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What to do with Leftover Candy Canes

If you’re like us, you still have Leftover Candy Canes all over your kitchen, ha! They’re too pretty to throw away and you can’t really give them to anyone, as they have their own piles at home too! So here’s a few things you can do to give candy canes new life without throwing them out.

Leftover Candy Canes

We love to buy candy canes during December to help decorate our home for the holidays. They are so festive and fun, I love everything about them. But we always have some leftover candy canes and need ideas. So here are 3 ways you can put them to good use!

3 Ways to Use Up Leftover Candy Canes

1. Crush Them

Crushed candy canes make for great toppings on almost any dessert. Pies, ice cream, brownies, cookies, cakes, the list goes on. They can be the topping or mixed right into the recipe. If you’re going to mix in your crushed candy canes, I highly suggest blending or pureeing them. It will make for a much finer taste as it’s baked or mixed into another dessert.

Recipe: Peppermint Whipped Cream for your Hot Chocolate

Homemade Peppermint Whipped Cream

2. Dip Them

We like to dip our candy canes in chocolate too. Then it’s ready for milk, chocolate milk, hot chocolate, coffee, again, the list goes on. Or if you don’t want to dip them, they’re great just as a stir stick with your hot drink.

Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Candy Canes Ready for Stirring

3. Bake Them

You can even bake your candy canes. Once they’re baked you can move them into fun shapes. We’ve baked 2 candy canes together to make a heart. Or even broken off pieces and shaped them into letters.

Baked Candy Canes for LOVE

However you use up your leftover candy canes, it’s going to be delicious! What have you done with your extra candies from the holidays?


  1. Great ideas. I was just thinking I needed to come up with something for all the left over candy canes. I think I still even have some pink mini princess ones that would make super cute hearts.

    Cindy – I also love the lolly pop idea.

  2. I’ve got Christmas all put away except this mound of candy canes on my kitchen counter. I never considered doing something else with them. Thanks for the inspiration. I’ll be linking on Facebook.

  3. Wacky video! I still had candy canes from 2008 on my top cupboard shelf (out of sight, out of mind) a week before Christmas. Santa only brought one pack this year and they weren’t peppermint. All of these ideas are great if I ever do have peppermint ones though!

  4. always good ideas over here….thanks marie and good luck with your run! that’s sounds like a lot of fun. i maybe want to make a team. we’ll see if i am up to the task.

  5. crush, store in freezer tightly wrapped (so as not to absorb other flavors), stir into summer’s vanilla ice cream. Great for after the pool on a blistering day!

  6. Similar to crushing, if you pulse those pieces in the food processor, you get peppermint powdered sugar. Really fun for cookie decorating or for tossing with homemade marshmallows.

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