Candy Cane Recipes and Crafts

Candy canes are tasty on their own, but don't stop there--their crunchy texture, minty flavor, and bold stripes also makes them a great addition to other Christmas candies! These Christmas recipes use candy canes to add a seasonal twist to favorites like truffles, fudge, and meringues.

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  • 01 of 20
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    Peppermint bark is a Christmas classic, and the most-requested Christmas recipe on this site! Who can resist dark chocolate, white chocolate, and crisp bites of minty candy canes? This delicious, easy peppermint bark makes a wonderful holiday gift. Don't miss the video showing how to make peppermint bark.

  • 02 of 20
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    (c) 2013 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Sure, you can buy all the candy canes you need, but there is something satisfying and rewarding about making your own. The process of boiling, pulling, and twisting candy until it forms the familiar red and white stripes is magical. Be sure to check out the photo tutorial showing how to make candy canes before you begin!

  • 03 of 20
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    (c) Elizabeth LaBau

    In this recipe for Candy Cane Truffles, Crunchy candy cane bits are folded into a smooth, minty, ultra-dark chocolate ganache. The result is an indulgent Christmas candy perfect for the holidays.

  • 04 of 20

    Candy Cane Brownie Pops

    Candy Cane Brownie Pops
    (c) 2015 Elizabeth LaBau

     Candy Cane Brownie Pops are bite-sized bites of minty brownies on a stick, covered in chocolate and crushed candy canes! These are perfect party appetizers or desserts, or package them individually in cellophane and give them as edible gifts!

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  • 05 of 20

    Candy Cane Puppy Chow

    This Candy Cane Puppy Chow recipe is a fun Christmas twist on the popular cereal snack mix known as puppy chow or muddy buddies! White chocolate-coated cereal is tossed with candy cane pieces for a beautiful and refreshing holiday treat. 

  • 06 of 20

    Peppermint Chocolate Meringue Sandwiches

    Peppermint Chocolate Meringue Sandwiches
    (c) Elizabeth LaBau
    Peppermint Chocolate Meringue Sandwiches are beautiful red and white-striped meringues sandwiching minty chocolate ganache. These unusual candies are perfect for Christmas-time, or you could decorate them differently and enjoy them year-round.
  • 07 of 20

    Candy Cane Chocolate Cups

    Candy Cane Chocolate Cups
    (c) 2013 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Candy Cane Chocolate Cups are fun, festive Christmas candies. Homemade chocolate cups are filled with a minty white chocolate filling and topped with crushed candy canes. Serve these at your next holiday party, or give them as gifts!
  • 08 of 20
    Peppermint Chocolate Spoons
    (c) 2015 Elizabeth LaBau

    These Christmas candies are chocolate-covered spoons sprinkled with crushed candy canes. They're delicious when used to stir coffee or hot cocoa, and make a great holiday gift. 

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  • 09 of 20

    Crunchy Peppermint Bark

    Crunchy Peppermint Bark
    If you like traditional peppermint bark, you'll love this crunchy variation! It has all of the usual peppermint bark elements--dark chocolate, white chocolate, and lots of crushed candy canes--plus a layer of crispy rice cereal, to add an extra "pop" to your bark.
  • 10 of 20
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    (c) 2011 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    If regular candy canes just won't do, make Candy Cane Shapes instead! By gently heating your candy canes, you can mold them into words, shapes, and more. These make a great gift--form them into holiday sayings, names of friends, or shapes to use as Christmas ornaments.
  • 11 of 20
    Peppermint Swirl Fudge

    In this recipe for Swirled Peppermint Fudge, white chocolate fudge is infused with mint and swirled with red stripes to resemble a candy cane. This fudge can be left plain, or topped with chunks of crushed candy canes to add a little texture.

  • 12 of 20

    Swirled Peppermint Marshmallows

    Swirled Peppermint Marshmallows
    (c) Elizabeth LaBau

     Swirled Peppermint Marshmallows are gorgeous Christmas-themed marshmallows with red and white swirls. Eat them plain, dunk them in hot cocoa, or dip them in white or dark chocolate! 

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  • 13 of 20
    Striped Peppermint Fudge
    (c) 2015 Elizabeth LaBau

    triped Red and White Peppermint Fudge is as easy as it is beautiful! This holiday fudge can be made entirely in the microwave, and only takes about 5 minutes of "active" cooking time. Add this one to your holiday gift plates!

  • 14 of 20

    Peppermint Meringues

    Peppermint Meringues
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    Candy cane pieces are the secret ingredient in these refreshingly minty holiday meringues.

  • 15 of 20

    Candy Cane Fudge

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    Get in the Christmas spirit with Candy Cane Fudge! This quick and easy microwave fudge has a hint of mint flavor on its own, but the real peppermint power comes from the crunchy layer of crushed candy canes on top.
  • 16 of 20
    Candy Cane Popcorn
    (c) Elizabeth LaBau
    Candy Cane Popcorn is a cure for the Christmas munchies! Popcorn is coated in white chocolate and crushed candy canes for a sweet, minty treat that's a perfect party food or edible gift idea.
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  • 17 of 20
    Candy Cane Marshmallows
    (c) Elizabeth LaBau
    Peppermint Stick Marshmallows are an easy Christmas candy featuring marshmallows skewered with peppermint sticks and rolled in white chocolate and crushed candy canes. Try them in hot chocolate or coffee for a fun seasonal treat, or give them as a holiday gift!
  • 18 of 20
    Candy Cane Vase
    (c) Elizabeth LaBau

    Candy canes aren't just for eating--use them to make this beautiful candy cane vase! It just takes a few minutes to turn an ordinary vase into a perfect holiday decoration, complete with ribbon bow.

  • 19 of 20
    Candy Cane Wreath
    (c) Elizabeth LaBau

    Small candy canes are used to create a lovely red-and-white striped wreath. Enjoy the beauty of this long-lasting candy cane wreath all throughout the Christmas season.

  • 20 of 20
    Candy Cane Reindeer
    (c) 2015 Elizabeth LaBau

    This is a candy cane craft kids will love! Turn regular candy canes into googly-eyed, red-nosed reindeer with just a few dabs of glue and twists of pipe cleaner.

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