Oops! You bought way too many candy canes. And seriously, who eats candy canes after Christmas? Well, here are 10 tips for using up those leftover candy canes and you might enjoy them so much that you pick up a few more boxes so you’ll have plenty on hand throughout the year. After all, as long as they’re wrapped, candy canes will last almost forever.
The number one tip is to stash those leftovers and use them for decorations next Christmas. In fact, if you don’t have enough of the little guys leftover, hit the clearance shelves the day after Christmas and pick up a couple of extra boxes – marked down, of course.
Tip #2 – You’ve heard the old saying, ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade?” Well, when life gives you candy canes, make candy cane milkshakes! In your blender, add candy canes to vanilla or chocolate ice cream and a splash of milk and blend until smooth.
Tip #3 – Decorate baked goods – cupcakes, cakes and cookies – with crushed candy canes.
Tip #4 – Pulverize candy canes in your blender to make candy cane sugar. Great sprinkled on cookies, stirred into hot tea or coffee, or added to icing recipes, etc.
Tip #5 – Make Peppermint Bark with either white or milk chocolate. Just melt the chocolate and spread on wax paper. Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top while the chocolate is still warm. Let cool and break into pieces.
Tip #6 – Decorate a winter birthday cake by placing 2 candy canes, parallel, on top of the cake and pipe a snowman onto the candy cane skis. Use miniature candy canes to get the same effect on top of cupcakes.
Tip #7 – Let the kids make reindeer. All you need is a brown or gold pipe cleaner for the antlers, some googly eyes and red pompoms for the nose. These also make great, inexpensive items for bazaars and fund raisers.
Tip #8 – Put a jar of candy canes by your home of office coffee pot and use them for stir sticks.
Tip #9 – Crush candy canes and make Peppermint Ice Cream by adding them to the mix as it’s freezing. (You might want to wait for summertime to try this one!)
Tip #10 – Put those leftover candy canes in your purse, your car, your medicine cabinet, etc. Peppermint is a natural oil that has a ton of useful health benefits. For more information, read “Put those leftover candy canes in your medicine cabinet.”
Donna Anderson is one-half of The Happy Couponers duo. Togehter, she and her daughter, Jessica Crowe, hope to make the world a happier place for everybody who wants to save money on groceries. They share their coupon tips at The Happy Couponer blog and clipping service.