Happy Holidays! Ok, so the holidays may be over but that wonderful, sugary afterglow certainly isn’t. At least it isn’t in our house. We still have a giant bowl of holiday candy we’ve been working through for the past few weeks and I’d be willing to bet a few of you have a similar candy filled container taunting you from somewhere in your house.
Candy canes are one of those things that inevitably ends up in said bowl every year. While I do love peppermint, for some reason I’m just never super excited about eating the candy canes. I love the way they look because they’re so bright and festive. I’ve even used them to decorate our Christmas tree in the past but I’m more of a chocolate or pastry girl. Unless that peppermint flavor is surrounded by dark chocolate, it’s never going to be my first pick. I hate wasting them though, so what do you do with all of those beautiful leftover candy canes? Make rice crispy treats, of course!
You don’t really NEED any sort of special equipment to make these, but a mini food processor makes the job of chopping up your candy canes much easier. I have the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus and I use it much more often than you might think if you don’t have one. I’ll admit that there are often a few months at a time when I don’t use it, but even if you only use it half a dozen times a year, the effort it saves me is worth the thirty bucks. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be dishwasher safe but other than the motorized base, I’ve always put all of the pieces in the dishwasher and other than a slight clouding of the plastic from the heated drying cycle, it’s held up perfectly.
Alternatively, you could put your candy canes in a thick (freezer style) ziplock bag and smash them with a hammer/bottom of a pan. You won’t have as much control over the size of the pieces but it’ll get the job done.
So what do you think!? Do you have any go-to recipes to use up your leftover holiday candy? Or are you a purist and prefer to eat candy in its natural state? 😉 Comment below!