When the Holidays are over and you are busy packing up your tree, lights and decorations you come across a problem. Leftover candy canes! You loved the way they looked on the Christmas tree, in bowls and baskets and were a fun treat to hand out to friends and family. Somehow you ended up with bags full of them, so now you’re wondering what to do with them.
Well don’t fret because here are ways to use your leftover candy canes after Christmas is over.
Stir your Coffee, Cocoa and Egg Nog
If you love the taste of peppermint, you can simply stir any of your favorite Holiday drinks with the candy canes and get some of that delicious flavor. This works best with hot drinks, but don’t hesitate to flavor your cold drinks as well. Egg Nog and Peppermint is a festive mixture of tastes.
Crush into Peppermint Sugar
An alternative to stirring your drinks with your leftover candy canes is to crush them into a sugar consistency and drop into your drinks. Just a teaspoon of peppermint sugar goes a long way to getting that minty taste you love.
A food processor is the perfect way to get the powdery, sugar consistency you want for Peppermint Sugar. Just a few seconds and you’re good to go! Store them in a sealed container or ziploc bag.
Salt the rim of your Holiday cocktails
Christmas might be over, but New Years is right around the corner! What better way to ring in the new year than with a Holiday cocktail? Go one step further by salting the rim with some crushed peppermint candy canes.
To crush them into a salt form (and avoid the powdered state from a processor) simply place them in a sealed ziploc bag, and roll over them a few times with a rolling pin until you’re satisfied with the result.
Frosting for Cupcakes, Cakes and Brownies
Crushed peppermint candy canes are fantastic mixed in with any flavor of frosting, so don’t be afraid to give your treats a little extra color and flavor.
Make cookies, peppermint bark, fudge and other treats
You can crush your leftover candy canes and use them for Holiday treats such as cookies and peppermint bark. Here are just a few delicious recipes.
Chocolate Peppermint Wafers
Candy Cane Cocoa
Save them for next year
There’s nothing wrong with saving them for next year’s decorations! You can hang them on your Christmas tree, place in a bowl by themselves or with scented pine cones and cinnamon sticks, or hang them from garlands.
Candy canes don’t necessarily expire, but the recommended shelf life for consuming them is about three years. If you go to break one apart or bite into one and it’s chewy, then that’s a good sign it’s time to retire them and re-stock.