Cleaning out the Fridge: Leftover Candy Canes

Maybe I should title this segment just “Cleaning Out” since it seems like I have been picking things that haven’t been in the fridge all the time! 

Anyone who has kids know you end up with a million candy canes through the holiday season.  Everywhere you go, people give them to your little ones, and we don’t really eat a ton of them, so now it’s January and I have a ton piled on my kitchen table.  What to do with them?  Here’s a few ideas!

-Stir finely crushed candy cane and cracked black pepper into cream cheese, spread on whole wheat crackers and top with smoked ham.

– Make Candy Cane Sugar.  Process candy canes in a food processor, and add to granulated sugar (1 part crushed canes to 1 part sugar).  Stir into hot tea, iced tea, hot cocoa, or to rim glasses for cocktails.(Like the one in the next tip!)

–  In a cocktail shaker, combine ground candy cane with half-and-half.  Serve over ice with a splash of soda.

– For Valentine’s Day, unwrap two mini candy canes and place on a baking sheet in the shape of a hear.  Bake at 350 degrees F for a couple of minutes until the stick together.  Cool and remove with a spatula.  Cute on top of a frosted cupcake if you use the mini candy canes.

-Melt candy cane with a splash of water; simmer with chopped fresh mint, minced garlic, vinegar and hot sauce.  Serve with lamb.

– Buy Cool-Whip and stir in crushed candy cane.  Refreeze and scoop for a lighter, lower calorie ice cream-like dessert!



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