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15 Uses For Candy Canes

Updated on October 14, 2013


Candy canes are not only tasty and inexpensive, but there are so many other fun uses for candy canes beside eating them. You can decorate edible treats, use for stir sticks in hot chocolate and coffee, garnish candy cane martinis with them and so much more. So don't throw away your left over holiday candy canes until you've tried these ideas.

#1 Candy Cane Marshmallows

Candy Cane marshmallows:


1 cup powdered sugar

5 teaspoons water

6 candy canes (ground)

1 bag of jumbo marshmallows


Cookie sheet lined with wax paper


1. Pour powdered sugar in a bowl.

2. Add water 1 teaspoon at a time until you've created a thin glaze.

3. Place candy canes in a blender and blend until finely ground.

4. Place a toothpick in the end of marshmallow.

5. Roll marshmallow in glaze; covering botton and sides.

7. Roll marshmallow in candy canes until glaze is covered.

8. Place in freezer. They are done when the marshmallow pops off easily from the wax paper.

Store leftover in a bag in the freezer.

Great treat to add to your hot chocolate! (Don't forget to remove the toothpick first.)

#2 Decorative Candles

Decorative Candy Cane Candles:

Use heavy duty double stick tape to make the candy canes stick to the candle.

Candy Cane Candles From Amazon

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#3 Dipped Chocolate Candy Cane Sticks

Dipped Chocolate Candy Cane Sticks:

Dip candy canes in your favorite melted chocolate. Yummy!

Use for stirring sticks in hot chocolate or package in clear cellophane with a bow to make a small gift.

#4 Candy Cane Hot Chocolate

Candy Cane Hot Chocolate:


4 cups milk

3 (1 oz.) squares semisweet chocolate (chopped)

4 peppermint candy canes (crushed)

1 cup whipped cream

4 small peppermint candy canes


1. In a saucepan, heat milk until hot (do not bring to a boil)

2. Whisk in the chocolate and the crushed peppermint candies until melted and smooth.

3. Pour hot cocoa into four mugs: garnish with whipped cream.

4. Add a candy cane stiring stick and serve.

#5 Whipped Cream Topper

Candy Cane Whipped Cream Topper:

Use crushed candy canes on top of whipped cream. For more color, use crushed colored candy canes like those in the photo. Tasty on top of hot chocolate!

#6 Candy Cane Mug Gift

Fill these fun mugs with your favorite holiday drink, or fill with treats for gift giving.

Click on any mug to purchase.

#7 Floral Arrangements

Candy Cane Floral Arrangements:

Candy canes are nice touch to any holiday floral arrangement!

#8 Replace Your Flowers With Candy Canes

#8 Replace Your Flowers With Candy Canes
#8 Replace Your Flowers With Candy Canes

#9 Candy Cane Martinis

Candy Cane Martinis:


1 oz vodka

1/2 oz peppermint schnapps

4 candy canes

Cherry balls (optional)


1. Fill a shaker with crushed ice, vodka and schnapps.

2. Shake well and pour into glasses.

3. Garnish with candy canes and cherry balls.

Makes 4 servings


#10 Cards and Gift Tags

Candy Cane Cards and Gift Tags:

Add your favorite greeting or poem to make a card. For gift tags, tie a small bow around the candy cane and tape to a gift.

Candy Cane Cards from Zazzle

Click on any card to purchase.

#11 Party Favors

Candy Cane Party Favors:

Wrap in cellophane, add a bow, and you have a cute party favor.

#12 Cupcakes Decorations

Cupcake Decoration:

Use mini candy canes to decorate cup cakes.

Cupcake and Candy Wrappers - Click on any product to purchase from Amazon.

#13 Cake Decorations

Candy Cane Cake Decorations:

Crush your candy canes and use them to decorate your cakes.

#14 Christmas Tree Decorations

Candy Cane Christmas Tree Decorations:

Depending on your preference, use white, red and white, colored, regular size and/or miniture candy canes.

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#15 Drink Stirring Sticks

Candy Cane Drink Stirring Sticks For:

Hot Chocolate


Cocktails (Vodka infused with candycanes makes a peppermint schnapps-like infusion)

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      AnnaleeBlysse 5 years ago

      Yum, had a candy cane with a bowl of peppermint candy cane ice cream last night!

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      Loretta 6 years ago from United States

      fun ideas!

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      Wow these looked good!

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      These were great ideas!

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      These were great ideas!

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      Vicki 6 years ago from USA

      What a sweet, sweet lens -- I love it!! I think I like candy canes even more now as an adult than I did as a kid. I got hooked on them last Christmas. I love stirring & melting a candy cane in hot chocolate or chocolate-mint coffee! I try to avoid that sugar, but it's hard to at Christmas! I'm lensrolling this lens to my Retro Christmas lens -- I hope you'll visit it some time. ~Vicki~

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      EpiphanyLondon 7 years ago

      Great ideas! :-D

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      RinchenChodron 7 years ago

      I have some candy canes left over from Christmas. I think I'll dip em in chocolate! Thanks for the ideas.

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      Jeremy 7 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      We used candy canes for a kids' party today. Filled a big bowl with candy canes, gave each kid a candy cane, and had them hold their candy canes in their mouths and "fish" for the candy canes in the bowl.

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      noobeegin 7 years ago

      Love these ideas! I want to make the candy cane marshmallows.

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I love this lens. As someone who is really into crafting, this gives me plenty of ideas.

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      JanieceTobey 7 years ago

      What a beautiful, and YUMMY, lens! I saw some candy cane herbal tea at the store yesterday!

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      dessertlover 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens with so many great ideas. I LOVE candy cane hot cocoa. I've shared this lens with my readers on my Homemade Peppermint Patties lens ( Thumbs up!

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      Soulshine_Expressions 7 years ago

      Thanks for the feature of our Candy Stripes Holiday Peace Sign Binder! This lens looks fantastic! Good enough to eat! That candy crested layer cake looks especially scrumptious! High five! :)

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      friskybiz 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens with so many great products and information.....thanks a bunch for featuring my candy cane mug..

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      Loving the creative ideas on here. Who knew there were so many things we can use the candy cane for. This lens put a smile on my face! (

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      Marelisa 8 years ago

      I love candy canes, and this is a creative and beautiful lens. I always get candy canes to put in my coffee during Christmas. :-)

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      WebSpinstress 8 years ago

      Very creative display of the many uses for candy canes, and great pictures! I always enjoy a twisted holiday, and candy canes certainly show their stripes. :-)

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      VarietyWriter2 8 years ago

      Thank you for the blessing party animal and Brenda!

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      thepartyanimal2 8 years ago

      This was one YUMMY lens full of great ideas. You have been Blessed by The Party Animal. Party On....

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      I love all the candy canes on this page!Well done & blessed.

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      Anura 8 years ago

      What a fun lens. I already tried the hot chocolate recipe. It was delicious! Thanks so much for featuring my recipe binder. Kati

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      justholidays 8 years ago

      Great lens with many different ideas on how to use candy canes... My favorite one? Hot chocolate and candy cane. Reminds me some things... Hmmmm...Dom.

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      You've found some wonderful ideas for candy canes! 5* and blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      SmilinEyesTreas 8 years ago

      What a wonderful lens!!!!! Thank you so much for featuring my candy cane heart binder.

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      biglnet 8 years ago

      Great lens makes me feel hungry