By Kayelle Allen
1. Candy Cane / Peppermint Stick Centerpiece
Make a pretty centerpiece for your table with peppermint sticks. Use a vase or jar with sides that are straight up and down. Wrap a wide rubber band around the middle of the vase. Insert peppermint sticks beneath the rubber band, all the way around the vase. Complete the look by tying a bright red and white ribbon around the vase, covering the rubber band. Fill the vase with silk flowers in Christmasy colors.
2. Attach small, wrapped candy canes to gifts along with a To/From tag instead of the traditional bow.
3. Use long peppermint sticks or candy canes as stirs for hot cocoa. This adds a minty taste to the chocolate and the "stir" can be eaten.
4. Break the candy cane before the curve, dip it into melted candy-coating or bark, and then roll in sprinkles. Allow to cool on wax paper.
5. Crush the broken "crook" pieces. Serve them on top of whipped cream on a decadent brownie, or stir them into the brownie mix before baking.
6. Save a box of mini candy canes for Valentine's Day. Place two at a time on wax paper with the rounded part of the crooks facing outward and the bottoms together to form a heart. Fill the center with white candy-coating or bark, and sprinkle with colored sugar or pink, red, and white sprinkles. Allow to cool at room temperature (do not refrigerate or chill -- the candy coating will "sweat" and not stick to the canes). To make these into lollipops, add cookie treat sticks (available at craft stores or at online at Wilton) before cooling, and then tie a red ribbon around the top of each lollipop.
7. Look at the making of candy canes with this video from the History Channel.
8. Candy canes can be purchased in boxes of twelve, or in bulk containers of 500. Spangler has made candy canes since 1906, and still makes millions of them every year. Visit their site and learn more by clicking here: Spangler. If you prefer organic and natural dye-free foods, try this site: NaturalCandy.
9. Make iconic Candy Cane Reindeer using good old-fashioned Elmer's glue. This is a fun project you can do alone, but is even more fun with friends, and especially with children. For a supply list and full directions, visit the Elmer's website by clicking here: Candy Cane Reindeer Directions.
10. For my final idea ... eat the candy cane exactly as it is and enjoy licking every last bit!
About the author: Kayelle Allen's motto is "romance lives forever." She enjoys hiking, movies, reading, and SciFi conventions. A multipublished, award winning author with character-driven, plot-heavy SciFi Romances, her worldbuilding skills include alien languages and 10k years of future history. Kayelle is known for unstoppable heroes, uncompromising love, unforgettable passion. You will find her on the web in these places:
Romance Lives Forever - Group
The Edge of Peril - World of the Immortals
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