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5 Clever New Uses For Candy Canes

Got more candy canes than you could possibly eat? Here are five tasteful ways to use candy canes around the house.

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New Uses for Candy Canes: Make S’mores

Need a tasty Christmas dessert for your holiday party? Follow our irresistible Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Smores recipe, but with a twist: Sprinkle a tablespoon of crushed candy canes on the chocolate before melting. When the marshmallow, chocolate and candy canes mix, you’ll get a festive treat that’s sure to have your guests rocking around the Christmas tree. (While you’ve got them out, here are five new uses for marshmallows!)

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New Uses for Candy Canes: Stir Sticks

Want to make your next beverage or hot chocolate extra-festive? Try a candy cane stir stick, and keep your beverages minty fresh all Christmas long. (Psst—here’s the correct way to serve Baileys and coffee!)

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New Uses for Candy Canes: Make Candy Cane Vodka


Make your martini North Pole-style by mixing up some candy cane flavoured vodka. Just add a litre of vodka and seven crushed candy canes in a mason jar, shake, and store in your fridge for 48 hours. In a few days you’ll have a festive martini fit for Santa. (Here are more fantastic new uses for mason jars, too!)

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New Uses for Candy Canes: Garnish Treats


Try adding crushed candy canes to vanilla ice cream, hot apple cider or warm cocoa for a fun Christmas twist. Don’t miss these other brilliant holiday baking hacks.

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New Uses for Candy Canes: Decorations

Candy canes aren’t just for decorating the tree! Take a clear vase or fish bowl, or even a Christmas stocking, and add in candy canes, a few pine cones and some mistletoe, and voila, you’ve got a brand new holiday centerpiece. Want to make a real style statement this festive season? Check out these cool alternatives to a traditional Christmas tree.