Creative Candy Cane Ideas

There's no more iconic Christmas candy than that red and white striped candy cane. While chocolate bark and caramel filled truffles surely abound during the holiday season, candy canes are everywhere.

We enjoy a candy cane it's basic form as much as the next person, but this year, we decided to get really creative with it and test it's versatility with other Christmas recipes, and even a few crafts.

Click through our gallery to see just a few ways you can have fun with candy canes this holiday season - from homemade soap to handmade cards and cocktails, the possibilities are pretty endless!


  • Like I said, chocolate bark is certainly a popular recipe during Christmas, but why not add a touch of candy cane to it? This White Chocolate Candy Cane bark is SUPER simple to make and really quite delicious. Not a fan of the white chocolate? Substitute milk or dark instead!

  • Kids will really love this next candy cane idea! Two candy canes form the perfect heart shape and we've got a tutorial to turn them into a piece of edible art anyone will fall in love with. Psst! If you've got leftover candy canes in February, this craft will work well then, too!

  • Homemade soap may sound intimidating, but Vanessa's tutorial shows you just how simple it actually is! She incorporated candy canes into her soap mix for a minty, festive craft that makes for the perfect homemade Christmas gift.

  • Did you ever think to add a minty flavor to your Christmas martini? Our candy cane cocktail is packed with bold flavor and crumbled candy cane. Beware, though! This Christmas drink isn't for the weak!

  • For the special someone in your life, consider crafting a homemade Christmas card with your favorite red nosed reindeer on it. The twist? Our Rudolph has candy cane antlers!

  • The Christmas 2012 dessert we're loving is sprinkled with candy cane for the perfect blend of fresh, decadent flavors and chewy, crunchy textures. Make these candy cane whoopie pies for your family and you'll be their hero.

  • It IS Christmas, so we're not serving our hot chocolate any old way. Complete with cup and saucer, we topped our lucious white chocolate mix with a marshmallow on a stick that's sprinkled with candy cane bits, too!

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