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3 Hacks for Unwanted Candy Canes

Updated November 15, 2019
How to Hack a Box of Candy Canes
Is it just us, or are you also up to your eyeballs in candy canes? Rather than eating them the old-fashioned way, we’re turning all these extra peppermint candies into magical “dust” and decorating anything we can get our hands on.

How to Make Candy Cane Dust

candy cane dust in food processor

Ready to get minted? To make this versatile holiday “dust,” grab all the candy canes you have on hand and pull out your food processor. Pulse the candy canes in the food processor until they turn into a fine dust. Store the “dust” in an air-tight container until you’re ready to use it.

Hack #1: Candy Cane-Trimmed Hot Cocoa

dipping tea cup in candy cane dust

Give your hot cocoa fun, festive flair by lining the edges of your mug in crushed candy canes. All you need is some fresh candy cane dust and white chocolate chips.

Place the white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat in 10-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate has melted. Dip the rim of your mug into the white chocolate, then into the candy cane dust. Fill your mug with hot cocoa and sip away. A splash of peppermint schnapps wouldn’t hurt either. But that’s just our opinion.

Hack #2: Peppermint Cookies

dipping frosted cookies in candy cane dust

Candy cane dust can replace sprinkles in almost any given scenario, but most importantly at this time of year, on cookies. Give chocolate or sugar cookies a red-and-white dusting by dipping freshly frosted cookies in the crushed candy canes.

Hack #3: Minty Marshmallow Sticks

dipping marshmallow in candy cane dust

You can’t have cocoa without marshmallows. That just wouldn’t be right. But you don’t have to settle for boring old white marshmallows this Christmas.

Grab some jumbo marshmallows and insert a wooden skewer into each one. Using melted white chocolate (hey! We melted some of that for the peppermint-rimmed cocoa mugs!), dip the marshmallows into the chocolate, then into the candy cane dust. Let the white chocolate on the marshmallows harden, then store them in an airtight container until you’re ready to use them. Next time you pour a mug of cocoa, toss a minty mallow in there too. Pro tip: a bouquet of these also makes a cute gift when paired with cocoa mix.

How to Hack a Box of Candy Canes

These are just a few ways to use candy cane dust, but we know you’ve got ideas of your own. Be sure to tag us in any of your candy cane dust adventures!