Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Cookie #22: Chocolate-Dipped Candy Canes

I love hot chocolate. I even have my own personalized mug. Too bad it's not airbrushed. (sorry, couldn't resist.)

One of the things I love most with hot chocolate is peppermint. Anything peppermint. So, when I saw some chocolate-dipped candy canes at a local store, I thought, "Now, I can make those. And, they'd be awesome stirring up a mug of hot chocolate."

So, today, we made these Chocolate-Dipped Candy Canes. They are so easy, and they're really beautiful and festive.

I didn't want them to have a "smushed" side, so instead of laying them on waxed paper to dry (like I did with our Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels), I hung them all over my kitchen. It worked great.

I thought these would make adorable placecard holders, so I quickly made one up. First, I attached a simple gift tag that I personalized to one of the candy canes. Then, I put a folded, cloth napkin into a wrought iron napkin ring and slipped the Chocolate-Dipped Candy Cane through the ring. I think it adds such a thoughtful and personal touch to a Christmas tablesetting, and gives everyone a little minty ending to their meal.

Our lesson: As much as we love playing in the snow, we're so thankful that we get to come inside to our warm house and have a big mug of hot chocolate.

Chocolate-Dipped Candy Canes

2 boxes peppermint candy canes
6 ounces white chocolate chips

Peel wrappers from candy canes. Set aside.

Pour chocolate chips into small microwave-safe bowl. Melt chocolate chips at 70% power for 1 minute. Remove and stir. Continue microwaving in 20 second intervals and stirring until chocolate is melted and smooth.

Dip ends of candy canes into chocolate. Decorate with desired sprinkles. Hang candy canes to dry. Serve in a mug of hot chocolate or on platter.


  1. Those are so cute! And what a great idea to use is as a placecard holder.

  2. you wont believe this, but i just finished looking at my leftover chocolate i melted earlier tonite, my christmas sprinkles, and my candy canes thinking, 'i guess theres not much i can do with these leftover things. (i nearly threw away the choc.) but i didnt. then i checked my blog updates...and i'm so happy i did! thanks so much :)

  3. What a great and easy idea! And they are very cute placecards too!

  4. Sarah you are so creative! I especially love how you dry these babies.

    I came to your site to get the fudge recipe for a few small gift ideas, but I may have a change of plans now...

  5. oooh, your boys are not going to want the countdown to end!

  6. yum! i never would have thought to dip the candy canes in chocolate- but i guess everything gets dipped in chocolate now days

  7. LOVE this. So easy, cute and festive! I'll have to do this next year with dark chocolate. The mint and chocolate together would be divine. :)