Holiday Candy Cane Recipes for All

We have been making candy canes since 1906, and we know they aren’t just for kids. There are fun and tasty recipes for adults and kids alike. White Chocolate Peppermint Bark is a holiday tradition in many homes!

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Recipe

Making White Chocolate Peppermint Bark is easy! You need:

-2 cups of white chocolate (white chocolate chips or white chocolate baking candy)

-4 large peppermint Candy Canes

-Cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil

After gathering the ingredients:

-Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler

-While the chocolate is melting, take the candy canes and crush them into tiny pieces using a bowl and the bottom of a glass, a rolling pin, or a food processor

-Once the chocolate is melted, fold in the crushed candy canes

-Pour the white chocolate and candy cane mixture on the cookie sheet

-After the mixture is evenly distributed, put the pan in the refrigerator to let it cool

-Once it has hardened, break into pieces. No further refrigeration is required.

This is the perfect holiday treat to share with family and friends.

Candy Cane Drink Rim

Are you having a holiday party and want to make a festive beverage? Making a special rim on a glass will keep your guests talking for years to come.

Recipe

You need:

– Candy Canes (decide the number needed depending on the number of glasses you are planning to cover)

-Water

-Drinking glasses

After gathering the ingredients:

-Chop candy in the same fashion described for the White Chocolate Peppermint Bark (crush them into tiny pieces using a bowl and the bottom of a glass, a rolling pin, or a food processor) and leave the crushed up pieces in a bowl. Make sure the pieces are as finely chopped as possible.

-Wet the rim of each glass

-Place the wet rim in the bowl of consisting of the mixture made from the directions above, moving the rim in a circular motion.

Once each glass is covered with a candy-coated rim, fill the glass with whatever beverage you’d like. The peppermint flavor complements every beverage imaginable! The candy coated rim is fun for parties involving both children and adults. Let the children decorate their glass in the same fashion as the adults – with a different beverage inside the glass, of course!

Both of these recipe ideas can be used year round to give your home the holiday look and feel you desire.

Health Benefits of Peppermint

With Christmas nearing, you are inevitably going to be seeing delicious peppermint candy canes being sold in your local grocery store. Candy canes are one the best selling candies during the holiday season and have multiple uses, including being used as Christmas tree decorations. Obviously eating them as a treat is the most popular use, but did you know that ingesting peppermint actually has health benefits for you?

Foremost, peppermint soothes the human digestive tract which in turn limits indigestion and results in less flatulence. Peppermint also helps alleviate stomach conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and has been found useful in treating stomach cancer and gallbladder disease. Peppermint has also been shown to stunt the growth of many different types of bacteria and fungi. This in turn has been found to help relieve symptoms of allergies and asthma.

Finally, while many of you are probably not going to go around rubbing candy canes all over yourselves, peppermint oil has been found to help relieve tension headaches. And the mere smell of peppermint has been known to relieve stress.

So when you’re trying to decide what to have as a treat this holiday season reach for that candy cane and who knows you may feel better after consumption than before! Or if you prefer to eschew the sugary treat for another source, add some peppermint to you tea or coffee, or get a double dose healthy sweetness by eating a peppermint piece of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is said to possess several healthy properties as well!

Try This Outstanding Peppermint Cookie Recipe

I like the taste of peppermint, but candies that contain the flavor can be overwhelming. The most important thing to know about peppermint is that less is more. That is, a little bit of peppermint goes a very long way. Even the smallest bottle of peppermint extract should last you quite a long time. Years ago I got some colorless candy extracts that are very concentrated, so just 3-4 drops of the flavoring comes through loud and clear.

Peppermint is as aggressive in the garden as it is on your taste buds. It thrives in wet moist climates and should be kept in containers to avoid becoming invasive. If you do plant this herb in your garden, surround it with buried eight inch boards to keep it from spreading and plant it near cabbage to keep away certain insects.

Peppermint is often paired with chocolate and for good reason. It gives chocolate a cooler and more sophisticated taste. I like putting a few drops in my chocolate chip cookies. Around the holidays I crush red and green candy canes and use the colorful peppermint-flavored sugar crystals to top off an iced cookie that may taste or look a little too bland. I’ve even created what I call a mint blondie, a bar recipe that was originally flavored with orange zest, but tastes equally good with half of a teaspoon of mint extract as a substitution. You can create your own variations by adding it to brownies or other favorite chocolate desserts.

The following recipe can be used as a base cookie for almost any flavor you enjoy. If you have extracts that have been sitting around a while, feel free to use them in place of the mint. Start with half a teaspoon and increase or decrease the amount based on how you like it. This recipe produces a very white cookie and thus lends itself to decoration. Mix in small, candy-coated chocolates for a different twist on the chocolate chip cookie or dip the balls of dough into colored sugars before baking. The recipe makes about 20 cookies, but it is easily doubled to make more.

Heat your over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a cookie sheet. Parchment paper works well also. On the stovetop heat ½ cup of whole milk in a pan just to the boiling point. Pour the milk into a mixing bowl and after it has cooled add 2/3 of a cup of sugar, 1½ teaspoons of corn oil, ¼ teaspoon of baking powder and 4 drops of peppermint candy flavoring or ¼ teaspoon of peppermint extract. Add 1½ cups of flour and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Stir it until smooth and make 1-inch balls or drop by a cookie scoop. Don’t let the cookies brown.

Peppermint is a great herb and is more pungent and peppery than spearmint. It can be used in non-baking foods like sauces and as a popular herbal tea. Try it in jellies or salsas and pair it with coconut, chile peppers, rosemary or tomatoes. It has many culinary uses and should not be limited to just toothpaste, mouthwashes, gum and hard candies.