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25 Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Candy Canes

We’re keeping things traditional around here with 25 creative recipes that put the classic peppermint candy cane to use! Too much minty-ness for you? How about incorporating the red and white swirly treats into your holiday decor this year with a few easy DIY projects. Candy cane cups and votive holders will have your pad looking festive in no time (full disclosure: no candy canes were harmed in the making of these items)!

Candy Cane Cocktail with Homemade Candy Cane-Infused Vodka

1. Candy Cane Cocktail with Homemade Candy Cane Infused Vodka: Let’s start things off on a spirited note. Crème de cacao and homemade candy cane-infused vanilla vodka — along with a couple dashes of bitters for depth and balance — combine to create a classic, not cloying, chocolate-peppermint cocktail. (via Boulder Locavore)

Candy Cane Macaron

2. Candy Cane Macaron: Try your hand at these popular French delicacies — this tempting version is filled with peppermint buttercream and garnished with candy canes! (via Cake and Allie)

 Dark Chocolate Peppermint Hot Fudge Sauce

3. Dark Chocolate Peppermint Hot Fudge Sauce: Dark chocolate hot fudge gets a chilly edge with the addition of peppermint. Sprinkle crushed candy canes over top just before serving with ice cream or cake to take this sauce to the next level. (Psst, jars of this sauce make great DIY food gifts!) (via Lauren’s Latest)

Candy Cane Marshmallows

4. Candy Cane Marshmallows: Springy homemade marshmallows are embellished with pulverized candy canes before they loose their stickiness — your next mug of peppermint hot chocolate deserves to have a couple of these ‘mallows bobbing on top! (Wrapped in a cellophane bag, these are another great homemade gift idea!) (via Playin With My Food)

5. Candy Cane Crumble Nutella Cookies: Soft, chewy, fudgey cookies laced with just a touch of hazelnut flavor courtesy of Nutella are terrific on their own, but adding crumbled candy canes as soon as they pop out of the oven lends these treats an unexpected, cheery flair. (via A Pretty Life)

6. Peppermint Bark Donuts: Boxed chocolate muffin mix plus white chocolate candy coating plus crushed candy canes equals these terrific baked donuts reminiscent of peppermint bark — can’t get much easier and festive than that! (via Couponing and Cooking)

No-churn Candy Cane Ice Cream

7. No-Churn Candy Cane Ice Cream: You only need a couple bowls, a whisk and a storage container to whip up a batch of this creamy peppermint ice cream. Despite its simplicity, the possibilities are endless: stir in chocolate chunks for a mint chocolate chip version, drizzle homemade dark chocolate peppermint hot fudge sauce over top, on and on. (via The Vanilla Bean Blog)

Candy Cane Cake

8. Candy Cane Cake: Using boxed cake mix simplifies this festive bundt cake topped with vanilla icing and candy canes. But candy canes aren’t the only minty element here, the poppy red ribbon of batter in the center is peppermint-flavored! (via Betty Crocker)

9. Candy Cane Sugar Cookie Bars: These buttery bar cookies will fill up your holiday cookie tray in a jiffy, and disappear just as fast! Plus, you can even freeze ’em after applying the peppermint frosting and slicing into squares — just hold off on adding the candy canes until after they’ve defrosted. (via Heather Christo)

White Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallow Fudge

10. White Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallow Fudge Employing white chocolate chips, peppermint extract and candy canes, this marshmallow fudge recipe is a fantastic holiday twist on Fluff’s classic Never-Fail-Fudge! (via Crepes of Wrath)

Peppermint Brownie Ice Cream Cake

11. Peppermint Brownie Ice Cream Cake: Who knew that making your own ice cream cake at home could be so easy and look this gorgeous? (Plus, it only costs a fraction of what your local scoop shop would charge!) Each step is broken down in this fantastic tutorial. (via Life, Love . . . and Sugar)

White Chocolate-dipped Oreos with Peppermint Sprinkles

12. White Chocolate Dipped Oreos with Peppermint Sprinkles: Red cream-filled Oreos provide an unexpected pop of color in the middle of these white chocolate-dipped cookies. For extra minty flavor, use Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe Joe’s! (via Sugar and Spice by Celeste)

Candy Cane Cake Pops

13. Candy Cane Cake Pops: These pepperminty cake pops get an additional dash of festive flair with the included DIY “candy cane” pop stick tutorial! (via Hostess with the Mostess)

Candy Cane Chocolate Cookies

14. Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies: Across between cookies and whoopie pies, these ganache and candy cane-topped goodies have a time-saving surprise — they use boxed devil’s food cake mix! (via Betty Crocker)

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

15. Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes: A holiday season coffee shop favorite, in cupcake form! Red cupcake liners are reminiscent of the ever-popular red holiday cups, no detail is overlooked. (via Sally’s Baking Addiction)

DIY Genevia Cookies

16. DIY Candy Cane Geneva Cookies: You can bet the [Pepperidge] Farm on these cookies being a hit as part of your next cookie tray! Need a break from candy canes? Chopped pecans or coconut can be substituted in a pinch. (via Top With Cinnamon)

Candy Cane Cake

17. Candy Cane Cake: We’re totally struck by how gorgeous this cake is. Pretty in pink with shimmering candy cane sprinkles all around, slicing into it reveals the rich chocolate, double-layer cake inside. (via The Vanilla Bean Blog)

Peppermint Candy Cane Popcorn

18. Peppermint Candy Cane Popcorn: This homemade, pepperminty popcorn makes an excellent — and easy — DIY gift this holiday season or snack for your next Christmas movie marathon! (via Closet Cooking)

Double Chocolate Peppermint Whoopie Pies

19. Double Chocolate Peppermint Whoopie Pies: Fluffy mint chocolate frosting fills these handheld cakes. A quick dip in crushed candy canes makes these cozy treats even more festive. (via NeighborFood)

Candy Cane Cocktail

20. Candy Cane Cooler: For a Dude-approved variation, substitute Kahlúa for brandy in this creamy peppermint libation. (via Colony Wine Market)

Chocolate Candy Cane Shooters

21. Candy Cane Chocolate Shooters: The whole family can enjoy these quick-n-easy chocolate-peppermint shooters. A great, two-bite dessert to round out a holiday feast. (via Babble)

Candy Cane Biscotti

22. Candy Cane Biscotti: Skipping a layer of frosting or drizzle of chocolate makes these candy cane-dotted biscotti all the more appropriate to accompany your morning cup-o-coffee. (via Savory Bites)

Homemade Oreos with Candy Cane Cream

23. Homemade Oreos with Candy Cane Cream: Enjoy these homemade, minty cream-filled sandwich cookies all on their own, or earn the title of Master Maker™ by taking them one step further — dip in white chocolate and sprinkle with crushed candy canes or transform them into cookie truffles! (via Bless This Mess)

24. Candy Cane Milkshake: This single-serve milkshake gets its peppermint kick courtesy of one whole candy cane. (via A Spoonful of Sugar)

DIY Candy Canes

25. DIY Candy Canes: Now we’re getting meta. Test your candy-making skills with this recipe for homemade candy canes. (via The Knead For Speed)

Are you as peppermint-obsessed as we are? How do you feel about non-traditional candy cane flavors like Sriarcha or bacon? Talk to us in the comments!

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