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What do you do with leftover candy canes?

Posted by  ·  January 3, 2012  ·  Last Updated: April 30, 2016

Are you left with some candy canes?

We loved them during the season…

but, is time for them to go.

White Chocolate and Peppermint Popcorn

  • 16 oz. white chocolate (can use white chocolate baking morsels) or  vanilla candy coating.
  • 1 cup finely crushed (like sand) peppermints (about 10-12 candy canes or 40 mints) I crush my peppermints in my food processor. The mints will scratch the plastic.
  • 4 quarts popped popcorn (about 1/2 cup corn kernels) I used this to pop my corn, so it had salt. If you are using air popped corn, throw in a pinch of salt when you sprinkle in the crushed peppermints.

Slowly melt white chocolate or candy coating in the microwave or on stove-top with double boiler. Stir often to keep chocolate from burning. Stir 1/2 cup crushed peppermints into the white chocolate. Place popped corn into a large bowl. Pour melted white chocolate and peppermint mixture over the popcorn. Gently stir to coat popcorn while sprinkling remaining crushed peppermints over the popcorn.

Pour out onto parchment paper and allow coating to harden.

oh yummy peppermint popcorn!

You can even drizzle with chocolate!

Mini candy canes make great heart shaped suckers, perfect for cupcake toppers.

and don’t forget a 1/2 cup of crushed peppermints makes a divine frozen peppermint cheesecake.

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  1. Sunday, January 8th, 2012
    What a fantastic idea! I just so happen to have a bunch of little candy canes left over that I was wondering what to do with.
  2. Alexa
    Sunday, January 8th, 2012
    Last year we stretched out sending Christmas cards, so the candy canes became hearts for wishing you love at Christmas and then Valentine hearts for the rest of the list. It took some thin bubble wrap for them to arrive in decent condition. On an index card, they also work as school Valentines. We used the small canes. Then there was a box that made it through the year and ended up decorating 2011's gingerbread houses.
  3. Friday, January 6th, 2012
    I give them to my brother. His horses love them for a treat...only the peppermint flavored ones though.
  4. Ginny
    Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
    I just put them in a ziploc and bash them with a hammer until crushed (not powdered) and then sprinkle on top of brownies before baking - mint brownies - yum.
  5. valerie
    Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
    Oh Yes!! I will have one very happy 8 year when I make this for him especially. So many of his favorite things all shmooshed into 1 yummy treat. Thanks for sharing!
  6. Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
    You are simply brilliant! Why didn't I think of this one? Looks wonderful...I am pinning now and making it soon. Thanks so much.
  7. Donna
    Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
    Peppermint stick ice cream and add crushed pieces/powder to hot cocoa all winter. Also shelf life is usually 2 yrs on the box so no need to toss'em just put them away for next year.
    • Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
      Great idea's too. Thanks for sharing.
  8. Corrina
    Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
    I pound them out in a big baggie and add them to white chocolate to make bark. But I don't just eat the candy. I drop pieces into my coffee and stir well. mmmmm peppermint mocha coffee at home!
  9. Donna
    Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
    I made this recipe last year and it is absolutely delicious! I couldn't stop eating it. I used a hammer and a plastic bag at first to pound it into tiny pieces, but I wanted it even finer so I then put it in my blender. It didn't scratch my blender. This is a nice treat for Valentines Day.
  10. Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
    I really dont eat alot of Candy Canes..but I did buy a small box, because I used a couple of Candy Canes in a gift.
    Your recipe ideas sound great!
  11. judy in carefree
    Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
    Great ideas, but I didn't buy any this year because I always end up throwing them out. I get rid of all Christmas candy on New Year's day before the diet starts.
  12. Leslie W
    Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
    I love these ideas. I wonder if there's a way to crush the mints without scratching the food processor.
  13. Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
    Yum! Now I'm mad that I didn't buy any candy canes this Christmas!!
  14. Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
    ooh - and I saw a recipe yesterday for molded peppermint sugar cubes! I think I will be busy rounding them all up!
  15. Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
    Why not cut to the chase and make white-chocolate-peppermint bark? Mmm. And they're lovely sprinkled over icing. But don't try using them as cookie sprinkles -- they turn all chewy and hard when you cook them. On the other hand... ;
  16. Latina
    Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
    Last year I put some in the freezer. This year they were tree decorations! Although, your idea sounds yummier :)
  17. Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
    Great idea, great blog entry! :o)
  18. Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
    It's homemade Peppermint ice cream at our house - made 3 times already this holiday! We had lots of leftover candy canes:)
  19. Suzanne
    Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
    Never thought of tossing them with popcorn. Wow!