Candy Cane Chocolate Loaves Recipe
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Candy Cane Chocolate Loaves Recipe

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Having lots of leftover candy canes after Christmas inspired me to combine them with a favorite chocolate bread recipe. —Shelly Platten, Amherst, Wisconsin
Recommended: Christmas Treats
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-2/3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
  • 3 tablespoons crushed candy canes

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 162 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 124mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat three 8x4-in. loaf pans with cooking spray. In a large bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add egg whites, eggs, coffee, yogurt, oil and extracts until blended.
  2. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to brown sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Transfer to prepared pans. Bake 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. Drizzle melted white baking chocolate over loaves. Sprinkle with crushed candies. Yield: 3 loaves (12 slices each).
Originally published as Candy Cane Chocolate Loaves in Healthy Cooking December/January 2010, p49

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ConnieK User ID: 282614 188024
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"Tasty and interestingly different. And so cute and festive. I agree it was more like cake but still very good. Next time I will try as mini loaves since they would make the perfect gift around the holidays."

chickluvs2cook User ID: 3328929 118641
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2013

"These are easy, tasty and very cute! They will make the perfect little Christmas gifts for neighbors, co-workers, teachers, etc. - just wrap them in plastic wrap and tie with a pretty red ribbon."

CiCiB User ID: 2258133 185210
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2011

"Made this first as gifts to share with co-workers, and then the second time to share with my Amish neighbors. Well recieved on both counts. I did not have plain yogurt so I substituted chocolate yogurt. The taste was wonderful. Had troubles with the glaze the first time so just went to standard milk and powdered sugar with candy canes crushed and sprinkled over top."

Maxine Miller User ID: 2800706 116458
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"Mix white chocolate chips with the crushed peppermint in the loaves."

marciedarciestuff User ID: 3221145 188021
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2010

"NOt sure what I was expecting but this wasnt it. It was easy and moist but it was just chocolate cake to me."

zehnderje User ID: 3092974 211286
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"The bread was very moist and tasty. I made these into "mini" loaves to give as Christmas gifts. Worked great...just reduce baking time by about 10 minutes."

andij68 User ID: 336620 103802
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009

"Made this for teacher gifts this year. Very festive looking and pretty.I made 8 mini loaves baked for about 40 minutes on a cookie sheet.bread is very moist and flavorful.Definitely a great gift,everyone loved it!"

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