on the tree too when I was little. Haven’t done so as an adult because I don’t want to have them all left over but now that I have these ideas to play with, I will use candy cane décor again next year. thanks for sharing.

Liberty on January 12, 2019 3:50 am

Yes, great ideas! Thanks for sharing at Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!

April J Harris on January 14, 2019 7:25 pm

I do have leftover candy canes and I love these ideas, particularly the peppermint meringues! I’m featuring this post at Hearth and Soul this week, Nancy. Thank you so much for sharing. Have a wonderful week ahead!

Nancy Wolff on January 14, 2019 8:19 pm

Thanks for the feature April! And yes Peppermint Meringues are a great use of leftover candy canes! 🙂

Miz Helen on January 14, 2019 9:44 pm

This is a great post with some really good ideas about the candy canes! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
Miz Helen

Beverly on January 17, 2019 1:03 am

I have lots of candy canes left and you have given me some great ideas.
Please stop by Thursday Favorite Things since you are being featured.

Nancy Wolff on January 17, 2019 1:59 am

Thank you Beverly! I’ll be sure to stop by! 🙂

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