Candy Canes Culinary Adventures

Candy Cane You can't have too many candy canes. Whether you use candy cane to decorate the Christmas tree or use in a variety of crafts, candy canes make the Christmas season sizzle with festivity. But looking pretty is...

Candy Cane
Candy Cane

You can't have too many candy canes. Whether you use candy cane to decorate the Christmas tree or use in a variety of crafts, candy canes make the Christmas season sizzle with festivity. But looking pretty is not its only job, candy cane can transform itself into a super flavor enhancer. Through the years, cooks and bakers everywhere have come up with ingenious ways to showcase candy cane in their culinary exploration. With its signature white and red crunch and a hint of mint, candy canes have versatility and charm. Here are some ways you can put candy canes to work:

  • As a Topping

Crushed candy canes can bring out a pop of color and burst of flavor. Gently crush candy canes in a food processor or pestle and mortar and use it as sprinkles. Bake a batch of cupcakes and sprinkle some crushed candy canes on top of the icing. Watch the magical transformation, from blah to wow. Use the sprinkles on ice-cream, on top of cakes, incorporate them into cream cheese for your morning bagels.

Candy Cane sprinkled on Ice Cream
Candy Cane sprinkled on Ice Cream

  • Use It in Beverages

Use candy canes as an alternative to spoons for hot drinks. Nothing says holiday cheer than a cup of hot cocoa with a stick of candy cane in it. Or a hot cup of tea or hot cider. Don’t like hot drinks much? How about adding candy canes to your smoothies, milkshakes or incorporating it in your cold beverages - so sublime for this time of the year.

  • Use It to Bake

The holidays call for lots of bakingcookies, cakes, fudge, brittle and such. To weave holiday magic, use candy cane to replace some of the sugar or all of it. Use it in your cheesecake or as one of the ingredients for the filling in macarons. Candy canes make good additions to chocolate brownie bars or candy cane bark or brittle. How about candy cane pops (deconstruct a cake and make pops coated with crushed candy cane)?

Candy Cane Cheesecake
Candy Cane Cheesecake

  • Marinades, Rubs and Sauces

Even though candy canes shine when use in sweets, they are versatile enough to be used in marinades, rubs and sauces to season meats and seafood. Instead of using brown sugar or honey, substitute it with pulverized candy cane. They add a little sweetness and another layer of flavor.

This season, experiment with candy canes in your food preparation. For more ideas, contact us.