Still have candy canes hanging out since Christmas?
Recycle them in this adorable craft recipe the kids can participate in and hand them out as gifts or enjoy right in the kitchen!
- 8 candy canes
- 4 lollipop sticks
- ½ cup milk or dark chocolate morsels
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 1/8 cup white chocolate morsels, processed into small bits and powder
Note: You can choose to use smaller candy canes or normal-sized ones, but consider sizing. With smaller candy canes, you won’t have any cutting of candy to do and you can use paper lollipop sticks from a craft store. If you have only normal-sized candy canes—no problem. Just have a few wooden chop sticks handy to use instead of the paper lollipop sticks, and be prepared to cut the excess stems off of the candy when they come out of the oven.
- Preheat the oven to 235° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange pairs of candy canes to form hearts. If you’re using the bigger candy canes, overlap the candy midway through the long stem. Bake for 10 minutes.
- Take the candy hearts out of the oven and off the baking sheet to a work surface (still on the parchment paper). If you’re working with smaller candy canes, all you need to do is pinch the ends of the candy canes together onto a lollipop stick. If you’re working with bigger ones, you’ll have to take some scissors to the stems and pinch a wooden chopstick or a larger pop stick between the two pieces. The candy can be hot, so make sure the kids don’t get involved in this step.
- While you’re doing that, have the kids melt the oil and milk or dark chocolate morsels in a jar in the microwave in 10-second intervals, stirring after the first thirty seconds.
- Pour or spoon the chocolate into the center of each heart. While the chocolate is still soft, take the white chocolate morsels you took through the food processor and sprinkle over the lollipops.
- Put the lollipops, still on the parchment paper, on another baking sheet and put into the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes. Serve same day or wrap in plastic bags (you can get them from the craft store) and tie them off with ribbon or hemp to give as presents.
Today's guest post was contributed by Maria Rainier, a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming and avoiding her laptop.