I'm not sure that there ever has been a year that my family has actually eaten all (or even most) of the candy canes hanging from the evergreen branches of our Christmas tree. As delicious and refreshing as candy canes are, they are also big and take forever to eat. So one or two get eaten and the rest are left to languish.
A few years ago, when I first had Peppermint Bark, a whole new world of sweets opened up to me: ones that were made from leftover candy canes. Perfect for serving in late December and early January, these treats help you waste less and enjoy more.
Candy canes are easy to crush. Just unwrap them and toss them into a freezer weight sealable bag. Use a rolling pin to crush them into small pieces. They can be mixed into frostings, cookie batters or used to garnish hot chocolate or other confections.
Now, hurry off and get cooking before that New Year's weight loss resolution kicks in.
Peppermint Crunch Mix - Trade out the peppermint candies for candy canes when making this tasty snack mix.
Peppermint Mousse Cups - These would make a great dessert for a New Year's Eve party ... or whenever you want.
White Chocolate Peppermint Napoleons - Like the Crunch Mix, just trade some candy canes in for the peppermint candies. These delicious stacks are sure to draw some raves.
Peppermint Bark Hearts - These adorable hearts are sure to sweeten your sweetie's day ... heck you could even save some canes to make these for Valentine's Day in a couple months.