Candy Cane Syrup
January 21, 2009
I am always looking for ways to cheer up the cold days of January. In keeping with using what I already have around my house, I have been brain storming a way to use up all those candy canes I have leftover for my Christmas decorating. I came up with a candy cane syrup and am quite thrilled with it. It is simple and taste just like a candy canes. The syrup is wonderful in things like hot chocolate, over ice cream and I will share a recipe using the syrup soon. My mom asked me why I just did not use peppermint extract. But to me candy canes even though they are peperminty, have a very different taste. Maybe it is that spun sugar. The candy canes also color your syrup a pretty pinky/red color. I just love this kind of simple, fun, new ways to use what you have ideas.
I just simply painted some swirly red strips on the cork and think it would make a lovely gift to someone who need a bit of cheering up this time of year xoxoxox
Candy Cane Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
3 candy canes, broken in large pieces
In a sauce pan add all three ingredients. Simmer on medium heat, till sugar and candy canes have melted. Let cool and store in fridge in a glass jar. Will keep about one month.
*Note. Do not decrease the amount of sugar or you will not have the viscosity you want. Just always remember with simple syrups, equal amount of water to sugar !!!
thank you!i didnt wanty to buy pepperment extract, since like many have candy canes in the house.
Posted by: b | December 17, 2011 at 08:37 PM
I used this as an extra flavoring for a cheesecake I did for work and it turned out so great! I gave everyone a link to your recipe that had an interest in doing this at home! Thank you :D
Posted by: Simone Williams | December 14, 2011 at 07:53 AM
Just found your recipe - THANKS, it's wonderful!
A friend of mine thought it sounded good in scones, so I thought I'd see what I could do -- here's the recipe if you're interested:
Posted by: Tim TenClay | November 15, 2011 at 10:11 AM
Great recipe! We tried it & it was delicious! I blogged about it & linked to you here: http://raisememories.blogspot.com/2010/01/candy-cane-syrup.html
Posted by: Heather Lynne | January 29, 2010 at 12:03 PM
I would love to make this but only have mini candy canes! About how many do you think you would use for this recipe?
Posted by: Hilary | January 28, 2010 at 08:59 AM
Thanks for the recipe! I want to make peppermint syrup for coffees but I don't want to send 5 bucks on extract. This is perfect!
Posted by: Stephanie | January 12, 2010 at 06:51 PM
This is such a sweet idea! Now I have to go scrounge up some candycanes.
Posted by: Janelle | January 08, 2010 at 04:20 PM
Oh, yum! I was looking for things to do with left over candy canes. I mentioned this on Facebook. One of my readers shared your recipe. I shall forever be indebted to her and you. Thanks! Striping the cork... brillant!
Posted by: Kimara | January 08, 2010 at 06:38 AM
I gave bottles of this syrup to relatives on Christmas. Everyone loved the idea, and the syrup - esp. on vanilla ice cream! Thanks.
Posted by: karen | December 28, 2009 at 10:07 AM
We made a batch of this and have enjoyed it for several evenings over ice cream. Now my husband is experimenting with it to make the perfect Candy Cane Martini. :)
Posted by: Angie | December 25, 2009 at 08:59 PM
This looks awesome! I don't particularly love candy canes, but I do like peppermint flavored coffees and hot chocolates. This is a perfect way to repurpose candy canes that inevitably end up uneaten in my house. Thank you!
Posted by: geek+nerd | December 18, 2009 at 04:18 PM
Thank you for your tasty recipe! I made this for some friends of mine, and put them in cute glass jars I found at CostPlus. What a great homemade Christmas present this made!
Posted by: Emily | December 14, 2009 at 08:27 AM
Just wanted to let everyone know - I just made this and it came out so great - and for some cheap bottles I went to the 99cents store and actually was able to pick up syrup dispensers for $1.09 each - and they worked perfectly!
Posted by: Kelly | December 09, 2009 at 06:30 PM
Bah! I love this idea. I'll definitly have to try it.
Posted by: Eniko | December 05, 2009 at 07:21 PM
Looks great! I was searching for flavored syrup recipes to include with my mug/knit mug cozy/homemade chocolates/homemade drink mixes gift sets this year. How perfect is this!! Any suggestions on where to find good (*read*: Cheap) little bottles? I've been stashing away old olive oil, vinegar, and other small bottles all year, but I think this needs a smaller bottle....
Posted by: Emelia | December 03, 2009 at 01:32 PM
oh yummy!! Simple ingredients too. My husband and I love to melt candy canes into our hot chocolate... bet this way would taste excellent too!!! I dont have any glass bottles though.
Posted by: Sunny Chauncey | December 03, 2009 at 11:39 AM
What a neat idea. Thanks!
Posted by: Christine | February 19, 2009 at 02:33 PM
I love the recipe! I just so happen to have one box of candy canes left. I'll have to save a few and add this to the monthly menu.
Posted by: Satsuki | January 31, 2009 at 02:53 PM
I found you via Crafty Crow. This looks great! I have a friend who's hubby is going through chemo right now and I was looking for a peppermint-y something I could make for him. I think this is just the thing, since he can add it to whatever he wants. (I was going to try to make ice cream, but it's been kinda chilly here and ice cream just didn't seem right).
Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Kathleen | January 29, 2009 at 04:20 AM
OOOOOhhh, what a wonderful blog to stumble upon! via Spoon Full of Sugar... This is fantabulous! Isnt' it just wonderful we have all these blogs? Something so simple, but never heard of before, and so great!
Posted by: Cindy | January 29, 2009 at 03:05 AM
I am also coming from the Crafty Crow. What a yummy looking syrup! Thanks for the idea!
Posted by: [email protected] | January 28, 2009 at 08:52 PM
Hi :) I am visiting from the Crafty Crow - what a super idea! Thanks so much, Q
Posted by: Quinne | January 28, 2009 at 02:08 PM
about how many mini candy canes do you think you would need? I have no large ones but have plenty of mini ones!!
p.s. this is a great idea!
Posted by: Kelly O. | January 28, 2009 at 12:56 PM
What a fun idea. We will have to try this with our left over candy canes. Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Katie at Listmaker's Life | January 28, 2009 at 10:47 AM
Great idea - I bet it also makes great peppermint mochas with a bag of hot cocoa mix and a cup of coffee!
Posted by: Ann at mommysecrets | January 28, 2009 at 06:00 AM
What a brilliant idea!! Fortunately I have some candy canes on hand to make this tomorrow.
Posted by: Lisa | January 28, 2009 at 01:18 AM
That looks like a fantastic way to use up leftover candy canes! :)
Posted by: sew funky | January 28, 2009 at 12:18 AM
How funny that I stumbled across you're great idea this morning! We love peppermint ice cream, but of course, it's only available for a short time each year. So, last night, I decided I could make some using smashed up left over candy canes -- just stir them into some vanilla ice cream, right? Nope, the candy cane bits were way too crunchy and just didn't blend well. So now I am running off to the kitchen to make your syrup for our ice cream tonight. Thanks so much for sharing your idea!
Posted by: Georganna | January 25, 2009 at 09:57 AM
What a wonderful idea and it's so pretty, too!
Posted by: Kelli | January 22, 2009 at 07:39 PM
What a great idea. I took all my candy canes to work for the "free to a good home" table. Next year, I'm keeping them! Thanks for the recipe!
Posted by: Thimbleanna | January 22, 2009 at 07:02 PM
My Bloglines account is not listing your new posts...and I have missed so many! I will be catching up,
Posted by: Debbie | January 22, 2009 at 04:21 PM
I love the look of it!
Being so pretty and sweet and red, it could go with Valentine's Day also. :-)
"Blue evening had fallen...over the great pallid slopes. ...the peaks of snow were rosy, glistening like transcendent, radiant spikes of blossom in the heavenly upper world... ~~D.H. Lawrence
Posted by: Aunt Amelia's Attic | January 22, 2009 at 08:57 AM
I love this idea!
Unfortunately I have no more candy canes left over(kids) but I would certainly love to try this.
Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Donna | January 22, 2009 at 08:16 AM
oh this sounds so good.
could you come up with a recipe using *peeps*?
Posted by: Deby | January 22, 2009 at 06:42 AM
WoW what a great idea!
Posted by: Tam | January 22, 2009 at 12:36 AM
That would never have occurred to me at all! But what a great idea, and such a pretty thing to have around.
Posted by: karla nathan | January 21, 2009 at 02:11 PM
Great idea Clarice :) I just happen to have a few candy canes in the cupboard. Looks like I will need to buy some ice cream:)
One thing we have done with candy canes is finely crush them into a powder and mix with homemade whipped cream to put on top of Hot Cocoa. It makes a pretty pink dollop of fluff.
Posted by: Sharon D. | January 21, 2009 at 02:06 PM
You are the queen of inventiveness! I love this idea!! Cute cork, too!
Posted by: Sweet Cottage Dreams | January 21, 2009 at 09:47 AM
What a grand idea!
Posted by: Jill | January 21, 2009 at 09:44 AM
You are the most clever lady I know!!!
Posted by: Rosemary | January 21, 2009 at 09:40 AM
I love the bottle of candy cane peppermint, but what will you use it for? Would you pour it over cakes, ice cream? I'm curious.
Posted by: Gumbo Lily | January 21, 2009 at 09:08 AM
You are the most clever person on the planet. What an innovative recipe. You know, I just gained 3.5 pounds reading your delicious post, must go walking now to work it off.
Posted by: Junie Moon | January 21, 2009 at 09:08 AM
That sounds incredible! My sister was looking for a recipe like this...I'll pass it on! THANKS!
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Posted by: Sandra | January 21, 2009 at 07:55 AM