Candy Cane Punch Recipe
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Candy Cane Punch Recipe

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Peppermint ice cream makes this beverage taste—and look—more like a dessert than a punch! "I've mixed the sipper many times for ladies' lunches and buffets," shares Neva Schnauber of T. Collins, Colorado. "It's a great way to start a gathering." For a fun garnish, Neva adds, you can hang mini candy canes around the punch bowl and cups.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 2 jars (12 ounces each) strawberry jelly
  • 2 liters lemon-lime soda, divided
  • 2 quarts peppermint stick ice cream
  • Miniature candy canes, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 270 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 73mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 0g fiber), 2g protein


  1. In a large saucepan, melt jelly with 2 cups soda. Chill the jelly mixture and remaining soda. Just before serving, place 6 cups ice cream in a punch bowl. Gently stir in jelly mixture. Add remaining soda. Add remaining ice cream by scoopfuls. Garnish with candy canes if desired. Yield: 3-1/2 quarts.
Originally published as Candy Cane Punch in Country Woman November/December 1999, p28

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Reviewed Dec. 4, 2015

"My daughter served this punch at her dorm's Christmas party and it was a huge hit! Even though some were skeptical of the strawberry-mint flavor combination at first, once her friends tried the punch, they went back for seconds and thirds!"

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2014

"Our family makes this punch every year, it's amazing! I have such a hard time walking away from it that I end up drinking more than eating."

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"Served this punch for a Christmas party. Such a pretty presentation in a glass punch bowl with candy canes hanging on the edge of the bowl. The punch is so good and my guests didn't leave a drop!"

Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

"I don't know what punch the other reviewers made, but the punch I made for Christmas Eve was awful! There is not one person who finished their cup, let alone a 2nd sip! It is sooo sweet, that it's inedible. I'll never even attempt to make this punch again. It was one of the worst things I have ever tried. I should've just made the mint and pomegranate punch again this year. Oh well, live and learn."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"HUGE hit at our Christmas parties last year. I'll be making it again this year. I found the jelly at the Dollar Tree - bargain!"

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