7 Clever Uses for Candy Canes

Nothing quite says “Christmas is coming so you better get a frickin large head start on your baking” like seeing boxes upon boxes of candy canes everywhere you shop.  Granted they look beautiful on the tree, but then what do you do with them once the tree comes down?  I will give you fair warning now that storing them with your other Christmas decor is not the best idea.  I did this once and opened my box of decorations only to find that the candy had melted everywhere (but my decorations smelled amazing!)  😉  So don’t save them or toss them…put them to use!  Here are some great ideas for your candy cane dilemma.

Use them as gift trim.  Tie them on the package or give someone all they need to make your famous peppermint hot cocoa, peppermint scones, or peppermint bark.

Crush them up to top ice cream, chocolate covered marshmallows, cakes, and much more.

On that note, there are hundreds, and I mean hundreds, of recipes involving candy canes.  If you can’t pawn them off in candy form, perhaps baking them into a treat will help you get rid of them.

If you’re looking to get rid of your peppermint sticks, bring an old artificial tree to work and hang the candy canes from the tree.  Give a shout out to your employees that they’re free for the taking and watch them disappear.

Use an old coffee can and hot glue candy canes, curved side out, around the can.  The curve can be on the top or bottom, your choice.  Each variation will give you a very different look.  Fill with red flowers and you can leave it out all the way until Valentine’s Day.

Keep mini candy canes in your purse.  They will help suppress hunger and can calm a sour tummy (so, wait…does that mean I can eat all the peppermint bark I want and I won’t get sick?  WIN!).

Peppermint Martini?  You’ll need one after watching this video.

Knowledge is power!  Learn fun facts, hints and tips, and creative ways to use every day items with “The Buzz” posts on Thursday.

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