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Candy Cane Recipes and Crafts

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Candy canes are tasty on their own, but their crunchy texture, minty flavor, and bold white and red 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. If you're ambitious you can also tackle making your own candy canes, or you can stay out of the kitchen entirely and make one of these candy cane crafts.

1. Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark
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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.

2. Homemade Candy Canes

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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!

3. 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.

4. Candy Cane Truffles

Candy Cane Truffles
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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.

5. Candy Cane Popcorn

Candy Cane Popcorn
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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.

6. Crunchy Peppermint Bark

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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.

7. Peppermint Chocolate Meringue Sandwiches

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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.

8. Peppermint Stick Marshmallows

Peppermint Stick Marshmallows
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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!

9. Candy Cane Chocolate Cups

Candy Cane Chocolate Cups
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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!

10. Candy Cane Shapes

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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.
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