From the Kitchen

Candy Cane Hearts

This is a great way to use up all the extra candy canes that are left over from the Christmas holiday. My neighbor shared this great idea for forming two candy canes into one big heart. It’s perfect for Valentines.

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Make sure you take the plastic off the candy canes first. Place your candy canes on a silicon baking mat on a baking pan or with a pan that has vegetable spray. I arranged them how I wanted them to look when they were done, but they do come out soft and you can mold them later. Set your oven to 250 degrees and cook them for 10 minutes. Right out of the oven they should be playable and easy to mold, caution – they may be warm/hot to the touch. I was easily able to mold them however I wanted. I smooshed the bottoms together and the tops together. I let them cool, placing them in my fridge for faster cooling. Now you can eat them, give them as gifts, or use them as decorations for this Valentine’s Day. They would be cute hanging with a red ribbon.

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I never knew I could soften candy canes up and shape them. I think I will have to find more things to mold them into. I didn’t have any of the little candy canes left over, but those would be perfect little Valentine treats. Also, my son was wanting to make the candy canes into letters. I will be buying a few extra candy canes this next December for fun projects, not to mention Peppermint Whipped Cream. Have fun melting and molding away!

20 comments

  1. Great idea girls….but if you wanna go one step further you can set your candy canes out like a heart, insert a lollipop stick up thru the bottom of the heart so it looks like a sucker… melt white almond bark/chocolate and pour into the middle and then sprinkle with cookie sprinkles…let dry and then you have a peppermint/chocolate sucker on a stick. Very cute wrapped up and given away to friends for Valentines Day…and as you all have said a great way to use up the leftover candy canes

  2. I think these are so neat! My baby was born on Valentines Day, and so for his first birthday, we’ll be making these and placing them on birthday cupcakes! I found a box of 100 small candy canes at Walmart for 50c, so I can make 50 of these beauties!

  3. I have been wanting to try this idea for a long time…testing it right now for possible gifts for my kindergarten class at church! Your directions are clear and and uncluttered! – the best way for busy moms! thanks for sharing!

  4. My sister and I just got done thinking of more ideas for these fun candy canes. I will have to do a post with melting these into letters for Christmas, like JOY or NOEL.

    Kara – I love my silicone mat. I actually wish I had 2-3 more. I highly suggest getting one.

    Lindsay – They are clever. I also like the name Lindsat!

    Kelly – My kids think the candy canes are a little too “spicy” so I am just using them for decorations. Also, I think it is a treat to find out the sex of the baby after you just endured 17 weeks of “morning sickness”!

    SewDelish – Thanks for the tag. I will have to check it out and come up with my own little list.

  5. I have lots of mini candy canes I can use up. Thanks.

    PS I have just tagged you, please visit my blog to find out the rules. I hope you can play.

    Thanks again for the inspiration you provide to us all.

  6. that is perfect. so cute. gavin loves candy canes, so he will be thrilled. oh and btw… my vote is to find out. i don’t know why, i guess it just adds a little bit of excitement. by that time in my pregnancies, i’m so over being prego, so finding out is a fun little treat. it helps me channel all my thoughts.

  7. Awesome idea Marie!! I have a whole box of candy canes and we will be doing this for family night tonight! Now I just need one of those handy silicone mats! Of course I knew who you were silly! That’s why I came to visit your site. I don’t know how you have the time and energy for it all, but I sure am glad that I get to benefit from your talent!

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